Sports news

View of the basketball court and seats inside the iWireless Center / Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hundreds of basketball players, coaches, and fans are in the Quad Cities for the Missouri Valley Conference women's tournament, Hoops in the Heartland.

On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill reports the winning team will be crowned on Sunday, and a local tourism official hopes the iWireless Center is packed to the rafters.

MVC Tournament Brackets

Mar 8, 2016

The brackets for the Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball tournament were released Saturday and the tournament is set to begin Thursday afternoon at the iWireless Center. 

World Series of Drag Racing Will Leave Cordova

Mar 2, 2016
Fans watch races during the Hot Rod Drag Week at the Cordova International Raceway in 2015.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK


After more than 60 years, the World Series of Drag Racing is leaving the Cordova International Raceway.

IRG Sports and Entertainment announced this week that the race will move to Memphis at the end of August. The company says that location will allow more room for growth and the potential to host more racers, fans, vendors, and live music.  But after being held here for decades, Joe Taylor, President and CEO of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, says losing the World Series will hurt the community.

Quad City Times


This week on Midwest Week, the not-so-glamorous work involved in covering a major sports event. 

Herb Trix's guest this week is Steve Batterson, sports reporter for the Quad City Times. 

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


Mallards Host Stanley Cup

Dec 23, 2015
Quad City Mallards

The top prize in hockey, and the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, will visit the Quad Cities this weekend. The Stanley Cup will make several stops on Saturday, leading up to the evening game between the Quad City Mallards and Indy Fuel.

file / WVIK Staff

NCAA Division I women's basketball debuts in the Quad Cities this weekend.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The John Deere Classic continues to rack up honors for the way it runs the tournament in Silvis. Last week, the PGA Tour announced the classic came in first in the Most Engaged Community.

Quad City Times

This week on Midwest Week, an update on a former champion athlete from the Quad Cities, who's been in prison for the past 11 years.

Herb Trix's guest this week is Don Doxsie, sports editor for the Quad City Times. 

You can also hear Midwest Week on WVIK, Fridays at 6:50 pm during All Things Considered. 

Hockey Season Imminent

Oct 14, 2015
WVIK Staff

Quad City Mallards coach Terry Ruskowski has signed a contract extension, and could lead the team for 3 more seasons. That was the announcement today during the annual media day, as the team prepares for the new ECHL season that starts this weekend. 

This would have been the final year of his old contract, but he's agreed to continue coaching through the 2016-2017 season, with an option for one more after that.

Augustana College

More than a month after Augustana College's first ever men's lacrosse coach resigned, the school has announced the hiring of a new head coach. Dan Torie, from Franklin and Marshall College, will replace Kyle Hart, who built the men's lacrosse program.

Torie has assistant coaching experience at three NCAA Division Three institutions. In 2014, he helped lead Franklin and Marshall to an NCAA Division Three final ranking of 18th.

Last season, the Vikings had a record of 14 games to 5, and earned the school's first ever NCAA Division Three post-season bid.