Sunday Conversation with Matt Long
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Matt Long

Matt Long has been involved in athletics for 29 years, and he coached his first team to the state tournament last season when the Central-Southeastern girls basketball team finished third in Class 2A. However, he'd rather put most of last year behind him.

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Plenty of lessons learned during holiday midterms
David Adam

Plenty of lessons learned during holiday midterms

The holiday tournaments typically serve as a midterm exam for local high school basketball teams. So what did we learn last week? The Quincy High School boys are good. Not great, but good. A loaded field at the Prairie Farms Holiday Classic in Collinsville offered plenty of greatness.

Sunday Conversation with Bruce Guthrie
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Bruce Guthrie

Bruce Guthrie was looking for an internship as part of earning his sports management degree at Western Illinois University when he decided to spend three months with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. That decision changed his life forever.

Turnaround of QHS football program nothing short of amazing
David Adam

Turnaround of QHS football program nothing short of amazing

QUINCY -- Enjoying playoff success for the Quincy High School football team was like a man wandering the desert for a drop of water. The IHSA started its postseason tournament in 1974, and the Blue Devils qualified for the postseason just three times in th

Beyond the Boxscore: Willer, Hoebing provide quality minutes
David Adam

Beyond the Boxscore: Willer, Hoebing provide quality minutes

Lost in the aftermath of Tuesday's 46-point blowout by the Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team in the first round of the 38th annual State Farm Holiday Classic was the play of two seniors who had struggled of late.

First state polls in Illinois often have a few 'errors'
David Adam

First state polls in Illinois often have a few 'errors'

How does the voting work in the Illinois state basketball polls? There were teams in the first poll that really didn't deserve a vote. The first state basketball polls, as compiled by the Associated Press, were released in early December. The polls recognize many of the best teams across the state, but the first poll this year also showed that a few teams that received votes may not have been quite so deserving.

Sunday Conversation with Dick Wentura
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Dick Wentura

Dick Wentura hasn't missed a Quincy High School boys basketball home game since 1950, and he's been at every home game at Blue Devil Gym since it opened in 1957. He volunteered to operate the board that showed player fouls for the first game, and he has worked at the scorer's table at every game since. He also has volunteered as a timekeeper at Quincy University games since 1975.

Antics of students led to stoppage of QHS-QND series in 1952
David Adam

Antics of students led to stoppage of QHS-QND series in 1952

When and why did Quincy High School and Quincy Notre Dame stop playing against each other in football and basketball? The decision was made after a week's worth of incidents leading up to the QND vs. QHS football game that was played on Oct. 3, 1952.

Ford C. Frick Award winner worked briefly in Quincy
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Ford C. Frick Award winner worked briefly in Quincy

Did Bill King, who won the Ford C. Frick Award last week, get his start in radio in Quincy? Actually, King got his broadcasting start during World War II in Guam and got his first job in Pekin, but he was in Quincy for a short period. King, is remembered

Sunday Conversation with Brandon DeJaynes
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Brandon DeJaynes

Brandon DeJaynes is part of an exclusive club. He's one of six baseball players from Quincy selected out of high school in the Major League Baseball draft. Alan Bush, Mike Weiss, Eric Bush, Monte Krogman and DeJaynes were Quincy High School graduates, and Jeff Johnson is the only player from Christian Brothers who was chosen.

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