Bradshaw returning to Griggsville-Perry bench
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Bradshaw returning to Griggsville-Perry bench

GRIGGSVILLE, Ill. -- Todd Bradshaw thought his basketball coaching career had concluded when he stepped away two years ago. He's restarting his career this season. Bradshaw, who coached 15 of 16 seasons as the Griggsville-Perry boys basketball coach before

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Sunday Conversation with Loren Wallace
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Sunday Conversation with Loren Wallace

It has been 15 years since Loren Wallace coached from the sidelines at Blue Devil Gym. Wallace, who turns 73 in August, coached basketball for 33 seasons. His teams won 682 games and never finished with a losing record. He is 21st in coaching victories in the Illinois High School Association record book.

Gonna Make You Sweat: Pugh's basketball training making difference for several local players
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Gonna Make You Sweat: Pugh's basketball training making difference for several local players

They gather on Saturdays in the gymnasium at Holy Family Church in Hannibal for a little pickup basketball. The mix of players ranges from high schoolers like Palmyra junior Ragar McKinney to Quincy University's Evan McGaughey, who recently signed a professional contract in Germany. Before a game is played, work must be done.

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Prep notebook: South Shelby hires second boys basketball coach this summer

Ethan Schakelford wasn't even looking at the South Shelby boys basketball program when he got the call. The last he knew, the vacancy had been filled by former Montgomery Coach Ron Lebel. "I wasn't even looking to leave," Schakelford said. "But they calle

Missouri hits 'em with their best shot, but Illinois continues dominance
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Missouri hits 'em with their best shot, but Illinois continues dominance

QUINCY -- The intensity and tenacity on display during Saturday night's 34th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic boys game rivaled that of a late-season conference showdown or postseason tussle. Logan Minter wouldn't want it any other way.

Classic Notebook: Girls starting lineups littered with state experience
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Classic Notebook: Girls starting lineups littered with state experience

QUINCY -- If there was a snapshot of the talent that was on the floor during the 35th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic girls game Saturday night, it came with the starting lineups. Of the 10 starters, seven players led their teams to state tournament

Diversity, balance offensively are hallmarks for Classic boys teams
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Diversity, balance offensively are hallmarks for Classic boys teams

When their first practice ended, the Illinois boys basketball all-stars didn't go their separate ways. Instead, they went to dinner as a team. "It was just us together," Quincy Notre Dame forward Jacob Mayfield said. "We've already bonded a lot." It's created crisp, competitive practices leading up to the 34th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic, which takes place Saturday at Quincy University's Pepsi Arena. The Illinois vs. Missouri girls game tips at 5 p.m. with the boys game to follow at approximately 7:15 p.m.

Nothing Strange about Knox County product's desire to succeed
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Nothing Strange about Knox County product's desire to succeed

EDINA, Mo. -- It isn't much of a drive from Knox County High School down a paved road to the Bee Ridge Township that Kyle Strange and his family call home. Still, it's far enough to give him time to think about where his future lies.

Accident changes perspective for Highland's Scoggin
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Accident changes perspective for Highland's Scoggin

EWING, Mo. -- The helicopter ride Mattew Scoggin doesn't remember happened because of an accident he won't ever forget. Yet, that doesn't mean he dwells on it. Five years ago, shortly after his eighth grade football season...

Pittsfield's Reel carries on family tradition at Classic
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Pittsfield's Reel carries on family tradition at Classic

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- If nothing else, Nick Reel learned this from growing up with two older brothers who like to push him around a little bit. He can handle anything. Reel was one of the reasons the Pittsfield boys basketball team strung...