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

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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.

Sunday Conversation with Kathy Turpin
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Kathy Turpin

These days, Kathy Turpin travels all over the country helping implement drug-testing programs. But deep inside, she is still a coach. Even when she was playing basketball at Knox County High School in Edina, Mo., which she led to the 1976 Class 2A state championship, Turpin's eventual goal was to be a coach.

Six prep players from Quincy taken in baseball draft
David Adam

Six prep players from Quincy taken in baseball draft

How many high school players from Quincy have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft? Six. The last one was nearly 20 years ago. Two of the players who were drafted never played a single game in the minor leagues.

Sunday Conversation with Mike Hanks
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Mike Hanks

Basketball was a huge part of Mike Hanks' life as a kid growing up in Quincy, and it was his job for more than 25 years. Now, at age 64, the only basketball Hanks sees these days is on TV, as a spectator or from the sidelines as the coach of Coleman Middl

Quincy players have ties to NCAA Tournament title game
David Adam

Quincy players have ties to NCAA Tournament title game

Have any local players ever played in the championship game of the NCAA men's basketball tournament? Yes. Three played in the title game. One was on the bench but didn't play in two title games. One was on the bench for a title game, then later played in

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