Sports Editor

Thorn Compton

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Thorn Compton joined the Herald-Whig staff as sports editor in 2019, coming to Quincy from Marshalltown, Iowa, where he was the assistant sports editor with Marshalltown Times-Republican. Compton was the sports editor and eventually overall editor for the Rawlins, Wyo., Daily Times. He is a Texas Tech University School of Journalism graduate and a Houston, Texas, native. He started his career in Lubbock, Texas, working for both print and broadcast organizations, and after graduation he spent time covering sports in both Colorado and Wyoming before ending up in Iowa. Compton was a 2019 runner-up honoree for best sports photo from the Iowa Newspaper Association.

Bylines

Cross Country

Raiders eye state in Sturhahn's final season

QUINCY -- At the end of last season, Quincy Notre Dame cross country coach Kristin Sturhahn announced she would be stepping down to look after her family. A couple months later when Raiders athletic director Bill Connell reached out about possibly...

Strong sophomores lead QHS boys and girls cross country
Sports

Strong sophomores lead QHS boys and girls cross country

QUINCY -- Fiker Rosen burst onto the scene with a fantastic freshman campaign for the Quincy High School boys cross country team, but it was the end of the season that stuck with him. After breezing through the first two rounds of the postseason...

Culver-Stockton upperclassmen show ownership in first football practice
College Football

Culver-Stockton upperclassmen show ownership in first football practice

CANTON, Mo. -- A lot of familiar faces were featured behind helmets when the Culver-Stockton College football team kicked off fall practice at Ellison Poulton Stadium on Saturday. The Wildcats bring back 20 of 22 starters from last season's team...

Blazers lay groundwork for new season
Men's College Soccer

Blazers lay groundwork for new season

QUINCY -- When the calendar turned to August on Thursday the John Wood Community College men's soccer team officially opened its second-ever training camp. Both of the first two days of camp featured three-a-day practices, but Blazers...

Prospect League

Gems take game one of three-game set against DuPage

QUINCY -- For a second straight night the Quincy Gems found themselves in a hole in a must-win game. And for a second straight night the bats of Joey Polak and Kyle Crowl helped climb out of that hole. The DuPage Pistol Shrimp took a 3-0 lead...

Prospect League

Gems shut out Dans in big bounce back showing

QUINCY -- A different Gems team took the field at QU Stadium on Monday. One day removed from suffering its worst loss of the season, a 19-2 pounding at the hands of the Cape Catfish, Quincy turned around and put a solid 12-0 beating on the...

Knox exorcises demons to get victory over Gems
Prospect League

Knox exorcises demons to get victory over Gems

QUINCY -- In four previous appearances against the Quincy Gems, Hannibal Hoots pitcher Hunter Knox struggled mightily. Knox surrendered nine hits, 13 earned runs and 18 walks in his last 7 1/3 innings against the cross-river rival. So when he came...

Former Blue Devils Arns, Hill win women's open title
Sports

Former Blue Devils Arns, Hill win women's open title

QUINCY -- A pair of former Blue Devils took home their first city title on Sunday. Shelley Arns and Jenny Hill came back from losing the first set to defeat Cindy Crist and Julie Schuetz 3-6, 6-4, (13-11).

Sports

Family tradition: Willings win men's city doubles titles

QUINCY -- As president of the Quincy Tennis Association, Todd Willing has experienced many great moments on the courts, but nothing quite like Sunday morning. Todd and his 17-year-old son, Zach, beat Matthew Bier and Ryan Schnack in the finals...

Sultans of Swat: Gems set single season home run record in win over Sliders
Prospect League

Sultans of Swat: Gems set single season home run record in win over Sliders

QUINCY -- Joey Polak came to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning with a runner on base and his Quincy Gems down 3-1 to the Springfield Sliders. In just one pitch Polak changed the entire outlook of the game, as he sent the ball...