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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.

WVIK Staff

Training camp opened today for the Quad City Mallards, as they begin preparing for the new season. They'll practice at the I Wireless Center in Moline and River's Edge in Davenport.

The Mallards will play just one exhibition game, on October 11, on the road, then open their second season in the ECHL on October 16 at Allen.Their home opener is set for the following weekend, October 23. 

North American Strongman

North America's strongest men and women will carry farm equipment and sand bags in the Quad Cities this weekend. Tomorrow and Saturday, Davenport is hosting the North American Strongman National Championships for the first time.

Over 200 athletes will be competing for the title, and a spot at the World Championships next spring. There will be three events on Friday, including the Log Clean and Press competition and the Farmers Challenge.

Augustana College

Six former athletes will be honored by Augustana College next month. The newest members of the "Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame" will be inducted on October 17th as part of homecoming weekend.The six excelled in a variety of sports, from the 1960's through the early 2,000's.

wvik staff

If they're making ice, hockey season can't be far off. Last week, workers at the iWireless Center in Moline began the annual laborious process of building the rink, and it should be finished by this weekend.Kevin Snodgrass is Director of Operations for the center.

Workers first assemble the walls of the rink, and put down a layer of insulation on the cement floor. Then they connect 25 miles of tubing that will carry a mixture of water and antifreeze that keeps the ice cold. Sand is packed by hand around the tubes, then it's covered with ice, one very thin layer at a time.

Bandits Season Wrapup

Sep 18, 2015
Quad City Times

On and off the field the Quad Cities River Bandits just completed a stellar season.

On Midwest Week, Herb Trix's guest is Steve Batterson, veteran sports reporter for the Quad City Times.

Midwest Week can also be heard on WVIK on Fridays at 6:50 pm during All Things Considered.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Combine drag racing and a five-day road trip, and you end up with Hot Rod Drag Week. Michelle O'Neill reports that yesterday, Cordova International Raceway hosted the fourth day of races to find the Fastest Street Car in America.A couple of people from our area are in the competition. Steve Eden from Stockton, Illinois is racing a 1970 Chevy. Over his first three heats, the Nova averaged a quarter-mile in 10.97 sec. at 121 mph. But Roger Davis from Annawan only got to race the first day because his 1958 Volvo broke down. So far, Tom Bailey is the fastest in the "unlimited" division.