Sports news

On Midwest Week, when the new baseball season starts, there'll be major changes for the Quad Cities River Bandits and the rest of the minor leagues.

Herb Trix's guest is Steve Batterson, sports reporter for the Quad City Times and Dispatch-Argus.

You can also hear Midwest Week Fridays on WVIK at 6:20 pm during All Things Considered. 

Davenport School District

A long-time teacher and coach in the Davenport schools will not be forgotten. Monday night the board of education approved naming the track at the Brady Street Stadium the "Ira Dunsworth Track."

Dunsworth worked for the district for 36 years, including serving as head coach for track and cross country at Central High School from 1965 to 1995. His teams won 15 state championships, he was named Iowa State Coach of the Year four times, and was inducted into the Iowa Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 1981.

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The Missouri Valley Conference will host its women's basketball championship in the Quad Cities through 2024. This morning at the TaxSlayer Center, the conference and its local partners announced the MVC President's Council unanimously approved a three-year contract extension.

Return of the Bix 7

Mar 10, 2021

After taking a year off due to the pandemic, the Bix 7 will return this summer. Wednesday race organizers announced an in-person race will be held on Saturday July 24th.

To play it safe, they'll limit race participation to 10,000 runners, runners will have to wear masks before the start and after the finish, and the race will use a "wave start system." Participants can also choose to run a virtual Bix, and will have the ability to switch between in-person and virtual events. Race insurance will also be available. / Missouri Valley Conference

After being sent home right before last year's tournament, Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball teams are more than ready to compete in the Quad Cities this year. / Quad Cities River Bandits

The Quad Cities River Bandits are "over the moon" about their new affiliation with the Kansas City Royals.

Last week, the two teams held a virtual press conference. Michelle O'Neill reports. 

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After last year's last-minute cancellation, the Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament will return to the TaxSlayer Center next month. The conference and Visit Quad Cities have announced Hoops in the Heartland will be held March 11th through the 14th.

A new season and a new major league affiliation - Thursday the Quad Cities River Bandits announced their schedule for the 2021 season. They'll play 120 games, starting on the road on May 4th against the South Bend Cubs.

Following the re-organization of the minor leagues last fall, the River Bandits moved from the Class-A level to the High-A level, and switched affiliations from Houston to Kansas City.

Clinton Lumber Kings

A veteran college coach will lead the Clinton Lumber Kings during their first season this summer in the Prospect League. The team has announced the hiring of Jack Dahm to be the manager.

Dahm currently is starting his 7th year as head coach at Mount Mercy in Cedar Rapids, a job he will keep in addition to working for the Lumber KIngs.

He played baseball in college for Creighton University, then worked there as an assistant then head coach. He was head coach at the University of Iowa from 2003 to 2013 leading the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten Tournament three times.

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Baseball fans who long to hear the crack of the bat in Clinton again are in luck. 

The Lumberkings have joined the Prospect League, a collegiate, wood bat, summer league.