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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.