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Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

  The countdown has officially begun for the John Deere Classic, which will be held the first full week of next month. Monday morning, the tournament hosted media day for reporters, photographers, and others to learn about what's new this year.

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After winning his first PGA tournament at the John Deere Classic, Brian Harman finally feels like he belongs among the pros. Monday morning, the defending champion talked about life on the road and the perks of winning, for Media Day at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis. He says the John Deere Classic will always be one of his favorites. 

Harman is the 20th golfer to win a PGA title for the first time at the Classic. The 28-year-old newly-wed from Georgia says being away from home has been hard, but he loves the work. 

submitted / Cordova International Raceway

The local dragstrip has a new track and a new name. On Wednesday, the Cordova International Raceway held a ribbon cutting ceremony on the resurfaced track and other renovations.

Criterium Weekend

May 22, 2015
Quad Cities Criterium

A long weekend of bike racing is underway in eastern Iowa. 

Augustana College

An Augustana College athlete has won an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Senior David Voland will receive 75-hundred-dollars for excellence in both academics and athletics. In March, Voland led the men's track team to the NCAA Division Three national title, for the 4-by-400 relay. He has also won 11 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin titles throughout his career. And, he holds the school record for the fastest time in hurdles and two different relays. Last winter, Voland was named the NCAA Division Three Midwest Regional Athlete of the Year.

submitted / Clinton Lumberkings

The Clinton Lumberkings hope the new season provides fans with great baseball and plenty of fun.

Augustana College

After 40 years, a successful coach at Augustana College is going to retire. Right after he graduated from Augustana in 1974, Fred Whiteside was hired to be an assistant coach for the men's cross country team.

Augustana College

The Augustana College men's basketball team has made it to the Division 3 Final Four. And Friday in Salem, Virginia, the Vikings take on Babson in the first semi-final. The Vikings made it to the Final Four, for the first time in 22 years, after defeating Mount Union and Marietta last weekend at Augustana's Carver Center. Dave Wrath, Assistant Athleticic Director, says more than 2,000 people showed up to each game.He says the strong community support and media coverage helps the team excel- both on and off the court. 

Augustana College

Friday, the Augustana College men's basketball team could move one step closer to the Division 3 Final Four. The Vikings will host a sectional tournament.  On Friday, in game one, Marietta will play Saint Olaf. And in game two, the Vikings take on Mount Union. Augustana Head Coach Grey Giovanine says all four teams are ranked in the top 10 in the nation. But, the Vikings have an advantage because they're playing at home. 

Moline School District

A high school basketball team from the Quad Cities has made it to the state tournament in just its first year of competition. The Moline Special Olympics basketball team will travel to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal this weekend after winning the District Tournament in January.