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Moline baseball, softball win Big 6 crowns


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Posted Online: May 05, 2008, 1:52 pm
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By Matt Veto, mveto@qconline.com
Five in a decade.

Five in a row.

A lot of high fives were handed out for a pair of Moline High School clubs on Saturday.

With 16-0 and 5-0 wins over the Silver Streaks in Galesburg, the Moline softball team won its fifth consecutive Western Big 6 Conference championship. An hour later, the Maroons baseball team wrapped up its second consecutive conference crown and fifth title since 2000 with a pair of wins over Galesburg 8-5 and 6-2.

Both the Moline clubs have their sights set on the future with the hope of rectifying a disappointing 2007 playoff past.

The baseball team has an unexpected, first-round ousting by Metamora in the 2007 regionals to avenge. The softball team wants to put behind them a premature regional-championship loss to United Township.

Both coaches hope their players have that in their sights.

``We've never had the Big 6 title as our main focus,'' Moline softball coach Mark Gerlach said. ``It's always nice to beat the rivals in town, and we know what great softball is played in the Q-C. That's a highlight, but not the highlight of the year.''

Moline baseball coach Derek Lindauer hopes his senior-laden club will set out to realize the potential they have placed on themselves.

``The thing I like the most is that I think they learned a little bit from last year,'' Lindauer said. ``Sometimes I think the seniors are picked to win and they do win it.

``I don't find myself yelling a whole bunch or having to go over the small things. A lot of times our seniors are holding others accountable on the field. When kids are coaching themselves, that's the best situation we can be in.''

Along with being champs.
















 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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