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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Polite resigns at United Township

April 14, 2015 0 Comments

In an unexpected move, United Township boys basketball coach Marc Polite resigned Monday night following seven seasons guiding the Panthers. Polite did not talk to media in the Quad Cities, but did release a statement through the UT athletic department. “I would like to thank the administration, faculty and community for allowing me the opportunity […]

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Former Gems leading charge for college teams

April 8, 2015 0 Comments
Former Gems leading charge for college teams

A number of former Quincy Gems players are having quality spring seasons with their respective college teams. • Iowa heads into a weekend series with Maryland ranked 15th in one of the national polls, its highest ranking since 1990. Junior shortstop Nick Roscetti is one of three former Gems having an impact for the Hawkeyes. […]

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Hannibal’s loss is Heaven’s gain

April 7, 2015 4 Comments
Hannibal’s loss is Heaven’s gain

The years and the games eventually all run together, but the night I sat next to MaryAnn St. Clair in the stands for the first time is unforgettable. It was at Fulton in 2003 and it just happened to be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. And the Hannibal football team gave Fulton a swashbuckling, […]

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