Erie-Prophetstown's new softball coach was a proud pitching mentor Wednesday.
Bob Phelps, an Illinois native, who built a mound legacy working in the ASA scene in Texas, had another pair of his pitching prodigies sign to play at major colleges in the powerhouse Southeastern Conference.
Taking advantage of the NCAA's Early Signing Period were Sydney Littlejohn (Alabama) and Kelsee Selman (LSU). Littlejohn actually pitched in Moline during the ASA 14-under national tournament in 2010 for the 17th-place finisher from Texas, the American Liberty Kruzers.
Phelps, who led Sherrard to a fourth-place state finish last spring, attended both signing ceremonies, receiving the Alabama pen Littlejohn used to sign as a token of her appreciation, besides having more praise heaped on him by Selman.
``She always struggled as a pitcher until she met Bob,'' raved Selman's father, Mark. ``Kelsee owes a lot of her success to him.''
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.