Erie-Prophetstown's new softball coach was a proud pitching mentor Wednesday.
Bob Phelps, an Illinois native, who built a mound legacy working in the ASA scene in Texas, had another pair of his pitching prodigies sign to play at major colleges in the powerhouse Southeastern Conference.
Taking advantage of the NCAA's Early Signing Period were Sydney Littlejohn (Alabama) and Kelsee Selman (LSU). Littlejohn actually pitched in Moline during the ASA 14-under national tournament in 2010 for the 17th-place finisher from Texas, the American Liberty Kruzers.
Phelps, who led Sherrard to a fourth-place state finish last spring, attended both signing ceremonies, receiving the Alabama pen Littlejohn used to sign as a token of her appreciation, besides having more praise heaped on him by Selman.
``She always struggled as a pitcher until she met Bob,'' raved Selman's father, Mark. ``Kelsee owes a lot of her success to him.''
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.