The Orion 8th-grade boys' basketball team won the Pairieland Conference Tournament, the Costa Holiday Tournament and tied for first in the Prairieland Conference with an 8-2 record. It finished the season with a 22-2 record and with back-to-back conference title and conference tourney championships. Team members are, front from left, Peyton Gingrey, Caleb Allen, Cade Ketron, Bryce Grafton, Brady Andrae and Mitchel Blakcert; and second row, Drake Schultz, Chase Fiedler, Devin Taets, Nic Norberg, coach Alex Johnson, Koby Stropes, Trevor Ditzman, Craig Matson and Brady Grafton. Missing is Gabe Clarke.
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.