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Mallards Named CHL’s Most Improved Franchise PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 25 July 2014 10:04

McNamara Tabbed as Executive of the Year

Wilken Earns Ticket Executive of the Year Honors

CHANDLER, Ariz. (July 23, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards Wednesday night were named the Central Hockey League’s Most Improved Franchise for 2013-14 while Mallards president Bob McNamara won the Brad Treliving Executive of the Year award and manager of ticket sales Zac Wilken was honored as the CHL Ticketing Executive of the Year at the league’s nineteenth annual summer conference awards banquet.

“We’re thrilled to win, especially considering the high quality organizations and executives throughout the Central Hockey League,” said McNamara. “Now we look forward to continuing build on what we’ve achieved and making even more strides as we prepare for the 2014-15 season.”

The Mallards enjoyed a landmark campaign in 2013-14. Last season saw Mallards attendance increase by better than 800 fans per game, while on the ice coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski piloted the club to its first semi-final appearance in 11 years.

McNamara is approaching his third season as the club’s president. Before joining the Mallards, McNamara spent 15 seasons as general manager of the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and one year as president and governor of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. During his time with the Bulldogs, McNamara oversaw the execution of the 2012 AHL Outdoor Classic at Ivor Wynne Football Stadium, a game that set a Canadian AHL attendance record of 20,565. During McNamara’s tenure in Grand Rapids, the Griffins enjoyed success both on and off the ice, winning two regular season championships and five division titles and increasing attendance in four of his final five seasons.

Prior to making the move to Grand Rapids, McNamara acted as assistant general manager of the International Hockey League’s Cleveland Lumberjacks for five years. His duties with the Lumberjacks ranged from sales to hockey operations to virtually every other area of the organization.

A native of Toronto, McNamara earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 after spending four seasons as the Fighting Irish hockey team’s number one goaltender. Upon graduation, McNamara signed with the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres and spent three seasons with the Rochester Americans, the Sabres’ AHL affiliate. In 1986, he moved on to the International Hockey League and the Milwaukee Admirals. McNamara tended goal for the Admirals for two seasons and served as a player/assistant coach in his second campaign with the club.

Wilken was honored by the league after just his first season overseeing the Mallards’ ticket sales operations. The East Moline native was named the team’s manager of ticket sales in May of 2013. He first joined the Flock in November of 2012. Wilken received a master's degree in exercise and sports science from Concordia University Irvine after earning his bachelor's degree in physical education at Rockford College. Wilkin also played football as an undergrad, earning all-conference honors at safety. He went on to serve as an assistant football coach at Dekalb and United Township High Schools as well as at Rockford College. He has taught in the Belvedere and Rock Island County school districts.

2014-15 Mallards season tickets are now on sale. Ticket packages are available to meet almost any budget.

A limited edition season ticket holder Mallard jersey, 12 additional ticket vouchers per seat and free parking are among a host of exclusive benefits available to season ticket holders. For more season ticket information fans can call the Mallards’ business office at 309-277-1364.

About the Quad City Mallards

A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are approaching their eighteenth season and their fifth in the Central Hockey League. One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10. The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record. In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched. The iWireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club. For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 25 July 2014 08:30

Quad Cities overcomes four errors and 3-0 deficit to take series opener in Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (July 23, 2014) – Trailing 3-0 through three innings Wednesday night, the Quad Cities River Bandits rallied for six unanswered runs, using consecutive two-run doubles by Ronnie Mitchell and Chase McDonald in a four-run eighth inning for a 6-3 win over the Dayton Dragons in front of 8,216 at Fifth Third Field.

Despite a game that saw intermittent rain showers and the visitors commit four errors in their first visit to Dayton as an Astros affiliate, Quad Cities (16-15 second half, 51-49 overall) achieved a four-game winning streak for the first time in the second half. Dayton (14-17, 50-49) lost its third straight despite playing in front of its North American professional sports record 1,031st consecutive home sellout.

One streak did end to help the Dragons take their lead in the second inning against right-hander Kevin Comer. River Bandits center fielder James Ramsay had not committed an error in his first 154 professional games, but a second-inning single by Dragons designated hitter Avain Rachal took a short hop through Ramsay's legs, allowing left fielder Phillip Ervin to score the game's first run from first base and Rachal to reach second base. It was the first error in 87 games and 159 fielding chances for Ramsay this season and the first in 293 chances in his career. Rachal later stole third base and scored when catcher Brian Holberton overthrew third base.

The Dragons' lead grew in the third inning, when second baseman Jamodrick McGruder drew a leadoff walk, stole second base and went to third base on Holberton's throw into center field, and scored on the first of Comer's two wild pitches. Comer recovered to scatter three hits without allowing a run in the rest of his five-inning start. Comer was charged with three runs – two earned – on six hits and one walk with a career-high eight strikeouts, including striking out the side in the fifth inning.

Dragons right-hander Sal Romano struck out all three batters in the first inning and kept Quad Cities to one hit through the first three innings. In the fourth inning, right fielder Brett Phillips lined a leadoff double over third baseman Ronald Bueno and went to third base on McDonald's two-out infield single. Holberton drew a walk to load the bases. Second baseman Marc Wik then grounded a ball to McGruder, whose throw pulled first baseman Robert Ramirez off the base, continuing the inning and allowing Phillips to score. Left fielder Jose Fernandez then hit an RBI single to left field. Romano escaped the inning and kept the 3-2 lead through five innings, allowing no earned runs on four hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

Left-hander Albert Minnis (2-1) followed Comer with three shutout innings, working around two eighth-inning hits. It gave Quad Cities a chance to take the lead against left-hander Joel Bender (4-2). After facing the minimum through his first two innings after Romano, Bender hit Ramsay with a pitch to lead off the eighth inning. Philllips put down a bunt single, and third baseman J.D. Davis singled to left-center field. With the bases loaded Mitchell doubled off the right-field wall, scoring two runs for a 4-3 lead. With runners at second and third bases, McDonald doubled off the center-field wall but was thrown out at third base.

The 6-3 lead was enough for right-hander Tyler Brunnemann to earn his third save with a perfect ninth inning. The win was the first for the River Bandits this season in 11 games in which they have committed at least three errors.

Quad Cities continues its series in Dayton at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday. River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (5-5) is scheduled to face Dragons right-hander Dan Langfield (2-1).

Volunteers Needed for NAFA World Series Fastpitch Tournament PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 07:38
The North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) annually hosts the largest men's fastpitch softball tournament in the world.

We are still in need of volunteers for the upcoming tournaments:

  • August 7-10 - Majors World Series
  • August 14-17 - Division A and Under 19 and Under 23
  • September 5-7 - Masters
Click HERE button to sign-up to volunteer.

Volunteer slots are located at either Green Valley Park in Moline or Campbell Park in Rock Island.

Benefits of volunteering:

  • FREE Volunteer T-Shirt
  • FREE Tournament Entry
  • Involvement in a fastpitch tournament with elite players from around the world

If you have questions, please contact Ryan Merritt at (309) 736-6825.


Thank you in advance for your help!

Tickets Still Available for Some Iowa State Fair Grandstand and Track Events PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:28

DES MOINES, IA (07/23/2014)(readMedia)-- There are just a few weeks left to purchase tickets for Grandstand concerts and track events during the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Tickets are selling fast for this year's "Amazingly Amusing" line-up, setAugust 7-17.

Great seats are still available for Christian artists the Newsboys and special guest Matthew West on August 7, Happy Together Tour 2014 on August 8, A Conversation with Willie, Kori & Si Robertson, the stars of A&E's Duck Dynasty, on August 10, country artists Jake Owen, Eli Young Band and special guest The Cadillac Three on August 14 and hard rockers Chevelle, Halestorm and special guest Saville Row on August 15.

New this year to the Grandstand is winged sprint car races. Flying into the Fairgrounds on August 10, the races will begin at 11 a.m. with hot laps at 10:30 a.m. Improvements to the track were completed in time for this year's racing season, including over 150 truck-loads of track resurfacing and improvements to the corner guardrails to allow faster and safer racing. The track will also host the Deery Brothers Summer Series on August 11 and the Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull on August 13.

Tickets for all Grandstand events are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, online, by phone at 800/745-3000 and through the Iowa State Fair Ticket Office. Convenience charges apply to all tickets. All concert seats are reserved. All track events are general admission. Grandstand tickets do not include Fair admission. Gate admission must be purchased separately.

The Iowa State Fair Ticket Office, located on the front porch of the Administration Building, will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to Noon Saturday through August 6 for walk-up orders only. During the Fair, August 7 through 17, the Ticket Office is open only for will-call pick-ups. Any remaining tickets go on sale at the Grandstand ticket windows, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. the day of the show.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through our convenient print at home ticket option at For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Iowa State Fair Sew-In Celebrates Sixth Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:29

DES MOINES, IA (07/22/2014)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair invites Fairgoers to join the Fabric and Threads department with the sixth annual State Fair Sew-In plus daily Make It and Take It classes and special programming from master quilter Patrick Lose. "Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Fair set August 7-17.

The State Fair Sew-In offers Fairgoers a chance to try their hand at simple sewing and quilting while providing warm blankets to local children in need. Each day, the Sew-In will be open from Noon to 5 p.m. in the South Hallway of the Varied Industries Building. Every participant will receive a commemorative pin for donating their time. No experience or pre-registration necessary. Volunteer sewing assistants and on-site supervisors will be available to help.

The Fair is also accepting donations of five-inch wide strips (cut with the fabric) and two-yard cuts of fabric in all-cotton, juvenile prints for quilt fronts and backings. To donate or volunteer, contact Sharon Meisenheimer at 515/986-1145or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In addition, master quilter, and Iowa native, Patrick Lose is back at the Iowa State Fair for a second year. Lose will again be joining the talented Make It and Take It session leaders and teaching about his most popular quilting techniques. His classes will be held August 7-16 and will last approximately two hours. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. All Patrick Lose classes require a $25 materials fee.

Several other Make It and Take It classes will be offered throughout the Fair including hand quilting, cupcake pincushions and beginning sewing. These classes will last one to two hours and require a $10 materials fee. Pre-registration is also recommended.

For a complete list of the Make It and Take It projects and times, view the daily program online at

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through our convenient print at home ticket option at For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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