Scouting the State: Geneva erasing decades-old marks from record book
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Scouting the State: Geneva erasing decades-old marks from record book

Two years ago, the Quincy High School boys basketball team nearly toppled the best team in Geneva history. A month from now, the Blue Devils will get another shot at accomplishing that. Geneva became the first team in Class 4A to reach...

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Washington locks down GLVC's leading scorer
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Washington locks down GLVC's leading scorer

Jeril Taylor's body language showed his frustration. Late in the first half of Saturday's Great Lakes Valley Conference men's basketball game at Pepsi Arena, the Southern Indiana swingman missed a 3-point attempt from the wing -- his fifth miss...

Hawks must learn to slam door shut
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Hawks must learn to slam door shut

The third longest winning streak in program history masked what has been the Quincy University men's basketball team's biggest flaw. Two of the nation's best teams came into Pepsi Arena and exposed it. The Hawks have to become better finishers...

Meyer gives QU men lift with defensive tenacity
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Meyer gives QU men lift with defensive tenacity

Quincy University men's basketball coach Marty Bell was running out of options. Twelve minutes into Thursday's Great Lakes Valley Conference game against Bellarmine, Bell had four players sitting on the bench with two fouls apiece...

Scouting the State: Edwardsville's Smith becoming talk of town
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Scouting the State: Edwardsville's Smith becoming talk of town

Mark Smith knows when to put on a show.The Edwardsville boys basketball team's matchup with Belleville Althoff in the championship game of 33rd annual Collinsville Prairie Farms Holiday Classic drew a sellout crowd, and among those in attendance were University of Illinois coach John Groce and assistant coach Jamall Walker. What they witnessed made their next move quite simple.

Hawks trying stay positive in face of criticism
Women's College Basketball

Hawks trying stay positive in face of criticism

The Quincy University women's basketball players haven't been oblivious to the criticism. "But we've been a positive team through all of it," sophomore guard Jessie Rabas said. That hasn't been easy. The Hawks went into their...

Scouting the State: Lanphier, Rose bloom into Class 3A's top team
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Scouting the State: Lanphier, Rose bloom into Class 3A's top team

Yaakema Rose took care of business practically by himself. Actually, he had plenty of help from his friends. Although Rose, a senior guard on the Springfield Lanphier boys basketball team, outscored Normal West by himself in the championship...

'Never bunt, hit dingers' is mantra to live by
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'Never bunt, hit dingers' is mantra to live by

Ryan Snyder didn't have to wait long to enjoy the spoils of his success. As soon as the Quincy University right fielder tapped home plate after completing his home run trot, Hawks first baseman David Jacob was waiting to slip...

Althoff's Gooodwin tough for anyone to contain
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Althoff's Gooodwin tough for anyone to contain

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. -- The conversation begins where every conversation about the Belleville Althoff boys basketball team does. "Goodwin," Quincy High School coach Andy Douglas said. That would be Jordan Goodwin, the all-state swingman who guided...

Scouting the State: Boylan standout does it all at both ends
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Scouting the State: Boylan standout does it all at both ends

Zach Couper's biggest play on a near-record night didn't come on the offensive end. And it happened on the last play of the game. With the Rockford Boylan boys basketball team leading Rockford Auburn by a point with two seconds remaining...