Quotes of the year
"(Winning state) never gets old. It gets better every time."
— Quincy Notre Dame's Shannon Foley after the Lady Raiders won the Class 2A girls basketball title for the second straight year. Foley won five state titles total in her career in volleyball, basketball and soccer.
"It makes it even more special that it was against Rocky. We all hate Rocky."
— Martin Kvitle after the Quincy High School boys basketball team beat Rock Island 51-48 to share the Western Big Six Conference championship.
"I do feel like a pro."
— Luke Guthrie after finishing his first PGA Tour event with a top-20 finish at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
"I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, do I settle this? Or do I have to head it?' So I just closed my eyes and hit it. It was amazing."
— QND freshman Hannah Thomas on scoring in the Lady Raiders' Class 1A girls soccer state title win over Manteno.
"There is nothing I've wanted more in my life or anything more amazing than what this feeling is right now."
— QU soccer player Kristine Vogt after the Lady Hawks won the GLVC Tournament championship.
"After 43 years, it's just time. It's time to step aside and let somebody else have the great opportunities that I've had."
— Jack Mackenzie, who retired after 43 years coaching the Quincy University men's soccer program.
"This is my first time ever seeing my name on a light pole."
— Knox County senior Rachel Poston, referencing signs in Edina, Mo., that had the softball players' names on them to honor the school's first state trip since 1981.
"My grandma could've came out and dropped 14 assists on us tonight."
— QU basketball player Ryan Stuckman after Iowa Wesleyan's Jon Umoren had 14 assists to lead Iowa Wesleyan to an upset win over the Hawks.
"It's like going to Disney World for the fourth time."
— Marion County girls basketball player Randi Lee Plunkett after the Lady Mustangs beat Chamois 58-52 to advance to the Class 1 state tournament for the fourth straight year.
By the numbers
Hits allowed by QND sophomore right-hander Zach Vahle in a 1-0 upset of top-seeded Rochester in the Class 2A regional baseball championship
Season home run total for Alexis Van Nostrand, who led the Palmyra softball team to the Class 2 state tournament for the third straight season
Birdies Luke Guthrie carded in the first two rounds of the Cox Classic, setting a 36-hole record on the Web.com Tour
Record compiled by the QND girls soccer team en route to winning the Class 1A state championship
Goals scored by QHS all-stater Blake Herman, the third highest single-season output in program history
Career victories for Jack Mackenzie, who retired after coaching the Quincy University men's soccer program for 43 years
Number of assists in the career of Quincy High School setter India Green, a figure that ranks first in QHS history and as the 11th-most career assists in IHSA history
Yards gained by South Shelby running back Trace Windsor on 32 carries in the Cardinals' 38-36 win over Westran in a Class 1 district title game
Record compiled by the QND girls basketball team en route to winning the Class 2A state championship
No-hitters thrown last spring by Payson Seymour's Cheyanne Bowman, who helped the Lady Indians go 32-7 and finish second in Class 1A
RBIs for the Quincy Gems' Nick Day in Quincy's 19-1 win over the Dubois County Bombers on Aug. 2
Career points for Jessica Redd, who led the Marion County girls basketball team to four straight Class 1 state tournament appearances
Average yards per carry this season for Dalton Heubner, who powered the Central-Southeastern football team to the Class 2A semifinals