Teams of the decade: Wildcats building toward challenging conference elite
Women's College Basketball

Teams of the decade: Wildcats building toward challenging conference elite

Janette Burgin's challenge when taking over the Culver-Stockton College women's basketball program was to elevate it to the upper echelon in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. A 20-win season and an NAIA national tournament invitation...

Teams of the Decade: Hawks keep high-level talent close to home
Women's College Basketball

Teams of the Decade: Hawks keep high-level talent close to home

A promising start to the decade filled with 20-win seasons and NCAA Division II national tournament invitations ended with a thud. Before that happened, the Quincy University women's basketball program was churning out high-level talent and chasing...

Still in the Game: Bent continues climb up coaching ladder
Women's College Basketball

Still in the Game: Bent continues climb up coaching ladder

CLAREMORE, Okla. -- After more than two years living in the Sooner State, Kyle Bent needed just one word to sum up the biggest difference between growing up in rural Illinois and living in Oklahoma. "Hot," he said emphatically. Just how hot is Oklahoma...

Teams of the decade: Wildcats experience highs, lows of success
Men's College Basketball

Teams of the decade: Wildcats experience highs, lows of success

Extreme highs. Extreme lows. That pretty much sums up the last decade for the Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team. The Wildcats won a single-season record 26 games during the 2012-13 season, earned an NAIA national tournament berth...

Teams of the Decade: Hawks reach remarkable benchmarks
Men's College Basketball

Teams of the Decade: Hawks reach remarkable benchmarks

The ups and downs the Quincy University men's basketball program experienced throughout the last decade included two incredible highs. In 2010, the Hawks reached the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional championship game, marking the first Sweet 16...

Teams of the Decade: Trail Blazers step into national spotlight
Men's College Basketball

Teams of the Decade: Trail Blazers step into national spotlight

Clearly this was a decade to remember for the John Wood Community College men's basketball program. The Trail Blazers were the NJCAA Division II national runner-up in 2015, made three national tournament appearances, won three Region 24 championships...

Blue Devils' Talton embraces attention from college recruiters
Prep Boys Basketball

Blue Devils' Talton embraces attention from college recruiters

QUINCY -- There are inherent advantages to being from of a family that has produced college-level basketball talent across multiple generations. Jeremiah Talton is embracing that. Heading into his junior year at Quincy High School, the 6-foot-5 shooting...

Still in the Game: Carr develops CBD-based products for athletes
Men's College Basketball

Still in the Game: Carr develops CBD-based products for athletes

EVERGREEN, Colo. -- The allure of the mountains proved to be something Will Carr couldn't ignore. The summer before his senior season playing basketball at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, the West Hancock product and former John Wood Community...

Girls basketball tourney keeps its niche at Redbird Arena
Prep Girls Basketball

Girls basketball tourney keeps its niche at Redbird Arena

QUINCY -- While the Illinois boys basketball state tournament heads home, the girls state championships are already there. The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors announced Monday morning it backed a joint proposal...

Return engagement: IHSA sends boys basketball tournament back to Champaign-Urbana
Prep Boys Basketball

Return engagement: IHSA sends boys basketball tournament back to Champaign-Urbana

QUINCY -- It took a quarter century for it to happen, but the Illinois boys basketball state tournament is back where it belongs. All that was needed was creativity, commitment and compromise. Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois provided...