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Prep boys' basketball
Tolono Unity Shootout:One night after dropping an overtime heartbreaker to West Central North rival Macomb, the Orion Chargers (11-8) hit the road again Saturday for the Tolono Unity Shootout, but the results weren't much better as Bloomington Central Catholic handled Orion 63-43 behind senior guard Matt Rave, who was named the Player of the Game.

Also coming up short was Riverdale (7-9). Playing for the first time in a week, the Rams tried to rally from a double-digit deficit against the host Unity Rockets, but couldn't complete the comeback as Unity prevailed 57-51 behind Player of the Game Mitch Negangard. Down 29-17 at halftime, Riverdale closed the gap to 41-36 entering the fourth period.

Rockridge 57, Mercer County 37: The Rockets' Ethan Happ fueled Rockridge with 31 points, including an 8-of-13 outing from the free throw line, and teammate Bryan Heath added 12 points as the Rockets moved to 13-2. Mercer County's Tyson Nylin scored 11 points with three 3-pointers, and Tanner Matlick added 10 points for the host Golden Eagles (8-7).

Henry-Senachwine 64, Wethersfield 52: One night after opening Lincoln Trail Conference play with a victory, the Wethersfield Flying Geese (13-3) had their five-game winning streak snapped by another team of an avian variety, with the Henry-Senachwine Mallards earning the nonconference win at Kewanee.

Williamsfield 51, United 36: After battling Williamsfield close in the first half, a 13-4 third-period run by the Bombers derailed the United Red Storm's victory hopes as they fell at Billtown despite a 13-point effort from Danton McMullin. A trio of players hit double figures for the hosts, led by 14 points each from James Sams and Logan Smith.

Prep girls' basketball
Erie 44, Kewanee 39: The junior duo of Courtney Cobert and LaykinMiner scored 13 points apiece for the Erie Cardinals in their Three Rivers Conference victory over Kewanee, putting Erie (13-5) at 4-3 in TRAC-9 play. The Cardinals' Rachel Cobert led the team with 10 rebounds to go with five points, while Miner also snared seven caroms. Kewanee's Cecilia Martinez had a team-high 10 points.

Amboy 36, Morrison 33: A game-high 14 points by Chelsea Eads wasn't quite enough for Morrison (2-14, 1-6 Three Rivers) as the Fillies dropped the heartbreaker to conference rival Amboy (8-8, 2-4). Trailing 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, Morrison tried to rally as Lakin Goodman added 11 points, but ended up falling short.

Clinton Prince of Peace 52, Fulton 38: Down 20-18 at halftime, the Fulton Steamers (6-14) couldn't gain any ground as Clinton Prince of Peace pulled away to the nonconference victory. Morgan Sanquist led the host Steamers with 10 points, with Katherine Wayne and Chelsea Lesniewski each adding eight.

Farmington 53, United 24: Down 13-2 after the first quarter, the United Red Storm couldn't recover as Farmington rolled to the nonconference win at Monmouth behind a game-high 21 points from Jenna Putrich. Meghan Perkins led the hosts with eight points.

Prep boys' swimming
Rock Island 119, Pekin 66: Rock Island's Daniel Rodriguez continued his electric season, winning the 50-yard freestyle (22.73), and the 100 butterfly (57.23). Josh Fleming won the 500 freestyle (5:04.25), and George Pappas took the 200 individual medley (2:15.21). Rocky's Jordan Mewes won the 100 breaststroke (1:11.43) and John Ponsetto touched first in the 100 backstroke (59.26).

Prep girls' bowling
24th annual Prospect Knights New Years Invitational: Rock Island finished 26th out of 36 teams in the field of elite talent from the state of Illinois. Assia Filali rolled her way to a team high 718 pins, and Jordan Sholl wasn't far behind her teammate at 701.

Sycamore Invitational: United Township finished 12th in the invitational as Oswego East (5,974) won the title. UT finished with 4,977 pins. Kayla Crawford had the highest UT series with 1,087 and high game of 204. Josie Hartman was the second-highest bowler for the Panthers with 1,064 and Katie James (1,007) was third.

College men's basketball
St. Norbert 64, Monmouth 52: Another solid game by freshman and ex-Riverdale standout Wes DeClercq was for naught as the Monmouth Fighting Scots (3-10) fell to 2-6 in the Midwest Conference with the road loss to St. Norbert (8-3, 5-2 MWC). DeClercq hit on three of five attempts from 3-point range and posted a team-best 14 points.

College women's basketball
Carthage 73, Augustana 35: The Augustana Lady Vikings struggled to find their stroke from the field, shooting 27.3 percent. Augie (4-8, 0-2 CCIW) had 11 players score in the setback. Augustana's Chaney Tambling scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Amy Hicks added another six points.


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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