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It happens this time of year all over the country. You are driving down the road on a beautiful day with little wind and dotting the landscape you see the plumes of white smoke rising into the atmosphere. Should you be alarmed or investigate? Maybe, if you fear there is a stray fire that could damage property of people, or if it has been tinder-dry out and you know there is a burning ban in place. What you are seeing most likely, though, is fire being used as a tool, more specifically a management tool, to benefit wildlife of all species.

First, a brief history lesson. Centuries ago, before the advent of farming, the Midwest and Great Plains were covered in grasslands. Expansive amounts of grasslands, some covering nearly entire states like Iowa and Illinois. Native Americans found or followed great herds of bison, deer, and elk throughout these regions to harvest for food. Some of these grass species were huge, like Big Blue Stem or Switchgrass, growing to more than 10 feet tall on a good year, while other short-grass species and forbes (or flowering prairie plants) were also found and were more desirable for these animals to eat. Alas, like many things in our brief history in these United States, more than 90 percent (and in some states like Iowa and Illinois even higher percentages) of these \u201cnative grasses\u201d are now gone.

What is left of our prairies, whether natural or restored by man, need protection and active management to survive in this day and age. One of the greatest tools for managing these plots of land is actually fire. You see, back in the day, lightning, stray camp fires, and sometimes deliberately set fires managed these vast grasslands. The fires did what they still do today: remove old growth vegetation and expose new shoots, kill off encroaching brush and tree species, fortify the soil with nutrients, and give the barren black soil a chance to warm up fast and get the grasses growing first in the competition for sunlight. They also re-seeded themselves to some extent as many species of prairie plants actually need a fire to germinate their seeds.

So, why are prairies important? The answer is \u201cdiversity.\u201c Imagine, if you can, a forest filled with pine trees. They are beautiful and useful in many ways, but they are a relative monoculture. You need not be a scientist to understand only one of anything is not good. Any type of disease, insect, or other pest can and does wipe out the entire population of that species (i.e. pine bark beetles, Dutch Elm Disease, Emerald ash borers to name a few) in a short while, if not for species diversity.

Prairies (or I should say good prairies) are the epitome of diversity. Not only do they offer a multitude of grass species to hold soil in place with their deep roots and cover, provide constant ground shelter for nesting birds, and allow wildlife to seek refuge, but they also provide flowering plants for pollinators to feed upon and offer insects for all species of animals to eat.

Good prairies need good management to continue to flourish. Many of these prairies were re-established by landowners during the CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) or 10-year set-aside acres as many refer to them. Land, usually highly erosion-prone land, was taken out of farm production and people were paid a modest fee to manage the lands as prairies for a period of ten years. Many places, like our property, has been in CRP for going on 20 years as the land was re-enrolled in the program after the first 10 years expired. Many federally owned and managed lands are re-established prairies as well, again providing that diversity that all ecosystems need.

Whether you enroll in this USDA program or just have a patch of prairie of your own, some management is needed every few years. If you leave the ground fallow, even after planting prairie species or other long-term grasses like brome or orchard grass, you will find Mother Nature is constantly trying to turn the land into whatever she can, by any means. There are many methods of management to ensure a diverse yet effective prairie: mowing (which is better than nothing but does not have several benefits mentioned before), spraying chemicals (which I do not recommend as it is often indiscriminate and may kill beneficial species), and fire (controlled burns). The fire option is risky and will take some common sense planning with the USDA, a local County Conservation Board, your local fire department, or a group like Pheasants Forever to accomplish. All of them have resources and the expertise to ensure your controlled burn stays \u201ccontrolled.\u201d Used properly, fire can be the best tool you have for maintaining a diverse and healthy prairie to benefit wildlife and also humans.

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If Friday night's game is any indication, Fort Wayne meeting Quad-City in the first round of the playoffs could be quite the series.

The game Friday was fast, physical, hard-hitting and one of the best games I've seen here in some time. It was a matchup between two playoff-bound teams.

Early it didn't look like the Mallards were going to be able to hang with the Komets. A few players mentioned how they hadn't seen a team like Fort Wayne in a few weeks, and it definitely took some time go ramp up their play. Fort Wayne was all over the Mallards in the first 10 minutes, but C.J. Motte played maybe his best home game of the second half of the season, keeping the Mallards in the game early.

As the game wore on, the Mallards found their footing, and started to match the intensity the rest of the way.

Fort Wayne will be a very tough out in the playoffs. But the Mallards showed Friday night they won't be a slouch either. They answered everything the Komets threw at them, rallied back from every deficit, and through hard work in overtime, won the game.

If this is the first round playoff matchup, April 12 can't get here fast enough. The fans added to the atmosphere, they were about as loud as I've heard them this year, and with the proximity and history between the two franchises, all games could be packed with loud, rowdy fans.

It's also been a competitive series this year, even though Fort Wayne rolled early, the Mallards have now won three straight against the Komets, and the teams on the ice Friday looked very evenly matched besides the first 10 minutes.

There's still flaws on this team, mainly the power play. The Mallards' biggest flaw, possibly their Achilles' heel is the power play, which ranks second-to-last in the league. It's not always a deciding factor, but in the playoffs, the team needs to take advantage when the opponent heads to the box.

However, this team has shown the resiliency to battle through a lot of adversity this year. A long losing streak, a coaching change, injuries, call-ups, any one of those things could have derailed the team and instead, the players have rallied, and the team appears to be playing its best hockey at the right time.

It's a long season, full of ups and downs, but the Mallards right now look to be raising their game at the right time. There's still a lot to sort out, including playoff seeding, but every team in the Central Division looks capable of making a run, and that should make for some very entertaining hockey in April and May.

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Girls track and field

Late Thursday

Washburn Invitational

At Muscatine

Team scores -- 1. Iowa City West 150.5; 2. Bettendorf 130; 3. Dubuque Hempstead 112; 4. Pleasant Valley 111; 5. Linn-Mar 71; 6. Muscatine 44.5; 7. North Scott 44; 8. Cedar Rapids Prairie 42; 9. Cedar Rapids Washington 22; 10. Davenport North 4.

100 \u2013 1. Emma Ostrom (Bettendorf) 13.52; 2. Amaria Kirby (PV) 13.53; 3. Kira Arthofer (PV) 13.72

200 \u2013 1. Valerie Welch (IC West) 27.78; 2. Micaela Graveline (West) 28.82; 3. Carlie Spelhaug (PV) 28.91

400 \u2013 1. Payton Wensel (Linn-Mar) 58.60; 2. Alli Wroblewski (Bettendorf) 1:01.19; 3. Rachel Tebbe (PV) 1:04.27

800 \u2013 1. Bailey Nock (West) 2:23.64; 2. Sydney Spranger (Bettendorf) 2:28.09; 3. Moriah Morter (Muscatine) 2:29.46

100 hurdles \u2013 1. Valerie Welch (IC West) 15.95; 2. Amara Taylor (Washington) 17.26; 3. Peyton Steva (IC West) 17.40

400 hurdles \u2013 1. Hailey Behning (Bettendorf) 1:12.44; 2. Cecelie Schieffer (PV) 1:17.00; 3. Heather Hostager (Hempstead) 1:18.21

1,500 \u2013 1. Gabby Skopec (West) 5:04.57; 2. Trinity Borland (Bettendorf) 5:06.30; 3. Kaylee Leicht (Hempstead) 5:28.96

3,000 -- 1. Gabby Skopec (IC West) 10:43.45; 2. Reagan Gorman (Washington) 10:50.64; 3. Maddy Minard (PV) 11:17.31

400 relay \u2013- 1. Bettendorf (Erpelding, Wroblewski, Banks, Ostrom) 50.86; 2. Pleasant Valley (A. Arthofer, Kirby, Ramirez, K. Arthofer) 51.49; 3. Linn-Mar (Rolle, Hubler, Isaac, Bennett) 52.03

800 relay \u2013 1. Bettendorf (Banks, Ostrom, McQuillen, Mitchell) 1:50.94; 2. Hempstead (Herman, Meehan, Hammerand, Johnson) 1:54.94; 3. PV (Ruff, Whitfield, Parejko, Ramirez) 1:55.00

1,600 relay -- 1. Bettendorf (McQuillen, Nickles, Spranger, Wroblewski) 4:12.23; 2. Pleasant Valley (C. Spelhaug, E. Spelhaug, Tebbe, Swanson) 4:14.56; 3. Muscatine (Harter, Morter, Lloyd, Kraft) 4:31.28

3,200 relay -\u2013 1. Hempstead (Schmitt, Hostager, Holesinger, Buchheit) 10:28.52; 2. Muscatine (Roos, Maynard, Morter, Kraft) 10:40.88; 3. Linn-Mar (Hicks, Bohnenkamp, Van Rheenen, Genskow) 10:47.07

Shuttle hurdle relay -\u2013 1. IC West (Steva, Bell, Bauer, Welch) 1:08.19; 2. PV (E. Spelhaug, C. Spelhaug, Park, A. Arthofer) 1:10.39; 3. Bettendorf (Bruty, Erpelding, Lee, Behning) 1:12.11

Sprint medley relay -\u2013 1. Linn-Mar (Rolle, Northrup, Bennett, Wensel) 1:49.99; 2. Pleasant Valley (K. Arthofer, Kirby, A. Arthofer, Swanson) 1:50.79; 3. Bettendorf (Banks, Ostrom, McQuillen, Wroblewski) 1:51.74

Distance medley relay -\u2013 1. Bettendorf (Lewis, Braaten, Wrobleski, Vermeer) 4:32.77; 2. Linn-Mar (Bennett, Burrell, Huggins, Saville) 4:34.94; 3. Prairie (Lacy, Pisarik, Copeland, Frazee) 4:40.80

High jump \u2013- 1. Skyler Presler (Linn-Mar) 5-1; 2. Erica Loussaert (North Scott) 5-0; 3. Taylor Peterson (Prairie) 5-0

Long jump \u2013- 1. Valerie Welch (IC West) 16-2.5; 2. Kitra Bell (IC West) 15-5.25; 3. Erin McQuillen (Bettendorf) 14-8.25

Discus \u2013- 1. Leah Dusterhoft (West) 126-8.5; 2. Kayla Slowick (North Scott) 109-0; 3. Kyra Ikeda (Prairie) 106-11

Shot put \u2013- 1. Chandler Haight (West) 40-5; 2. Megan Gronau (Hempstead) 37-5; 3. Kayla Slowick (North Scott) 34-5.

Softball

Galesburg 6, Orion 2

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Orion;200;000;00;--;2;6;0

WP -- Emily Blucker (1-0). LP -- Julia Moore. Two or more hits -- Galesburg (Brand, Bailee Hamilton, Lauryn Campbell). 2B -- Galesburg (Lauryn Campbell); Orion (Paige Stropes). HR -- Galesburg (Andrea Sampson, Bailee Hamilton); Orion (Hailey Frutiger). RBI -- Galesburg (Andrea Sampson 2, Bailee Hamilton 2); Orion (Hailey Frutiger 2). Records -- Galesburg (2-0), Orion (1-2)

Erie-Prophetstown 8, Polo 0

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Zoie Sellers, Cassie Bushman (1). Calisa Steel. WP -- Steel. LP -- Sellers. 2B --\u00a0Erie-Prophetstown (Jessica Woodworth, Dena Johnson, Skylar Steimle). RBI --\u00a0Erie-Prophetstown (Calisa Steel, Erica Thulen, Bekah Ryan, Ashley Davis)

Morrison 6, Hall 1\u00a0

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Morrison stats:

WP -- Lauren Rice. Two or more hits -- Lauren Vos 3, Jaeden Workman 3, Lauren Rice, Madison Steines. 2B -- Emma Sitzmore, Emma Melton. HR -- Brooke Stralow. RBI -- Lauren Rice 2, Brooke Stralow 2, Emma Sitzmore\u00a0

Baseball\u00a0

Fulton 12, Bureau Valley 2

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Fulton stats:

Hunter Collachia, Cody Sanderson (5) and Stan Sikkema. WP -- Collachia (1-0). Two or more hits -- Stan Sikkema 4, Matt Eads, Cole McClary. 2B -- Cole McClary 2, Kasey Murphy, Hunter Collachia, Stan Sikkema. RBI -- Stan Sikkema 6, Kasey Murphy 2, Larson Barnett, Eric North, Cole McClary

Abingdon/Avon 7, Galva 5

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Nick Anderson, Ethan Peterson (5), Cooper Hoxworth (7). Stiff, Adolphson (5), Struhs (7). WP -- Stiff. LP -- Anderson. 2B -- Galva (Jerrod Cortes); Abingdon/Avon (Glaser). 3B -- Galva (Trey Kazubowski). HR --\u00a0Abingdon/Avon (Struhs). RBI -- Galva (Trey Kazubowski 2, Jerrod Cortes 2);\u00a0Abingdon/Avon (Struhs 3, Glaser 2, Mason)

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Mike Wilson picked the perfect moment to score his first goal of the season.

With overtime winding down, the Quad-City Mallards defenseman intercepted a pass, bolted up the ice, and fired a shot past goaltender Pat Nagle with five seconds left. The goal gave the Mallards a 4-3 win over the Fort Wayne Komets in what could be a preview of the first round of the playoffs.

\"It was about time I got my first of the season,\" Wilson said. \"I just put my head down and backchecked the best I could, he actually put it right on my tape, I just turned around and it was a 2-on-1. The (defenseman) cheated way over and I had an open look over his blocker.\"

The win keeps the Mallards' lead over Kalamazoo for third place at four points, while the Mallards now trail the Komets by only six points for second place.

If the standings hold in the final seven games, Friday's contest at the iWireless Center provided more than enough to get fans excited at the thoughts of the possibility of a first-round playoff series. Fast and physical, both teams went back and forth all night, with the Mallards answering everything Fort Wayne threw at them.

\"That's the spirit right now, we've got a couple games left but we need to play good, play 60 and just play playoff hockey to be ready,\" defenseman Guillaume Gelinas said.

Early, it looked like the Mallards might be in for a long night, as Fort Wayne jumped out quick, at one point owning a 15-4 advantage in shots. C.J. Motte made 18 saves in the first period to keep the game scoreless.

\"I think after the first 10 minutes, we all looked at Motter and were like, 'He's keeping us in this game so we've got to help him out.,'\" Wilson said. \"It could have been 3-0 after the first shift.\"

The Komets scored two minutes into the second period but Justin Kovacs answered 50 seconds later. Brett Perlini gave Fort Wayne a 2-1 lead midway through the period but Adam Gilmour again found the equalizer at 15:11.

Then, after Trevor Cheek made it 3-2 Fort Wayne, Gelinas scored his fourth goal in his last four games to tie the game at 16:17. The Mallards outshot the Komets 12-3 in the third period, a period in which the Komets had outscored opponents 90-50 heading into Friday's game.

\"I hope it will build confidence, build team culture to hopefully learn how to play playoff hockey,\" head coach Phil Axtell said. \"It was great to see the guys respond in the third there with a good, solid, defensive effort ... they never gave up and it was huge because third periods are Fort Wayne's best.\"

The Mallards have now beat the Komets in the last three meetings, helping build confidence in the team with the playoffs quickly approaching.

\"That's a tough team to beat, they're intense, they grind,\" Gelinas said. \"We need to do the same thing but better than them.\"

Sooth returns to school: Prior to the game, the Mallards placed forward Shane Sooth on their suspended list. Sooth returned to Northern Michigan University to complete his college education.

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People always are coming up with new and complex statistical formulas to measure the quality of teams and players in various sports. It happens a great deal in baseball and it\u2019s beginning to happen even more in basketball.

If you\u2019re a fan of Quad-Cities area athletes, you probably would like the college basketball \u201cbox plus/minus\u2019\u2019 ratings assembled by sports-reference.com.

According to the efficiency metrics used by that website, the best all-around player in the Big Ten this season was former Rockridge High School star Ethan Happ.

And No. 2 on the list, believe it or not, was Bettendorf\u2019s Nicholas Baer.

It\u2019s not very close. Happ, who earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and helped Wisconsin to be the last Big Ten team standing in post-season play, had an overall box plus/minus rating of 15.8. Baer, who was named the Big Ten\u2019s Sixth Man of the Year after an excellent season at Iowa, and Michigan\u2019s Derrick Walton were a distant second at 11.1 with Baer edging the Wolverines senior by mere percentage points.

The mathematical formula is way, way too complicated for us to explain here. It factors in both offensive and defensive statistics so it undoubtedly helps that Happ and Baer each led their teams in rebounding, blocked shots and steals.

It\u2019s interesting because the top 20 on the box plus/minus list includes a lot of guys \u2014 Baer, Zak Showalter, Juwan Morgan, Dererk Pardon, Kevin Huerter \u2014 who wouldn\u2019t ordinarily be regarded among the top couple of dozen players in the league but who a lot of us suspected were somewhat underrated.

Sports-reference.com also tracks such unusual and revealing statistics as offensive and defensive win shares, effective field goal percentage, true field goal percentage and usage percentage, and the box plus/minus numbers are broken down by both offense and defense.

Happ was fourth on the Big Ten offensive box plus/minus list behind Walton, Indiana\u2019s James Blackmon and Iowa\u2019s Peter Jok. Baer was 11th on that list and Iowa freshman Jordan Bohannon was 19th.

Minnesota\u2019s Reggie Lynch was No. 1 on the defensive box plus/minus list, but Happ was second and Baer fifth.

In case you were wondering about Caleb Swanigan, who won the Big Ten player of the year award while leading Purdue to the conference title, he was only 14th in offense, seventh in defense and fourth overall.

To check out the top 20 in the conference in every statistical category, go to sports-reference.com/cbb/conferences/big-ten/2017-leaders.html.

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IOWA CITY\u00a0\u2014 A simple approach provides a starting point for the Iowa offense as the Hawkeye football team begins to work its way through spring drills.

Changes in the offensive coaching staff have led to new terminology and new ideas which will shape an Iowa offense that will be run by a first-year starting quarterback next season.

That combination creates a few expected growing pains as the Hawkeyes work through their 15 spring practices leading up to an April 21 spring game under the lights at Kinnick Stadium.

\u201cThe goal is really to figure out what it is we want to do for the Iowa offense,\u2019\u2019 head coach Kirk Ferentz said. \u201cIt\u2019s not so much reshaping or retooling, but it\u2019s just what we want to do if we\u2019re starting at ground zero.\u2019\u2019

That\u2019s where the basics factor into things as Brian Ferentz shifts into the offensive coordinator\u2019s role and coaches running backs after working with offensive linemen and serving as the run game coordinator the past two seasons.

\u201cWe\u2019ve always kind of believed simplicity is better, if we can, in all regards, run or pass,\u2019\u2019 Kirk Ferentz said. \u201cIt\u2019s most important that your players understand what it is you\u2019re asking them to do. Secondly, how do they adjust to all the various situations that can come up that a defense can present them with, that type of thing. It starts with that.\u2019\u2019

There has been a learning curve for coaches this spring as well.

With Tim Polasek arriving from North Dakota State to coach the offensive line, Kelton Copeland joining the staff from Northern Illinois to coach receivers and Ken O'Keefe rejoining the program from the NFL to coach quarterbacks, the work for coaches before the first practice last week included creating cohesive terminology.

\u201cWhen Greg (Davis, the former Hawkeye offensive coordinator) came in, we pretty much rolled with his lingo and dialect. That\u2019s usually what you want to do, make sure that the play caller is comfortable with whatever terminology you\u2019re using,\u2019\u2019 Ferentz said. \u201cWhether it\u2019s for personnel groups, plays, protections, routes, all those types of things, you want them on the same page.\u2019\u2019

That involves creating a consistent vocabulary, something that has taken some work.

\u201cOne thing about football, there\u2019s not a lot of new stuff out there, but the way you call things does vary from program to program, place to place,\u2019\u2019 Ferentz said. \u201cThe big thing was everybody getting an understanding of what we wanted to feature, how were going to name those things, getting on the same page. It\u2019s been a little bit of a process.\u2019\u2019

That process is designed to create consistency in how things are taught and how Hawkeyes grasp what they are being asked to do.

Ultimately, Ferentz wants the Hawkeye offense to look more like what Iowa put on the field in 2015, a balanced attack which tilted heavily in favor of the run game last fall in part because of injuries and inexperience in the receiving corps.

\u201cObviously, our passing game was not where it needed to be at the end of the season last year,\u2019\u2019 Ferentz said. \u201cBut we had the same coaches, a lot of the same (scheme) that did pretty well in 2015.\u2019\u2019

The success of Iowa running backs Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels had working behind the Hawkeye offensive line impacted Iowa\u2019s offense numbers last season as well, leading to an offense which picked up 2,234 rushing yards and 1,991 passing yards.

\u201cThe kind of balance we had in \u201915 really is what we\u2019d like to have,\u2019\u2019 Ferentz said, pointing the team\u2019s 2,544 rushing yards and 2,862 passing yards in that Rose Bowl season.

\u201cIt may not look exactly like that, the plays may not look exactly like that, but we were at a pretty good place offensively in \u201915 where we could run and throw, do some good things that way. From the time we got here, balance has been a key thing for us.\u2019\u2019

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The Mississippi Athletic Conference had three teams finish in the top five at the state bowling tournament last month.\u00a0

Those three programs \u2014\u00a0Davenport North (3A) and Pleasant Valley (2A) boys along with Muscatine girls (3A) \u2014\u00a0are at the forefront of this year's Quad-City Times All-Metro bowling teams.

CJ Bakoylis, who was third at the state tournament, led North to a third-place finish. Devin Lentz, the district bowler of the year, powered the Spartans to a fifth-place finish in 2A.\u00a0Bettendorf's Jordan Czubara is on the first team for the second consecutive season.

Meanwhile, Muscatine has two bowlers on the first team for girls in Christin Swank (MAC bowler of the year) and junior Ragan Carey. The Muskies were third at the 3A state meet.\u00a0

Swank, Rock Island's Lynzee Quade and United Township's Leah Samuelson-Burkeybile are repeat first-team choices.

Boys All-Metro

CJ Bakoylis, sr., Davenport North: The MAC and substate champion finished third at the Class 3A state meet, best among Quad-City competitors. He had a 279 game at the state tournament and finished season with a 226 average.

Brady Brunson, sr., Clinton: Earned first team all-MAC, first team 2A all-district and all-state accolades after leading the River Kings with a 215.2 average. The state qualifier rolled a high game of 257 for season.

Jordan Czubara, sr., Bettendorf: The all-MAC, first team all-district and second team all-state selection in Class 3A led the Bulldogs with a 216.5 average. He had a high game of 287 and season-best 503 two-game series.

Tyler Harris, jr., Muscatine: Named MAC bowler of the year, first team all-district and first team all-state in Class 3A, Harris had highest average of any local bowler at 228.2. He recorded a high game of 290.

Devin Lentz, so., Pleasant Valley: His 212.2 average was the highest for a team that finished fifth at the 2A state tournament. The district bowler of year earned all-MAC and first team all-state accolades.\u00a0

Jacob Miner, so., United Township: The Illinois state qualifier compiled a 212 season average. He was ninth at regionals and 14th at sectionals.\u00a0

Honorable mention

Bettendorf: Donovan Klutho, jr.; Matt Rozell, fr.; Trevor Rogan, jr. Clinton: Jace Houzenga, sr. Davenport Central: Kevin Wayt, fr. Davenport North: Brant Carter, so.; Nate Hausman, jr.; Tyler McCumsey, jr. Davenport West: Zach Hainline, so.; Brandon Loos, sr.; Garvin Paper, sr. North Scott: Trevor Diff, sr.; Seth Meyer, jr. Pleasant Valley: Joshua DelCorso, so.; Scott Henrichs, sr.; Cory LaBarge, so.

Girls All-Metro

Ragan Carey, jr., Muscatine: She placed ninth at Class 3A state meet with two-game total of 443. Earned first team all-district and second team all-state accolades for MAC champion Muskies while compiling a 196.7 game average.

Miranda Miller, sr., Davenport North: Was the MAC individual champion with a two-game series of 469. The second team all-district choice in 3A led the Wildcats with a 191 average.

Lynzee Quade, jr., Rock Island: Placed third at Big Six meet, captured a regional title (205 average for six games) and qualified for state meet. The repeat all-metro selection had a 199 average for season.

Leah Samuelson-Burkeybile, sr., United Township: Repeat all-metro selection had a 203 average. She was Big Six champion, regional and sectional runner-up and placed 11th at state meet with 210.6 average for 12 games.

Maddi Smith, fr., Davenport Central: Was the Quad-Cities top finisher at Iowa state meet with a runner-up finish in 3A (games of 223 and 257 for 480). She recorded a 182.9 average for the season.

Christin Swank, sr., Muscatine: First team all-district selection and second team all-stater in Class 3A posted a 209 average. MAC bowler of year was runner-up at conference and tied for sixth at state with 451 two-game series.

Honorable mention

Davenport Central:\u00a0Amber Brewer, so.; Caley Crausby, sr.\u00a0Davenport North: Tabitha Zarazinski, sr.\u00a0Davenport West:\u00a0Emily Bergthold, sr.; Kayla Riggs, sr.\u00a0Moline: Emily Mack, sr.; Destiny Rottman, jr.\u00a0Muscatine: Gabi Evans, so.; Emily Payne, fr.; Jaelynn Klein, jr.\u00a0Pleasant Valley: Linzy Meyer, sr.; Alicia Staver, jr.\u00a0Rock Island: Heather Motley, fr.\u00a0United Township: Samantha Miner, sr.; Sky Stoutt, jr.

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Boys All-Area

Isaac Andresen, sr., Maquoketa:\u00a0Chosen first team all-state and district bowler of year in 1A, Andresen placed third at state tournament with back-to-back games of 226. He had season average of 209.6.\u00a0

Dustin Beaham, fr., Louisa-Muscatine: He registered the second best average for the Falcons at 212.6. A first team all-district choice in 1A, Beaham was inside top 20 at state tournament.\u00a0

Lucas Brame, jr., Maquoketa: Compiled a 214 season mark for the Cardinals, who finished as state runner-up in 1A. Brame was third at substate meet with 440 two-game series.

Brock Hahn, sr., Louisa-Muscatine:\u00a0Placed 10th at 1A state tournament with games of 224 and 205. First team all-district and second team all-state, Hahn had season average of 215.\u00a0

Seth Sikkema, jr., Fulton: Captured a regional and sectional championship in Illinois along with a 39th-place finish at Illinois state meet (210 average for 12 games). He led Quad-Cities with a 232 season average.\u00a0

Jacob Till, jr., Bellevue:\u00a0A repeat all-area selection, he led the Comets with a 202 season average. Till was second team all-state and first team all-district in Class 1A.\u00a0

Honorable mention

Camanche: Conner Abbott, sr.; Jacob Shaw, sr.; Dalton Weber, so. Central DeWitt: Kameron Dammeier, sr. Durant: Drake Jehle, so. Maquoketa: Devin Ehlers, sr.; Seth McDermott, sr.; Conner Schnoor, jr.\u00a0

Girls All-Area

Shadyn Bishop, fr., Louisa-Muscatine: Led the area with a runner-up finish at Class 1A state meet (games of 184 and 255). She was first team all-district and second team all-state selection.

Lauren Bodman, fr., Louisa-Muscatine:\u00a0Compiled the third best season average for the Falcons' state championship squad at 187.9. She rolled a two-game series of 513, fifth best in the state.

Randyn Carter, sr., Louisa-Muscatine: Placed eighth at 1A state tournament with games of 201 and 185. A second team all-district choice, she had a season average of 181.3.\u00a0

Brooke Keil, sr., Camanche: Was second on the squad with a 184.2 season average. The all-district recipient placed fourth at state tournament with 413 two-game series.\u00a0

Whitney Morse, fr., Louisa-Muscatine: The 1A district bowler of the year and first team all-stater led area with a 209.7 average (third best in state regardless of class). She placed sixth at state tournament.

Jordan Smith, jr., Camanche: Placed fifth at 1A state tournament with games of 208 and 204. First team all-district choice led the Indians with 194.4 season average.\u00a0

Honorable mention

Bellevue: Marissa McAuliffe, sr. Camanche: Courtney Booth, so.;\u00a0Neva Waidelich, sr.; Kendall Wright, so.\u00a0Louisa-Muscatine:\u00a0Hayley Anderson, jr.; Madisyn Martin, sr. Maquoketa: Kelsey Dodds, sr.\u00a0

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IOWA CITY\u00a0\u2014 A lengthy run in the WNIT is benefiting more than the young players on the Iowa women\u2019s basketball team.

Hawkeye seniors don\u2019t mind the experience, either.

\u201cJust one more game, keep it going. This will be the last time I play basketball. I want to make it last as long as I can,\u2019\u2019 said Alexa Kastanek, who helped Iowa extend its season with a 19-point performance Thursday in the Hawkeyes\u2019 80-62 victory over Colorado at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Reaching double figures for just the second time this season, Kastanek hit five 3-point baskets as part of a 7-of-11 game from the field to move Iowa into a 2 p.m. home game Sunday in the WNIT quarterfinals.

Iowa will host Washington State, which defeated UC Davis, on Sunday.

Thursday\u2019s win was the 699th career victory for Lisa Bluder, whose coaching resume began at St. Ambrose 33 years ago.

The Hawkeyes positioned Bluder to have the chance to earn win No. 700 this season by beating the Buffaloes inside and out.

With Colorado concentrating on not letting Megan Gustafson repeat the 15-of-16 performance she had from the field in a second-round win over South Dakota, Iowa found room to drive early.

The Hawkeyes took the ball to the rack early and often, scoring on nine of their final 10 possessions of the opening quarter to turn a 6-4 lead into a 25-18 advantage.

Then, the threes started to fall.

Ally Disterhoft, Makenzie Meyer and Kastanek combined for five during the first three minutes of the second quarter, fueling a run of 17 unanswered points which left Iowa in control 44-22 before the Buffaloes\u2019 Hailey Smith ended a nearly six-minute drought with two of her game-high 25 points.

\u201cIt seemed like everything they tried to do offensively was working,\u2019\u2019 said Colorado coach JR Payne, pointing to the Hawkeyes\u2019 16-of-22 start from the field, a scorching 72.7-percent effort the Buffaloes couldn\u2019t counter.

Disterhoft, who finished with 15 points, said the Hawkeyes were simply taking what the Buffaloes (17-16) were giving.

\u201cWe were taking good shots and making them,\u2019\u2019 Disterhoft said. \u201cEverybody was sharing the ball really well, passing up good shots for even better shots. We just kept feeding the people who were hot.\u2019\u2019

Meyer finished with 13 points and Gustafson, despite the added defensive focus, collected 12 points to reach double digits for the 33rd consecutive game and become just the fourth player in Hawkeye history to reach 600 points in a single season.

\u201cI think they were so focused on Megan coming into this game that it opened up the threes and wow, wasn\u2019t that a perfect time for us to hit them,\u2019\u2019 Bluder said. \u201cWe were getting some pretty wide-open threes.\u2019\u2019

Iowa (20-13) also kept the pressure on Colorado point guard Kennedy Leonard, challenging the all-Pac-12 sophomore with multiple defensive looks that limited her to a 2-of-14 game from the field.

\u201cWe tried to make her think out there and not let her get into the type of rhythm that she is capable of getting into,\u2019\u2019 Bluder said. \u201cI think we made her work hard for her points. We wanted to make them take some hard shots overall and I think we succeeded.\u2019\u2019

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Nathan Cross came home from Colorado two years ago to coach at Moline.

On Thursday, after two years as wrestling coach and art teacher at his alma mater, he and his family are returning to Colorado, the area which is home to his wife and four boys.

Cross resigned as Moline wrestling coach Thursday after two years in which the Maroons went 43-8 in duals and won two Western Big Six championships, upping Moline\u2019s title streak to four years in a row.

The family is moving back there for a number of reasons, including he and his wife\u2019s Denver-based soap and skin-care products business that is now in its fifth year, MIG Soap & Body Co.

\u201cWe are going to go into full-time entrepreneurship, running our company,\u201d Cross said, noting it\u2019s a job they can do out of their home there. \u201cI won\u2019t be coaching or teaching.

\u201cMy wife and kids basically consider that home,\u201d he said. \u201cFor me this is home, but for them, going back is very exciting.

\u201cWe have a chance to start something new for our family with some people that we love. It should be good. It\u2019s kind of bittersweet.\u201d

Moline had seven wrestlers make it to sectionals, including two regional champions, but none to state this past season, Cross' second in charge.

Cross said he enjoyed his return to Moline.

\u201cAs far as coaching here for two years, it was a dream come true,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was something I wanted to do for a very long time. I am glad I got the opportunity to do it. That, to me, is probably the saddest thing, having to give up the coaching.

\u201cWorking in Moline has been awesome,\u201d he added. \u201cIt\u2019s been really great. I\u2019ve taught in lots of schools, and Moline is definitely top-notch.\u201d

Moline athletic director Todd Rosenthal said he respects Cross\u2019 decision but was totally surprised, noting they had recently met for an evaluation.

\u201cGreat guy,\u201d Rosenthal said. \u201cNathan is one of those coaches, he\u2019s a great role model. He\u2019s got a very strong faith. He\u2019s a family guy.

\u201cOne of the strong points we hired him for is he is very technical on the skills teaching of wrestling,\u201d Rosenthal added. \u201cHe never got rattled. He was just one of those super nice guys. If he had kept it up, he would have built a great program.\u201d

Rosenthal, a former Moline wrestler and coach, is retiring at the end of this school year. He still wants to do the hiring of the next coach because he believes a coach needs to be in place for summer programs for the current wrestlers, as well as camps.

New athletic director Dick Knar does not start until July 1.

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