Sunday Conversation with Chloe Barnes
Mat Mikesell

Sunday Conversation with Chloe Barnes

Even after her playing career ended, Chloe Barnes has stayed close to the game of basketball, but even she admits it took time to come back to the sport. After a high school career that started at Quincy High School and ended at Quincy Notre Dame, Barnes went on to play at Ball State University. Her collegiate career, however, was cut short after just two seasons because of concussions.

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Begeman making sacrifices while at state tournament
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Begeman making sacrifices while at state tournament

His daughter, Breanne, is a senior on the Culver-Stockton College women's basketball team that will celebrate senior day before Saturday's game against Benedictine College. His son, Brennan, is a senior on the Unity boys basketball team that played for a Class 1A regional championship Friday night in Astoria.

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Beyond the Boxscore: C-SE wins rebounding battle in second half

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- The halftime talk inside the Central-Southeastern girls basketball team's locker room probably had something to do with boxing out. In the final 48.7 seconds of the first half of the Class 2A Jacksonville Super-sectional on Monday nig

Beyond the Boxscore: Revenge was on Unity's minds
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Beyond the Boxscore: Revenge was on Unity's minds

A chance to win the first sectional game in school history gave the Unity girls basketball team plenty of motivation. Doing it against the team that ended their season a year ago gave them even more.

Prep Notebook: Defense has Highland boys thinking CCC title
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Prep Notebook: Defense has Highland boys thinking CCC title

When Bruce Bonness took over as the Highland boys basketball coach over the summer, he stressed the importance of playing sound defense. The Cougars have bought in and now they're in contention for a Clarence Cannon Conference championship. Highland, now

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Prep Notebook: Mark Twain boys basketball becoming road warriors

The Mark Twain boys basketball team can't wait to be home again. It's been nearly two months -- Nov. 29 in a 45-44 victory against Palmyra -- since the Tigers have played in front of a home crowd. Since then, Mark Twain has played 11 consecutive games away

Sunday Conversation with Ray Eickelschulte
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Sunday Conversation with Ray Eickelschulte

Ray Eickelschulte is one of rare breed in West Central Illinois. He's been involved with high school wrestling for 40 years -- first as a wrestler and as a coach, and for the past 25 years as an official. He's the only wrestling official in the Quincy area, which means he's always getting scheduled for matches.

Sunday Conversation with Greg Purdum
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Sunday Conversation with Greg Purdum

Football has taken Louisiana (Mo.) High School football coach Greg Purdum all over the world. In his most recent travels, he helped coach the under-19 USA Football team in the 2016 International Federation of American Football World Championship in Harbin

Prep notebook: Central boys enjoying turnaround after four-win season
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Prep notebook: Central boys enjoying turnaround after four-win season

The Central boys basketball team won just four games last season. An 83-39 victory over Southeastern on Tuesday night gave the Panthers their sixth this year. As an assistant with the team last season, first-year coach James Barnett saw what could make th

The sectional softball game that wouldn't end
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The sectional softball game that wouldn't end

CAMP POINT, Ill. At first, the start time and location of the Class 1A sectional softball championship game between Central and Hardin Calhoun was in doubt. Then the game seemed like it was never going to finish. Overnight rain made the softball field at