State appears to be split on district football proposal
David Adam

State appears to be split on district football proposal

The implementation of geographic districts for Illinois prep football teams is one step from becoming part of the Illinois High School Association's constitution and by-laws. But it's a huge step. The IHSA's 818 member schools will have a two-week window starting Monday to vote on the proposal. The IHSA's eight-person football advisory committee supported it in May, and the 35-member legislative committee voted earlier this week to put it on the ballot for schools to decide. The final vote total will be announced on Dec. 18.

Quincy native part of Michigan-Ohio State officiating crew
David Adam

Quincy native part of Michigan-Ohio State officiating crew

Saturday's college football game between Michigan and Ohio State had a local flavor. Line judge Ric Hinkamper of Quincy was part of the six-man crew that officiated the nationally-televised game. Hinkamper, a 1981 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame, works many

Be prepared for parking changes at QHS games
David Adam

Be prepared for parking changes at QHS games

Once you've eaten dinner, done the dishes, watched a little football and taken a nap in the recliner on Thanksgiving Day, you might want to head out a little early for the first night of games at the Quincy High School Thanksgiving Tournament in Blue Devil Gym.

Sunday Conversation with Michael Payne
David Adam

Sunday Conversation with Michael Payne

Michael Payne doesn't get back to Quincy very often these days, but when he does, he likes to visit Blue Devil Gym. That's where Payne became one of the best basketball players in Quincy High School history. He was part of the 1978-79 team that finished a

Player with ties to Ripken dies in Pittsfield home
David Adam

Player with ties to Ripken dies in Pittsfield home

A man who played a small part in the career of Cal Ripken Jr. died in Pittsfield last week. Wayne Krenchicki, 64, died of natural causes Tuesday in his home as he was watching a playoff baseball game. Krenchicki, a native of Ewing, N.J., played college baseball ...

Tears flow as Brock wears blue and white for last time
David Adam

Tears flow as Brock wears blue and white for last time

Jirehl Brock didn't want to leave. The final gathering of the team had broken up on the field after the Quincy High School football team's 34-14 loss to Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. The QHS players started leaving the field, but not without an embrace with Brock. Same for the coaches. And the managers. In fact, just about anybody associated with the program made it a point to wrap their arms around Brock for the last time.

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