Prophetstown product Russ Damhoff scored the 500th victory of his college coaching career Thursday, a 91-60 by Sauk Valley Community College against Black Hawk East. Damhoff has spent all 27 seasons of his coaching career at SVCC, taking the job in 1986. The 1982 Northern Illinois grad has coached one Region IV champion (2002-03), a pair of Arrowhead Conference champs (1989 and 1991), three All-Americans and five Academic All-Americans. Damhoff now has a 500-338 all-time record. "I think about all the great players and the special teams that I have had the opportunity to coach, that is special,'' Damhoff said. "And, my wife (Jackie) has been there with me through all of them, that is special, too. But with coaching, the most important thing is this team right now, and we opened conference with a win, so that's what matters most.''
Today is Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.