Augustana College junior linebacker Erik Westerberg was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team for the second consecutive season. He was a second-team selection on the elite team that combines academic excellence and athletic achievement, two things that Westerberg has excelled at throughout his Viking career.
Westerberg was named the CCIW "Defensive Player of the Year" and was a first-team All-CCIW selection for the second year in a row. He led the CCIW in total tackles for the second straight season, finishing with 118 (66 solo and 52 assists). He ranks 14th in the nation in NCAA Division III in both solo and total stops. His 14 tackles for loss also led the Vikings, while his four sacks were tied for second on the team.
Westerburg, a math and secondary education major, carries a 3.87 GPA.
Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th Masonic District of Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle. 1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.