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 Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.