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 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.