How potential disaster was turned into rousing success
David Adam

How potential disaster was turned into rousing success

Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding. That's the sound my cellphone made Saturday afternoon after I had turned it off for about 45-50 minutes. In that time, one person and one family made sure the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic was played on Saturday night.

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Change of scenery: Illinois takes note of prediction, maintains stranglehold on Classic
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Change of scenery: Illinois takes note of prediction, maintains stranglehold on Classic

QUINCY -- A playful prediction brought about a passionate response. The Illinois boys wanted everyone to take note of that, too. After Easton Billings buried a 3-pointer to give Illinois a 61-47 lead with nine minutes remaining in regulation Saturday night in the 35th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic boys game, the Land of Lincolners called a 30-second timeout. It was simply to acknowledge the score.

Penn's double-double fuels Illinois' victory in girls game
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Penn's double-double fuels Illinois' victory in girls game

QUINCY -- Molly Penn was shocked to hear her name announced after the conclusion of the 36th version of the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic girls basketball game. She shouldn't have been. The Quincy Notre Dame graduate had 10 points and 12 rebounds was name

Classic Notebook: JWCC pitches in to help games get played
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Classic Notebook: JWCC pitches in to help games get played

Brad Hoyt was enjoying a rare weekend at home with little to do when his phone rang about 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. His peaceful weekend wasn't so peaceful any longer. A mechanical issue with the air conditioning unit that cools both Quincy University's

Missouri boys look to reverse trend with Classic victory
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Missouri boys look to reverse trend with Classic victory

It isn't quite as dramatic as Joe Namath guaranteeing the New York Jets' victory in Super Bowl III, but Chandler Bevans has said the Missouri boys all-stars will reverse the losing trend in Saturday night's McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic.

Multiple scoring options could give Illinois advantage in girls game
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Multiple scoring options could give Illinois advantage in girls game

Elizabeth Seals might be a little spoiled with all the scoring options she has as the coach of the Illinois Girls team in the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic. Western-Payson's Blair Borrowman and Kamryn Flesner, Illini West's Baylee Clampitt and Brown County's Alexis Doyle all scored more than 1,000 points in their careers at their schools. Borrowman finished hers with more than 2,000 points.

Family Affair: Trio of O'Laughlins guiding Missouri girls
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Family Affair: Trio of O'Laughlins guiding Missouri girls

SHELBINA, Mo. -- Every once in a while, Luke O'Laughlin gets ribbed about his coaching staff for the South Shelby girls basketball team. "A lot of people ask, ‘How in the world do you coach with your wife?'" said O'Laughlin, who finished his third season..

Blue Devils' Shoot makes decision to put academics first
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Blue Devils' Shoot makes decision to put academics first

QUINCY -- As Aaron Shoot weighed his options, the same question kept popping up. Is he ready to give up basketball? "My dad asked me that when I was deciding schools," said Shoot, the Quincy High School point guard...

QU team camp put top talent front and center
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QU team camp put top talent front and center

Ryan Hellenthal relishes the opportunity to showcase all the Quincy University men's basketball program has to offer. He's anxious to see some good basketball, too. The Hawks will hold their annual team camp this weekend with teams...

Mendenhall's determination paves way back to basketball court
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Mendenhall's determination paves way back to basketball court

All Noah Mendenhall wanted was a number, something tangible to grasp onto during the recovery process. His doctor didn't exactly oblige. "I remember asking him, 'Do you want to give me a 1 out of 10 range of me being able to play basketball this year?'"