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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.