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Here is the latest Iowa Quad-City metro and area softball statistical leaders. Numbers are what has been reported to QuikStats Iowa by coaches through 8 p.m. Sunday.

Softball

Batting average (min. 45 at-bats)

Alexia Lara (Pleasant Valley) .550; Katie Banowetz (Calamus-Wheatland) .541; Jayme Finn (Dav. West) .515; Madi Parson (Camanche) .507; Morgan Hogenson (Muscatine) .500; Kaylie Wilhelm (Calamus-Wheatland) .488; Maddie Mashek (Louisa-Muscatine) .487; Brittni Lloyd (Muscatine) .483; Carli Spelhaug (Pleasant Valley) .483; Jennah Douglas (Dav. North) .481; Lexy Monty (Dav. West) .474; Kylee Sanders (Louisa-Muscatine) .473; Hannah Wislander (Assumption) .469; Macy Akers (West Liberty) .467; Haylee Lehman (West Liberty) .464; McKenna Michels (Bellevue Marquette) .464.

Runs

Jenna Diercks (Calamus-Wheatland) 42; Jayme Finn (Dav. West) 39; Kelly Alexander (Durant) 38; Maddie Mashek (Louisa-Muscatine) 36; Grace Erpelding (Bettendorf) 35; Olivia Wardlow (Assumption) 34; Delaney Kilburg (North Scott) 34; Carli Spelhaug (Pleasant Valley) 34; Haylee Lehman (West Liberty) 34; Alli Wroblewski (Bettendorf) 33; Rachel Stewart (Dav. West) 33; Randyn Carter (Louisa-Muscatine) 33; Paige Roehlk (Dav. West) 32; Macy Akers (West Liberty) 32; Katie Banowetz (Calamus-Wheatland) 31; Lauren Proehl (Dav. North) 31; Mady Reid (Wapello) 31.

Doubles

Samantha Pewe (Calamus-Wheatland) 12; Lauren Proehl (Dav. North) 12; Emma Valainis (Assumption) 11; Alyssa Barnhart (North Cedar) 11; Kylee Biedermann (Bellevue) 10; Grace Tath (Bellevue) 10; Alli Wroblewski (Bettendorf) 10; Tarah Wehde (Camanche) 10; Cassie Ruppert (Maquoketa) 10; Rachel Anderson (North Scott) 10; Alexia Lara (Pleasant Valley) 10; Abby Kerr (Wapello) 10.

Triples

Olivia Wardlow (Assumption) 5; Carli Spelhaug (Pleasant Valley) 5; Hannah Kelley (Assumption) 3; Anna Wohlers (Assumption) 3; Hailey Sanders (Louisa-Muscatine) 3; Haylee Lehman (West Liberty) 3.

Home runs

Lexy Monty (Dav. West) 15; Hannah Mausser (Pleasant Valley) 11; Chloe Wells (Wilton) 11; Charlie Hamilton (Calamus-Wheatland) 9; Madi Parson (Camanche) 9; Natalie Spooner (Northeast) 8; Alexia Lara (Pleasant Valley) 8; Ellie Spelhaug (Pleasant Valley) 8; Samantha Pewe (Calamus-Wheatland) 7; Katie Banowetz (Calamus-Wheatland) 7; Emma Valainis (Assumption) 7; Randyn Carter (Louisa-Muscatine) 7; Peyton Schneckloth (North Scott) 7; Abby Moeller (North Scott) 7.

Runs batted in

Lexy Monty (Dav. West) 52; Katie Banowetz (Calamus-Wheatland) 49; Hannah Mausser (Pleasant Valley) 39; Emma Valainis (Assumption) 38; Catie Cole (Muscatine) 37; Hannah Kelley (Assumption) 36; Charlie Hamilton (Calamus-Wheatland) 34; Alli Wroblewski (Bettendorf) 33; Rachel Stewart (Dav. West) 33; Alexia Lara (Pleasant Valley) 33; Haddie Anderson (West Liberty) 33; Randyn Carter (Louisa-Muscatine) 32; Maddie Mashek (Louisa-Muscatine) 31; Allison Folin (Bettendorf) 28; Bree Mangelsen (Northeast) 28.

Stolen bases

Alli Wroblewski (Bettendorf0 38; Haylee Lehman (West Liberty) 29; Brittni Lloyd (Muscatine) 25; Hannah Happ (Durant) 22; Jayme Finn (Dav. West) 21; Randyn Carter (Louisa-Muscatine) 18; Alexis Ehlers (Northeast) 18; Sophie VanSeveren (Assumption) 17; Eryn Ackerman (Assumption) 17; Sara Watson (Central DeWitt) 16; Olivia Wardlow (Assumption) 16; Ruby Kappeler (Durant) 15; Emma Dusanek (Midland) 15.

Pitching record (min. 8 decisions)

Nicole Timmons (Assumption) 14-0; Hannah Kelley (Assumption) 15-1; Hailey Sanders (Louisa-Muscatine) 10-1; Madison Temple (Bettendorf) 13-2; Katie Banowetz (Calamus-Wheatland) 12-2; Lexy Monty (Dav. West) 12-2; Kamryn Meyer (Durant) 11-2; Ellie Spelhaug (Pleasant Valley) 12-3; Isabelle True (Louisa-Muscatine) 10-3; Sophia DelVecchio (Bettendorf) 8-3. Carrie Nelson (Muscatine) 8-3; Kaitlyn Bierman (Muscatine) 8-3; Alexia Lara (Pleasant Valley) 8-3.

ERA (min. 40 IP)

Hannah Kelley (Assumption) 0.46; Nicole Timmons (Assumption) 0.67; Hailey Sanders (Louisa-Muscatine) 0.94; Kamryn Meyer (Durant) 1.00; Ellie Spelhaug (Pleasant Valley) 1.21; Jenna Lawson (Durant) 1.48; Kaitlyn Bierman (Muscatine) 1.87; Lexy Monty (Dav. West) 1.96; Alexia Lara (Pleasant Valley) 2.11; Katie Banowetz (Calamus-Wheatland) 2.14; Isabelle True (Louisa-Muscatine) 2.19; Carrie Nelson (Muscatine) 2.21; Erica Ralfs (Dav. West) 2.31; Sunny North (Bellevue Marquette) 2.49.

Strikeouts

Nicole Timmons (Assumption) 178; Kamryn Meyer (Durant) 114; Eliza Noa (Wapello) 110; Hailey Sanders (Louisa-Muscatine) 99; Isabelle True (Louisa-Muscatine) 91; Erica Ralfs (Dav. West) 83; Hannah Kelley (Assumption) 80; Lexy Monty (Dav. West) 79; Grace Tath (Bellevue) 76; Alyssa Barnhart (North Cedar) 76; Alexia Lara (Pleasant Valley) 75; Cassie Ruppert (Maquoketa) 73; Kendal Newman (North Scott) 73; Calli Beck (Easton Valley) 71; Ellie Spelhaug (Pleasant Valley) 68.

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Here is the latest Iowa Quad-City metro and area baseball statistical leaders. Numbers are what has been reported to QuikStats Iowa by coaches through 6 p.m. Sunday.

Baseball

Batting average (min. 40 at-bats)

Lowden Gabriel (Louisa-Muscatine) .523; Austin Leopard (Louisa-Muscatine) .507; Andy Whiteman (Bettendorf) .500; Evan Reifert (Wilton) .492; Johnny Sullivan (Clinton) .486; Trace Howard (Wapello) .484; Nick Acri (Pleasant Valley) .482; Logan Gluba (Dav. West) .478; Trevor Burkhart (Dav. West) .472; Austin Smith (Midland) .463; Brett Kelting (Calamus-Wheatland) .452; Leo Callison (Durant) .449; Kyle Dell (Northeast) .444; Luke Fennelly (Assumption) .441; Trenton Wallace (Assumption) .440.\u00a0

Runs

Justus Burke (Assumption) 33; Trevor Burkhart (Dav. West) 31; Evan Reifert (Wilton) 31; Carter Bell (Bettendorf) 29; Luke Fennelly (Assumption) 29; Ben Beutel (Assumption) 28; Sam Stonskas (North Scott) 28; Tony Barreca (North Scott) 26; Nick Acri (Pleasant Valley) 26; Trace Howard (Wapello) 26; Brett Kelting (Calamus-Wheatland) 25; Max Hansen (Calamus-Wheatland) 25; Nolan Melchert (Assumption) 24; Kyle Dell (Northeast) 24; Cory Anderson (Wilton) 24.\u00a0

Doubles

Trenton Wallace (Assumption) 11; Tavien Gillette (Assumption) 11; Adam Sacia (North Scott) 11; Andy Whiteman (Bettendorf) 10; Brett Kelting (Calamus-Wheatland) 10; Garrett Finley (Central DeWitt) 10; Johnny Sullivan (Clinton) 10; Noah McCreary (Dav. West) 10; Lowden Gabriel (Louisa-Muscatine) 10; Colin McCrabb (Wilton) 10; Evan Reifert (Wilton) 10; Kam Arons (Bettendorf) 9; Caleb Banowetz (Calamus-Wheatland) 9; Austin Smith (Midland) 9.

Triples

Carter Bell (Bettendorf) 3; Jake Lenker (Wilton) 3; Jared Townsend (Wilton) 3; Luke Fennelly (Assumption) 3; Justus Burke (Assumption) 3.

Home runs

Evan Reifert (Wilton) 9; Brett Kelting (Calamus-Wheatland) 6; Carter Bell (Bettendorf) 4; Caleb Banowetz (Calamus-Wheatland) 4; Mason Kagemann (Camanche) 3; Justus Burke (Assumption) 3; Adam Sacia (North Scott) 3; Nick Acri (Pleasant Valley) 3; Colin McCrabb (Wilton) 3.

Runs batted in

Brett Kelting (Calamus-Wheatland) 27; Johnny Sullivan (Clinton) 27; Evan Reifert (Wilton) 27; Kyle Dell (Northeast) 26; Matthew French (Northeast) 26; Kam Arons (Bettendorf) 25; Trenton Wallace (Assumption) 25; Hunter Michels (Bellevue Marquette) 24; Donaven Juarez (Assumption) 24; Luke Fennelly (Assumption) 24; Daniel Powers (Assumption) 24; Ben Beutel (Assumption) 24.

Stolen bases

Trevor Burkhart (Dav. West) 21; Jake Conley (Durant) 21; Trace Howard (Wapello) 21; Justus Burke (Assumption) 16; Max Hansen (Calamus-Wheatland) 15; Andy Smith (Camanche) 15; Jack Mix (Easton Valley) 14; Austin Smith (Midland) 14; Ty Wenzel (Clinton) 13; Logan Gluba (Dav. West) 13; Connor Harms (Midland) 13; Sam Stonskas (North Scott) 13; Kyle Dell (Northeast) 13.

Pitching record (min. 4 decisions)

Colin McCrabb (Wilton) 8-0; Daniel Powers (Assumption) 6-0; Trenton Wallace (Assumption) 5-0; Ben Beutel (Assumption) 5-0; Nick Gottilla (Assumption) 5-0; Nolan Leaton (Wilton) 4-0; Garrett Rickels (Calamus-Wheatland) 5-1; Brant Boeckmann (Calamus-Wheatland) 4-1; Braydon Dobereiner (Dav. West) 4-1; Reece Bird (Durant) 4-1; Fisher Bisinger (Midland) 4-1; Ben Steidler (North Scott) 4-1; Bradley Melvin (Pleasant Valley 4-1.

ERA (min. 21 IP)

Caleb Banowetz (Calamus-Wheatland) 0.00; Trenton Wallace (Assumption) 0.39; Brad Gannon (Central DeWitt) 0.64; Ben Beutel (Assumption) 0.76; Daniel Powers (Assumption) 0.82; Colin McCrabb (Wilton) 0.85; Garrett Finley (Central DeWitt) 0.91; Brett Kelting (Calamus-Wheatland) 0.94; Max Hansen (Calamus-Wheatland) 1.00; Kyle Denison (North Scott) 1.11; Curtis Lilienthal (Durant) 1.18; Nolan Leaton (Wilton) 1.30; Reece Bird (Durant) 1.39; Logan Belzer (Wapello) 1.52.\u00a0

Strikeouts

Colin McCrabb (Wilton) 61; Ben Beutel (Assumption) 48; Trenton Wallace (Assumption) 45; Will Christopherson (Pleasant Valley) 42; Carter Bell (Bettendorf) 41; Nick Gottilla (Assumption) 41; Reece Bird (Durant) 39; Kyle Stoddard (Pleasant Valley) 39; Austin Leopard (Louisa-Muscatine) 37; Fisher Bisinger (Midland) 37; Evan Reifert (Wilton) 37; Cade Daugherty (Bellevue) 36; Max Hansen (Calamus-Wheatland) 36; Jared Townsend (Wilton) 36; Daniel Powers (Assumption) 35.

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Opportunities were not an issue Sunday for the Quad-Cities River Bandits.

Making the most of them, however, proved problematic for Quad-Cities in its 6-2 Midwest League loss to Cedar Rapids.

The River Bandits were a combined 0-for-12 at the plate with runners in scoring position, helping the Kernels earn a split of the four-game series in front of a crowd of 3,958 at Modern Woodmen Park.

\u201cWhen the opportunities are there, you have to try to get the runs in and we all have to do a better job with that,\u2019\u2019 said Ray Henderson, who collected the only RBI in the game for Quad-Cities. \u201cTheir pitchers did a good job in those situations, but we have to be better.\u2019\u2019

Henderson cut into a 4-0 deficit when he drove a double to the gap in left-center in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring Bryan De La Cruz from first after he had led off the inning with an infield single.

The hits were among a collection of six allowed by Cedar Rapids starter Clark Beeker over 5.2 innings.

Beeker stranded three River Bandits in scoring position before relievers Max Cordy and Hector Lujan limited Quad-Cities to one hit over the final 3.1 innings although three walks left the bags full of River Bandits in a scoreless bottom of the eighth.

\u201cGoing 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, that\u2019s a tough way to play,\u2019\u2019 Quad-Cities manager Russ Steinhorn said. \u201cWhen we get guys in scoring position, we have to move them around. It was a slow day for us after two one-run games, hard-fought games in a good series against a good opponent.\u2019\u2019

River Bandits pitchers struggled to keep the Kernels off the bases, retiring Cedar Rapids in order just once.

That came in the eighth inning in the first of two scoreless innings of relief by Dustin Hunt.

Eight walks, including six issued over 4.2 innings by starter Ronel Blanco, complicated things for Quad-Cities and while none of those batters came around to score the walks extended innings and ran up pitch counts.

\u201cWe left a lot of pitches up in the zone, a lot of fastballs up, and when you do that it makes for a tough day,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said.

The Kernels, who opened a 1-0 lead in the first on an Amaurys Minier two-out double, broke the game open with three runs in the fourth inning.

The first two scored on back-to-back homers by Caleb Hamilton and Ben Rortvedt to open in the inning. Both cleared the fence in left and were among a string of four straight hits to open the inning for Cedar Rapids, which extended its lead to 4-0 on a fly out by Gorge Munoz.

Henderson cut into the lead an inning later, but a two-out double by Rortvedt followed by a run-scoring single by Hank Morrison in the top of the seventh provided the Kernels with two runs and a 6-1 lead.

\u201cI was glad to get some solid contact,\u2019\u2019 Henderson said. \u201cI was able to get the ball up and into left and get a run in. We just needed to do that a few more times.\u2019\u2019

An error on a bases-loaded fielder\u2019s choice in the eighth by Ronnie Dawson brought the River Bandits\u2019 final run across and left the bases loaded before De La Cruz flew out to the front of the warning track in left to end the inning and Quad-Cities\u2019 comeback hopes.

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Beloit 7, Clinton 5: Beloit hit three home runs, including a two-run pinch hit blast from Luis Barrera in the ninth inning to beat Clinton Sunday at Ashford University Field.

Clinton had a runner on second in the bottom of the ninth, but Yojhan Quevedo flew out to end the game.

Joseph Camacho (1-1) got the win with three innings of scoreless, four-hit relief while Michael Koval (1-4) took the loss after Kyle Wilcox blew the save, allowing a double to Nate Mondou, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Luke Persico.

Bryson Brigman had two singles, a double and a stolen base, while Luis Rengifo hit a home run and had two RBIs for the LumberKings.

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A St. Ambrose junior from Muscatine and an Augustana junior from Annawan were introduced Sunday as recipients of 2017 scholarships presented by the Bandit Scholars program.

Lane DeVore, a political science major at St. Ambrose from Muscatine, received the first-ever Bandit Scholar award designated for a student at the Davenport university.

Dana Baela, an education major at Augustana from Annawan, was awarded the second Bandit Scholar award presented to an Augustana student.

Both received their awards during Sunday\u2019s Quad-Cities River Bandits game at Modern Woodmen Park, extending a scholarship program which has been in existence since 2009. The awards cover one full year of tuition for the 2017-18 academic year in addition to providing an internship with the Midwest League

\u201cGiving out these scholarships is the single favorite things I get to do as the owner of the River Bandits,\u2019\u2019 Quad-Cities owner Dave Heller said. \u201cWe had a number of excellent candidates again this year and the recipients epitomize what we look for in the way they give back to the Quad-Cities community.\u2019\u2019

DeVore is a member of the St. Ambrose football team and participates in the school\u2019s ROTC program. He is working toward a military career after college and currently holds a executive position with the Young Republicans Club.

Baele competed in cross country as a high school athlete at Annawan and since enrolling at Augustana has been involved with Camp Kesem, a national organization which supports kids through and beyond as their parents deal with cancer. She has a goal of becoming a teacher following graduation.

The Bandit Scholars program is funded entirely through donations and fundraising efforts of the River Bandits, including dollars raised through the team\u2019s Race to Home 5K, a golf outing and 50-50 raffles during home games.

Scholarships are open to students preparing for their junior year who reside in Scott, Muscatine and Cedar counties in Iowa or in Rock Island, Henry, Mercer or Whiteside counties in Illinois.

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Not many players do it.

It seems as though it would be exhausting for a college basketball player to participate in not just one, but two summer basketball leagues against high level competition.

But Kendall Jacks has been doing it for three years now. Based on what he has accomplished so far during his career at Wayne State College, perhaps more players should consider doing it.

Jacks emerged as a star at the NCAA Division II school in Nebraska last season and the former Bettendorf High School star isn\u2019t content to just rest on his laurels. He is working just as hard this summer to improve his game.

He is playing in the Pepsi League against the top Quad-Cities area college players on Monday and Wednesday nights at Augustana College\u2019s Pepsico Center. On Sundays and Thursdays, he plays in the Prime Time League in North Liberty and Waterloo with Division I players from Iowa and Northern Iowa.

Oh, and he also is working two jobs as a painter for the Bettendorf school district and for Ace Property Rental in Bettendorf. It doesn\u2019t leave a lot of time for anything else.

\u201cNot really,\u2019\u2019 Jacks said. \u201cUsually, if I\u2019m not doing something basketball related, I\u2019m doing something work-related.\u2019\u2019

But the 6-foot-4 forward said he thinks his busy summer schedule has had a lot to do with his development as a player.

\u201cI think it helps with the conditioning,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cIt gets a ball in my hands four days a week instead of two. I think it helps out a lot.\u2019\u2019

Jacks missed all of his second season at Wayne State because of a foot injury but as a redshirt sophomore last season, he averaged a team-leading 16.1 points per game, shot 56.2 percent from the field and was among the top three on the team in assists and rebounds.

\u201cLast year I was coming off foot surgery so it was just important for me to establish myself again and just come out and be aggressive at all times and do my thing,\u2019\u2019 he said.

The Wildcats went only 10-19 but Jacks expects a much better season next winter. The entire team returns intact, including super-sub Austin Esters, Jacks\u2019 former high school adversary at Pleasant Valley.

What Jacks already has done at Wayne State has not gone unnoticed. He was the only player not from Iowa or UNI to be selected in the first four rounds of the PTL draft.

He averaged 11.3 points per game going up against the D-I guys last summer and is averaging 17.3 points per game through the first three games of the current PTL season.

\u201cYou can\u2019t really be passive out here because these guys are Big Ten and Missouri Valley players,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cSome of these guys are probably going to be all-conference players someday so you\u2019ve just got to play your best.\u2019\u2019

If nothing else playing in all these leagues gives Jacks a chance to play against old friends and teammates who joined with him to help Bettendorf make the final four of the Class 4A state tournament two years in a row. Dylan Sortillo plays for Augustana in the Pepsi League and Nicholas Baer has worked his way into a prominent role at Iowa and is in the PTL.

\u201cBaer is back and forth between Bettendorf and Iowa City so I usually see him when he\u2019s back in Bettendorf,\u2019\u2019 Jacks said. \u201cI talk to him a lot. He and I have been friends since back early in high school. I\u2019m just happy for him.\u2019\u2019

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Mike Doyle was looking for a guinea pig last year, and he found one in the John Deere Classic.

He will be forever grateful to the local PGA Tour event for helping him add one more facet to an already thriving business. And to be honest, JDC officials are grateful to Doyle for taking one task off their plate.

\u201cIt\u2019s really been a win-win situation for both of us,\u2019\u2019 JDC assistant director Andrew Lehman said.

Doyle is the CEO of Rent Like a Champion, a company that for years has been helping college football fans arrange alternative forms of lodging when they attend games in places such as South Bend, Indiana, and Iowa City.

Last year, the company wanted to branch out into providing similar services for PGA Tour events and it found a willing partner in the JDC.

Rent Like a Champion lines up homeowners who are willing to rent out their homes for a short period of time. It then links them with out-of-town visitors who would prefer to stay in a nice home rather than a hotel room.

For college football, it\u2019s mostly fans who rent out the homes. With the PGA Tour, Doyle\u2019s company primarily has accommodated sponsors, vendors and the golfers themselves.

\u201cOverall, it was a very good experience,\u2019\u2019 Doyle said of last year\u2019s trial run at the JDC. \u201cWe ended up signing up and working with about a dozen homes in the Quad-Cities area, most of them close to the course.\u2019\u2019

He said the golfers, in particular, loved it.

\u201cFor the golfers, especially if they\u2019re traveling with families and children, it makes for a better experience to have a house,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cOne of the houses we did, it had a pool out back and a big yard with a grill, things you\u2019re just not going to get if you\u2019re split up into a couple of hotel rooms. That was a big perk for the golfers.\u2019\u2019

Some of the touring pros enjoyed the experience so much they left behind autographed souvenirs \u2014 balls, visors, assorted other items \u2014 for the homeowner.

\u201cIt\u2019s a nice way for people in the Quad-Cities to make some additional income but then on top of that, it\u2019s sort of a cool way, even tangentially, to be connected to the tournament and involved with the tournament by having the actual competitors staying in your home,\u2019\u2019 Doyle said.

Lehman said he heard nothing but positive comments from golfers who reserved homes through Rent Like a Champion.

He said since the tournament is in the middle of summer, many golfers like to bring their families with them and are looking for connecting rooms or suites in a hotel. As Lehman said, \u201cthis isn\u2019t downtown Chicago.\u2019\u2019 There just isn\u2019t much of that type of lodging available in the Quad-Cities.

Lehman said that in addition to the golfers, Rent Like a Champion also rented a house to an operations vendor that has a crew of four people in town before, during and after the tournament for a period of about a month.

\u201cThat just made their life away from the golf course much more enjoyable,\u2019\u2019 Lehman said. \u201cThey were able to grill out at night and hang out together in the evening rather than being in four separate hotel rooms.\u2019\u2019

He said partnering with Rent Like a Champion also took one thing off his plate. The JDC has worked for many years with golfers who wanted to stay in a house rather than a hotel. Finding homes and handling the logistics was a small headache that has been eliminated.

Rent Like a Champion, which partnered with billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on a 2015 episode of the TV show \u201cShark Tank,\u2019\u2019 is able to provide photos and virtual tours of the available properties, and facilitates the payment procedure.

\u201cThis really has taken a lot of the legwork and a lot of the accountability out of the tournament\u2019s hands \u2026\u2019\u2019 Lehman said. \u201cThey\u2019re really professional in the way they\u2019ve gone about it.\u2019\u2019

The success that the company found at the JDC has led to additional PGA Tour opportunities. It provided lodging for people at the Honda Classic and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida, the Genesis Open in California, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston and the Quicken Loans Invitational outside Washington, D.C. In September, it will work with the BMW Championships north of Chicago.

\u201cThe team at the John Deere Classic was really instrumental in making that happen \u2026\u2019\u2019 Doyle said. \u201cThey were willing to give us their endorsement and it\u2019s really opened up a lot of doors for us.\u2019\u2019

Doyle expects to rent even more homes for this year\u2019s JDC, scheduled to be held July 13-16 at TPC Deere Run on the outskirts of Silvis.

\u201cWe\u2019ve had a fair number of requests already, more than at a comparable time last year,\u2019\u2019 Doyle said. \u201cWe\u2019ve got a lot of repeat business. A lot of the golfers who were with us last year are coming back and saying \u2018Hey, we want to rent another home, potentially the one we had last year.\u2019

\u201cJohn Deere is the first one we did and I think the first one is always the hardest,\u2019\u2019 Doyle said. \u201cNobody wants to be the first one to give you a shot so we are super-appreciative of the team over there to be willing to work with us. Overall, it\u2019s been a really good relationship. We\u2019ve enjoyed working with those guys a lot.\u2019\u2019

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MAC standings

;Conf;Overall

;;W;L;W;L

Assumption;10;0;26;2

North Scott;7;3;16;8

Clinton;;6;4;13;7

Bettendorf;6;4;12;11

Pleasant Valley;5;5;14;10

Davenport West;5;5;12;11

Muscatine;;4;6;12;11

Burlington;;3;7;11;14

Davenport Central;3;7;7;13

Davenport North;1;9;7;17

Saturday's scores

Assumption 9-8, Davenport West 0-1

Clinton 16, Camanche 6

Davenport Central 3, Western Dubuque 2

Sioux City North 4, Bettendorf 2

Johnston 15, Bettendorf 2

Pleasant Valley 6, Des Moines Roosevelt 5

Ankeny 4, Pleasant Valley 2

Marion 6, Burlington 5

Iowa area

Saturday's scores

West Burlington 11, West Liberty 1

Clayton Ridge 10, Northeast 9 (9 inn.)

North Linn 4, Northeast 3

Wapello 3, Winfield-Mount Union 1

West Burlington 6, Wapello 3

Assumption 9-8, Davenport West 0-1

First game

West;000;000;0;--;0;3;2

Assumption;510;201;x;--;9;10;0

WP -- Trent Wallace. LP -- Clayton Nettleton. Two or more hits -- Assumption, Luke Fennelly 3, Wallace, Tavien Gillette. 3B -- Assumption, Wallace (3B), (HR), Justus Burke. HR -- Assumption, Nolan Melchert. RBIs -- Assumption, Melchert 3, Wallace 3, Gillette 2.

Second game

West;100;000;0;--;1;3;4

Assumption;010;403;x;--;8;9;0

WP -- Nick Gottilla. LP -- Braydon Dobereiner. Two or more hits -- Assumption, Donaven Juarez 2. 2B -- West, Ryan McKown; Assumption, Ben Beutel. HR -- Burke. RBI -- Assumption, Burke 2, Fennelly 2, Melchert, Daniel Powers, Beutel.

North Linn 4, Northeast 3

Northeast;000;003;0;--;3;2;3

North Linn;021;010;x;--;4;7;2

Northeast stats:

LP -- Jacob Reemtsma. 2B -- Kyle Dell. RBI -- Audrey Drury 2.\u00a0

Clayton Ridge 10, Northeast 9

Northeast;100;006;101;--;9;9;2

Clayton Ridge;000;314;002;--;10;19;3

Northeast stats:

Jon Dobson, Matt French (4), Travis Mickelson (6), Zach Parson (7). LP -- Parson. Two or more hits -- Zach Parson, Audrey Drury). RBI -- Kyle Dell 2, Matt French 2, Audrey Drury 2, Jacob Reemtsma 2, Todd Holdgrafer

Johnston 15, Bettendorf 2

Johnston;000;600;9;--;15;11;1

Bettendorf;101;000;0;--;2;5;5

Tavian Goerdt, Ricky Proehl (4), Josh Lawrence (7). Noah Hogge, Jackson Vines (3), Nathan Blanchard (5), Nick Yeast (7). WP -- Vines. LP -- Goerdt. Two or more hits -- Johnston (Caleb Kuennen, Evan Salmon). 2B -- Johnston (Derek Hackman, Peyton Williams); Bettendorf (Andy Whiteman, Justin Hutter). RBI -- Johnston (Evan Salmon 2, Jack Burger 2, Drew Beazley 2, Nathan Buckallew, Peyton Williams, Sean Meyer, Alex MacGregor, Derek Hackman); Bettendorf (Kam Arons, Justin Hutter)

Softball

MAC standings

;Conf;Overall

;;W;L;W;L

Assumption;14;0;31;1

Bettendorf;11;3;24;7

Pleasant Valley;11;3;22;7

Davenport West;10;4;21;8

Muscatine;;8;6;20;8

Burlington;;6;8;14;14

North Scott;;5;9;19;13

Davenport North;3;11;14;17

Davenport Central;1;13;5;17

Clinton;;1;13;6;22

Saturday's scores

Assumption 7, Louisa-Muscatine 0

Assumption 8, Wilton 1

Pleasant Valley 10, Bettendorf 0

Bettendorf 10, Alburnett 0

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 2, Pleasant Valley 1

Muscatine 10, Wilton 0 (6 inn.)

North Scott 9, West Delaware 0

North Scott 13, Sioux City East 2

Iowa area

Saturday's scores

Camanche 4, West Burlington 3

Dallas Center-Grimes 8, Durant 2

Durant 2, Waverly-Shell Rock 1

North Linn 4, Wapello 3\u00a0

West Liberty 8, Camanche 5

West Liberty 12, Winfield-Mount Union 0

Williamsburg 10, Tipton 5

Davenport West 14, Creston 1\u00a0

Creston;010;0;--;1;1;2

Davenport West;008;6;--;14;15;0

Cali Foglesang and Sara Keeler. Lexy Monty, Erica Ralfs (4) and Rachel Stewart. WP -- Monty. LP -- Foglesang. Two or more hits -- Davenport West (Jayme Finn, Paige Roehlk, Lexy Monty, Taylor Utterback, Kaylynn Sparks). 2B -- Creston (Cammy Rutherford); Davenport West (Rachel Stewart). HR -- Davenport West (Lexy Monty 2). RBI -- Davenport West (Jayme Finn 2, Paige Roehlk 4, Lexy Monty 6, Taylor Utterback, Kaylynn Sparks)\u00a0

Davenport West 4, Dubuque Hempstead 2

Dubuque Hempstead;110;000;0;--;2;6;0

Davenport West;100;012;0;--;4;4;1

Malarie Huseman and Kayla LaPage. Erica Ralfs, Lexy Monty (6) and Paige Roehlk. WP -- Monty. LP -- Huseman. Two or more hits -- Dubuque Hempstead (Amber Cooksley); Davenoprt West (Lexy Monty). HR -- Davenport West (Lexy Monty). RBI -- Dubuque Hempstead (Amber Cooksley, Jenna Coates); Davenport West (Lexy Monty 2, Rachel Stewart, Jayme Finn). Records -- Davenport West (23-8, 10-4)

Assumption 7, Louisa-Muscatine 0

Louisa-Muscatine;000;000;0;--;0;0;6

Assumption;112;102;x;--;7;8;0

Isabelle True, Hailey Sanders (4). Nicole Timmons, Olivia Allen (5), Hannah Kelley (6). Two or more hits -- Assumption (Hannah Kelley 3, Emma Valainis). RBI -- Assumption (Hannah Kelley 2, Carlie Samon 2, Shannon Guy)

Assumption 8, Wilton 1

Wilton;010;000;0;--;1;6;1

Assumption;003;050;x;--;8;10;1

Falloyn Grunder. Hannah Kelley, Nicole Timmons (5). Two or more hits -- Wilton (Allison Bosten); Assumption (Lea Nelson, Nicole Yoder, Sophie Van Severen). 2B -- Wilton (Taylor Garvin); Assumption (Emma Valainis, Nicole Timmons, Hannah Kelley, Sophie Van Severen). RBI -- Wilton (Taylor Garvin); Assumption (Nicole Yoder 2, Hannah Kelley 2, Emma Valainis, Nicole Timmons)

Pleasant Valley 10, Bettendorf 0

Pleasant Valley;013;15;--;10;14;0

Bettendorf;000;00;--;0;4;0

WP -- Kristen Hartman. LP -- Jess Wells. Two or more hits -- Pleasant Valley (Hannah Mausser, Ellie Spelhaug, Rylee Carlson, Tara Theusch 3, Emily Wood); Bettendorf (Wroblewski). 2B -- Pleasant Valley (Carli Spelhaug, Tara Theusch); Bettendorf (Wroblewski). HR -- Pleasant Valley (Hannah Mausser, Ellie Spelhaug, Emily Wood). RBI -- Pleasant Valley (Mallory Lafever, Hannah Mauser, Ellie Spelhaug, Rachel Tebbe, Tara Theusch, Emily Wood 4)

Bettendorf 10, Alburnett 0\u00a0

Alburnett;000;000;--;0;4;1

Bettendorf;201;124;--;10;16;1

WP - Madison Temple (13-3). LP -- Brooklynn Ossman. Two or more hits -- Bettendorf (Grace Erpelding 4, Alli Wroblewski, Gabrielle VanderVinne 3, Allison Folin 4, Jessica Wells). 2B -- Bettendorf (Allison Folin). RBI -- Bettendorf (Grace Erpelding, Alli Wroblewdki, Allison Folin 4, Anna Forari, Breanna Newton, Jessica Wells). Records -- \u00a0Bettendorf (24-7)

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 2, Pleasant Valley 1

Pleasant Valley;001;000;0;--;1;6;3

Cedar Rapids Kennedy;100;000;1;--;2;2;0

WP -- Kinney. LP -- Ellie Spelhaug. Two or more hits -- Pleasant Valley (Ellie Spelhaug, Emily Wood). RBI -- Pleasant Valley (Alexia Lara); Cedar Rapids Kennedy (Kinney, Camryn Jeffords)

Boys basketball

Justin Sharp Memorial Shootout

Saturday's quarterfinal results

Rock Island Red 48, Iowa City West 39

Pleasant Valley 45, Bettendorf 35

Cedar Falls 52, West Delaware 49

North Scott 42, Waukee 34

Semifinal results

Pleasant Valley 46, Rock Island Red 46

Cedar Falls 54, North Scott 51

Third place game

Rock Island Red 60, North Scott 54

Championship game

Cedar Falls 61, Pleasant Valley 48

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Timing was everything Saturday night for the Quad-Cities River Bandits.

Ronnie Dawson and Daz Cameron delivered timely home runs.

Carson LaRue found his change-up at just the right moment.

And when visiting Cedar Rapids loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth, Kevin Hill finished things off with a strikeout when it was needed most, allowing Quad-Cities to claim a 3-2 Midwest League win in front of a crowd of 5,862 at Modern Woodmen Park.

\u201cWe did just enough and sometimes in this game, that\u2019s all you can do and it\u2019s all you need to do,\u2019\u2019 River Bandits manager Russ Steinhorn said. \u201cIt was a good effort and a good win for us.\u2019\u2019

Dawson and Cameron drove home all three runs, erasing the 2-0 lead the Kernels had opened midway through the fourth inning with just two swings of the bat.

After Troy Sieber led off the fourth with a double, Dawson tied the game by lashing a two-run homer over the wall in right.

An inning later, Cameron put Quad-Cities ahead to stay with his second homer in as many games.

\u201cI\u2019m just up there trying to make good contact on the pitch I want to hit,\u2019\u2019 Cameron said. \u201cRonnie got us back in it and I was able to follow that up and get us the lead.\u2019\u2019

LaRue then held it, matching a career high with eight strikeouts while limiting the Kernels to five hits and walking just one batter in a six-inning start.

Cedar Rapids forced LaRue to earn his eighth win in 10 decisions.

Lewin Diaz opened the sixth with a double to right-center, but LaRue utilized his change-up to strikeout the next two batters he faced and coax an inning-ending pop up that kept Quad-Cities in control.

\u201cThat was a much better outing by LaRue. I think an extra day of rest probably helped him a bit,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said. \u201cHe didn\u2019t have his change-up working until the sixth and he got it going at the right time. Those were big outs right after we had taken a 3-2 lead, just what we needed.\u2019\u2019

The effort allowed LaRue to earn his first win in three outings this season against the Kernels, who pushed reliever Kevin Hill to the limit in the ninth before allowing him to earn his third save in as many opportunities.

Amaurys Minier, who homered in the second inning and gave Cedar Rapids a 2-0 lead with an RBI double in the fourth, opened the late threat with a one-out single in the ninth.

Ben Rortvedt followed with a single and after Hill struck out Ariel Montesino, the River Bandits intentionally walked pinch hitter Travis Blankenhorn before working the righty-righty match-up against Gorge Munoz.

Hill finished off his three shutout innings of work and the seven-hit victory by recording the River Bandits\u2019 12th strikeout of the night.

\u201cIt was a great way to finish, a good extended outing for him,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said. \u201cIt was a well-pitched game against a good-hitting club. We\u2019ll take it.\u2019\u2019

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Just outside the Davenport Assumption dugout, Chris McIntosh sits in a chair at a table with a counter in his left hand and a mechanical pencil in his right.

Every time a pitch is thrown, McIntosh clicks the counter and checks off a number for that pitcher on a sheet of paper.

After each half-inning, McIntosh verifies the pitch total with Assumption assistant coach Chris Dillie. He\u2019ll also exchange a text with the opposing team\u2019s scorekeeper to make sure there is not a discrepancy.

Pitch count has become a prominent topic in high school baseball this year across the country.

\u201cFor the most part, we\u2019ve always been conscious of trying to take care of arms,\u201d Assumption coach Billy Argo said. \u201cI think a few have ruined it for the many.\u201d

The National Federation of State High School Associations required each state this year to develop a policy based on pitches and not innings in a given week.

The reason is to protect young arms.

According to the American Sports Medicine Institute, players who pitched more than 100 innings a year were 3 1/2 times more likely to be injured than those who did not.

\u201cIt\u2019s definitely a good rule for high school,\u201d Assumption senior pitcher Trenton Wallace said. \u201cYou look at some of these teams in the state throwing kids almost 100 innings a summer. That\u2019s putting a lot of pressure on the arm.\u201d

Coaches don\u2019t fault the idea. It has just required more outside help.

The majority of schools have found a volunteer, in many cases a parent, to track pitches.

Davenport Central made it a stipend position. It has a retired gentleman in the press box at Brady Street Stadium just count pitches. He is paid $40 for a varsity doubleheader and $25 for a freshman twinbill.\u00a0

\u201cThe repercussions of an inaccurate count are pretty severe,\u201d Central activities director Brian Ehlinger said. \u201cYou\u2019re dealing with two head coaches and we thought it was important enough to stipend it, to find an adult that was accurate and reliable.

\u201cIt is a tedious job counting every pitch from both pitchers. It almost takes a baseball nerd to enjoy that.\u201d

Like most schools, Central DeWitt already was tracking pitches in its dugout before the rule was implemented. They have one player handle a pitch chart, a coach uses a clicker and somebody else is inputting each pitch into the GameChanger program.

The frustrating part, according to Sabers coach Shane Sikkema, is communicating with the opponent after each half-inning or inning.

\u201cQuite honestly, there are some guys you just don\u2019t want to talk with,\u201d Sikkema said. \u201cWe have had a couple questionable times as far as the count matching up.

\u201cThe home book overrules everything.\u201d

Coaches are instructed to post pitch counts from every game within 24 hours on QuikStatsIowa.com.

\u201cThe Illinois website tracks it all the way through,\u201d Argo said. \u201cIf a guy throws 65 pitches, it tells you how many days rest he needs, tells you pitches he can throw in his next outing. It tracks everybody.

\u201cIt isn\u2019t only for yourself, but you also can look at your opponent and have a plan that way in how they\u2019re going to come at you.\u201d

It has impacted the game and how coaches manage.

If a pitcher throws more than 25 pitches in a day, he must rest the following day. If he goes above 40, it is two days off the mound.

The maximum number of pitches for an eighth or ninth grader is 90 in a day and 150 for the week. Meanwhile, sophomores, juniors and seniors can toss 110 in a day and 180 between Sunday to Saturday each week.

\u201cIt needs to be adjusted a little bit to make it easier for smaller schools,\u201d Calamus-Wheatland coach Michael Bruns said.

Bruns recalled a situation this season when he had an individual throw 29 or 30 pitches on a Thursday. His team was in a save situation the next night, but that pitcher was unavailable.

\u201cThere needs to be like a two-day limitation, maybe 80,\u201d Bruns suggested.

Smaller schools have had trouble finding enough arms to play non-conference games.

In feedback from umpires and coaches, Jared Chizek, an assistant director at the Iowa High School Athletic Association and one of the baseball administrators, expects the majority of weekend tournaments in western Iowa to dwindle in the coming years for Class 1A and 2A schools.

\u201cWe heard comments before the season from coaches at smaller schools we don\u2019t have the arms to play as many games as we did in the past,\u201d Chizek said.\u00a0

According to the state association's data, 1A schools played just shy of 25 regular-season games on average each of the past two seasons. The average was 28 for 2A programs, 32 for 3A and 37 for 4A. Schools can schedule up to 40.

Chizek said there has not been a contest forfeited because of a school running out of pitchers at the varsity level. It has resulted in some lopsided scores but that was transpiring before a pitch count rule was mandated.

Larger schools have brought more freshmen and sophomores up to the varsity level to eat innings for non-conference games.

\"For us, we've had a couple injuries to pitchers this season so it has really changed how we go about things in the non-conference games,\" Davenport West coach Scott Beatty said. \"We're having to use younger kids in those situations.\"

Ar-We-Va, located in western Iowa, has played only 11 games this season with a 13-man roster. It has won 10 of them, but it has just three pitchers who have logged more than seven innings.

The rule could influence their postseason success since 1A schools play three games in a five-day period.

In West\u2019s run to the state tournament last summer, ace Clayton Nettleton threw a seven inning shutout on a Friday, came back to throw 3 2/3 innings of relief the next Monday and then another seven-inning shutout 48 hours later. That was allowed under the old guideline of 16 innings in a week.\u00a0

That won\u2019t be happening under the current restrictions.\u00a0

\u201cIn my opinion, the rule should just be for the regular season,\u201d Wallace said. \u201cOnce you get to the playoffs, everything is more strategized. You should be able to throw your guy if you need to throw them within reason.

\u201cIf you go into extra innings in a tie game and you hit the 110 mark, you have to come out. That seems unfair. I think it will invoke hitters to have longer at-bats.\u201d

Bruns has the benefit of having at least six pitchers at a 1A school who can throw strikes. Some of his opponents don\u2019t have that luxury.

\u201cWe\u2019ve been pretty fortunate,\u201d Bruns said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t had a negative impact for us. If anything, it has helped us save arms to make sure they\u2019re fresh in the postseason.

\u201cWe\u2019ve played some teams, though, where it has been a struggle. There has been some late nights because a pitcher can\u2019t throw strikes.\u201d

Ehlinger remembers a non-league game between Central and Cedar Rapids Jefferson early in the season where the J-Hawks made five pitching changes in a two-inning stretch.

\u201cI think the coaches have adjusted now, but to me it hurts high school baseball when players and fans are there until 10:15 or 10:30 for a 5 p.m. doubleheader,\u201d Ehlinger said.

Of the top 14 pitchers in the Mississippi Athletic Conference in innings pitched, there have been 14 seven-inning complete games this summer. There was 24 at this point a year ago and 27 two seasons ago.

Wilton sophomore Colin McCrabb is 8-0 with a 0.85 ERA in 41 1/3 innings. He has yet to throw a seven-inning game.\u00a0

Cal-Wheat has relied on freshman Caleb Banowetz to serve almost as its closer.

\u201cWe\u2019re using more pitchers as specialized relievers than we have in the past,\u201d Bruns said. \u201cWhen you get to that pitch count, you need somebody in the bullpen ready to throw.\u201d

Sikkema has not had to make a pitching change based on pitch count.

\u201cI\u2019ve always taken pitchers out because it was time to take them out,\" he said.

Chizek said the advisory committee and Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association will gather input after the season to see if tweaks need to be made for 2018.\u00a0

Baseball has always been a game of strategy. The new rules add another wrinkle.

\u201cWe\u2019ve got to remember these are teenage kids,\u201d Sikkema said. \u201cI just wish coaches around the state wouldn\u2019t have had to put it in the hands of the state or (national federation) to make these decisions.\"

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It feels like DJ Carton is just starting to scratch the surface of what he's capable of.

Some teams are already starting to take notice.

Carton picked up an offer from the University of Wisconsin on Friday, joining North Dakota and IUPUI as the schools to offer the Bettendorf guard heading into his junior year.

\"It\u2019s really good,\" Carton said of his recruiting process at the Justin Sharp Memorial Shootout on Saturday at Rock Island High School. \"I\u2019m just having a really good time creating relationships with all the coaches, all the coaches are really good guys, they know what they\u2019re talking about. It\u2019s just about finding that one team that you bond strong with that will come out to be your college in the end.\"

Carton wasn't with the Bulldogs on Friday, instead at a Wisconsin camp at the Kohl Center in Madison. He made enough of an impression there and with the Quad-City Elite to earn an offer.

\"They\u2019ve been watching me all AAU season and they know I\u2019m athletic and explosive and they like my game,\" Carton said. \"Really, they were focusing on the intangibles, off the court and my characteristics so mainly that\u2019s what I focused on, just trying to be me and playing my ball. They were pretty impressed with how I stayed positive with all the hardships throughout the game.\"

Carton led the Bulldogs last year with 10.5 points per game despite missing some time with an injury. Bettendorf had seven players average at least six points per game last year and expects to maintain a balanced attack this season.

But with the Bulldogs graduating 10 seniors from last year's state tournament team, a lot more pressure is going to fall on Carton's shoulders this winter, a role his head coach thinks he can handle.

\"I think DJ makes it easy, to be honest,\" Bettendorf coach Curtis Clark said. \"He\u2019s a good teammate, the guys like him and he shares the basketball when he should. He doesn\u2019t hog the ball or take bad shots. The other guys are doing well around him. I think they know it\u2019s an opportunity to play with a player as good as DJ is and I think they also understand he makes the game easier for them.\"

The Bulldogs reached the quarterfinals at the Sharp Shootout before falling to Pleasant Valley 45-35 but Carton showed his growth in that game, making smart decisions and an improved jump shot, something he's worked hard on this summer.

\"Last year I didn\u2019t really shoot as many jump shots because it didn\u2019t really flow in our offense but this summer I\u2019ve been working every day, working on my jump shot trying to get at least 3,000 threes up every week,\" he said. \"I feel like that\u2019s really improved.\"

That hard-working mentality is something Carton brings both on the court, but also off the court and in the weight room, and it's something that should help the Bulldogs be competitive again this season.

\"The reality is, he\u2019s hard working, he\u2019s put a lot of time into the game and when you do that, you get results,\" Clark said. \"I\u2019m just really happy for him because I know how hard he\u2019s worked, I know how humble he is. I know it\u2019s been a lifelong dream for him and for it to come to fruition is really rewarding to watch a kid that\u2019s worked that hard get those offers.\"

Bettendorf finished seventh overall at the shootout.

PV falls in final: Pleasant Valley enjoyed a strong showing at the Sharp Shootout, finishing second after falling to Cedar Falls 61-48 in the championship game.

After beating the Bulldogs in the quarterfinals, PV beat the Rock Island Red team 46-40 before falling to the Tigers. Cedar Falls senior AJ Green \u2014 who is being recruited by several schools including Iowa State and UNI \u2014\u00a0gave the Spartans a big challenge, scoring 26 points, including a stretch of 20 straight for the Tigers.

\"He really made shots, I can't remember one that was a wide-open look, I think they were all contested,\" PV coach Steve Hillman said. \"We're just trying to build confidence in guys so when you play well and win games, I think that carries over to the summer so that's important. It's not about winning in the summer but you're always happy when that happens.\"

There were plenty of positives in the final for PV. Senior Brian Dayman scored 23 points and pulled down several rebounds, while juniors Carter Duwa and Hunter Snyder continue to show growth, giving the Spartans cause to be excited for this season.

\"We can compete with anybody. I like how our younger guys from last year are much more confident,\" said Dayman, who averaged 13.7 points per game last year for PV. \"We just have to make sure we continue and grind and listen to what coach says because I know he can take us back to state.\"

Sharp scholarships:\u00a0The Justin Sharp Memorial Scholarship recipients were recognized before the championship game. Rock Island's Kassidy Hainline and United Township's Brittni LaFountaine were named as recipients.

Sigel in the stands: The Rock Island Red team finished third at the shootout, beating North Scott 60-54 in the third place game, and did so with head coach Thom Sigel sitting in the stands.

It's a tactic that Sigel has employed for small stretches in the summer, but this summer he hasn't yet made his presence felt on the bench.

\"They've been in some uncomfortable situations but I think they've started to really handle that, adapt to it and I hope that's something that will help us grow in to a better team,\" he said. \"It maybe cost us a couple wins, but it's June.\"

The tactic is paying off for the Rocks, who had a big win to start the day over defending Iowa state champion Iowa City West before falling to PV.

Sigel noted the growth from players like JaMir Price, Randy Tucker and Justin and Jamal Randle as positive signs from his time staying uninvolved during games.

\"They're starting to think on their own and if they do the wrong thing, so what? Every coach will tell you we don't always do the right thing either,\" Sigel said. \"I'm excited about it, I think it makes them develop some maturity ... when we first started, the first huddle we had in the summer they just stood there and looked at each other but now they're getting together and guys are starting to step up and communicate.\"

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The machine that is the Davenport Assumption baseball team keeps rolling along.

The Knights kept their Mississippi Athletic Conference record perfect at 10-0 and improved to 26-2 overall by finishing off a doubleheader sweep of Davenport West on Saturday afternoon at Assumption High School.

Behind the pitching and hitting of Trent Wallace in Game 1, the Knights won 9-0 and Justus Burke cracked a home run to back a solid effort from Nick Gottilla on the mound to win the second game, 8-1. The doubleheader started on Monday but was postponed until Saturday because of thunderstorms that swept through the area.

It does not seem to matter when they start or complete games, the Knights are finishing off every opponent right now.

\"The guys respond really well and they stay focused,\" Assumption coach Billy Argo said. \"Sometimes things might get a little loose but as long as we respond to things in the right way, we should be fine.\"

Burke, who hit his third home run of the season, said the team does not take anything for granted and does not let up on any team or situation.

\"It's a big focus in this program to push the tempo and this year we've really challenged ourselves to be the team that does not make mental errors,\" Burke said. \"Everyone on this team knows their job and when to put pressure (on the opponents). We all challenge each other to hold each other accountable and I really love the chemistry on this team. Everybody is doing a really good job of staying focused on our goals.\"

Burke's homer in the fourth inning of Game 2 helped bust open what was up until then a 1-1 contest. However, it was a throwing error by West's defense that afforded Assumption the chance to continue the inning. With one out and runners on first and second, Nolan Melchert blasted a ball to deep center-field that was caught.

Knight pinch runners Brandon Schlichting and Adam Metivier both were tagging up on the play and while Schlichting easily made third base, Metivier appeared to know he was going to get caught by the cutoff throw at second and stopped short of the base.

While Metivier started to get into a rundown between first and second, Schlichting took off for home. The throw from the West infielder would have been in time but was too high for the catcher. Schlichting scored and Metivier went back to second where he scored two pitches later on a RBI single from Daniel Powers to make it 3-1.

Burke chased home Powers when he sent a high shot into the strong wind that was blowing out to left center-field. The drive just missed the bottom of the scoreboard to make it 5-1.

\"I actually thought it was too much of a line drive to get over,\" Burke said with a laugh. \"But I've kind of been in a slump this year, so any kind of home run is a good home run.\"

Gottilla took it from there. He struck out eight batters but walked six in 4 2/3 innings of work to get the victory. The sophomore got some help from Powers and Wallace, who both worked relief to put the second game away.

\"Nick battled through some command issues but he gave us almost five innings which was good,\" Argo said.

Luke Fennelly had a two-run single while Melchert and Ben Beutel also had RBIs in the Game 2 win.

The Knights jumped on the Falcons (12-11, 5-5 MAC) early in the first game, scoring five times in the first inning. Melchert had a three-run homer and Tavien Gillette added an RBI single for the home team.

Wallace, who worked four innings to get the win, later added an RBI single and then a two-run triple to push the lead to 8-0 before play was suspended by the weather.

On Saturday, Ryan Wohlers worked three innings to complete the win and Gillette snagged an RBI with a sacrifice fly.

For West, it was a matter of giving the Knights too many extra chances with defensive errors. The Falcons combined for six errors in the two games and allowed seven unearned runs, including the four unearned runs in the pivotal fourth inning of Game 2.

The Falcons only run of the series was when Trevor Burkhart scored on a wild pitch in the first inning of the second game.

\"We are beating ourselves and Assumption has a very nice ball club and, with them, they make the simple plays,\" West coach Scott Beatty said. \"We did not make the simple plays. Braydon Dobereiner (Game 2 starter) threw a really nice game and didn't get anything out of it. Every play is important and we have to improve as a team.\"

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The final competitive 800-meter run in Joy Ripslinger's high school career was her best one.\u00a0

The Davenport Assumption senior finished fifth Saturday evening in the half-mile at the United States Track and Field Junior Nationals in an all-time Iowa best of 2 minutes, 7.18 seconds.

Winner of nine state championships and seven Drake Relays titles, the Arkansas recruit went out in 61.06 seconds and was in third place through 400 meters. She ran 66.12 on the final lap to finish just ahead of Sioux City East's Shelby Houlihan's previous all-time Iowa best of 2:07.35 in 2009.

Jacksonville high school junior Caitlin Collier won the title in 2:03.63.\u00a0

Ripslinger, who ran 2:07.51 at the Class 3A state meet as a junior, plans to take some time off before competing in the Quad-City Times Bix 7 on July 29.

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We\u2019re not even halfway through the major league baseball season, but Scott Schebler already has achieved a milestone.

The former Cedar Rapids Prairie star, whose father Jeff was an athlete at Davenport West and who has a great many relatives in the Quad-Cities, already has tied the modern era National League record for most home runs in a season by an Iowan.

The Cincinnati Reds slugger hit his 20th homer Wednesday night against Tampa Bay, tying the mark of Bancroft native Denis Menke in 1964.

The all-time record for an Iowan playing in the NL actually is 21, by Cubs Hall of Famer Cap Anson in 1884, but that was accomplished in a much different era under much different conditions. Anson played his home games that season in Chicago\u2019s old Lakefront Park, where the fences were 180 feet down the left-field line and 300 feet to straightaway center field.

Schebler is only one swing away from matching Anson\u2019s mark anyway.

He\u2019s still a long way from the major league record for a player from Iowa. Hal Trosky, born and raised in Norway, clubbed 42 home runs while playing for the Cleveland Indians in 1936 and had six other seasons with 25 or more homers.

Indianola\u2019s Casey Blake also had three seasons with 20 or more homers \u2014 also with the Indians \u2014 with a high of 28 in 2004.

Since Schebler is only 26 and in his first full season as a major league regular, he figures to make a run at the marks of Trosky and Blake for several years to come.

***

One reader mentioned they thought University of Iowa slugger Jake Adams, who was drafted in the sixth round by the Houston Astros last week, reminded them quite a bit of an old Minnesota Twins superstar of about 50 years ago.

\u201cWith short cut hair, a strong and stocky upper body and powerful, uppercut right-handed swing, Adams reminds me of the late Harmon Killebrew,\u2018\u2019 he wrote.

There are some similarities although Killebrew, at 6-foot and 195 pounds, was actually much smaller than the 6-3, 240-pound Adams, who could end up playing for the Quad-Cities River Bandits before the summer is over. There definitely is a resemblance in the way the ball flies out of the ballpark.

Killebrew is one of those Hall of Famers you don\u2019t hear much about, but he was remarkably consistent on his way to slugging 573 career home runs. He never hit 50 in a season but he had eight seasons of 40-plus and another season with 39.

His career batting average was an un-Hall of Fame-like .256 but because he walked so often, his on-base percentage was a much more palatable .376.

***

Freya Block, from the small town of Neponset just east of Kewanee, became the first athlete from Kewanee High School in any sport to be named an NCAA Division I All-American. The school has produced All-Americans in Division II and III and the NAIA but never D-I.

Block, competing for Southern Illinois, finished seventh in the hammer throw at the recent NCAA meet. While in high school at Kewanee, she finished second in both the shot put and discus in her senior year.

***

When long-time Davenport West basketball coach and Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame member Dave Wessel passed away in early May, his loving obituary was co-authored by his four children.

The piece eventually found its way to the east coast and caught the attention of a highly respected journalist with the same name.

David Meyer Wessel (no relation to David Dean Wessel) is the deputy bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, appears regularly on Washington Week in Review and the PBS News Hour, and has won two Pulitzer prizes.

He was so impressed by what he read about the other Dave Wessel that he sent a nice note and a generous contribution to the memorial fund established to help send underprivileged children to basketball camps in the late coach\u2019s name.

\u201cI was pleased to see that someone with whom I share a name (although we clearly are not related) touched so many lives,\u2019\u2019 he wrote.

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Logan Lee\u2019s search for a college football program ended Saturday where it began\u00a0\u2014 Iowa.

The Orion tight end, ranked among Illinois\u2019 top-five high school recruits in the Class of 2019, ended his recruiting process by announcing intentions to sign with the Hawkeyes after verbally committing to coach Kirk Ferentz during a visit to the Iowa campus.

\u201cEvery visit I\u2019ve taken, I kept coming back to Iowa and it kept feeling like the place I wanted to be,\u2019\u2019 Lee said. \u201cThey were my first offer, but as I looked at other places, some other really good programs, I felt more and more comfortable with Iowa.\u2019\u2019

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior selected the Hawkeyes from a collection of offers that included Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Northwestern, Mississippi and Wisconsin.

He initially planned to reach a decision shortly before the start of the upcoming season, but said the timing felt right Saturday as he attended the annual Hawkeye Barbeque, an event which brings a number of recruits to campus.

\u201cI didn\u2019t see any need to wait. I know where I want to be. I felt so comfortable around the players and coaches there. The more I looked around, the more comfortable I was with everything about my situation at Iowa,\u2019\u2019 Lee said.

\u201cThey have a history of developing tight ends and utilizing their skills and I look forward to becoming part of that tradition.\u2019\u2019

Iowa assistant coach Reese Morgan first talked with Lee during a visit to Orion High School and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz made the scholarship offer to him shortly after Lee won the Illinois Class 1A 220-pound state wrestling championship in February.

Other offers followed quickly.

\u201cIt\u2019s been a crazy few months. I\u2019ve enjoyed the process and I\u2019m glad I had a chance to experience it,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cIowa, in my mind, has probably always been my favorite and when I decided it was time to choose, that hadn\u2019t changed.\u2019\u2019

Orion football coach Chip Filler credited Lee and Iowa with how they handled both ends of the recruiting process.

\u201cI thought Logan did a great job of giving due diligence to all of the schools who expressed an interest in him and Iowa was adamant about him going out and seeing other places before reaching a decision. They were that confident in what they had to offer him,\u2019\u2019 Filler said.

Filler believes Lee is an exceptional fit at tight end within the structure of the Iowa system.

\u201cHe\u2019s the type of kid that they have had a great deal of success with over the years,\u2019\u2019 Filler said. \u201cThey like blue collar players who have good skill and can play a very smash-mouth style of football. That\u2019s the game he plays.\u2019\u2019

Lee appreciates the blend of ways Iowa traditionally has used its tight ends.

\u201cThat\u2019s part of the attraction,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cIt was important to me to have a chance to be used in a lot of ways at my position and be at a place where I would have an opportunity to use my skill set. They have a history of using tight ends in multiple ways and I like the idea of being a part of that.\u2019\u2019

Lee's wrestling coach at Orion, Dan Diamond, said the Hawkeyes have landed a competitor with a bright future.

\"He has such a great demeanor and has all of the intrinsic things that a coach hopes for in an athlete in the way he goes about preparing and competing,'' Diamond said. \"I'm happy for him and his family, they're great people.''

Lee was one of two high school juniors to commit Saturday to becoming part of the Hawkeyes\u2019 2019 recruiting class.

Tyler Endres, a 6-6, 280-pound offensive lineman from Norwalk, Iowa, announced his decision on Twitter as well.

\u201cVery blessed and excited to announce that I have committed to the University of Iowa to play football,\u2019\u2019 Endres wrote.

Like Lee rated by 247Sports as a four-star recruit, he selected Iowa over offers from Iowa State, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

\u201cIt was a pretty cool day, getting the chance to meet a lot of the current players and a lot of the recruits,\u2019\u2019 Lee said. \u201cIt was a good event and I\u2019m looking forward to being part of the program.\u2019\u2019

Lee and Endress give the Hawkeyes three verbal commitments in the 2019 recruiting class, joining offensive lineman Ezra Miller of Ridge View High School in Holstein, Iowa.

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IOWA CITY\u00a0\u2014 Sure, defensive backs get their crack at receivers on a regular basis as the Iowa football team works this summer.

That\u2019s some of the fun, and development, that takes place as the Hawkeyes work toward the start of fall camp.

The rivalry is friendly, yet intense.

\u201cIt\u2019s a chance to show what you can do,\u2019\u2019 safety Miles Taylor said. \u201cI win some. I lose some. It can be get pretty competitive, but it\u2019s all good. It\u2019s all about making our team better on both sides of the ball.\u2019\u2019

That competition extends beyond participants in 7-on-7 drills, providing an avenue for offensive and defensive linemen to compete beyond traditional blocking drills.

Now three weeks into summer camp, this is what Hawkeyes refer to as \u201cDoyle time.\u2019\u2019

The Hawkeyes\u2019 focus, as always at this time of year, remains on strength and conditioning growth but developing that competitive edge is part of what Hawkeye strength and conditioning coordinator Chris Doyle and his staff strive to accomplish as they work with an Iowa team working toward its Sept. 2 season opener against Wyoming.

It is called the Hawkeye Challenge, a series of one-on-one challenges that take place before the skills and drills segment of Iowa\u2019s summer work, preceding drills that put an emphasis on speed and conditioning and regular summertime 7-on-7 and blocking work.

There are individual tug-of-wars, prowler pushes, sled sprints and the \u201cshirt game,\u2019\u2019 where participants tuck their t-shirts into their shorts and do whatever they can to be the last competitor standing with a t-shirt intact.

The idea is to put Iowa players in a competitive situation every day.

\u201cIt creates a fun way to learn and get better,\u2019\u2019 offensive lineman Ike Boettger said. \u201cWe all can\u2019t be D backs going up against a receiver. This gives us all a way to compete. Doyle might have us doing a resistance drill one day and a change of direction drill then next, but there is always a competitive aspect to it.\u2019\u2019

The competition is underway, beginning during the third week of Iowa\u2019s summer camp, and it will continue to part of the Hawkeyes\u2019 routine until the end of the team\u2019s summer work.

Scores are kept, points are awarded and the winner of the Hawkeye Challenge is recognized in front of teammates.

\u201cIt\u2019s something guys take a lot of pride in,\u2019\u2019 linebacker Josey Jewell said. \u201cIf you win it, you earn it because there are a lot of intense competitors around here. It\u2019s fun competition, but it serves a purpose, too. It builds a mindset, an attitude and that carries over to the season.\u2019\u2019

The tests also provide Hawkeyes with statistical results which allow them to monitor growth, whether it be in making gains in speed or strength.

The challenges are designed to test the mind as well as the body.

Shortly after moving from linebacker to defensive end, Parker Hesse recalled being paired up against defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson during an early-round match in the tug-of-war.

Johnson had around a 55-pound advantage on Hesse at the time, leaving Hesse to create a strategy to deal with the physical size and strength differential.

\u201cIf I was going to have a chance, I had to find another way to win rather than turning it into a strength game,\u2019\u2019 Hesse said. \u201cI had to figure out how to get him going from side to side, use what I could to change the way the game was played.\u2019\u2019

Not unlike situations that arise in match-ups found on a field during a game, Hesse had to figure out a way to compete.

\u201cWhat a great way to learn that and we find ourselves in those situations all summer,\u2019\u2019 Hesse said. \u201cIt\u2019s a great thing for all of us, a time when you can really learn a lot.\u2019\u2019

That learning and the lessons that players throughout the roster gain from those experiences are part of the development that takes place during his segment of the year.

\u201cIt\u2019s an important time for us. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz always says that the best teams he has had are the ones who understand how important this part of the year is,\u2019\u2019 Boettger said.

\u201cHow much we learn during the summer and how much we come together as a team at this time of year, it is the difference between wins and losses in the fall. If we don\u2019t take it seriously now, it\u2019s not going to happen for us in September and I think we get that.\u2019\u2019

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