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By Matt Schuckman Herald-Whig
QUINCY — Scott Douglas feels like he is coming home.
A 1983 graduate of Quincy High School who was a three-sport student-athlete who later served as an assistant coach in football, basketball and baseball, Douglas was officially named the next athletic director at QHS on Friday morning following approval by the Quincy School Board.
“Being as invested as I was in it before I left, it’s certainly a thrill and an honor to step in the shoes of some people I really respected all the way up,” Douglas said.
The 50-year-old Douglas succeeds Bill Sanders, who served as athletic director and assistant principal since 2008. Sanders is shifting to a role as an assistant principal with an emphasis on discipline as the school creates an additional administrative position with an influx of more than 500 students coming next fall when freshmen move to the QHS building.
Douglas will be a full-time athletic director.
“I’m coming back and I’m coming back into a really cool situation,” Douglas said. “Many of the kids that I coached and taught are in leadership roles in our schools. Certainly there are some who were involved in the school district who were when I left, but there is also a new set of people who were involved in a different way when I did leave. They were involved as athletes and student leaders.
“So it is coming full circle.”
Douglas spent eight years as an assistant coach in the QHS system before landing his first head coaching opportunity at Quincy Notre Dame in 1996 when he replaced Tony Ryndak as the boys basketball coach.
Over the next 17 years, he built a legacy as a winner and a teacher.
Before resigning following the 2012-13 season, Douglas led QND to a 360-136 record with 12 regional championships, including nine consecutive from 1997-2005. He also led the Raiders to third-place finishes at the Class A state tournament in 1999 and 2004. He was named The Herald-Whig Coach of the Year four times and inducted into the QND Hall of Fame in 2014.
In 2013, Douglas returned to the Quincy School District as the transportation discipline supervisor. He will shift duties when this school year ends.
Douglas was one of five candidates to interview for the athletic director job.
“What drew me in, first of all, were his values,” Quincy Superintendent Roy Webb said. “He’s a strong integrity guy. He’s a strong family man. He cares greatly about the kids. Those were things that really stood out.
“He will be respected, and nobody is going to care more about the kids and seeing them succeed.”
Douglas knows he is only one piece of the puzzle that makes that possible,
“There are great, great things going on and it’s an exciting time for the school district,” Douglas said. “I’m so fired up about being part of an administrative team and staff and Quincy High School that is doing great things.
“There are already so many great things in place. There are already so many great coaches in place. I think we’re going to be able to do some special things.”
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This group accomplished a whole lot this year. Every game seemed to be one step closer to become our best. Couldn’t be more proud of the way they conducted themselves throughout the process. Thank you seniors for representing Quincy Blue Devil basketball your entire career. Best of luck in the future!
The second-seeded Blue Devils used an oppressive zone defense to hold the seventh-seeded Warriors to 32-percent shooting from the field (12-for-37) and ran away for a 64-35 victory in the semifinals of the Class 4A Alton Regional.
“I thought our guys executed our defensive scheme really well,” Quincy coach Andy Douglas said. “The thing is, with this group, we’ve been able to switch some things around within our defense, within our zone, and they adjust game by game and quarter by quarter. I thought they did a pretty good job.”
The Blue Devils focused on containing senior Kenny Berry and the plan worked as they held Berry to nine points on 3-for-8 shooting. He entered the game averaging 20.
Quincy, seeking its 60th regional title in school history, will play in the championship game at 7 p.m. Friday against third-seeded Alton or sixth-seeded Chatham Glenwood, which meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the other semifinal.
“Fundamentally, we just weren’t very good. We’re open, we don’t shoot. We shoot when guys are on us. We try to drive when guys are 5 feet off of us. We dribble in traffic instead of just turning and shooting. We catch the ball and let the defense adjust and get to its new area before we make another pass.”
Quincy already led 30-19 at halftime as Jobe, Bland (eight points) and Gadeke (six points) paced the attack.
Senior Mike Dade popped a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 33-19. After the Warriors recovered somewhat on a putback by junior Jaylin Harper and a 3-pointer by senior Ron Allen to get within 33-24, the Blue Devils went on a 14-2 run in the next 5:21 to build an insurmountable 47-26 advantage with 5:41 left in the game.
Five different players scored for Quincy during the decisive drive. Granite City, meanwhile, managed just 16 points in the entire second half and finished with 13 turnovers.
“It’s tough going against any zone when all five guys are playing as one and moving as one,” Douglas said, complimenting his players’ execution. “I thought that’s something we did as well tonight as we’ve done in a while. We were able to contest shots. The majority of the shots that went up, we had a hand there. The bigger thing was limiting them to one shot.”
Bland and Gadeke were a combined 10-for-19 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line as they tormented the athletic Warriors in the paint.
The Blue Devils got two 3-pointers from Gay and one apiece from Jobe, Dade and sophomore Aaron Shoot, but it was their strength in the middle that dictated the outcome.
“Gadeke stepped up and knocked down some 15-foot shots,” Douglas said. “He was really deliberate in the move when he caught it. And Parker Bland has always been a battler for us on the inside. When you have guys that can shoot the 3 on the outside and also guys that can bang on the inside, it makes it difficult for teams to guard.”
Adding to the difficulty for the Warriors was tired legs after their 40-minute war against Southwestern Conference rival Collinsville.
Senior Tra’Ron Allen, who had 22 points against the Kahoks, had five against Quincy.
“I’ve seen mental fatigue with our guys since the one-point overtime loss to Belleville East,” Roustio said of a 79-78 decision to the Lancers on Feb. 19 in Belleville.
“It’s not like these guys haven’t been resilient,” he said. “We got beat on a last-second shot against Collinsville and came back and beat East St. Louis (on Feb. 23). We’ve shown some toughness, but we sure didn’t after the (Belleville) East loss. We’ve been reeling. We survived (Monday); that’s all that was.”
Quincy was charged with a scant seven turnovers, all but one coming in the first half.
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