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, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.