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Unity girls basketball coach Brad Begeman is spending his summer showcasing his tractor pull talents. Unity girls basketball coach Brad Begeman is spending his summer showcasing his tractor pull talents.

Pulling His Weight: Unity's Begeman hits the summer tractor pull circuit Video included

Brad Begeman spends his winters in search of supremacy on the basketball court. During the summer months it may be a different sport but the end goal remains the same - trying to make sure success follows.

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Back Home: QU football program moves on campus Video included

Quincy assistant coach Ben Clark draws up a play in one of the program's new meeting rooms. Quincy assistant coach Ben Clark draws up a play in one of the program's new meeting rooms.

There's a new head coach, a new recruiting class about to step foot on campus next week, and a new season right around the corner. But that's not the only things new for the Quincy University football program.
 

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Gems fall at Terre Haute, drop to 17-34 Video included

The Gems attempt to win their third straight game ends in a 7-2 loss at Terre Haute. The Gems attempt to win their third straight game ends in a 7-2 loss at Terre Haute.

The Quincy Gems bid to earn their third consecutive win ended on a sour note as Terre Haute bounced back from Tuesday's loss at Quincy with a victory on its home field.

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McClelland rehabs ACL in time for freshman season Video included

For the last six months Kolby McClelland has been racing against the clock.  After the Murray State volleyball commit tore her right ACL playing basketball her senior season, that clock started ticking and was counting down until she had to be ready for her freshman season with the Racers.

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Stroud, Wienhoff help Gems deal blow to playoff seeking Terre Haute Video included

Nick Stroud struck out 10 over 5.2 innings to lift Quincy to a win over Terre Haute. Nick Stroud struck out 10 over 5.2 innings to lift Quincy to a win over Terre Haute.

Nick Stroud and Hunter Wienhoff combine on a three-hitter, Drue Galassi homers, and Dalton Schumer drives in a pair of runs as the Gems defeat Terre Haute at QU Stadium.

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WIU picked to finish sixth in Missouri Valley Football Conference Video included

Western Illinois slotted sixth in the preseason MVFC poll despite being ranked as high 19th nationally. Western Illinois slotted sixth in the preseason MVFC poll despite being ranked as high 19th nationally.

When the Missouri Valley Football Conference unveils its annual preseason poll it's the unofficial start to the area college football season. With Tuesday's revealing, consider the season right in front of us. Western Illinois is predicted to finish sixth in the Valley this fall.

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PODCAST: Begeman's summer dream

During the winter the area mostly sees Brad Begeman roaming the spot right in front of the bleachers at Mendon while coaching the Unity girls basketball team. But for the past 28 years, Begeman's love for tractor pulls has led him to summer fairs across the Midwest to pull his IH 1066 called "Change of Pace." He spoke with WGEM SportsCenter.

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Sunday's Area Scores-July 23 Video included

The Gems double-up Springfield to end a five-game road trip while Ethan Arns and Dave Santos win the doubles title at the Quincy Open. 

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Family Matters: Families team up at Quincy Open Video included

With every serve and volley doubles teams at this weekend's Quincy Open became that much closer to winning  a city title. But beyond that many teams became closer as a family since teams comprised of family members littered the lists this year. 

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Quincy's Bell takes center stage in interview at Missouri Western Video included

Quincy athletic director and men's basketball coach Marty Bell interview for the Missouri Western AD job on Monday. Quincy athletic director and men's basketball coach Marty Bell interview for the Missouri Western AD job on Monday.

All is not quiet on the Western front. The Missouri Western State University front that is. The NCAA Division II program is in search of a new athletic director and Quincy University's Marty Bell interviewed on campus Monday afternoon.

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  • Saturday's Area Scores-July 22

    Saturday's Area Scores-July 22

    The Missouri All-Stars outhit and outscore their rivals in the fifth annual Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star Game, the Gems lose a lead in the bottom of the ninth, the men's final is set in the Quincy Open Doubles Championship while the women's champions are crowned. 

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    The Missouri All-Stars outhit and outscore their rivals in the fifth annual Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star Game, the Gems lose a lead in the bottom of the ninth, the men's final is set in the Quincy Open Doubles Championship while the women's champions are crowned. 

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  • QU's Senor signs overseas pro contract

    QU's Senor signs overseas pro contract

    It has been nearly four moths since he last played for Quincy University in the Division II NCAA Tournament but point guard Herm Senor's long wait finally came to and end on Saturday.  Senor announced on social media that he had signed his first professional contract with the Team Solent Kestrels in England. 

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    It has been nearly four moths since he last played for Quincy University in the Division II NCAA Tournament but point guard Herm Senor's long wait finally came to and end on Saturday.  Senor announced on social media that he had signed his first professional contract with the Team Solent Kestrels in England. 

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  • Friday's Sports Extra-July 21

    Friday's Sports Extra-July 21

    Quincy Post 37 captures another division crown as their season comes to an end, the Gems fall at Champion City and John Wood named Keokuk's Merle Jones as it's new softball coach. 

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    Quincy Post 37 captures another division crown as their season comes to an end, the Gems fall at Champion City and John Wood named Keokuk's Merle Jones as it's new softball coach. 

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  • Dunkers enjoying chance for one last game together

    Dunkers enjoying chance for one last game together

    As a dynamic duo on both the football field and baseball diamond, Brodie and Jarett Dunker have become synonymous with success on the field at Unity High School. Now, the two are enjoying one last chance to play on the same field at the Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star Baseball Game. 

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    As a dynamic duo on both the football field and baseball diamond, Brodie and Jarett Dunker have become synonymous with success on the field at Unity High School. Now, the two are enjoying one last chance to play on the same field at the Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star Baseball Game. 

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  • QND's Carper gets gridiron shot at Illinois College

    QND's Carper gets gridiron shot at Illinois College

    Recent QND graduate Grant Carper is getting another lease on his football life in Jacksonville.Recent QND graduate Grant Carper is getting another lease on his football life in Jacksonville.

    While several of his friends and teammates held press conferences to announce their college intentions last spring Quincy Notre Dame senior Grant Carper was merely a spectator. It took Carper a few months longer to make his decision. With little pomp and circumstance the former Raider running back chose to continue his football career at Illinois College earlier this week.

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    While several of his friends and teammates held press conferences to announce their college intentions last spring Quincy Notre Dame senior Grant Carper was merely a spectator. It took Carper a few months longer to make his decision. With little pomp and circumstance the former Raider running back chose to continue his football career at Illinois College earlier this week.

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  • Thursday's Area Scores -- July 20

    Thursday's Area Scores -- July 20

    Quincy built a 9-0 lead after two innings and thumped Moline to remain unbeaten in the Third Division Tournament.Quincy built a 9-0 lead after two innings and thumped Moline to remain unbeaten in the Third Division Tournament.

    Quincy's American Legion baseball team remains undefeated in the Third Division Tournament by coasting past Moline, plus the Gems rally late for consecutive victories, and Quincy's Zach Burry snags a Top-10 finish at the Illinois State Amateur.

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    Quincy's American Legion baseball team remains undefeated in the Third Division Tournament by coasting past Moline, plus the Gems rally late for consecutive victories, and Quincy's Zach Burry snags a Top-10 finish at the Illinois State Amateur.

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  • Illinois plans to take advantage of All-Star opportunity

    Illinois plans to take advantage of All-Star opportunity

    Illinois is in search of its third straight win in Saturday's All-Star Game in Hannibal.Illinois is in search of its third straight win in Saturday's All-Star Game in Hannibal.

    The basketball, football, and track All-Star affairs have come and gone. Now it's time for baseball to grab center stage this weekend in Hannibal. For the bunch who call Illinois home they are attempting to continue a trend that's produced three wins in the first four games of the Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star affair. 

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    The basketball, football, and track All-Star affairs have come and gone. Now it's time for baseball to grab center stage this weekend in Hannibal. For the bunch who call Illinois home they are attempting to continue a trend that's produced three wins in the first four games of the Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star affair. 

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  • Tiger Tale: Mark Twain's McMillen caps prep career as All-Star

    Tiger Tale: Mark Twain's McMillen caps prep career as All-Star

    Mark Twain's Bailey McMillen has fought back from a knee injury and will end his high school playing days in Saturday's Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star Game.Mark Twain's Bailey McMillen has fought back from a knee injury and will end his high school playing days in Saturday's Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star Game.

    Bailey McMillen knew he had the final say on whether or not his playing days were over. A year and a half after suffering a devastating injury the recent Mark Twain graduate finds himself an All-Star on the baseball diamond.

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    Bailey McMillen knew he had the final say on whether or not his playing days were over. A year and a half after suffering a devastating injury the recent Mark Twain graduate finds himself an All-Star on the baseball diamond.

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  • Bragging rights fueling Missouri All-Stars

    Bragging rights fueling Missouri All-Stars

    As the hottest week of the summer continues the heat on the baseball diamond is getting turned up as well. Saturday, all-star teams from the Land of Lincoln and the Show-Me State will meet in the fifth annual Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star game at Hannibal's Clemens Field. 

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    As the hottest week of the summer continues the heat on the baseball diamond is getting turned up as well. Saturday, all-star teams from the Land of Lincoln and the Show-Me State will meet in the fifth annual Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star game at Hannibal's Clemens Field. 

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  • City golfers hope to see women's tournament grow

    City golfers hope to see women's tournament grow

    After years of declining numbers of entrees in the Quincy Women's City Golf Tournament two of the tournament's regulars, including its three-time defending champion, hope to help their city's golf championship grow. 

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    After years of declining numbers of entrees in the Quincy Women's City Golf Tournament two of the tournament's regulars, including its three-time defending champion, hope to help their city's golf championship grow. 

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  • Expanding The Brand: C-SC football camp draws from near and far

    Expanding The Brand: C-SC football camp draws from near and far

    From Texas, California, the East Coast and even the Tri-States they came. High school football players traveled from near and far to the Culver-Stockton football camp Sunday for an afternoon of drills and intense practice as the Wildcats looked to expand their brand nationwide. 

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    From Texas, California, the East Coast and even the Tri-States they came. High school football players traveled from near and far to the Culver-Stockton football camp Sunday for an afternoon of drills and intense practice as the Wildcats looked to expand their brand nationwide. 

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  • Sunday's Area Scores-July 16

    Sunday's Area Scores-July 16

    The Gems drop their third in a row while Luke Guthrie finishes the Utah Championship at -15. 

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    The Gems drop their third in a row while Luke Guthrie finishes the Utah Championship at -15. 

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  • Saturday's Area Scores-July 15

    Saturday's Area Scores-July 15

    The Gems fall short in a comeback attempt, Luke Guthrie keeps pace in Utah and former WIU forward, Mike Miklusak signs his first pro contract in The Netherlands. 

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    The Gems fall short in a comeback attempt, Luke Guthrie keeps pace in Utah and former WIU forward, Mike Miklusak signs his first pro contract in The Netherlands. 

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  • Schumer shining in opportunity with Gems

    He has been a bright spot on a team that hasn't had many sunny days. Dalton Schumer's first season with the Quincy Gems has been nothing short of spectacular and the numbers don't lie. 

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    He has been a bright spot on a team that hasn't had many sunny days. Dalton Schumer's first season with the Quincy Gems has been nothing short of spectacular and the numbers don't lie. 

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  • League commish on Cavemen: "Had discussions but can't comment"

    League commish on Cavemen: "Had discussions but can't comment"

    Six months into his job as Prospect League commissioner, Dennis Bastien, joined WGEM SportsCenter on Friday to not only discuss the status of the league but also future goals and if the league is in talks with Hannibal.

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    Six months into his job as Prospect League commissioner, Dennis Bastien, joined WGEM SportsCenter on Friday to not only discuss the status of the league but also future goals and if the league is in talks with Hannibal.

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  • SC Audio: Racing's always been in Gundaker's blood

    SC Audio: Racing's always been in Gundaker's blood

    The former Hawks baseball player joined us to talk about his path to becoming a competitive dirt track race car driver.

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    The former Hawks baseball player joined us to talk about his path to becoming a competitive dirt track race car driver.

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  • PODCAST: Evan McGaughey, former QU hoops

    PODCAST: Evan McGaughey, former QU hoops

    Evan McGaughey is taking off to Germany in August to play pro hoops. He joined WGEM SportsCenter before taking off. More >>
    Evan McGaughey is taking off to Germany in August to play pro hoops. He joined WGEM SportsCenter before taking off. More >>
  • PODCAST: Polak makes surprise return to Gems

    PODCAST: Polak makes surprise return to Gems

    Not getting the playing time in the field he was searching for while playing in the Coastal Plains League, former QND standout Joey Polak joined WGEM SportsCenter on Tuesday to explain his decision on returning to the Gem City.

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    Not getting the playing time in the field he was searching for while playing in the Coastal Plains League, former QND standout Joey Polak joined WGEM SportsCenter on Tuesday to explain his decision on returning to the Gem City.

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