Augustana senior pitcher Ben Heaton wasa leader for the Vikings both on and off the field his entire career. His rewarded for that combination was being selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The right-handed Heaton has put together good numbers for veteran head coach Greg Wallace's 16th ranked Vikings this season. He has compiled a 4-1 record with a 2.44 earned run average in 51 2/3 innings of work. He has one complete game and one shutout. During his career at Augustana he has a record of 15-4 with a 3.34 earned run average in 23 starts with four shutouts. He currently ranks ninth on the school's all-time list in ERA and he has worked 150 innings with 94 strikeouts. An accounting and finance major with a 3.84 grade point average, Heaton has been nominated for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership fraternity and earlier this year he was voted the "Outstanding Accounting Student" at Augustana.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.