Sports Editor

David Adam

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David Adam has held multiple positions at The Herald-Whig since he was hired as part-time sports clerk in 1985. He was a sports writer from December 1987 until August 1997, when he joined the copy desk. He was primarily responsible for the layout and design of Page 1A and coordinating the newspaper's national news report. He was named news coordinator in October 2004 and remained in that position until November 2015, when he was named Sports Editor. As news coordinator, he was responsible for assisting Executive Editor Don Crim in planning, developing and coordinating local news and photo coverage and special sections. He also served as Internet Director from August 2009 to September 2010. He has won 27 awards for page design and writing. Adam is a Quincy native and graduated from Quincy College in 1987 with a degree in communications. He has three daughters – Jennifer, Jill and Jamie. He has coached local youth sports teams for more than 35 years. He has broadcast local sporting events for WGEM Radio since September 1997. He also is the faculty adjunct for Quincy University’s student newspaper and is the statistics coordinator for the Quincy Gems, a summer collegiate league baseball team. He is a member of the Quincy Exchange Club and also volunteers for Birthright of Quincy.

Bylines

Prep Girls Golf

QHS girls golf team has lofty aspirations

QUINCY -- For the first time in many years, the Quincy High School girls golf team has a realistic chance at winning both a Western Big Six Conference championship and a regional championship this fall. Every player is back from last year's team that finis

Sunday Conversation with Pat Humphrey
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Pat Humphrey

One of Quincy's best-kept secrets is in the basement of a home on the city's north side. Pat Humphrey, a financial professional with Prudential, has a mini baseball museum in the basement of his house. What started years ago...

Freshman gives experienced Raiders even more hope
Prep Boys Golf

Freshman gives experienced Raiders even more hope

QUINCY -- Two golfers who qualified for sectional play last year return to this year's Quincy Notre Dame boys golf team. Three others who played in several tournaments last season are back as well. But a freshman who yet to play his first round of varsity

Numbers keep dropping, but Blue Devils eye return to state
Prep Boys Golf

Numbers keep dropping, but Blue Devils eye return to state

The Quincy High School boys golf team hasn't left itself much wiggle room this season. Four players return from last year's team that reached the Class 3A state tournament for the 46th time in school history. Only four scores count for a team in postseason play. However, with only 10 players in the program, the Blue Devils will spend much of this season searching for the players who can fill the fifth and sixth spots and help keep the team score low if one of the top four players has a bad day.

David Adam

Two Quincy teams qualified for Little League state tournament

Has a team from Quincy ever made it to the Little League World Series? No. In fact, no team from Quincy -- nor any team from Adams, Pike, Brown or Hancock counties -- has made it to the Little League's Great Lakes Region, Midwest Region or Central Region tournaments since records were kept starting in 1957.

Former college coach returns to baseball as QHS coach
Prep Baseball

Former college coach returns to baseball as QHS coach

QUINCY -- Brandon Crisp's plans of becoming a baseball coach at a large college came to an end in the spring of 2014. Marriage and children will do that to you. "Leaving baseball was the hardest thing I ever did, but I wanted to start a family, and I wante

Bell says he still has 'the juice' to be coach, AD at QU
David Adam

Bell says he still has 'the juice' to be coach, AD at QU

QUINCY Marty Bell knew what his audience needed to hear. During a July 24 public forum as part of his interview for the position of athletic director at Missouri Western, Bell was asked if he was ready to give up coaching. "What could I do if I was just f

Bell bypassed for athletic director job at Missouri Western
Sports

Bell bypassed for athletic director job at Missouri Western

Marty Bell, Quincy University's vice president of athletics and head men's basketball coach, was one of four finalists for the job as the director of athletics at Missouri Western State University. However, he learned Monday he didn't get the job. The school instead chose Josh Looney, the director of athletics at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

David Adam

The Summer of Kirby: Hall of Famer came to Quincy as unknown in 1981

Tom Niemann will never forget the first time he saw Kirby Puckett play baseball. They were teammates for the summer of 1981 with the Quincy Rivermen, which was a member of the four-team Central Illinois Collegiate League. Niemann batted sixth in the order, one spot behind Puckett, for the season opener with the Danville Roosters. It was an inauspicious debut. Puckett went hitless in five at-bats. "He struck out three times on changeups," Niemann said with a laugh. "I think it made everybody wonder what the coach was doing."

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.