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The Augustana Vikings are in Salem, Va. to play Williams in the NCAA Division III semifinals, trying to win their first national title. 

A group of young men smile for pictures while standing beside a red and black bus.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Students, teachers, administrators, and fans gave the Augustana Men's Basketball team a celebratory sendoff this morning on campus in Rock Island. The Vikings and their coaches got on a charter bus headed for Salem, Virginia, and a police escort led the way to the Final Four.

College President, Steve Bahls, was on hand to wish the team good luck. And Coach Grey Giovanine was in good spirits before the 13-hour trip to the east coast.

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After a pair of wins over Wartburg and Hanover over the weekend, the Augustana College men's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Division III Final Four for the second time in three years.

Missouri Valley Conference

Liggins Trial Moving

Feb 24, 2017
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The next re-trial of Stanley Liggins will not be held in the Quad Cities, instead it will be moved to Waterloo, in Black Hawk County. That was the decision Friday from District Court Judge Marlita Greve, granting the change of venue motion (see ruling below).

Mallards Fire Ruskowski

Jan 20, 2017
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With a weak record and worried about making the playoffs, the Quad City Mallards have made a major change in personnel. Friday coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski was fired, and replaced by his assistant Phil Axtell.

Jeff Wendland

While some other professional sports teams have come and gone, hockey has survived, and mostly thrived, in the Quad Cities. The Mallards are now celebrating their 20th season.

On Midwest Week, Herb Trix's guest is Jeff Wendland, sports copy editor for the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus.

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

Rachel Wisinski

President Barack Obama greeted the World Series champions Chicago Cubs at the White House Monday in his final ceremony for a championship sports team.

Cubs fans in the Quad Cities will get to celebrate the team's victory in two weeks when the World Series trophy makes its way to Davenport.

The trophy will be on display at the River Music Experience from noon to 1:30 on Monday, January 30. Later that evening, the trophy will be on display on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City from 5 to 6:30. The trophy tour includes stops in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana.

Quad Cities River Bandits

An entirely new field staff will lead the Quad Cities River Bandits this year. 

Augustana College

The men's basketball coach at Augustana College has been chosen to join a select group of coaches. In April, Grey Giovanine will be inducted in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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