After leaving volleyball, Gooding gets chance to play again
Mat Mikesell

After leaving volleyball, Gooding gets chance to play again

Olivia Gooding believed her volleyball career was over, and she was ready to focus on the next chapter in her life. Although she had played her first three years of high school at Southeastern, Gooding decided to become...

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Mat Mikesell

Beyond the Boxscore: Buford's on-base streak snapped, starts new one

KAHOKA, Mo. -- Aaron Buford had a rare happening occur after his at-bat in the top of the third inning Thursday. The Scotland County senior didn't reach base. Buford popped out to Clark County shortstop Grant Plenge, marking the first time in 22 plate appe

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Prep notebook: Three area basketball players to play in IBCA all-star game

Three area boys basketball players and potentially a fourth will play in this summer's Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game. Unity's Cory Miller, Quincy Notre Dame's Justin Bottorff and Pittsfield's Korbyn Personett will play in the game

Sunday Conversation with Chloe Barnes
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Sunday Conversation with Chloe Barnes

Even after her playing career ended, Chloe Barnes has stayed close to the game of basketball, but even she admits it took time to come back to the sport. After a high school career that started at Quincy High School and ended at Quincy Notre Dame, Barnes went on to play at Ball State University. Her collegiate career, however, was cut short after just two seasons because of concussions.

Begeman making sacrifices while at state tournament
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Begeman making sacrifices while at state tournament

His daughter, Breanne, is a senior on the Culver-Stockton College women's basketball team that will celebrate senior day before Saturday's game against Benedictine College. His son, Brennan, is a senior on the Unity boys basketball team that played for a Class 1A regional championship Friday night in Astoria.

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Beyond the Boxscore: C-SE wins rebounding battle in second half

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- The halftime talk inside the Central-Southeastern girls basketball team's locker room probably had something to do with boxing out. In the final 48.7 seconds of the first half of the Class 2A Jacksonville Super-sectional on Monday nig

Beyond the Boxscore: Revenge was on Unity's minds
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Beyond the Boxscore: Revenge was on Unity's minds

A chance to win the first sectional game in school history gave the Unity girls basketball team plenty of motivation. Doing it against the team that ended their season a year ago gave them even more.

Prep Notebook: Defense has Highland boys thinking CCC title
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Prep Notebook: Defense has Highland boys thinking CCC title

When Bruce Bonness took over as the Highland boys basketball coach over the summer, he stressed the importance of playing sound defense. The Cougars have bought in and now they're in contention for a Clarence Cannon Conference championship. Highland, now