Staff Writer

Don O'Brien

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dobrien@whig.com
@DOBrienWHIG

Don O'Brien is a general assignment reporter. His primary responsibilities are courts and crime, and he also covers the Quincy Park District. He also writes columns twice a week, appearing on Tuesday and Friday. He has been with The Herald-Whig since Jan. 6, 1997. He was in the sports department, including 14 years as sports editor, before moving over the news side on Aug. 26, 2012. He and his wife, Stacey, live in Quincy and have two sons, Derek and Reid.

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Prep Football

Highland's 'gut punch' knocks QND out early

HIGHLAND, Ill. -- The last thing Highland football coach Jimmy Warnecke wanted to see Friday night was Quincy Notre Dame take the opening kickoff and drive the ball down the field. So Warnecke did something he normally doesn't do. He chose to take the foot

Connell has huge game in QND road victory
Prep Football

Connell has huge game in QND road victory

BREESE, Ill. -- Jackson Connell knew the Quincy Notre Dame football team had no margin for error Friday night. If the Raiders wanted to keep their hopes of making a run into the Illinois High School Association playoffs, they needed to beat a Breese Mater