Amid the coaching changes and hurdles accompanying it, the Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team found a way to thrive and continue a high standard moving into a new decade.
The Raiders won four regional titles and one sectional crown, while enjoying five 20-win seasons. It helps to have multi-sport athletes who have created a winning culture no matter the sport. The across-the-board success shows in the vast number of student-athletes getting the chance to play at the college level.
They are excelling at the next level, too.
Here is the QND boys basketball program's all-decade from 2010-19, as selected by Senior Sports Writer Matt Schuckman:
Justin Bottorff, Forward, Class of 2017
In an 85-68 victory over Danville (Iowa) in the Superfan Shootout his senior season, Bottorff scored a career-high 39 points as he went 15 of 24 from the field and 8 of 12 from the free-throw line, while also reaching the 1,000-point plateau for his career in the same game. Named a second-team all-stater by both the Associated Press and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Bottorff averaged 17.6 points and 6.1 rebounds, while shooting 49 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line.
Anthony Bruns, Guard, Class of 2011
A perimeter threat who became deadly as each season rolled forward, Bruns tied the single-game school record with seven 3-pointers against Columbia (Mo.) Hickman as a senior. He was an all-area selection who averaged 12.8 points, shot 47 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range. The three-sport athlete and all-area wide receiver led the Raiders in assists and finished his career with a 2.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Carter Cramsey, Guard, Class of 2017
The floor general averaged 16 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior to help the Raiders win a Class 2A sectional title. He shot 53 percent from the field, received fourth-team Illinois Basketball Coaches Association all-state honors, was named to two all-tournament teams and is the sixth-leading scorer in program history. He enjoyed a solid two-year career at John Wood Community College, starting as the Trail Blazers finished sixth in the NJCAA national tournament his sophomore season.
Alex Fitch, Guard, Class of 2013
Fitch finished his career seventh on the Raiders' all-time scoring list with 1,254 points after a dominant senior season. He led QND in scoring 22 times in 29 games, averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds to earn all-state honors from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and the Associated Press. That came on the heels of a junior season in which Fitch averaged 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds and was a third-team all-stater.
Macker Little, Guard, Class of 2018
A three-year varsity player and two-year starter, Little was the Raiders' defensive stopper and a complete pest. He finished second in the area as a senior in steals with 3.1 per game as the Raiders won a Class 2A regional championship. The point guard also averaged 3.4 assists and 8.7 points. A starter as a junior when the Raiders won 26 games and a Class 2A sectional championship, Little led the Raiders in steals at 3.4 per game. He currently is playing soccer at Quincy University.
Jacob Mayfield, Forward, Class of 2017
The Raiders were blessed with multiple scoring options during Mayfield's career, but when it came time to get a bucket inside, he got the ball on the block. Mayfield averaged 11.6 points as a senior, while finishing among area leaders in field-goal shooting at 57.3 percent. As a junior, he averaged12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds, while shooting 53 percent from the field. The two-time all-area selection disrupted teams with his man-to-man defense as he averaged 3.3 steals as a senior and 2.2 steals as a junior.
Dylan Foley, Guard, Class of 2019
Although he is playing baseball at Heartland Community College, Foley caught the eye of several college basketball coaches his senior season because his ability to turn defense into offense. A lanky, ball-hawking defender and quality distributor who averaged 2.3 steals and 2.2 assists, the first-team all-area selection led the Raiders at 16.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, while finishing in the top 10 in the area in scoring and free-throw shooting (72.4 percent).
Nick Schwartz, Guard, Class of 2019
The second-leading scorer and floor general for a 20-win team, Schwartz averaged 14.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior. He shot 71 percent from the free-throw line and guided the Raiders to a second-place finish at the State Farm Holiday Classic. He scored in double figures in 23 of the Raiders' 29 games and was named MVP when the Raiders beat Pleasant Plains 55-49 in overtime in the Riverton Shootout, a game in which he scored 18 points and went 7 of 10 from the line.
Tommy Ray, Guard, Class of 2019
A smooth shooter from the perimeter throughout his career, Ray developed into an all-around scorer and a high-quality defender as a senior. The John A. Logan College right-handed pitcher helped the Raiders limit opponents to 45 points per game and less than 40 percent shooting from the field. After shooting 47 percent from the field and averaging 10.2 points as a junior, Ray enjoyed a strong second half to his senior season and finished averaging 10.4 points and shooting 42 percent from 3-point range.
Tanner Stuckman, Forward, Class of 2016
The process led to progress for the 6-foot-9 Stuckman, who was forced to grow into his frame during high school and has seen it pay off in college. As a senior, Stuckman averaged 11.7 points and 5.9 rebounds as the Raiders went 26-5. He finished in the top 10 in the area in field-goal shooting (57.7 percent) and free-throw shooting (76.0 percent) before walking on at Quincy University, where he has developed into an All-Great Lakes Valley Conference performer.