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Quad-City Mallards goalie Ivan Kulbakov blocks the shot attempt by Tulsa's Dylan Hubbs on Friday during first-period action at the TaxSlayer Center. The Mallards welcome Mountain Division leader Wichita to town Friday. 


Volleyball All-Stars: The top high school senior volleyball players from the Quad-Cities will take the court one last time in the third annual Iowa vs. Illinois Senior All-Star match at St. Ambrose's Lee Lohman Arena. 

The Iowa roster features seven players from Bettendorf, North Scott and Pleasant Valley, including the Mississippi Athletic Conference player of the year in the Spartans' Elissa Moylan. 

Moline, Wethersfield and Riverdale have multiple representatives on the Illinois squad. Iowa has won the previous two meetings. Former Clinton coach Mark Massey will be the honorary captain. 

The match begins just after 7 p.m.


Girls basketball: Western Big Six play opens for girls basketball. League favorite Rock Island, off to a dominant 4-0 start, hosts Galesburg. Moline entertains Quincy and United Township visits Alleman. 

On the Iowa side, North Scott begins defense of its Class 4A state championship with a home tilt against Cedar Rapids Jefferson. Bettendorf welcomes Linn-Mar to town.


Augustana at Illinois men's hoops: After collecting a pair of home wins over the weekend, NCAA Division III second-ranked Augustana challenges itself with a trip to Champaign to play Illinois.

It will be the Vikings' first game against a Division I foe since winning an exhibition game at Bradley in 2014 and first regular-season contest against a Division I opponent since playing at Gonzaga in 2009.

The game will tip at 6 p.m. inside the State Farm Center.


Trophy test: Iowa's bowl destination hinges in part on the outcome of its its regular season finale in the annual Heroes Game against Nebraska.

The Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers will play for the Heroes Trophy in a 3 p.m. game at Memorial Stadium, where Iowa looks to add to a string of three consecutive wins in the series against Nebraska.

Iowa is 2-1 in trophy games this season, maintaining possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy and Floyd of Rosedale with wins over Iowa State and Minnesota but losing a chance to earn the Heartland Trophy against Wisconsin.

Mallards hockey: The Wichita Thunder come to the TaxSlayer Center for the first time this season. Going into Sunday, Wichita led the Mountain Division of the ECHL with a 10-2-1 record and has allowed the fewest goals of any team in the league. 

Quad-City finishes a stretch of playing 12 of its first 15 games at home. Coach Phil Axtell's team will be on the road for the next nine games before returning home on Dec. 20 against Fort Wayne. 

The puck drops at 7 p.m. Hot dogs and beer will be sold for $2 each. 


Tripleheader at Rocky: The Rock Island Fieldhouse will feature a pair of Rock Island boys basketball games and a girls contest Saturday in the final day of its annual Thanksgiving tournament.

Coach Thom Sigel's boys squad faces Minooka at noon and Bogan at 7:30 p.m. Sandwiched in between is the Rock Island girls facing Rock Falls at 4:30.

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