Thank you for making it a Classic weekend once again

June 21, 2015 0 Comments

As the McDonald’s/Herald-Whig Classic wrapped up Saturday night at Quincy University’s Pepsi Arena, I was approached by several people with the same question in mind. Who do you think will be in the game next year? Therein lies one of the great things about this game. The anticipation grows throughout the year and turns into […]

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A decade later, Livingston living out the dream

June 18, 2015 0 Comments
A decade later, Livingston living out the dream

In 2004, when Shaun Livingston was a high school senior and in the midst of leading Peoria Central to back-to-back state basketball championships, he walked into Blue Devil Gym on a Saturday night in January and received the rock-star treatment. Kids asked for his autograph. Adults came up to shake his hand. He was swarmed […]

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A blue year for the Blue Devils

June 8, 2015 0 Comments

Is this a sign of the times or just a once-in-forever drought? For the first time in more than seven decades, Quincy High School failed to win a single postseason trophy or plaque during the 2014-15 school year in the 17 Illinois High School Association-sponsored sports in which it competes. It’s also the second time […]

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Does the Indy 500 still carry clout in the sporting world?

May 19, 2015 0 Comments

A reader called today with a legitimate question and concern: Why aren’t we devoting more coverage to the Indianapolis 500? In 16 years working in The Herald-Whig sports department, including the last three as sports editor, it’s the first time I have fielded such a question. Inevitably each spring, I can expect readers asking for […]

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Siebers’ presence still felt and his legacy as an educator, friend remains

May 16, 2015 0 Comments

Every letter I receive from a reader — positive, negative or indifferent — I keep and file away in my desk drawer. You never know when a suggestion or criticism can be used to better our efforts. However, there was one letter I never stashed in that file. I kept it in a folder on […]

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Wisdom didn’t win top GLVC’s player, but he’s on league’s top team

May 6, 2015 0 Comments

Which matters more? Power or patience? Crushing blows or consistency? That’s what the Great Lakes Valley Conference baseball coaches had to determine when they voted for the Player of the Year. As everyone learned Wednesday night, power takes the prize. Bellarmine senior center fielder Ashton Crutcher was named the GLVC Player of the Year after […]

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Honoring the past and the future at QU

May 5, 2015 0 Comments

It was an honor to be invited by the Quincy University athletic administration to present the Chuck Brady Award during Tuesday night’s Mart Heinen Club awards banquet at Pepsi Arena. A graduate of Quincy College in 1950 and a fixture on the local sports scene for more than four decades, Brady was the longtime sports […]

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Nothing common about a Sundberg card

April 27, 2015 1 Comment
Nothing common about a Sundberg card

Every time you open a pack of cards — no matter whether you’re 10 years old or 50 years old — you’re hoping to find a treasure. Jim Sundberg was my latest treasure. Needing to stock up on pens for my part-time staff to steal from my desk, I stopped in a local retail store […]

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Spring football observations: Hawks setting right tone

April 25, 2015 1 Comment

The Quincy University football program wrapped up spring practice Saturday with the annual spring game, which saw the offense gain a slight edge on the defense. The Hawks believe they made strides in every facet and set a good tone going into the offseason. Here are some observations after the Hawks worked out at Flinn […]

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Winds blow Dinkheller’s way

April 21, 2015 0 Comments

Travis Dinkheller probably can’t count the number of soccer games he’s been a part of at Flinn Stadium. A defender for the boys soccer team in the mid-1990s, an assistant coach with the boys program for more than a decade now and the head girls soccer coach since 2009, Dinkheller has seen hundreds of games […]

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