Sports' top hits for the week

Posted Online: May 05, 2013, 7:19 pm
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According to the number of click-throughs on, these were the most popular sports stories for the past week.

1, "Done with Jets, 6 job possibilities for Tim Tebow'': Under a microscope for his entire NFL career, Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets and could use one of those microscopes now to find a new job.

2, "Hershel Roberts still remembered'': Even two years after his death, former local racing legend Hershel Roberts is still revered by those in his life.

3, "Rock Island catcher: All that `Jazz''': Rock Island High School softball standout Jasmine Ragusi, the Metro Pacesetter, has been putting up huge number for the Rocks. But she hasn't been reading them – or the feature article on her.

4, "Leafs near peak, win third consecutive Geneseo Invitational title'': In winning their own track & field invitational title, the Geneseo Maple Leafs proved they were in fine form.

5, "Erie's Rus sisters making the most of their time together'': Paige and Peyton Rus, last week's Area Pacesetters, are enjoying one very successful year in Erie-Prophetstown athletic teams.

6, "Orion nipping at Sherrard's heels in WCC North as both pursue Illini West'': The WCC North baseball race is coming down to the final few games as Sherrard tries to defend its crown.

7, "Sixth-inning run and strong pitching gives Spartans first LTC baseball title'': Dusty Werner's big day spurred the Ridgewood Spartans to the Lincoln Trail Conference baseball title.

8, "Sherrard's title repeat hopes still alive'': With a 4-3 victory over Rockridge, the Sherrard baseball team set up a potential West Central Conference showdown with Orion this week.

9, "Alleman knocked from ranks of unbeaten'': Alleman lost its first baseball game of the season in a Western Big 6 Conference split with Galesburg as the Pioneers also failed to wrap up the league crown.

10, "Toporowski's son drafted by major junior team'': Jake Toporowski, the 15-year-old son of former Quad City Mallard standout Kerry, was drafted in the third round of the Western Hockey League's Bantam Draft.


Local events heading

  Today is Saturday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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