Sunday Conversation with Chris Barney
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Chris Barney

Chris Barney was 28 years old and just getting his life started as a baseball coach when he made a decision in 1996 that would benefit him and the city of Quincy for many years. He was named the first manager of the Quincy Gems, an expansion summer baseball team ...

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Sunday Conversation with Andrea Fischer
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Andrea Fischer

Once Andrea Fischer learned how to run competitively, she never stopped. Fischer got her start as a runner during her junior year at Hannibal High School when she was a member of the boys cross country team. After a year of intense training...

Sunday Conversation with Rob Munson
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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

A former Quincy Gems outfielder will be joining the National Football League as an official this fall. Chad Hill, who played for the Gems in 1998, learned earlier this summer that he would be hired by the NFL to replace line judge Ron Marinucci, who retir

Sunday Conversation with Merve Joseph
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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...

Augusta man managed boxer who dethroned Jack Johnson
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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
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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
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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.

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