Dahl's career brings him home as West Hancock basketball coach
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Dahl's career brings him home as West Hancock basketball coach

WARSAW, Ill. -- Jeff Dahl has a picture that captured the dismay his sons, David and Jonny, experienced when he left Warsaw in 2001 after seven seasons as the boys basketball coach. "They were so sad because they had all this Wildcat stuff...

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Transfer guard adds to Hawks' competitive fire
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Transfer guard adds to Hawks' competitive fire

QUINCY -- Quincy University men's basketball coach Ryan Hellenthal is stocking his roster with players who share his fervor for competition. Silas Crisler fits that mold. "I'll do whatever it takes to win," Crisler said. "I just want to win." So when...

Hawks find backcourt help with transfer from Montevallo
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Hawks find backcourt help with transfer from Montevallo

QUINCY -- The coronavirus pandemic forced Jack Youmans to do his homework. Having made the decision to transfer from the University of Montevallo after sitting out a majority of his sophomore season with a stress fracture, the 6-foot-2 shooting guard...

Pandemic forces cancellation of McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic
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Pandemic forces cancellation of McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic

QUINCY -- The McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic is suffering the same fate as most events scheduled for early this summer. The games won't be played. The annual all-star basketball showcase featuring the top seniors from Illinois and Missouri scheduled...

Hawks land D-I transfer to fill need in frontcourt
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Hawks land D-I transfer to fill need in frontcourt

QUINCY -- Jim Newport didn't wait long to update his game day wardrobe. "He sent me a text this morning that he ordered two t-shirts and a hat from Amazon," said Mick Sullivan, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward on the DePaul men's basketball team...

WIU's Jeter creates Chicago pipeline with assistants
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WIU's Jeter creates Chicago pipeline with assistants

MACOMB, Ill. -- Rob Jeter understands how important recruiting the Chicagoland area is to the future success of the Western Illinois University men's basketball program. So the new WIU coach added a recognizable and influential figure to his staff.

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Brandenburg returns to Palmyra to helm girls basketball

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Alex Brandenburg returns to his old stomping grounds as he takes over as the head coach of the Palmyra girls basketball program. A 2005 Palmyra graduate, Brandenbrug replaces Chris Parsons, who stepped down in April after eight seasons with

Hellenthal earned respect of being called 'Coach'
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Hellenthal earned respect of being called 'Coach'

The usual Monday night crowd had yet to shuffle in when Mike Hellenthal took residence on the barstool beside me. It wasn't long before Quincy University men's basketball coach Ryan Hellenthal -- Mike's son -- along with his staff and others arrived...

Pippen's presence makes Hawks' tourney victory more memorable
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Pippen's presence makes Hawks' tourney victory more memorable

Tucked away amid the clippings and memorabilia Nancy Mecklenburg collected during her son Ralph's basketball career was a manila envelope with stat sheets from the 1983 Mart Heinen Holiday Tournament. One particular sheet inside that envelope contained...

Schwepker provides Hawks with another versatile weapon
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Schwepker provides Hawks with another versatile weapon

QUINCY -- As active as JJ Schwepker has stayed throughout the coronavirus pandemic, he realizes one part of his game is getting very little attention these days. "There's no one to guard," the 6-foot-5 Schwepker said. The ability to do that will get...