Hawks see determination, focus in Ladue's Boyd
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Hawks see determination, focus in Ladue's Boyd

QUINCY -- Jaylen Boyd is making the best of a tough situation. With social distancing and shelter-in-house decrees overriding all else because of the coronavirus pandemic, the St. Louis Ladue Horton Watkins point guard is staying active as best he can...

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Stokes ready to help Hawks chase conference crown
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Stokes ready to help Hawks chase conference crown

QUINCY -- Tyler Stokes never quibbled. Because of his size and strength and the lack of anyone any bigger on his Marshall County (Ky.) boys basketball team, the 6-foot-5 Stokes spent his senior season primarily playing with his back to the basket...

Hawks receive commitment from high-scoring swingman
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Hawks receive commitment from high-scoring swingman

QUINCY -- Like most college-bound student-athletes dealing with Illinois' shelter-in-place decree, Paul Zilinskas is getting creative with his home workouts, while his mind is on getting up some shots. "I'm itching to get in the gym when everything...

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Screaming Eagles' Watson announces his retirement

The winningest men's basketball coach at the University of Southern Indiana won't return to the sidelines next season. Screaming Eagles coach Rodney Watson announced Monday through a video press conference he is retiring after 11 seasons at the helm...

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Missing the Madness of March

Like many other red-blooded, sports-loving Americans, March Madness is probably my favorite time of year. I have a routine of waking up early, putting on "The Price is Right" and drinking coffee on the first Thursday of the tournament in anticipation...

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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...

Area college athletes pile up postseason honors
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Area college athletes pile up postseason honors

Amid the cancellation and postponement of tournaments, several regional college student-athletes received postseason honors. That included a slew of accolades for the John Wood Community College men's basketball program. Sophomore forward...

Off-kilter offense ruins Trail Blazers' title run
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Off-kilter offense ruins Trail Blazers' title run

QUINCY -- The wayward shots, unfortunate bounces and hard caroms off the rim could have created as much doubt as they did drought. Chandler Bevans refused to allow that. "Honestly, I never had the thought we were going to lose," said Bevans...

Trail Blazers slog way into Region 24 title tilt
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Trail Blazers slog way into Region 24 title tilt

QUINCY -- The pace, the rhythm and the flow looked uncomfortable. Now imagine what it felt like for the John Wood Community College basketball players to muck their way through the first 30 minutes of Saturday's Region 24 tournament semifinal...

McKinney makes 'huge tide-turning shots' for Trail Blazers
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McKinney makes 'huge tide-turning shots' for Trail Blazers

QUINCY -- The minutes he plays -- be it four or 40 -- never bother Ragar McKinney. Being prepared for those minutes matter most. "It's all part of the process," said McKinney, a freshman guard on the John Wood Community College men's basketball team.