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Baseball

State baseball pairings

At Principal Park (Des Moines)

Class 1A

Thursday's semifinals

Mason City Newman (33-3) vs. Remsen St. Mary's (28-7), 11 a.m.

Martensdale-St. Mary's (40-4) vs. Akron-Westfield (32-2), 1:30 p.m.

Class 2A

Monday's scores

Iowa City Regina 5, Treynor 0

Dyersville Beckman 7, Denver 1

Centerville 3, Estherville-Lincoln Central 1 (8 inn.)

Kuemper Catholic 5, Van Meter 3

Thursday's semifinals

Iowa City Regina (28-7) vs. Dyersville Beckman (30-11), 5 p.m.

Centerville (24-10) vs. Kuemper Catholic (21-12), 7:30 p.m.

Class 3A

Today's games

Davenport Assumption (38-5) vs. Bondurant-Farrar (26-15), 11 a.m.

Dubuque Wahlert (26-15) vs. Marion (31-10), 1:30 p.m.

Sioux City Heelan (31-12) vs. Saydel (29-7), 5 p.m.

Harlan (34-2) vs. Oskaloosa (28-13) 7:30 p.m.

Class 4A

Wednesday's games

Cedar Rapids Prairie (29-12) vs. Waukee (28-13), 11 a.m.

Johnston (38-3) vs. Linn-Mar (21-18), 1:30 p.m.

Iowa City West (31-8) vs. Cedar Rapids Washington (24-15), 5 p.m.

Dowling Catholic (34-8) vs. Mason City (26-17), 7:30 p.m.

All-MAC teams

First team

Pitchers -- Trenton Wallace, sr., Assumption; Ben Beutel, sr., Assumption; Carter Bell, so., Bettendorf

Catcher -- Nick Hagen, sr., Burlington

First base -- Kamrin Arons, sr., Bettendorf

Second base -- Jared Rus, jr., North Scott

Shortstop -- Trevor Burkhart, jr., Davenport West

Third base -- Nick Acri, sr., Pleasant Valley

Outfield -- Caleb Farnsworth, sr., Davenport North; Josh Stivers, sr., Pleasant Valley; Bobby Magnus, sr., Davenport Central; Adam Sacia, sr., North Scott

Utility -- Brooks Sunny, jr., North Scott; Luke Fennelly, sr., Assumption

Second team

Pitchers -- Nathan Holliday, sr., Muscatine; Daniel Powers, jr., Assumption; Clayton Nettleton, jr., Davenport West

Catchers -- Tavien Gillette, sr., Assumption; Tony Barreca, jr., North Scott

First base -- Nolan Melchert, sr., Assumption

Second base -- Adin DeLaRosa, so., Davenport Central

Shortstop -- Johnny Sullivan, sr., Clinton

Third base -- Makai Hart, sr., Clinton

Outfield -- Justin Hutter, sr., Bettendorf; Logan Gluba, so., Davenport West; Evan Crawford, jr., Pleasant Valley; Justus Burke, sr., Assumption

Utility -- Kyle Cunningham, sr., Clinton; Max Slavens, so., Pleasant Valley; Will Kranz, so., Davenport Central

Honorable mention

Assumption -- Donaven Juarez; Peyton Berthel; Nick Gottilla

Bettendorf -- Andy Whiteman; Tyler Ciha; Steven Ciha

Burlington -- Drake Hohenthaner; Tyler Conner; Everett Willson

Clinton -- Ty Wenzel; Gage Harris; Jared Simpson

Davenport Central -- Connor Hayes; Keith Inghram; Andrew Hegland

Davenport North -- Bryan Verdon; Jared Beck; Tyler Josund

Davenport West -- Braydon Dobereiner; Ryan McKown; Colton Jones

Muscatine -- Gavyn Ashley; Joe Morrison; Jake Mussehl

North Scott -- Sam Stonskas; Ben Steidler; Allen Vis

Pleasant Valley -- Erik Israel; Bradley Melvin; Cam Peer

Player of year -- Wallace (Assumption)

Coach of year -- Billy Argo (Assumption)

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The good news for the Quad-Cities River Bandits was pitcher Ronel Blanco had one of his best outings of the season on Monday afternoon against Great Lakes.

The bad news: So did Great Lakes pitcher Leo Crawford.

Blanco allowed only two runs in six innings of work but Crawford allowed just one run in eight innings as Great Lakes edged past the Bandits, 2-1, in front of 2,838 fans at Modern Woodman Park.

Quad-Cities managed just four hits against the left-handed Crawford, who came into Monday's game with a record of 5-8 and an earned run average of 4.56. But Crawford's shifty delivery and mix of pitches kept a River Bandits' offense that had twice scored more than 14 runs in the last six days off balance most of the game.

\"(Crawford) had a funky delivery and he pitched off his change-up and we didn't make the necessary adjustments to get to him,\" Bandits manager Russ Steinhorn said. \"It's just frustrating because it should not have been that difficult and you look at his numbers and, maybe, when you see a guy like that for the first time, you are a little thrown off.\"

Josh Rojas had an RBI single in the second inning that drove in Kristian Trompiz for the home team's only run of the game in the first inning. This came after Rojas was named Midwest Player of the Week before the contest. The River Bandits' third baseman has been on a tear in the last month with 24 RBIs in his last 21 games.

But Rojas said he, like the rest of the lineup, could never quite get comfortable against Crawford. The Bandits struck out six times against him and had just one extra-base hit. The few times the Bandits did hit the ball hard, it was right at fielders.

\"(Crawford) didn't have anything that was overpowering but he was just a frustrating guy to face,\" Rojas said. \"He has a bunch of different windups, a bunch of different tempos and he got us to just miss a lot of balls. He got our timing off. We had good pitching on our side but it was just not our day.\"

Great Lakes went out on top 1-0 in the first inning after a throwing error by catcher Ray Henderson allowed Gavin Lux to score from third base after Lux's attempted steal of third. The Loons added what turned out to be the game-winning run in the second inning when a double from Zach Reks chased home Connor Wong from first base.

Blanco settled in after the second inning. The right-hander gave up just one more hit and wound up striking out a season-high nine hitters. It was Blanco's second-longest outing of the season behind a 6 1/3-inning performance on July 13 against South Bend.

Reliever Lucas Williams kept Quad-Cities in the game after that, allowing one hit and fanning three in three innings.

\"Blanco was great,\" Steinhorn said. \"He threw the ball exceptionally well but it was one of those close games that we have to do a better job of handling the ball on defense and finding ways to score on offense. Pitching was a bright spot.\"

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Missing woman found

Local authorities have located a Galena, Illinois, woman,\u00a0Amanda R. Duhack,\u00a0unharmed. Duhack went\u00a0missing July 21 and was last seen outside her rural home. However, according to a statement from the Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Office, Duhack \"has been located and is OK. Thanks everyone for their assistance.\" \u00a0\u00a0

River taxi rerouted

\"Channel

River Action hosts weekly Channel Cat Talks this summer.\u00a0

The Channel Cat water taxi was forced to adjust its route because of high water on the Mississippi River. Rick Rector has a list of the changes\u00a0here.

Democrat's new message

\"U.S.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., greets people at the Kraft Heinz plant in Davenport on Election Day, Nov. 8.

Moline Democrat Rep. Cheri Bustos reportedly played a key role\u00a0in reshaping a new party message promising better jobs and wages, a lower cost of living, training workers to meet new workforce demands and an overall sharpened message with focus on the economy. The third-term Democrat serves as co-chair of the House policy and communications committee.

Trenton Wallace now a two-time player of the year

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Pitcher Trenton Wallace is the reigning Mississippi Athletic Conference and Quad-City Times metro player of the year. The Iowa recruit compiled a 0.28 ERA in 50 innings last summer.\u00a0

For the second consecutive season, Wallace has been named the Mississippi Athletic Conference's player of the year in baseball. The Iowa recruit is 9-0 on the mound in play for Assumption.

Traffic

After being reduced to a single lane, westbound traffic at I-80 between Exit 298 and Exit 301 has been reopened.

Weather

Compared to recent weeks, a night in the mid-70s should feel fairly moderate.

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Luke Fennelly remembers sitting in the stands at Principal Park in Des Moines as a 9-year-old watching the Davenport Assumption baseball team at the state tournament.

Fennelly was particularly drawn to the Knights' starting second baseman in that 2008 Class 2A championship game \u2014 his older brother, Trevor.

\"Once I saw him out there, I always wanted to get there at one point with my team,\" Fennelly said. \"I thought that was really special to see.

\"I've always wanted to follow in my brother's footsteps.\"

After near-misses the past two years in the district final to Central DeWitt, Fennelly gets his opportunity to perform on the state stage with his teammates at 11 a.m. today against Bondurant-Farrar.

While Assumption's three Division I pitchers garner much of the attention, Fennelly has been the offensive catalyst for the Knights.

The senior shortstop leads the team in average (.455), hits (60), triples (3), RBIs (38) and on-base percentage (.532).

In three postseason games, Fennelly is 7-for-10 with three extra-base hits, including his first high school home run, and four RBIs.

\"When we need a big hit or when we need to get something going, he's the guy for us,\" senior Trenton Wallace said. \"When he's at the plate with guys on base, our team has a comfortable feeling he's going to do something positive for us.\"

Fennelly, a three-year starter, always has been a defensive asset. It is at the plate where he's made a quantum leap.

He hit a meager .230 and batted primarily ninth in the order for Assumption as a sophomore. The average jumped to .323 last summer.

Entrenched in the No. 2 spot this year, the all-conference selection has been a model of consistency. He's hit safely in 36 of Assumption's 43 games and reached base at least once in 39 contests.

\"Every year he's made a stride,\" Assumption coach Billy Argo said. \"He's a little stronger, a little faster and a little wiser with three years under his belt.\"

Teammates believe it was the time Fennelly devoted during the offseason that has led to his offensive outburst.

Even with basketball and tennis occupying his time during the winter and spring months, Fennelly made time for baseball.

\"He worked very hard to get where he's at now,\" catcher Tavien Gillette said. \"You can see it now with the good at-bats he's been putting together, staying off pitches he can't hit and hitting pitches that he can.

\"That average comes from how much time he's put into this.\"

Fennelly attributes it to experience. He's learned from the mistakes he made the past two seasons.

\"Hitting is more of a mental game than physical,\" he said. \"It takes a lot of confidence. In the past, I didn't have that confidence to hit. Now, I want to hit, and I know I'm playing a bigger role for the team.\"

Besides producing base hits, Fennelly is the team leader with 10 sacrifices \u2014 an important skill for the No. 2 hitter in Assumption's philosophy of moving runners and manufacturing runs.

Leadoff hitter Ben Beutel is batting .375 and leads the team with 30 walks. That has given Fennelly plenty of opportunities to hit with somebody on base.

\"The pressure is really on Ben,\" Fennelly said. \"I'm a situational guy. I like that role because it puts me a in a good situation to help the team.\"

Baseball has been a passion for Fennelly since he started in T-ball and his father coached him in Little League.

Middle infield always has been his spot on the field. He's made only eight errors in 141 chances this season, a fielding percentage of .941 that ranks among the best within MAC shortstops.

\"It is an active position,\" said Fennelly, who will continue his baseball career at Loras College in the fall. \"I love taking ground balls.\"

Fennelly admits there will be nerves when he steps into the box or takes that first grounder Tuesday against Bondurant-Farrar.

Like his brother, Fennelly wants to be part of Assumption championship lore. The 3A second-ranked Knights are seeking to become the first Iowa school to claim 10 summer baseball titles this week.

\"It is pretty special to get to experience this as a senior,\" Fennelly said. \"We've got a special team, and I'm glad I got to do this at least once in my career.

\"Assumption baseball always has had a special tradition. To be the 10th (championship team) would be one for the books.\"

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Much like the baseballs they are hitting, the Quad-Cities River Bandits won\u2019t simply rewrite the team record book for home runs in a season.

They\u2019ll crush it.

At some point over the final six weeks of the Midwest League season, most likely sooner rather than later, the River Bandits will top the 58-year-old franchise\u2019s record for home runs in a season.

Quad-Cities batters have accumulated 107 home runs this season, the eighth time the franchise has topped 100 homers in a season and seven shy of the franchise record of 114 established by the Bandits in 2010.

There is a difference between this season and that year.

In 2010, current Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Adams clubbed 22 homers to dominate for Quad-Cities as a Cardinals farmhand.

This season\u2019s work has strictly been a collaborative effort.

There isn\u2019t a single River Bandit among the Midwest League\u2019s top 10 home run hitters, although Ronnie Dawson with his team-leading 12, Daz Cameron with 11 and Chuckie Robinson with 10 are just outside the list of league leaders.

Seven Quad-Cities players have hit at least seven home runs this season and manager Russ Steinhorn believes it is no accident that 18 River Bandits have had three or more homers in 2017.

He sees it as a byproduct of a simple, but effective offensive approach that has led Quad-Cities to score a league-leading 528 runs.

\u201cWe talk all the time with our guys about finding a good pitch to hit and putting a good swing on it,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said. \u201cThat is at the core of what we are teaching.\u2019\u2019

That core is being taught throughout the Astros organization.

\u201cI feel like we have a good hitting program going and our guys are working hard at it. The hitting coaches coordinators have a good plan and the guys are putting in the work every day here with (Quad-Cities hitting coach Ben Rosenthal) to make it happen,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said.

He believes the consistent message and the daily routine have combined to create an environment which has led to the results the River Bandits have produced this season.

Quad-Cities has a .262 team batting average which ranks third in the league, including a league-best 312 extra-base hits.

\u201cAll of the information that our guys receive, from what they are able to watch through technology to what is explained to them, is designed to let them go out and compete without cluttering their minds,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said.

\u201cWe don\u2019t want guys up at the plate thinking about things. We want them performing and that\u2019s what we\u2019re seeing. It\u2019s a big reason we\u2019ve put up the numbers we have.\u2019\u2019

Rojas honored: Quad-Cities infielder Josh Rojas was named Monday as the Midwest League player of the week.

The 26th-round pick of Houston in the June draft from Hawaii had 10 hits in 23 at-bats last week for Quad-Cities, including three home runs. He also drove home 11 runs.

Burlington's Aaron Vinson was named the pitcher of the week, an honor won by 2016 River Bandits pitcher Alex Winkelman in the Texas League where he took a no-hitter one out\u00a0into the ninth inning Friday for Corpus Christi.

Hefty fare: Former Clinton infielder D.J. Peterson was among four Seattle farm hands who shelled out $683.52 to get to a game in Albuquerque on time after a flight out of Phoenix fell through last week.

Now playing first base for the Mariners\u2019 Tacoma affiliate, the 2013 LumberKings player joined three teammates in trying to avoid a 3 a.m. wake-up call for a bus to the airport and scheduled an alternate flight at a later time to get them to Albuquerque for a game that day.

The flight ended up getting canceled and after haggling with an airline, it was decided the only way the four could get to the ballpark on time was by car and they contacted an Uber driver willing to make the six-plus hour trip.

They did arrive in time for the game, but Peterson told an Albuquerque television station he had learned an expensive lesson.

Final throws: With a standing ovation and a victory, the season came to an end Saturday for Cedar Rapids pitcher Griffin Jax.

A third-round pick of the Twins in 2016 from Air Force, Jax made the last of four starts for the Kernels in a win over Lansing. He is scheduled to report to the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida on Saturday to begin a 22-month stay as an acquisitions officer for a missile and satellite launch squadron.

Jax initially was told he would be able to fulfill his obligations once his baseball career ended but a change in policy at the Pentagon is requiring him to begin it as scheduled later this week.

He plans to follow a training plan put together by the Twins to have him ready for a return in nearly two years.

“I’m trying to be as big of a sponge as I can,’’ Jax told milb.com. “I can keep polishing things and when I start back up, I’ll be better than I am today.’’

Next-best option: A rehab start for 2015 American League Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel didn\u2019t bring the Astros ace to the Quad-Cities on Saturday, but for River Bandits owner Dave Heller it was the next-best thing.

Looking for a spot to work somewhat close to Houston\u2019s weekend series in Baltimore, Keuchel pitched five innings and earned the win Saturday night for Tri-City in a road game at Lowell. The New York-Penn League club also is owned by Heller and Keuchel\u2019s outing helped put 4,177 fans in the stands.

Alumni report:\u00a0In the middle of trade talks, Atlanta pitcher Jaime Garcia did something Friday he never had a chance to do when he was with Quad-Cities.

Garcia, who never had an at-bat in the Midwest League, belted the first grand slam of his career in addition to pitching seven strong innings in a win over Dodgers.

The lefthander made his professional debut for Quad-Cities in 2006, going 5-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 13 starts for the Swing of the Quad-Cities. Garcia struck out 80 batters and walked 18 in 77.2 innings of work in the Midwest League.

By the numbers

27: Lansing\u2019s Nick Sinay set a new franchise record when he was hit by a pitch for the 26th and 27th time this season during a game at Quad-Cities on Thursday. Sinay\u2019s total ranks second in minor-league baseball.

10: The River Bandits\u2019 Carson LaRue became the third 10-game winner in the Midwest League this season with a win over Lansing on Wednesday which raised his record to 10-3.

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CHICAGO \u2014 Iowa has a number one quarterback, on paper.

Sophomore Nathan Stanley was listed in the top spot on the Hawkeyes\u2019 fall depth chart released Monday at the Big Ten kickoff event, but coach Kirk Ferentz quickly said competition at the position is far from over.

\u201cDon\u2019t read into it, please,\u2019\u2019 Ferentz said, adding that both Stanley and junior Tyler Wiegers will receive equal reps with the first team when Iowa begins its fall camp next Sunday.

He said ultimately that will determine who will start behind center in the Sept. 2 season opener against Wyoming.

\u201cWe don\u2019t have a No. 1 guy right now,\u2019\u2019 Ferentz said. \u201cWhat we do have is the chance to watch them compete and evaluate them based on what we see.\u2019\u2019

Iowa\u2019s depth chart also included two sets of tight ends, reflective of double tight end formations the Hawkeyes will likely utilize more frequently until a young group of receivers gains experience.

Sophomore Noah Fant and redshirt freshman T.J. Hockenson will begin fall camp as starters at the tight end spots.

Iowa lists two sets of receivers as well, with senior Matt VandeBerg and junior-college transfer Nick Easley in starting roles.

The only change in starters is at fullback, where a healthy Drake Kulick is listed as the starter. The senior from Muscatine has been fully cleared to workout Sunday after recovering from a broken leg suffered in the 2016 regular-season finale against Nebraska.

\u201cHe\u2019s full speed and he has worked extremely hard to get there,\u2019\u2019 Ferentz said.

Lovie's lessons: Illinois\u2019 Lovie Smith said he learned a lot during his first season on the job, starting with the need to elevate his program in a number of ways.

\u201cFacilities, recruiting, competing, we have a lot of room to grow,\u2019\u2019 Smith said.

Facility needs are being addressed, Smith believes a foundation for future recruiting is being built and he likes the attitude he sees from players in the program.

\u201cWe haven\u2019t been competitive enough and to get to that point, it\u2019s a process,\u2019\u2019 Smith said. \u201cWe want to be in conversation when people are talking about teams that make the Big Ten better.\u2019\u2019

Illinois opens camp next Monday and Smith welcomes the return of receiver Mike Dudek, who has missed the majority of the past two seasons because of two ACL tears.

\u201cHe will make our offense better,\u2019\u2019 Smith said.

Jewell honored: For the third straight season, an Iowa defensive player has been selected among a group of five players to watch in the Big Ten West.

Senior linebacker Josey Jewell followed the selection of Desmond King in 2016 and Drew Ott in 2015 in earning a spot on the list.

\u201cI\u2019m just competing the best I can. That\u2019s always been my objective,\u2019\u2019 Jewell said. \u201cIt\u2019s good to be mentioned, but mostly I just want to compete.\u2019\u2019

Northwestern running back Justin Jackson and safety Goodwin Igwebuike and Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy and tight end Troy Fumagalli also made the list.

In the East, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, defensive end Tyquan Lewis, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley and Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales made the list.

Alternate look: Iowa may be wearing alternate uniforms for the first time in two seasons during a game this fall.

Ferentz declined to say which of the seven home games might provide his team with a chance to change its look, saying only he believes the uniforms are ready and \u201cin the box.\u2019\u2019

FCS option: Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the Big Ten has relaxed a policy it had that prohibited schools from scheduling football games against programs from the Football Championship Subdivision.

Other conferences did not follow the Big Ten\u2019s lead in a plan designed to strengthen schedules and some games \u2014\u00a0including one in 2018 between Iowa and Northern Iowa \u2014\u00a0remained on the schedule because of previously signed contracts.

Delany said now Big Ten teams will be allowed to schedule FCS opponents in years when they play only four conference home games, a move designed to help ease non-conference scheduling issues.

TV deal: The Big Ten formally announced its new television rights packages on Monday.

In addition to extending its arrangement with the 10-year-old Big Ten Network through 2032, the conference has new six-year agreements with Fox Sports, ESPN/ABC and CBS.

The Fox Sports agreement includes football telecasts on both Fox television stations and its cable FS1 and beginning this fall, BTN telecasts will be available on the Fox Sports Go app.

Remembering two: This year\u2019s Iowa media guide includes remembrances of two long-time sports journalists who passed away during the past year.

The careers of Jim Sullivan, who spent 32 years at the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, and Buck Turnbull, a 41-year reporter at the Des Moines Register, are recognized.

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CHICAGO \u2014\u00a0Sean Welsh didn\u2019t get much of a chance to talk football Monday at the Big Ten kickoff in Chicago.

Coming just days after he acknowledged publicly for the first time his battles with depression, that didn\u2019t take the Iowa offensive lineman by surprise.

Welsh has found the response to the essay he read during a news conference last week as overwhelming.

\u201cThe messages have come from everywhere and in about every way imaginable,\u2019\u2019 Welsh said during an hour-long session with reporters at McCormick Place. \u201cFacebook, Twitter, e-mails, letters, messages, they\u2019ve been nonstop. I\u2019ve heard from people I went to high school with but didn\u2019t really know that well. I\u2019ve heard from all sorts of people.\u2019\u2019

They\u2019ve all had a story to share.

Just like the words Welsh put to paper and read aloud last week, which he said Monday was a polished version of what started as a 2,800-word rough draft.

\u201cI started by putting everything I remembered down on paper and worked from there,\u2019\u2019 Welsh said. \u201cIn the end, we cherry-picked parts of it and got it down to a more manageable length. I wanted people like myself who might be too proud, at least at first, to understand they aren\u2019t in it alone.\u2019\u2019

Welsh anticipated receiving responses, but the volume has caught the senior guard a little off guard.

But, he\u2019s OK with that.

\u201cI don\u2019t see it as a burden, not at all,\u2019\u2019 Welsh said. \u201cTalking about it has been the best thing for me. It\u2019s gotten easier to talk about every time I\u2019ve talked about it.\u2019\u2019

Welsh had plenty of opportunities to do that on Monday, working through a series of interview sessions for the hundreds of media outlets taking part in the two-day kickoff, which includes a luncheon today.

He repeated his story and explained the reasoning behind his decision to make it public.

Welsh discussed how he felt it was important for younger people to see and understand that assistance is available.

He talked about how being an athlete provided him with a platform to get that message out and provide it from the perspective of someone who is successful in an endeavor, in his case athletics.

\u201cA lot of times, you hear athletes talking about this after their careers are over, but it doesn\u2019t have to wait,\u2019\u2019 Welsh said. \u201cThis is about what I\u2019m dealing with here and now as I compete. The timing of talking about it, heading into my last year at Iowa, seemed right.\u2019\u2019

Iowa wide receiver Matt VandeBerg said Welsh told his story to teammates earlier this summer as part of weekly discussions members of the Hawkeye football\u2019s leadership group have with the entire team.

VandeBerg said the talk likely caught a number of players, especially younger players on the roster, by surprise.

\u201cIt was a courageous thing to do,\u2019\u2019 VandeBerg said. \u201cIt was something he had dealt with for so long by himself and to bring it to us says a lot about him. It gave coach (Kirk) Ferentz and all of us a chance to let him know that we\u2019re there for him. Nobody should have to deal with it alone.\u2019\u2019

As much as anything, Welsh believes he may be helping get that message out.

\u201cThat\u2019s my hope,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cThat\u2019s my only objective in this, to help people who might be in the same situation I was in.\u2019\u2019

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Joy Ripslinger is ready for the challenge.

Following her standout high school career at Assumption but before she embarks for college at the University of Arkansas, Ripslinger will try to break the tape at Saturday's Quad-City Times Bix 7 as the Isle Casino Beat the Elite runner.

Ripslinger found out Monday she will get a 2.25-mile head start on the seven-mile course and if she can cross the finish line ahead of the elite runners, she will win $2,500 that she will donate.

Unlike last year, there will not be an additional corporate runner in the event.

The 2.25 mile-head start places Ripslinger at the bottom of the Kirkwood Blvd. hill near the Village of East Davenport.

\"That will be a challenge, but I'm up for it,\" Ripslinger said. \"I think it's good for me. It's keeping me active. I didn't just want to sit around for a month before I head down (to Arkansas) so it's keeping me occupied and it's something to look forward to.\"

The distance was determined partly from Ripslinger's Bix time of 54:01 last year, but she also has used the Bix at Six training runs to help gauge a starting point. She didn't run the full course, instead focusing on various lengths of anywhere from 4.5 to six miles.

Ripslinger said for one of the runs, she ran for 33 minutes as hard as she could, and her distance was about 4.8 miles.

The last time the Bix served as the U.S. championship race, Sean Quigley won with a time of 33:28, which means Ripslinger will need to run at a pace of about seven minutes per mile to complete the challenge.

Ripslinger ran 18:43.6 at the 3.1 mile state cross country meet last October, a pace of about 6:14 per mile.\u00a0

\"Their hope is we're 30 seconds apart at the end. So maybe it's a little closer, maybe it's going to be a little more than that. I guess we'll see,\" Ripslinger said. \"It's not comfortable but it's what I think I can do. It will be fun. It won't be super easy, I'll have to work a little bit but I'm excited.\"

Since finishing fifth in the 800-meter run at the United States Track and Field Junior Nationals in Sacramento last month, the Iowa Gatorade track athlete of the year has divided her time between training for the Bix and recovering from a high school season that included winning four Iowa state titles.

She qualified for Thursday's Genesis Orthopedic Hospital Brady Street Sprints but thinks she might opt to not run and rest up for Saturday's race.

Along with her training, Ripslinger has been enjoying the reception from friends and people throughout the community.

\"I think my friends, some of them don't really understand what it is. They've asked me, 'Are you really the person out in front of everyone?'\" she said. \"Yeah, that's what I'm doing. I'm honored and it's a big deal. I love the Bix, it's a great thing we have in our community and there will be lots of eyes on me.\"

Since NCAA regulations prohibit her from personally accepting the money if she wins, Ripslinger plans to donate a portion of the $2,500 to Brittany's Gifts, a local organization founded in honor of Brittany Manders, who passed away in 2008 of a seizure disorder. The organization supports the Handicapped Development Center and the Davenport North YMCA. The Manders are family friends of the Ripslingers.

\"I really hope I can achieve that so I can give back,\" Ripslinger said. \"I couldn't think of a more perfect organization.\"

Ripslinger also plans to donate a portion back to the Assumption track and cross country program.

\"It's definitely a motivator,\" she said. \"I definitely want to give back after all the program has raised me to be. It's kind of the least I can do, to give something back and show my appreciation.\"

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Dr. Edwin Motto, the kid next door, never\u00a0dreamed he\u2019d be\u00a0in charge of\u00a0the teams that\u00a0have\u00a0taken the pulse of 500,00 sweating, exhausted people over the past 30 years.

I can call him the kid next door because I\u00a0know him\u00a0as the kid who played kick-the-can with the alley gang when we all lived on River Drive in Bettendorf.

Now, he is 66 years old and the medical director for the Quad-City Times Bix 7. He is the shepherd in the white coat who is in charge of eight medical tents and a\u00a0bevy of health-care providers. He\u2019s the one who worries\u00a0about the well-being of the 15,000 or 18,000 or 20,000 runners and walkers every Bix 7 weekend\u00a0\u2014 from the Arconic Jr. Bix 7 on Friday night through Saturday morning's rush through the streets of Davenport. That is where the 500,000 figure comes from, if you add up all those hoofers and all those years.

SOME PHYSICIANS are distant; Dr. Ed (I prefer to call him Eddie) is the friendly, outgoing kind, a shake-your-hand, pat-on-the-back type. He returned from vacation a week ago to be certain he would be back in time to tend the Bix 7 events.

He is on the go, and I\u2019ve been chasing him for a visit. When I finally cornered him, he apologizes: \u201cI can\u2019t talk to you. I\u2019m in a patient\u2019s room. I\u2019ll call you when I get home.\u201d He got home that night at 10:12 p.m., which is about par for him. He was about to dig into an ice cream sundae with chocolate syrup; I was eating peach ice cream.

\u00a0\u00a0After I reached him, Dr. Eddie talked casually. We reminisced about his dad\u00a0\u2014 no longer with us\u00a0\u2014 who also was a doctor. Dr. Ed Sr. was more serious. Dr. Ed Jr. is more cool. He never wears socks and his shoes are always sandals, some open-toed in the\u00a0summer.

\u00a0I asked, \u201cHow did you ever get into this Bix thing? You\u2019re not a runner.\u201d

\u201cI felt it was the community thing to do. It was my responsibility. Smitty (Dr. Forest Smith) had retired as the Bix medical chief and I was glad to take over. Don\u2019t ask me if I\u2019m a runner; I\u2019m not. My wife, Chris, is the Bix runner.

FOR DR. ED,\u00a0\u201ctaking over\u201d is a duty of skill and sweat. By 6:30 a.m. on race day, he\u2019s making the rounds of eight medical tents along the winding route, fussily making certain that all is well and the right medical equipment and medication\u00a0are there. By 7 a.m., his\u00a0teams will be in place.

\u201cDr. Ed is a magnificent\u00a0man to have been doing this, all these years. I can\u2019t praise him enough,\u201d says Ed Froehlich, the long-time Bix 7 race director. \u201cHe is a medical miracle for Bix runners and all of us.\u201d

His commitment to the Bix 7 runners and walkers will be honored on Friday with a special award that annually goes to top volunteers.

Of race day, Dr. Ed says, \u201cI want it all running like well-organized machine.\u201d He will be making the rounds of all his medical stations during the race, and will be ready at the finish line when the waves of runners and walkers are crossing.

THE FINAL BLOCKS to the finish line can be the ultimate test. Some Bixers are staggering and are\u00a0helped to the medical tent. \u201cThe biggest problem can be hypotension,\" Dr. Ed explains.

\"In the heat of running, they pass out. We cool them down, and intravenously get water into them. Some temperatures soar. There have been as high as 108 degrees. That is high, very high. They are weak, but we work to recover them. Some can be serious and taken to hospital emergency rooms.\u201d

After a long, arduous day, Dr. Edwin Motto is not ready to go home. \u201cIt is my personal duty to go to all the hospital emergency rooms to check on the runners who have been taken there,\u201d he says.

That duty done, he will go home\u00a0\u2014 and likely have a dish of ice cream.

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For the second consecutive season, Davenport Assumption's Trenton Wallace is the Mississippi Athletic Conference's player of the year in baseball.

Wallace, an Iowa recruit, is 9-0 on the mound with a 0.34 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 62 innings of work. At the plate, he's batting .411 with 14 extra-base hits and 30 RBIs for the league champion Knights, who open the Class 3A state tournament at 11 a.m. Tuesday against Bondurant-Farrar.

The southpaw is joined on the first team by teammates Ben Beutel (pitcher) and Luke Fennelly (utility). Beutel has a 7-0 mark with 0.73 ERA while Fennelly leads Assumption with a .455 average and league-best 38 RBIs.

North Scott also had three first-team selections in Jared Rus (second base), Adam Sacia (outfield) and Brooks Sunny (utility).

Bettendorf's Carter Bell (pitcher) and Kamrin Arons (first base) made the first team as did Pleasant Valley's Nick Acri (third base) and Josh Stivers (outfield).

There were four teams to have one first-team representative -- Davenport West's Trevor Burkhart (shortstop), Davenport Central's Bobby Magnus (outfield), Davenport North's Caleb Farnsworth (outfield) and Burlington's Nick Hagen (catcher).

Like Wallace, Burkhart and Magnus are repeat first-team selections.

Assumption's Billy Argo, who recently eclipsed 500 wins, was voted as the MAC's coach of the year for the second straight season.

Baseball

All-MAC teams

First team

Pitchers -- Trenton Wallace, sr., Assumption; Ben Beutel, sr., Assumption; Carter Bell, so., Bettendorf

Catcher -- Nick Hagen, sr., Burlington

First base -- Kamrin Arons, sr., Bettendorf

Second base -- Jared Rus, jr., North Scott

Shortstop -- Trevor Burkhart, jr., Davenport West

Third base -- Nick Acri, sr., Pleasant Valley

Outfield -- Caleb Farnsworth, sr., Davenport North; Josh Stivers, sr., Pleasant Valley; Bobby Magnus, sr., Davenport Central; Adam Sacia, sr., North Scott

Utility -- Brooks Sunny, jr., North Scott; Luke Fennelly, sr., Assumption

Second team

Pitchers -- Nathan Holliday, sr., Muscatine; Daniel Powers, jr., Assumption; Clayton Nettleton, jr., Davenport West

Catchers -- Tavien Gillette, sr., Assumption; Tony Barreca, jr., North Scott

First base -- Nolan Melchert, sr., Assumption

Second base -- Adin DeLaRosa, so., Davenport Central

Shortstop -- Johnny Sullivan, sr., Clinton

Third base -- Makai Hart, sr., Clinton

Outfield -- Justin Hutter, sr., Bettendorf; Logan Gluba, so., Davenport West; Evan Crawford, jr., Pleasant Valley; Justus Burke, sr., Assumption

Utility -- Kyle Cunningham, sr., Clinton; Max Slavens, so., Pleasant Valley; Will Kranz, so., Davenport Central

Honorable mention

Assumption -- Donaven Juarez; Peyton Berthel; Nick Gottilla

Bettendorf -- Andy Whiteman; Tyler Ciha; Steven Ciha

Burlington -- Drake Hohenthaner; Tyler Conner; Everett Willson

Clinton -- Ty Wenzel; Gage Harris; Jared Simpson

Davenport Central -- Connor Hayes; Keith Inghram; Andrew Hegland

Davenport North -- Bryan Verdon; Jared Beck; Tyler Josund

Davenport West -- Braydon Dobereiner; Ryan McKown; Colton Jones

Muscatine -- Gavyn Ashley; Joe Morrison; Jake Mussehl

North Scott -- Sam Stonskas; Ben Steidler; Allen Vis

Pleasant Valley -- Erik Israel; Bradley Melvin; Cam Peer

Player of year -- Wallace (Assumption)

Coach of year -- Billy Argo (Assumption)

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1. Run the Bix 7

It's almost here. The Quad-City Times Bix 7 will bring thousands of runners and spectators to downtown Davenport on Saturday for one of the area's best and biggest traditions. This year, the Bix 7 serves as the\u00a0USA Track and Field National 7 Mile Championships, which means you can run alongside (or just shortly behind) the nation's top athletes.\u00a0Once you cross the finish line, stick around for a huge post-race party in the parking lot of the Quad-City Times building. Don't forget to register for the Bix 7, the 2-mile Quick Bix or\u00a0Arconic's Jr Bix 7, on Friday,\u00a0at qctimes.com/bix/

8 a.m. Saturday, downtown Davenport, $48 to register; free for spectators

2. Q-C homecoming party\u00a0

Keep the celebration of the Quad-City Times Bix 7 going. The Bix Street Fest, billed as the Quad-Cities biggest homecoming party, returns this weekend with festivities happening on\u00a02nd Street between Brady and Ripley streets in the heart of downtown Davenport. Expect\u00a0festival food and drinks, live music from 12 acts, arts and craft vendors and more. In addition, Rib Fest joins the event this year. Admission to the Street Fest is free and open to the public.\u00a0

11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, downtown Davenport. Free\u00a0

3. An uphill battle\u00a0

Also part of this week's Bix festivities is the Brady Street Sprints on Thursday. Watch runners climb the quarter-mile Brady Street hill. Ten races are scheduled, including for women and men ages 29 and under and 39 and under and 40 and older. In addition, high school relays and a Bix 7 sponsors race are on tap.\u00a0

7 p.m. Thursday, Brady Street hill. Free\u00a0

4. A special Live@Five

This week's Live@Five event, presented by the River Music Experience, is on Tuesday instead of Friday. Enjoy some free tunes from the soulful Portland-based group Dirty Revival outside the RME, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. For more info, visit rivermusicexperience.org

5 p.m. Tuesday, outside RME. Free

5. Wheels and food on-wheels\u00a0

The Quad-Cities Independent Food Truck Alliance and QCrpm, an organization with the mission to strengthen the area's automotive scene,\u00a0are teaming up to bring you an event where food trucks, cars and conversations collide. The event, dubbed Eat the Streets, brings vendors such as Floyd's Burgers and Sliders, Grillzilla Cooking and Meathead's Meat Market together with a bunch of cool cars and trucks near the Davenport skybridge in downtown Davenport.\u00a0

6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Davenport skybridge. Free

6. 'Once more unto the breach'

The Genesius Guild continues its season of free theater with the classic Shakespeare-penned historic play, \"Henry V,\" which takes place during the Hundred Years' War, and features the famous line, \"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.\" You can see \"Henry V\" Saturday and Sunday at Lincoln Park, Rock Island.\u00a0

8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lincoln Park. Free

7. Punk trio\u00a0

If you're looking to escape from outdoor festivities on Saturday, check out this show from the Atlanta, Georgia-based punk rock trio The Coathangers. See the all-female group, which has been performing since 2006 and released its latest album last month, with openers Residuels and Archeress, this weekend at Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport. For tickets, $10 in advance, visit daytrotter.com/live-shows

8 p.m. Saturday, Daytrotter, $10 in advance; $13 at the door\u00a0

8. One last summer concert\u00a0

Jumer's Casino and Hotel, 777 Jumer Drive, Rock Island, presents the finale of its summer concert series this weekend. See Aerosmith Rocks, an Aerosmith tribute band, on Friday. Tickets, $15, are available at the hotel's front desk or by calling 1-800-477-7747. \u00a0

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jumer's Casino and Hotel, $15\u00a0

9. Sweany show at the Raccoon Motel\u00a0

Need a mid-week pick-me-up? Patrick Sweany, a soul, rock and blues musician from Nashville, will perform with opener Dickie, from Iowa City, on Wednesday at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. For tickets, visit raccoonmotel.com

8 p.m. Wednesday, Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, $10 in advance\u00a0

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