Whirlwind of excitement: Quincy's Brock commits to Iowa State
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Whirlwind of excitement: Quincy's Brock commits to Iowa State

QUINCY -- A little more than a week ago, Jirehl Brock called Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell and running backs coach Nate Scheelhaase to inform them he had made his college choice. Everyone else had to wait nine days to hear the news. In front of a larger-than-expected crowd gathered in the Quincy High School gym Friday afternoon, the QHS senior running back read through a list of thank yous and then reached under the table...

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Brock values connection he made with Iowa State coaches
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Brock values connection he made with Iowa State coaches

It took a coach with Missouri roots who played at Illinois to lure Jirehl Brock to Iowa. Credit Nathan Scheelhaase for that. Why the Iowa State University running backs coach deserves such credit is because of the way he handled the process. He didn't pur

Ehrhardt wreaks havoc in East backfield with five sacks
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Ehrhardt wreaks havoc in East backfield with five sacks

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Dakota Ehrhardt kept finding ways to get into the East all-star team's backfield. He kept finding ways to the quarterback, too. The Unity-Payson linebacker representing the West team in Saturday's 2018 I-72 Do or Die Bowl registered five s

Beasts of the East: Springfield area all-stars dominate Do or Die Bowl
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Beasts of the East: Springfield area all-stars dominate Do or Die Bowl

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The nature of an all-star football game is for offenses to rotate players nearly every series. Saturday night, in the 2018 I-72 Do or Die Bowl, that kept the West all-stars from finding their rhythm. The East squad didn't struggle nearly a

Pennewell at peace with playing last football game
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Pennewell at peace with playing last football game

QUINCY -- Cole Pennewell wanted to choose a college that was the best natural fit for him. However, none of the schools that were interested in bringing the Monroe City linebacker and fullback to be a part of their football program made him feel completely

Getting the band back together: Connell calls on former assistants to help coach his final game
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Getting the band back together: Connell calls on former assistants to help coach his final game

QUINCY -- Bill Connell is getting to coach one final game before he hangs up the whistle to focus on the next chapter in his life. The former Quincy Notre Dame football coach wants to make sure his assistants that helped him along the way...

College notebook: Southwest Baptist joins GLVC; Birdsong, Fulton earn more awards
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College notebook: Southwest Baptist joins GLVC; Birdsong, Fulton earn more awards

Southwest Baptist University no longer has to feel like a rented mule. The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced it was adding Southwest Baptist as a full member beginning with the 2019-20 school year. The Bearcats had been a part of the GLVC since 2014 as a football-only member, but the former Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association member sought to join the GLVC as a permanent member.

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Prep Notebook: Cunningham speaks at North Shelby graduation, Highland getting football, track upgrades; Rothweiler named Helias coach

Administrators each year at North Shelby High School discuss potential speakers for the graduation ceremony. In those discussions, Sophie Cunningham, a 21-year-old junior guard on the University of Missouri women's basketball team, was brought up. "We tho

Area football coaches offer opinions on district proposal
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Area football coaches offer opinions on district proposal

QUINCY -- Perhaps one of the most difficult jobs Bill Connell had as the Quincy Notre Dame football coach the last few years was finding enough opponents to fill a schedule. The departures of schools from the West Central Conference over the last six years

What could Illinois football districts look like?
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What could Illinois football districts look like?

The IHSA Football Advisory Committee is offering a change to the football playoffs. Teams now qualify for the playoffs by earning five regular-season victories, but the committee is offering a plan that calls for teams to be assigned to eight-team or nine-team districts. So what could the districts look lile?