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 Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.