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 Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff." 1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.