Despite the lack of games and live sports to entertain us, news continues to circulate. So let's do some catching up ...
º Chandler Bevans, the 6-foot-7 All-American forward from John Wood Community College, announced he will continue his career at Central Methodist University, an NAIA school in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
The Clark County product finished his sophomore season averaging 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds, while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the line. He was named the Region 24 Player of the Year and a second-team All-American.
CMU went 12-18 last season with a team that graduated four seniors.
º A couple of interesting additions to the lineup for the fourth annual Quincy Shootout give the event a little extra local flair while continuing to bring in talented programs.
Moline, coached by former Quincy High School skipper Sean Taylor, will play two games in the two-day event, scheduled for Jan. 29-30, 2021, at Blue Devil Gym. The Maroons will face Quincy in a Western Big Six Conference showdown on Friday night and follow it up with a Saturday game with a matchup yet to be announced.
The Maroons return their top three scorers from last winter, including sophomore guard Kyle Taylor, the coach's son who made big shots in both matchups with the Blue Devils.
Also joining the shootout field will be Keokuk, a team that won 16 games last season, returns a wealth of talent and is coached by Zach Summers, the Hancock County native who previously coached at Knox County. The Chiefs join Liberty and Monroe City in giving the event some local flair.
º Lauren Dale built quite a resume as a softball player. Now, she gets to build her legacy as a coach.
Better yet, she'll do it right at home.
The former Knox County and Truman State standout pitcher recently was named the next head softball coach at Knox County. She succeeds Zach Short, who resigned in March to take over the softball program at Keokuk, Iowa. Dale was Short's assistant last fall after graduating from Truman State last spring.
A two-time all-state pitcher in high school, she compiled a 45-7 record and a 1.27 ERA in 250 career innings with more than 400 strikeouts. She went on to pitch at Truman State, going 51-30 with a 2.74 ERA and two All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors. She also pitched in the NCAA Tournament three times.
º Hannibal is reviving its dormant boys swimming program, and it didn't have to look far for a coach to make a splash.
Mindy Prenger, the head coach of the girls swim team, agreed to take over as the boys team's coach. Prenger has coached the girls team for the past five years, sending swimmers to the state championships three times. Last year, the Pirates had two swimmers place in the top 16 at the state meet.
"We are in a rebuilding year, which will be to set a foundation built on strong working knowledge of the strokes, competition and the focus on the needs of the swimmers," Prenger told the Hannibal Courier-Post. "This is something that I did as the girls head coach, and what I will be doing as I take over the boys program."