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Local Sports 5/13/14

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The Quad City River Bandits baseball team has won six straight games, as the Houston Astros Class A Minor League affiliate seeks to repeat as the Midwest League champions. Former Moline High School standout Thomas Lindauer has helped to spark the team in recent weeks both on offense and defense. Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser told the WGIL Morning News today about Lindauer’s contributions.

“He’s been a nice addition to the team,” Chesser said.  “I know when he got drafted last year, he came out to the stadium, threw out a first pitch.  We were really excited about the prospect of getting him.  We didn’t expect it to be this fast, and this quick of a turnaround.  We’re really excited about the success he’s having here.  It’s neat for us to be able to show our fans, and give our fan base, a local kid to cheer for, which is not commonplace, unfortunately, in this industry.”

Things are going well off the field for the Bandits too, as the newly-constructed Ferris Wheel outside of Modern Woodmen Park is nearing completion. Chesser said the gondolas were placed on the wheel yesterday, and they have a special grand opening planned for later this month that will benefit a Quad City area charity.

“The plan is, right now, May 24th, is our inaugural Ferris Wheel ride,” Chesser said.  “We are partnering with Genesis [Medical Center], and it’s kind of a fundraiser for a couple of their causes.  All the money raised is going to benefit Camp Genesis, the Genesis NICU…It’s Saturday, May 24th.  The doors open at noon.  We are selling 300 tickets to the event.  Of those 300, 100 will be randomly selected to be part of the first [Ferris Wheel] ride.

In addition to the new Ferris Wheel, an expanded 300-foot zip line and a rock climbing wall have been added near LeClaire Park at the foot of the Centennial Bridge in Davenport.

Alex Tanney
Former Monmouth College quarterback Alex Tanney is looking for a new NFL team, after he was cut yesterday by the Cleveland Browns. Both Tanney and fellow quarterback Vince Young were among five cuts by the Browns, who picked quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M in the first round of Thursday’s NFL draft. Tanney has also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys in the last two seasons.