Haxel showcases late grandmother's love for life and family
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Haxel showcases late grandmother's love for life and family

As Blaise Haxel's putt slowly crept toward the cup, a hushed anticipation swept through the gallery behind the 15th green. When the ball disappeared, dropping to the bottom of the hole for a birdie to give him a fighter's chance, he was wrapped...

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Time for city golf tourney to become city-wide affair
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Time for city golf tourney to become city-wide affair

Westview Golf Course becomes the epi-center of the city golf scene this weekend with the men's and women's championships taking place Saturday and Sunday. It's a longstanding tradition to have the annual championships decided...

Pingatore, Illinois' winningest boys basketball coach, passes away at 83
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Pingatore, Illinois' winningest boys basketball coach, passes away at 83

It seems somewhat fitting for the winningest boys basketball coach in Illinois High School Association to have a winning record against one of the nation's winningest programs. Gene Pingatore is alone in that regard. Illinois' other great coaches...

Conversations with 4-year-old are victories all their own
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Conversations with 4-year-old are victories all their own

The buttons on the back of the camera piqued Sam Schnack's interest. "Can I touch this one?" the 4-year-old asked with his little index finger pointing at the bottom of four buttons. Sorry, kid, pushing that one would delete something or possibly...

Knights' move to cause ripple effect in GLVC
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Knights' move to cause ripple effect in GLVC

Bellarmine University's whispered-about-for-months plan to transition to an NCAA Division I athletic program went public this week. The Knights are leaving the Great Lakes Valley Conference after the 2019-20 school year to join the Atlantic Sun Conference

McCulla chasing scores to match his expectations
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McCulla chasing scores to match his expectations

QUINCY -- The swing. The contact. The trajectory. Everything about Alex McCulla's tee shot on the par-3 ninth hole Tuesday seemed pure. Everything except the landing. McCulla's shot flew over the flagstick and landed 10 feet or so behind the green...

Classic puts sweet smelling cap on prep hoops
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Classic puts sweet smelling cap on prep hoops

A malodorous start to the weekend doesn't mean it has to end in nose-pinching fashion. Audrey Fohey can attest. The Palmyra graduate was the first of the Missouri girls basketball all-stars to arrive Saturday morning for the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic

Response to top 10 golfers list leads to more research
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Response to top 10 golfers list leads to more research

Kudos to the Quincy golf community. You came through like I hoped you would. A week ago, I wrote a column about a list of the top 10 golfers Quincy has produced that was posted to Twitter. I proceeded to post my own list, with an explanation...

Baseball able to make nervous moments memorable
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Baseball able to make nervous moments memorable

Only twice can I honestly recollect where baseball in some form has made me nervous. The first was my wedding day. The other was a high school all-star game. Neither time -- at least that I know of -- did anyone video of my ability to catch or throw.

Quincy's best golfers? That list creates a lively debate
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Quincy's best golfers? That list creates a lively debate

The list intrigued and baffled me at the same time, but at first, I couldn't put my finger on why. A trend popped up over the past week on Twitter where sports-savvy area fans engaged in entertaining debates over top-of-the-charts lists.