Player of the YearJacqueline Twing Rock Island, S, Sr.: First-team All-Western Big 6 Conference and second-team all-state from The Champaign News-Gazette; Team captain finished with a school-record 652 assists, averaged 8.4 assists per game and tallied 93 percent serving accuracy; Helped the 30-6 Rocks to a school record for victories this year.
First teamCourtney Cutlip Geneseo, MH/OH, Sr.: All-Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division first team; 5.6 serve-receives per game, 2.4 digs per game, 2.0 kills per game; 93 percent serving.
Hailey Feldhahn Rock Island, MH, Jr.: Averaged 2.8 kills per game; 95 percent serving.
Merritt Johnson Moline, OH, Jr.: All-Western Big 6 Conference first team; 3.1 kills per game, 0.47 blocks per game.
Taryn VanEarwage Rock Island, OH, So.: Honorable mention all-state by The News-Gazette; 3.9 digs per game, 3.3 kills per game; 93 percent serving.
Rachael Wilson Moline, Libero, Sr.: All-Western Big 6 Conference first team.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.