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WICHITA, Kan. -- Michael Parks scored his first career hat trick and the Quad-City Mallards' offense keeps humming.

The Mallards rolled to a 5-2 win over the Wichita Thunder Wednesday at INTRUST Bank Arena, and have now scored 17 goals in their last three games.

The win keeps the Mallards four points ahead of the Kalamazoo Wings for third place in the Central Division with eight games remaining.

Parks' hat trick is the second in as many games, and third this season for the Mallards.

\u201cWe\u2019re for the most part sticking to the game plan, getting pucks and bodies to the net, it results in goals,\" head coach Phil Axtell said. \"A couple of guys are starting to find their stride with their shots and its nice to see.\"

Chris Francis gave the Mallards a quick lead and Parks scored two goals to stretch the lead to 3-0 in the first period.

The Thunder cut the lead to 3-2 and had a four-minute power play but the Mallards killed it off and Francis scored his second goal of the game 69 seconds later to give the Mallards a 4-2 lead at 12:02 in the third period.

\"It was huge because they were coming,\" Axtell said. \"They pushed hard in the second and were pushing hard in the third. The guys did a good job on the penalty kill, got pucks out when we needed to, forced them to make plays they didn\u2019t necessarily want to make.\"

C.J. Motte made 32 saves in net to pick up his first win since Feb. 26.

\"Motte played absolutely outstanding,\" Axtell said. \"It was great for him to get the win he\u2019s been earning, he just hasn\u2019t been getting that result.\"

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There is a familiar look to this year's Quad-City Times All-Metro boys swimming and diving team.

Of the 12 swimmers chosen to the first team, half are repeat selections from a year ago. The team is highlighted by Bettendorf junior Caleb Aman, a three-event champion at last month's state meet in Marshalltown. Aman\u00a0recorded one of the state's 10 fastest times in six different individual events.

The Bulldogs, who came home from the state meet with a third-place finish, have four swimmers on the top team. Aman is joined by Charlie and Zach Bunn along with Ryan Schade.\u00a0

Aman, Zach Bunn and Schade are repeat choices along with Pleasant Valley's Sam Lundry, Moline's Austin Morris and Davenport Central's Seth Land, who swam at Rock Island a year ago.\u00a0

First team

Swimmers

Caleb Aman, Bettendorf, jr. \u2014 Named the most outstanding swimmer at the Iowa state meet and MAC swimmer of the year, Aman won three state titles\u00a0\u2014 200 individual medley (1:49.43, automatic all-American time), 100 backstroke (50.89) and led off 200 medley relay (1:34.08).

Charlie Bunn, Bettendorf, fr. \u2014 Distance swimmer was 12th at state meet in 200 free (1:46.87), 14th in 500 free (4:54.12) and swam a leg on the third place 400 free relay (3:09.17). He also swam on 200 free relay at state.

Zach Bunn, Bettendorf, sr. \u2014 Stood on the podium in all four events at state \u2014\u00a0first in medley relay (1:34.08), third in 400 free relay (3:09.17), fifth in 100 free (46.47) and sixth in 200 free (1:43.34).

Kevin Burke, Pleasant Valley, so. \u2014 Swam on all three of PV's relays at the state meet and placed fourth in the 100 backstroke (52.27 seconds). He anchored 200 free relay to ninth place and 400 free relay took seventh.

Ian Johnson, United Township, sr. \u2014 Qualified for Illinois state meet in 50 freestyle after finishing second at sectionals (21.49). He was Big Six runner-up in 50 and 100 freestyles.\u00a0

Seth Land, Davenport Central, jr. \u2014 A four-event state qualifier, Land anchored the Blue Devils to sixth place in medley relay, was 11th in 50 free (22.12), 14th in 100 free (48.66) and swam on eighth place 400 free relay.\u00a0

Sam Lundry, Pleasant Valley, sr. \u2014 All-conference performer finished eighth at state in 500 free (4:48.53), 12th in 200 IM (2:00.03) and competed on two top-10 relays for a team that finished 10th at the state meet.\u00a0

Austin Morris, Moline, so. \u2014 Was an Illinois state qualifier in the 100 backstroke and 200 medley relay. He earned four victories at Big Six meet in 100 back, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.\u00a0

Ryan Schade, Bettendorf, sr. \u2014 Swam breaststroke leg on Bulldogs' state-winning 200 medley relay, finished second in 100 breaststroke (58.10) and sixth in 200 IM (1:56.90) along with a third place in 400 free relay.\u00a0

Andrew Shie, Davenport Central, jr. \u2014 Earned a third-place state finish in the 100 breaststroke (school-record 58.14 seconds), took 11th in 100 free (48.43) and competed on two top-eight relays at state.\u00a0

Joseph Shie, Davenport Central, sr. \u2014 Led off the sixth place medley relay at state for Central and swam on eighth place 400 free relay. He also was 15th in 200 IM (2:00.90) and qualified for state in 100 backstroke.

Peter Son, Moline, so. \u2014\u00a0Won three events at Big Six meet in 200 IM (2:03.68), 100 breaststroke (1:02.95) and 200 medley relay. He was sectional runner-up in 100 breast (1:01.69) and swam on state-qualifying medley relay.

Divers

Abhi Sodhani, Moline, jr. \u2014 Captured the Big Six championship with a 340.40 score and was second at the sectional meet.\u00a0

Eddie Sierra-Lee, United Township, sr. \u2014 Qualified for the state meet with a sectional championship (356.40) and was runner-up to Sodhani at Big Six meet.\u00a0

Honorable mention

Bettendorf: Ben Luppen, jr.; Andrew Ottavianelli, so.\u00a0

Davenport Central: Charley Cummins, jr.; Devin Land, so.\u00a0

Moline: Avery Fowler, jr.; Remi Greko, fr.; Ethan Luong, jr.; Jack Thompson, jr.

Muscatine: Isaac Heth, jr.; Daylon Shelangoski, fr.; John Wieskamp, jr.\u00a0

Pleasant Valley: Dylan Hartford, sr.; Nathan McKay, fr.; William Nash, so.; Alex Wong, sr.\u00a0

Rock Island: Grant Osborn, so.\u00a0

United Township: Diego Hernandez, sr.; Jacob Johnson, jr.; Evan Juarez, so.

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IOWA CITY \u2013 Megan Gustafson still has some things to work on as the Iowa women\u2019s basketball team continues its run through the WNIT.

After all, the sophomore did miss one of the 16 shots she attempted in the Hawkeyes\u2019 win over South Dakota on Saturday.

Gustafson will work on improving on that today when Iowa hosts Colorado in a 7 p.m. game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, seeing the same type of inside opportunities which led her to a career-high 33-point performance in the tourney\u2019s second round.

\u201cTheir strength is on the perimeter, a lot like South Dakota, so there are some things inside we hope to take advantage of,\u2019\u2019 said Gustafson, who has scored at least 20 points 15 times this season for Iowa.

\u201cThey have good players inside, too, but we know a key for us will be to defend the three and offensively, either take it to basket or put ourselves in a position where we are able to kick it back out.\u2019\u2019

Either way, Gustafson figures to be in the middle of it all.

The 6-foot-3 post player averages a double-double for Iowa, leading the Hawkeyes with 18.7 points and 10 rebounds per game.

She enters the game against the Buffaloes (17-15) following one of the most dominant performances of her college career although it was far from the 64 points she scored in her final high school game at Port Wing, Wisconsin.

\u201cThe competition\u2019s a little different here,\u2019\u2019 Gustafson said.

The objective, however, remains unchanged.

Gustafson\u2019s desire to improve her game hasn\u2019t gone unnoticed by Iowa coach Lisa Bluder, who believes the second-year starter is on the cusp of becoming the most effective post player in the Big Ten.

\u201cThat\u2019s probably the next step for her,\u2019\u2019 Bluder said.

Bluder points to the growth she has seen in Gustafson\u2019s game between her freshman and sophomore seasons as an example of the potential that exists.

\u201cShe is averaging eight more points per game, her rebounding average has about doubled and her field goal percentage is up 10 percent,\u2019\u2019 Bluder said. \u201cShe\u2019s made some great strides.\u2019\u2019

Gustafson is shooting 64.9 percent from the field, but has helped herself at the line as well.

Bluder recalls challenging her last summer to become a better free throw shooter after she shot 61.5 percent as a freshman. Gustafson has responded with a 79.5-percent touch this season, knocking down 101-of-127 attempts.

\u201cShe really took that to heart,\u2019\u2019 Bluder said. \u201cShe has some things to work on this summer, too, and we\u2019ll talk about that with her once the season ends, but I know she\u2019ll approach it the same way.\u2019\u2019

Gustafson plans to approach Iowa\u2019s third WNIT game the same way she approached the first two.

\u201cI\u2019m excited to play right now and see where this can lead,\u2019\u2019 Gustafson said. \u201cThe idea is to do whatever it takes to win. With so many underclassmen on the team, the more games we get to play the better it is for our future.\u2019\u2019

Gustafson said the Hawkeyes are continuing to search for greater consistency in their game.

She points to a strong start and a strong finish against South Dakota, beginning and ending efforts that included better intensity than Iowa (19-13) showed during the middle quarters of its 78-73 win over South Dakota.

\u201cWe let them back in it and we need to learn from that and keep working hard to put teams away,\u2019\u2019 Gustafson said.

She doesn\u2019t count on hitting 15-of-16 shots again \u2013 the top-shooting game ever by a Hawkeye to attempt 15 field goals in a game \u2013 but Gustafson is ready to take whatever opportunities are there.

\u201cMy teammates did a great job of setting me up the other day. We played a great team game and that put me in a position to have the kind of day I did,\u2019\u2019 Gustafson said. \u201cIt was a special day. Hopefully, we can all have a few more days like that yet this season.\u2019\u2019

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Five things to keep an eye on this spring as the Iowa football team works through its 15 spring practices culminating in a public practice under the lights at Kinnick Stadium on Friday, April 21:

Quarterback race

With a new offensive coordinator and new quarterbacks coach in Brian Ferentz and Ken O\u2019Keefe, performance this spring and into fall camp will dictate who emerges as the replacement for C.J. Beathard behind center in 2017.

Sophomore Nathan Stanley and junior Tyler Wiegers are the only quarterbacks in the program with game experience, albeit limited action. Stanley completed 5-of-9 passes for 62 yards in seven games last fall as the back up while Wiegers went 3-for-4 for 32 yards in four games while No. 2 on the depth chart in 2015.

Drew Cook and Ryan Boyle, returning to the position after spending last fall as a receiver, are the only other scholarship quarterbacks in camp this spring.

\u201cClearly at this point, Tyler Wiegers and Nate Stanley have the most experience working with the twos and ones. Those two guys will be at the front of the group, then we\u2019ll let it work from there,\u2019\u2019 Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

Who\u2019s catching on?

Matt VandeBerg\u2019s absence this spring because of a foot injury will provide new receivers coach Kelton Copeland with a chance to get to know a collection of largely unproven underclassmen.

Junior Jerminic Smith caught 23 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns last season and is the most experienced of the group.

Sophomore Devonte Young and junior Adrian Falconer both lettered last season but neither caught a pass.

Junior college transfer Nick Easley, a 5-foot-11, 203-pound Newton, Iowa native from Iowa Western Community College, and Ronald Nash, a junior from Sioux City who also started his college career at Iowa Western, also figure to be in the mix.

\u201cWith Matt being out, it\u2019s wide open right now for everybody to have a chance,\u2019\u2019 Ferentz said. \u201cBasically, the goal is to demonstrate that they can play and help us win, then we\u2019ll figure out where they belong afterwards.\u2019\u2019

Iowa is also looking to replace starter George Kittle at tight end. Senior Peter Pekar, sophomore Noah Fant, who caught nine passes a year ago, senior Jon Wisnieski and redshirt freshmen Shaun Beyer and T.J. Hockenson top a list of seven candidates at the position.

Cornerback quandary

The biggest questions Phil Parker is dealing with in the secondary this season are at cornerback, where the Hawkeyes must find replacements for consensus all-American Desmond King and Greg Mabin.

King started a school-record 51 games over the last four seasons and Mabin has been a lineup regular for the past three seasons, leaving a green, but growing group of potential replacements.

Sophomore Manny Rugamba intercepted two passes as a true freshman and started three games last season after Mabin suffered an injury, but experienced depth remains in short supply.

Sophomore Michael Ojemudia, junior Joshua Jackson and redshirt freshman Cedric Boswell figure to be in the mix initially. Jackson started in the Outback Bowl in place of an injured Rugamba.

Interior design

Iowa\u2019s defensive front has thrived with a healthy rotation in recent seasons and development of a rotation at the interior tackle spots to work in front of a group of three returning starters at linebacker will be important this spring.

Nathan Bazata is back for his senior season at defensive tackle, but the loss of first-team all-Big Ten pick Jaleel Johnson and Faith Ekakitie creates openings Reese Morgan will be looking to fill.

Bazata has 24 games of starting experience and is joined at the start of spring ball in the lineup by sophomore Cedrick Lattimore, who saw action in six games last fall as a true freshman.

Senior Jake Hulett and two sophomores, Garret Jansen and Brady Reiff, figure heavily into the mix of tackle options that will get a look this spring.

Getting a leg up

Ron Coluzzi provided Iowa\u2019s punting game with welcomed consistency as a graduate transfer a year ago, averaging 41.1 yards per punt, but the same preseason questions that existed in 2016 are back.

Colten Rastetter is the only punter in the program who has seen game action, punting once for 42 yards.

\u201cIt\u2019s really pretty simple for Colten right now. He\u2019s our punter. All he has to do is go out and play well, play well consistently. If he does that, get out in front,\u2019\u2019 Ferentz said. \u201c\u2026 It\u2019s a great opportunity for Colten right now. His biggest challenge is consistency.\u2019\u2019

Walk-on Ben Canby is the only other punter on the roster until freshman Ryan Gersonde arrives in the fall.

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CHICAGO (AP) \u2014 Respected and reviled in his hometown, this much can't be argued when it comes to Jerry Krause: He helped take the Chicago Bulls to heights few teams have reached.

Krause, the general manager of the Bulls during a 1990s dynasty that included six NBA championships with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way, has died. He was 77.

The Bulls confirmed his death on Tuesday.

A Chicago native, Krause spent 18 seasons leading the Bulls' front office and was a two-time NBA executive of the year. He helped put together a run that ranks among the most successful in NBA history and made the franchise a worldwide brand.

\"The entire Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Krause,\" chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. \"Jerry was one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around, and he was one of the best talent evaluators ever. Jerry played an integral role in our run of six championships in eight years. He truly was the architect of all our great teams in the '90s.\"

With Jordan and Pippen soaring around Chicago and Phil Jackson pulling the strings from the sideline, the Bulls dominated in a way few teams have. Krause, who took over as general manager in 1985, was responsible for surrounding Jordan with the pieces that helped create two championship three-peats in the 1990s.

\"Jerry was a key figure in the Chicago Bulls' dynasty of the 1990s and meant so much to the Bulls, the White Sox and the entire city of Chicago,\" Jordan, the Charlotte Hornets' owner, said through his spokesperson. \"My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Thelma, his family and friends.\"

Krause hired Jackson from the Continental Basketball Association as an assistant to Doug Collins and fired Collins in favor of Jackson following a run to the Eastern Conference finals in 1989. At the time, it was not a popular move. But did it ever pay off in a big way.

The same goes for the 1987 draft-day trade that brought Pippen to Chicago. On top of that, he drafted Horace Grant with the 10th overall selection that year, adding two major pieces to the championship foundation.

Draft picks such as Toni Kukoc, Stacey King and B.J. Armstrong also played prominent roles on those teams. He also signed key contributors John Paxson, Steve Kerr, Bill Wennington and Ron Harper. Dennis Rodman, a flamboyant force on the glass, was acquired in a trade.

Krause also hired assistant coaches such as triangle offense architect Tex Winter and Doberman defense mastermind John Bach.

\"He had a great eye for talent, and his ability to build a team is unrivaled,\" said Paxson, now the executive vice president of basketball operations. \"He's one of the best the league has ever seen.\"

A baseball player at Taft High School on Chicago's Northwest Side, Krause spent more than five decades in professional sports as an executive and scout.

He was responsible for drafting Hall of Famers Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld as a scout for the Baltimore Bullets. He helped select Jerry Sloan, Norm Van Lier, Clifford Ray, Michael Cooper and Norm Nixon as a scout for the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and the Bulls in an earlier stint.

Krause also worked for baseball's Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, White Sox, New York Yankees, New York Mets and, most recently, Arizona Diamondbacks.

But he is best remembered for his time as the Bulls' general manager.

\"There's no question he was one of the great GMs of all time, a Hall of Famer,\" Kerr said of Krause, who is not enshrined. \"Just to be a part of those teams and to have been given the opportunity to be part of it by Jerry, by Phil Jackson, I feel blessed to have had that opportunity.\"

For all their success, it wasn't necessarily a smooth ride. Jordan referred to him as \"crumbs\" for doughnut residue on his clothes. A feud with Krause contributed to Jackson's departure and the disintegration of the dynasty following the second three-peat in 1998.

It didn't help Krause's image when he was quoted as saying, \"Players and coaches don't win championships, organizations win championships.\" He insisted he was simply trying to give scouts and employees behind the scenes their due and that he actually said this: \"Players and coaches alone don't win championships, organizations.\"

The Bulls, meanwhile, ranked among the league's worst teams after the breakup of the dynasty. Krause retired as GM in 2003, unable to lift them back to the top of the NBA.

\"It was difficult at times but I always respected Jerry,\" said Wennington, now a Bulls analyst. \"I understood that we're all human and in business you're going to have to do things that are what you think are best for the business. Did I agree with everything Jerry Krause did? No, but I did agree with a lot of things he did.\"

Wennington remembered Krause as a \"caring man\" who would always spend a few minutes with his son when he brought him to the team's practice facility.

Coach Fred Hoiberg, who played for the Bulls when Krause was the GM, said: \"He was a great person and we just saw him; he came to one of our practices earlier in the year and it was good to be able to spend some time with him.\"

Krause is survived by his wife, Thelma; his two children, Stacy and David; and his grandchildren Colette, Josh, Mia and Riley. Memorial information was pending.

___

AP Sports Writers Steve Reed in Charlotte and Stephen Hawkins in Dallas and freelance writer Paul Attfield in Toronto contributed to this report.

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Halftime -- Orion-Sherrard 2, Alleman 0. Goals -- Alleman, Taylor Carter (unassisted) 78th minute. Orion-Sherrard, Karsyn McCunn (Jamie Abbott) 6th minute; Lydia Clarke (unassisted) 20th minute. Saves -- Alleman, Alyssa Carpita 2, Megan Tanghe 1; Orion-Sherrard, Mary Mount 9. Corners -- Alleman 5, Orion-Sherrard 1. Records -- Alleman 0-1-0, 0-0-0.

Girls track & field

Silver Streak Indoor Invite\u00a0

at Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

1600 run -- 1. Ayah Aldadah (Dunlap) 5:21.80, 2. Miranda Kruiswyk (Dunlap) 5:21.89, 3. Caroline Jachino (Pleasant Plains) 5:35.11

200 dash -- 1. Megan Pittington (Moline) 26.23, 2. Aanise Sajna (Dunlap) 26.41, 3. Brittany Rainey (Dunlap) 27.00

1600 relay -- 1. Dunlap (Alex Schaub, Lizzy Hoenes, Savannah Sullivan, Sarah Georgieff) 4:12.91, 2. Farmington 4:18.39, 3. Galesburg 4:23.52

800 relay -- 1. Dunlap (Aanise Sajna, Savannah Sullivan, Alex Schaub, Kiara Pauli) 1:49.29, 2. Galesburg 1:50.94, 3. Moline 1:52.70

400 dash -- 1. Sarah Georgieff (Dunlap) 1:01.74, 2. Destiny Evans (Peoria) 1:06.46, 3. Lizzy Hoenes (Dunlap) 1:06.54

60 hurdles -- 1. Maggie Schutte (Quincy) 9.33, 2. Azlynn Sherrod-Butler (United Township) 9.62, 3. Sarah Georgieff (Dunlap) 9.69

60 dash -- 1. Derria Edwards (Peoria) 7.67, 2. Kiara Pauli (Dunlap) 7.85, 3. Megan Pittington (Moline) 7.98

800 run -- 1. Brett Schneider (Fort Madison) 2:25.52, 2. Jena Brooks (Dunlap) 2:28.32, 3. Andrea Copeland (Dunlap) 2:30.77

Shot put -- 1. Arriana Benjamin (Quincy) 41-02.00, 2. Kacie Evans (Dunlap) 34-03.00, 3. Hannah McVey (Monmouth-Roseville) 33-09.00

3200 run -- 1. Franny Verville (Dunlap) 11:17.00, 2. Ayah Aldadah (Dunlap) 11:26.83, 3. Lydia Kurfman (Quincy) 11:27.91

3200 relay -- 1. Dunlap (Andrea Copeland, Tess Davila, Miranda Kruiswyk, Jena Brooks) 10:06.67, 2. Fort Madison 10:27.67, 3. Knoxville 10:29.10

High jump -- 1. Kiah O'Neal (Alleman) 5-02.00, 2. Iesha Crowe (Kewanee) 4-10.00, 3. Bella Camp (IVC) 4-10.00

Pole vault -- 1. Sydney Bertschy (Dunlap) 11-00.00, 2. Maggie Schutte (Quincy) 10-06.00, 3. Sarah Litchfield (Farmington) 8-06.00

Long jump -- 1. Aanise Sajna (Dunlap) 18-00.50, 2. Savannah Sullivan (Dunlap) 16-09.75, 3. Abby Camp (IVC) 15-07.00

Triple jump -- 1. Maggie Schutte (Quincy) 34-09.75, 2. Alex Schaub (Dunlap) 34-08.00, 3. Acacia Roberts (Dunlap) 33-04.25

Sherwood relays\u00a0

Team results -- 1. Bettendorf 182, 2. Iowa City 145, 3. Mount Pleasant 102, 4. Muscatine 67, 5. Cedar Rapids Xavier 65, 6. Davenport Central 62, 7. Cedar Rapids Washington 50, 8. Burlington 34

100 dash -- 1. Emma Clark (Iowa City) 12.97, 2. Tie, Emma Cooper (Iowa City), Brittni Lloyd (Muscatine), 13.10

200 dash -- 1. Callie Anderson (Burlington) 27.35, 2. Angel Baylark (Burlington) 27.44, 3. Emma Clark (Iowa City) 27.48

400 dash -- 1. Taylor Mitchell (Bettendorf) 1:05.45, 2. Kylie Wroblewski\u00a0(Bettendorf) 1:05.66, 3. Azzura Sartini-Rideout (Iowa City) 1:08.09

800 run -- 1. Sydney Spranger\u00a0(Bettendorf) 2:29.29, 2. Taylor Murphy (Mount Pleasant) 2:30.55, 3. Moriah Morter (Muscatine) 2:32.01

100 hurdles -- 1. Amara Taylor (CR Washington) 16.52, 2. Allison Buckert (Mount Pleasant) 17.08, 3. Hailey Behning\u00a0(Bettendorf) 17.16

1500 run -- 1. Reagan Gorman (CR Washington) 5:03.43, 2. Trinity Borland\u00a0(Bettendorf) 5:03.57, 3. Brina Kraft (Muscatine) 5:12.90

3000 run -- 1. Moriah Morter (Muscatine) 10:55.00, 2. Katie Tallett (CR Xavier) 11:05.00, 3. Emily Bywater (Iowa City) 11:06.00

400 hurdles -- 1. Amara Taylor (CR Washington) 1:10.19, 2. Hailey Behning\u00a0(Bettendorf) 1:11.02, 3. Merryl Green (Iowa City) 1:15.99

Discus -- 1. Luci Murphy (Iowa City) 122-07, 2. Abbie Liechty (Mount Pleasant) 112-11, 3. Bailey Johnson (Mount Pleasant) 101-00

High jump -- 1. Annika Braaten\u00a0(Bettendorf) 4-10.00, 2. Cyan Vanderhoef (Iowa City) 4-08.00, 3. Callie Kellett (Muscatine) 4-06.00

Long jump -- 1. Erin McQuillen\u00a0(Bettendorf) 16-01.50, 2. Aiyana Brown-Taylor (Davenport Central) 15-05.00, 3. Brittni Lloyd (Muscatine) 15-03.00

Shot put -- 1. Luci Murphy (Iowa City) 37-02.50, 2. Grace Bittle (Mount Pleasant) 34-06.00, 3. Creana Farley\u00a0(Bettendorf) 34-06.00

400 relays -- 1. Bettendorf (Maggie Erpelding, Allie Wroblewski, Maddie Banks, Emma Ostrom) 50.87, 2. Davenport Central 53.43, 3. Iowa City 53.79

800 relays -- 1. Bettendorf (Maddie Banks, Emma Ostrom, Erin McQuillen, Allie Wroblewski) 1:47.07, 2. Iowa City 1:55.01, 3. Mount Pleasant 1:58.10

1600 relays -- 1. Bettendorf (Erin McQuillen, Jenna Nickles, Sydney Spranger, Taylor Mitchell) 4:22.68, 2. Iowa City 4:33.00, 3. Davenport Central 4:49.26

3200 relays -- 1. Bettendorf (Jenna Nickles, Ally Gallagher, Trinity Borland, Sydney Spranger) 10:01.92, 2. Iowa City 10:23.97, 3. Cedar Rapids Xavier 10:59.28

400 shuttle hurdle relay -- 1. Mount Pleasant (Maddie Williamson, Serenity Keomanivong, Kalynn Batey, Allison Buckert) 1:10.97, 2. Bettendorf 1:11.09, 3. Cedar Rapids Xavier 1:13.63

800 sprint medley -- 1. Bettendorf (Maddie Banks, Emma Ostrom, Erin McQuillen, Allie Wroblewski) 1:51.80, 2. Cedar Rapids Xavier 1:58.92, 3. Iowa City 1:59.66

1600 distance medley -- 1. Bettendorf (Annika Braaten, Emma Johnson, Rylee Ramstack, Breanna Vermeer) 4:30.78, 2. Muscatine 4:37.29, 3. Cedar Rapids Washington 4:38.86

Boys track & field

North Scott Lancer Early Bird Invite

Team results -- 1. Davenport West 134, 2. North Scott 114, 3. Bettendorf 88, 4. Davenport North 84, 5. Davenport Central 78, 6. Burlington 44

100 dash -- 1. Isaiah Gibbs (North) 11.42, 2. Kevin Kurth (Central) 11.46, 3. Andrew Gerth (Bettendorf) 11.86

200 dash -- 1. Kevin Kurth (Central) 23.91, 2. Nate Pemberton (North) 24.97, 3. Tykel Gordon (Burlington) 25.36

400 dash -- 1. Will Reemtsma (Central) 53.34, 2. DJ Mosley (West) 54.51, 3. DeViann Titus Porter (North) 56.12

800 run -- 1. Andrew Wright (West) 2:08.28, 2. Michael Smith (Central) 2:14.53, 3. Matt Dibbern (North) 2:17.18

110 hurdles -- Will Reemtsma (Central) 16.71, 2. Brady Richlen (West) 17.06, 3. Jaden Wilshusen (North Scott) 18.81

1600 run -- 1. Marcus Padilla (North Scott) 5:00.12, 2. Zach Schocker (North) 5:02.01, 3. Alex Schwindt (West) 5:07.95

3200 run -- 1. Andrew Wright (West) 10:06.81, 2. Cameron Morgan (West) 10:30.74, 3. Matt Dibbern (North) 10:34.24

400 hurdles -- 1. Tyler Williams (West) 59.17, 2. James Pleasant (Burlington) 1:02.26, 3. Ethan Clarke (Bettendorf) 1:03.02

Discus -- 1. Cole Webster (Bettendorf) 154-04, 2. Brett Spencer (Bettendorf) 134-01, 3. Brian Mundt (Burlington) 128-01

High jump -- 1. Trent Allard (North Scott) 5-08.00, 2. TJ Yates (North Scott) 5-08.00, 3. Trey Sampson (West) 5-06.00

Long jump -- 1. Kevin Kurth (Central) 21-09.00, 2. DJ Mosley (West) 20-08.00, 3. Tykel Gordon (Burlington) 20-00.00\u00a0

Shot put -- 1. Cole Webster (Bettendorf) 50-01.00, 2. Jaylen Johnson (West) 46-04.00, 3. Brett Spencer (Bettendorf) 45-06.00

400 relay -- 1. North Scott (Tony Barreca, Clayton Neff, Paul Leahy, Luke Kroeger) 46.07, 2. Bettendorf 47.03, 3. North 48.11

800 relay -- 1. Bettendorf (Austin Kalar, Jaron Shook, Drake Nichols, Andrew Gerth, Brandan Tillman) 1:38.74, 2. West 1:41.39, 3. North Scott 1:42.85

1600 relay -- 1. West (Tyler Williams, DJ Mosley, Mike Anfinson, Andrew Wright) 3:43.80, 2. North Scott 3:47.42, 3. Burlington 4:01.52

3200 relay -- 1. Central (Islam Tot, Seth Land, Jacob Green) 8:52.56, 2. North Scott 8:58.42, 3. Burlington 9:36.35

440 shuttle hurdle -- 1. West (Brady Richlen, Tyler Williams, DJ Mosley, Tyrese Ballard) 1:03.69, 2. North Scott 1:05.79

800 sprint medley relay -- 1. North Scott (Tony Barreca, Luke Kroeger, Paul Leahy, Clayton Neff) 1:38.24, 2. North 1:41.81, 3. Bettendorf 1:44.63

1600 distance medley relay -- 1. North (Nate Pemberton, Cameron Butler, Jalen Jones, Zach Schocker) 4:00.74, 2. North Scott 4:15.55

Silver Streak Indoor Invite\u00a0

at Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

1600 run -- 1. Cam Schroeder (Burlington) 4:48.88, 2. Cooper Hoffman (Elmwood) 4:49.91, 3. Carson Potts (Dunlap) 4:53.38\u00a0

200 dash -- 1. Alec McElyea (IVC) 23.27, 2. Brett Schenck (Princeton) 23.35, 3. Chandler Diehl (West Central) 23.80

800 relay -- 1. United Township (Jacob Bodeen, Travis Griffith, David Ortega, Demariye Carpenter) 1:36.21, 2. Monmouth-Roseville 1:37.58, 3. Sherrard 1:38.88

400 dash -- 1. Zach Vancil (West Central) 52.85, 2. Judd Anderson (Farmington) 53.68, 3. Logan Plack (Peoria Notre Dame) 53.88

60 hurdles -- 1. Tracker Harris (Dunlap) 8.44, 2. Paul Cabrera (Galesburg) 8.70, 3. Hayden Goleman (Elmwood) 8.92

60 dash -- 1. Armani Atwater (Moline) 7.17, 2. Brett Schenck (Princeton) 7.19, 3. Demariye Carpenter (United Township) 7.30

800 run -- 1. Connor Dessert (Moline) 2:00.27, 2. Mitchell Mazander (Peoria Notre Dame) 2:06.55, 3. Wilson Burton (Galesburg) 2:06.59

Shot put -- 1. Jackson Harkness (Elmwood) 52-00.00, 2. Austin Klokkenga (Dunlap) 51-06.00, 3. Xavier Wickersham (United Township) 45-11.00

3200 run -- 1. Dalton Martin (United Township) 9:55.49, 2. Spencer Smith (Alleman) 10:00.84, 3. Owen Habeger (IVC) 10:08.19

3200 relay -- 1. Dunlap (Trey Chamberlain, Gabe Gavino-DaCosta, Dotun Taiwo, Carson Potts) 8:33.66, 2. Elmwood 8:38.81, 3. United Township 8:58.02

High jump -- 1. Logan Francis (United Township) 6-04.00, 2. John Moore (Moline) 6-00.00, 3. Prince Saye (Moline) 5-10.00

Pole vault -- 1. Josh Getz (Peoria Notre Dame) 14-06.00, 2. Jack Pompe (Dunlap) 14-00.00, 3. Kyle Mulhern (Peoria Notre Dame) 12-06.00

Long jump -- 1. Ben Buresh (Wethersfield) 21-05.50, 2. Alec McElyea (IVC) 21-04.50, 3. Marcellous Johnson (Moline) 20-09.25\u00a0

Triple jump -- 1. Marcellous Johnson (Moline) 43-11.50, 2. Anton Ranson (United Township) 43-06.00, 3. Nathan Graves (Alleman) 42-02.50

Baseball\u00a0

Moline 3, Dunlap 1

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Michanicou, Winkel (6). Jordan Benson, Austin Schoeve (6). W -- Benson. L -- Michanicou. 2B -- Dunlap, Hopkins. RBI -- Dunlap, Mangieri; Moline, Dan Anderson, Nolan Griffin, Eric Maffie

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One of the first things Phil Axtell mentioned when he took over as head coach of the Quad-City Mallards was the character inside the locker room.

It's what helped the team overcome the coaching change, put together an eight-game winning streak, and clinch a playoff berth for the fifth straight season.

The foundation for the team's resiliency was set in the offseason. Axtell, along with former coach Terry Ruskowski, made it a point to recruit players who were captains or assistant captains, either in college or in juniors.

\"Terry and I both put our heart and soul into building this team over the summer,\" Axtell said. \"The character of the guys we have in there, we have leaders.\"

Eleven players on the current roster have been either captains or assistant captains previously in their careers, and of the 33 players the Mallards have had on their roster this year, 18 had been captains or assistants previously.

With Chris Francis in his first year as Mallards captain, the team has 12 total players who have now had a letter on their chest in their careers.

\"It adds toughness, not so much fighting and roughing penalties but being a player that is tough to play against,\" Axtell said. \"Being a player other teams don't want to play against because they do the right things and I think when you have a letter on your chest, that's what that represents.\"

Axtell stuck to that trend when he signed forward Shane Sooth last week. Sooth was a captain for two seasons at Northern Michigan University as well as in juniors with the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

\"That's important, it means there's some character there,\" Axtell said.

Petan rejoins Mallards:\u00a0Forward and assistant captain Alex Petan was released from his professional tryout agreement with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters on Tuesday and has returned to the Mallards. Petan is expected to rejoin the team for Friday's game against Fort Wayne with the Mallards currently in Wichita. Petan scored two goals and added four assists in 14 games with the Monsters. In 41 games with Quad-City this season Petan has scored 13 goals and added 16 assists.

Out of the park: The Quad-City Mallards wore baseball-themed jerseys for their game Friday against the Missouri Mavericks, and though they weren't officially linked to any team, they bore a strong resemblance to jerseys worn by the Chicago Cubs.

Blue pinstripes on a white base, blue numbers outlined in red, and the clincher, a red \"C\", surrounded by a blue \"Q.\" Whether or not the jerseys are official likenesses of the World Series champions, their resemblance was close enough to draw the admiration of some of the players, including Nolan LaPorte, a Mokena, Illinois native.

\"Awesome, I'm a Chicago guy so I want this jersey,\" he said. \"I was just happy (when the Cubs won). I've been a Chicago fan all my life and for them to win the World Series was awesome and to be able to rock the jersey was pretty cool too.\"

Michael Parks, a St. Louis native, wasn't quite so fond of them.

Mallards raise money:\u00a0The Quad-City Mallards raised $15,750 for Genesis Family Connects through the game-worn jersey auction following last Friday's win over the Missouri Mavericks.

Mo Mallard's jersey drew the highest bid of $1,200 and goaltender Adam Vay's jersey drew the second-highest bid of $950.

The auction was the second of two this season the Mallards partnered with Genesis Health System this season. Both auctions combined to raise over $33,000. Over the last two decades, Mallards jersey auctions have raised over $800,000 to benefit Genesis Health System charities.

Goals galore: Sunday's scoring outburst between Quad-City and the Indy Fuel \u2014 an 8-7 Fuel win \u2014\u00a0is a rarity for the Mallards. The Mallards hadn't given up eight goals since an 8-5 Central Hockey League loss to the Bloomington Blaze on March 12, 2013.

The Mallards hadn't allowed six goals in a period since returning to the ice after a two-year hiatus in 2009.

The 15 combined goals was the most in a game the Mallards have been involved in since they defeated Bloomington 9-6 on Feb. 8, 2013.

Players of the week: Elmira Jackals forward Kenton Miller was named the Sher-Wood Hockey player of the week after scoring five goals and adding three assists for eight points in three games last week.

Adirondack Thunder goaltender J.P. Anderson was named the CCM goaltender of the week after going 2-0-0 with a 2.20 goals against average and a .936 save percentage in three appearances last week.

Magic number: The Mallards' magic number to clinch the third seed in the Central Division semifinals is 13. Any combination of 13 points gained by the Mallards or dropped by the Kalamazoo Wings results in the Mallards clinching the third seed in the division.

Wild weekly: The Iowa Wild went 1-1-0 and remain in fourth place in the AHL's Central Division with 68 points heading into Tuesday's game with the Charlotte Checkers. The Minnesota Wild went 0-4-0 last week and dropped to second place in the NHL's Central Division with 92 points heading into Tuesday's game with the San Jose Sharks.

This week: The Mallards travel to Wichita to face the Thunder at INTRUST Bank Arena today at 7:05 p.m.

Friday, the Mallards return home to host the Fort Wayne Komets at 7:05 p.m. The Mallards are 3-6-0 this season against the Komets.

Sunday, the Mallards host the Thunder at 4:05 p.m. There will be a postgame skate with the players. The Mallards are 1-0-0 this season against the Thunder.

Friday and Saturday's game can be heard on WXFN 1230 AM.

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Even Brea Beal was stunned.

Vacationing in the Wisconsin Dells, she says her jaw dropped when her father, Kevin, called to give her the good news.

After being put on speaker phone, he said, \u201cYou did it, Brea.\u201d

\u201cI didn\u2019t know what to say,\u201d Brea said. \u201cI was like, \u2018Oh my God, I really did it.\u2019\u201d

What Beal, a sophomore, did Tuesday was win Illinois Ms. Basketball for 2017. The award is voted on by media and is presented by the Chicago Tribune in conjunction with the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

She is the first Quad-City player ever to win Illinois Ms. Basketball. The only Quad-Citian to win the Iowa Miss Basketball award was North Scott\u2019s Jenni Fitzgerald in 1986. Rock Island\u2019s Chasson Randle shared the Illinois Mr. Basketball award in 2011 with East Aurora\u2019s Ryan Boatright.

Indeed, none of the awards Beal won this past season are bigger than this. Beal\u2019s list for the 2016-17 season already includes first team all-state honors in Class 4A by the Associated Press and 3A/4A first team honors by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Last week, Beal was named Illinois Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Beal joins impressive company in earning the Illinois Ms. Basketball honor as a sophomore. Other sophomores to win the honor include Tamika Catchings of Stevenson High School in 1995 and Candace Parker of Naperville Central in 2002. Both went on to star at the University of Tennessee and in the WNBA.

\u201cIt\u2019s just amazing,\u201d Beal said of winning the same award as a sophomore as those two elite players did. \u201cI look at them a lot. Me and my dad talk about them, all the stuff they did and how I should be doing what they did to get better right now.\u201d

Beal, a 6-foot guard/forward, averaged 20.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 3.1 assists for Rock Island, which finished 31-2 after losing to Edwardsville in the Class 4A sectional final, one game short of making state.

Beal received 25 first-place votes and 165 points, 19 ahead of Elgin Larkin\u2019s Marlee Kyles, a senior, who had 20 first-place votes. First-place votes were worth five points, three for second and one for third with three places on each ballot.

Beal was named on 43 ballots. Annawan\u2019s Jayde VanHyfte finished in ninth place with five first-place votes and was named on 22 ballots.

\u201cMe being from Rock Island and being away from the Chicago area and winning this, it means so much,\u201d Beal said.

Rock Island coach Thad Hoover agrees.

\u201cThe cool thing is this is an award from all over the state of Illinois, the media and everything,\u201d Hoover said. \u201cFor her to get that kind of recognition is pretty amazing.\u201d

Hoover feared voters might opt to wait until her senior year to vote for her.

\u201cThe fact that people didn\u2019t do that is kind of resounding,\u201d he said. \u201cShe\u2019s the best player in the state and it doesn\u2019t matter how old she is.\u201d

But Hoover knows why Beal won.

\u201cThe big thing is Brea really worked to get this,\u201d he said. \u201cWhen you outwork people, good things happen. She really just outworks people. It really is as simple as that.\u201d

Beal said she was humbled to receive the award.

\u201cI am blessed to get this opportunity to win this, but I still want to work to get better,\u201d she said. \u201cHopefully better things will come in the future.\u201d

Illinois Mr. Basketball was won by Mark Smith of Edwardsville, who was named on 61 ballots, getting 41 first-place votes. United Township\u2019s Tray Buchanan finished 11th and was named on seven ballots.

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Combining two passions of a former Davenport alderman who died earlier this year, the Quad-Cities River Bandits are providing two box seats to each River Bandits game this season to deserving, underprivileged members of the Quad-Cities community.

The seats are named to honor Bill Edmond, a Second Ward alderman who took office in a special election in 2009 and held the seat through 2015. He died in January at the age of 67.

\u201cBill had a love for baseball and sports and worked for years to help individuals in need and working with his widow, Pam, we came up with this idea to provide an opportunity for fans who may not otherwise have a chance to come out to the ballpark,\u2019\u2019 River Bandits general manager Andrew Chesser said.

The River Bandits will select deserving members of the community to receive the tickets, basing selection on need as well as an individual\u2019s contribution, dedication and service to the community.

Individuals chosen will not be publicly acknowledged during games.

\u201cIt\u2019s simply a chance for some folks to come out and enjoy a night at the ballpark, people who may not otherwise get that chance,\u2019\u2019 Chesser said.

The tickets for the Bill Edmond Seats will be distributed to each of Quad-Cities\u2019 70 home games this season and individuals can nominate themselves or others in the community they believe are worthy of consideration.

Residents should contact River Bandits director of community relations Crystal Bowen online at crystal@riverbandits.com or by calling (563) 333-2736 to submit nominations.

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The newest member of Iowa\u2019s 2018 football recruiting class is no stranger to the program.

Iowa City West linebacker Dillon Doyle, the son of Hawkeye strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, announced Monday night his plans to continue his career with Iowa.

Offered by the Hawkeyes two weeks ago, Doyle selected the Hawkeyes over offers from Central Florida, Northern Illinois and South Dakota. He also visited Harvard, where his brother Donovan competes in wrestling.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Doyle announced his decision on Twitter, thanking coaches and mentors who have helped him develop as a player in addition to expressing gratitude to other programs who had recruited him.

\u201cIt has always been a dream of mine to put on the black and gold and play for coach (Kirk) Ferentz,\u2019\u2019 Doyle wrote. \u201cWith that being said, I couldn\u2019t be more excited and proud to announce that I\u2019m committing to the University of Iowa to pursue my academic and athletic goals.\u2019\u2019

Ranked by 247Sports as the third-best prospect in Iowa in the 2018 recruiting class, Doyle played linebacker and tight end for an Iowa City West team which reached the Iowa Class 4A state championship game.

On defense, he recorded 54 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and one sack in addition to intercepting on pass.

He also caught 12 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

Doyle is the third player to commit to be part of Iowa\u2019s 2018 recruiting class, joining linebacker Mike Bruner of Mequon, Wisconsin and offensive lineman Jeff Jenkins of Crystal Lake, Illinois.

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