Douglas returns to his roots, becomes next athletic director at QHS

AR-304019881By Herald-Whig

Posted: Apr. 1, 2016 9:25 am

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.”

 

Senior Night 2016

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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!

 

Granite City falls flat in regional loss to Quincy

Quincy made everything difficult for Granite City on Tuesday.

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.

 “We didn’t do anything. We didn’t play well,” said Granite City coach Steve Roustio, whose team was coming off a 58-53 victory in two overtimes over Collinsville on Monday. “We showed no urgency. We didn’t even get in the right spot to run a play … let alone score.

“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.”

Key sequence

Quincy already led 30-19 at halftime as Jobe, Bland (eight points) and Gadeke (six points) paced the attack.

 But things deteriorated even more for Granite City in the third quarter. The Warriors struggled to find openings, and consequently shots, against the Blue Devils zone
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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.”

Key performers

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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Blue Devils don’t stop believin’ they can compete

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Posted: Feb. 25, 2016 12:55 am

By: Matt Shuckman

Although the Quincy High School boys basketball team entered 2016 with an 11-3 record and a little bit of swagger, one nagging concern remained.

Could the Blue Devils compete with the elite?

It was a fair question. All three of Quincy’s losses had come against state-ranked teams, and in each one, the Blue Devils were blitzed in the first quarter and never fully recovered. Quincy, which trailed only 15 seconds total in its first eight victories, got outscored 63-16 in the first quarter by Rock Island, Washington and Belleville Althoff.

The Blue Devils lost those games by an average of 15.3 points as well.

“At the beginning of those games, you’re like, ‘Gosh, man, what are we doing?'” senior point guard Mike Dade said.

“After the game and going into the next game, it’s something you learn from. It’s a process. At the beginning of the year, you’re not playing you’re best basketball.

“As the year progresses, you want games like that to humble you. It’s why when you get to the postseason you’re playing your best basketball.”

Few are playing better than the Blue Devils these days.

Last Friday’s 47-45 victory over Galesburg marked the third straight Friday Quincy has knocked off a state-ranked foe. The Blue Devils have won five games in a row, eight of their last nine contests and are on the verge of their first 20-win season since the 2011-12 season.

With a victory Friday night against Moline at Wharton Field House, Quincy would improve to 20-5 heading into the postseason and reach the 20-win plateau for the 51st time in program history.

“These wins have shown what this team is capable of,” Dade said. “I know my guys can do anything. We have the work ethic to do so and the drive and skill to achieve it. There’s not only a lot of confidence in me and my teammates, but just as a whole.

“We all believe we can do something.”

Second-year QHS coach Andy Douglas wholeheartedly believes that.

“One word there is probably is the biggest thing,” Douglas said. “That’s believe.”

He can’t be certain the Blue Devils undoubtedly believed they were good until they lost 63-56 at Galesburg when they whittled away a double-digit deficit and took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter. Although the offense struggled down the stretch, there seemed to be a new hope and vigor after that game.

There’s only been one loss since.

“When I looked at how we played Rocky the first time and how we played them the second time, and how we played at Galesburg and then here, every single one of those games we got better,” Douglas said. “That’s a coach’s dream.”

So is a team that never loses its focus.

The 20-victory season is important. The chance to share the Western Big Six Conference title is significant, too. Carrying momentum into the postseason is downright necessary.

Yet, the moment won’t get the better of the Blue Devils. No moment has.

“This is a group that never gotten too low when we’ve lost and never gotten too high when we’ve won big games,” Douglas said. “We’ve had some of both this year. They’re as consistent of a group as I’ve coached in that area. That’s going to carry them a long way.”

Beyond the Boxscore: Quincy celebrates senior night in moving ways

By: Matt Shuckman of the Quincy Herald Whig

Posted: Feb. 19, 2016 12:01 am Updated: Feb. 20, 2016 4:35 am

This wasn’t a typical senior night celebration for the Quincy High School boys basketball team.

Aside from the traditional honoring of the seniors and their parents, QHS mascot Nathan Mosley — the senior has served as the Blue Devil for the pregame ceremony all season — played the national anthem on his electric guitar.

There also was a moment of silence with three single-stem white roses placed under a spotlight at midcourt as the school honored three students who lost their lives this school year, including Evan Busbey, who passed away this week.

“We had heavy hearts with all the tragedy,” senior point guard Mike Dade said.

On top of that, Blue Devil Gym was as packed as it has been all season with state-ranked Galesburg making the trip south for Quincy’s final home game of the 2015-16 season. The Blue Devils pulled off a 45-43 victory, finishing the regular season with a 12-0 home record and handing the Silver Streaks their first Western Big Six Conference loss.

Afterward, the seniors and their parents and friends held onto the accomplishment as long as they could, snapping pictures and lingering around Blue Devil Gym.

“It’s unbelievable right now,” senior guard Jake Jobe said. “I’m going through all my emotions right now.”

Maybe the most overlooked emotion was appreciation for the way the Blue Devils banded together to get the job done.

“In my four years here, I don’t think I’ve seen more of a complete team win,” Jobe said.

Still something to play for

The victory keeps Quincy in the WB6 title chase.

Galesburg already wrapped up at least a share of the title — its first since 1998 and the program’s fifth overall — but needs to beat Rock Island at home next Friday night to finish 9-1 and win the title outright. If the Rocks can pull off the upset, Quincy will need to beat Moline at Wharton Field House to finish 8-2 and share the crown.

It’s going to ensure the Blue Devils head into the final week of the regular season with purpose.

“You can go one of two ways,” QHS coach Andy Douglas said. “You can say this game means nothing if we don’t finish off Moline at Moline. Or you can take it for what it is and that’s a huge win against a team that was undefeated in the conference play and had a lot riding on the game. We did as well.

“That’s a big part of this one. You can’t there’s no pressure on us when it’s our home court, we’re undefeated here and it’s senior night. Our guys handled that and came out and executed our game plan extremely well.”

Clamping down on Meeker

Ethan Meeker will go down as one of the grittiest and toughest players in the Western Big Six Conference.

His defense against Jobe is proof of that.

Jobe, who came into the game with 56 3-pointers made this season and a single-game school record 10 treys against Lincoln at the Collinsville Prairie Farms Holiday Classic, only attempted two 3-pointers and didn’t take a shot outside of 5 feet after the first quarter. He simply couldn’t shake Meeker.

“I knew they were going to pressure me,” Jobe said. “I knew there weren’t going to be many open looks.”

Meeker could say the same thing after the pressure Quincy’s backcourt put on him.

The foursome of Jobe, Mike Dade, Cameron Gay and Aaron Shoot efficiently and effectively extended Quincy’s 1-2-2 zone defense to take away Galesburg’s solid perimeter game. Meeker came into the game leading the WB6 with 65 3-pointers and teamed up with senior guard Jarret Olson to have made a combined 122 treys, but they combined to go 4 of 14 from 3-point range as the Silver Streaks were 5 of 19 overall from the perimeter.

“We lost our poise offensively, settling for 3-point shots instead of taking the ball to the rim,” Galesburg coach Mike

Reynolds said.

It didn’t start that way.

Galesburg bolted to a 6-2 lead out of the gate as Meeker drained back-to-back 3-pointers. However, the Silver Streaks didn’t make another 3-pointer the remainder of the first half. Meeker made his final 3-pointer 2:53 into the second half, and Galesburg missed seven consecutive 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter.

Meeker finished with 12 points, five below his season average.

“We out-toughed them tonight,” Douglas said. “And it was special.”

Smith provides key baskets

Quincy junior forward Deven Smith didn’t get off the bench until the second half, but he made his presence felt in the fourth quarter.

Smith scored the Blue Devils’ first two baskets of the fourth quarter, allowing them to maintain the lead and eventually push the advantage to 41-35. With the five seniors in the starting lineup, Douglas altered his rotations and wound up getting 18 points and 12 rebounds from his bench.

Postseason path is clear

The Blue Devils learned Thursday they had received the No. 2 seed behind top-seeded Edwardsville in the one of the sub-sectionals of the Class 4A Collinsville Sectional. Friday, they figured out where their postseason path is going to wind.

Quincy is headed to the Alton Regional and will play either Granite City or Collinsville in the semifinals at 7 p.m. March 1. Should the Blue Devils advanced, they will face either Alton or Chatham Glenwood in the regional championship March 4.

The winner of the Alton Regional will face the winner of the East St. Louis Regional, where Edwardsville is the top seed, in the sectional semifinals at Collinsville on March 8. The sectional championship is scheduled for March 11, the super-sectional will be played at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena on March 15.

The Quick and the Dade: Senior point guard leads Blue Devils to upset of Silver Streaks

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QHS’s Aaron Shoot drives past Galesburg’s Jarret Olson. | H-W Photo/Michael Kipley

By Matt Schuckman Herald-Whig

Posted: Feb. 20, 2016 1:55 am

QUINCY — Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas gave Mike Dade simple instructions during the final timeout Friday night.

“Get to the paint and create,” Dade said.

By doing so, the senior point guard gave himself and his teammates an everlasting memory of their final game at Blue Devil Gym.

With 14.7 seconds left in regulation and the Western Big Six Conference clash with state-ranked Galesburg knotted at 43, Dade caught the inbounds pass and drove up the right sideline. He forced the Silver Streaks’ Kivontay Shaw to take away a path to the baseline, which enabled Dade to use a behind-the-back dribble to create an open lane to the basket.

“It was like the Red Sea parted,” Dade said. “It was everything you could ask for right there.”

Dade made the uncontested layup with five seconds to go, then punctuated the Blue Devils’ 45-43 victory at Blue Devil Gym with a steal on Galesburg’s final possession.

After that, he willingly let himself get swallowed up by a tidal wave of fans, who flooded the court in celebration after the Blue Devils won their 12th straight game at home and finished a regular season undefeated at Blue Devil Gym for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

“The feeling is exhilarating,” Dade said. “It’s like no other.”

No one else in Illinois knows how it feels to topple Galesburg.

The Silver Streaks, ranked fourth in Class 3A, were riding a 19-game winning streak, had secured at least a share of the WB6 title and suffered their only loss to Bettendorf (Iowa) in the Genesis Shootout back in December.

“We lost our poise for a couple minutes and this group hasn’t done that yet,” Galesburg coach Mike Reynolds said.

“Hopefully, it’s a good learning experience. We haven’t been in a lot of close games, and the close games we’ve been in we’ve made all the plays. This time we didn’t.”

It makes the final weekend of WB6 play intriguing and gives the Blue Dvils a glimmer of hope of sharing the conference title.

Quincy (19-5, 7-2 WB6) will have to win at Moline next Friday, while Galesburg (27-2, 8-1) must lose at home against Rock Island for the two to share the title. Even if that scenario doesn’t play out in the Blue Devils’ favor, they’ve made it interesting and intriguing right to the end.

“It’s a ride that keeps going and going,” Dade said after Quincy knocked off a state-ranked WB6 opponent for the third straight Friday. “There’s no other group of guys I’d rather do it with. It’s one of the best times of my life and I’m just trying to soak it all up.”

The ride got a little bumpy in the second half.

Leading by four at halftime, Quincy was able to extend its lead to 29-21 before Galesburg ripped off a 9-0 run to take a 30-29 lead with 2:25 to go in the third quarter. Jake Jobe gve the Blue Devils a 31-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter when he scored off a drive with a minute to go in the third.

It was Jobe’s first basket since scoring twice in the first quarter, and all three of his baskets came off dribble penetration as the Silver Streaks blanketed the Blue Devils’ top 3-point threat.

“I knew the only was I was getting a three was from back here,” Jobe said, pointing to the midcourt stripe. “So I tried to show some versatility coming off some screens and getting in the paint.”

That attacking mentality allowed the Blue Devils to build a six-point lead in the fourth quarter.

However, Quincy’s inability to make free throws opened the door for a Galesburg rally. The Blue Devils were 6 of 14 from the line in the fourth quarter with Dade splitting a pair of free throws three separate times.

The Silver Streaks took advantage. Devyn Ross hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 56.4 seconds left to trim the deficit to three, and Jarret Olson knocked down a trey with 39.7 seconds left to pull Galesburg within 42-41.

After Dade split a pair of free throws with 28.8 seconds left, Ross drove to the high post, missed a jumper, grabbed his own rebound and made the putback with 16.7 seconds left. Quincy quickly called timeout to set up the final sequence.

“We were going to set a double screen for Mike and stick our shooters in the corners,” Douglas said. “If they help out, Mike’s smart enough to get them the ball. He saw an opportunity there that no many others saw. Jake was locked up on the side and they weren’t going to help off of him.

“Mike made the right play at the right time. That’s what you expect from a senior.”