Signature victory start of good things for Hawks
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Signature victory start of good things for Hawks

The emotion was raw, real and surprisingly easy to move past. That's a credit to the Quincy University men's basketball players' character. The Hawks allowed their frustration, exasperation and disappointment to spill forth following...

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Quincy loses one of its treasures in Mike Barton
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Quincy loses one of its treasures in Mike Barton

Sometimes the smallest gestures carry profound meaning, even if you don't realize it in the moment. Mike Barton delivered one I've never forgotten. Thirteen years old and playing catcher for my Quincy Park District baseball team, I had an integral...

Local connections give Quincy Shootout feel of being at home
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Local connections give Quincy Shootout feel of being at home

All roads lead home or at least back to Blue Devil Gym. Jeremy Osborne is going down that path for a third time. Lee Bennett is getting as close to his roots as his schedule allows. Bret and Michelle Kasubke are heading back to where it all began.

Progress puts Hawks in position to chase tourney bid
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Progress puts Hawks in position to chase tourney bid

Quincy University men's basketball coach Ryan Hellenthal described Thursday night's buzzer-beating victory against Lewis as a "huge program win." That's more apropos than he may realize. Set to face Illinois-Springfield at 3:15 p.m. Saturday...

Buttons remind us of legacy of 1981 QHS team
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Buttons remind us of legacy of 1981 QHS team

Rummaging through a box of memorabilia collected throughout years sitting under the north basket in Blue Devil Gym, I came across a plastic bag full of buttons celebrating the greatest team in Quincy High School basketball history.

Indians coach mixes success and fun to reach milestone
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Indians coach mixes success and fun to reach milestone

Brian Rea didn't want to be a distraction, but he hoped to inject some holiday spirit into the Payson Seymour boys basketball team's final pre-Christmas game. So before the Indians faced Brimfield at home last Saturday, the Payson head coach showed...

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Subtle gestures become unforgettable moments

As the television production crews pulled cables and the crowd slowly filtered out of the Pit on Saturday night, two boys lingered near the baseline outside of the Quincy High School boys basketball team's locker room. "Where's he at?" one asked.

Blue Devils, Raiders engage in exercise in character
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Blue Devils, Raiders engage in exercise in character

As they walked out of the Pit late Saturday night through different doors on different paths to their cars, Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas and Quincy Notre Dame skipper Kevin Meyer shared similar hopes.

Blue Devils taking charge defensively
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Blue Devils taking charge defensively

Depending on the type of deal he strikes, Jeremiah Talton can ask to sample all the Gatorade flavors offered or just request his favorite. The Quincy High School boys basketball team's coaching staff is obligated to deliver. The 6-foot-4 sophomore...

Leo coach shows Lions place he once called home
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Leo coach shows Lions place he once called home

After Jamal Thompson settled in as the Chicago Leo boys basketball coach a year ago, it didn't take before he reached out to an old college roommate to set up a reunion. "My first call was (Quincy High School coach) Andy Douglas and I let him know...