Daniel balancing coaching two teams at North Shelby
Mat Mikesell

Daniel balancing coaching two teams at North Shelby

It was a peculiar suggestion, but one Landon Daniel was willing to accept. Daniel was hired over the summer to be a social studies teacher and the girls basketball coach at North Shelby High School. The school, however, also had a vacancy for the boys bas

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Geography forces northeast Missouri schools to play each other repeatedly
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Geography forces northeast Missouri schools to play each other repeatedly

For basketball teams in Northeast Missouri, the months of December and January almost seem like a movie that you've seen dozens of times. Three in-season tournaments -- the Monroe City Tournament, the Highland Tournament and Palmyra's Tony Lenzini Tourname

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Beyond the Boxscore: Tempers flare between Payson, Unity in postgame handshake line

MENDON, Ill. -- Members of the Payson Seymour and Unity boys basketball teams were shaking hands following the Indians' 55-41 victory Friday night when words were exchanged and was followed by some shoving. An Unity and Payson player shoved one another, an

Beyond the Boxscore: Nelson shuts down West Hancock's top player
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Beyond the Boxscore: Nelson shuts down West Hancock's top player

Quincy High School senior guard Sarah Nelson drew the task of defending West Hancock's leading scorer Emma Knipe Tuesday night. She passed the test. Knipe came into the game averaging 15 points per game, but she was held to just six points and made two fi

Seniors' final moments reminder of how far they've come
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Seniors' final moments reminder of how far they've come

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Central football coach Brad Dixon pulled his starting seniors, one by one, on the final possession of Friday's Class 1A state championship game. Running backs Cole Williams and Chayse Houston were substituted. Then came off Tristan Brock

Central in the finals? An unlikely idea decades ago
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Central in the finals? An unlikely idea decades ago

CAMP POINT, Ill. Randy Niekamp will make sure to set his television to record Friday morning before he drives to Champaign. He hopes he has a game worth watching when he returns to his Camp Point home that night. He believes he will. "I know we'll play w