Sunday Conversation with Merve Joseph
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Merve Joseph

An invasion of players from a tiny Caribbean island made a huge impact in local basketball circles in the mid-1990s. John Wood Community College basketball coach Mike Elbe brought three players from Antigua -- Wayne Walker, Kevin Richards and...

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Augusta man managed boxer who dethroned Jack Johnson
David Adam

Augusta man managed boxer who dethroned Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson will forever be remembered as the first black heavyweight boxing champion, holding the title from 1908 to 1915. He also became part of the history of racism in America.

Sunday Conversation with Excell Hardy
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Excell Hardy

Excell Hardy's playing career is over, but his love for basketball is as strong as ever. Hardy played at Homewood-Flossmoor, and the Vikings lost 53-47 in Hardy's senior season in the Class 4A state title game in 2004 to Shaun Livingston-led Peoria Central. After spending two years at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., Hardy played for two years at Quincy University, averaging 4.3 points as a junior and 8.9 points and 3.3 assists as a senior.

Sunday Conversation with Alan Bush
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Alan Bush

Alan Bush is one of the greatest three-sport athletes in Quincy High School history, but unfairly, too many people remember him for what he didn't accomplish rather than for what he did. The 1967 graduate is one of six players in the history of the school to be drafted in the Major League Baseball draft. He was taken in the 44th round by the Atlanta Braves. However, he chose not to sign and instead went to play football at the University of Missouri.

Mercy rules not needed in most prep sports
David Adam

Mercy rules not needed in most prep sports

It's time to re-examine mercy rules and their usefulness. The idea behind the use of mercy rules is to prevent the loser of a game to be unnecessarily embarrassed and keep teams from running up scores for whatever reason. Mercy rules are used in multiple

Sunday Conversation with Nancy Huerd
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Nancy Huerd

Talk about being part of basketball's history. Nancy (Rutter) Huerd helped lead South Shelby to a second-place finish in the first Missouri State High School Athletic Association girls basketball state tournament in 1973, then led the Lady Birds to an undefeated season and a state championship in 1974.

Beyond the Boxscore: Gems' Pittman fitting in, Sliders' Leonetti returns
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Beyond the Boxscore: Gems' Pittman fitting in, Sliders' Leonetti returns

Two weeks ago, Riley Pittman was hoping for a phone call. "After it didn't come, I was done waiting around," he said. Pittman batted .228 for the Sanford Mainers last summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, and he was hoping to get a return trip to the East Coast.

How potential disaster was turned into rousing success
David Adam

How potential disaster was turned into rousing success

Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding. That's the sound my cellphone made Saturday afternoon after I had turned it off for about 45-50 minutes. In that time, one person and one family made sure the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic was played on Saturday night.

Good sports movies come in all shapes and sizes
David Adam

Good sports movies come in all shapes and sizes

What makes a good sports movie? Realism. An underdog. A hero. Inspiration. Good guys and bad guys. True stories. Fictional tales. In other words, no perfect formula exists.

Sunday Conversation with Juan Martinez
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Juan Martinez

One decision changed Juan Martinez's life forever. Martinez came to Quincy from the Dominican Republic as a foreign exchange student in 1995. His success and skill on the basketball court at Quincy High School eventually helped him get chances to play at Indian Hills Community College and Western Illinois University, and he later played for seven years professionally overseas.

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