When was the last time we had our local basketball teams doing so well at QHS, QND and QU? I just think it has been a magical winter for local fans.
It's been a special -- and rare -- season for fans of the boys high school and men's college teams in Quincy.
Quincy Notre Dame, coached by Kevin Meyer, has a 22-2 record and is ranked No. 2 in the Class 2A state poll. Quincy University is 21-5 under Marty Bell, and it was ranked earlier this season in the NCAA Division II poll. Quincy High School is 18-4 in Andy Douglas' third season on the bench, and it has three regular season games (plus at least one postseason game) remaining.
So how rare is it for all three teams have won at least 20 games in the same season?
It has only happened six times.
The most recent occasion was last year. QHS went 21-6, QND went 26-5 and won a Class 2A regional title, and QU went 20-10.
It also happened in back-to-back seasons during the early 1980s.
QHS went 24-4 in 1982-83 for Jerry Leggett, losing to eventual Class AA state champion Springfield Lanphier in the sectional. QND went 23-5 that season under Bob Kies and won a Class A regional, and QU was 20-10 with Sherrill Hanks in charge.
Arguably the most successful season for the three schools at the same time was in 1981-82. QHS went 32-1, finishing third in the Class AA state tournament. QND was 25-5, winning a Class A regional championship, and QU was 25-12, losing in the second round of the NAIA national tournament to No. 1-ranked Biola (Calif.).
The 1996-97 season saw QU go 20-9 under Steve Hawkins and lose to eventual national runner up Northern Kentucky in the Great Lakes Region semifinals of the NCAA Division II Tournament. QND went 21-6 in Scott Douglas' first season and won a Class A regional tournament, and QHS went 21-7 under Loren Wallace, winning a Class AA regional tournament.
That season also was the only one in which John Wood Community College also won 20 games. The Trail Blazers went 24-7 that season with Mike Elbe at the helm, just four years after the men's basketball program was started in 1992-93.
QU went 23-9 in 1976-77 in Hanks' second season with the Hawks. QHS went 20-7 in Leggett's first season, and QND went 22-8 and won a Class AA regional under Phil Conover.
The first year all three teams won 20 games was in 1969-70. QHS went 20-8 under Hanks, but the Blue Devils lost in the single-class regional championship to QND. The Raiders, coached by Bob Bender, went 26-3 that season. QU went 22-8 under John Ortwerth.
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