Determined Blue Devils showcase ability to never surrender in second half of loss to Senators

Quincy High School senior midfielder Rian Moore heads the ball toward the goal during the first half of Thursday night's game against Springfield at Flinn Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School girls soccer players are far too young to know the song “Never Surrender,” which was a top-five hit in 1985 sung by Corey Hart. But the classic rock tune could be the Blue Devils’ theme song. Down two goals and playing a person short for the final 17 minutes…

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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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Longcor helps Blue Devils overcome ragged start to head into holidays with unblemished record

Quincy High School guard Bradley Longcor III, right, drives past a Springfield defender during Tuesday night's game at Willard Duey Gym in Springfield, Ill. | Samantha Carmean photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The fortunate thing about the Quincy High School boys basketball team’s schedule is all four of the Tuesday night games on tap the second half of the season will be played at Blue Devil Gym. The unfortunate thing is they’re still on Tuesday nights. For the second consecutive Tuesday, the Blue Devils…

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Photo gallery: QND girls soccer team surrenders late goal in 1-0 loss to Springfield

Quincy Notre Dame forward Makayla Patton, left, fights with Springfield midfielder Bridget Lyons during Monday's game at Advance Physical Therapy Field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — In need of building momentum before the postseason begins, the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team had ample chances in the second half Monday against Springfield to snare the lead and pull out a victory. Instead, the Raiders got burned on a counterattack. The Senators scored with 2 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in…

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Controlling tempo allows QHS boys basketball players to bring ‘Run, Devils, Run’ back to life

Quincy High School guard Camden Brown pushes the ball up the court in transition during the Blue Devils' 66-36 victory over Springfield on Saturday night in Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The idea of reprising “Run, Devils, Run” doesn’t necessarily marry with Keshaun Thomas’ strengths, and the 6-foot-6 sophomore forward doesn’t always keep pace with his more fleet-of-foot Quincy High School boys basketball teammates. “Ahh, it’s hard sometimes,” Thomas said. Yet, he’s fully in favor of a return to the more fast-paced mantra. “Yes,…

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Raiders unable to capitalize on second-half opportunities, suffer one-goal loss to Senators

Quincy Notre Dame goalkeeper Max Frericks dives for a shot by a Springfield attacker that goes wide of the net during the second half of Thursday night's game at Advance Physical Therapy Field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A taxing seven-games-in-11-days stretch became a distant memory when the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team returned to the pitch Thursday night after a week off. Yet, the second segment of the Raiders’ schedule started the same as the first. A shutout loss to high-quality team has the Raiders looking to quickly rebound.…

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Unselfish play, clutch shooting carries Blue Devils to weekend sweep

Quincy High School freshman guard Dominique Clay led the Blue Devils with 16 points in Saturday night's victory at Springfield. File photo courtesy Paul Baillaergon

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bradley Longcor III caught the ball in a position to take a shot he’s been knocking down consistently all season. And he passed it up. Nothing could have made Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas any happier. After Terron Cartmill snared a defensive rebound on the first possession of Saturday…

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