Raiders' Murphy, Blue Devils' Smith earn all-state honors
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Raiders' Murphy, Blue Devils' Smith earn all-state honors

QUINCY -- Two of the most prolific goal scorers in Quincy prep boys soccer history are receiving the recognition their lofty numbers deserve. Quincy Notre Dame senior forward Mitchell Murphy and Quincy High School senior forward Jaeden Smith have been named to the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association all-state team.

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Beyond the Boxscore: Raiders' state title has historic meaning
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Beyond the Boxscore: Raiders' state title has historic meaning

The 2-0 victory over Elgin St. Edward in the Class 1A state championship game was the third title won by the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer program, but it carried with it some historical significance. QND joined Elmhurst Timothy Christian...

Mission accomplished: Raiders capture Class 1A state championship
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Mission accomplished: Raiders capture Class 1A state championship

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- As Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer coach Greg Reis looked around at his players celebrating their Class 1A state championship, Peyton Stegeman's reaction caught his eye. "It was the look on his face. He was smiling ear to ear...

One Step Closer: Raiders one victory from completing their mission
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One Step Closer: Raiders one victory from completing their mission

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- There was one thing the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer players wanted to make clear following Friday night's Class 1A state semifinal victory. Playing seven postseason games wasn't the mission. Seven victories was. All it takes...

Whittaker, Raiders get timing right on set pieces
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Whittaker, Raiders get timing right on set pieces

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- As one of the targets for most restarts or corner kicks the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team takes in the attacking third, Ben Whittaker knows his job is more than to just win balls in the air. It's also to finish.

Knee injury fueled record-setting career for Murphy
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Knee injury fueled record-setting career for Murphy

QUINCY -- The biggest obstacles lead to the greatest rewards. Mitchell Murphy has come to believe that's true. Two years ago, heading into his sophomore season playing soccer at Quincy Notre Dame, Murphy suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament...

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Inside the tourney field: A closer at the Class 1A soccer teams

Chicago Soto Record: 16-6-2 Coach: Matthew Ribbens (44-13-4 at Acero/Soto, third season). Tournament history: First state appearance. Extra points: The school was originally named the UNO Soccer Academy, but changed its name in 2017 to meet IHSA...

'Insanely awesome': Raiders clear super-sectional hurdle
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'Insanely awesome': Raiders clear super-sectional hurdle

RAYMOND, Ill. -- Belleville Althoff happened to be the opposition Tuesday night, but the recent history of super-sectional heartache loomed as the larger foe. The Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team sidestepped both with the composure of a true contender.

Prep notebook: Liberty's Robbins in best form; Hannibal soccer stingy on defense
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Prep notebook: Liberty's Robbins in best form; Hannibal soccer stingy on defense

Liberty senior girls cross country runner Katelyn Robbins won Saturday's Class 1A Liberty Regional title by 16 seconds over Pleasant Plains' Caroline Jachino. The individual regional title was Robbins' first of her career. "Don't remind me of that," Liber

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Hannibal gives up two first-half goals in road loss

TROY, Mo. -- The Hannibal boys soccer team allowed two goals in the first 25 minutes by Dylan Emge and lost 2-1 to Troy on Monday night. The Pirates (15-5) shut out the Trojans for the rest of the game, and goalkeeper John Maune finished with eight saves.