Forward Thinking: Quincy quarterback one of first to throw forward pass
David Adam

Forward Thinking: Quincy quarterback one of first to throw forward pass

A change in the rules in 1906 was the first step to making the game of American football as popular as it is today, and a Quincy man was one of the first to take advantage of the change. The Chicago Tribune reported in 1905 that 18 football players had been killed and 159 seriously injured that season. Some people called for the game to be outlawed, but President Theodore Roosevelt demanded that the rules be reformed.

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Sunday Conversation with Loren Wallace
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Loren Wallace

It has been 15 years since Loren Wallace coached from the sidelines at Blue Devil Gym. Wallace, who turns 73 in August, coached basketball for 33 seasons. His teams won 682 games and never finished with a losing record. He is 21st in coaching victories in the Illinois High School Association record book.

It's been a while since a no-hitter has been thrown in QU Stadium
David Adam

It's been a while since a no-hitter has been thrown in QU Stadium

Has there ever been a no-hitter in QU Stadium? If so, who threw it and what year? Several teams -- high school, college and professional -- have called QU Stadium home. First, let's start with the Quincy Gems.

Sunday Conversation with Dustin Jacoby
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Dustin Jacoby

Dustin Jacoby always knew he would be a professional athlete. When he was at Triopia High School in Concord, it would have made sense to think he could have been a professional football player. A knee injury suffered during his senior season ended scholarship offers at bigger schools, but he went on to play quarterback for both Culver-Stockton College and Quincy University. It was at Quincy where he got involved with mixed martial arts.

Sunday Conversation with Nan Ryan
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Nan Ryan

Nan Ryan spends most of the year living in Estes Park, Colo., playing golf or teaching. She likes travelling with her partner, Maureen Garrity, or taking photos of life in the Rocky Mountains. However, she spends a little time nearly every day...

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

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

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