Sports news

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.

Sam Dunklau / WVIK News

An Iowa State Senator now co-owns The Quad Cities River Bandits. On Thursday, the team's managing partner, Dave Heller, announced Roby Smith is replacing Bob Herrfeldt as co-owner of the minor league franchise.

Madison Keys (right) talks with girls during a FearlesslyGiRL summit at Rock Island High School.
Lacy Scarmana / WVIK News

Tennis star and Rock Island native Madison Keys returned home to help empower girls. The 21-year-old is ranked 8th in the world by the Women's Tennis Association. She's also the newest ambassador for FearlesslyGiRL, a leadership organization that hosts summits in schools for girls throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

As winter approaches, the River Bandits are thinking about spring. Monday the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros released its schedule for next year. 

Quad City Mallards

For local fans, the long, long months without hockey are finally over. Friday night the Quad City Mallards open the new season at home, against Fort Wayne. Then on Saturday night they'll play the Komets again, but on the road. 

Team president Bob McNamara says this will be the 20th season for the Mallards, and it wouldn't have been possible without strong local support.

Paul L Dineen

On Midwest Week - with all the talk about injuries at the college and professional levels, should parents be worried about their children playing in youth football leagues ?

WVIK Staff

"Nobody has a rink like this around here." That's according to the crew at the I-Wireless Center in Moline today, as they began building the ice rink for the Quad City Mallards' upcoming season.