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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.

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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.

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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.

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There's still six months until a major women's basketball tournament comes to Moline-- but, organizers are already making a home in the Quad Cities. Today, the Missouri Valley Conference unveiled its new logo and slogan, "Hoops in the Heartland." 

Quad Cities River Bandits and Sean Flynn Photography

The Quad Cities River Bandits play their first game in the playoffs tonight, after a record-breaking season. Not only did the team finish with the second best record in franchise history, but it also broke the record for the highest average attendance at home games. 

Augustana College

The coach who built Augustana College's men's lacrosse program has resigned. Kyle Hart, the college's first ever head lacrosse coach, will not return for the upcoming season.

Hart was hired in 2010. He led the men's team to the NCAA Division Three Tournament last spring. The Vikings finished second in the 2015 inaugural season, with a 14 to 5 overall record. 

Hart has accepted a similar position at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. 

Assistant Coach Zack Olsen will take over as acting head coach. 

  Hoping to highlight the pro football history of the Quad Cities, a group of dedicated volunteers will play a 1920's style game this weekend. They'll play as members of the Rock Island Independents and the Moline Universal Tractors, two early professional teams.