Multiplier affects private school teams in different ways
David Adam

Multiplier affects private school teams in different ways

What class will the Quincy Notre Dame boys and girls basketball teams be playing in next year? The boys will be in Class 2A. The girls will be in Class 3A. Why would two teams in the same sport from the same school be in different classes? Welcome to the

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Sunday Conversation with Kevin Garner
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Kevin Garner

Kevin Garner has come a long way from playing basketball in the park in Edina, Mo., and playing basketball at Knox County High School to becoming an assistant executive director with the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Garner, 50, made

Sunday Conversation with Jim Rakers
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Jim Rakers

Notre Dame has been a big part of Jim Rakers' life. He attended both Notre Dame and Christian Brothers High Schools, graduating in 1961. He was an all-state selection in basketball, and despite practicing with just two hurdles, he qualified for the state

'I just wasn't ready to say goodbye'
David Adam

'I just wasn't ready to say goodbye'

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- It wasn't supposed to end this way. Tuesday's Class 2A super-sectional basketball game at the Recreation and Athletic Center on the University of Illinois campus was supposed to be a coronation. A huge pro-Quincy Notre Dame crowd...

Losses in December and January might pay off in March
David Adam

Losses in December and January might pay off in March

Strength of schedule. Fans of college basketball hear that phrase repeatedly during this time of the year. It's one of the many metrics used by people who select teams for postseason basketball tournaments. All teams are allowed to participate in most high school postseason tournaments in Illinois and Missouri, so strength of schedule isn't typically discussed for prep teams. Its importance, however, shouldn't be ignored.

Does the punishment fit Bottorff's crime?
David Adam

Does the punishment fit Bottorff's crime?

So what did Quincy Notre Dame's Justin Bottorff say or do to merit being ejected from Friday night's Class 2A regional basketball championship game against Pleasant Plains? That question dominated the post-regional sports weekend.

Sunday Conversation with Courtney Belger
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Courtney Belger

Courtney Belger came to Quincy University in 2008 from St. Louis with a point guard's mentality. Now he's starring in a German professional basketball league with score-first attitude. Belger is averaging a team-high 15.5 points per game, plus 5.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists, for FC Schalke in Gerlsenkirchen, a city of about 260,000 people near Dusseldorf.

Who can ruin Raiders' run to state?
David Adam

Who can ruin Raiders' run to state?

Everybody is zero-and-zero now. Throw the records out the window. In the postseason, anything can happen. It's why we play the game. All the basketball cliches in the world, however, can't refute this fact: It's going to take a heckuva team to defeat the Quincy Notre Dame boys in the Illinois Class 2A tournament, which gets under way Monday with the start of regional play.

QHS, QND and QU enjoying special seasons at same time
David Adam

QHS, QND and QU enjoying special seasons at same time

When was the last time we had our local basketball teams doing so well at QHS, QND and QU? I just think it has been a magical winter for local fans. It's been a special -- and rare -- season for fans of the boys high school and men's college teams in Quincy

Sunday Conversation with Ruth (Kipping) Boden
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Ruth (Kipping) Boden

No basketball player, male or female, to wear the blue and white at Quincy High School ever scored more points than Ruth (Kipping) Boden. She finished with 2,287 career points, and she helped the Blue Devils to two Western Big Six Conference championships

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