Bigger, faster, stronger: Hawks address needs on signing day
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Bigger, faster, stronger: Hawks address needs on signing day

QUINCY -- Much of the drama that accompanies college football's signing day was taken out of the equation before Quincy University coach Gary Bass and his staff arrived at their offices Wednesday morning. They weren't waiting on any final decisions.

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Interesting names could be in line to be QND's next coach
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Interesting names could be in line to be QND's next coach

Bill Connell firmly believes the vacant Quincy Notre Dame football coaching position is an attractive one. For the most part, no one will argue that. The Raiders have created a history of success, having reached the playoffs in 21 of the past 26 seasons.

Gratitude comes Connell's way after resignation
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Gratitude comes Connell's way after resignation

QUINCY -- The news didn't take the Quincy Notre Dame football players by surprise. That doesn't mean it wasn't any less disappointing. About 8:30 a.m. Friday, 30 minutes before Bill Connell announced publicly he was resigning after 26 years...

Connell says this is '100 percent goodbye' as he resigns as QND football coach
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Connell says this is '100 percent goodbye' as he resigns as QND football coach

Eleven years ago, when Bill Connell resigned as the Quincy Notre Dame football coach, hs family -- his two children specifically -- convinced him to rescind his resignation and continue coaching the Raiders. They won't change his mind again.

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Simonson's second tenure at Pittsfield comes to end

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The wins and losses may not show it, but Curt Simonson believes the Pittsfield football program is in better shape than when he took over as the head coach for the 2014 season. Simonson, 63, submitted his resignation to school officials

Raiders all-state linebacker commits to play for Hawks
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Raiders all-state linebacker commits to play for Hawks

QUINCY -- Jackson Connell always assumed his college football career would take him to a different zip code. "I was thinking I needed to get out of town to call some other town my second home," the Quincy Notre Dame senior all-state linebacker said.

St. Louis schools want to talk with QND about new conference
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St. Louis schools want to talk with QND about new conference

Representatives from the Archdiocesan Athletic Association and the Metro League in the St. Louis area have reached out to Quincy Notre Dame about being part of a 20- or 24-school conference of private schools that would be created for football purposes only starting with the 2020-2021 school year.

WIU elevates Elliott to head coach
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WIU elevates Elliott to head coach

MACOMB, Ill. -- Western Illinois University athletic director Matt Tanney wasted no time finding football coach Charlie Fisher's replacement. Thursday morning, with Fisher's resignation finally official, Tanney introduced Jared Elliott...

Junior college QB signs with Hawks, will enroll in January
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Junior college QB signs with Hawks, will enroll in January

QUINCY -- Justus Spillner had never heard of Quincy University when quarterbacks coach Sam Fisk called him to talk about recruiting. Thirty minutes into the conversation, Spillner received an offer to come play for the NCAA Division II football program.

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Unity adds three to Hall of Fame

MENDON, Ill. -- The Unity Athletic Hall of Fame will induct three individuals during a ceremony at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday between games of the Mississippi Valley Invitational Tournament in the high school gym.