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 Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.