According to the number of clickthroughs on QCOnline.com, these were the most popular sports stories for the past week:|
1. 'Brown steps down as Bandits GM': In a surprise move and citing personal reasons, Stefanie Brown steps down as the general manager of the Quad City River Bandits but will remain in a lesser position.
2. 'Ealy, Thompson set for first-ever meeting': Long-time friends James Ealy, Alleman's wrestling coach, and Todd Thompson, Moline's coach, talk about their teams matching up on the Big 6 mats.
3. 'New boys No. 1 in QC hoops poll': Bettendorf replaces Rock Island atop the Dispatch/Argus boys' basketball power poll.
4. 'RI's Pappas wants something big': This week's Metro Pacesetter is Rock Island sophomore swimmer George Pappas.
5. 'Geneseo wrestling outlasts Mercer County in state-rated showdown': Geneseo, ranked No. 8 in 2A, defeated Mercer County, ranked No. 5 in 1A, by a score of 34-28.
6. 'Sellout success! Mallards maul Denver for capacity crowd': The Mallards win big, 7-1, in front of their biggest crowd in exactly 10 years, a draw of 9,347.
7. 'Moline upsets Galesburg': Moline stays hot with a one-point road win over Galesburg in the Western Big 6 boys' basketball.
8. 'Mercer County's Nelson wins fourth Bob Mitton title': Golden Eagles wrestler Zach Nelson makes it 4-for-4 in winning a championship at the prestigious wrestling tournament.
9. 'Moline grad Lindauer ready for key season': Moline's Thomas Lindauer is anxious to make an impression as the starting shortstop for the University of Illinois.
10. 'Tigers, Rams earn 2A girls top seeds; Bravettes, Lady Prophets tops in 1A': The girls' basketball regional seeds are in for Class 1A/2A, bringing big news to Sherrard, Riverdale, Annawan and Prophetstown.
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