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Girls soccer

UT 7, Rock Island 0:\u00a0Gabby Pauwels scored a hat trick and Ryleigh O'Brien scored two goals and an assist to keep United Township (7-9, 4-0) tied with Quincy atop the Western Big Six.

The Panthers led 5-0 at halftime and will travel down to Quincy for the conference title next Tuesday.

Quincy 2, Moline 0: Schay Mulherin and Callie Lambert scored 67 seconds apart to lead the Blue Devils (7-5-3, 4-0) over the Maroons (4-6, 2-2).

North 3, Clinton 1: Davenport North scored a pair of goals in the second half to break open a game that was tied at halftime.

Lindsay Wardlow, Morgan Pollimiller and Camry Dillie scored for the Wildcats (4-7, 1-4 MAC) with Wardlow adding an assist.

Bettendorf 10, West 0:\u00a0Alina Steffen scored four goals and Alli Whitaker added two goals and an assist to lead the Bulldogs (9-1, 5-0) to the win over the Falcons. Olivia Jackson posted the shutout for Bettendorf.

North Scott 3, Central 0:\u00a0Savannah Bogner scored twice and Adelyn Carmody added a goal to keep the Lancers (6-1, 5-0) tied with Bettendorf atop the MAC.

Boys soccer

Bettendorf 9, West 0: Zach Elias registered a hat trick and Dustin Harris added a pair of goals as the fifth-ranked Bulldogs rolled to an easy victory.

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Too many times in the past Muscatine has seen games squandered.

Leads have been blown, games have been lost, and hearts have been broken.

Tuesday night was different.

The Class 3A No. 10 Muskies rallied from a first-half deficit, scoring three straight second-half goals to grab a 3-1 win over eighth-ranked Pleasant Valley at Spartan Stadium.

Last season, the Muskies held a 2-0 lead on the same field, only to fall 4-2.

\"The fight came from last season,\" senior Hannah Christensen said. \"We just didn't want a replay of last year so we had so much fight to win this game because we need some big wins to keep going on with this season and keep our team motivated.

\"We have a lot of talent and some of us don't believe it right now. We need games like this to make us believe it.\"

Christensen scored the equalizing goal in the 46th minute, rewarding the Muskies (5-1, 3-1 MAC) for their added fight following a goal from Pleasant Valley's Ellie Kurth in the 26th minute. The Spartans had other looks before Kurth found the net, but after PV took the lead, Muscatine found an extra gear.

Trinity Christy scored the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute and Brina Kraft cemented the win in the 77th minute, minutes after PV's best chance to tie the game\u00a0\u2014 a header off a corner kick\u00a0\u2014 sailed over the net.

\"It was amazing, it felt really good to get ahead and then find another goal,\" Christy said. \"It shows to a lot of other teams they're pretty good, they're picking it up ... we're back in the season, it feels like.\"\u00a0

That extra level is something Muscatine feels capable of, but has never seemed to exploit, not last year against the Spartans (6-3, 4-1), nor two weeks ago against fifth-ranked Bettendorf when the Muskies lost a 1-0 lead.

\"Our kids really are tired of losing games like this where, we know we have talent, we know we have athleticism, we know we have experience and then to get into the game and fold up and allow ourselves to lose?\" Muscatine head coach Bob Estabrook said. \"I say we outfought them, and I mean in a nice form, we just played harder than they did from that point on.\"

There wasn't much argument from Pleasant Valley head coach Wayne Ward. The Spartans know they controlled play to start, but missed on some early chances and Muscatine took advantage.

\"I think the girls put a lot of effort in to get that first goal and I think Muscatine beat us on the mentality side of the game,\" he said. \"They didn't decide it was over, they worked hard and we just spoke about how we can improve on that side of the game.

\"We had enough chances in front of goal ... when you miss three right under the bar, the game could have been over in the first 20 minutes. We gave them a life-line, they felt like they were in the last five minutes of the first half, they sort of got on top of it with that early goal and the rest, you saw.\"

Muscatine now looks to carry that second-half play into the rest of the season. The Muskies are right in the thick of the conference race and a win like Tuesday's shows that anything is possible when they do things the right way.

\"The real key to today and i'm hoping it will carry over is we saw what we can do as a team,\" Estabrook said. \"We needed this. The way we won it, that they got ahead of us and we didn't quit, that we were able to raise our effort and sense that this was our game, our kids believed it. Once we began to play like that, you could see we have talent.\"

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BELOIT, Wis. \u2014 Three Beloit pitchers scattered seven hits and the Snappers managed to scratch out three runs without a hit in a 3-0 victory over the Clinton LumberKings on Monday night.

Beloit scored the only run it needed in the second inning when Luis Barrera raced home on a wild pitch by Tim Viehoff. The Snappers\u2019 other two runs came in the sixth on back-to-back bases-loaded walks by JaVon Shelby and Kyle Nowlin.

Meanwhile, the LumberKings were handcuffed for four innings by Michael Murray, for three by Dakota Chalmers and for two by Heath Bowers, who registered his first save of the season.

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Pleasant Valley's boys tennis team has been the king of the hill in the Mississippi Athletic Conference the past four seasons.

Bettendorf appears ready to dethrone its rival.

With the conference tournament just more than a week out, the Bulldogs knocked off the Spartans in a dual for the first time since any of the current players have been in the program.

Powered by four singles victories, Class 2A fifth-ranked Bettendorf upended fourth-ranked and a short-handed PV squad 6-3 Tuesday afternoon at the Bettendorf High School tennis facility.

\"This (dual) is definitely always the first thing we look for on the schedule each year,\" Bettendorf senior Isaac Luebke said. \"It is the biggest meet of the year.

\"The MAC isn't the strongest in general, but when we play PV, it is all about pride. It has been frustrating the last three years losing to them, so it is great to finally come out on top.\"

Bettendorf coach Matt Edwards understands this is just a small step in the grand scheme. The teams will clash again at the conference tournament and could meet in team substate competition next month with more at stake.

Still, it gives Bettendorf (8-0) bragging rights for at least a week. The Bulldogs had won 62 of 63 matches in their first seven duals.

\"We'll get some confidence out of it,\" junior Jacob Panjwani said.

Bettendorf received straight-set singles wins from Panjwani at No. 3 and Jozef Porubcin at No. 5. Senior Michael Pyevich dropped the opening set at No. 4, but battled back to beat Vincent Gnad in a super tiebreaker.

\"Great grit, great comeback from Mikey,\" Edwards said. \"He's a senior and hasn't beaten PV in three years. He knows what's on the line.\"

The dual could have gone into doubles knotted at three, but Bettendorf also earned a point at No. 2 after PV's Justin Sehlin had to default.

Yash Singh and Sehlin were tied at 4 in the opening set when Sehlin injured his ankle on a forehand attempt.

Even after a timeout and medical attention, Sehlin could not continue. He spent the remainder of the dual spectating on crutches.

\"It was very unfortunate,\" Singh said. \"We've played in the past and had some long battles. I was expecting another one today.\"

The Spartans already were without one starter in Aditya Subramaniam, who was home sick. Sehlin's departure required PV to juggle its doubles lineup.

As a result, Bettendorf capitalized. Luebke and Singh clinched the dual with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles over Sriram Sugumaran and CJ Roethler, one of PV's top junior varsity players.

\"This is definitely one of the strongest teams we've had in a while,\" Singh said. \"We've trained all offseason at the (Quad-City Tennis Club). We have great chemistry already built in. It is just coming together right now.\"

The loss was PV's first to a conference foe in at least four years. That didn't weigh on Sugumaran's mind too much afterward.

\"We have a lot of wins under our belt,\" he said. \"Bettendorf is a great team this year. We can take a lot from this. Hopefully, our guys felt they played as well as they could.\"

Edwards labeled this a measuring stick week for his program. The Bulldogs turn around and face third-ranked Linn-Mar on Friday at home.

Then after playing at the Clinton Invitational on Saturday, they'll attempt to unseat PV at the conference tournament.

\"Any time we can beat a PV team, we know we're doing something right,\" Edwards said. \"It is a great confidence booster for us.\"

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CEDAR FALLS \u2014\u00a0In recent weeks, Northern Iowa began seeing a significant rise in competition as it made a final push to land Maple Grove, Minn. prospect Tywhon Pickford.

Luckily for the Panthers, Pickford's mind had seemingly been made up long before things began to intensify.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound shooting guard took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce he would join UNI's 2017-18 recruiting class. He comes to Cedar Falls following a stellar senior season at Maple Grove High School, where he averaged 20.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks.

Having already formed a strong connection to the coaching staff during his recruitment, Pickford says a campus visit helped seal the deal.

\"It felt like home as soon as I got there,\" he said. \"The coaches believe in me and they trust me and it just felt like a place I needed to be.\"

Pickford saw his stature rise in recent weeks, as several power conference teams had reportedly expressed interest in landing him. After playing in the Boo Williams Boys' Basketball Showcase in Hampton, Va. last weekend, Pickford says he spoke with an assistant from Michigan State, who wanted to see him play again.

But by that point, he says he was ready to bring his recruitment to close. And after making a self-appointed deadline to have a decision made by Tuesday, he stuck with it.

Once Pickford signs his national letter of intent, UNI will have reached its scholarship limit of 13. He becomes the second addition to the 2017 class, joining Waverly-Shell Rock product Austin Phyfe.

Though they'll be plenty of competition in a crowded backcourt, Pickford could help fill a void left following the graduation of guards Jeremy Morgan and Jordan Ashton.

And if he hopes to see significant playing time right away, Pickford knows he can't be lax in his preparation.

\"I know I've got to come in and be ready to work,\" he said. \"It's a whole new level of competition and I've got to be ready for it.\"

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Former St. Ambrose University quarterback Jim DuPage did not let the fact that he did not get the United Township head football coaching job a year ago deter him.

When Joe Morrissey left for a full-time coaching position at Kansas Wesleyan in late March, the 32-year-old DuPage applied again.

\u201cI\u2019ve been wanting to be a head coach for quite a while now,\u201d said DuPage, who was approved as head coach by the United Township High School board on Monday night. \u201cI just wanted to have the opportunity to get a program that used to be one of the best in the area back to its former glory. So I just gave it a shot. I enjoy teaching here. I\u2019ve enjoyed my time coaching here. So I figured why not be the head guy.\u201d

The naming of DuPage as head coach is just part of the big news surrounding the UT program. The school also is planning $1.6 million worth of improvements to the Soule Bowl.

DuPage, who \u00a0threw for 2,866 yards and 30 touchdowns in his senior season at St. Ambrose, said he believes he\u2019s got some ideas that can turn around the program and get the kids on board. UT has gone 13 straight seasons with two or fewer wins.

DuPage\u2019s ideas include getting the kids to trust the staff and buy in.

\u201cOne of the big things in getting them to trust us will be the familiarity they have with us,\u201d DuPage said. \u201cThey are already going to know us, our personalities. They already know what most of us expect out of them. But to get them to buy in the Xs and Os is really going to be a big factor.\u201d

DuPage said he expects few changes from last year\u2019s UT staff. He was the head sophomore coach the past two years and coached the freshman team the year before that. He has coached football for four years at UT, where he also has taught math for four years.

The familiarity played a major role in his selection, UT athletic director Mark Pustelnik said. The players know DuPage and trust him already, Pustelnik said, ensuring a smooth transition.

\u201cHe applied previously and was a finalist as well,\u201d Pustelnik noted. \u201cHis work ethic as an assistant coach and as a math teacher really made us think highly of him.\u201d

That work ethic showed in his detailed plan unveiled in his interview that included mapping everything out from the day he would be hired until the first Friday football game in late August. Next up is a coaches meeting Wednesday and the naming of a defensive coordinator.

His other major idea is to get parents, students, faculty, alumni and the community as a whole more involved with UT football.

\u201cThat old adage, \u2018It takes a village.\u2019 It really does take a village to get a football program rolling in my opinion,\u201d DuPage said. \u201cThe more people we can get involved that are looking out for the kids\u2019 well-being and best interest, the better off we are going to be.\u201d

DuPage stopped short of saying the Panthers will feature a passing offense, even though he threw for 4,866 yards between 2005 and 2007 at St. Ambrose. UT ran a mainly option-oriented offense last year while going 1-8.

\u201cWe are going to be multiple,\u201d DuPage said. \u201cI am going to take the offensive playbook I am bringing and we\u2019re going to be able to, based on our strength as a team, to decide if we are going to be able to throw the ball.

\u201cI have a background where I threw the ball a lot at Pekin (High School) and at St. Ambrose, so I want to get some passing aspects into the program.

\u201cIt doesn\u2019t mean the only thing I am going to do is pass the ball all over the field, but there will be some aspects in there.\u201d

DuPage, who led the UT sophomores to a 3-6 record last year, can\u2019t wait to get to work.

\u201cIt\u2019s extremely exciting,\u201d he said. \u201cI know it will be a little bit of a process. It\u2019s kind of late to be a brand new head coach. I am hoping that all the extra detail I put into my interview package will help out. I think I have pretty much all the summer mapped out all the way to the first game.\u201d

When the Panthers take the field next fall at Soule Bowl, it will be on an artificial grass surface, surrounded by a new six-lane track, part of a project that also was approved Monday by the school board.

The project will get under way May 22 with most of it to be completed by Aug. 18. UT\u2019s varsity football team will eventually practice on it. Soccer will continue to play at the Panther Pitch.

The bid was awarded to Valley Construction. The project is being paid for out of capital improvement bonds sold a couple of years earlier and by a (Tax Increment Financing district) surplus, Pustelnik said.

DuPage is pleased with the addition.

\u201cThe new sports turf they have out is playing even more like grass,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the kids will enjoy it a little better. It plays faster.\u201d

But what really excites him is the opportunity he\u2019s been given. Expect an offense to eventually be exciting, too.

\u201cIt will be different,\u201d concluded DuPage. \u201cI think it will be an exciting brand of football. Anybody who comes to the games I think they are going to enjoy watching it.\u201d

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IOWA CITY \u2014\u00a0Desmond King arrived at Iowa ready to work, prepared to put everything he had into every single day.

Four years later, things haven\u2019t changed.

King\u2019s work ethic and his versatility will likely make him the first Hawkeye to be selected in this year\u2019s NFL draft, most frequently projected as a second- or third-round choice in the three-day draft, which begins Thursday.

He thrived as a cornerback at Iowa, but could start his career at the next level as a safety and the 2016 Jim Thorpe Award winner is willing to continue returning kicks and punts as well, building on a role he filled last season for Iowa.

\u201cI\u2019m ready to put everything I have into this. That\u2019s the way I\u2019ve always approached things,\u2019\u2019 King said.

That\u2019s one reason King was unsure what was more painful, the abdominal strain he was dealing with at the time of the NFL Combine or the fact that the injury prevented him from running the 40-yard dash there.

\u201cThat was the smart thing to do, but it wasn\u2019t easy,'' King said. \"I\u2019ve always been a guy who is ready to go every day. That\u2019s just who I am. I was able to get that done later, but I\u2019ve always put everything I have into whatever I take on.\u2019\u2019

NFL teams have noticed.

They\u2019ve noticed that the all-American, who moved into the Iowa lineup one game into his college career, earned a college degree in 3 1/2 years.

No Hawkeye has started more than the 51 games King started and only three Iowa players have intercepted more than the 14 passes King snared during the 53 games in which he played.

\u201cI don\u2019t ever recall him missing a practice and the effort you see on game day, that\u2019s the effort he puts out on the practice field every single day,\u2019\u2019 Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. \u201cHe\u2019s made the most of every minute he\u2019s been on campus and that has shown in his performance on the field and in the classroom.\u2019\u2019

King has fielded questions from NFL coaches and scouts about how he has been able to get it all done.

\u201cIt has come up, and it is something I\u2019m proud of,\u2019\u2019 King said. \u201cI committed myself to getting it done and that\u2019s just the way I was raised. When you make a commitment, you see it through.\u2019\u2019

He accomplished that on special teams last season, the byproduct of desire to expand the ways he was able to help the Hawkeyes.

The Detroit native ranked fifth in the Big Ten in kickoff returns with an average of 27.8 yards per return and was ninth in the league in punt returns at 10.2 yards per attempt.

\u201cThat\u2019s always a topic when I\u2019ve been talking with teams and it\u2019s something I\u2019m willing to do,\u2019\u2019 King said. \u201cThey seem to like that I can do a number of things. Some see me as a corner. Some tell me they think safety is where my future is. I\u2019m willing to go wherever they want to put me and I\u2019ll give it 110 percent. That won\u2019t change.\u2019\u2019

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay isn\u2019t among those who believe King will ultimately end up at safety in the NFL. He considers him to be a cornerback and expects his productivity level to remain high.

\u201cIn my opinion, ball skills transfer. They transfer to the NFL and playmakers in college continue to be playmakers at the next level,\u2019\u2019 McShay said. \u201cYou see it time and time again. To me, Desmond has very good ball skills and is one of those playmakers who can step up.\u2019\u2019

King counts on that.

\u201cI just want to compete. That has always been my thing. In practice, in games, I enjoy going out and competing and giving it everything I have,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cI\u2019ve been blessed with the opportunity to play a game I love and I don\u2019t take that for granted. I\u2019m excited to see where the road leads me.\u2019\u2019

As part of what is considered to be the deepest group of draft-eligible defensive backs in a decade, King plans to use a trait that served him well throughout his Iowa career once NFL teams begin the selection process on Thursday: Patience.

\u201cWhen you\u2019re at cornerback, you need a lot of patience to put yourself in a position to make plays, understanding when to make it happen,\u2019\u2019 King said. \u201cAs excited as I am about the future, I know it will take some patience to get through the process.\u2019\u2019

And that doesn\u2019t bother King at all.

\u201cIt\u2019s like when you see something develop on the field and you wait to go get it,\u2019\u2019 King said. \u201cYou wait because you know that the end result is going to be so good.\u2019\u2019

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Athletes of the week

Erica Loussaert

School:\u00a0North Scott

Sport:\u00a0Track and field

Year:\u00a0Senior

Loussaert accounted for three victories last Thursday at the Egger-Roberson Bettendorf ABC Invitational. She leaped a career-best 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump to earn a spot in this week's Drake Relays. Loussaert also prevailed in the 100 hurdles and anchored the Lancers to a win in shuttle hurdle relay.\u00a0

Courtney Lindsey

School:\u00a0Rock Island

Sport:\u00a0Track and field

Year:\u00a0Junior

Lindsey was the only local runner to win three events last Friday at the Rock Island Invitational. He prevailed in the 100 in 11.09 seconds and the 200 in 22.5 seconds along with anchoring the victorious 800 relay in the A Division. Those individual times are close to the state-qualifying minimum.\u00a0

Lauren Rice

School:\u00a0Morrison

Sport:\u00a0Softball

Year:\u00a0Senior

Rice was productive in the circle and at the plate for Morrison in its 8-0 win over Erie-Prophetstown on Saturday. The Missouri recruit pitched a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts and no walks. At the plate, Rice delivered three hits with a run scored and three RBI. She pitched a two-hitter Monday versus Fulton.

Teams of the week

Assumption boys soccer

Last week:\u00a0Won Catholic tournament in Cedar Rapids

The Knights upended three state-ranked foes, including top-ranked Dyersville Beckman and second-ranked Iowa City Regina, to capture the Catholic tournament in Cedar Rapids. Assumption, which has won six straight, did not surrender a goal in the three matches. In fact, the Knights handed Beckman its first defeat in 48 matches. Sam Moore had the lone goal in the match.\u00a0

Moline baseball

Last week:\u00a0Swept Rock Island in conference doubleheader

The Maroons used great pitching, excellent fielding and timely hitting Saturday to upend Rock Island, 1-0 and 3-1, on the Rocks' home field. Pitcher Jordan Benson improved to 5-0 on the spring with a three-hitter that featured nine strikeouts. Cody Daniels yielded only one run in 5 2/3 innings in Game 2. Moline is 12-5 overall and leads the Western Big Six at 5-1.\u00a0

Pleasant Valley girls tennis

Last week:\u00a0Claimed North Scott girls invitational

Coach Eric Crawford's team did not lose a match in capturing the eight-team North Scott Lancer Invitational last Saturday. PV, which had 9-0 dual triumphs over Davenport North and Clinton earlier in the week, won all six singles flights and all three doubles flights to accumulate a perfect score of 27. For the season, the Spartans are 9-0 in duals and have won 79 of 81 matches.

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In Tuesday\u2019s 9-5 loss to Peoria, Quad-Cities River Bandits manager Russ Steinhorn looked beyond the bottom line.

He was interested to see how his team would respond to facing Chiefs starter Jordan Hicks for the second time during his 3-0 start to the Midwest League season.

A third-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2015 draft, the 6-foot-2 righthander was the first starting pitcher to face Quad-Cities twice this season.

While he didn\u2019t factor into the decision in an April 12 game in Peoria, he dominated Quad-Cities batters while working 6 2/3 shutout innings that day.

The River Bandits forced Hicks to work for his win Tuesday at Modern Woodmen Park.

Hicks\u2019 pitches were clocked at 91 to 99 miles per hour from the beginning to the end of a start that lasted 6 1/3 innings.

He surrendered five runs on six hits and walked four batters, but avoided further damage by working out of bases-loaded jams in the first and sixth innings.

\u201cI felt like our guys did a good job of running up his pitch count and making good adjustments from the first time we saw him,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said. \u201cThey were looking for specific pitches, sitting on fastballs, making the kinds of changes that tell me they learned from that previous game. That was good to see.\u2019\u2019

Ronnie Dawson, who belted a run-scoring single and two-run homer off Hicks, focused on squaring up and turning hard on the pitches he saw.

\u201cHe\u2019s a good pitcher. We\u2019re seeing a lot of them,\u2019\u2019 Dawson said. \u201cThe big thing for me was to be patient and not chase pitches, work the count and be smart about it.\u2019\u2019

The River Bandits played from behind Tuesday after spotting Peoria four runs in the top of the second inning.

Quad-Cities starter Dustin Hunt walked three batters in the inning, including a bases-loaded walk to Dylan Carlson that was followed by a two-run single to center by J.R. Davis, which brought Edgardo Sandoval in from the bullpen.

\u201cIt wasn\u2019t the start we were looking for and I\u2019m sure it is something Dustin he will learn from ...\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said. \"It put a little pressure on our pen. We had to bring in a couple of guys on short rest and (Lucas) Williams was the first reliever we\u2019ve used back to back (in consecutive games) this year. It was a tough spot.\u2019\u2019

The River Bandits did pull within 4-3 when Dawson drove home Ray Henderson with a homer with two outs in the fourth inning but the Chiefs answered quickly when Ryan McCarvel belted a two-run home run in the top of the fifth.

\u201cWe had our chances,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said. \u201cWe just didn\u2019t capitalize on enough of them.\u2019\u2019

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Fear the \u2018stache.

Ballparks just aren\u2019t big enough these days for moustache-wearing Jake Rogers and Ray Henderson and their Quad-Cities River Bandits\u2019 teammates.

The pair combined to swat three home runs in the first three innings Monday, sending the River Bandits on their way to a 14-4 Midwest League rout of Peoria at Modern Woodmen Park.

\u201cThe \u2018staches had to get things going,\u2019\u2019 Henderson said. \u201cAfter a couple of losses, we needed to get back to playing the way we\u2019re capable of playing. This team can swing it.\u2019\u2019

Through 18 games, Quad-Cities has pounded 27 home runs as a team.

That\u2019s the highest total among 120 full-season minor league teams from A ball to AAA, a collection of long balls Rogers added to with a towering two-out, two-run blast to left in the opening inning Monday.

Henderson followed the same flight path for his first two homers of the season, extending the Quad-Cities lead to 3-0 with a homer in the second before finishing off a six-run third with a two-run shot.

\u201cThe first one, I was up there just looking for a pitch to hit, looking for a good at-bat. He left a pitch up and over the plate and I was able to put a good swing on it,\u2019\u2019 Henderson said.

By the time Henderson hit his second homer, the River Bandits had chased Chiefs starter Bryan Dobzanski from the game and opened a 9-1 advantage.

Three of the runs scored on one swing of the bat by Rodrigo Ayarza in the third.

Back-to-back walks to Alex De Goti and Rogers with one out inning preceded a run-scoring single by Stephen Wrenn.

Ayarza followed by driving a single to center, scoring Rogers.

After a throw back into the infield, Stefan Trosclair skipped a throw past the Chiefs second baseman and into right field, allowing Wrenn to score and Ayarza complete a quick trip around the bases to extend the Quad-Cities lead to 7-1.

\u201cWe talked before the game not about losing our last two games, but about being 5-2 last week and how we needed to stay confident and we played that way,\u2019\u2019 River Bandits manager Russ Steinhorn said.

\u201c\u2026 This team has played until the last out all season and that didn\u2019t change tonight, which was good to see.\u2019\u2019

Quad-Cities added four runs to its lead in a sixth inning that included a two-run single up the middle by Ronnie Dawson, extending the lead to 14-2 before the Chiefs ultimately turned to outfielder Matt Davis to pitch the bottom of the eighth.

Davis allowed one walk, but picked up three ground ball outs before Tommy Erdman homered in the ninth for Peoria.

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Clinton rally falls short: Despite scoring five runs in the ninth inning, the Clinton LumberKings couldn't overcome three Snappers home runs in a 10-7 loss at Pohlman Field in Beloit.

Clinton held a 2-1 lead into the third inning before the Beloit (8-10) bats came alive. Luke Persico hit a solo home run in the third, Javon Shelby homered in the fourth and Collin Theroux hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning.

Clinton tried to rally in the ninth, batting around and getting RBIs from Nick Zammarelli, Rayder Ascanio and Joe Rizzo but Yojhan Quevedo grounded out with two runners on to end the game.\u00a0

Rizzo went 4-for-5 with two RBIs for Clinton. Brandon Miller (2-2) took the loss and Ty Damron (1-2) earned the win.

\u2014 Staff report

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It was a year of learning for the Quad-City Mallards.

Ten rookies were on the playoff roster and seven played in the first round of the playoffs against the Fort Wayne Komets. Head coach Phil Axtell was a rookie himself, taking over from Terry Ruskowski on January 20, and though the Mallards fell 4-1 in the series to the Komets, they were a bounce or two away from possibly taking the series and moving on.

Though the year ended with disappointment, the education that went on this season could be valuable in years to come.

\"I learned that there\u2019s a lot of ins and outs, a lot of things behind the scenes I knew but didn\u2019t understand, how much time it takes to manage 20-some hockey players and the team,\" Axtell said. \"I learned that each player is different. I knew all this stuff but I learned a lot. It\u2019s hard to put into words. It\u2019s a lot of work.\"

Axtell was put into a tough situation, promoted from an assistant and taking over a team that had lost seven of eight games. Axtell wanted to make sure the season wasn't lost as a result.

\"I took over when we had the losses, the unfortunate situation and I went from being good cop to now having to be both bad cop and good cop,\" he said. \"They were already kind of down so I couldn\u2019t just jump on them. It had to be worded and presented to them so that I didn\u2019t lose them too.\"

So Axtell kept a positive tone throughout the rest of the season, and the team responded. The Mallards won eight straight games, and finished with 40 wins for the first time since 2006.

The respect the players had for him was evident from his first night, rallying back from a three-goal, third-period deficit to beat Missouri, and was evident again in the season-ending loss Saturday, rallying back from a 3-0 deficit before ultimately falling 3-2.

No matter the adversity this season, the team never packed it in.

\"He did an amazing job,\" captain Chris Francis said. \"He came in, treated us all with respect and we respected him for that. He's only going to get better. Coming in halfway through the year under tough circumstances, he did a heckuva job.\"

The biggest question entering this offseason will be the future of Axtell. He had the interim tag removed in February, but doesn't have any sort of contract headed into next year.

\"We've had discussions about it but we're really pleased with the job that he did,\" team president Bob McNamara said. \"To take us where he took us, and get over 40 wins and get into the playoffs early, I think he did a great job there. Obviously we were up against it with Fort Wayne, a really good team. A bounce here or there, and I know that's cliche to say, but it's always true, maybe we're moving on. I think he did a good job relating to the players, relating to the fans and working with the front office.\"

The Mallards know they have to move quickly, so that whoever the coach is has time to start working on putting together next year's team. Axtell said he would like to be back with the Mallards, and is already looking at ways to improve next season.

There is plenty to like on the team, with five 20-plus goal scorers, and if the core returns, Axtell feels the team could be poised to take a big step next year. He wants next year's team to be more defensively sound, but also with the potential to score in bunches.

\"That\u2019s going to be one of the decisions I have to make on who is the core of this team and who is going to better the team next season as a group and build around that,\" he said. \"I feel this year we had a lot of similar players. We didn\u2019t have a huge playmaker, we had five 20-goal scorers so that\u2019s good, we need something like that but we need that 80-point guy.

\"We need to find that. Now, is that person within the group we already have? There\u2019s a good possibility, and that\u2019s just what we have to look at going forward.\"

Though it ended with another first round exit \u2014 the fourth in the last five years\u00a0\u2014 McNamara said he felt the season as a whole was a success, but there's plenty to work on, particularly from the front office, which will get right to work within the week. Attendance was down an average of 441 fans per game from last season, and the team averaged 2,179 fans in its three postseason games last week.

\"I think we've taken some steps on the corporate side, on the tickets size, we would have liked to have seen more of an increase in attendance,\" McNamara said. \"I was particularly disappointed in the playoffs. When your team works so hard to get in the playoffs and your crowds are around 2,000 every night, you'd like to think we'd get more support in the playoffs and that's something we're going to build towards next year.\"

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Girls soccer

Alleman 9, Galesburg 0: Dora Cacari had two goals and two assists, while Madi Snyder also scored two goals to lead the Pioneers (5-6, 2-2 WB6) to a win over Galesburg. The Pioneers led 5-0 at halftime and also got goals from Ali Edwards, Taylor Carter, Kourtney Johannes, Julia DeSmet and Arianna Raya.

The Pioneers outshot the Silver Streaks 27-0.

Assumption 7, Burlington 1: Carly King and Molly Gervase each scored two goals and the Class 1A top-ranked Knights (8-1, 3-1 MAC) also got goals from Ellie Ivanic, Molly Gervase and Shelly Moore at Bracewell Stadium.

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Five things to think about following the Iowa football team's spring game over the weekend at Kinnick Stadium:

1. Night moves

It wasn't the Iowa-Michigan game by any stretch, but the experimental shift of the Hawkeyes' final practice of the spring to a Friday night seemed to work well.

The weather cooperated -- a key anytime in the spring -- but the estimated crowd of 16,500 enjoyed more of a game-like experience than simply a practice.

The shift in schedule did provide Iowa with some primetime exposure for the program on the Big Ten Network and provided a unique conclusion to spring practices.

It's not exactly deadline friendly, but hey that's my problem, not yours. Enjoy the night.

Don't be surprised if this continues.

2. QB competition

Iowa's quarterback situation at the end of spring drills is no clearer than it was 15 practices ago.

Junior Tyler Wiegers and sophomore Nathan Stanley both entered the spring with limited experience at the college level -- Wiegers as C.J. Beathard's back-up in 2015 and Stanley in the same role a year ago.

To suggest that those brief glimpses provided either with an edge is somewhat comical. It's the day-to-day work, unseen by fans and media alike, that will ultimately determine who opens behind center when Wyoming rides into Kinnick on Sept. 2.

As coach Kirk Ferentz indicated in response to a question I asked during his pre-spring news conference, the selection of a starting quarterback isn't necessarily all about stats or who has the ability to throw a football the farthest.

Those things are a factor, but it's also about having an understanding of the offense and displaying the ability to move the offense, to command the huddle and to have the respect of the teammates within that huddle to move the chains.

Coaches have been looking for separation between the top two candidates. They haven't seen it.

The lack of depth at receiver, impacted by the absence of Matt VandeBerg and Jerminic Smith, has complicated that as has the smart choice to withhold Akrum Wadley from contact work this spring.

In the two public performances this spring, it has been evident that both of the top-tier QB candidates still have work to do.

Ferentz's preference is for one of the two to grab the job quickly in fall camp. If that doesn't happen by mid-camp, they'll choose one of the two and take it from there.

Wiegers completed 12-of-18 passes for 104 yards and Stanley completed 6-of-15 passes for 16 yards in the spring game. Both were intercepted and sacked.

The work continues, as it should.

3. One step at a time

Last fall, offensive coordinator Greg Davis suggested to anybody willing to listen that Iowa had a pair of capable running backs in its freshman class.

Toks Akinribade made his college debut last season, while Toren Young redshirted and worked on the scout team.

Davis hinted that there was plenty to like about Young.

Everybody has been given a glimpse of that this spring.

Young carried 14 times for 90 yards on Friday, displaying a combination of quickness and power that will make him an effective back in the Big Ten over time.

The thing I appreciated the most was the energy level he brought to the field, both during and after plays. There's a lot to like about the potential he displayed.

Akinribade brings a little more finesse to the position, needed mobility.

Their styles seem to complement each other well and they'll be a good fit beside Wadley when he returns to action this fall.

Working behind a line that has a chance to be one of the real strengths of the team, the Hawkeye running game should be a needed strength as the passing game grows.

4. Catching on

There isn't much to say about Iowa's receivers and that's a shame, because the Hawkeyes desperately need growth in this area.

At least in the public performances, Adrian Falconer and Devonte Young haven't shown that they have taken their game to the next level, something that opens the doors for others in what should be a spirited competition for playing time in fall camp.

The return of VandeBerg -- he's expected back from a foot injury in June -- and Smith -- an uncertainty as he works through academic issues -- are critical pieces to the puzzle.

Iowa's tight ends showed some promise in providing some relief. Noah Fant looks physically stronger and proved last fall that he is a capable receiver.

T.J. Hockenson, another player Davis mentioned as more than capable last fall as he redshirted, appears to have the hands to provide a reliable pass-catching option at the tight end position and it's not a stretch to envision Drew Cook finding a role in that mix with developmental growth over the summer.

Expect Iowa to find ways to get the ball into the hands of the tight ends. It not only makes sense to get as many of those capable players onto the field as possible, it also should ease the pressure on the program's receivers and provide options to keep defenses honest.

5. One less headache

The Hawkeyes have intriguing potential defensively and Phil Parker's work as Iowa's coordinator this spring has mainly involved developing depth and working to fill a handful of starting spots.

Injuries have impacted things as much as anything, with tackle and secondary positions a little more fluid as the Hawkeyes worked through their 15 spring practices.

Jake Gervase may be leaving Parker with one less headache at free safety, where the ACL tear suffered a couple of weeks ago by Brandon Snyder created a problem in an area where Iowa is already easing in new starters at the cornerback positions.

His three interceptions in the spring game -- and nearly a fourth -- illustrated the athletic ability that Gervase has had since his days as dominating performer in multiple sports at Davenport Assumption.

He'll need to continue to learn over the course of the summer and fall camp if he hopes to lock down the starting role at a spot that is essentially a quarterback's role on the back end of the Hawkeye defense.

Snyder, nearly a mirror image of the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Gervase, grew into that role a year ago. Gervase has time to do the same as Joshua Jackson, Manny Rugamba, Michael Ojemudia and Cedric Boswell grow into cornerback roles beside the group's one returning starter, strong safety Miles Taylor.

Iowa's defense performed well in the spring game against an offense still working through some growing pains as it adjusts to a new system, new terminology and new coaches.

That was to be expected.

The ability of the Hawkeyes to build on those expectations is the key.

Kristian Welch and Aaron Mends performed well as back-ups to two of Iowa's three senior starters at linebacker. Continued development there remains important for the future.

Up front, Nathan Bazata's high ankle injury has provided Cedrick Lattimore, Brady Rieff, Jake Hulett and Garret Jansen with time to grow at tackle.

That, combined with the experience of Parker Hesse, Matt Nelson and Anthony Nelson at end and progress coaches have seen from Sam Brincks and Chauncey Golston gives Reese Morgan a chance to develop the type of depth he wants on the defensive front.

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Don Fredericks has dealt with adversity before.

Like the time he thought he was a shoo-in for a job a few years out of college in the Chicago suburbs, only to not even get an interview.

Like the 10-year test he had with skin cancer while teaching at Geneseo, perhaps a by-product of the fun summers of his youth.

But it\u2019s safe to say nothing prepared the Geneseo track and cross country coach for what hit him just before he was about to do a few final training runs for the Quad-City Times Bix 7 last summer.

Fredericks, ever upbeat, was coming off what even for him had been a super high. His Geneseo boys track and field team had just taken home the second-place Class 2A state trophy at the end of May from Charleston.

\u201cThat was the pinnacle of my career,\u201d he recalled. \u201cI never dreamed of being in the position to actually touch one of those trophies.\u201d

But thanks to, in his own words, a magical group of young men who went on a magical journey for a magical season, he did.

But the magic ended shortly after that. Or at least began to. First, Fredericks had two kidney stones, including a small one that he just could not pass. He could go on training runs but the pain was too great to race.

So his doctor opted to have it surgically removed. While in that process, the doctor took a precautionary look and did not like what he found\u00a0\u2014 two tumors. They were removed, but soon the news was not good.

Cancerous.

\u201cYou go from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the valley,\u201d admitted Fredericks of a roller coaster ride he had not foreseen.

But the bad news did have a very good silver lining from the doctor.\u00a0

\u201cHe was as certain as certain can be that he caught it early,\u201d Fredericks said.

Another break that came with the early detection of his bladder cancer\u00a0\u2014 no radiation treatments or chemotherapy.

\u201cI am so lucky,\u201d Fredericks said. \u201cIt was just an accidental discovery.\u201d

The seemingly always energized Fredericks, 58, describes himself as human when it comes to such a blow, but generally \u201ca glass half-full guy.\u201d

But that attitude was put to the test in the weeks after the surgery. There were complications, catheters and blood clots that amazed him.

\u201cI saw how big some of those blood clots were,\u201d he said. \u201cI don\u2019t know how they came out honestly.\u201d

The surgery was late in July, so he missed Bix, which he had planned on running. Then he missed the opening day of school, which sounds like it\u2019s as big a day for Fredericks as it might be for a freshman. \u201cI couldn\u2019t answer the bell,\u201d he said.

But he was there the first full week and was given the aid of a potential sub to shadow him and make sure he was OK. His assistant coach, Philip Loe, also played a major role in cross country as did his volunteer assistant, Fredericks\u2019 wife, Tessie. It was a slow process but gradually Fredericks ran and then ran at his usual pace.

His struggles were not lost on his team.

\u201cIt killed him that he couldn\u2019t run the workouts with us because he\u2019s always running with us,\u201d said Brandon Ramos, a Geneseo cross country and track runner.

Nor was it lost on the team who the bad break had happened to.

\u201cHe\u2019s a fantastic guy,\" Ramos said. \"He always goes above and beyond for everyone. There\u2019s 90 guys here (on the track team) and he cares about every one of them. You can tell by his demeanor.\u201d

As the team went through its warm-ups and stretches recently, only one thing shined greater than the sun\u00a0\u2014 the coach in the middle of them. He stopped at one point to salute a girls track star who was practicing nearby, who had just set a number of Maple Leaf records.

He does little things like hand out tootsie rolls to anyone on the team who achieves a personal best in a meet.

He may be 5-foot-8, 135 pounds, but he stands tall in the eyes of Geneseo.

\u201cHe\u2019s one of a kind,\u201d Ramos said. \u201cHe\u2019s one of those guys you meet once in your life.\u201d

Athletic director Travis Mackey, Fredericks\u2019 boss for 16 years, readily agrees.

\u201cHe\u2019s a very positive person, a very motivated person,\u201d Mackey said. \u201cHe tries to bring that energy to the kids.\u201d

Fredericks' devotion to the school is real.

\u201cHe\u2019s really devoted to the school and the programs, and he roots for all programs, too,\u201d Mackey said. \u201cWe are definitely fortunate to have him.\u201d

To Mackey, though, his example during this challenging time, may be his greatest teaching lesson.

\u201cHe\u2019s been a great example of perseverance and a guy that that positive attitude has helped him through those issues,\u201d Mackey said. \u201cHe\u2019s a great example to our kids when you have adversity hit, you have two ways to look at it. You can let it beat you down, or you can take control of it.

\"He\u2019s definitely a guy who takes control and does whatever he can to find out what the remedies are and what\u2019s the best way to attack it. And he\u2019s going to go full bore.\u201d

Fredericks says he has gone from asking \u2018why me?\u2019 that this happened to, to \u2018why me?\u2019 as in why am I so lucky?

He said his office-mate, Steve Hillman, has provided some quality inspiration. An August appointment will tell him how he\u2019s doing with a cancer that has a 75 percent chance of coming back. Somewhat typically, he says, \u201cthat means I have a 25 percent chance of it not coming back at all.\u201d

The high-energy and caring coach who shares his illness with the students to bring about more cancer awareness for their sake, knows what the illness has taught him.

\u201cCherish every day,\u201d he said. \u201cDon\u2019t count the days, make the days count.\u201d

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Judging by the free agents the Chicago Bears have collected in the off-season, you get the feeling general manager Ryan Pace has watched too many episodes of Flea Market Flip.

The Bears have rounded up a big mass of mediocrity apparently hoping they can turn someone else\u2019s trash into a football team.

Among the players they\u2019ve scavenged: Quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez; running backs Benny Cunningham and David Cobb; wide receivers Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton and Rueben Randle; tight end Dion Sims and Justin Perillo; offensive lineman Tom Compton; defensive backs Marcus Cooper, Quintin Demps, Prince Amukamara and B.W. Webb; defensive lineman John Jenkins.

A few of those guys \u2014 including Glennon \u2014 are going to need to play big roles but don\u2019t look for any of them in the Pro Bowl.

It\u2019s apparent that the Bears need to use this week\u2019s NFL draft to bring in some star quality talent to go with all the extras they've assembled. They\u2019re much more likely to find that type of player in the draft than in free agency.

A look at who the Bears could (and should) pick in the draft:

First round (No. 3 overall)

The Bears have a big need for a safety so a lot of people think they could go for Jamal Adams of LSU or Malik Hooker of Ohio State. However, no one has taken a safety this high in the draft since 1991. It\u2019s just not done. By all accounts, Adams isn\u2019t that fast and Hooker hasn't been able to work out for NFL teams because of injuries suffered last season. He's a huge talent but he would be a roll of the dice. On the other hand, lockdown cornerbacks such as Ohio State\u2019s Marshon Lattimore don\u2019t come along that often and Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen would be a safe choice.\u00a0

Our pick: Hooker.

Second round (No. 36)

The current Bears\u2019 regime seems to understand that a solid offensive line is essential and Garett Bolles of Utah, a very athletic left tackle who played just one year in Division I, should be available at this point. If Miami tight end David Njoku is still on the board, he might be a consideration, too. The Bears need a quality tight end. Or if they\u2019re still looking for a safety, N.C. State\u2019s Josh Jones is actually bigger and faster than Adams and Hooker.

Our pick: Bolles.

Third round (No. 67)

The Bears might look at a wide receiver in this spot. USC\u2019s JuJu Smith-Schuster is regarded as an Anquan Boldin clone and Eastern Washington\u2019s Cooper Kupp has possibilities. And in what is regarded as the deepest tight end draft class ever, Michigan\u2019s Jake Butt would look good in a Bears uniform. But they also might be looking for someone who can be part of their defensive line rotation, a guy like Iowa's Jaleel Johnson.

Our pick: Johnson.

Fourth round (Nos. 111 and 117)

If Butt is still available, the Bears should at least consider him for one of these two picks. Virginia Tech\u2019s Bucky Hodges, who is a more athletic receiver, and Arkansas\u2019 Jeremy Sprinkle, a better blocker, also are possible tight end picks here. And the Bears have to draft a quarterback at some point, don\u2019t they? Miami\u2019s Brad Kaaya and Tennessee\u2019s Josh Dobbs, both of whom are less developed than the big name QBs in the draft but still talented, may be on the board. Dobbs is not only athletic but also smart enough to have earned a degree in aerospace engineering. And almost every mock draft seems to have the Bears using a fourth-round pick on Texas A&M wide receiver Josh Reynolds, who has intriguing abilities as a deep threat.

Our picks: Dobbs and Reynolds.

Fifth round (No. 147)

If the Bears haven\u2019t already taken a wide receiver, Northern Illinois\u2019 Kenny Golladay is a hometown kid with a tantalizing combination of speed and size. If they haven\u2019t already latched onto a tight end, Toledo\u2019s Michael Roberts may have the biggest hands of any player in the draft and could be a great value pick for some team this late in the draft. Then there is USC\u2019s Doug Banner, a 6-foot-8 offensive tackle who reportedly has weighed as much as 385 pounds but needs to be 350 or less in order to be an effective player.

Our pick: Roberts.

Seventh round (No. 221)

This late in the draft teams grasp at straws, taking less obvious prospects who have a chance to grow into something. A lineman or a wide receiver is a possibility here but the Bears also could use a quality return man. Maryland's Will Likely may be too short (5-foot-7) to be a big-time cornerback in the NFL but he's a highlight waiting to happen on kick returns. There\u2019s also an outside chance Golladay could slide this far down the board.

Our pick: Likely.

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