Sunday Conversation with Excell Hardy
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Excell Hardy

Excell Hardy's playing career is over, but his love for basketball is as strong as ever. Hardy played at Homewood-Flossmoor, and the Vikings lost 53-47 in Hardy's senior season in the Class 4A state title game in 2004 to Shaun Livingston-led Peoria Central. After spending two years at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., Hardy played for two years at Quincy University, averaging 4.3 points as a junior and 8.9 points and 3.3 assists as a senior.

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Sunday Conversation with Alan Bush
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Alan Bush

Alan Bush is one of the greatest three-sport athletes in Quincy High School history, but unfairly, too many people remember him for what he didn't accomplish rather than for what he did. The 1967 graduate is one of six players in the history of the school to be drafted in the Major League Baseball draft. He was taken in the 44th round by the Atlanta Braves. However, he chose not to sign and instead went to play football at the University of Missouri.

Mercy rules not needed in most prep sports
David Adam

Mercy rules not needed in most prep sports

It's time to re-examine mercy rules and their usefulness. The idea behind the use of mercy rules is to prevent the loser of a game to be unnecessarily embarrassed and keep teams from running up scores for whatever reason. Mercy rules are used in multiple

Sunday Conversation with Nancy Huerd
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Nancy Huerd

Talk about being part of basketball's history. Nancy (Rutter) Huerd helped lead South Shelby to a second-place finish in the first Missouri State High School Athletic Association girls basketball state tournament in 1973, then led the Lady Birds to an undefeated season and a state championship in 1974.

Beyond the Boxscore: Gems' Pittman fitting in, Sliders' Leonetti returns
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Beyond the Boxscore: Gems' Pittman fitting in, Sliders' Leonetti returns

Two weeks ago, Riley Pittman was hoping for a phone call. "After it didn't come, I was done waiting around," he said. Pittman batted .228 for the Sanford Mainers last summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, and he was hoping to get a return trip to the East Coast.

How potential disaster was turned into rousing success
David Adam

How potential disaster was turned into rousing success

Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding. That's the sound my cellphone made Saturday afternoon after I had turned it off for about 45-50 minutes. In that time, one person and one family made sure the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic was played on Saturday night.

Good sports movies come in all shapes and sizes
David Adam

Good sports movies come in all shapes and sizes

What makes a good sports movie? Realism. An underdog. A hero. Inspiration. Good guys and bad guys. True stories. Fictional tales. In other words, no perfect formula exists.

Sunday Conversation with Juan Martinez
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Juan Martinez

One decision changed Juan Martinez's life forever. Martinez came to Quincy from the Dominican Republic as a foreign exchange student in 1995. His success and skill on the basketball court at Quincy High School eventually helped him get chances to play at Indian Hills Community College and Western Illinois University, and he later played for seven years professionally overseas.

Beyond the Boxscore: Hoots' shortstop injured, Saak filling dual role, Overstreet sharp in debut
David Adam

Beyond the Boxscore: Hoots' shortstop injured, Saak filling dual role, Overstreet sharp in debut

The Hannibal Hoots are in the market for a middle infielder. Ethan Owens figured to be a fixture near the top of the lineup this summer. He batted .342 this spring for Drury University, and he was penciled in the No. 2 spot in the Hoots' batting order for

Beyond the Boxscore: Wallingford's relief, Wellman's first earned run, Whittaker's bad hop
David Adam

Beyond the Boxscore: Wallingford's relief, Wellman's first earned run, Whittaker's bad hop

Quincy Notre Dame baseball coach Ryan Oden likes the idea of bringing Jase Wallingford out of the bullpen in the postseason. With Nick Wellman and Tommy Ray poised to handle the starting pitching duties for the rest of the postseason, Oden wants to use the 6-foot-8 righty in relief.

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