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Prep Notebook: Cunningham speaks at North Shelby graduation, Highland getting football, track upgrades; Rothweiler named Helias coach

Administrators each year at North Shelby High School discuss potential speakers for the graduation ceremony. In those discussions, Sophie Cunningham, a 21-year-old junior guard on the University of Missouri women's basketball team, was brought up. "We tho

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Area football coaches offer opinions on district proposal
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Area football coaches offer opinions on district proposal

QUINCY -- Perhaps one of the most difficult jobs Bill Connell had as the Quincy Notre Dame football coach the last few years was finding enough opponents to fill a schedule. The departures of schools from the West Central Conference over the last six years

Committee offers football district proposal to IHSA
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Committee offers football district proposal to IHSA

One of the biggest problems facing high schools in Illinois is the changing conference landscape, and the Illinois High School Association's football advisory committee believes it has a solution. The committee, which has eight members, met in Bloomington on April 19 and is offering a change to the IHSA football playoffs. Teams now qualify for the playoffs by earning five regular-season victories, but the committee is offering a plan that calls for teams to be assigned to eight-team or nine-team districts.

What could Illinois football districts look like?
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What could Illinois football districts look like?

The IHSA Football Advisory Committee is offering a change to the football playoffs. Teams now qualify for the playoffs by earning five regular-season victories, but the committee is offering a plan that calls for teams to be assigned to eight-team or nine-team districts. So what could the districts look lile?

Brock admits recruiting process 'very stressful'
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Brock admits recruiting process 'very stressful'

Jirehl Brock seems to take all of the attention in stride. He's easily one of the most recognizable people in Quincy because of his talents on the basketball court and football field. If people on the street or at a Quincy High School sporting event aren'

Petty steps down from School Board to accept Pittsfield football job
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Petty steps down from School Board to accept Pittsfield football job

Paul Petty will wrap up 20 years in November serving the people of Pike County as its sheriff. He was prepared to spend several more years serving Pike County as a member of the Pikeland School Board, to which he was elected in April 2017. However, Petty has decided to serve his constituents in a different manner.

Brock narrows list to seven: 'They're all tied'
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Brock narrows list to seven: 'They're all tied'

Jirehl Brock used Twitter to announce on Friday that he has narrowed the number of colleges he's interested in attending. "Want to thank all the coaches that have recruited me, but I am going to be focusing on these 7 schools. #blessed" the Quincy School running back wrote while posting a photo of himself with the logos of the seven schools -- Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue.

Social media and recruiting: Players adjust to being in online spotlight
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Social media and recruiting: Players adjust to being in online spotlight

Jirehl Brock was surprised to hear someone yelling his name. The day after rushing for 260 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Rock Island last September, the Quincy High School junior running back attended the University of Iowa's game against Penn State as part of the Hawkeyes' ongoing recruiting of Brock. He was on the Iowa sideline when a fan started hollering at him.

Illini landing big-time recruits could impact Brock
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Illini landing big-time recruits could impact Brock

How will the fact the University of Illinois football program has landed commitments from two high-profile recruits affect the rest of the class of 2019? Illini fans will monitor that with keen interest, and one of the players they'll wait...

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Geneseo, Sterling mull invitations to join WB6

QUINCY -- Scott Douglas hasn't known a time when chatter about the Western Big Six Conference adding schools didn't take place. "Expansion has been a conference conversation you can't get away from," the Quincy High School athletic director said.