Dunker's selection of QU goes beyond athletics
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Dunker's selection of QU goes beyond athletics

MENDON, Ill. -- Brodie Dunker is fulfilling a dream of getting to play sports at the collegiate level. He's also completing the dream of being the first member of his immediate family who's heading to college. "I'm trying to make my parents proud," said Du

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QU turns to Bass to guide football program
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QU turns to Bass to guide football program

QUINCY -- When Gary Bass returned Saturday night from a recruiting trip to Florida, his first order of business, other than seeing his family, was to meet with Quincy University athletic director Marty Bell about the school's vacant head football...

Sunday Conversation with Eric Bush
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Sunday Conversation with Eric Bush

The conversation about the best athletes in the history of Quincy High School doesn't last long before Eric Bush's name is brought up. During his senior season, he passed for more than 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns while guiding the Blue Devils to a 7-2 record and a playoff bid.

Before picking college, dinners with family come first for Brock
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Before picking college, dinners with family come first for Brock

Mondays are saved for family dinners, and Jirehl Brock knows not to miss them. His schedule is hectic. Endurance and agility workouts, open gyms and travel with his AAU basketball team leave the Quincy High School sophomore with little wiggle room.

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Coordinators could be viable candidates for QU coaching vacancy

QUINCY -- The news Tom Pajic had resigned as the Quincy University football coach broke about the time most people were enjoying their second cup of morning coffee. By mid-afternoon Wednesday, Quincy University athletic director Marty Bell already...

Goals remain same for Hawks despite coaching change
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Goals remain same for Hawks despite coaching change

QUINCY -- Called together for an early-morning meeting Wednesday, the Quincy University football players weren't exactly sure what the topic of discussion might be. But when QU athletic director Marty Bell accompanied football coach Tom Pajic...

Pajic resigns at QU to take position at Temple
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Pajic resigns at QU to take position at Temple

QUINCY Tom Pajic has resigned his position as the head football coach at Quincy University to become the director of player personnel at Temple University. The announcement was made in a press release on Wednesday morning. Pajic was the head coach of th

Defense doesn't rest: QU finishes spring with high-energy effort
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Defense doesn't rest: QU finishes spring with high-energy effort

QUINCY -- Clayton Cole tip-toed the sideline while juggling the football and praying he could keep his balance. "I knew I was close to the edge," Cole said. Close, but never out. Cole stayed inbounds, allowing him to make an interception

Prep notebook: West Hancock denied entry to Western Illinois Valley Conference
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Prep notebook: West Hancock denied entry to Western Illinois Valley Conference

The West Hancock football team had several long road trips last fall. Coach Travis Cook expects those to continue for the foreseeable future after West Hancock's bid to join the Western Illinois Valley Conference was rejected.

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Unity-Payson tabs McLaughlin as football coach

MENDON, Ill. -- Conner McLaughlin knew he wanted to be a head coach someday. He just waited for the right job to open up. This winter, that opportunity came when the Unity-Payson football coaching job became available. McLaughlin knew it was the time to ta