Sunday Conversation with Michael Payne
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Michael Payne

Michael Payne doesn't get back to Quincy very often these days, but when he does, he likes to visit Blue Devil Gym. That's where Payne became one of the best basketball players in Quincy High School history. He was part of the 1978-79 team that finished a

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Player with ties to Ripken dies in Pittsfield home
David Adam

Player with ties to Ripken dies in Pittsfield home

A man who played a small part in the career of Cal Ripken Jr. died in Pittsfield last week. Wayne Krenchicki, 64, died of natural causes Tuesday in his home as he was watching a playoff baseball game. Krenchicki, a native of Ewing, N.J., played college baseball ...

Tears flow as Brock wears blue and white for last time
David Adam

Tears flow as Brock wears blue and white for last time

Jirehl Brock didn't want to leave. The final gathering of the team had broken up on the field after the Quincy High School football team's 34-14 loss to Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. The QHS players started leaving the field, but not without an embrace with Brock. Same for the coaches. And the managers. In fact, just about anybody associated with the program made it a point to wrap their arms around Brock for the last time.

Beyond the Boxscore: Third-quarter fumble blown dead by officials
David Adam

Beyond the Boxscore: Third-quarter fumble blown dead by officials

Was it a fumble or not? One of the critical plays in Friday night's Western Big Six Conference football game between Moline and Quincy took place late in the third quarter. The Blue Devils were leading 21-14, but Moline had moved the ball from ...

Beyond the Boxscore: Murphy only recently started taking restarts
David Adam

Beyond the Boxscore: Murphy only recently started taking restarts

QUINCY -- Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer coach Greg Reis admitted his team had been working on set pieces during recent practices. However, he never envisioned them working as well as they did Wednesday night. Murphy scored four goals, all on restarts, in Q

Scouting Report: Breese Mater Dei at QND
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Scouting Report: Breese Mater Dei at QND

When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Advance Physical Therapy Field. Records: QND -- 1-4. Breese Mater Dei -- 5-0. Radio: WGEM FM 105.1, WTAD AM 930. Big Turnaround Mater Dei became playoff eligible with its fifth victory last week, a 33-7 decision...

Scouting Report: QND at Westmont
David Adam

Scouting Report: QND at Westmont

When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Westmont High School. Records: QND -- 0-4. Westmont -- 3-1. Radio: None. Going independent Westmont now knows what it's like to fill out a schedule as an independent school like Quincy Notre Dame. (Technically, the Illinois High

Lightning guidelines frustrating but for everybody's safety
David Adam

Lightning guidelines frustrating but for everybody's safety

After a couple of rough weekends weather-wise, it's nice for everybody to enjoy mild temperatures for the first few days of this week. Because in the sports world, waiting for weather delays stinks. Rain delays have been part of baseball...

Never Too Late: JWCC grad taking advantage of shot in Phillies' organization
David Adam

Never Too Late: JWCC grad taking advantage of shot in Phillies' organization

Josh Tols was content with playing baseball in independent leagues all over the globe. He knew his chances of making a major league roster at age 28 were pretty slim, but he was satisfied just to continue playing. "I read a quote a while back that there a

Sunday Conversation with Tom McCartney
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Tom McCartney

Few people can say they didn't lose a football game when they were in high school, but Tom McCartney is one of them. The former Pittsfield quarterback was part of 36 victories over four years and one of the great dynasties in Illinois high school football history.

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