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LDBA ANNOUNCEMENT! With our gym being under construction most of September and October, we will be moving the LDBA to Rooney Elementary School (48th and Columbus Rd.). The league will begin September 12th and we are so excited to get things started!!!! Spread the word.
Forms will also be available for kids early next week to take home.
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We are excited to announce the Annual Blue Devil Golf Outing date and location. We are going to hold the 2018 outing at Westview Golf Course here in Quincy on October 12th. This is a week later than the last couple of years so mark your calendar appropriately.
We are seeking $100.00 hole sponsors and raffle prize donations to be used during the outing. If you would be interested email Coach Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to seeing you on the golf course!
By Matt Schuckman Herald-Whig
QUINCY — A playful prediction brought about a passionate response.
The Illinois boys wanted everyone to take note of that, too.
After Easton Billings buried a 3-pointer to give Illinois a 61-47 lead with nine minutes remaining in regulation Saturday night in the 35th annual McDonald’s/Herald-Whig Classic boys game, the Land of Lincolners called a 30-second timeout.
It was simply to acknowledge the score.
Chandler Bevans predicted publicly that Missouri would win 82-60. Whether it was meant to be playful or boastful didn’t really matter to the Illinois all-stars. They took it as a challenge.
“The boys didn’t know it, but I told Aaron (Shoot) when we got over 60 to call a timeout,” Illinois coach Curtis Stout said. “It was like, ‘Hey, Chandler, we got over 60.’ We did it, but I was completely afraid that we were going to make Chandler mad, and he was going to go off and Missouri would go on a run.”
The Show-Me State did make it interesting, trimming the deficit to single digits on three occasions in the final three minutes. However, Illinois held on for a 76-68 victory at John Wood Community College’s Student Activity Center.
It was the lowest scoring game in Classic history with 144 total points scored, and Illinois’ 76 points is the lowest total for a winning team in Classic history.
None of that mattered in the end. Only one thing did.
“82-60. Enough said,” said Ben Amos, the Quincy High School forward who was named the most outstanding player for Illinois, which won for the ninth straight time and 33rd overall.
Bevans’ prediction appeared in print and online Saturday morning, and word of it quickly spread throughout the Illinois roster.
“We all have a group chat now,” Pittsfield’s Noah Mendenhall said. “We titled the group chat ’82-60.’ We walked into practice (Saturday) morning and Coach Stout already had 82-60 written on the board. I was like, ‘All right, let’s go.'”
Illinois never let go of that motivation.
Missouri was held scoreless the first four minutes, didn’t make its second basket until 12:36 remained in the first half and trailed by double digits after Brown County’s Tanner Sussenbach buried a 3-pointer from the left wing.
“A 10-point deficit felt like we were trailing by 60,” Missouri coach Ryan Wood said.
That’s because Missouri shot just 28.6 percent from the field in the first half, going 6 of 22 from inside the 3-point stripe.
“We didn’t capitalize like we should have and didn’t make the shots like we could have in the first half,” said Palmyra’s Peyton Plunkett, who was named Missouri’s most outstanding player after finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds. “I’m glad we could make it a game and make it enjoyable for everyone.”
A short stretch of the second half made a comeback unlikely.
Missouri trailed 35-27 when Illinois went on a 9-1 run, highlighted by a three-point play by Mendenhall and a dunk in transition by Amos.
“At halftime, we said, ‘We’re beating them, but we’re not beating them by enough,'” Mendenhall said. “We went ahead and put the gas pedal down and just kept playing.”
So did the Show-Me State.
Illinois’ lead grew as big as 16 points on Amos’ dunk and stayed between 11 and 15 points until Mark Twain’s Grant Peters made a hook shot with 5:25 to play that trimmed the deficit to 67-58.
Amos, who finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, pushed the lead back to double digits by making two free throws 12 seconds later, and his layin with 4:33 to go had Illinois up 72-58.
A six-point run capped by a 3-pointer from Clark County’s Cole Kirchner trimmed the deficit to 72-64. Missouri never got any closer.
“We said if we got down at any point, we were going to put the grit down and make it a game,” Plunkett said.
A layup by Shoot, who had 11 points and six assists, and two free throws by Mendenhall, who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, in the final two minutes put the game away.
“What made it more fun was the talent that was here,” Mendenhall said. “The atmosphere was crazy. It was awesome.”
35th Annual McDonald’s/Herald-Whig Classic
Illinois 76, Missouri 68
Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts
Francis 0-7 6-8 5 3 6
Plunkett 5-12 6-10 10 3 16
Bevans 4-15 0-2 8 1 8
Smith 1-4 2-2 3 1 5
Miller 4-6 0-0 2 3 11
Pence 1-4 2-2 5 3 5
Waelder 2-5 0-0 2 2 4
Johnson 0-1 0-0 4 1 0
Kirchner 1-8 1-3 4 0 4
Peters 4-10 1-3 8 2 9
Totals 22-72 18-30 51 19 68
Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts
Shoot 5-11 0-0 4 3 11
Klusmeyer 2-6 0-2 0 1 5
Mendenhall 3-9 4-8 7 3 11
Billings 6-11 0-0 4 2 14
Amos 7-15 5-7 8 4 20
Sussenbach 3-9 2-4 3 1 9
Little 0-4 0-0 4 3 0
Drake 2-6 0-1 5 4 4
Wallingford 1-1 0-0 5 4 2
Totals 29-72 11-22 41 25 76
Halftime score — Illinois 34, Missouri 25. 3-point field goals — Missouri 6-27 (Francis 0-4, Plunkett 0-2, Bevans 0-4, Smith 1-2, Miller 3-5, Penc 1-3, Waelder 0-2, Kirchner 1-5), Illinois 7-31 (Shoot 1-4, Klusmeyer 1-3, Mendenhall 1-5, Billings 2-4, Amos 1-3, Sussenbach 1-5, Little 0-4, Drake 0-3). Assists — Missouri 10 (Smith 3), Illinois 18 (Shoot 6). Steals — Missouri 5 (Francis, Bevans, Pence, Kirchner, Peters), Illinois 12 (Little 4). Blocks — Missouri 2 (Bevans, Miller), Illinois 4 (Amos 2). Turnovers — Missouri 18, Illinois 15. Officials — Bill Treaster, Wayne McPike Noah Brinkman.
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By JEFF WENDLAND
Special to the Herald-Whig
GENESEO, Ill. — It took all of six minutes for the Pledge of Allegiance, a quick roll call, a short presentation by superintendent Scott Kuffel and a 5-0 vote for the Geneseo School Board to approve the school’s move to the Western Big Six Conference at Wednesday’s school board meeting.
Sterling athletic director Greg King met with his School Board a few hours later to map out its intentions to also join the WB6, with the decision officially announced Thursday morning in a press release.
The former Northern Illinois Big 12 rivals are joining Rock Island Alleman, Rock Island, Moline, United Township, Galesburg and Quincy in a yet-to-be renamed conference for the 2019-20 school year.
King said Sterling looked at every option available, and it came down to either the Big Six or playing as an independent.
“Our superintendent told the board it will be an administrative decision, so no board vote was needed,” he said.
Quincy High School athletic director Scott Douglas says everybody in the league is excited.
“We are bringing in two quality schools with great athletic programs,” he said. “This is going to be a great endeavor.”
Alleman principal and WB6 president Dave Hobin said the league has been open to growth for a long time.
“We came close in 2013 (when the WB6 considered adding Peoria-area schools), but this just fit perfect for all sides,” he said. “Our schools are unanimously behind this decision.”
Kuffel said Sterling’s administration got the talks with the WB6 rolling in recent weeks.
“When the Big 12 lost several teams, we had a deal with the Interstate 8 Conference,” Kuffel said about a Joliet-area league. “A couple of weeks ago, there was talk of adding an eighth team to the I-8. It came down to Sterling or Sycamore, and Sycamore was the choice.
“That left Sterling without a conference, and they approached the Big 6. But they wanted to have eight teams and said, ‘What would Geneseo do if they were invited.’ When Sterling came to us, it just made too much sense geographically.”
Geneseo athletic director Joe Nichols said Sterling did a lot of the legwork.
“We wanted Sterling with us in the Interstate 8, and when (the Interstate 8) went with Sycamore, it really became a problem in terms of miles we were going to have to travel,” Nichols said. “We wanted to be tied with Sterling, and when they stepped forward to go to the Big 6, we were all in.
“We met with our coaches and had an informal vote whether to proceed. It was unanimous to pursue this.”
Geneseo school board president Doug Ford called the vote a “no-brainer.”
“The data all shows it is the way to go,” he said. “It is really something that should have been done 20 years ago. Our coaches love it, and I haven’t heard any backlash from our fans.”
Kuffel said the move is going to save the district plenty of money and get the school’s teams home a lot earlier than they have in recent years. He said travel in the NIB-12 was 26,000 miles for athletics last year, and that figure will be between 14,000 and 15,000 miles in the WB6.
“That savings is huge, and it is good for our kids and fans,” Kuffel said. “If we went with the I-8, our average travel would have been 70 miles per game. In the Big 6, it will be 50 — and that’s including Quincy trips. I’d say our fans are going to enjoy a Geneseo at Rock Island game a whole lot more than a Geneseo at Kaneland trip.”
Quincy will add trips of 160 and 200 miles with the expansions.
“I’d rather not talk about downsides at this point. This is all about the positives,” Douglas said.
Geneseo will finish out its NIB-12 schedule for the 2018-19 school year.
Kuffel said he has heard plenty of talk about the Maple Leafs joining the WB6 as the “little brother,” but he is confident in what his school’s teams can do.
“Our coaches and athletes believe we will compete,” he said.
Nichols says the move won’t be easy, especially juggling two conferences in 2018-19.
“I would think we will be getting together with all of the Big 6 athletic directors and start to work on scheduling,” he said. “Some of the Big 6 school programs are scheduled 10 years out. What I do know is … we are looking at four extra conference games for every current league team.”
Congratulations to Ben Amos and Aaron Shoot on making the Quincy Herald Whig’s 1st Team. Jaeden Smith was nominated for 2nd Team All Area.