According to the number of click-throughs on QCOnline.com, these were the most popular sports stories for the past week:
1. 'Finch resigns as Mercer County wrestling coach, accepts position at Assumption': Coach Jeremy Finch leaves the Golden Eagles for an assistant's job with the Knights, with his son, state runner-up Tristen, also heading to Assumption next fall.
2. 'Saturday's sport shorts': There's only one way to explain this: The Quad-Cities was hungry for a nice-enough day for spring sports teams to get outside.
3. 'Happ named Dispatch/Argus Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year': Wisconsin-bound Rockridge junior Ethan Happ is named the best among rural hoopsters.
4. 'Dispatch/Argus Area Basketball All-Stars': Our full-page color presentation of the best in area boys' basketball.'
5. 'Erickson gets Rocks off to fast start': Rock Island pitcher Matt Erickson is the first Metro Pacesetter of the spring sports, striking out 18 in his first outing.
6. 'Erie's Johnston shooting for big-school respect': A preview of the Illinois-Iowa Senior All-Star basketball game feature's Erie's Jacob Johnston.
7. 'Polite's UT's guys now know: Previous stint for Panthers' coach was Florida Gulf Coast': The NCAA's Cinderella team, No. 15 seed Florida Golf Coast, has a Q-C connection – It's where coach Marc Polite coached before returning to UT.
8. 'Illinois dominates boys' star showcase': Rocky's Trae Babers is the MVP of Illinois' 87-69 win over Iowa.
9. 'Carr worried more about next season': RI's C.J. Carr looks ahead as he embarks on a Q-C Elite season.
10. 'Riverdale quintent to unveil college choices': Riverdale athletes Drew Beale, Amanda Brummet, Liz Oltman, Mitchell Sand and Logan Sherman tell of their college plans.
Today is Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The street crossings on Washington and Jefferson are to be taken up immediately and underlaid with sand to raise above the level of the roadway before it freezes. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.O. Bean, father of W.H. Bean, grocer, was accidentally thrown from his wagon near the Rock Island bridge on the Arsenal and received severe cuts and bruises on his face and body. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Sgt. Birger F. Westergard, of the United States Marine Corps, has arrived in Rock Island to take charge of the local recruiting office. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Five cases of diphtheria at Lincoln School prompt the city physician, Dr. Edward DeSilva, to urge parents to have their children immunized, as he fears epidemic. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island Arsenal will have its own newspaper with the first edition scheduled to be published Friday, Dec. 13. The paper, which will carry advertising, will be published by Bawden Bros. Inc. of Davenport. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The New Year should ring a better Quad-Cities economy, according to a survey of people in business made by First National Bank of Moline. "Based on our survey, we see a bright outlook for 1989," said Richard M. Bishop, the bank's president.