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Bryan Gibbons

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Prep Softball

Freshman's changeup keeps QHS off balance

Freshman pitcher Lexi Schaffer already does one thing in the circle that Quincy Notre Dame softball coach Eric Orne likes. "She mixes her pitches up really well," he said. "The changeup is a pitch where she doesn't always get the strikeout, but she gets outs."

Lentz closes the door as Raiders escape
Prep Baseball

Lentz closes the door as Raiders escape

QUINCY -- With the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team clinging to a one-run lead with two runners on and one out in the top of the seventh inning, the Raiders brought in Malachi Lentz to get out of the jam. The senior had just one thing on his mind. "I just w

'You have to get back up': Blue Devils play well after poor first half
Prep Girls Soccer

'You have to get back up': Blue Devils play well after poor first half

QUINCY -- After a first half that couldn't have gone much worse Monday night, Quincy High School girls soccer coach Travis Dinkheller was looking for just one thing from his team. "We talked about playing and battling. Having no quit," Dinkheller said. "Yo

Poise beyond her years: Neally gets out of seventh-inning jam as QHS beats QND
Prep Softball

Poise beyond her years: Neally gets out of seventh-inning jam as QHS beats QND

QUINCY -- There was just one thing going through Abbie Neally's mind. "You have to get the out. You can't walk her or anything," the Quincy High School softball pitcher said. "Get the out." With the bases loaded in the top of the seventh and two outs...

Prep Boys Basketball

Pirates overcome 17-point deficit, can't hold on in final minutes

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal boys basketball team trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half but was ecstatic to trail Warrenton by only seven points at halftime of Monday night's Class 4 District 8 quarterfinals. "We were excited. We knew we had m

Good start to second half propels Hannibal to district victory
Prep Girls Basketball

Good start to second half propels Hannibal to district victory

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal girls basketball team was holding on to a four-point lead over Wentzville Liberty at halftime of Monday's Class 4 District 8 quarterfinal when Pirates coach Ben Jamerson issued a challenge. "What kind of second half team are w

Hornets keep composure, win first regional since 2007
Prep Boys Basketball

Hornets keep composure, win first regional since 2007

CONCORD, Ill. -- After opening up a double-digit lead in the third quarter of Friday night's Class 1A Triopia Regional title game against Triopia, the Brown County boys basketball team knew it had to keep a level head. "Don't get too high, don't get too lo

Lady Birds slow down the tempo, advance to district final
Prep Girls Basketball

Lady Birds slow down the tempo, advance to district final

CANTON, Mo. -- Despite holding the lead after the first quarter Thursday night, South Shelby girls basketball coach Luke O'Laughlin knew that the Lady Birds' defense was not playing up to their standards. South Shelby led by six points after a back-and-for

Prep Girls Basketball

Palmyra stonewalls Highland comeback, advances to semifinals

EWING, Mo. -- The Palmyra girls basketball team led for all but two minutes in the first half of Monday's Class 3 District 8 quarterfinal game, but the Panthers knew plenty of work remained. "We knew they were going to make a run," Palmyra coach Chris Pars

Titans pull off another upset to win regional title
Prep Girls Basketball

Titans pull off another upset to win regional title

HAMILTON, Ill. -- Myah Gray has provided an unexpected spark for the West Hancock girls basketball team the last two games. The latest lifted the Titans to their first regional championship since 2010. Gray scored 12 points off the bench Thursday night to