Sunday Conversation with Chris Barney
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Sunday Conversation with Chris Barney

Chris Barney was 28 years old and just getting his life started as a baseball coach when he made a decision in 1996 that would benefit him and the city of Quincy for many years. He was named the first manager of the Quincy Gems, an expansion summer baseball team ...

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College notebook: Jacob retires after three seasons playing pro baseball
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College notebook: Jacob retires after three seasons playing pro baseball

David Jacob has closed the chapter on his professional playing career. The former Quincy University first baseman retired Monday after three years in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. A knee injury suffered in March slowed the start to his season...

Life worth living: Green emerges from dark days caused by anxiety and depression with desire to pitch again
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Life worth living: Green emerges from dark days caused by anxiety and depression with desire to pitch again

QUINCY -- The book fits in Drake Green's hands similar to the way a baseball always has. It serves the same purpose, too. It brings him comfort. As he sat at a picnic table on a sun-drenched afternoon discussing how anxiety and depression tortured...

'I'm living it now': Spraker regains edge after coming off disabled list
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'I'm living it now': Spraker regains edge after coming off disabled list

BURLINGTON, Iowa The late afternoon heat made throwing a bullpen session a little more tedious, but Graham Spraker appreciates the work. Two months on the disabled list makes you yearn to return. "It was pretty rough," Spraker said Wednesday night...

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Polak named ABCA NJCAA DI Baseball Player of the Year

QUINCY -- Joey Polak added another postseason honor to his name Wednesday. After a dominant season at Jefferson College, Polak was named the American Baseball Coaches Association NJCAA DI Baseball Player of the Year. A 2016 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame, P

Hightower promoted from assistant to lead JWCC baseball
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Hightower promoted from assistant to lead JWCC baseball

It would be too simple to say that Adam Hightower was the easy choice to replace Greg Wathen as the baseball coach at John Wood Community College. Hightower had been Wathen's assistant for the past three years, but JWCC athletic director Brad Hoyt said he didn't want to make an "easy" choice. "We want to make sure we're taking care of our guys, and I don't like to look at things like they're just easy," Hoyt said. "Adam is well prepared, and we have a lot of confidence in him. Did he make the process easier? Absolutely."

'I've run my race': Wathen steps down after 25 years at JWCC
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'I've run my race': Wathen steps down after 25 years at JWCC

QUINCY -- Greg Wathen had been contemplating a change, and he got confirmation on Sunday that it was time to make the move. Brad Hoyt, athletic director at John Wood Community College, informed local media by text on Tuesday night that Wathen had resigned

On top of the pile: Niemann, Eagles making most of NCAA tourney experience
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On top of the pile: Niemann, Eagles making most of NCAA tourney experience

First-hand knowledge can be an advantage. Tyler Niemann put his to good use. Standing in left field, anxiously waiting for Morehead State left-hander Dalton Stambaugh to record the final out in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship game...

Birdsong is latest QU baseball player to earn All-American
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Birdsong is latest QU baseball player to earn All-American

QUINCY -- Cody Birdsong is keeping the tradition alive. The Quincy University junior second baseman was named a third-team All-American by the National College Baseball Writers Association, meaning the Hawks have had at least one player earn...

Hawks run out of rallies, fall in Midwest Regional
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Hawks run out of rallies, fall in Midwest Regional

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The team that made late-inning clutch hitting its trademark needed one more rally. When it failed to materialize, the heart-attack Hawks finally flatlined. The fifth-seeded Quincy University baseball team trailed...