Progress puts Hawks in position to chase tourney bid
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Progress puts Hawks in position to chase tourney bid

Quincy University men's basketball coach Ryan Hellenthal described Thursday night's buzzer-beating victory against Lewis as a "huge program win." That's more apropos than he may realize. Set to face Illinois-Springfield at 3:15 p.m. Saturday...

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Buttons remind us of legacy of 1981 QHS team
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Buttons remind us of legacy of 1981 QHS team

Rummaging through a box of memorabilia collected throughout years sitting under the north basket in Blue Devil Gym, I came across a plastic bag full of buttons celebrating the greatest team in Quincy High School basketball history.

Indians coach mixes success and fun to reach milestone
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Indians coach mixes success and fun to reach milestone

Brian Rea didn't want to be a distraction, but he hoped to inject some holiday spirit into the Payson Seymour boys basketball team's final pre-Christmas game. So before the Indians faced Brimfield at home last Saturday, the Payson head coach showed...

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Subtle gestures become unforgettable moments

As the television production crews pulled cables and the crowd slowly filtered out of the Pit on Saturday night, two boys lingered near the baseline outside of the Quincy High School boys basketball team's locker room. "Where's he at?" one asked.

Blue Devils, Raiders engage in exercise in character
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Blue Devils, Raiders engage in exercise in character

As they walked out of the Pit late Saturday night through different doors on different paths to their cars, Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas and Quincy Notre Dame skipper Kevin Meyer shared similar hopes.

Blue Devils taking charge defensively
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Blue Devils taking charge defensively

Depending on the type of deal he strikes, Jeremiah Talton can ask to sample all the Gatorade flavors offered or just request his favorite. The Quincy High School boys basketball team's coaching staff is obligated to deliver. The 6-foot-4 sophomore...

Leo coach shows Lions place he once called home
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Leo coach shows Lions place he once called home

After Jamal Thompson settled in as the Chicago Leo boys basketball coach a year ago, it didn't take before he reached out to an old college roommate to set up a reunion. "My first call was (Quincy High School coach) Andy Douglas and I let him know...

Right move at right time makes Lepper's debut successful
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Right move at right time makes Lepper's debut successful

The Quincy High School boys basketball players generously estimated Tom Lepper's pregame speech lasted about 30 seconds. By then, what else was there to say? "We were prepared and he knew it," senior guard Lucas Reis said. Even so, the Blue Devils...

Boyer, Fighting Scots experience dream come true with game-winning drive
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Boyer, Fighting Scots experience dream come true with game-winning drive

Once the euphoria subsided and Carter Boyer had a moment to breathe easy, a surreal sensation overwhelmed him. "I was sitting in my room and I was like, I can't believe that just happened,'" said Boyer, an Illini West product and Monmouth College...

Rund's legacy is perseverance
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Rund's legacy is perseverance

Andrew Rund paused to assess his four-year career in an attempt to sum it up succinctly. Then he smiled. "It has helped me grow my character," he said. No one knows that better than those he proved wrong, those who challenged him on a daily basis...