The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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November 6, 2013

Big Ten struggling to fill 8 slots

(Continued)

— Indiana’s best chance may have evaporated with a fumbled lateral in the final 30 seconds last weekend. That mistake dropped the Hoosiers to 3-5 (1-3), forcing them to win three of their last four — home against Illinois, trips to Wisconsin and Ohio State, and the home finale against Purdue — to reach the six-win mark.

There could be a way out, though it’s a longshot. Last year, the NCAA opened the possibility of putting 5-7 teams in the postseason but only if there weren’t enough qualifiers to fill every bowl slot and then only if a school ranks in the top five of football’s Academic Progress Rate rankings.

The Big Ten can’t count on that, putting pressure on virtually every team in the league to keep winning — from division leaders trying to protect their leads to the Big Ten title game hopefuls needing help to the bowl-game hopefuls and even for a team such as Purdue, which is playing spoiler as it tries to avoid its first winless conference season in two decades.

“I think that’s part of football, part of life, there’s always pressure on you to succeed,” Illini coach Tim Beckman said. “We came darn close this last week (at Penn State) to having that first success — I want these players to feel those successes. So yeah, there’s pressure on you each and every football game to be better, but in my opinion that’s how the programs that are being built get better is being able to succeed in those pressure moments.”

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    First, it was an opossum that led to the Clinton LumberKings to victory this week. On Friday, it may have been the rain.
    Clinton (46-62) scored eight runs in a 11-3 win over the Burlington Bees (57-52) following a rain delay that halted the game for 70 minutes.
    The rain delay did not help the Bees, as Burlington committed four errors in the final two innings leading to the eight runs that the LumberKings tallied. All eight runs were unearned.
    Brett Thomas led off the ninth inning on an Erick Salcedo error, then Isaiah Yates hit a single to advance Thomas. Andy Peterson hit a sacrifice fly that advanced Thomas to third base with one out.
    Bees second baseman then booted an Aaron Barbosa ground ball that scored Thomas and sent Yates to third and Barbosa to second base.
    Yates and Barbosa scored on a Jack Reinheimer single to left field; Chantz Mack then brought in Reinheimer on a scorching double that sailed to the right field wall at Community Field.

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  • Clinton football River Kings break out cleats at camp

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    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

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    When Blake Holovach takes the mound tonight along the Mississippi River in Davenport, it’ll be in the first inning, which he wasn’t accustomed to in the past.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Senior game RVC North claims win

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    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • LumberKings get first win in a week

    Bring out the rally...opossum?

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    The win snapped a six game losing streak for Clinton and a four game winning streak for Quad Cities.

    July 31, 2014

  • David Johnson Clinton grad, NDSU picked to lead MVC

     David Johnson, the former Clinton High standout now entering his senior season at the University of Northern Iowa, was named to the preseason All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team that was announced Tuesday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thomas Smith Clinton's Smith to join Leathernecks

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    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • L'Kings offensive drought continues

    Shutout for the second time in two nights Saturday in a 2-0 loss to South Bend, the Clinton LumberKings' offense was limited again Sunday, managing just one run in a 4-1 Midwest League baseball loss to the Silver Hawks at Ashford University Field.

    July 28, 2014

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    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Interest in Ernst rises as his game does, too

    Brady Ernst is having a summer to remember.
    The rising River King senior is spending the summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers traveling basketball team. This weekend they're playing in the Fab48 tournament in Las Vegas.

    July 26, 2014

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