WGEM is altering its prep football play-by-play schedule to reach a broader audience this fall.
Beginning Aug. 24 with Quincy Notre Dame's trip to Lexington, Mo., for Jack Cornell's debut as the Raiders' head coach, WGEM will provide coverage of a game of the week, alternating between Quincy High School and QND and adding a featured area game to the mix.
WGEM previously carried all QND games on ESPN 1440 and added QHS games to the broadcast schedule once contractual obligations to carry the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs ended.
All broadcasts will continue to be carried on ESPN 1440 through the end of September. Broadcasts will be carried on WGEM 105.1 FM the final three weeks of the regular season. All games will be streamed live at wgem.com.
In Week 8, WGEM will carry an area football game that projects to have playoff implications.
Broc Hampsmire, co-host of WGEM SportsCenter and the play-by-play voice for QHS basketball, will team with Eric Ervin, WGEM's voice of QND athletics for the past 22 years, to provide the broadcast of each game. Ryan Mumma, the co-host of WGEM SportsCenter, will provide updates from the WGEM studios during each broadcast.
WGEM also will continue to broadcast the Fifth Quarter, a 30-minute wrap-up show that airs on WGEM 105.1 FM each Friday night following the conclusion of Sports Extra at approximately 10:35 p.m.
For WGEM's complete schedule of games, visit its website at wgem.com.
Gem City Open put on hold
The organizers of the inaugural Gem City Open, a professional golf tournament to be held at Spring Lake Country Club, will wait until 2019 to launch the event.
Originally scheduled to take place this weekend, the 54-hole tournament was postponed due to lack of entries. The organizers posted a banner on the event's website to "stay tuned for more info."
The date for 2019 has not been released, but Spring Lake Country Club will remain the host venue. The Junior Rangers Golf Academy will continue to sponsor the event.
Dreyer receives another honor
As she prepares to head to McKendree University to begin her collegiate soccer career, Quincy Notre Dame all-state midfielder Olivia Dreyer has received another honor.
Dreyer was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Spring Girls State Stars for Illinois. This comes on the heels of being named to the Chicagoland Soccer all-state team and the United Soccer Coaches all-region team.
Dreyer led the Raiders to back-to-back Class 1A state championships, scoring a team-leading 24 goals and adding 13 assists.
Bonness to coach QHS sophomores
Bruce Bonness is returning to the QHS athletic department, this time as a member of the boys basketball coaching staff.
Bonness will serve as the head sophomore coach on QHS coach Andy Douglas's staff. He replaces Chris Harmann, who was hired last month as the head coach at Dixon. Bonness served as the QHS baseball head coach in 2011 and 2012.
Bonness spent the past two seasons as the head boys basketball coach at Highland, guiding the Cougars to a 12-39 record.
Before coaching at Highland, Bonness spent one season as an assistant to Brad Hoyt with the John Wood Community College men's basketball team. Bonness also spent three seasons as an assistant to Scott Douglas and Bob Sheffield at Quincy Notre Dame. Bonness was named the interim head coach at QND on Jan. 29, 2015. He replaced Sheffield, who resigned with seven games remaining on the regular season schedule. The Raiders went 2-6 under Bonness.
He previously coached basketball at Knox County, Payson Seymour and Southeastern. He has a career head coaching record of 103-193.