Year in Review 2023: Majority of top stories take place off court or field of play

Review — Top 50 stories

QUINCY — The biggest headlines of 2023 happened off the court or field of play rather than on it.

Here is a look at most viewed stories on the Muddy River Sports site throughout the last season. The list is a direct result of the analytics that show which stories have been clicked on or read throughout the past year.

The top 10

1. An incident following the Quincy Notre Dame volleyball team’s regional championship loss to Macomb left Raiders coach Courtney Kvitle feeling “threatened.”

'I felt threatened, and I felt violated': QND coach berated in locker room by parents after regional title match loss

MACOMB, Ill. — Quincy Notre Dame volleyball coach Courtney Kvitle went into the locker room for a talk no coach wants to have after a disappointing 25-18, 25-14 loss to Macomb in Thursday night’s Class 2A regional championship game at the Hangar at Macomb High School. However, Kvitle’s final words with her team were interrupted when…
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2. Former Palmyra football coach Kevin Miles spoke publicly about his resignation after being hired as the head coach at Salem, Mo.

3. Two months after taking the head football coaching position at Salem, Mo., former Palmyra coach Kevin Miles resigns due to backlash from details about his resignation at Palmyra.

4. Following the postgame volleyball incident, the Quincy Notre Dame administration decided to implement a code of conduct that applies to parents and fans.

QND to implement Athletic Code of Conduct following post-game volleyball incident

QUINCY — The Quincy Notre Dame administration is taking steps to ensure the protection of its coaches during post-game activities. The school conducted what it termed a “thorough review” of what transpired following last week’s Class 2A volleyball regional championship at Macomb High School. In the wake of the Raiders’ 25-18, 25-14 loss to Macomb,…
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5. Throughout the prep football season, both Quincy High School and Camp Point Central climbed the rankings in their respective classes.

6. Less than 24 hours after the death of teammate Tucker Tollerton, the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team forges ahead and decides to play in the super-sectional.

'He's always with us': Raiders decide to forge forward, play Monday's super-sectional after tragic death of Tollerton

QUINCY — Jake Schisler walked up to his Quincy Notre Dame baseball teammates gathered in the shade of the trees in front of the school late Sunday morning and posed a question to which he figured he already knew the answer. Should they play Monday? Tucker Tollerton, the Raiders’ No. 2 hitter and starting center…
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7. Quincy Notre Dame volleyball coach Courtney Kvitle, who is pregnant with the couple’s third child, resigns to better serve her growing family 

Kvitle resigns as QND volleyball coach to better serve her growing family

QUINCY — Courtney Kvitle and her husband, Jason, began discussing her future as the Quincy Notre Dame girls volleyball coach during the season when she learned she was pregnant with the couple’s third child. Ultimately, Kvitle decided she had to put family first. Monday morning, Quincy Notre Dame athletic director Bill Connell announced he had…
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8. The Quincy High School, Quincy Notre Dame and Central-Southeastern girls basketball teams were ranked in their respective classes in the first state poll of the 2023-24 season.

9. The Camp Point Central football team’s consistent effort and success pushed it to No. 2 in the state rankings by midseason.

10. The cancellation of the Titan Firecracker Classic, the annual youth swim meet held at Sheridan Swim Club, came about because of the inability to find a meet official.

The rest of the top 50

11. ‘We just didn’t show up to play’: Macomb steamrolls mistake-prone QND in regional final 

12. Quincy native Dancer wins individual age division championship at CrossFit games 

13. Dipping attendance to force Adams County Speedway operators to make schedule changes 

14. Owners say Gems won’t play in Quincy during 2024 season, plan to move franchise to different city 

15. ‘That’s what my eyes tell me’: QHS’s magical season ends with loss to best team Blue Devils have ever faced 

16. Officiating blunders leave QU football coaches, players angry and frustrated following loss 

17. QHS graduate Brock charged with tampering with records, betting on Iowa State football games 

18. Missouri state football rankings: Monroe City, South Shelby in Class 2 poll ahead of showdown 

19. Interpretation of ‘ball in hand’ rule results in red card for QND goalkeeper, could keep Frericks out of sectional semifinal 

20. Photo gallery: Memories of Tollerton vivid as QND baseball team beats BCC in super-sectional 

21. Offensive tackle Wilson becomes first QU player ever to sign contract with NFL franchise 

22. Missouri prep football rankings: Hannibal, Monroe City, South Shelby find way into respective top 10 

23. QHS All-Time Starting XI: Speed, skill allow Abbey to develop into dynamic scoring machine 

24. ‘Mentally tough’ Blue Devils overcome early deficit to reach state quarterfinals for first time ever 

25. WIU fires Hendrickson as head football coach, new leader will take team into OVC next season 

26. Photo gallery: QHS beats QND in crosstown showdown to open football season 

27. Former Mark Twain all-state offensive lineman becomes Palmyra’s next football coach 

28. Missouri prep football rankings: Monroe City, South Shelby and Hannibal stay in state polls 

29. QND receives final spot in Illinois football playoff field, while QHS, Central, Unity-Payson also learn postseason paths 

30. Playoff primer: Blue Devils welcome one of Illinois’ most legendary programs to Flinn Stadium 

31. Missouri state football rankings: South Shelby moves to No. 7 in Class 2, Hannibal holds steady 

32. Illinois boys basketball state rankings: Quincy slips to No. 10, Camp Point Central rises to No. 7 

33. Four Illinois prep football standouts receive first-team all-state honors from coaches association 

34. Seniors quit QU women’s soccer program amid accusations of bullying, inappropriate behavior 

35. QHS graduate Brock voluntarily leaves Iowa State football program, still faces gambling charges 

36. Missouri prep football rankings: Pirates move up one spot to No. 5, Cardinals remain No. 7 

37. 2023 Friday Night Lights area prep football preview section 

38. IHSA nullifies red card issued to QND goalkeeper, making Frericks eligible for sectional semifinal 

39. Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources warns Illinois hunters about shotgun use on public land 

40. Zeroed in on history: Blue Devils cap first perfect regular season in 88 years with dominant fourth-quarter finish 

41. WB6 coaches select QHS quarterback as MVP, nine Blue Devils make first-team all-conference 

42. Rico Suave: QHS junior cornerback emerges as playmaker in crosstown victory against QND 

43. Blue Devils outlast Golden Warriors to remain undefeated, improve to 7-0 for first time since 1935 

44. Check out the 2023-24 Muddy River Sports girls basketball preview section 

45. Blue is the better Devil: Quincy’s defense turns tide in victory over Chaminade in Norm Stewart Classic 

46. Carrying the right tune: Raiders’ resiliency leads to comeback, first-round upset of Knights 

47. State champs: Dominant defensive effort carries Camp Point Central football team to Class 1A title 

48. Illinois prep football rankings: Quincy cracks Class 7A top 10 heading into Western Big 6 play 

49. Missouri state football rankings: Area teams hold steady heading into Week 8 

50. Tuning it out, dialing it in: Moline ignores Blue Devil Gym’s fervor, uses defense to silence QHS in battle at top of WB6

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