Scouting Report: QND at Westmont
David Adam

Scouting Report: QND at Westmont

When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Westmont High School. Records: QND -- 0-4. Westmont -- 3-1. Radio: None. Going independent Westmont now knows what it's like to fill out a schedule as an independent school like Quincy Notre Dame. (Technically, the Illinois High

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Josh Tols was content with playing baseball in independent leagues all over the globe. He knew his chances of making a major league roster at age 28 were pretty slim, but he was satisfied just to continue playing. "I read a quote a while back that there a

Sunday Conversation with Tom McCartney
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Sunday Conversation with Tom McCartney

Few people can say they didn't lose a football game when they were in high school, but Tom McCartney is one of them. The former Pittsfield quarterback was part of 36 victories over four years and one of the great dynasties in Illinois high school football history.

Sunday Conversation with John Kremer
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Sunday Conversation with John Kremer

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Sunday Conversation with Chris Barney
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Chris Barney

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Sunday Conversation with Andrea Fischer
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Sunday Conversation with Andrea Fischer

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Sunday Conversation with Rob Munson
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Rob Munson

Rob Munson had one of the best careers for a high school running back in West-Central Illinois, and he went on to be part of the best football team in Quincy University history. Munson rushed for 1,696 yards as a junior at Hamilton High School, ...

Former Gems outfielder to officiate in NFL this fall
David Adam

Former Gems outfielder to officiate in NFL this fall

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Sunday Conversation with Merve Joseph
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Merve Joseph

An invasion of players from a tiny Caribbean island made a huge impact in local basketball circles in the mid-1990s. John Wood Community College basketball coach Mike Elbe brought three players from Antigua -- Wayne Walker, Kevin Richards and...

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