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Jaeden Smith scored twice to lead QHS to a regional semifinal victory in Springfield. Jaeden Smith scored twice to lead QHS to a regional semifinal victory in Springfield.

Tuesday's Area Scores - October 17 Video included

QHS and QND open the postseason with shutout victories in soccer, Hannibal falls short in the district semifinals, Holy Trinity coasts in its region opener, QHS rallies to beat QND, and Macomb outlasts Illini West in volleyball, and Unity and Illini West set the pace at the WCC Meet in cross country.

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Remembering Josh: Several area athletic teams to wear 'Hooch' stickers Video included

More than a dozen Tri-State athletic programs plan to honor WGEM's Josh Houchins by wearing decals in his memory on their uniforms. More than a dozen Tri-State athletic programs plan to honor WGEM's Josh Houchins by wearing decals in his memory on their uniforms.

Born and raised in Northeast Missouri Josh Houchins took great pride in calling this area his home. He also went to great measures to make sure he was up to date in all things Tri-State sports. Several of those programs he recognized day in and day out plan to honor his memory.

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Josh Houchins Obituary

Mr. Joshua Ward Houchins of Ewing, Mo., passed away surrounded by family and friends on Sunday, October 15, at Blessing Hospital. He was 36.

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Remembering Josh: The Humanitarian behind the voice Video included

To sports fans all over the Tri-States Josh Houchins was the voice you listened to every weekday morning.  But to countless others in the area Josh was a volunteer, a humanitarian and an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

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Remembering Josh: A tribute to our friend and colleague Video included

He was a son, a brother, an uncle, a nephew, and so many other things. But most importantly he was a friend to all. Josh Houchins was one of a kind and taken from us on Sunday. WGEM Sports Director Ben Marth pays tribute to our friend.

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Monday's Area Scores - October 16 Video included

Hannibal tipped off the postseason with a district quarterfinal victory over Battle. Hannibal tipped off the postseason with a district quarterfinal victory over Battle.

Hannibal advances to the district semifinals with a postseason opening night victory, West Prairie snags a win on the road, Southeastern sweeps West Hancock, plus Brown County notches a victory at North Greene, and Pittsfield tips off the PCC Tournament with a pair of wins in volleyball.

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Quincy High's Myers signs with Culver-Stockton bowling Video included

Quincy High may not have a bowling team but that hasn't stopped Dalton Myers from chasing his dreams of becoming a collegiate bowler. The Blue Devil senior has found a collegiate program to join and turned his dream into a reality by signing with the Culver-Stockton bowling team Monday afternoon.  

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Josh Houchins, voice of WGEM SportsCenter, dies Video included

Josh Houchins 1981-2017 Josh Houchins 1981-2017

Josh Houchins, host of WGEM SportsCenter on WGEM Sports Radio, died Sunday following a short battle with an illness, his family said. He was 36 years old.

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Fourth time the charm for Bowling Green softball Video included

In a story four years in the making the Bowling Green softball team finally cemented itself as one of the best in the state with a quarterfinal win over Palmyra Saturday propelling the Bobcats to the state tournament after three consecutive losses in the state quarterfinals. 

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Saturday Area Scores - Oct 14 Video included

Bowling Green took on Palmyra with winner advancing to state. Canton played for a chance at state. Several Cross County Conference meets around the area. 

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MY TAKE: Time to rewind Week 9 in Tri-State football

Three games decided by three points or less. A 28-point deficit erased. Conference champions crowned. And playoff hopes kept intact. It was Friday the 13th but it was hardly a frightening night in area high school football. WGEM Sports Director hits the reset button with quick hitters from near and far.

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Friday's Area Scores (Non-football)-October 13 Video included

Reis Dreyer places himself in the top day after a round at the Class 2A State Tournament while other area golfers finished their first round today, The Quincy University women's soccer team knocks off  Indianapolis while the men fall to the Greyhounds. 

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Mayor's Cup Mayhem: Palmyra, Monroe City set to match wits Video included

Monroe City and Palmyra square off Friday in the annual Mayor's Cup affair. Monroe City and Palmyra square off Friday in the annual Mayor's Cup affair.

Monroe City is undefeated and the top ranked team in Class 1. Palmyra has won seven games in a row and the eighth best squad in Class 2. But both could be winless and the Mayor's Cup would still be the biggest game for each during the regular season.

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Friday Sports Extra - October 13 Video included

Blake Hays and Monroe City held off Palmyra to retain to the Mayor's Cup. Blake Hays and Monroe City held off Palmyra to retain to the Mayor's Cup.

QHS and QND post shutouts to become playoff eligible, West Hancock scores in the final seconds to stay unbeaten, Unity-Payson rallies from a 28-point hole, Pleasant Hill knocks off Brown County, BWP clinches a playoff berth, Monroe City fends off Palmyra, South Shelby wins big, Clark County earns its third straight shutout, and Fort Madison doubles up Keokuk.

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Thursday's Area Scores -- October 12 Video included

Quincy's Lydia Kurfman ran a time of 18:16 to claim the WB6 title. Quincy's Lydia Kurfman ran a time of 18:16 to claim the WB6 title.

Quincy's Lydia Kurfman shines in the WB6 meet in cross country, Hannibal and Canton notch victories in soccer, Hannibal complete an unbeaten run through NCMC play, and Liberty rallies to defeat Central in volleyball, and Culver-Stockton beats HLGU for the 10th consecutive time in college spikes.

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Time to Commit: Illini West's Bryan, Western's Borrowman take next step

Illini West's Jacob Bryan has committed to the Southern Illinois track and field program. Illini West's Jacob Bryan has committed to the Southern Illinois track and field program.

Illini West's Jacob Bryan (Southern Illinois track and field) and Western's Blair Borrowman (Lindenwood basketball) have made their college intentions known by verbally committing.

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Highland's Dickerson races to Hannibal-LaGrange Video included

Highland's MaKayla Dickerson is taking her track and field and cross country skills to HLGU. Highland's MaKayla Dickerson is taking her track and field and cross country skills to HLGU.

MaKayla Dickerson isn't going far to continue her track and field and cross country careers. Dickerson made her commitment to Hannibal-LaGrange official by signing on the dotted line Thursday. 

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On the Sidelines: Western Illinois attempts to hunt down Bears Video included

Nationally ranked and undefeated in four tries on the road. But there's one thing the Western Illinois football teams remains in search of: a victory at home. The next chance comes Saturday when Missouri State invades Macomb.

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QND's Gilliland bounces back to become two-way force Video included

Brady Gilliland (left) has four touchdown receptions and a team high three sacks this season. Brady Gilliland (left) has four touchdown receptions and a team high three sacks this season.

Brady Gilliland has been forced to overcome more than one injury during his Quincy Notre Dame career. Shoulder and back woes have sidelined the tight end and defensive end in the past. He hasn't missed a beat in this his senior season and he's become one of the best two-way players on the team, and in the area.

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Wednesday's Area Scores - October 11 Video included

Palmyra blitzed North Callaway 7-1 to advance to the Class 2 quarterfinals. Palmyra blitzed North Callaway 7-1 to advance to the Class 2 quarterfinals.

Three area golfers advance out of the Havana Sectional to earn spots at state, plus Palmyra, Bowling Green, and Canton are quarterfinal bound in softball, QND and Payson score victories in spikes, and a sweep for Culver-Stockton soccer at home.

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Culver-Stockton unveils plan to bring 'esports' to campus Video included

Culver-Stockton will add "esports" to the campus scene in the fall of 2018. Culver-Stockton will add "esports" to the campus scene in the fall of 2018.

Culver-Stockton College has introduced a new avenue of recruiting students interested in the growing element of gaming. President Kelly Thompson and Executive Director of Institutional Technology Joe Liesen announced the addition of "esports" to the Canton campus in the fall of 2018 on Wednesday.

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SC Audio: Longo, Raiders gearing up for state golf tourney

The Raiders coach joined WGEM SC before they head to the Class 2A state tournament this weekend.

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Western Illinois, Missouri State partner to fight ALS Video included

Western Illinois and Missouri State are hoping to raise $20,000 in the fight against ALS. Western Illinois and Missouri State are hoping to raise $20,000 in the fight against ALS.

There will be more meaning than just the outcome of a football game at Hanson Field on Saturday. Western Illinois and Missouri State are joining forces to raise money in the fight against ALS with Team Gleason, and The Gleason Initiative Foundation, to support former NFL player Steve Gleason who was diagnosed with the disease in 2011.

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Monday's Area Scores - October 9 Video included

Canton beat Scotland County 6-2 to claim the Class 1 District 11 championship. Canton beat Scotland County 6-2 to claim the Class 1 District 11 championship.

QND makes a date with state and four area individuals advance in sectional golf, Palmyra, Bowling Green, and Canton hoist district championship hardware in softball, senior night success for Canton soccer, plus Hannibal remains unbeaten in NCMC play, Payson and West Prairie cruise, and Central Lee tops Keokuk in volleyball.

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SC Audio: Dixon wants Panthers to press on after big win

Fresh off their big win over Brown County, the Panthers coach joined us to talk keeping emotions in check and preparing for a playoff run.

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Tuesday's Area Scores - October 10 Video included

Fort Madison breezed past Washington in straight sets to complete an 8-0 run in conference play. Fort Madison breezed past Washington in straight sets to complete an 8-0 run in conference play.

Fort Madison clinches its second consecutive conference title, Holy Trinity wins its 30th match of the season, and Hannibal and QHS remain undefeated in conference play in volleyball, plus QND comes from behind twice to defeat UT, Hannibal improves to 10-0 in NCMC play, and Macomb advances to the regional title match in soccer, and Unity and Illini West grab team titles in cross country.

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Dynamic depth gives Central football the boost it needs

A statement win can swing the momentum of any high school football program and a statement win is exactly what Central got Friday night with a 20-point win over then fourth-ranked Brown County by leaning on their depth to deliver a tenth straight playoff eligible season. 

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Sunday's Area Scores-October 8

The Quincy University women's soccer team earns its eighth win in conference play thanks to an overtime winner in Kentucky as the men's team gets rained out. 

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Growing His Game: Brock still impresses every day

As the legend of Jirehl Brock continues to grow and spread sometimes the junior's teammates can't believe what they're watching every Friday night. 

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Saturday's Area Scores-October 7

Western Illinois scores twice in the game's final 10 seconds to defeat UNI, QU falls in a second half slump to William Jewell, West Hancock football remains unbeaten, QHS boys soccer celebrates senior day in style, Bowling Green softball advances in district play, Macomb girls golf advances to state, Jacob Bryan and Lydia Kurfman continue their dominance on the cross country trail as Palmyra girls tennis falls in sectional play.

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Friday Sports Extra - October 6

Central handed Brown County its first loss with a 28-8 win in Camp Point. Central handed Brown County its first loss with a 28-8 win in Camp Point.

Moline snaps Quincy's 10-game WB6 win streak, QND blanks Macomb, Central upsets state ranked Brown County, BWP becomes playoff eligible, Unity-Payson ends a four-game skid, Hannibal rushes past Marshall, Monroe City handles Centralia, Palmyra wins its seventh straight, Clark County blanks South Shelby, and Central Lee pitches a shutout on the road.

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MY TAKE: Never too late to make an impression in Week 8

There's still a few weeks left in the regular season but this Friday night had a postseason feel with conference title and playoff implications everywhere you turned. Let's relive the eighth week of the Tri-State football season with WGEM Sports Director Ben Marth. 

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SC Audio: Stembridge shares vision for Hannibal baseball rebirth

The newly named General Manager of the yet to be nicknamed Hannibal summer baseball team joined us to discuss his vision for leading a rebirth of the franchise in the Prospect League.

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MY TAKE: Expect the unexpected recap of Week 7

Just what we thought would happen...right? Not exactly. Take a trip down the Friday night memory lane with WGEM Sports Director Ben Marth for a no-huddle glance at Week 7 of Tri-State high school football. 

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The 1st & 10 Podcast gets you set for the upcoming Friday night by digging through the best match ups and the contests we'll be talking about the most come Saturday morning.

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Plunkett sees improvement 'cross the board for P-Town

(photo courtesy of whig.com) The Week 1 loss to Macon still haunts Palmyra senior Peyton Plunkett. But the RB/LB has put it is in the past as well as possible in order to focus on what's next. He joined WGEM SportsCenter on Thursday.

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  • QMG Play of the Week - Vote now!

    QMG Play of the Week - Vote now!

    WGEM Sports is in search of the very best the tri-states has to offer with our Play of the Week brought to you by Quincy Medical Group! Watch our nominees video and vote below in our online poll!More >>
    WGEM Sports is in search of the very best the tri-states has to offer with our QMG Play of the Week. The online poll is open until Friday night at 5:00 PM and the winner will be announced on WGEM Sports Extra.More >>
  • 2017-18 Prep Athlete of the Week Awards

    2017-18 Prep Athlete of the Week Awards

       
    Week 7 Winner
    -- Alana Comstock, Palmyra softball

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    Week 7 Winner
    -- Alana Comstock, Palmyra softball

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  • MY TAKE Archives

    MY TAKE Archives

    Sports Director Ben Marth recaps every Friday night of high school football with his own take on the sights and sounds. Click here to find his weekly thoughts.

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    Sports Director Ben Marth recaps every Friday night of high school football with his own take on the sights and sounds. Click here to find his weekly thoughts.

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