JWCC women’s basketball coach resigns to pursue full-time coaching opportunity

Lauren Bogle, who recently resigned as the John Wood Community College women's basketball coach, led the Trail Blazers to a 17-13 record last winter. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Lauren Bogle openly talked about how coaching the John Wood Community College women’s basketball team enabled her to grow both in her ability to draw up Xs and Os and the organization of a program. So what was the most important thing she learned in two seasons at the helm? “Besides everything?” she…

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Around the area: Dance, Trail Blazers sweep twinbill; Pirates, Eagles split doubleheader

John Wood Community College right-hander Tyler Dance won his third consecutive game with Saturday's 8-0 victory over Vincennes University in Vincennes, Ind. | Matt Schuckman photo

VINCENNES, Ind. — Tyler Dance found his footing. The John Wood Community College freshman right-hander threw six scoreless innings Saturday, striking out eight and walking one as the Trail Blazers opened a four-game Mid-West Athletic Conference series with an 8-0 victory over Vincennes University. JWCC also won the nightcap of the doubleheader 14-4. Dance, a…

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‘It’s weird today’: Hoyt leaves JWCC after life-long association, school needs to fill three positions

Brad Hoyt spent 25 years at John Wood Community College as a student-athlete, basketball and administrator before leaving to become the head men's basketball coach at Quincy University. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The navigation on Brad Hoyt’s car needs to be reprogrammed. Instead of the daily drive to the John Wood Community College campus, a route he’s taken for the past 13 years as men’s basketball coach and athletic director, Hoyt will be cruising across town to the Quincy University campus to begin his new…

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Photo gallery: JWCC baseball team drops both ends of doubleheader to Parkland

John Wood Community College third baseman Andrew Srebroski and right-hander Tyler Dance fist bump before the start of an inning during the first game of Friday's doubleheader against Parkland. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Field conditions forced the Parkland baseball team to travel to John Wood Community College on Friday, but the Trail Blazers couldn’t take advantage of the home field. The Cobras swept the Mid-West Athletic Conference doubleheader, winning 8-6 and 5-4. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent some time at the ballpark and put…

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Trail Blazers’ bid for spot in national tournament gets sideswiped by Cobras’ second-half blitz

John Wood Community College men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt saw his team suffer a season-ending 73-56 loss to Parkland in the Region 24 championship game Sunday at Rend Lake College in Ina, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

INA, Ill. — The way the first half of Sunday’s Region 24 championship game went back and forth had John Wood Community College men’s basketball coach Brad Hoyt sensing his team was in a championship dogfight. “It was physical,” Hoyt said. “And it was a game of runs. I expected more of that to happen…

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Trail Blazers able to zone in defensively, earn spot in Region 24 championship game

John Wood Community College guard Joshua Talton scored a pair of transition baskets during a 10-0 run to start the second half Saturday that propelled the Trail Blazers to a 69-51 victory over Illinois Central College in the Region 24 semifinals in Ina, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

INA, Ill. — It isn’t often John Wood Community College men’s basketball coach Brad Hoyt decides to have the Trail Blazers play zone defense. It’s even rarer for them to play that style for an extended period. Saturday was that rare occurrence where it was needed. Trailing by four points at halftime of the Region…

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Fourth-quarter comeback falls short as JWCC women lose in Region 24 semifinals

John Wood Community College sophomore guard Jada Dupree scored 23 points in Saturday's 83-67 loss to Parkland in the Region 24 tournament semifinals in Springfield, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The patented second-half comeback was happening yet again. Only this time, it stalled out. The John Wood Community College women’s basketball team trailed top-seeded Parkland 58-39 at the end of the third quarter Saturday in the semifinals of the Region 24 tournament at Lincoln Land Community College. Three minutes later, on the…

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Schuckman: Eftink’s return to court gives JWCC women’s basketball team perfect boost at perfect time

Blair Eftink, Quincy Notre Dame's all-time leading 3-pointer shooter, has been a late-season boon for the John Wood Community College women's basketball team after joining the Trail Blazers in mid-February. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Blair Eftink’s roommate may have hinted at or suggested a time or two the former Quincy Notre Dame sharpshooting guard not give up on her basketball career.  “Or maybe a lot,” Katey Flynn said with a smile and a chuckle. And for good reason. The John Wood Community College women’s basketball team needed…

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Shelton sparks offensive outburst as JWCC men earn spot in Region 24 semifinals

John Wood Community College guard Jordan Shelton, center, reacts to getting fouled while making a shot during the second half of Wednesday night's Region 24 quarterfinal victory over Rend Lake at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Rend Lake College men’s basketball wanted nothing more than a trip home. So John Wood Community College sent the Warriors home for good. Instead of returning to Ina, Ill., where the Rend Lake campus is located, for the final two rounds of the Region 24 postseason tournament, the Warriors must watch the…

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Comfort creates confidence for JWCC women during second-half surge in Region 24 victory

John Wood Community College's Katey Flynn, right, throws a pass while being pressured by Illinois Central College's Addi Swadinksy during Wednesday night's Region 24 quarterfinal matchup at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — If the John Wood Community College women’s basketball players could attack the basket at the east end of the Student Activity Center all the time, they truly believe they’d never trail. “This side is our basket,” sophomore point guard Jada Dupree said. “We practice on it every single day. When we go that…

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Photo gallery: JWCC men, women pick up Region 24 quarterfinal victories at home

From left, John Wood Community College's Madi Doran, Grace Deters and Katey Flynn set themselves to play defense during Wednesday night's Region 24 quarterfinal game against Illinois Central College at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The John Wood Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams took the first step toward national tournament berths Wednesday night by winning their Region 24 quarterfinal matchups at the Student Activity Center. The third-seeded JWCC men beat Rend Lake 75-61 and will face second-seeded Illinois Central College at 3 p.m. Saturday at Rend…

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Dynamic second-half defensive effort gives Trail Blazers momentum heading into postseason

John Wood Community College sophomore guard Joshua Talton gets in good defensive position during the Trail Blazers' 74-59 victory over Illinois Central College on Saturday at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A simple one-word answer sufficed for everyone. The John Wood Community College men’s basketball team turned a two-point halftime advantage Saturday afternoon into a 74-59 Mid-West Athletic Conference victory over Illinois Central College to wrap up the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Region 24 postseason tournament. So what exactly did the Trail…

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Trail Blazers go on attack in second half, earn home postseason game by beating Cougars

John Wood Community College's Alexis Pohlman goes up for a shot during the second half of Saturday's victory over Illinois Central College at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A forgettable first half was forgotten quickly. It had to happen for the John Wood Community College women’s basketball team to play at home again. Trailing by eight points at halftime Saturday after shooting just 22.6 percent from the field, the Trail Blazers went on a 17-2 run over the final 6 minutes,…

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Photo gallery: JWCC men and women close regular season with home victories

John Wood Community College teammates Camila Zbynski, left, and Jada Dupree give Katey Flynn a helping hand to get back to her feet during Saturday's game against Illinois Central College at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The home slate didn’t end Saturday for the John Wood Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams. By sweeping a Mid-West Athletic Conference doubleheader from Illinois Central College — the JWCC men won 74-59 and the women won 61-52 — both will play host to quarterfinal games in the Region 24 postseason tournament…

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‘We’re just soul-searching a little bit’: Mistakes, inconsistency lead to Trail Blazers getting upset

John Wood Community College guard Connor Watson, right, looks to drive past Spoon River College's John Ross-Hess during Wednesday night's game at JWCC's Student Activity Center. | David Adam photo

QUINCY — The outside doors to the Student Activity Center had been locked and a few of the inside lights dimmed by the time John Wood Community College men’s basketball coach Brad Hoyt emerged from the locker room after meeting with his team. “We’re just soul-searching a little bit,” he said. “We’re just trying to…

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Winless Spoon River provides perfect tonic for home-court woes for John Wood women

John Wood Community College's Amber Durst sets a screen on a Spoon River College player to clear a path for teammate Grace Deters to dribble to the basket during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's women's college basketball game at the Student Activity Center in Quincy. | David Adam

QUINCY — Winning at home has been a struggle for the John Wood Community College women’s basketball team this season. Until Wednesday night. The Trail Blazers scored the opening 12 points and 23 of the first 25 to coast to an 87-31 victory over winless Spoon River College in a Mid-West Athletic Conference game at…

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All By Myself: Without twin sister by her side, Flynn becoming one of top scorers in JWCC history

John Wood Community College's Katey Flynn goes up for a layup during Saturday afternoon's game against Danville Area Community College at the Student Activity Center in Quincy. | David Adam

QUINCY – John Wood Community College guard Katey Flynn admits it’s strange not playing alongside her twin sister, Klare, on the basketball court this season. The Flynn twins had been teammates in whatever sport was in season growing up in Mount Sterling. The only previous separation came during their freshman year in high school when…

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Shelton gets transition game into high gear as Trail Blazers blow out Danville in second half

John Wood Community College's Jordan Shelton dribbles past Danville's Ryan Caddell during Saturday afternoon's men's college basketball game at the Student Activity Center. | David Adam

QUINCY, Ill. – John Wood Community College guard Jordan Shelton spent all but five minutes of the first half of Saturday afternoon’s game against Danville Area Community College on the bench with two personal fouls. He went from spectator to spectacular in the second half. The 5-foot-11 freshman from Mexico (Mo.) High School scored all…

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JWCC women struggle offensively in final three quarters, lose third consecutive game

John Wood Community College's Katey Flynn tries to shoot a reverse layup during Saturday afternoon's women's college basketball game in the Student Activity Center in Quincy. | David Adam

QUINCY – It was one of those games when it seemed like a lid was on the basket. The John Wood Community College women’s basketball team went more than nine minutes overlapping the second and third quarters without a field goal and managed just seven points in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon to drop a…

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Late baskets by Gianquinto help JWCC men pick up critical region victory on home floor

John Wood Community College's Cachao Gianquinto goes up for a shot during Wednesday night's game against Lincoln Land at the Student Activity Center in Quincy. | Matt Schuckman

QUINCY — An offensive rebound basket by Cachao Gianquinto put the John Wood Community College men’s basketball team ahead with 2:10 remaining in the game, and a layup by Gianquinto moments later provided the cushion necessary to post a 72-68 victory over Lincoln Land Community College on Wednesday night at the Student Activity Center. The…

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JWCC men head into new year with good vibes, right demeanor after back-to-back victories

John Wood Community College's Jake Wallingford defends a post pass intended for Kishwaukee's Joshua Bocher during Sunday's game at JWCC's Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The John Wood Community College men’s basketball players packed a six-game losing streak in their belongings and carried it home for the holidays. That’s where they left it. The Trail Blazers ended the 2023 portion of their schedule with back-to-back wins, beating Kishwaukee College 62-51 on Sunday in the JWCC New Year’s Classic…

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Photo gallery: JWCC completes weekend sweep to seize momentum with MWAC play looming

The John Wood Community College men's basketball players along the bench listen to instructions from Trail Blazers coach Brad Hoyt. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The John Wood Community College men’s basketball team’s 62-51 victory over Kishwaukee College on Sunday at JWCC’s Student Activity Center capped a perfect weekend as the Trail Blazers won both of their games in the JWCC New Year’s Classic. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent the afternoon with the Trail Blazers and…

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Trail Blazers unable to stop bounce back as Stormers fend off second-half rally

John Wood Community College's Breiton Klingele, left, and Logan Robbins trap Milwaukee Area Technical College's Jayquan Hickles during Saturday's game at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Brad Hoyt knows the yo-yo happens. “Finding a way to stop the bounce back is what’s critical,” he said. The John Wood Community College men’s basketball team couldn’t do that Saturday afternoon. Although Milwaukee Area Technical College led from start to finish in an 82-69 victory at the Student Athletic Center, the Trail…

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‘Weekend full of toughness’: Trail Blazers begin to forge identity with pair of victories

John Wood Community College men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt watched the Trail Blazers improve to 3-0 with a pair of victories in the John Wood Classic at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Brad Hoyt used two words to describe the John Wood Community College men’s basketball team’s defensive effort last weekend he hopes will be the same two words he uses to characterize the Trail Blazers all season. Toughness and physicality. JWCC won a pair of games in the John Wood Classic last weekend at…

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Added responsibilities on campus do not change Hoyt’s focus in leading JWCC hoops program

John Wood Community College men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt is entering his 13th consecutive season coaching the Trail Blazers and 14th overall. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The number of times Brad Hoyt criss-crosses the John Wood Community College campus on a given day probably isn’t as high as some might think. The number of questions he fields from every corner of the campus … well, that’s a number he’d rather not calculate. The JWCC men’s basketball coach’s “my door…

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Photo gallery: JWCC men’s soccer team suffers loss at home to SWIC

John Wood Community College's Josh Sutton, left, gets fouled during Thursday's game against Southwestern Illinois College on the JWCC campus. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The John Wood Commmunity College men’s soccer team surrendered two goals in each half of a a 4-1 loss to Southwestern Illinois College on Thursday on the JWCC campus. The Trail Blazers are 3-7 overall. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent time with the Trail Blazers on Thursday and put together this…

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College notebook: Arnold leads charge for Danville golfers, Stratton sees first action, changes happening at JWCC

The Danville Area Community College men's golf team has been on a roll with three top-three finishes this season with a lineup that includes four West-Central Illinois products. | Photo courtesy DACC men's golf program

DANVILLE, Ill. — The influx of talent from West-Central Illinois is giving the Danville Area Community College men’s golf team a competitive edge. Liberty product Blake Arnold is at the forefront of that. Arnold tied for the individual low score at the Vincennes Invitational last weekend, shooting 4-under 140 over 36 holes at Country Oaks…

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Photo gallery: JWCC volleyball team sweeps Lewis & Clark in home opener

John Wood Community College sophomore middle hitter Libby Ippensen, right, hits over the block of Lewis & Clark's Kenna Hood, left, and Payton Dunn during Wednesday night's match at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — After playing 13 consecutive matches on the road, the John Wood Community women’s volleyball team finally had the chance to come home Wednesday night. The Trail Blazers showcased why the road seemed friendly. A dominant effort at the net and quality serving enabled JWCC to sweep Lewis & Clark 25-15, 25-13, 25-18 at…

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Showcase notebook: Reunion of traveling team quite Magic-al for Illinois all-stars

The Illinois girls all-star team for the Muddy River Showcase featured six players who teamed together for the Q-City Magic travel team as sixth graders. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Do you believe in Magic? The Illinois girls all-stars certainly do. Q-City Magic, that is. Six of the 10 players on the Illinois roster for the Saturday’s Muddy River Showcase began playing together in sixth grade as part of the Q-City Magic program coached by the late Gayland Blakemore. It allowed the Showcase…

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JWCC slugger Mansfield earns NJCAA Division II first-team All-American honors

John Wood Community College freshman outfielder Payton Mansfield was named an NJCAA Division II first-team All-American. | Submitted photo

QUINCY — A record-setting season on the field should end with a worthwhile honor off it. The John Wood Community College baseball program received that Monday. Freshman outfielder Payton Mansfield was named an NJCAA Division II first-team All-American, becoming the first JWCC product to earn All-American honors since 2015 and just the fourth first-team selection…

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Schuck on a Truck: Hunter Voth discusses dreams of being Cardinals play-by-play announcer and sheds light on Autism Awareness Month

Hunter Voth, left, joins Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman for the latest episode of "Schuck on a Truck."

QUINCY — Hunter Voth refuses to let anything stand in the way of his dream of someday becoming the radio play-by-play voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. Autism is one of those obstacles he simply pushes past. A Unity High School graduate who is a student assistant with the John Wood Community College men’s basketball…

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Hurricane warning: Former JWCC basketball player with front row seat for Final Four as student manager for Miami

Former John Wood Community College basketball player and current University of Miami student manager Kameron Whiteman, center, caught up with former JWCC teammates Jarvis Jennings, left, and Brandon Kracht prior to the Hurricanes' game in the Midwest Regional finals last weekend in Kansas City, Mo. | Photo courtesy Brad Hoyt

QUINCY — Kameron Whiteman and his family were walking around a Kansas City, Mo., business district during last weekend’s Midwest Regional finals when he ducked into a store filled with NCAA Tournament gear. He found shirts for the Houston, Texas and Xavier men’s basketball programs.  “They didn’t have any Miami gear,” Whiteman said. He took…

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JWCC’s Talton finds ‘great fit for me’ as he commits to play at Division I Lindenwood

After a stellar freshman season at John Wood Community College, former Quincy High School standout Jeremiah Talton has committed to play at NCAA Division I Lindenwood University. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Looking back now, the sidestep Jeremiah Talton took on his path to an NCAA Division I college basketball program might have been the best thing for him. Lindenwood University gets to see the benefits of that for the next three years. The John Wood Community College freshman swingman and former Quincy High School…

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Trail Blazers’ Talton earns Region 24 and MWAC Player of the Year honors

John Wood Community College freshman swingman Jeremiah Talton made 162 free throws — third most in NJCAA Division II this season — during a season in which he was named the Region 24 and Mid-West Athletic Conference Player of the Year. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — For the fifth straight season and the eighth time in the past 10 seasons, the John Wood Community College men’s basketball team has produced the Region 24 Player of the Year. This year, for just the second time in that stretch, the Trail Blazers swept three major postseason awards. Credit Jeremiah Talton for…

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Trail Blazers’ season ends in unfamiliar territory with loss in Region 24 quarterfinals

John Wood Community College men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt and the Trail Blazers had their season end Wednesday night with a 93-86 loss to Spoon River in the Region 24 Tournament quarterfinals. | Matt Schuckman photo

CANTON, Ill. — The dark ride home gave John Wood Community College men’s basketball Brad Hoyt to accept there will be no tomorrow, at least not for this year’s team. “The reality has sunk in,” Hoyt said. “You get spoiled.” For the first time in six years, the Trail Blazers won’t play for the Region…

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Crim: Coaching, teaching basketball keeps JWCC assistant Rafferty in ‘his happy place’

John Wood Community College assistant men's basketball coach Pat Rafferty, who has been coaching nearly a half-century, continues to provide insight for JWCC coach Brad Hoyt and the Trail Blazers. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Pat Rafferty says he will know when it’s finally time to walk away from basketball and coaching. At 72, after spending nearly a half-century with teams in high school and college gymnasiums, that time has yet to arrive. “He’s in his happy place,” John Wood Community College coach Brad Hoyt said of his…

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Empty possessions cause headaches for Trail Blazers in two-point loss to Jaguars

John Wood Community College's Jeremiah Talton reacts after missing a free throw late in regulation Saturday in a two-point loss to Danville at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Brad Hoyt might not sleep too soundly if he goes to bed with visions of a one-possession loss to nationally ranked Danville dancing in his head. “When you have a one-possession game, you think about all those one possessions that don’t go very well,” the John Wood Community College men’s basketball coach said.…

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Photo gallery: JWCC suffers one-possession loss to Danville in final home game

John Wood Community College guard Joshua Talton, right, backs away from the pressure from Danville's Lewis Richards during Saturday's game at the Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Fighting for a higher seed in the Region 24 Tournament, the John Wood Community College men’s basketball team suffered a 60-58 loss to nationally ranked Danville Area Community College on Saturday at the Student Activity Center. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman captured the action courtside in this photo gallery:

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First-half drought too much for John Wood men to overcome in home setback

John Wood Community College's Logan Robbins dribbles past Parkland's Isaac Mapson during Saturday afternoon's men's basketball game in Quincy. | David Adam

QUINCY — When you’re a .500 team, you win some and you lose some. You will have good moments and bad moments.  The John Wood Community College men’s basketball team lost Saturday afternoon at home to Parkland College 65-62. The Trail Blazers’ record sits at 14-13, and like their season, the contest included good things…

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Photo gallery: John Wood drops to 14-13 after home loss to Parkland

John Wood Community College coach Brad Hoyt argues with an official during Saturday's game against Parkland College in Quincy. | David Adam

The John Wood Community College men’s basketball team lost Saturday afternoon at home to Parkland College 65-62, missing a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Trail Blazers’ record sits at 14-13, and they’re 2-5 in region play. MRN Editor David Adam captured some of the images from the game.

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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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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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Panthers use toughness, tenaciousness to finish off weekend with solid Rumble on the River victory

From left to right, Camp Point Central's Drew Paben, Gavin Blewitt and Isaac Genenbacher surround Madison's Carlis Wilson during Saturday's game in the Rumble on the River at John Wood Community College's Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Camp Point Central boys basketball coach James Barnett admits the preparation for this weekend’s pair of challenges included some uneasiness. “Nervous,” Barnett said of the one word he thought of having to travel to play West Central Conference opponent Quincy Notre Dame on Friday night and then play a neutral site affair against…

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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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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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Photo gallery: JWCC men’s soccer team wins 5-0, establishing single-season record for victories

A pair of freshman on the John Wood Community College men's soccer team — Quincy High School graduate Jackson Richmiller, left, and Quincy Notre Dame graduate Logan Zanger, right — sandwich an Illinois College JV defender during Thursday's game on the JWCC campus.

QUINCY — Leave it to a Quincy product to score the first goal in a Quincy soccer team’s historic victory. Logan Zanger, a freshman defender on the John Wood Community College men’s soccer team and a Quincy Notre Dame graduate, moved up to join the attack on a restart and finished from outside the far…

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Schuckman: JWCC showcases family-based culture for entire community to see

A pair of John Wood Community College cheerleaders try to entice passerbys to get their car washed as part of the Blazer Bash, which was held Saturday on the JWCC campus. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Saturday felt like a warm, welcoming hug. John Wood Community College opened its arms to the community, and Quincy embraced it. “Yeah, this is neat,” Trail Blazers athletic director Brad Hoyt said as he surveyed the meshing of JWCC athletes and personnel with fans and community members across a large swath of the…

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JWCC women christen new soccer field with quick goal, fall in home opener

John Wood Community College defender Addy Armbruster, left, battles with Southeastern Community College's Amelia Schwenker during Thursday's game on the new field on the JWCC campus. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The John Wood Community College women’s soccer team looked right at home on its new turf. Two minutes into Thursday’s home opener, the Trail Blazers’ Alondra Zacarias-Ortiz scored off a Bella Jaramillo assist and carried a one-goal lead into halftime against Southeastern (Iowa) Community College. Just like the 1-0 lead JWCC had at…

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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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Muddy River Showcase: Future of JWCC men’s basketball program to be on display

Monroe City guard Joshua Talton, right, is guarded by Liberty's Logan Robbins during a game last February at The Pit. Both players, who are participating in Saturday's Muddy River Showcase, have signed to play at John Wood Community College next season. Matt Schuckman photo

The inaugural Muddy River Showcase is taking place June 18 at John Wood Community College’s Student Activity Center. The Illinois vs. Missouri format for senior prep basketball players will feature a girls game at 3 p.m. with the boys game to follow at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door and all seating is general…

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Search for right fit leads QHS all-stater Talton to JWCC to continue basketball career

Quincy High School's Jeremiah Talton, right, signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play basketball at John Wood Community College. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Jeremiah Talton wanted to play for a college basketball coach he could build a relationship with beyond the court and a program that would help his game mature. He didn’t have to leave town to find the right combination. The Quincy High School all-state swingman signed his national letter of intent with John…

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Tearing Loos: Payson Seymour product creates powerful legacy with JWCC baseball program

John Wood Community College third baseman Lucas Loos, a Payson Seymour product, enjoyed one of the most productive careers in Trail Blazers history. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Graduation day ended up being spent on a baseball field. There aren’t many places Lucas Loos would rather be. His favorite fishing hole might be one of them. “I don’t think it’s better than baseball,” he said. “But it helps me relax and get my mind off things.” More recently, the woods have…

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Loos jacks three home runs to help Trail Blazers split final home doubleheader

John Wood Community College's Lucas Loos hit three runs during Sunday's doubleheader against Illinois Central College. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Lucas Loos went out with a bang. Three bangs in fact. The Payson Seymour product blasted three home runs during his final home doubleheader with the John Wood Community College baseball team, jacking two in the nightcap as the Trail Blazers earned a 9-4 victory over Illinois Central College in Mid-West Athletic Conference…

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JWCC unable to make leads last in dropping both ends of MWAC doubleheader to Lewis & Clark

John Wood Community College's Lucas Loos heads back to first base during Saturday's game against Lewis & Clark. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Solid starts in both games of Saturday’s Mid-West Athletic Conference doubleheader put the John Wood Community College baseball team in good position. Poor finishes led to JWCC getting swept. Lewis & Clark rallied late in both games to snare a 9-8 victory in the opener and a 6-4 victory in the nightcap. JWCC…

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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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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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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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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 Wednesday, January 26

Men’s basketball At Student Activity Center, Quincy John Wood Community College 86, Illinois Central College 74: The Trail Blazers won their third consecutive Mid-West Athletic Conference matchup with a blistering effort from the perimeter. The Trail Blazers shot 56 percent from 3-point range, going 14 of 25 and making several in a key second-half surge…

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Slow start, Little’s injury lead to loss for JWCC women in league opener

John Wood Community College's Lenlee Klusman, left, navigates her way around Spoon Rivers's Taylor Stockham after grabbing a rebound during Wednesday night's game at the Student Activity Center. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Spoon River College’s game-opening 3-point barrage proved to be a challenge for the John Wood Community College women’s basketball team to overcome. So did losing McKenna Little to an ankle injury. The Snappers jumped out to a 9-2 lead Wednesday night in the Mid-West Athletic Conference game at the Student Activity Center by…

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Let’s get physical: Trail Blazers withstand Snappers’ style to earn first conference victory

John Wood Community College's Gabe Cox, left, pressures Spoon River's Tchumsy Wright III during the first half of Wednesday night's game at the Student Activity Center. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The physical aspect of Wednesday night’s Mid-West Athletic Conference game negated the natural rhythm and flow John Wood Community College men’s basketball coach Brad Hoyt relishes. So while he was encouraged by the outcome, Hoyt was disappointed with the style. “I was expecting a little better basketball,” Hoyt said after the Trail Blazers…

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College notebook: QU game gets canceled, C-SC’s Blaize earns honor, JWCC’s Jennings reaches grand milestone

Quincy University's Nate Shockey, left, and Jamaurie Coakley, right, must wait until Saturday to get back on the court after Maryville canceled its trip to Pepsi Arena scheduled for Thursday due to COVID protocols. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University men’s basketball team will have to wait a couple of extra days to get back on track. The Hawks were informed Wednesday afternoon that Maryville, which was scheduled to visit Pepsi Arena on Thursday for a Great Lakes Valley Conference game, has to cancel both of its games this week…

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Trail Blazers believe November setback will benefit them in February’s postseason pursuit

John Wood Community College's Jarvis Jennings, right, begins his drive to the basket with 20 seconds remaining in overtime and Saturday's game against Des Moines Area Community College tied at 81. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Come February, Jarvis Jennings believes the scenario plays out differently. Three months from now, Brad Hoyt expects to make a wiser decision. Together, they are supremely confident the John Wood Community College men’s basketball team will be entertaining a shot at reaching the NJCAA Division II national tournament because of what transpired Saturday…

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Trail Blazers hope experienced, savvy lineup leads to more national success

John Wood Community College men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt has four starters returning this season, including first-team All-American forward Jarvis Jennings. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone. Brad Hoyt is counting on the first part of Irish poet Oscar Wilde’s most celebrated adage to hold true. If the second part is more accurate, the veteran John Wood Community College men’s basketball coach might find himself feeling a little more haggard come…

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Scoreboard for Sunday, August 22

Women’s Volleyball At the UW Sports Factory, Rockford, Ill. John Wood Community College capped its weekend with a pair of victories to improve to 5-1. The Trail Blazers beat Morton 25-15, 25-15, 25-18 and upended South Suburban 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 25-16. Paige Knuffman powered the JWCC attack with 23 kills, six blocks and 16 digs…

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Scoreboard for Saturday, August 21

Girls Golf Alton Marquette Blastoff Invite at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course Quincy Notre Dame finished 10th in the 18-team event with a 383. Alton Marquette won the team title with a 313. QND’s Hana Knuffman finished 12th individually with an 85. Blair Eftink shot a 92. Women’s Volleyball At the UW Sports Factory, Rockford,…

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Scoreboard for Friday, August 20

Women’s Volleyball At UW Sports Factory, Rockford, Ill. John Wood Community College splits two matches, losing to Southeastern (Iowa) Community College 25-16, 16-25, 25-20, 25-20 and beating Elgin (Ill.) Community College 25-16, 25-16, 25-9. Paige Knuffman led the Trail Blazers 21 kills, nine digs and three solo blocks in the two matches combined. Isadora Gasparini…

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Sit down with the AD: Brad Hoyt discusses the future of JWCC athletics

Brad Hoyt, who serves as the head men's basketball coach and athletic director at John Wood Community College, is pushing the Trail Blazers in pursuit of more championship moments. Submitted photo

QUINCY — Brad Hoyt thrives on chasing championship moments. The John Wood Community College men’s basketball coach places such a high priority on that concept his players use the “championships are cool” mantra whenever they discuss expectations and goals. The other JWCC coaches are embracing the idea, too. It’s why Hoyt, who also serves as…

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