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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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

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..

Following Dad's footsteps: Clampitt playing in Classic just like father
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Following Dad's footsteps: Clampitt playing in Classic just like father

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Baylee Clampitt had her own little cheering section at every Illini West girls basketball game. It usually was led by her father, Randy Clampitt. "He was always at my games," Baylee Clampitt said. "It was usually him, my aunts and uncles.

Penn carries on tradition of three-sport athletes at QND
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Penn carries on tradition of three-sport athletes at QND

QUINCY -- Molly Penn felt out of place. During the summer before her freshman year at Quincy Notre Dame, Penn played with the QND volleyball team in several summer matches and was well aware there were several talented upperclassmen.

Borrowman back at full health, eager for one more game before college
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Borrowman back at full health, eager for one more game before college

BARRY, Ill. -- Blair Borrowman is ready to get back on the basketball court. She's been that way since a fractured fibula in her left leg ended her senior season with the Western-Payson girls basketball team just a week before regionals. That feeling never

Rosters announced for 36th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic
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Rosters announced for 36th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic

The Missouri boys tried to use speed and quickness to end its losing streak to the Illinois boys in last year's McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic. Expect this year's Missouri boys team to try to use more size and strength to snap the streak. The 35th annual boys game will be part of the annual all-star doubleheader taking place June 16 at Quincy University's Pepsi Arena.

Coaches named for McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic
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Coaches named for McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic

Four of the brightest basketball coaches in west-central Illinois and northeast Missouri will be on the sidelines for the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic. The 36th annual girls game will be played Saturday, June 16 at Quincy University's Pepsi Arena, followed by the 35th annual boys game. The girls game will start at 5 p.m.