Hawks survive close shave with final offensive burst, upend Flyers for GLVC road victory

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — When several of the Quincy University men’s basketball players decided to shave their heads to nothing but stubble prior to Thursday’s game at Lewis, there were some skeptics. “We tried to get everyone else to do it,” QU junior guard Paul Zilinskas said. “They were a little scared.” They may not have…

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QU women rally after tough start, fall short in GLVC loss at Lewis

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — A ragged start offensively made a comeback a challenge, but the Quincy University women’s basketball team nearly pulled it off. After trailing Lewis by as many as 14 points in the first half of Thursday night’s Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Neil Carey Arena, the Hawks trimmed the deficit to one…

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Crim: Matas Martin’s play is pointing QU women’s basketball team in right direction

Quincy University point guard Beth Matas Martin is leading the Hawks in scoring, 3-pointers, assists and steals this season. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Kaci Bailey inherited 14 players on a team coming off a two-win season when she was hired as the Quincy University women’s basketball coach in April 2021. Not the ideal recipe for immediate success. “It was late in the recruiting cycle, and I told the coaches we needed to try to sign a…

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Frustrated by fouls, Foster fuels final flourish as Hawks snap three-game losing streak

Quincy University's Isaiah Foster, right, dribbles while guarded by Maryville's Jaeden Smith during Saturday afternoon's college basketball game at Pepsi Arena. | David Adam

QUINCY — Sitting on the bench tested Isaiah Foster’s patience. Three fouls limited the freshman guard to just 4 minutes, 35 seconds of playing time Saturday until he checked into the game with 11:40 remaining in the second half. Foster helped the Quincy University men’s basketball team go on a 10-point run to take the…

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‘It’s just super exciting’: Matas Martin scores 33 as QU women reach double digits in victories for first time in seven seasons

Beth Matas Martin goers up for a shot during Quincy University's women's basketball game against Maryville on Saturday afternoon at Pepsi Arena. | David Adam

QUINCY — Sarah Nelson remembers the bad times, which makes it so much easier to enjoy the good times. In Nelson’s first three seasons, the Quincy University women’s basketball team had an 18-59 record and a 10-50 record in Great Lakes Valley Conference play. The Hawks now have won three of their last four GLVC…

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Photo gallery: QU men stay in third-place tie in GLVC standings by knocking off Maryville

Malik Hardmon goes up for a layup during Quincy University's victory over Maryville in a men's college basketball game at Pepsi Arena on Saturday. | David Adam photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University men’s basketball team ended a three-game slide and stayed in third place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with Saturday’s 70-62 victory over Maryville at Pepsi Arena. Muddy River News Editor David Adam sat courtside and put together this photo gallery:

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Photo Gallery: Quincy University women pick up 10th victory by defeating Maryville

Gabby Burns (12) high-fives Quincy University women's basketball coach Kaci Bailey after Saturday's 84-78 victory over Maryville in Pepsi Arena. | David Adam

QUINCY — The Quincy University women’s basketball team picked up its 10th victory of the season — the most since the 2015-16 season — with Saturday’s 84-78 victory over Maryville at Pepsi Arena. Muddy River News Editor David Adam sat courtside and put together this photo gallery:

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Struggles shooting from perimeter lead to Hawks suffering third consecutive loss

Quincy University's Paul Zilinskas looks to attack the basket during Thursday's Great Lakes Valley Conference game against McKendree in Lebanon, Ill. | Photo courtesy Max Bennett, QU Athletics

LEBANON, Ill. — It’s a fact as immutable as gravity — the ball must go through the hoop to win. Right now, the Quincy University men’s basketball team is struggling with that, at least from beyond the 3-point stripe. The Hawks shot just 6.7 percent from 3-point range Thursday night, making only 1 of 15…

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QU women unable to extend win streak, let game slip away in final two minutes

Quincy University guard Beth Matas Martin brings the ball up the floor during Thursday night's game against McKendree in Lebanon, Ill. | Photo courtesy Max Bennett, QU Athletics

LEBANON, Ill. — The Quincy University women’s basketball team has yet to reach February, and already the Hawks have matched the most victories they’ve enjoyed in the last seven seasons. Still, there is another significant step needed in their evolution. The Hawks must sustain success. It eluded them Thursday night. Chasing just the second three-game…

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, January 25

Men’s basketball Lincoln Land 64, John Wood Community College 58 William Penn 84, Culver-Stockton College 76 Women’s basketball Lincoln Land 68, John Wood Community College 46 Culver-Stockton College 81, William Penn 66 Prep wrestling Quincy High School 42, Galesburg 28

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Massner sets WIU single-game scoring record with 46 points in Summit League victory

Western Illinois University guard Trenton Massner scored a single-game school-record 46 points Monday night against North Dakota at Western Hall in Macomb, Ill. | Photo courtesy WIU Athletics

MACOMB, Ill. — Trenton Massner felt he was due for a game like this. “I haven’t been making a shot all year,” Massner said. “It’s like if I was making my shot all year, I’d have four or five of those.” This was the one that put him in the record book. Massner scored a…

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Crim: Hawks hope turbulent stretch subsides and more memorable moments await

The Quincy University men's basketball team has made considerable strides in Steve Hawkins' first season back on the bench. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY— Quincy University coach Steve Hawkins likes to compare a basketball season to an airplane flight. “There’s always going to be some turbulence,” he explained. His team is trying to navigate its choppiest stretch yet. After surprising preseason prognosticators by winning six of their first seven Great Lakes Valley Conference games to rise to the…

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Inability to make shots costs Hawks chance to get back on track in GLVC play

Quincy University's Malik Hardmon, left, and Isaiah Foster, right, battle for a loose ball against Missouri S&T during Saturday's Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Pepsi Arena. | Photo courtesy Denny Sinnock, QU Athletics

QUINCY — There wasn’t a lid on the basket at Quincy University’s end of the court. It just seemed that way. The QU men’s basketball team shot just 33 percent from the field, missed 20 of 24 tries from 3-point range and made only 17 of 27 free throws Saturday afternoon to fall 72-65 to…

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Hawks spread wealth offensively in grabbing 20-point GLVC victory against Miners

Point guard Beth Matas Martin led the Quincy University women's basketball team with 20 points in Saturday's victory over Missouri S&T. | Photo courtesy Denny Sinnock, QU Athletics

QUINCY — Beth Matas Martin scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures Saturday as the Quincy University women’s basketball team rolled to an 83-63 victory over Missouri S&T in Pepsi Arena. The victory was the Hawks’ first against the Miners, who had won the previous five meetings, since . QU made 9…

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Second-half defensive struggles too much for Hawks to overcome in loss to Tritons

Quincy University's Jamaurie Coakley, left, looks to pass while being guarded by Missouri-St. Louis' Donovan Vickers during Thursday's Great Lakes Valley Conference game at the Mark Twain Building in St. Louis. | Photo courtesy Max Bennett, QU Athletics

ST. LOUIS — A tale of two halves featured an ending the Quincy University men’s basketball team would like to rewrite. A solid first half defensively Thursday night led to the Hawks owning a three-point halftime edge against nationally ranked Missouri-St. Louis in Great Lakes Valley Conference play at the Mark Twain Building. However, the…

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, January 19

Boys basketball Unity 53, Rushville-Industry 46 Louisiana 64, Pittsfield 54 Tony Lenzini Tournament Van-Far 40, Monroe City 38 Hannibal 45, Clark County 35 Girls basketball Quincy Notre Dame 44, Illini West 24 Quincy High School 31, Rock Island Alleman 29 Havana 37, Central-Southeastern 25 Louisiana 49, Pittsfield 44 La Plata 33, Marion County 25 Tony…

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Easy does it: JWCC shares basketball efficiently during critical stretch to earn win in MWAC opener

John Wood Community College forward Logan Robbins finishes a dunk over Spoon River College's Marquise Rue during the second half of Wednesday night's game at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — While his players on the floor rotated back to play defense after Logan Robbins flushed a two-handed dunk off a nifty baseline bounce pass, John Wood Community College men’s basketball coach Brad Hoyt implored his bench with a familiar refrain. “See, make it easy,” Hoyt said. For a stretch of the second half…

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Got your six: JWCC women’s basketball team wins MWAC opener despite depleted bench

John Wood Community College guard Madison McFerrin makes a layup during the second half of Wednesday's Mid-West Athletic Conference victory over Spoon River College at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Lauren Bogle doesn’t dwell on the fact the John Wood Community College women’s basketball team has only six players healthy and eligible at this juncture. “You just need five on the floor, right?” the first-year Trail Blazers coach said. If the Trail Blazers can maintain the right level of defensive aggressiveness without getting…

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‘Sometimes it’s a bounce, sometimes it’s just luck’: Coakley’s putback beats buzzer and Panthers as Hawks rally for GLVC victory

Quincy University forward Mason Wujek, right, looks to hand off a pass while being guarded by Drury's Adam Moore during the first half of Thursday's Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Paul Zilinskas never saw what happened after he released his shot. JJ Schwepker’s reaction told him all he needed to know. With two seconds remaining in regulation Monday night and the Quincy University men’s basketball team trailing Drury by a point, Zilinskas caught an inbounds pass while moving toward the basket. He collided…

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Photo gallery: QU, Drury split GLVC basketball twinbill at Pepsi Arena

Quincy University men's basketball coach Steve Hawkins talks to his team during a timeout during Monday night's Great Lakes Valley Conference game against Drury at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Jamaurie Coakley’s putback of Paul Zilinskas’ miss as the buzzer sounded lifted the Quincy University men’s basketball team to an 84-83 victory over Drury on Monday night in Great Lakes Valley Conference at Pepsi Arena. It also allowed the Hawks to earn a doubleheader split after the second-ranked Drury women beat Quincy 87-49.…

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The Scoreboard: Monday, January 16

Boys basketball MLK Shootout at Bloomington Central Catholic Bloomington Central Catholic 79, Quincy Notre Dame 71 Eastbay Shootout Macomb 47, Rockridge 39 80th annual Tony Lenzini Tournament Palmyra 79, Highland 34 Canton 67, Mark Twain 47 Girls basketball Pittsfield 31, Beardstown 14 Jerry Logan Shootout Quincy High School 53, Abingdon-Avon 27 Unity 58, Macomb 26…

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Hawks’ six-game win streak ends at hands of Bearcats as Nelson plays role of 3-point sniper

Quincy University forward Mason Wujek, left, puts up a shot while being defended by Southwest Baptist's Noah Franklin during Saturday's Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Pepsi Arena. | Photo courtesy Denny Sinnock, QU Athletics

QUINCY — Having only one day to prepare for Southwest Baptist University wasn’t enough. Playing less than 48 hours after pulling away late for a hard-fought victory over Rockhurst, the Quincy University men’s basketball team was unable to effectively defend SBU’s motion offense and was repeatedly burned by reigning Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of…

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QU women go on closing kick to snare GLVC victory against Southwest Baptist

Quincy University guard Grace Flanagan brings the ball up the floor against Southwest Baptist during Saturday's game at Pepsi Arena. | Photo courtesy Denny Sinnock, QU Athletics

QUINCY — The Quincy University women’s basketball team outscored Southwest Baptist University 17-3 over the final four minutes Saturday afternoon to post a 63-59 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory in Pepsi Arena. A 3-pointer by Beth Matas Martin from the top of the circle gave the Hawks the lead for good with just under three…

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QU men’s basketball team begins crucial three-game home weekend with victory

Quincy University forward Malik Hardmon scored a game-high 26 points in leading Quincy to an 81-73 victory over Rockhurst on Thursday night at Pepsi Arena. | Photo courtesy Denny Sinnock, QU Athletics

QUINCY — Quincy University men’s basketball coach Steve Hawkins relates three games in five days to an NBA schedule. At least the Hawks have the advantage of playing them all at Pepsi Arena. QU started the homestand off right Thursday night with an 81-73 win over Rockhurst and kept pace with the University of Missouri-St.…

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, January 12

Boys basketball Pittsfield 54, Rushville-Industry 51 Marion County 58, Madison 25 Winchester Invitational Tournament Jacksonville Routt 47, Central 43 Liberty 44, Calhoun 38 Girls basketball Quincy Notre Dame 51, Rochester 41 Marion County 48, Madison 22 CSE Lady Panther Classic Brown County 47, Unity 43 Central-Southeastern 37, Illini West 26 North Greene Lady Spartan Classic…

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Trail Blazers set stage for conference play by hitting target with victory over Archers

John Wood Community College's Jenson Whiteman, left, tries to save the ball from going out of bounds after the Trail Blazers' Breiton Klingele knocked it away from St. Louis Community College's Devin Davis during Wednesday night's game at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — In essence, conference play arrived a week early. Because of it, the John Wood Community College men’s basketball team may just be ready for its second season after all. The Trail Blazers built a 15-point lead midway through the second half Wednesday night, only to see St. Louis Community College chisel the deficit…

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, January 11

Boys basketball Hancock County Tournament Southeastern 48, Unity 43 West Hancock 59, Illini West 38 Winchester Invitational Tournament Griggsville-Perry 52, Winchester West Central 49 Liberty 49, Carlinville 34 Girls basketball Quincy High School 46, Geneseo 44 (OT) CSE Lady Panther Classic South Fulton 48, Liberty 33 Lewistown 57, Rushville-Industry 23 Men’s basketball John Wood Community…

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Triple-overtime loss sinks Culver-Stockton women into fifth place in conference race

Culver-Stockton's Aaliyah Ortiz tries to shoot the ball with her ponytail covering her face during Saturday's triple-overtime loss to MidAmerica Nazarene. The Pioneers' Jordynn Gonzalez defends on the play. | Photo courtesy of Lisa Wigoda

CANTON, Mo. — The Culver-Stockton College women’s basketball team started the week with a chance to establish itself as a contender for the Heart of America Athletic Conference championship. Back-to-back losses to two of the Heart’s best teams this week, however, have dropped the Wildcats from second into fifth place in the league. Saturday’s triple-overtime…

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Foster’s quick reaction and free throws give Hawks edge in completing GLVC road sweep

LIBERTY, Mo. — The ball squirted away from Isaiah Foster at an unfortunate moment, but he refused to allow an opportunity to lift the Quincy University men’s basketball team to victory slip away. The freshman point guard regained control of his miscue and was fouled in doing so, which allowed him to make two free…

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Top of the charts: QU men’s basketball signee breaks SHG’s career scoring record

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin's Jake Hamilton, who has signed a national letter of intent with Quincy University, recently became the Cyclones' all-time leading scorer. | Photo courtesy Greg Puckel

QUINCY — The way the numbers added up, Jake Hamilton needed one more shot at history. So Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin boys basketball coach Tim Allen obliged. With a sizable second-half lead over North Chicago in the opening round of the State Farm Holiday Classic on December 27, Allen was set to sub out all of…

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Hawks bring focused energy, sense of purpose into new year with victory over Bulldogs

Quincy University forward Malik Hardmon, right, gets fouled on the arm by Truman State's Xavier Hall during the first half of Thursday night's game at Pershing Arena in Kirksville, Mo. | Photo courtesy Max Bennett, QU Athletics

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — No one associated with the Quincy University men’s basketball program — outside of head coach Steve Hawkins — had experienced success against Truman State University. As much as the Hawks wanted to change that Thursday night, there was a larger purpose behind their 85-74 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory at Pershing Arena.…

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QU women’s basketball team unable to overcome slow starts to each half

Quincy University guard Beth Matas Martin, left, drives to the basket during the second half of Thursday's Great Lakes Valley Conference game against Truman State at Pershing Arena in Kirksville, Mo. | Photo courtesy Max Bennett, QU Athletics

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — A sluggish start to each half ruined the start to the Quincy University women’s basketball team’s new year. Truman State outscored Quincy 10-3 over the first five minutes of the first quarter and then went on a 9-2 run over the first two minutes of the third quarter, building an insurmountable lead…

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Trail Blazers unable to meet challenge Bears present in suffering double-digit loss

QUINCY — Coming out of the holiday break, John Wood Community College men’s basketball coach Brad Hoyt gave his team an immediate challenge. The Trail Blazers struggled to meet it. Des Moines Area Community College, ranked 15th in the latest NJCAA Division II national poll, used an opening salvo that created an 11-point lead in…

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Holiday cheer: Hawks head home for Christmas following overtime victory against Lakers

From left to right, Quincy University's Solomon Gustafson, coach Steve Hawkins, Paul Zilinskas and Zion Richardson watch as Malik Hardmon makes two game-clinching free throws at the end of overtime in Sunday's 59-54 victory over Lake Superior State at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The only thing that mattered was the only thing that crossed Isaiah Foster’s mind. “Go get the ball,” he said. By doing so, the freshman point guard ensured it will be a Merry Christmas for himself and his Quincy University men’s basketball teammates. Leading Lake Superior State by two points in the waning…

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Photo gallery: QU men’s basketball team finishes Hansen-Spear Holiday Classic with victory

Quincy University's Paul Zilinskas, left, puts up a shot as Lake Superior State's Andy Soma defends during Sunday's game at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University men’s basketball team is carrying a three-game win streak into its holiday break after beating Lake Superior State 59-54 in overtime in the final game of the Hansen-Spear Holiday Classic at Pepsi Arena. Check out this collection of images shot by Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman during Sunday’s game:

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Hawks hit century mark, will face tougher test in final game of Hansen-Spear Funeral Home Classic

QUINCY — A 55-point first half set the stage for the Quincy University men’s basketball team to enjoy its highest scoring game in three seasons and get the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home Classic started the right way. The Hawks shot 48.7 percent from the field in the first half of a 103-73 victory over East-West University…

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Robbins’ layup off Talton assist gives Trail Blazers one-point upset of nationally ranked Stormers

QUINCY — On a day when Jeremiah Talton was the game’s leading scorer, it was his lone assist that cemented the John Wood Community College men’s basketball team’s victory over a nationally ranked opponent. With the ball on the baseline underneath the Trail Blazers’ basket, Milwaukee Area Technical College owning a one-point lead, and only…

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Shockey saves Hawks with 3-pointer in closing seconds of regulation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Quincy University men’s basketball team made only seven field goals in the second half of Saturday’s Great Lakes Valley Conference game against Drury. Thanks to Nate Shockey, seven was just enough. The junior guard took a kickout from Paul Zilinskas and buried a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation to…

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Trail Blazers unable to sidestep own ‘ragged’ effort in loss to open weekend

QUINCY — Darius Bolden was disappointed in the John Wood Community College men’s basketball team’s inconsistent play Friday night. The Trail Blazers sophomore guard went as far as to say JWCC’s overall performance bordered on “ragged.” It was hard to argue. Kansas City (Kan.) Community College pulled away down the stretch for an 82-73 victory…

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Inconsistency keeps Hawks from being able to outlast Lakers in nonconference matchup

Quincy University freshman forward Mason Wujek, left, tried to impede the progress of Grand Valley State forward Kingsley Okanu during Tuesday night's game at Pepsi Arena.

QUINCY — Steve Hawkins knew what was necessary to give his Quincy University men’s basketball team a chance to rally. The veteran coach didn’t like it, but he did it. “I feel cheap for it because that’s not how I want to try to win a game,” Hawkins said. Still, it nearly worked. Trailing Grand…

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Prairie Stars shoot down Hawks with blistering effort from 3-point range

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Mama said there’d be days like this. Riding the high of back-to-back victories over two of the Great Lakes Valley Conference’s top three preseason favorites, the Quincy University men’s basketball team saw its momentum stifled Thursday night by another upstart crew. Illinois-Springfield, picked to finish ninth in the 13-team league, shot down…

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Strong closing kick carries QU women’s basketball team to GLVC road victory

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Quincy University women’s basketball team found itself in a precarious position once again. A one-point game with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation. In five of the seven games prior to Thursday night’s Great Lakes Valley Conference showdown with Illinois-Springfield, the Hawks were within four points heading to the closing…

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‘You live for moments like that’: Richardson hits game-winning shot as Hawks ground Flyers

Quincy University's Zion Richardson, left, and Orlando Thomas celebrate after beating Lewis 71-69 in Great Lakes Valley Conference action Monday night in Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

Video courtesy of Steve Looten QUINCY — For the first 39 minutes, 39 seconds of Monday night’s Great Lakes Valley Conference matchup, the Lewis men’s basketball team never wavered from playing tenacious man-to-man defense. “I think it had been that way the entire year, too,” Quincy University coach Steve Hawkins said. So after calling timeout…

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Inability to sustain energy, effort leads to another single-digit loss for QU women’s basketball team

Quincy University forward Emma Knipe fights for possession during Monday night's Great Lakes Valley Conference tussle with Lewis at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Kaci Bailey’s exasperation resulted in a complete overhaul of the Quincy University women’s basketball team’s lineup midway through the third quarter Monday night. “I said put five new ones in,” the second-year Hawks coach said. “I didn’t even know who was in.” All Bailey was certain of was her starters weren’t providing the…

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Photo gallery: QU men, women split GLVC basketball doubleheader with Lewis

The Quincy University men's basketball players celebrate their 71-69 victory over Lewis in Great Lakes Valley Conference play on Monday night at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A clutch shot and a search for energy. That’s the most poignant way to describe opposite ends of a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader for the Quincy University men’s and women’s basketball teams. Zion Richardson banked in a shot with 2.1 seconds remaining in regulation to life the QU men to a 71-69…

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Crim: Upset shows Hawks displaying toughness, physicality needed to win in GLVC

Quincy University freshman guard Isaiah Foster and the Hawks upset No. 20 Indianapolis last Saturday at Pepsi Arena to open Great Lakes Valley Conference play. | Photo courtesy Denny Sinnock, QU Athletics

QUINCY — Entering the season, it appeared the Great Lakes Valley Conference did the Quincy University men’s basketball team no favors by scheduling it to open league play against Indianapolis and Lewis, opponents projected to finish first and third, respectively. The one caveat was that both games would be in Pepsi Arena, and the Hawks…

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QU women’s basketball team gives itself chance, falls short of beating Indianapolis in GLVC opener

Quincy University's Emma Knipe drives to the basket during Saturday's game against Indianapolis at Pepsi Arena. | Photo courtesy Denny Sinnock, QU Athletics

QUINCY — Night in and night out, the Quincy University women’s basketball team is putting itself in position to challenge for the lead at the end of regulation. Figuring out how to win nip-and-tuck games is the next step. Saturday, the Hawks had a chance to tie Indianapolis in the final 10 seconds of regulation…

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Stunner to start: Hawks open GLVC play by upending preseason favorite Greyhounds

Quincy University's Paul Zilinskas looks for room to score during Saturday's Great Lakes Valley Conference game against Indianapolis at Pepsi Arena. | Photo courtesy Denny Sinnock, QU Athletics

QUINCY — After not enjoying a winning record in the Great Lakes Valley Conference since the 2016-17 season, the Quincy University men’s basketball team started conference play in stunning fashion Saturday with a 62-57 victory over preseason conference favorite Indianapolis at Pepsi Arena. So how long will Quincy coach Steve Hawkins enjoy giving the No.…

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Despite more Matas Martin late-game heroics, Hawks fall in overtime in weekend finale

Quincy University's Kealani Nieves looks for a teammate to pass the ball to during Sunday's game against Winona State in the Hansen-Spear Quincy Classic at Pepsi Arena. | Photo courtesy Denny Sinnock, QU Athletics

QUINCY — The Quincy University women’s basketball team is oh-so-close to being oh-so-successful. For the second time in four games, the Hawks went to overtime, getting a pair of clutch Beth Matas Martin baskets in the final 20 seconds of regulation to tie Sunday’s championship game of the Hansen-Spear Quincy Classic against Winona State at…

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Martin beats buzzer and Rogers State as QU women’s basketball team earns first victory

The Quincy University women's basketball team's bench erupts after Beth Matas Martin hit a game-winning shot with less than a second left Saturday against Rogers State in the Hansen-Spear Quincy Classic at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — When the final play produces the perfect outcome, it had to be run exactly the way it was designed in the huddle, right? “Something like that,” Quincy University women’s basketball coach Kaci Bailey said with a wry smile. When Rogers State disrupted Quincy planned off a sideline inbounds play with 6.9 seconds remaining…

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Photo gallery: Hansen-Spear Quincy Classic at Pepsi Arena

Quincy University guard Beth Matas Martin, left, fights to get past Rogers State's Fredrionna Adams during Saturday's game in the Hansen-Spear Quincy Classic at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The scheduled had to be adjusted and delayed, but Saturday afternoon at Pepsi Arena, four NCAA Division II women’s basketball teams converged for the Hansen-Spear Quincy Classic and delivered a pair of hard-fought affairs. Winona State defeated McKendree 64-50 in the opener, and Quincy University knocked off Rogers State 58-56 as Beth Matas…

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Rough start leads to late rally falling short as QU men’s basketball stumbles on road

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The inconsistency the Quincy University men’s basketball team is showing takes time and toughness to fix. Now, there isn’t much time left before Great Lakes Valley Conference play begins. The Hawks struggled offensively at the start of Saturday’s game against Missouri Southern in the Pitt State Thanksgiving Classic, hit a lull defensively…

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Strong second-half defensive effort lifts QU men’s basketball team to first road victory

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Quincy University men’s basketball team’s offense is going to give the defense time to find its way. In the second half Friday night, that seemed to happen. An 11-point halftime lead ballooned to as many as 29 points as the Hawks put the clamps on Pittsburg State, limiting the Gorillas to…

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Down to the last detail: Hawks adapt, adjust and improve in winning home opener against Trojans

Quincy University junior guard Zion Richardson looks to make a move around a Hannibal-LaGrange University defender during Wednesday night's game at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Malik Hardmon has listened to the Quincy University men’s basketball coaching staff harp on being detail oriented so often the words and phrases being uttered have slipped into his subconscious. “I wake up and in my dream I’ve heard, ‘Details, details, details,’” the senior forward said with a grin. He and the Hawks…

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Schuckman: Emotion hits Hawkins leading up to second home debut as QU men’s basketball coach

Quincy University men's basketball coach Steve Hawkins is now 1-1 in home debuts with the Hawks after beating Hannibal-LaGrange University 88-51 Wednesday night at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Every version of the national anthem is unique and different. Singers with big, booming voices tend to drag out high notes, especially at the top of their vocal range. Nervous singers hurry through it, praying they don’t forget a word or miss a note and fight just to finish. Steve Hawkins would have…

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Talton breaks JWCC single-game 3-point record as Trail Blazers outlast Warriors in overtime

John Wood Community College freshman guard Jeremiah Talton made a single-game school record nine 3-pointers in Tuesday's overtime victory against Rend Lake at the Student Activity Center. | Muddy River Sports file photo

QUINCY — When Jeremiah Talton was deciding where the best college fit would be, the former Quincy High School all-state basketball player wanted to find a program with an offense tailor-made for his game. “I’m a shooter,” Talton said at the time. Opponents of the John Wood Community College men’s basketball team are figuring out…

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Late-game struggles lead to another tough loss for QU men’s basketball team

Quincy University's Paul Zilinskas looks for room to score during Saturday's game against Cedarville in the GMAC/GLVC Challenge. | Photo courtesy Logan Howard

CEDARVILLE, Ohio — A number of the things the Quincy University men’s basketball players have done during the first 35 minutes of back-to-back season-opening games will make this group successful in the long run. What took place down the stretch needs to change. Friday night, the Hawks squandered an 11-point lead with nine minutes to…

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Late lead slips away as QU women’s basketball team opens season with overtime loss

HILLSDALE, Mich. — The Quincy University women’s basketball team put itself in position to rubber stamp dramatic 365-day turnaround. All the Hawks lacked was a finishing touch. Sarah Nelson’s layin with 2 minutes, 27 seconds remaining in regulation gave Quincy a six-point lead over Ursuline College in the first game of the Midwest Regional Crossover…

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Defensive breakdown late in second half costs Hawks shot at season-opening victory

Quincy University forward Malik Hardmon splits the Findlay defense for a layin during Friday's game in the GMAC/GLVC Challenge in Cedarville, Ohio. | Photo courtesy Scott Huck, Cedarville University

CEDARVILLE, Ohio — The combination of high-level 3-point shooting and solid perimeter defense put the Quincy University men’s basketball team in position to win Steve Hawkins’ second debut as the head coach. Then the defense rested a little too much. Findlay went on a 25-9 run over a 7-minute, 34-second span late in the second…

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Trail Blazers pick up pace in second half, find space to excel offensively against Eagles

John Wood Community College guard Nolton Klingele, right, tries to deny the ball from Rock Valley's Jason Ernest during Friday night's game at the Student Activity Center on the JWCC campus. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Space equals pace. If the John Wood Community College men’s basketball players execute such a notion more consistently, the offense Trail Blazers coach Brad Hoyt has designed for this group will run more efficiently. The first seven minutes of the second half Friday night against Rock Valley College proved that point. Leading by…

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Trail Blazers prepare for challenging week by stomping Wildcats in season opener

QUINCY — Saturday’s official season opener for the John Wood Community College men’s basketball team was more like a dress rehearsal. The main act starts Tuesday. The Trail Blazers kickstarted everything with a 90-42 victory over the Culver-Stockton College JV at the Student Activity Center in which three local products scored in double figures and…

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Hawks show grit, moxie in exhibition loss to Illini

Quincy University guard Jamaurie Coakley, left, puts up a shot against Illinois forward Matthew Mayer during Friday night's exhibition game at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. | Photo courtesy Robin Scholz, Champaign News-Gazette

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Steve Hawkins wasn’t shy about what he hoped to accomplish by traveling to State Farm Center for an exhibition game against the No. 23 University of Illinois men’s basketball team. “A lot,” said Hawkins, embarking on his second stint as the head coach at Quincy University. “It’s going to be beneficial on…

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Crim: Former QU men’s basketball coach lands job with D-I program

Former Quincy University men's basketball coach Ryan Hellenthal, right, has joined the staff at SIU-Edwardsville, where he is reunited with Cougars coach Brian Barone. | Matt Schuckman photo

Around the horn … Former Quincy University men’s basketball coach Ryan Hellenthal has landed a new job as director of basketball development and basketball administration at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, the school announced last week. At SIUE, he is reunited with Cougars coach Brian Barone. Both were assistants on the coaching staff at Garden City (Kan.)…

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Crim: College football, Hall of Fame closers, baseball playoffs and QU basketball on the mind

Tennessee's 52-49 victory over Alabama on Saturday rocked the college football world. | Photo courtesy University of Tennessee athletics

Notes, quotes and great thoughts from a sports weekend that, for the first time in a month, did not include my alma mater turning a winnable college football game into an excruciating loss: OK, so Missouri was on a bye. No game, no angst. Surely the Tigers won’t lose on Saturday to Vanderbilt, the only…

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Photo gallery: Practice officially opens on second Hawkins era with QU men’s basketball program

The Quincy University men's basketball team breaks its huddle before starting practice Saturday morning at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — More than two decades have passed since Steve Hawkins last walked into Pepsi Arena to coach the first official practice of the college basketball season, but his expectations for the Quincy University men’s basketball players aren’t any different. The Hawks better be prepared to tirelessly work to get better. Saturday morning, the Hawks…

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Former Hawks guard Adeyinka signs contract with professional team in Spain

Former Quincy University guard Dami Adeyinka signed a professional contract with a team in Spain's second division. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Dami Adeyinka may need to lean on a pair of former Quincy University teammates to bridge the language barrier as she embarks on a professional basketball career. The guard signed a contract with Magectias Contra Violencia Genero, one of 28 teams in Liga Femenina 2 de Baloncesto, which is the second division of…

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Former assistant coach returns to JWCC to take over women’s basketball program

Lauren Bogle

QUINCY — John Wood Community College athletic director Brad Hoyt’s short list of candidates to consider for the women’s basketball coaching position didn’t change because of the relatively short timeframe in which he had to conduct his search. Lauren Bogle’s name was always there. “Her energy and her commitment while she was here has resonated…

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Rodriguez retires after nearly three decades coaching women’s basketball at JWCC

Norm Rodriguez, left, celebrates the induction of three former John Wood Community College women's basketball players — from left to right, Lexanne Darwent, Megan Carlisle and Danielle Surprenant — into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame last August. | Submitted photo

QUINCY — If there is a universal truth Norm Rodriguez can take from his nearly three decades coaching women’s basketball at John Wood Community College, it might be this. Even the best laid plans go awry. Rodriguez intended to coach one more season and then join his wife, Anita, at their new home in Tennessee,…

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QU men’s basketball team to face tough road tests while launching Hawkins’ second stint as coach

Junior swingman Paul Zilinskas, left, will provide leadership as the Quincy University men's basketball team opens the 2022-23 season with four of its first five games on the road. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Ideally, Quincy University men’s basketball coach Steve Hawkins wouldn’t want to launch his second stint with the Hawks by playing four of the first five games on the road. “I wish there was a way to start our tenure here at home,” the veteran skipper said. This schedule doesn’t accommodate such a wish.…

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Former QU standout McGaughey closes chapter on professional basketball career

Evan McGaughey, an Illini West graduate and three-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference basketball standout at Quincy University, announced this week he was retiring from professional basketball. Submitted photo

CINCINNATI — Evan McGaughey’s passport reveals quite a story. In the five years since his graduation from Quincy University, the Carthage native’s 4.5 x 3.5 inch booklet has been stamped enough times to allow him entrance into 15 countries on two different continents as he pursued a professional basketball career. “I got to see a…

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College notebook: Former JWCC standout Gronewold joins staff at Dodge City

Brody Gronewold

QUINCY — Brad Hoyt often has said the John Wood Community College men’s basketball program sticks together like family. How true that is these days. Brody Gronewold, a former standout at Illini West and JWCC, recently was named an assistant coach at Dodge City Community College, an NJCAA Division I program located in Dodge City,…

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Former QU great Jessica Keller joins women’s basketball coaching staff at Nebraska

Jessica Keller, right, a former Quincy University All-American basketball player, is joining the women's basketball coaching staff at the University of Nebraska following five seasons at Illinois State University. Photo courtesy ISU athletics

LINCOLN, Neb. — Jessica Keller continues climbing the coaching ladder. The all-time leading scorer in the history of the Quincy University women’s basketball program is heading to the Big 10 Conference, joining Amy Williams staff with the University of Nebraska women’s basketball program as an assistant coach. Keller spent the previous five seasons on the…

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College notebook: JWCC’s Jennings receives All-American honors for second straight season

John Wood Community College sophomore forward Jarvis Jennings, right, was named an NJCAA Division II third-team All-American. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — For the seventh time in the past nine seasons, the John Wood Community College men’s basketball program has produced an All-American. Sophomore forward Jarvis Jennings was named to the NJCAA Division II All-American third team, making him one of 30 players nationwide as selected by the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee. Jennings,…

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Hawkins adds familiar face to QU basketball staff by bringing Walsh back as assistant coach

Tim Walsh, who spent the previous three seasons at Mineral Area College, is joining the Quincy University men's basketball program as an assistant coach. Photo courtesy Mineral Area College

QUINCY — Add another familiar face to the Quincy University men’s basketball team’s sideline. Tim Walsh, a former QU assistant, is returning to Pepsi Arena to be Steve Hawkins’ top assistant coach. Walsh served as an assistant coach under Hawkins from 1994-98 and also was on the Hawks’ staff for the 1986-87 season, which was…

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Crim: Turpin’s mission of helping student-athletes has never changed even as her job and title have

From left to right is former Culver-Stockton College women’s basketball coach Kathy Turpin and her family — future daughter-in-law Katie Shelton, son Andrew, Kathy, husband Rick, daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Joe Holley. Submitted photo

NORTH PORT, Fla. — Once a coach, always a coach. While it has been 28 years since Kathy Turpin walked away from Culver-Stockton College as the winningest women’s basketball coach in school history, never to coach another college game, she is still doing her part to create an atmosphere for student-athletes to succeed. The competitive…

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Schuckman: Path to Hawkins’ return as QU men’s basketball coach began with meal at Portillo’s

Quincy University athletic director Josh Rabe, right, shakes hands with new men's basketball coach Steve Hawkins as the veteran coach is introduced during Wednesday's press conference in the Hall of Fame Room on the QU campus. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Steve Hawkins isn’t shy about his appreciation for quality cuisine. He is loyal to the restaurants he finds reliable and appetizing. So it came as no surprise Wednesday morning, hours before he was to be introduced as the new Quincy University men’s basketball coach, Hawkins ate breakfast at the Coach House, a longstanding…

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Hawk homecoming: QU hires former hoops coach Hawkins to return to helm of men’s program

Steve Hawkins discusses his decision to become the next Quincy University men's basketball coach during Wednesday's introductory press conference at the QU Hall of Fame room. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Steve Hawkins made the 430-mile drive from Kalamazoo, Mich., to Quincy by himself Tuesday night, but he was hardly alone. “Word started to seep out the last couple of days in the coaching world,” said Hawkins, who was introduced Wednesday as the next Quincy University men’s basketball coach. “My phone … well, it…

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Crim: Walton’s journey brings him home, where teaching and coaching made for a fulfilling career

Rod Walton, who coached boys basketball at Payson Seymour and men's basketball and golf at Culver-Stockton College, is back in Canton, Mo., after spending time in Colorado after his retirement. Submitted photo

CANTON, Mo. — Rod Walton quietly moved back to Canton last month, a place he called home during a 30-year association with Culver-Stockton College. He spends his days visiting with old friends, some former high school basketball coaching colleagues, and other old C-SC hands he remained in contact with after retiring in 2012. He tries…

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JWCC men’s monumental second-half rally falls short in Region 24 title game loss to Parkland

From left to right, John Wood Community College's Daylon Dalton, Jarvis Jennings and Brandon Kracht console each other following an 80-75 loss to Parkland in the Region 24 championship game Sunday in Springfield, Ill. Matt Schuckman photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Jarvis Jennings struggled with the words that could accurately depict all the emotions tugging at his heart and soul. He didn’t need to speak. His eyes said everything. Glassed over by tears and saddened by the finality of it all, Jennings and the John Wood Community College men’s basketball team fought like…

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JWCC’s Jennings earns Region 24 Player of the Year, Taylor and Kracht also honored

John Wood Community College's Jarvis Jennings accepts the Region 24 Player of the Year honor following Sunday's region championship game in Springfield, Ill. Matt Schuckman photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A somber thought crossed Jarvis Jennings’ mind in the locker room Sunday afternoon. His John Wood Community College basketball career was finished. “It didn’t really hit me until I had to take my jersey off one last time,” Jennings said. “But that’s life. You take it to the chin and you have…

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Successful night all around for Hoyt family as JWCC men advance to Region 24 semifinals

QUINCY — Brad Hoyt is the long-time men’s basketball coach at John Wood Community College. He’s also the father of 17-year-old Jake Hoyt, a member of the Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team. While Brad was coaching Wednesday night, Jake was playing against Maroa-Forsyth in a sectional tournament game at Stanford Olympia. Both enjoyed victories.…

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Valiant effort from QU women falls short in fourth quarter of GLVC tournament loss to Truman State

Quincy University women's basketball coach Kaci Bailey talks to her team during a timeout Monday night in the GLVC Tournament opening-round game against Truman State at Pershing Arena in Kirksville, Mo. Photo courtesy QU Athletics

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The Quincy University women’s basketball team ran out of steam, but it wasn’t before a valiant effort. The Hawks led Truman State by four points at the end of the third quarter Monday night in the opening round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament at Pershing Arena before the Bulldogs opened…

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QU men bow out of GLVC Tournament following horrific shooting performance against McKendree

LEBANON, Ill. — It became dubbed the “Monday Night Massacre.” Hardly anyone in the Great Lakes Valley Conference was immune to it. Of the seven opening-round games of the GLVC men’s basketball tournament, five were decided by 26 points or more, including Quincy University’s 37-point loss at McKendree in which the Hawks shot less than…

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Scoreboard for Saturday, February 26

Boys basketball At Monroe City, Mo. Class 3 District 6 championship Monroe City 69, Highland 40. Click here for the story. Girls basketball At Monroe City, Mo. Class 3 District 6 championship South Shelby 59, Palmyra 55. Click here for the story. Men’s basketball At Meyer Sports Center, Bolivar, Mo. Southwest Baptist 86, Quincy University…

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Knipe, Hawks end regular season on high note, win finale for first time in six seasons

Quincy University forward Emma Knipe looks to outlet after grabbing a rebound during the Hawks' 78-70 victory at Southwest Baptist on Saturday at Bolivar, Mo. Photo courtesy Southwest Baptist Athletics

BOLIVAR, Mo. — The day will come when the Quincy University women’s basketball program will have a series of firsts that highlight a return to prominence within the Great Lakes Valley Conference. It takes a number of smaller firsts to get there. Saturday, the Hawks experienced a couple of those. For the first time since…

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QU men’s win streak comes to end as Southwest Baptist goes on second-half blitz

Quincy University guard Jamaurie Coakley, right, looks to get into the lane during Saturday's game against Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, Mo. Photo courtesy Southwest Baptist Athletics

BOLIVAR, Mo. — The Quincy University men’s basketball team ran out of steam. The challenge will be to recharge in a hurry. Trailing by one at halftime Saturday at the Meyer Sports Center, the Hawks struggled to keep it tight as Southwest Baptist went on a 20-4 run spanning nearly seven minutes of the second…

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Scoreboard for Friday, February 25

Boys basketball At Alton, Ill. Class 4A Alton Regional Quincy High School 56, O’Fallon 49. Click here for the story and photos. At Beardstown, Ill. Class 2A Beardstown Regional Quincy Notre Dame 48, Pleasant Plains 37. Click here for the story and photos. At Griggsville, Ill. Class 1A Griggsville-Perry Regional Liberty 59, Winchester West Central…

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QU men lead start to finish, fend off Drury’s late rally to run win streak to three straight games

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — What began as a 3-point shootout morphed into a battle of wills down the stretch. When that happened Friday afternoon, the Quincy University men’s basketball team showcased its toughness. The Hawks saw Drury trim their 15-point advantage with less than six minutes to play down to three with 20 seconds remaining in…

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Late-game drought costs JWCC men opportunity to fight for top seed in region tournament

John Wood Community College's Jarvis Jennings is unable to corral a loose ball during a scramble for a possession in Thursday night's game against Parkland at the Student Activity Center. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The chance to be the No. 1 seed in the NJCAA Division II Region 24 Tournament is gone. The opportunity to return to the national tournament isn’t. The John Wood Community College men’s basketball players have a pretty good grasp of what it will take to make that happen. “We learned where we…

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Scoreboard for Wednesday, February 23

John Wood Community College's Stephanie Anders, center, tries to keep Lincoln Land's Colby Burt from scoring during Wednesday night's game at the Student Activity Center. Matt Schuckman photo

Boys basketball At Beardstown, Ill. Class 2A Beardstown Regional Quincy Notre Dame 57, Illini West 37. Click here for the story and photos. Pleasant Plains 63, West Hancock 61. Click here for the story and photos. At Griggsville, Ill. Class 1A Griggsville-Perry Regional Liberty 61, Griggsville-Perry 47. Click here for the story and photos. Winchester…

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Four C-SC basketball players earn all-conference honors

CANTON, Mo. — Four Culver-Stockton College basketball players — two from both the men’s and women’s squads — received postseason accolades from the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Senior forward Alonza Ortiz-Traylor was named second-team all-conference on the men’s side, while junior guard Jalen Blaize received honorable mention. On the women’s side, freshman forward Addison…

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Take a Kracht at it: Sharpshooter buries pivotal treys to propel JWCC men to needed victory

John Wood Community College guard Brandon Kracht, left, pressures Lincoln Land's KyLun Rivers during the first half of Wednesday night's game at the Student Activity Center. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The moment Ja’Veon Taylor intercepted the pass, Brandon Kracht sprinted to the right corner of the floor. But he never actually expected to see the ball come his way. “Honestly, I did not,” Kracht said. “It’s kind of like you’re going, ‘One more, one more, one more,’ hoping for that pass. It came…

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Scoreboard for Saturday, February 19

Boys basketball At The Pit, Quincy Class 2A Beardstown Regional Quincy Notre Dame 64, Rushville-Industry 25. Click here for the story and photos. At Carthage, Ill. Class 2A Beardstown Regional Illini West 69, Beardstown 50: Max Richardson scored 28 points and Nolan Deitrich added 14 as the Chargers advanced to the semifinals to face Quincy…

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Hope floats: Weekend sweep gives QU men strong belief they can rise in GLVC Tournament seeding

Quincy University redshirt junior forward Adam Moore, center, talks to his teammates during a timeout in the second half of Saturday's game against William Jewell at Pepsi Arena. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Adam Moore’s description of Jalen Stamps’ offensive rebound in the waning seconds of Saturday’s game probably wouldn’t be fit for print and likely would draw an NC-17 rating if it were to go public. “If I was on live TV, I’d have to say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry,’” Moore said with a smile. But…

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Saving the best for last: QU women finish home portion of schedule with back-to-back victories

Quincy University senior guard Maddie Spagnola, center, sheds some tears as she leaves the Pepsi Arena floor for the final time during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against William Jewell. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Not once in Maddie Spagnola’s five seasons with the Quincy University women’s basketball program had the Hawks swept a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference games on the same weekend. So it’s easy to say she saved the best for last. With Dami Adeyinka scoring a career-high 19 points and Spagnola recording consecutive…

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‘We’re still a family’: QU men move past coaching upheaval, dig in together to take down Rockhurst

Quincy University junior forward Adam Moore made six 3-pointers in Quincy's victory over Rockhurst on Thursday night at Pepsi Arena. File photo

QUINCY — The extraneous noise that could have disrupted the Quincy University men’s basketball team’s season dissipated by the time Thursday night’s game rolled around. The Hawks weren’t going to listen anymore anyway. “Once the ball was rolled out there tonight, it was just play,” junior forward Adam Moore said. “It was just basketball. It’s…

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Spagnola’s double-double leads QU women to upset of Rockhurst to kickstart final home weekend

Quincy University senior guard Maddie Spagnola scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Thursday night's victory over Rockhurst. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — With her opportunities to play in Pepsi Arena dwindling and determined to put the Quincy University women’s basketball program on the right course to respectability before she leaves, Maddie Spagnola is playing with a chip on her shoulder. It’s bringing out the best in the punky senior guard. Spagnola spearheaded a spirited effort…

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Scoreboard for Wednesday February 16

Boys basketball At Liberty, Ill. Liberty 62, Pittsfield 34: The Eagles, ranked fourth in Class 1A, finished off the regular season with a dominant defensive effort. Liberty led 18-4 at the end of the first quarter after allowing just one field goal, and the Eagles allowed no more than 11 points in any quarter. Balanced…

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