Rock Island assistant football coach Steve Ebner recently learned he will be inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on April 6 in Champaign.
"To tell you the truth, it was a surprise," said Ebner, who learned of his induction on Christmas Eve. "When you get into something like this, you've been doing it a long time. I've been with some really good programs, coaches and kids. It's a neat honor. It's a good thing."
Ebner, also the Rocky head softball coach who two years ago was inducted into the Illinois Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has spent the last 22 seasons on the Rocky football staff. During that time, the Rocks have 18 playoff appearances and 12 Western Big 6 Conference titles.
Prior to his Rocky tenure, he was an assistant coach at Alleman under Wayne DeSutter and Mike Tracey. The Pioneers earned nine playoff berths and seven Big 6 titles in that span.
Ebner has coached in three state championship football games, plus led Alleman to the 1985 Class AA state softball title as head coach.
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.