Blue Devils outduel Raiders, while QND’s Cucuk overcomes ankle injury to win final home match

Quincy High School's No. 2 doubles team of Trevor Nelson, left, and Jason Derian prepare to serve during their 8-6 victory over Quincy Notre Dame's Alex Strong and Daniel Dyer during Tuesday's dual at Reservoir Park. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The manner in which Marko Cucuk tripped and fell, hitting the hard-court surface on Court No. 1 at the Greeman Tennis Center in Reservoir Park with a thud, created immediate and obvious concern. “I knew I fell really hard,” said Cucuk, the No. 1 singles player for the Quincy Notre Dame boys tennis…

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Raiders’ Cucuk dominates sectional field to win singles championship and grab state berth

Quincy Notre Dame junior Marko Cucuk won the singles championship at the Class 1A Chatham Glenwood Sectional on Saturday. Matt Schuckman file photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Marko Cucuk didn’t shift into cruise control just because his spot in the Illinois boys tennis state tournament field was secure. A sectional championship, a better state seed and the momentum from a string of victories mattered just as much as qualifying for the championships. The Quincy Notre Dame junior took care…

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