Sports Editor

David Adam

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David Adam has held multiple positions at The Herald-Whig since he was hired as part-time sports clerk in 1985. He was a sports writer from December 1987 until August 1997, when he joined the copy desk. He was primarily responsible for the layout and design of Page 1A and coordinating the newspaper's national news report. He was named news coordinator in October 2004 and remained in that position until November 2015, when he was named Sports Editor. As news coordinator, he was responsible for assisting Executive Editor Don Crim in planning, developing and coordinating local news and photo coverage and special sections. He also served as Internet Director from August 2009 to September 2010. He has won 27 awards for page design and writing. Adam is a Quincy native and graduated from Quincy College in 1987 with a degree in communications. He has three daughters – Jennifer, Jill and Jamie. He has coached local youth sports teams for more than 35 years. He has broadcast local sporting events for WGEM Radio since September 1997. He also is the faculty adjunct for Quincy University’s student newspaper and is the statistics coordinator for the Quincy Gems, a summer collegiate league baseball team. He is a member of the Quincy Exchange Club and also volunteers for Birthright of Quincy.

Bylines

College Baseball

Hightower promoted from assistant to lead JWCC baseball

It would be too simple to say that Adam Hightower was the easy choice to replace Greg Wathen as the baseball coach at John Wood Community College. Hightower had been Wathen's assistant for the past three years, but JWCC athletic director Brad Hoyt said he didn't want to make an "easy" choice. "We want to make sure we're taking care of our guys, and I don't like to look at things like they're just easy," Hoyt said. "Adam is well prepared, and we have a lot of confidence in him. Did he make the process easier? Absolutely."

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.

'I've run my race': Wathen steps down after 25 years at JWCC
College Baseball

'I've run my race': Wathen steps down after 25 years at JWCC

QUINCY -- Greg Wathen had been contemplating a change, and he got confirmation on Sunday that it was time to make the move. Brad Hoyt, athletic director at John Wood Community College, informed local media by text on Tuesday night that Wathen had resigned

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.

Prep Baseball

All-Area Baseball: Second team and honorable mention

Second team Grant Plenge, C, Jr., Clark County Tommy Ray, 1B, Jr., Notre Dame Logan Voth, 2B, Jr., Unity Peyton Stegeman, SS, Jr., Notre Dame Avery Spilker, 3B, Sr., Liberty Matthew Schwiete, OF, Sr., Quincy Peyton Plunkett, OF, Sr., Palmyra Zeb Riney, OF

One current Gem, three former Gems selected in MLB draft
Prospect League

One current Gem, three former Gems selected in MLB draft

QUINCY -- Three former Quincy Gems, and one player on this year's roster, were selected in this week's Major League Baseball draft. Eddie Jiminez, a senior pitcher for Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., was on this year's Gems roster, but his arriv

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

Prospect League

What a relief! Gems relievers dominant in second consecutive game

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The second thing Riley Boyd did on Friday night was pitch two solid innings of hitless relief for the Quincy Gems. The first thing he did, however, was introduce himself to his new teammates. Boyd was pitching for Jefferson College...

Rosters announced for 36th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic
Prep Boys Basketball

Rosters announced for 36th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic

The Missouri boys tried to use speed and quickness to end its losing streak to the Illinois boys in last year's McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic. Expect this year's Missouri boys team to try to use more size and strength to snap the streak. The 35th annual boys game will be part of the annual all-star doubleheader taking place June 16 at Quincy University's Pepsi Arena.