Kemner, Wildcats overcome life's challenges together
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Kemner, Wildcats overcome life's challenges together

CANTON, Mo. -- When life throws you a curve, you're told to swing at it. But what do you do when life hits you with a haymaker? Caren Kemner wasn't sure. Truth be told, she still isn't. Last September, Kemner's mother, Barbara Ann Kemner, passed away...

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Illini West graduate relishes journey with Jayhawks
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Illini West graduate relishes journey with Jayhawks

Brayden Carroll went to the University of Illinois as a freshman after graduating from Illini West High School in 2014 hoping he could latch on as a student manager for the Illini men's basketball program. Imagine what he would have missed...

Beyond the Boxscore: Starters struggle to throw strikes
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Beyond the Boxscore: Starters struggle to throw strikes

As Quincy University baseball coach Josh Rabe walked back to the dugout after a second-inning visit to the mound to implore sophomore right-hander Jimmy McDonald to get ahead in the count, Rabe's daughter yelled "Hi, daddy!" from a few rows off the field.

Marshall settles into bullpen role for Saints
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Marshall settles into bullpen role for Saints

The adjustment Tanner Marshall had to make is nothing uncommon. Most collegiate relievers were starters in high school and have to figure out how to be mentally and physically prepared coming out of the bullpen. The Quincy Notre Dame graduate...

Rudd showed there is magic in a smile
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Rudd showed there is magic in a smile

One of the common ways to describe someone with a bright, vibrant personality is to say their smile lights up a room. That doesn't do Michael Rudd justice. His smile was so much brighter. It lit up Blue Devil Gym on Friday nights.

Opportunities exist for WB6 to create signature moments
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Opportunities exist for WB6 to create signature moments

There is a tradition to uphold and opportunity to be seized. That is what is going to make the annual spring meeting of the Western Big Six Conference athletic directors so fascinating. Geneseo and Sterling accepted invitationsto join the WB6...

Illini landing big-time recruits could impact Brock
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Illini landing big-time recruits could impact Brock

How will the fact the University of Illinois football program has landed commitments from two high-profile recruits affect the rest of the class of 2019? Illini fans will monitor that with keen interest, and one of the players they'll wait...

Only best of best able to knock out Blue Devils
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Only best of best able to knock out Blue Devils

It seemed like the most absurd thing I had heard, yet everyone around me was inclined to do it. They openly rooted for Springfield Lanphier. This was 1983. I was nine years old when the Lions knocked the Quincy High School boys basketball team...

Keeping public lands clean is job of every outdoorsman
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Keeping public lands clean is job of every outdoorsman

Buster pressed his nose to the ground and stretched the 20-foot cord on his leash as far as he possibly could. Something piqued his interest. What was it? I will never be sure. It might have been a rabbit or a squirrel or some other varmint.

Schmitt, Aggies experiencing NCAA tourney thrills
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Schmitt, Aggies experiencing NCAA tourney thrills

Andy Schmitt was admittedly fortunate. During his four years as a manager with the University of Illinois men's basketball program, the Illini made the NCAA Tournament twice and nearly upset second-seeded Miami in the second round in 2013.