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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.

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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.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Dave Heller is determined to show families a good time year after year at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport. Today, the owner of the Quad Cities River Bandits held a ribbon-cutting to open the team's latest amusement ride.

Quad City Times

Now that the dust has settled, a look back at possibly the most successful John Deere Classic ever.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Golf fans in the Quad Cities may not get to see a few of their favorites play in person next year. Today, the John Deere Classic announced the PGA Tournament will be held the second week of August instead of July because golf will return to the Olympics.

If attendance on the first day is any indication, this could be one of the best years ever for the John Deere Classic. 

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