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 Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground. 1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students. 1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.