Sultry conditions were much like early days for Classic
David Adam

Sultry conditions were much like early days for Classic

Having toweled off after Saturday night's McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic, it's time for a few parting thoughts about the 35th annual event. The games were entertaining, but much of the talk was about the sultry conditions in Pepsi Arena. What happened to

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Miller's death often reminds us how unfair life can be
David Adam

Miller's death often reminds us how unfair life can be

Walked into Mass on Sunday morning but didn't really have a particular place to sit, so the usher escorted me to a spot near the back of St. Peter Church. Prepared to reflect on the readings, I instead spent the next hour thinking and praying about the people in the pew behind me.

Sunday Conversation with Bruce Firchau
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Bruce Firchau

After a long career as a teacher and basketball coach, Bruce Firchau was ready for retirement. His teams, most of them in northern Illinois, won 558 games in 38 years. The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association is keeping him busy these days. Firchau, wh

Sunday Conversation with Scott McNeal
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Scott McNeal

It started with six teams, playing for a prize of $18, on the driveway of his parents' home in Lowell, Mich. It has blossomed into a nationwide basketball travelling carnival that has made a stop in Quincy for 27 years. Scott McNeal has made the trip sout

IHSA by-laws create strange baseball bracket
David Adam

IHSA by-laws create strange baseball bracket

Why is the Quincy High School baseball team, the sixth seed, playing in a play-in game on Monday, but Collinsville, the eighth seed, is not? One reason. Eight miles. The QHS baseball team is one of nine teams in the Class 4A Bloomington Sectional, which

Sunday Conversation with J.D. Hamilton
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with J.D. Hamilton

By the time Selection Sunday rolls around, most of J.D. Hamilton's work is finished. Hamilton, the director of media services for the NCAA, is one of a handful of people in a room with the 10 members of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee...

Sunday Conversation with Cladine Douglas
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Cladine Douglas

Call her the "first mom" of the Quincy High School boys basketball program. Cladine Douglas and her husband, Melvin, had 10 children -- Jani (McBride), Jerry, Melva (Hamilton), Carl, Diana (Parks), Darrell, Ken, Keith, Bruce and Dennis. Six of her sons pla

QHS graduate still loves sports as wife of Celtics' owner
David Adam

QHS graduate still loves sports as wife of Celtics' owner

Sukey Grousbeck became a sports fan while living in Quincy in the early 1950s. She was a cheerleader at the football and basketball games at Quincy High School, but she also enjoyed watching the Quincy Gems baseball team, an affiliate of the New York Yank

Sunday Conversation with Eric Bush
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Eric Bush

The conversation about the best athletes in the history of Quincy High School doesn't last long before Eric Bush's name is brought up. During his senior season, he passed for more than 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns while guiding the Blue Devils to a 7-2 record and a playoff bid.

Sunday Conversation with Debbie Bruce
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Debbie Bruce

Debbie Bruce had typically been in good shape for a woman of any age. She worked out regularly and played volleyball. Seven years ago, she wanted a new challenge and chose bodybuilding. Now, at age 46, Bruce goes to bodybuilding competitions all around the Midwest.

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