Preferred walk-on offer from Illini gives Raiders' Bottorff more options
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Preferred walk-on offer from Illini gives Raiders' Bottorff more options

The recruiting game changed dramatically Thursday for Jonny Bottorff. The Quincy Notre Dame all-state offensive lineman has been in regular contact with a number of NCAA Division II programs and drawn some interest from a few FCS schools.

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In his family's eyes: A tribute to Jack Mackenzie
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In his family's eyes: A tribute to Jack Mackenzie

Leigh Mackenzie, the daughter-in-law of late Hall of Fame soccer Jack Mackenzie, wrote this tribute from his family, which was read at the reception following his funeral Monday. Mackenzie, the architect of the Quincy University men's soccer dynasty, won

Blue Devils need time to turn corner
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Blue Devils need time to turn corner

Andy Douglas needed a moment to collect his thoughts. The Quincy High School boys basketball players needed to digest what had just happened as well. A tip-in at the buzzer by Oswego junior guard Jack Kahoun saddled the Blue Devils with a 61-59 loss -- the

Powell playing sizable role in Stanford's strong finish
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Powell playing sizable role in Stanford's strong finish

Last Saturday was all about preparation, performance and persistence. When Dylan Powell has the chance to sit back and some perspective to what took place, he'll understand he lived a bucket list moment. The Hannibal, Mo., native started at right guard...

WB6 ready to show its continued strength
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WB6 ready to show its continued strength

The suggestion the Western Big Six Conference wasn't as strong in boys basketball as it once was based solely on postseason success was a flawed observation. The league will prove it again this season. Following Rock Island's Class 3A state...

All eyes on Alton's response to brawl
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All eyes on Alton's response to brawl

No matter how often Alton boys basketball coach Eric Smith, athletic director Jeff Alderman and the rest of the school administration have felt scrutinized, it will pale in comparison to the scrutiny the Redbirds face now. A brawl during the third quarter

Hawks all smiles as confidence for Fadika, Low grows
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Hawks all smiles as confidence for Fadika, Low grows

The frustration Aziz Fadika showed Tuesday night game was awfully similar to what Alexa Low had experienced in her first four games. Everything that once seemed easy no longer was. Fadika, a 6-foot-8 junior forward on the Quincy University...

Pirates play St. Clair way to final snap
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Pirates play St. Clair way to final snap

Each teary-eyed player that came into the coaching office to shake Mark St. Clair's hand, hug him or simply say thank you made it tougher and tougher for him to keep his emotions in check. When the locker room finally fell quiet, St. Clair sat alone, lowered his head and took a moment to breathe. His coaching career and the Hannibal football team's remarkable season were over. That's a hard reality to accept, no matter if you're a 17-year-old student-athlete or a 54-year-old coach.

Changes on offense needed to keep QU trajectory headed upward
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Changes on offense needed to keep QU trajectory headed upward

Digging deeper into the numbers surrounding the Quincy University football team's back-to-back Great Lakes Valley Conference victories to end the season helps show how significant the finish actually was. Beating William Jewell and Southwest Baptist -- a p

Beyond the Boxscore: 'Swiss army knife' makes critical plays in QU victory
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Beyond the Boxscore: 'Swiss army knife' makes critical plays in QU victory

Shane Barrett didn't get his wish. He'll settle for walking away just a winner instead. Barrett, a senior wide receiver on the Quincy University football team, made a deal with head coach Gary Bass if the Hawks led Saturday's season finale...