The Orion 8th-grade boys' basketball team won the Pairieland Conference Tournament, the Costa Holiday Tournament and tied for first in the Prairieland Conference with an 8-2 record. It finished the season with a 22-2 record and with back-to-back conference title and conference tourney championships. Team members are, front from left, Peyton Gingrey, Caleb Allen, Cade Ketron, Bryce Grafton, Brady Andrae and Mitchel Blakcert; and second row, Drake Schultz, Chase Fiedler, Devin Taets, Nic Norberg, coach Alex Johnson, Koby Stropes, Trevor Ditzman, Craig Matson and Brady Grafton. Missing is Gabe Clarke.
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.