Blue Devil Gym in running for state's best hoops venue
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Blue Devil Gym in running for state's best hoops venue

QUINCY -- The black Ford Explorer turned off Maine Street, rolled up in front of Quincy High School and stopped amidst a relatively empty parking lot. The driver rolled the window down and asked where that night's game was being played.

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Dahl's career brings him home as West Hancock basketball coach
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Dahl's career brings him home as West Hancock basketball coach

WARSAW, Ill. -- Jeff Dahl has a picture that captured the dismay his sons, David and Jonny, experienced when he left Warsaw in 2001 after seven seasons as the boys basketball coach. "They were so sad because they had all this Wildcat stuff...

Pandemic forces cancellation of McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic
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Pandemic forces cancellation of McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic

QUINCY -- The McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic is suffering the same fate as most events scheduled for early this summer. The games won't be played. The annual all-star basketball showcase featuring the top seniors from Illinois and Missouri scheduled...

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Area schools make variety of coaching changes

The coaching carousel led to a number of changes recently, including the Griggsville-Perry boys basketball program's bona fide leader not returning. Todd Bradshaw will not be back on the sidelines after completing three stints as head coach...

Impressive Quincy Shootout field taking shape
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Impressive Quincy Shootout field taking shape

QUINCY -- Organizers of the Quincy Shootout recently began revealing the teams committed to participating in the fourth annual high school boys basketball showcase next Janaury, and the field is stacked up to be the best yet. The storylines...

Pinkston resigns after legendary career
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Pinkston resigns after legendary career

WARSAW, Ill. -- Reno Pinkston understood there'd be regret no matter what decision he made regarding his future as the West Hancock boys basketball coach. Regret he left too early. Regret he stayed too long. Regret he didn't make a move when the time...

Player of the Year: West Hancock's Hammel adds to game in senior year
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Player of the Year: West Hancock's Hammel adds to game in senior year

HAMILTON, Ill. -- Reno Pinkston lamented over the fact Drake Hammel was asked to do too much. What the West Hancock boys basketball coach wasn't realizing is he was preparing his senior guard for the college game better than anyone could have imagined.

Coach of the Year: Edris grows into father figure of Panthers' program
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Coach of the Year: Edris grows into father figure of Panthers' program

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Rylan Edris couldn't have had better timing. Less than 24 hours after the Monroe City boys basketball team, coached by her father, Brock, lost 57-55 to Canton in the Class 2 District 5 semifinals at home in 2016, Rylan was born.

Herald-Whig 2020 Boys Basketball All-Area First Team capsules
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Herald-Whig 2020 Boys Basketball All-Area First Team capsules

Jayden Durst Guard º Sr. º Palmyra The Co-Player of the Year in the Clarence Cannon Conference and one of four unanimous first-team All-CCC picks, Durst developed into a dynamic scorer and solid defender. He averaged 16.5 point, 5.2 rebounds, 2.7...

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Full 2020 Herald-Whig Boys Basketball All-Area Team

First Team Jayden Durst, G, Sr., Palmyra Drake Hammel, G, Sr., West Hancock Brandon Kracht, G, Sr., Clark County Lucas Loos, G, Sr., Payson Seymour Jordan Neisen, G, Sr., Liberty Cole Schwartz, G, Sr., Payson Seymour Bryce Stark, G, Sr., Monroe City...