Need to go on living exists for all of us
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Need to go on living exists for all of us

Something about the discussion of the coronavirus pandemic struck Butch Barnes as odd when he listened to one of the major network news anchors list some of the necessary precautions. He kept hearing the term "social distancing" used over and over.

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Hoops season filled with highlights even without championship finish

Basketball season lacked a proper ending -- its one shining moment if you must -- but it doesn't diminish the plays, characters and games that made the past four months enjoyable and at times unforgettable. Throw in a few head-scratching calls...

Numbers turn college basketball's coaching carousel
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Numbers turn college basketball's coaching carousel

Steve Hawkins ended up getting swept away by a perfect storm. Billy Wright could never escape a sinking ship. And Rick Pitino waited around long enough to become a viable option once again. There will be other college basketball coaches facing...

A brother's love of basketball and family is never ending
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A brother's love of basketball and family is never ending

The caller ID wasn't necessary. Neither was the voicemail. I knew who was calling. No one else was going to bother me on a Saturday afternoon during basketball season. Yet, each and every Saturday, my phone rang and I let it go to voicemail.

Champion's character reveals itself in Trail Blazers
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Champion's character reveals itself in Trail Blazers

They bared their heart and soul for all to see, showing their frustration when shots refused to fall and imploring the crowd to get involved when the shots finally did. They shared their laughter and love, embracing the pregame rituals and time...

Meny's commitment to QU even after injury shows strength of family
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Meny's commitment to QU even after injury shows strength of family

Trevor Meny's view for the moments which ultimately will define the Quincy University men's basketball team's turnaround season has been about as good as it gets. Courtside, alongside his teammates, with the game unfolding in front of him.

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Hawks hope for end to road woes

The schedule makers did the Quincy University men's basketball team no favors. Thursday night's trip to Bolivar, Mo., to face Southwest Baptist wraps up a three-game road swing against teams headed to the Great Lakes Valley Tournament. In fact, the Hawks

Solid debuts for diamonds in the rough
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Solid debuts for diamonds in the rough

One wowed with his arm. One proved he was healthy with his bat. And another showed he'd come full circle by simply stepping on the field. The opening weekend of the collegiate baseball season offered some unique storylines showcasing the power...

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...

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...