Rock Island assistant football coach Steve Ebner recently learned he will be inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on April 6 in Champaign.
"To tell you the truth, it was a surprise," said Ebner, who learned of his induction on Christmas Eve. "When you get into something like this, you've been doing it a long time. I've been with some really good programs, coaches and kids. It's a neat honor. It's a good thing."
Ebner, also the Rocky head softball coach who two years ago was inducted into the Illinois Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has spent the last 22 seasons on the Rocky football staff. During that time, the Rocks have 18 playoff appearances and 12 Western Big 6 Conference titles.
Prior to his Rocky tenure, he was an assistant coach at Alleman under Wayne DeSutter and Mike Tracey. The Pioneers earned nine playoff berths and seven Big 6 titles in that span.
Ebner has coached in three state championship football games, plus led Alleman to the 1985 Class AA state softball title as head coach.
Today is Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.