Augusta man managed boxer who dethroned Jack Johnson
David Adam

Augusta man managed boxer who dethroned Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson will forever be remembered as the first black heavyweight boxing champion, holding the title from 1908 to 1915. He also became part of the history of racism in America.

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.

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

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