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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Sultry conditions were much like early days for Classic
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Sultry conditions were much like early days for Classic

Having toweled off after Saturday night's McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic, it's time for a few parting thoughts about the 35th annual event. The games were entertaining, but much of the talk was about the sultry conditions in Pepsi Arena. What happened to

Bair's dagger helps Missouri girls end Illinois' five-game winning streak in Classic
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Bair's dagger helps Missouri girls end Illinois' five-game winning streak in Classic

QUINCY -- Calesse Bair's shot hung in the air for what seemed like forever. The Scotland County guard had to heave a rainbow as the shot clock expired with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. The buzzer sounded as the ball swished through the rim and

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

Battle in the post could decide girls game winner
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Battle in the post could decide girls game winner

Chelsea Wood started grinning when she was asked about her matchup with Jordan Hildebrand. "There's a little rivalry between us," said Wood, a forward from Scotland County who will play for the John Wood Community College women's basketball team next winter. "Going on top in front of everyone would be nice." It's the matchup in the post between Wood and Hildebrand, a forward from Unity and the 2017 Herald-Whig Player of the Year, that could decide the winner in Saturday's 35th annual girls game of the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. in Quincy University's Pepsi Arena.

Monroe City's Troy wants to open preschool in honor of mother
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Monroe City's Troy wants to open preschool in honor of mother

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Asjia Troy was hit with emotion when she walked into the foyer at Monroe City High School. While her family, friends and teammates gathered to watch her sign a national letter of intent to play...

Passion for caring comes from young age for Griggsville-Perry's Battefeld
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Passion for caring comes from young age for Griggsville-Perry's Battefeld

GRIGGSVILLE, Ill. -- Devin Battefeld is eager to start the next chapter of her life. The Griggsville-Perry graduate is heading to MacMurray College in the fall to study to become an occupational therapist.

Sharpshooter: Scotland County's Bair hits her target on, off the court
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Sharpshooter: Scotland County's Bair hits her target on, off the court

MEMPHIS, Mo. -- Calesse Bair made a name for herself as a sharpshooter in her four years on the Scotland County girls basketball team. It turns out she's been known as one in her family for longer than that.

Hildebrand uses mom's toughness to produce stellar high school career
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Hildebrand uses mom's toughness to produce stellar high school career

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Whenever Brianna Hildebrand dives on the basketball floor for a loose ball, it's a glimpse of her competitive nature. Where that comes from is a face that's always in the stands watching -- her mother Amy Hildebrand. "I definitely get a

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.