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

QUINCY — After 27 years of providing summer college baseball, the Quincy Gems are no more. Jimmie and Julie Louthan, owners of Quincy Gems Baseball, announced Tuesday in a press release the Quincy Gems will not play at QU Stadium for the 2024 season. “The decision was made after carefully considering many factors in running…

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‘Here we go’: Boyd ready to guide QU women’s basketball program back to historic heights

Quincy University President Dr. Brian McGee, left, and new women's basketball coach Courtney Boyd share a laugh at the end of her introductory press conference Thursday in the Hall of Fame Room on the QU campus. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The caller ID read “Josh Rabe,” which meant Courtney Boyd knew which direction the conversation would veer if she answered. She said hello without hesitation. “What went through my head was, ‘Here we go,’” said Boyd, the Keokuk, Iowa, native who recently capped her sixth season as the head women’s basketball coach at…

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‘It’s his show now’: Rabe stays out of way as Schissel continues success with QU baseball program

Quincy University Matt Schissel looks into the dugout during Saturday's doubleheader against Illinois-Springfield. | Photo courtesy of Max Bennett

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Josh Rabe wasn’t about to miss this.  His baseball team usually is still playing in late May. This year’s squad had an important doubleheader to play on Saturday morning … in an under-8 tournament. Rabe now coaches his oldest son’s team, the Mayhem. Oh, that Quincy University baseball team, which Rabe guided…

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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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Bellows ready to take on challenge of being head women’s soccer coach at QU

New Quincy University women's soccer coach Mackenzie Bellows, right, talks with Meagan Mero during a scrimmage at Legends Stadium. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Mackenzie Bellows had started her road trip home to Calgary, Alberta, to spend the holidays with her family when Quincy University athletic director Josh Rabe asked if she’d have time for a phone call the next morning. “I said he’s either going to ruin this trip for me or he’s going to make…

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Sit down with the AD: Josh Rabe discusses the future of QU athletics

Quincy University's Josh Rabe, right, poses for a photo with his family after being introduced as the school's next athletic director. Photo courtesy Quincy University Athletics

QUINCY — Josh Rabe’s wardrobe is different. His daily routine is, too. After the Quincy University baseball team was eliminated from the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional on May 29, Rabe made his transition from coaching to administration. On June 1, he officially moved into his role as the Quincy University athletic director, having spent…

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