Photo gallery: QHS, Springfield girls soccer teams square off at Flinn Stadium

Quincy High School senior forward Taylor Routh looks to make a run through the Springfield defense during the first half of Thursday's game at Flinn Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School girls soccer team woke up at halftime Thursday night and nearly pulled off an improbable comeback, losing 3-2 to Springfield at Flinn Stadium. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent the evening at the venerable facility and put together this photo gallery.

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Photo gallery: QHS, Hannibal baseball teams square off in middle of busy week

Hannibal first baseman Cooper Scott, left, throws the ball pack to the pitcher after Quincy High School's Kyle Taylor was safe on a pickoff attempt during Wednesday's game at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — With no rain in sight, it’s time to play ball. And the Quincy High School and Hannibal baseball teams are playing as much as possible. Wednesday marked the third consecutive day with at least one game for both squads as the Blue Devils picked up an 8-1 victory at the QHS field. Muddy…

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Photo gallery: QHS softball team earns WB6 victory over Alleman

From left, Quincy High School's Paige Kurfman, Ariana Adorno, Storm Budde and Ivy Winter exchange high-fives before the start of the seventh inning Tuesday against Rock Island Alleman. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School softball team found a way to manufacture a single run in four consecutive innings and junior right-hander Storm Budde made certain that was enough to secure a 4-2 victory over Rock Island Alleman on Tuesday in Western Big 6 Conference play at the QHS field. Muddy River Sports Editor…

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Photo gallery: Hawks struggle to finish weekend with another GLVC victory

From left, Quincy University's Austin SImpson and Brock Boynton celebrate with teammate Evan Davis after he hit a solo home run in the second inning of Sunday's game against Lewis at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University baseball team was unable to string together a third consecutive day of solid pitching and timely hitting, suffering a 14-2 loss to Lewis on Sunday in the finale of their Great Lakes Valley Conference series at QU Stadium. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent the day at the ballpark…

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Photo gallery: Blue Devils earn split with Silver Streaks in WB6 doubleheader

From left, Quincy High School catcher Owen Zanger, pitcher Brady Lowe and first baseman Jansen Lawson stand at attention as first responders present the United States and state of Illinois flags before Saturday's Western Big 6 Conference doubleheader against Galesburg at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Stellar pitching performances, solid approaches at the plate and a seventh-inning rally enabled the Quincy High School baseball team to earn a Western Big 6 Conference doubleheader split with Galesburg on Saturday at the QHS field. The Silver Streaks won the opener 4-0, while the Blue Devils rallied for a 5-4 victory in…

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Photo gallery: Alumni celebration helps QND girls soccer team get back on winning track

Quincy Notre Dame junior wing Liesel Vincent passes the ball up the left side of the field during Saturday's game against Burlington (Iowa) at Advance Physical Therapy Field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Maybe the presence of three decades of alumni gave the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team a boost. Trailing Burlington (Iowa) 2-1 in the second half Saturday afternoon at Advance Physical Therapy Field, the Raiders responded with a three-goal rally for a 4-2 victory. Sophomore forward Addie Flesch scored three goals, including the…

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Photo gallery: QHS, QND girls soccer teams square off in first showdown of spring

Quincy High School girls soccer coach Travis Dinkheller gives senior forward Taylor Routh a piggy-back ride to the bench after she cramped up late in Friday night's game against Quincy Notre Dame at Advance Physical Therapy Field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The sun came out Friday just in time to make the weather more pleasant for the first of two meetings this spring between the Quincy High School and Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer teams. The Blue Devils used a goal late in the first half and early in the second half to post…

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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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Photo gallery: Old-fashioned pitchers’ duel breaks out as Mustangs, Eagles go extra innings

Liberty catcher Jarred Owens sets himself to receive a pitch during Thursday's game against Mendon Unity in West Central Conference play in Liberty, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

LIBERTY, Mo. — A pair of right-handed hurlers engaged in a pitchers’ duel Thursday as neither Mendon Unity’s Cody Shaffer nor Liberty’s Jackson Sims allowed a run over the first six innings. The relievers were just a stingy in the seventh inning. It wasn’t until the eighth inning when a pair of errors enabled Unity…

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Photo gallery: Hannibal, QND girls soccer teams battle in cold, windy conditions

Members of the Hannibal and Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer teams await a restart during the second half of Tuesday night's game at Advance Physical Therapy Field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The temperature dipped below 40 degrees and the wind blew across the field with gusts up to 25 mph, creating challenges for both the Hannibal and Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer teams to maintain possession and control. Ultimately, the Pirates used the wind to their advantage and scored a 3-1 victory at Advance…

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Photo gallery: QND, Liberty square off in Raiders’ home opener at The Backyard

Quincy Notre Dame catcher Payton Stupavsky holds a called third strike during Thursday's game against Liberty at The Backyard. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy Notre Dame softball team had played one game this season prior to Thursday’s home opener, but it didn’t look like the Raiders were rusty at all. QND collected 17 hits in a 9-2 victory over Liberty at The Backyard. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman enjoyed a rare warm, sunny day…

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Photo gallery: Stolte’s quick goal sparks Hannibal’s attack in NCMC victory over Moberly

Malia Stolte, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring 11 seconds into Thursday's North Central Missouri Conference game against Moberly at Veterans Field in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal girls soccer team earned a North Central Missouri Conference victory Thursday at Veterans Field, beating Moberly 5-1 as Malia Stolte tied a school record for the quickest goal scored as she netted the first goal just 11 seconds into the game. Aly Falconer scored two goals for the Pirates (5-1-1,…

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Photo gallery: Sixth-inning rally pushes QHS softball team past Rushville-Industry

Quincy High School's Aryauna Allen slides safely into second base under the tag Rushville-Industry's Brynna Shaw during Wednesday's game at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School softball team scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead and ultimately hold off Rushville-Industry for a 16-13 victory Wednesday at the QHS field. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman sat in center field and put together this photo gallery:

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Photo gallery: QHS, Hannibal, QND kick off weekend girls soccer tournament

Quincy High School senior midfielder Rian Moore directs the play off a throw-in during Friday night's game against Hannibal at Flinn Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School and Hannibal girls soccer teams played to a 2-2 draw Friday night at Flinn Stadium, while Quincy Notre Dame beat West Plains (Mo.) 6-0 on the opening night of the QHS Kickoff Showcase. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent time at Flinn Stadium and put together this photo…

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Photo gallery: QU baseball team opens GLVC series with Rockhurst with victory

Quincy University center fielder Brock Boynton, left, slaps hands with third-base coach Chandler Purcell as he rounds the bases following his second-inning home run Friday against Rockhurst at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Griffin Kirn was nearly unhittable. Brock Boynton put a charge into the offense. And the Quincy University baseball team survived a rain delay and a Rockhurst rally to come up with a 10-9 victory in the first game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference weekend series. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent…

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Photo gallery: QHS squares off with Belleville West in baseball home opener

The Quincy High School baseball players stand at attention during the national anthem prior to Tuesday's game against Belleville West at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Belleville West baseball team scored five runs in the first inning and hit three home runs on a somewhat blustery day to spoil Quincy High School’s home opener, winning 13-3 on Tuesday afternoon at the QHS field. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman put together this photo gallery from the game:

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Photo gallery: Stolte’s first goal, Wilson’s complete game help Hannibal enjoy banner day

Hannibal right-hander Kane Wilson delivers a pitch during Tuesday's game against Wentzville Holt at Veterans Field in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Malia Stolte didn’t settle for scoring her first varsity goal in the Hannibal girls soccer team’s 8-0 victory over Warrenton on Tuesday night at Veterans Field. She went ahead and recorded her first career hat trick as well. Kane Wilson didn’t settle for his first victory of the season for the Hannibal…

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Photo gallery: QND girls soccer team opens its season with 3-2 victory over Helias

Quincy Notre Dame freshman defender Sierra Thomas, left, attempts to clear a ball while being pressured from behind by Jefferson City Helias forward Brooke Yanskey during Saturday's game at Advance Physical Therapy Field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Lilly Schuette’s second-half penalty kick and a stout defensive effort over the final 40 minutes enabled the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team to open its season Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Jefferson City (Mo.) Helias at Advance Physical Therapy Field. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent the afternoon next to…

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Photo gallery: QND baseball program retires No. 5 in honor of Tucker Tollerton

Tucker Tollerton's father, Rob, left, and his mother, Vicke, right, were presented with framed No. 5 Quincy Notre Dame baseball jerseys Friday when the number was retired in Tollerton's honor. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — With most of Tucker Tollerton’s extended family, friends and his entire college team in attendance Friday at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield, the Quincy Notre Dame baseball program retired No. 5 in honor of the Raiders’ former center fielder, who was killed last May in an auto accident. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt…

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Photo gallery: QND baseball team falls in season opener against Sherrard

Quincy Notre Dame starting pitcher Evan Kenning receives a throw from catcher Nick Spears during Friday's game against Sherrard at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy Notre Dame baseball team’s youth and inexperience showed in a season-opening 10-0 loss to Sherrard on Friday at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent the sunny afternoon at the Ferd and put together this photo gallery:

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Photo gallery: Hannibal, Palmyra, Bowling Green participate in baseball jamboree

Hannibal's Ryan Ross delivers a pitch during Saturday's jamboree at the Veterans Field complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew. Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — A week before the high school baseball season officially begins, Hannibal hosted a jamboree at the Veterans Field complex with Palmyra and Bowling Green taking part. Photographer Mathew Kirby spent time at the field Saturday and put together this photo gallery:

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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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Photo gallery: Macomb, Williamsville engage in defensive battle in super-sectional

The Macomb boys basketball team suffered a 36-32 loss to Williamsville on Monday night in the Class 2A Springfield Super-Sectional at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield, Ill. | Photo courtesy Andrea Ratermann

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Macomb boys basketball team learned just how difficult it can be to score against Williamsville’s ultra-aggressive 1-3-1 zone defense Monday night, getting held to 16 points over the final three quarters of a 36-32 loss in the Class 2A Springfield Super-Sectional at the Bank of Springfield Center. Photographer Andrea Ratermann shared…

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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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Photo gallery: Blue Devils trail by as many as nine in first half before rallying to take lead

Quincy High School's Bradley Longcor III dribbles to the basket during the Class 4A sectional boys basketball game on Friday night at Dawson Hawkins Gymnasium in Pekin, Ill. | David Adam photo

PEKIN, Ill. — The Quincy High School boys basketball team fell behind 17-8 in the first half but rallied to take the lead on multiple occasions in the second half before losing 44-43 to Normal Community on Friday night in the Class 4A sectional at Dawson Hawkins Gym in Pekin. Quincy turned up the defensive…

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Photo gallery: Macomb reaches Class 2A elite eight by avenging holiday loss to Rockridge

The Macomb boys basketball team beat Rockridge 54-36 in the championship game of the Class 2A Canton Sectional on Friday night in front of a packed house at Alice Ingersoll Gymnasium. | Photo courtesy Andrea Ratermann

CANTON, Ill. — The Macomb boys basketball team went 1 of 12 from 3-point range in suffering a 36-33 loss to Rockridge in the championship game of the Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament. Friday night, in a rematch with the Rockets in the Class 2A Canton Sectional championship game, the Bombers hit every target. Macomb went 9…

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Photo gallery: Central’s effort to cut Illini Bluffs down to size falls short in sectional title game

Camp Point Central boys basketball coach James Barnett talks to his team during a timeout Friday night during the Class 1A sectional championship game against Illini Bluffs in Abingdon, Ill. | Photo courtesy Mike Pritchard

ABINGDON, Ill. — The Camp Point Central boys basketball team knows just how big of a road block Illini Bluffs senior forward Hank Alvey can be. For the second year in a row in a sectional championship game, Alvey and the Tigers ended the Panthers’ season. Friday night, in the Class 1A Abingdon-Avon Sectional title…

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Photo Gallery: Four Blue Devils score in double figures in dominant performance over Belleville West

Quincy High School's Dom Clay, left, stares downm Belleville West's Jordan Lacey during Tuesday night's boys basketball game in the Class 4A sectional semifinal in the Panther Dome at O'Fallon Township High School. | David Adam photo

O’FALLON, Ill. — Junior guard Bradley Longcor III scored 28 points in a 74-46 victory for the Quincy High School boys basketball team on Tuesday night over Belleville West in the Class 4A sectional semifinal in the Panther Dome at O’Fallon Township High School. Dom Clay scored 11 points, and Ralph Wires and Keshaun Thomas…

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Photo Gallery: Panthers get within four points but fail to score from field in fourth quarter

Central-Southeastern's Carly Peters tries to shoot an underhanded layup despite the presence of Nashville's Avery Reeder during Monday night's Class 2A girls basketball super-sectional at Vandalia High School. | David Adam photo

VANDALIA, Ill. — The Central-Southeastern girls basketball team trailed for all but the opening minutes in Monday night’s 41-32 loss to Nashville in the Class 2A super-sectional at Vandalia High School. CSE got within 36-32 with 3:51 to play but didn’t score again, making just three free throws in the final eight minutes. Lauren Miller…

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Photo gallery: Hannibal wrestling team wins Class 3 state championship

Hannibal sophomore wrestler Austin Brown gets a bear hug from Pirates coach Jake Borgmeyer after winning the 113-pound state championship at the Class 3 state tournament Saturday night at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. | Photo courtesy Lisa Rigdon, Cheap Seats Photography

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Hannibal wrestling team made history Saturday night, winning the Class 3 state championship to become just the second boys team in school history to hoist a crown. The Pirates join the 1930 boys indoor track team as state champions. The Pirates had three individual champions — sophomore Austin Brown at 113…

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Photo Gallery: Three-point shooting woes prove costly for Titans in championship game

West Hancock's Nolan Gooding stands dejectedly on the floor while members of the Pleasant Plains boys basketball team celebrate after Friday night's Class 2A regional championship game at Warsaw High School. | David Adam photo

WARSAW, Ill. — After racing to an 11-3 lead in the first quarter, the West Hancock boys basketball team missed 11 straight 3-pointers to fall behind by as many as 15 points. A late comeback failed in a 64-60 loss to Pleasant Plains in the Class 2A regional championship game Friday night at Warsaw High…

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Photo gallery: Central-Southeastern shows resiliency in winning sectional championship

Central-Southeastern coach Matt Long gives the Panthers instructions during a timeout in the Class 2A Beardstown Sectional championship game against Pleasant Plains on Thursday night in Beardstown, Ill. | Photo courtesy Mike Pritchard

BEARDSTOWN, Ill. — The Central-Southeastern girls basketball players never lost faith in each other or the belief the sectional championship would be theirs, fending off Pleasant Plains 43-37 to win the Class 2A Beardstown Sectional on Thursday night. Photographer Mike Pritchard shared this photo gallery of the Panthers’ victory:

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Photo Gallery: Buehler, Durst spark comeback for Raiders after trailing by 10 points in first half

Quincy Notre Dame's Ari Buehler is fouled by Chatham Glenwood's Hope Gilmore (34) with eight-tenths of a second to play during Thursday night's Class 3A girls basketball sectional championship game at MacArthur High School in Decatur, Ill. | David Adam photo

DECATUR, Ill. — The Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team didn’t score a field goal in the first quarter and trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, but it rallied to take the lead in the third quarter and several times in the fourth quarter in a 44-43 loss to Chatham…

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Photo Gallery: West Hancock gains edge in county rivalry by knocking Illini West out in postseason

West Hancock's Gage Scott pulls up for a shot while Illini West's Wesley Robertson defends during the semifinals of the Class 2A regional at Warsaw High School on Wednesday night. | David Adam photo

WARSAW, Ill. — A pair of Hancock County rivals made their third meeting of the season a memorable one. The West Hancock boys basketball team outlasted Illini West 44-39 in the semifinals of the Class 2A Warsaw Regional on Wednesday night. It gave the Titans a 2-1 edge in the season series. MRN Editor David…

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Photo gallery: CSE advances to sectional championship game by beating Staunton

Central-Southeastern's Claire Huston pressures Staunton's Ele Feldmann during Tuesday night's Class 2A Beardstown Sectional semifinal in Beardstown, Ill. | Photo courtesy Mike Pritchard

BEARDSTOWN, Ill. — The fourth quarter may have gotten a little too close for comfort, but the Central-Southeastern girls basketball team withstood Staunton’s late surge to secure a 56-50 victory in the semifinals of the Class 2A Beardstown Sectional on Tuesday night. Photographer Mike Pritchard shared this photo gallery from the game:

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Photo gallery: Central-Southeastern wins regional championship clash with SHG

Central-Southeastern coach Matt Long talks to his team during a timeout during Thursday night's Class 2A regional championship game against Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin in Camp Point, Ill. | Photo courtesy Mike Pritchard

CAMP POINT, Ill. — The Central-Southeastern girls basketball team took advantage of the friendly confines of its home gym Thursday night, earning a 44-41 victory over Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin in the Class 2A regional championship in front of a standing room-only crowd. The Panthers went 14-0 at home this season while advancing to the Beardstown…

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Photo Gallery: Barrage of 3-pointers in second quarter fuels Raiders’ victory at Jerseyville

Quincy Notre Dame's Sage Stratton celebrates after being handed the Class 3A regional plaque after Thursday night's game in Jerseyville. | David Adam photo

JERSEYVILLE, Ill. — The Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team went a 19-2 run, punctuated by four 3-pointers, in the second quarter and went on to win 49-30 over Jerseyville on Thursday night in the Class 3A regional championship game.  Tristan Pieper and Marie Eversman had one 3-pointer in the run and Sage Stratton made two…

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Photo gallery: QHS girls see 25-win season come to end in regional title loss to O’Fallon

Quincy High School guard Leila Dade, left, wipes her eyes after the Blue Devils suffered a 55-40 loss to O'Fallon in Thursday night's Class 4A regional champiosnhip game in O'Fallon, Ill. | Photo courtesy Paul Baillargeon, Archview Photos

O’FALLON, Ill. — The Class 4A sub-sectional the Quincy High School girls basketball team was assigned proved to be as challening as expected. The third-seeded Blue Devils suffered a 55-40 loss to second-seeded O’Fallon in Thursday night’s regional championship, ending Quincy’s season with a 25-7 record. Freelance photographer Paul Baillargeon put together this photo gallery…

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Photo gallery: Palmyra sweeps doubleheader from Hannibal at Korf Gym

Palmyra's Clare Williams goes to block a shot during Tuesday night's game against Hannibal at Korf Gym in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Alicia Deming

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Palmyra boys and girls basketball teams, both ranked in Class 3 in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association polls, continued to show Tuesday night why they are considered among the state’s elite. The Palmyra girls used a fourth-quarter surge to put away Hannibal 51-36 at Korf Gym. The Panthers, ranked seventh, limited…

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Photo gallery: QHS girls blitz Belleville East to reach regional title game

Quincy High School's Taylor Fohey, right, looks to get to the basket during Monday night's Class 4A regional semifinal against Belleville East at O'Fallon, Ill. | Photo courtesy Paul Baillargeon, Archview Photos

O’FALLON, Ill. — The Quincy High School girls basketball team scored the game’s first 17 points and rolled to a 68-30 victory over Belleville East in Monday night’s semifinals of the Class 4A O’Fallon Regional. The Blue Devils (25-6) will face O’Fallon at 7 p.m. Thursday for the regional championship. Photographer Paul Baillargeon of Archview…

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Photo gallery: CSE, SHG pick up Class 2A regional semifinal victories

The Central-Southeastern girls basketball players await the playing of the national anthem prior to Monday's Class 2A regional semifinal against Pittsfield in Camp Point, Ill. | Photo courtesy Mike Pritchard

CAMP POINT, Ill. — The top-seeded Central-Southeastern girls basketball team and fourth-seeded Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin remained on a collision course as both won Class 2A regional semifinals Monday night at Central High School. The Panthers beat Pittsfield 51-28 and the Cyclones upended West Hancock 42-32. Freelance photographer Mike Pritchard shared this photo gallery from semifinal…

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Photo Gallery: Tornadoes blow away Indians with 10 3-pointers

Griggsville-Perry's Wyatt Lipcaman drives to the basket while Payson Seymour's Brody Dieker defends during Friday night's high school boys basketball game at Payson. | David Adam

PAYSON, Ill. — Michael Myers made four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to lead Griggsville-Perry to a 60-32 victory over Payson Seymour on Friday night. The Tornadoes made 10 3-pointers in 17 attempts, while the Indians missed on 14 of their 16 3-point tries. MRN Editor David Adam took photos of some of the…

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Photo Gallery: QHS stays perfect at Blue Devil Gym with victory over Alleman

Quincy High School guard Bradley Longcor III drives to the basket during Tuesday night's game against Rock Island Alleman at Blue Devil Gym. | David Adam photo

QUINCY — A perfect season at home is one victory away. The Quincy High School boys basketball team improved to 12-0 at Blue Devil Gym this season with Tuesday night’s 78-33 victory over Rock Island Alleman in Western Big 6 Conference play. MRN Editor David Adam captured some of the action.

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Photo Gallery: Newbold, Roberts capture regional crowns as Blue Devils send nine to sectional

Quincy High School's Eli Roberts puts pressure on the head of top-seeded Antoine Phillips from Alton during their championship match at 150 pounds during the Class 3A wrestling regional Saturday afternoon in the QHS gymnasium. | David Adam

Joining Owen Uppinghouse as a regional champion on Saturday were Quincy High School’s Bryor Newbold at 175 pounds and Eli Roberts at 150 pounds. Also advancing to the Class 3A sectional, to be held at Blue Devil Gym next weekend, was Hugh Sharrow (third at 113 pounds), Wyatt Boeing (second at 120 pounds), Evan Wakefield…

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Photo Gallery: Winning streak for QND boys reaches four, and guys join girls on dance floor

Quincy Notre Dame's Beau Eftink drives to the basket while Madison's Darrius Williams closes in during Friday night's high school boys basketball game in the KHQA Superfan Shootout at the Pit. | David Adam

The Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team held an explosive Madison (11-10) squad well below its season-average point total in a 54-47 victory on Friday night at the Pit. The Raiders kept the Trojans’ leading scorer Elijah Williams relatively in check. Williams averages 22 points a game and was limited to 13. QND has won…

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Photo Gallery: Sophomore Knowles difference maker in Titans’ second-half comeback

West Hancock's Nolan Gooding, middle, is tied up by two players from KIPP Academy from St. Louis during Friday night's high school boys basketball game in the KHQA Superfan Shootout at the Pit. | David Adam

West Hancock’s comeback 58-56 victory over KIPP Academy of St. Louis on Friday night at the Pit was led by 6-foot-6 sophomore Cooper Knowles. He scored four points during a 12-4 run that got West Hancock within 44-42 at the end of the quarter, then scored the first three baskets in the fourth quarter —…

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Photo Gallery: Freshman Brown contributes 28 points, nine rebounds in victory over Silver Streaks

Quincy's Leah Chevalier, right, dribbles to the baseline while Galesburg's Kiarra Kilgore defends. | David Adam

QUINCY — Freshman Jada Brown scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the Quincy High School girls basketball team defeat Galesburg 62-43 in a Western Big Six Conference game Thursday night at the QHS gymnasium. The Silver Streaks led 2-0, and the Blue Devils quickly grabbed the lead and never relinquished it. MRN…

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Photo gallery: QHS boys basketball team easily dispatches Galesburg in WB6 battle

Quincy High School's Bradley Longcor III pressures Galesburg's Jackson Crock Sibbing during Tuesday night's Western Big 6 Conference game at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Galesburg boys basketball team scored the first five points of Tuesday night’s Western Big 6 Conference game at Blue Devil Gym. Quincy High School did the rest, rolling to a 77-35 victory to improve to 20-1 overall. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman sat courtside and put together this photo gallery:

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Photo gallery: Scenes from the Quincy Shootout

Blue Devil mascot Nate Hetzler stands on the court as the Quincy High School boys basketball team's starting lineup is introduced. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A gym full of basketball junkies enjoyed being treated to top-level talent during the sixth Quincy Shootout, which took place Friday and Saturday at Blue Devil Gym. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent all 13 games courtside and put together this photo gallery of scenes from the shootout:

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Photo gallery: Marquee game brings out marquee performance in QHS boys basketball team

The Quincy High School boys basketball team runs a baseline inbounds play during Saturday night's game against Imhotep Charter in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School boys basketball team used the spotlight brought on by the nationally respected field assembled for the Quincy Shootout to showcase just how skilled it is. Saturday night’s 74-62 victory over Imhotep Charter certainly did that. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent the game courtside in Blue Devil Gym…

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Photo gallery: First night of Quincy Shootout entertains basketball-loving fanbase

Link Academy's Jalen Shelley, left, blocks a shot by Oak Cliff Faith Family's Isaac Williams during Friday night's game in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The appetizer was quite tasty. The main course promises to be just as delictable. The sixth Quincy Shootout kicked off Friday night with four games each at Blue Devil Gym and The Pit, and the matchups produced plenty of highlights, including a 75-13 whitewashing of Geneseo by the Quincy High School boys basketball…

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Photo gallery: Area wrestlers rack up medals in Quincy Invitational

Pittsfield's Tucker Cook, top, earns the pin in his third-place match at 190 pounds Saturday during the Quincy Invitational at the QHS gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Winter weather may have impacted the number of teams that traveled here to participate in the Quincy Invitational, but it couldn’t diminish the ability of area wrestlers to showcase their talents. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent Saturday at matside and put together this photo gallery:

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Photo gallery: QU men and women complete GLVC sweep of Truman State

Truman State guard C.E. Talton, a Monroe City product, applies pressure to Quincy University's Zion Richardson during Thursday night's Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University men’s and women’s basketball teams completed a Great Lakes Valley Conference sweep of Truman State on Thursday night at Pepsi Arena with the men surviving a 75-73 finish and the women making clutch free throws for a 78-75 victory. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent the evening at Pepsi…

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Photo gallery: Blue Devils pull away from Lions in fourth quarter at Highland Shootout

Quincy High School guard Bradley Longcor III defends against St. Louis Cardinal Ritter during Saturday's game in the 32nd Highland Shootout in Highland, Ill. | Photo courtesy Tim Vizer Photography

HIGHLAND, Ill. — The Quincy High School boys basketball team outscored St. Louis Cardinal Ritter 26-13 in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game in the 32nd Highland Shootout, securing a 62-49 victory for back-to-back victories to start the new year. Freelance photographer Tim Vizer spent Saturday afternoon at the Shootout and put together this photo…

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Photo gallery: QND, Pittsfield boys basketball teams renew rivalry at Voshall Gym

From left, Pittsfield's Eli Mendenhall, QND's Noah Lunt, Pittsfield's Konner Allen and QND's Aiden Klauser get set for an inbounds play during Friday night's game at Voshall Gym in Pittsfield, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

PITTSFIELD, Ill. — The Pittsfield and Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball teams collided in their 2024 openers Friday night at Voshall Gym. The Raiders built a double-digit lead, saw the Saukees whittle it to eight points on two separate occasions in the second half and then pulled away for a 50-31 victory. Muddy River Sports…

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Photo gallery: QHS, QND, Pittsfield wrestlers square off at The Pit

Quincy Notre Dame's Taylin Scott, top, puts the squeeze on Payson Seymour's Bryson Davis during Wednesday night's dual at The Pit. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Wrestling took center stage Wednesday night at The Pit as the Quincy High School, Quincy Notre Dame and Pittsfield squad engaged in a series of duals. The Blue Devils beat the Raiders 67-0 and the Saukees 54-6, while Pittsfield scored a 35-33 victory over QND. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman sat matside…

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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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Year in Review 2023: Schuck’s favorite photos

QUINCY — Four years ago, Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman picked up a camera for the first time and attempted to shoot his own photos to accompany his stories. At the time, he prayed for one clean image. Over time, those expectations have changed. Now, Schuckman enjoys sharing photos of area student-athletes nearly as…

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Photo gallery: Blue Devils, Kahoks go toe-to-toe in battle of Class 4A heavyweights

Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas talks to his team during Friday night's championship game of the 39th Collinsville Prairie Farms Holiday Classic against Collinsville at Vergil Fletcher Gym in Collinsville, Ill. | Photo courtesy Tim Vizer Photography

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — The difference between the Quincy High School and Collinsville boys basketball teams isn’t substantial, but it is apparent. The Kahoks are tougher. At least they were Friday night. Collinsville won the championship of the 39th Collinsville Prairie Farms Holiday Classic with a 44-39 victory at Vergil Fletcher Gym, improving to 16-0 in…

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Photo Gallery: Central-Southeastern earns chance to defend championship with victory over Bishop McNamara

Central-Southeastern's Lauren Miller dribbles to the basket while being guarded by Bishop McNamara's Angel Dickerson during Saturday's semifinal of the small school bracket of the State Farm Holiday Classic at the Shirk Center in Bloomington. | David Adam photo

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Central-Southeastern girls basketball team only led 18-17 at halftime but pulled away in the second half to defeat Kankakee Bishop McNamara 39-25 in the semifinals of the small school bracket of the State Farm Holiday Classic at the Shirk Center on Friday. CSE will play Galena for the title at 3:30…

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Photo Gallery: Foul problems hinder Blue Devils in semifinal setback to Morton

Quincy High School's Cameran Byquist is fouled by Morton's Paige Selke during the Blue Devils' 42-40 overtime loss during Friday night's semifinal game in the large school girls bracket of the State Farm Holiday Classic at the Shirk Center. | David Adam photo

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Taylor Fohey, Jada Brown and Myley Longcor all spent significant time on the bench either in foul trouble or nursing an injury during the Quincy High School girls basketball team’s 42-40 overtime loss to Morton during Friday night’s semifinal game in the large school girls bracket of the State Farm Holiday Classic…

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Photo gallery: Blue Devils use second-half surge to power past Panthers

Quincy High School forward Keshaun Thomas grabs for the ball as OFallon guard Rini Harris brings into the frontcourt during Thursday’s semifinal matchup in the Collinsville Prairie Farms Holiday Classic at Vergil Fletcher Gym in Collinsville, Ill. | Photo courtesy Tim Vizer Photography

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — Two minutes into the second half Thursday night, the Quincy High School boys basketball team found itself trailing O’Fallon by eight points and riding the wrong end of a seven-point scoring binge. Less than 90 seconds later, the game was tied and the tide had completely turned. The Blue Devils used an…

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Photo gallery: Panthers allow just eight points in second half in rout of Stanford Olympia

Central-Southeastern's Carly Peters, right, is guarded by Stanford Olympia's Raquel Birky during Thursday afternoon's game in the small school girls bracket of the State Farm Holiday Classic at Bloomington High School. | David Adam photo

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Central-Southeastern girls basketball team forced 18 second-half turnovers and didn’t allow a field goal for nearly a quarter and a half in a 60-26 victory over Stanford Olympia in the quarterfinals of the small school girls bracket of the State Farm Holiday Classic on Thursday afternoon at Bloomington High School. MRN…

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Photo Gallery: Victory over Richwoods ensures QHS will play two state-ranked teams at State Farm Holiday Classic

Quincy High School's Leila Dade looks to pass while guarded by Peoria Richwoods' Kamryn Heider during Thursday night's game in the State Farm Holiday Classic at Normal Community High School. | David Adam photo

NORMAL, Ill. — Quincy High School’s 56-40 victory over Peoria Richwoods on Thursday night assures the team two more games against state-ranked teams in the large school girls bracket of the State Farm Holiday Classic. The Blue Devils play Morton in the semifinals on Friday and either Washington or Normal Community on Saturday. MRN Editor…

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Photo gallery: QHS opens tourney play at Collinsville with unselfish display offensively

Quincy High School guard Dom Clay eyes the basket as Oakville’s Tanner Anderson defends during Wednesday’s first-round game at the Collinsville Prairie Farms Holiday Classic at Vergil Fletcher Gym in Collinsville, Ill. | Photo courtesy Tim Vizer Photography

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — The Quincy High School boys basketball team perfectly played the role of one of the Collinsville Prairie Farms Holiday Classic favorites with Wednesday’s 76-38 steamrolling of Oakville (Mo.) in the first round at Vergil Fletcher Gym. The Blue Devils piled up 23 assists in shooting 52.6 percent from the field and knocking…

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Photo Gallery: QHS girls place three in double figures in State Farm Holiday Classic debut

Quincy High School guard Bri Lannerd pushed the ball up the court against Springfield during Wednesday's opening round of the State Farm Holiday Classic at Bloomington High School. | David Adam photo

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Jada Brown scored 16 points, Taylor Fohey scored 14 and Myley Longcor added 11 in the Quincy High School girls basketball team’s 58-38 victory over Springfield in the first round of the large school bracket at the State Farm Holiday Classic at Bloomington High School. MRN Editor David Adam captured some of…

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Photo Gallery: Raiders stay close with once-beaten Pecatonica but can’t regain lead

Quincy Notre Dame's Aden Genenbacher, right, looks to pass around Pecatonica's defensive pressure during Wednesday night's game in the State Farm Holiday Classic at Normal West High School. | David Adam photo

NORMAL, Ill. — The Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team never trailed by more than six points but failed to regain the lead in the final 12 minutes of Wednesday night’s 55-50 loss to Pecatonica in the first round of the small school boys bracket during the State Farm Holiday Classic at Normal West High…

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Photo gallery: West Hancock, Central-Southeastern cap Rumble on the River with victories

West Hancock's Lillie Woodworth fakes an inbounds pass during Thursday's game against Columbia (Mo.) Father Tolton in the Rumble on the River at John Wood Community College. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The West Hancock and Central-Southeastern girls basketball teams put a cap on the 16th Rumble on the River Holiday Shootout with victories Thursday night. The Titans beat Columbia (Mo.) Father Tolton 58-49 and the Panthers dispatched Fort Madison (Iowa) 49-16. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent the evening at John Wood Community…

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Photo gallery: Missouri squads gain edge on third night of Rumble on the River

Palmyra's Bear Bock dives a loose ball while surrounded by sevreral Payson Seymour players during Monday night's matchup in the 16th Rumble on the River at John Wood Community College's Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Monday night proved to be Missouri’s night. Three Missouri squads — the Monroe City boys and girls basketball teams along with the Palmyra boys — snared victories at the 16th Rumble on the River at John Wood Community College’s Student Activity Center. The Monroe City girls used eight points apiece from JWCC signee…

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Photo gallery: QU men win championship of Hansen-Spear Holiday Classic

Quincy University forward Mason Wujek gets position in the post during Sunday's game against Wayne State in the Hansen-Spear Holiday Classic at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A suffocating defensive effort in the second half of Sunday’s game and a double-double from senior guard Zion Richardson gave the Quincy University men’s basketball team a 66-55 victory over Wayne State and the championship of the Hansen-Spear Holiday Classic. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman was at Pepsi Arena and put together…

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Photo gallery: QHS, QND go head-to-head on hardwood in crosstown showdown

Quincy High School junior forward Keshaun Thomas directs traffic during the first half of Saturday night's game against Quincy Notre Dame at The Pit. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The energy and intensity you’d expect when the Quincy High School and Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball teams square off was on full display Saturday night at The Pit. The Blue Devils won 77-47 in front of a raucous crowd. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman and photographer Samantha Carmean were courtside and…

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Photo gallery: Blue Devils rally from first-quarter deficit to beat Statesmen by 10

The Quincy High School basketball players react to Tyler Sprick, center, making a 3-pointer that forced Webster Groves to burn a timeout in the second quarter Tuesday night at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School boys basketball team can’t be kept down. The Blue Devils erased a 10-point first-quarter deficit Tuesday night and led the entire second half in a 61-51 victory over Webster Groves (Mo.) at Blue Devil Gym. Quincy is 8-0 following its final home game of the 2023 portion of its…

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Photo gallery: QND boys and girls sweep cross-river doubleheader from Palmyra

Quincy Notre Dame's Sage Stratton dives for a loose ball during Tuesday night's game against Palmyra at The Pit. | David Adam photo

QUINCY — The Pit is a tough place for opposing teams to win. Tuesday night, the Palmyra boys and girls basketball teams saw why. A strong start by the Quincy Notre Dame boys led to a 54-42 victory, while the QND girls pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 45-35 victory — their 24th…

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Photo gallery: QHS boys basketball team faces Chaminade in Norm Stewart Classic

Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas talks to his team during a timeout Saturday night during a game against Chaminade in the Norm Stewart Classic at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. | Photo courtesy J Thomas Taylor

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Quincy High School boys basketball team passed its first major test of the season, beating St. Louis Chaminade 62-54 late Saturday night in the Norm Stewart Classic at Mizzou Arena. Freelance photographer J Thomas Taylor captured these images of the Blue Devils for a photo gallery from the game:

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Photo gallery: Blue Devils improve to 3-0 in WB6 by outrunning Golden Warriors

The energy of the student cheering section gave the Quincy High School boys basketball team a boost during Friday night's Western Big 6 Conference game against Sterling at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School boys basketball team is always in attack mode. Leading by 10 points at halftime of Friday night’s Western Big 6 Conference matchup with Sterling, the Blue Devils were relentless in the second half and ran away with a 66-41 victory at Blue Devil Gym. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt…

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Photo gallery: QU men and women square off against UMSL in GLVC doubleheader

Quincy University's Cymirah Williams, left, gets fouled while shooting by Missouri-St. Louis' Alex Wolff during Thursday night's Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University men’s and women’s basketball teams struggled through a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader Thursday night at Pepsi Arena. The women lost 62-44 to Missouri-St. Louis, while the men suffered a 75-66 setback against the Tritons. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent the evening courtside and put together this photo…

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Photo gallery: QHS, Hannibal wrestlers battle in front of large crowd

Quincy High School's Jerzy Knaff, left, and Hannibal's Ryan Ross shake hands prior to the start of their 285-pound match during Tuesday night's dual at the QHS gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The strengths showed. The Quincy High School wrestling team is blessed with an abundance of talented grapplers at the heavier weights, while Hannibal is loaded with technical, aggressive wrestlers at the lower weights. Put those two head-to-head and you’re left with an entertaining dual. Hannibal edged Quincy 35-33 in front a packed house…

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Photo gallery: Blue Devils power past Silver Streaks with crisp, clean effort

Quincy High School's Isiah Talton gets around Galesburg's Jaxon Wyatt for a layup during the Blue Devils' 86-34 win over the Silver Streaks at John Thiel Gym on Tuesday night in Galesburg, Ill. | Photo courtesy Steve Davis

GALESBURG, Ill. — Andy Douglas couldn’t find fault with the Quincy High School boys basketball’s effort, focus or finish. The coach liked pretty much everything about Tuesday night’s 86-34 victory over Galesburg at John Thiel Gym. Freelance photographer Steve Davis was courtside at Thiel Gym and put together this photo gallery:

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Photo gallery: QHS girls basketball team overwhelms another WB6 foe with defense

Quincy High School freshman forward Jada Brown, left, gains position on the block during the first half of Saturday's game against Sterling at the QHS gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School girls basketball team limited Sterling to five points in the first quarter and 11 overall in the first half, rolling to a 21-point lead by halftime and cruising to a 52-29 victory in Western Big 6 Conference action Saturday at the QHS gym. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman…

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Photo gallery: Palmyra basketball teams sweep doubleheader from Canton

Palmyra forward Candra King puts up a shot during Friday night's game against Canton in Palmyra, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

PALMYRA, Mo. — The Palmyra boys and girls basketball teams completed a sweep of Canton on Friday night with the boys winning 57-37 and the girls battling for a 48-39 victory. Photographer Mathew Kirby spent his evening in the Palmyra gym and put together this photo gallery:

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Photo gallery: Blue Devils win QHS Thanksgiving Tournament championship for 37th time

Quincy High School's Tyler Sprick, left, pressures Springfield Lanphier's Shaunessey Hatchett Jr. during Saturday night's game at Blue Devil Gym in the 52nd QHS Thanksgiving Tournament. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Led by a strong start from Camden Brown and a strong finish from Keshaun Thomas, the Quincy High School boys basketball team beat Springfield Lanphier 64-51 on Saturday night at Blue Devil Gym to win the championship of the 52nd QHS Thanksgiving Tournament. It is the Blue Devils’ fourth consecutive tournament title and…

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Photo gallery: QU men’s basketball team pulls away from Judson in second half

Quincy University men's basketball coach Steve Hawkins talks to his team during a timeout in the first half of Saturday's game against Judson University at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University men’s basketball team pulled away from Judson University in the second half and posted a 64-45 victory Saturday afternoon at Pepsi Arena to even its record at 3-3. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent time at Pepsi Arena and put together this photo gallery:

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Photo gallery: Camp Point Central wins Class 1A state championship by beating Lena-Winslow

Camp Point Central football coach Brad Dixon, right, embraces senior quarterback Nick Moore after Central beat Lena-Winslow 14-0 in the Class 1A state championship game Friday at Illinois State University's Hancock Stadium in Normal, Ill. | Photo courtesy Mike Pritchard

NORMAL, Ill. — The Camp Point Central football team brought the first state championship trophy in school history back to Adams County on Friday. Central used a stone-solid defense and two Elijah Genenbacher touchdown runs to beat three-time defending Class 1A state champion Lena-Winslow 14-0 at Illinois State University’s Hancock Stadium. Photographer Mike Pritchard roamed…

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Photo gallery: Blue Devils open season by beating Wildcats in QHS Thanksgiving Tournament

Quincy High School's Camden Brown, right, attacks the lane during the first half of Thursday's game against Chicago Phillips in the QHS Thanksgiving Tournament at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A strong start and a strong finish and a victory. That made for an enjoyable Thanksgiving for the Quincy High School boys basketball team. The Blue Devils opened their season with a 69-58 victory over Chicago Phillips on Thursday night at Blue Devil Gym as they finished with a 12-4 run after the…

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Photo gallery: Camp Point Central flattens Greenfield-Northwestern in state semifinals

The Camp Point Central football team held Greenfield-Northwestern to six points deep into the third quarter Saturday, invoking the mercy rule and running clock during a 54-20 victory in the state semifinals. | Photo courtesy Mike Pritchard

CAMP POINT, Ill. — The Camp Point Central football team will be playing for a Class 1A state championship once again. The Panthers steamrolled through a showdown of undefeated teams in Saturday’s state semifinal, flattening Greenfield-Northwestern 54-20. Central (13-0) will face defending state champion Lena-Winslow (13-0) at 10 a.m. Friday in the Class 1A title…

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Photo gallery: Kids at play make state semifinal Saturday ultimate community affair

Before Saturday's Class 1A state semifinal football game, the elementary school kids gathered in the south end zone played their own games on the Central football field in Camp Point, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

CAMP POINT, Ill. — They tossed the football and tackled each other. They wore black and gold to celebrate their favorite team. They asked for autographs afterward. The elementary school kids turned Saturday’s Class 1A state semifinal football game into their own playground. It’s how it’s meant to be. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman…

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Photo gallery: Hannibal football team’s season ends with loss to Lutheran North

Hannibal senior Aneyas Williams breaks away from Lutheran North junior Xavier Chapman on a 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of Friday night's Class 4 state quarterfinal. | Photo courtesy Rick Ulerich

ST. LOUIS — Two explosive offenses put together a fireworks show Friday night. The big bangs belonged to the Lutheran North football team. The Crusaders built a 29-point lead in the third quarter and held off Hannibal’s comeback, winning the Class 4 state quarterfinal 70-61. Hannibal ends its season with an 11-2 record. Freelance photographer…

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Photo gallery: Central football team reaches state semifinals after emphatic start

Camp Point Central's Elijah Genenbacher dives into the end zone during Saturday's Class 1A state quarterfinal victory over Belleville Althoff in Camp Point, Ill. | Photo courtesy Mike Pritchard

CAMP POINT, Ill. — The Camp Point Central football team is back in the state semifinals, and the Panthers got there with a burst. Central outscored Belleville Althoff 30-0 in the first quarter of Saturday’s Class 1A state quarterfinal and rode the momentum to a 42-22 victory. Photographer Mike Pritchard put together this gallery of…

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Photo gallery: First state quarterfinal game in QHS football history draws huge crowd

Quincy High School senior offensive lineman Owen Zanger, left, and Cole Wagy pump each other up during pregame warmups Saturday ahead of the Class 7A state quarterfinal against Chicago Mount Carmel at Flinn Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School football program brought out the best in its fanbase. Quincy fans packed the Flinn Stadium grandstand — shoulder to shoulder is how QHS defensive lineman Ryan Mast described it — for Saturday’s Class 7A state quarterfinal matchup with Chicago Mount Carmel. It was the first state quarterfinal appearance for…

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Photo gallery: QU women’s basketball team fights to final buzzer in season opener against Cedarville

Quincy University women's basketball coach Courtney Boyd, right, walks in front of the Hawks' bench during Friday's game against Cedarville in the GLVC/G-MAC Crossover Challenge at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Courtney Boyd’s first game as the head coach of the Quincy University women’s basketball team showcased a couple of the traits that are expected to be hallmarks of her teams. Grit and resiliency. If the Hawks can add better scoring touch and more consistency to that mix, good things lie ahead. Quincy suffered…

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Photo gallery: QU women’s volleyball team outlasts Indianapolis in four sets

Quincy University's Alice Pavan, left, and Susanna Beretti put up a block during Friday night's Great Lakes Valley Conference match against Indianapolis at Pepsi Arena. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University women’s volleyball team took advantage of its return to Pepsi Arena to get its season right back on track. The Hawks, coming off back-to-back losses, beat Indianapolis 25-21, 20-25, 25-17, 25-19 on Friday night. Quincy is 24-3 overall and 10-2 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play. QU outside hitter Emma…

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Photo gallery: QND fights to overcome first-half deficit, falls short in second-round playoff loss

Quincy Notre Dame's Gavin Doellman, left, heads into the end zone on a 15-yard touchdown during the second half of Saturday's Class 2A second-round playoff game against Nashville at Advance Physical Therapy Field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Quincy Notre Dame senior center Ben Schwartz called the never-give-in attitude of the QND football team is tradition. Saturday, the Raiders upheld the tradition, battling until the final snap in a 27-18 loss to Nashville in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman was at Advance…

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Photo gallery: Central earns quarterfinal date with Belleville Althoff after dispatching Calhoun

The Camp Point Central football team celebrates its 32-14 victory over Hardin Calhoun on Saturday in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs in Hardin, Ill. | Photo courtesy Mike Pritchard

HARDIN, Ill. — The road doesn’t get any easier, but it does lead home. After beating Hardin Calhoun 32-14 on Saturday in the second-round of the Class 1A playoffs, the Camp Point Central draws Belleville Althoff in the state quarterfinals. The Crusaders (10-1) will face the Panthers (11-0) at 2 p.m. next Saturday in Camp…

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Photo gallery: Illini West to play for sectional volleyball championship after dispatching PORTA

Illini West's Josie Bryan, left, and Madalyn Boyer, right, put up a block during Monday night's Class 2A sectional semifinal against Petersburg PORTA in Pleasant Plains, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

PLEASANT PLAINS, Ill. — Madalyn Boyer said every play gives the Illini West volleyball team confidence, and throughout Monday night’s Class 2A sectional semifinal against Petersburg PORTA — especially the final two sets — confidence grew. The Chargers outlasted the Bluejays 22-25, 25-21, 25-18 to advance to the sectional title match against Pleasant Plains at…

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Photo gallery: Strong starts in both sets not enough as Macomb falls in sectional semifinal

The Macomb volleyball players wait for the officiating crew to discuss a call during the second set of Monday night's Class 2A sectional semifinal against Pleasant Plains in Pleasant Plains, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

PLEASANT PLAINS, Ill. — The momentum the Macomb volleyball team created by winning the Class 2A regional title last Thursday night seemed to linger with a stellar start to Monday’s sectional semifinal until Pleasant Plains took it away. Behind the program’s all-time leading hitter in Sydney McFee, the Cardinals stopped each Bombers’ run and earned…

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Photo gallery: QHS football team invokes running clock in Class 7A first-round playoff game

Quincy High School wide receiver Caeden Johannessen flips the ball back to the official after making a catch at the 1-yard line during Saturday's 44-14 victory over West Chicago in the Class 7A playoffs at Flinn Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School football team’s first home playoff victory ever featured a little of everything that has made the Blue Devils so successful this season — the Bradyn Little-to-Tykell Hammers connection, dominance of the offensive line and a hard-hitting defense. The end result was a 44-14 victory over West Chicago in the…

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Photo gallery: QND, Peoria Christian clash in Class 1A boys soccer sectional championship

Peoria Christian's Caden Schmidgall, left, keeps the ball inbounds while being pressured by Quincy Notre Dame's Mason Monteyne during Wednesday night's Class 1A sectional championship in Chillicothe, Mo. | Matt Schuckman photo

CHILLICOTHE, Ill. — The reign is over. The Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team, the defending Class 1A state champion, was eliminated from the postseason Wednesday night, losing 5-2 to Peoria Christian in the championship game of the Class 1A Chillicothe Sectional. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman was at IVC High School and put…

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Photo gallery: QU men’s basketball team prepping for exhibition game at Iowa

Quincy University men's basketball coach Steve Hawkins and his staff are molding a roster that features 10 freshmen and sophomores. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University men’s basketball team will play its only exhibition game next Monday against the University of Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The Hawkeyes are picked ninth in the Big Ten Conference’s preseason media poll. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent time with the Hawks at Pepsi Arena…

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Photo gallery: QND upends Mendota in Class 1A boys soccer sectional semifinals

Quincy Notre Dame's Leo Cann, left, boots a ball past Mendota defender Kaleb Kleckner during Saturday's Class 1A sectional semifinal in Chillicothe, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — One hundred minutes Saturday afternoon wasn’t enough for either the Quincy Notre Dame or Mendota boys soccer team to can any separation. So the recent postseason nemesis went to a penalty kick shootout to decide who advanced. The Raiders won the shootout 4-1, giving them a 3-2 victory and a spot in Wednesday’s…

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Photo gallery: QHS caps undefeated regular season by beating Mahomet-Seymour

The Quincy High School senior football players lined their helmets up in the end zone during the Senior Night festivities prior to Friday night's game against Mahomet-Seymour at Flinn Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — For the first time since 1935, the Quincy High School football team finished the regular season undefeated, capping a 9-0 run with Friday night’s 56-33 victory over Mahomet-Seymour at Flinn Stadium. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman captured some of the images of the victory for this photo gallery:

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