Show-Me Showcase: Jones, Talton put together scoring spree to bury Illinois
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Show-Me Showcase: Jones, Talton put together scoring spree to bury Illinois

QUINCY -- Dezi Jones, C.E. Talton and the Show-Me State boys made some history Saturday night. The Missouri all-stars tried to erase nearly 35 years of bad mojo in the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic in one game, and they just about accomplished...

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Classic notebook: Show-Me State players succeed with chemistry

Players from five different schools made up the Missouri boys all-stars in the 36th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic on Saturday night, but that didn't stop the Show-Me State squad from handing Illinois a 131-73 defeat, the most lopsided margin...

Knowing move backfired last year, Smith predicts Illinois victory
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Knowing move backfired last year, Smith predicts Illinois victory

QUINCY -- Jaeden Smith owned it. "I did say that we were going to win," Smith said. "Yes, I did." He did so knowing there is a history behind McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic predictions. A year ago, Clark County's Chandler Bevans guaranteed a Missouri...

Payson's Cannady finds solace in his favorite game
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Payson's Cannady finds solace in his favorite game

PAYSON, Ill. -- A hoop and a ball and life's worries go away. Tanner Cannady trusts in that. "It's just calming for me," said Cannady, the recent Payson Seymour graduate and soon-to-be Illinois College basketball player. "If I've had a bad day...

Talkin' a good game: Palmyra's Nunnelly uses creativity as his strong suit
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Talkin' a good game: Palmyra's Nunnelly uses creativity as his strong suit

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Bill Nunnelly has plenty to say and even more to share. He figures that's his path to success. "I like talking to people," said Nunnelly, the Palmyra product who played point guard on the boys basketball team and parlayed it...

Classic rosters chock full of talent
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Classic rosters chock full of talent

QUINCY -- If there is one common bond shared by the boys basketball players who will represent Illinois and Missouri in the 36th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic, it's their winning pedigree. Eight of the 10 Illinois players were part of teams...

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Ash considers opportunity to coach Tigers 'very humbling'

CANTON, Mo. -- Cody Ash knows the kind of expectations that come with coaching the Canton boys basketball program. "That program does nothing but win," he said. It's not all that different than Payson Seymour, where he spent the past seven seasons...

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Field set for Blue Devils' Thanksgiving feast

It's time to empty the notebook as spring moves into full swing ... qqq The field for the 48th annual QHS Thanksgiving Tournament is set. The QHS boys basketball team will welcome Chicago Leo, Lutheran North and Waukegan to Blue Devil Gym...

Flanagan's double all-state honor highlights area contingent
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Flanagan's double all-state honor highlights area contingent

Kennedy Flanagan earned a rare double-double. A 6-foot senior forward on the Highland girls basketball team and Western Illinois University signee was the only player in Missouri to garner all-state honors and academic all-state plaudits...