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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

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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...

Rosters set for McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic games
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Rosters set for McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic games

QUINCY -- Kevin Meyer's options seem pretty limited. Go big or go big. Brock Edris seems to be in a similar situation with twist. Go small or go small. The 34th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic boys basketball game features a constrast in size.

'Bittersweet' day as Short replaces friend at Knox County
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'Bittersweet' day as Short replaces friend at Knox County

EDINA, Mo. -- Zach Short was excited to be named the Knox County boys basketball coach on Tuesday, but getting the opportunity was bittersweet. Short replaces long-time friend Zach Summers, who resigned last week after six seasons to become the athletic di

Coaches selected for McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic
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Coaches selected for McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic

QUINCY -- Two coaches who guided their teams to the girls state basketball tournaments will square off against each other at the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic, while two coaches who turned their programs around will oppose each other in the boys game. The