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 Wednesday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2013. There are 27 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Within a few weeks the Rock Island Barracks will contain more than 10,000 rebel prisoners, a guard of about 1,500 and a large number of officers. This should bring business to our city. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Corn was selling at 25 cents per bushel in Rock Island county, and the average price of wheat was 80 cents per bushel. 1913 -- 100 years ago: R.G. Hudson and R.H. Dart were elected wardens at Trinity Episcopal Church. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Smiling, baldish, 30-year-old Jimmy Roosevelt reported for work today as movie maker Sam Goldwyn's new hired hand. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Members of the East Moline City Council last night unanimously voted approval of the name of John F. Kennedy Drive for the improved sections of 3rd and 4th streets between 17th Avenue and the south city limits. 1988 -- 25 years ago: A $70,000 fundraising drive is underway to establish a Big Brother/Big Sisters program in the Quad-Cities. Organizers hope to raise funds to begin the nationally affiliated program by March 1.