Three Augustana softball players, led by first-team selection Krista Watson, have been named to the CCIW all-conference team. Sophomore outfielders Laura Behnke and Chelsea Lavin were named to the second team.
Watson, a junior shortstop, earned All-CCIW recognition for the third year in a row. She is hitting .281 with seven homers and 22 RBIs. In conference play, she hit .348 with a league-leading five home runs.
Behnke, the Vikings' leadoff hitter, ranks second on the club with a .411 average and leads in runs (26), hits (51), triples (four), homers (tied with seven) total bases (85), slugging (.685), walks (14), on base percentage (.479) and stolen bases (10 for 11). Her 19 RBIs are tied for third on the team.
After being used primarily as a pinch-runner as a freshman, Lavin has been a fixture in right field for Augustana. She leads the Vikings with a .419 average and is tied for the team lead with nine doubles. She also ranks second in on base percentage (.470), triples (tied with two) and runs (tied with 21) and third in slugging (.543).
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.