College women's basketball Monmouth 75, Augustana 66: Mark Beinborn's head-coaching debut didn't turn out as well as he would have hoped, as the Vikings suffered the nonconference road setback. United Township grad Melissa (Jones) Bittner spoiled the opener as Monmouth's coach. Reserves Maddie Kerr (14 points) and Marissa Pezzopane (13) led the Vikings along with starter Jessica Baids' 13 points. Kayla Boers' 10 rebounds led Augie to a 44-30 edge on the boards and Molly Etheridge dished out eight assists. Four of Monmouth's starters went for double-digit scoring, led by Kaley Corban's 23 points.
Loras JV 58, Black Hawk 49: Moline's Sanela Causevic and Riverdale's Lauren Ickes each scored nine points for the Lady Braves.
College men's basketball Central (Iowa) 96, Monmouth 82: Riverdale product Wes DeClercq hit a 3-pointer with 3:24 remaining to trim the deficit to 86-79, but the Fighting Scots clawed no closer. Kenny Foster's 25 points led all scorers for Monmouth (0-1). DeClercq finished with eight points in his college debut.
Prep girls' basketball Alleman 60, Metamora 39: Anne Bohnert's 13 points paced a trio of Pioneers into double figures, and Alleman (2-0) remained unbeaten in the season-starting Galesburg Tournament. Erin Morrisey (11) and Maddie McGuire (10) also hit double digits in the wire-to-wire win over Metamora (1-1).
Galesburg 64, East Peoria 46: Jessica Lieber's game-high 24 points kept the Silver Streaks (2-0) unbeaten in their own tourney. Sharron Diggins added 11 points against East Peoria (0-2).
Prophetstown 43, Rockford Christian 33: Riley Walters scored a game-high 19 points, and Prophetstown also used some good early-season foul-shooting (12-for-16) to knock off the Oregon Tournament's three-time defending champs. The Lady Prophets (2-0) play the event host Saturday in the semifinals.
Sherrard 49, Sterling Newman 42: Annie Winston (15 points) and Erin Barton (14 points) teamed up to provide the scoring for the Tigers (3-0) at the Sauk Valley Shootout. Newman slipped to 2-1.
Monmouth United 63, Galva 59 (OT): Cassandra Ellison's 19 points led to United's extra-session win. Alex Strom's game-high 35 points were not enough for Galva.
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.