Missouri girls looking to change way Classic is trending
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Missouri girls looking to change way Classic is trending

QUINCY -- Recent history suggests the Illinois all-stars have taken control of the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic girls series. That doesn't sit well with those from the Show-Me State. "It puts an extra chip on our shoulder," Highland forward Kennedy...

Knowing move backfired last year, Smith predicts Illinois victory
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Knowing move backfired last year, Smith predicts Illinois victory

QUINCY -- Jaeden Smith owned it. "I did say that we were going to win," Smith said. "Yes, I did." He did so knowing there is a history behind McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic predictions. A year ago, Clark County's Chandler Bevans guaranteed a Missouri...

Learning the ropes: Titans' Knipe gains knowledge from older siblings
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Learning the ropes: Titans' Knipe gains knowledge from older siblings

WARSAW, Ill. There's an advantage to being the youngest of three siblings Emma Knipe's future teammates might not have. She has insider knowledge. Knipe's older brother, Trevor, played four years of baseball at MacMurray College, so he can shed...

Payson's Cannady finds solace in his favorite game
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Payson's Cannady finds solace in his favorite game

PAYSON, Ill. -- A hoop and a ball and life's worries go away. Tanner Cannady trusts in that. "It's just calming for me," said Cannady, the recent Payson Seymour graduate and soon-to-be Illinois College basketball player. "If I've had a bad day...

Talkin' a good game: Palmyra's Nunnelly uses creativity as his strong suit
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Talkin' a good game: Palmyra's Nunnelly uses creativity as his strong suit

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Bill Nunnelly has plenty to say and even more to share. He figures that's his path to success. "I like talking to people," said Nunnelly, the Palmyra product who played point guard on the boys basketball team and parlayed it...

Frericks experiences full gamut during rookie season in Germany
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Frericks experiences full gamut during rookie season in Germany

QUINCY -- The history and beauty Jordan Frericks experienced at every turn drew her in as much as the basketball ever could. It's why she deems her first professional season playing overseas an unequivocal success. And why she plans to return.

Dance to take over QHS girls basketball program
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Dance to take over QHS girls basketball program

QUINCY -- Brad Dance's view from the bench made him believe more success lies ahead for the Quincy High School girls basketball program. "You can see the potential." said Dance, who served as QHS coach Martin Pazanin's assistant last season.

Classic rosters chock full of talent
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Classic rosters chock full of talent

QUINCY -- If there is one common bond shared by the boys basketball players who will represent Illinois and Missouri in the 36th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic, it's their winning pedigree. Eight of the 10 Illinois players were part of teams...

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Ash considers opportunity to coach Tigers 'very humbling'

CANTON, Mo. -- Cody Ash knows the kind of expectations that come with coaching the Canton boys basketball program. "That program does nothing but win," he said. It's not all that different than Payson Seymour, where he spent the past seven seasons...