-- Athletes from area schools and conferences signing with colleges this school term:
Football: Tyler Brooks, Muscatine (Iowa Western JUCO) Zack Clements, Muscatine (Iowa Western JUCO) Savion Coleman, Bettendorf (Iowa Central JUCO) Jon Crowe, Muscatine (D-3 Central of Iowa) Devin Daily, Pleasant Valley (Northern Iowa) Nick Heimendinger, Bettendorf (Iowa Western JUCO) Malique Hudson, Bettendorf (Iowa Central JUCO) Jacob Judd, Clinton (Western Illinois) Drake Kulick, Muscatine (Drake (preferred walk-on)) Tyler Lloyd, Muscatine (Iowa Western JUCO) Jonathan Mixon, Galesburg (Army) Jared Requet (NAIA William Penn) Nick Schebler, Assumption (Army) Randy Schmidt, North Scott (D-2 Northwest Missouri State) Jake Shoultz, Muscatine (Iowa Western JUCO) Max Weber, Muscatine (Iowa Western JUCO) Derrick Willies, Rock Island (Iowa)
Track/cross country: Caleb Drake, Pleasant Valley (NAIA Olivet Nazarene) Megan Nickles, Bettendorf (Missouri State) Anna Peer, Bettendorf (Nebraska) Stephanie Saey, Galesburg (DePaul) $-Mahnee Watts, Bettendorf (Iowa)
Baseball: @-Emilio Alonso, Moline/Southeastern JUCO (Black Hawk JUCO) @-Brinn Bell, Rock Island (Illinois St.) Matt Brill, Moline (Appalachian St.) Derek Burkamper, Muscatine (Nebraska) Dan Cutkomp, Alleman (John A. Logan JUCO) Dallas DeVrieze, Moline (Appalachian St.) Brandon Engler, North Scott (Black Hawk JUCO) Jake Friichenicht, Sherrard (Black Hawk JUCO) @-Seth Fuller, Moline/Western Illinois (Black Hawk JUCO/# Northern Illinois) Connor Gunneman, United Township (Parkland JUCO) Justin Hill, Bettendorf (Southeastern JUCO) Brian King, Sherrard (Black Hawk JUCO) Cal Moyer, Moline (NAIA Bryan) Terry Ogden, North Scott (Black Hawk JUCO) @-Dan Robinson, Sterling/Murray State (Black Hawk JUCO) x-Jake Scudder, Rock Island (Iowa Western JUCO) Cody Sedlock, Alleman (Illinois) Justin Shaffer, Durant (Black Hawk JUCO) *-Jake Sharp, Alleman (Iowa) Matt Ulrich, Bettendorf (Three Rivers JUCO) Jake Viaene, Moline (Black Hawk JUCO) Cam Wernentin, Bettendorf (Carl Sandburg JUCO) Drew Wescom, Assumption (Black Hawk JUCO)
Softball: Megan Butler, Muscatine (D-2 Upper Iowa) Jordan de los Reyes, Moline (Illinois St.) Kaitlyn Finneran, Morrison (Drake) Holly Hoelting, Pleasant Valley (Western Illinois) Sarah Kennedy, Bettendorf (D-2 Augustana (South Dakota)) Chloe Miller, Pleasant Valley (Wisconsin) Sadie Mosher, Riverdale (Lincoln Land JUCO) Hope Scheffert, Dav. North (Iowa St.) #-Riley Strandgard, Sherrard (Illinois St.) @-Kayla Tatge, Sherrard/Kirkwood (NAIA St. Ambrose) ^-Lecy Waldbusser, Moline (D-3 Monmouth)
Basketball: Billy Daniel, Assumption (D-2 Truman State) #-Ethan Happ, Rockridge (Wisconsin) Leti Lerma, Muscatine (Bradley) Kaycee Kallenberger, Pleasant Valley (Eastern Illinois) Jamie VanWatermeulen, United Township (D-3 Augustana) Jennifer VanWatermeulen, United Township (D-3 Augustana)
Wrestling: Bubba Hernandez, Bettendorf (Iowa State) B.J. McGhee, Rock Island (Missouri) Kyle Springer, Assumption (Indiana)
Volleyball: Erin Mead, North Scott (NAIA St. Ambrose) Megan Paustian, Pleasant Valley (Kirkwood JUCO) Elizabeth Schindler, Princeville (Illinois Central JUCO) Josie Weber, Princeville (Black Hawk East JUCO)
Swimming: Haden Calegan, Muscatine (Pittsburgh) Travis Greenwald, Muscatine (Denver) Keanu Interone, Sterling (Utah) Gabby Stecker, Pleasant Valley (Illinois)
Golf: Anna Cullinan, Pleasant Valley (Western Illinois) Laurel Enstrom, Rock Island (D-2 St. Cloud St., Minn.) Adam Hutton, Muscatine (NAIA St. Ambrose) *-Spencer Jones, Davenport North/Black Hawk (NAIA St. Ambrose) Emily Thomas, Moline (Rend Lake JUCO)
Rowing: Jennifer Rahn, Sterling (Iowa)
$-Track only; ^-Also playing golf; *-Junior college transfer from Black Hawk; @-Transfer from another college; x-Note: 2012-13 verbal commitments; #-Note: 2013-14 verbal commitments.
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.