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RETIREMENT BRINGS BIG MOVE

July 10, 2018 by Angela Lalande Koponen (Register to contact)

Early retirement brings a big move for Angela and her family to Finland, where her husband, Jukka, grew up. They met when Jukka was an exchange student passing through Quincy on his way to Colorado and married in 1978. "Forty years Finland calls us back!" The move will be permanent, but they will return to the US frequently and to Quincy, where they have business interests.

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Local schools prepare for impact of winter storm on games  WGEM

Tri-State schools are already eyeing this winter storm. Some moved their Friday night basketball games to this evening and other schedule changes may be on ...



"We've got an opportunity to fundamentally reshape Quincy High School"  Herald-Whig

Shifting the learning philosophy beyond the classroom walls could better prepare Quincy High School students for college and career opportunities.



Game preview: Quincy High School at Alleman  Herald-Whig

QHS at Alleman When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Don Morris Gym, Rock Island, Ill. Records: QHS -- 0-5 (0-1 Western Big Six Conference). Alleman -- 3-3 (0-1 ...



Game preview: Moline at Quincy High School  Herald-Whig

Moline at QHS When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Flinn Stadium Records: Moline -- 6-1 (4-0 Western Big Six Conference). QHS -- 6-1 (4-0 WB6). Radio: WGEM ...



Game preview: Quincy High School at Oswego  Herald-Whig

QHS at Oswego When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Oswego High School, Oswego, Ill. Records: QHS -- 0-4. Oswego -- 3-1. Radio: WGEM 1440 AM Extra points: ...



Tickets on sale for annual Vespers concert  Herald-Whig

The Quincy High School Music Department will present Vespers Dec. 16 in the QHS Theatre. The annual holiday concert at 2:30 and 7:15 p.m. features the ...



GRADUATION: Quincy High School  Herald-Whig

Quincy Quincy High School Valedictorians: Reece Crossan. Salutatorians: Connor Knight. Class officers: President, Sarah McIntyre. Graduates: Jacob ...



“LIVE” Friday Night Football Preview For Quincy High School & Quincy Notre Dame  WGEM

The 2018 high school football season officially gets underway tonight when both Quincy High & Quincy Notre Dame play in their season opener's on the prep ...



Prep preview: North Lawndale at Quincy High School  Herald-Whig

North Lawndale at QHS When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Flinn Stadium 2017 records: North Lawndale -- 7-2 (4-2 Chicago Public League Big Shoulders Conference) ...



Beloved musical takes QHS stage  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- One of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved musicals takes the stage this week at Quincy High School. Performances of "Oklahoma" will take ...



Epic finale: Brock's record-setting effort guides Blue Devils past Raiders  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Every great story deserves an epic conclusion. Jirehl Brock wrote one for the latest chapter of Quincy's crosstown football rivalry. On his first four ...



Quincy Public Schools committee to study building needs at Quincy Junior High School  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Quincy Public Schools wants to look at building needs at Quincy Junior High School. With work basically complete on new exterior doors and roof ...



Whirlwind of excitement: Quincy's Brock commits to Iowa State  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- A little more than a week ago, Jirehl Brock called Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell and running backs coach Nate Scheelhaase to inform ...



'Queer Eye' to feature Quincy teacher in episode  Herald-Whig

QUINCY — The Netflix series “Queer Eye” and co-host Jonathan Van Ness — who grew up in Quincy — are coming to the Gem City to film an episode in ...



Game preview: Rock Island at Quincy High School  Herald-Whig

Rock Island at QHS When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Flinn Stadium Records: Rock Island -- 3-2 (2-0 Western Big Six Conference). Quincy -- 4-1 (2-0 WB6). Radio: ...



Last of its kind: QHS-QND football rivalry to be on hold after Friday's game  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Quincy Notre Dame senior lineman Jonny Bottorff didn't actually experience an oh-my-goodness moment when he played a few snaps against the ...



Top-notch tourney field to challenge Blue Devils  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas corrected himself mid-sentence. Asked to assess the field for the 48th annual QHS ...



Quincy School Board names Harrison Street school  Herald-Whig

The Quincy School Board named the fifth, and final, new K-5 elementary building in honor of Sarah Atwater Denman, who played a vital role in the development ...



QHS students, staff honored by Fab Five's visit  Herald-Whig

We still have some bullying, harassment and racism in our schools, but having the Fab Five in our schools last week moved us one step closer to my hope that ...



Blue Devils start 0-3 for second time in program history  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Andy Douglas believes the opportunities the Quincy High School boys basketball team squandered this weekend will benefit it in the long run.



Tears flow as Brock wears blue and white for last time  Herald-Whig

Jirehl Brock didn't want to leave. The final gathering of the team had broken up on the field after the Quincy High School football team's 34-14 loss to Springfield ...



Beyond the Boxscore: Blue Devils' offense keeps chugging along  Herald-Whig

When the locomotive otherwise known as the Quincy High School football team's offense gets rolling, it's tough to knock it off its track. Quincy Notre Dame isn't ...



Getting healthy breeds confidence in Blue Devils  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- The hope had been when the blazing heat from the dog days of summer finally gave way to the fall chill typical of the postseason the Quincy High ...



Brock named Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Quincy High School football coach Rick Little felt like he went into each game this past season with the best player in the state in his lineup. He wasn't ...



Hannibal makes surprise run to fourth place in Quincy Invitational  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Perhaps by surprise, the Hannibal volleyball team qualified for the gold bracket of the 43rd annual QHS Invitational Saturday afternoon. "I don't know ...



QPS transportation 'completely different' for K-5  Herald-Whig

Quincy Public Schools Transportation Director Shane Barnes compares planning 2018-19 bus routes to making a budget. "This is our best guess on what will ...



Playoff Pairings: QHS draws SHG in first-round Class 6A matchup  Herald-Whig

Quincy High School football coach Rick Little knows there will be an inevitable question asked by some of the Blue Devils' faithful fans. Is the first-round playoff ...



Students back in school for summer sessions  Herald-Whig

Hundreds of Quincy Public Schools students are back in classes for the month of June. Summer school sessions will take place through June 29 at ...



QHS rifle team praised for another winning season  Herald-Whig

Quincy Public Schools officials toured the rifle range at Quincy Junior High School this week before recognizing the rifle team and Coach Jim Holtman for ...



WB6 road victory helps Blue Devils end losing skid  Herald-Whig

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- A physical, intense Quincy High School boys basketball team hungry for its first victory of the season was just too much for Alleman to ...



QPS transition means later K-5 start time  Herald-Whig

Most elementary students in Quincy Public Schools will start school later next year to help with the transition to the five new K-5 learning communities.



Blue Devils see lead evaporate, fall to Alton  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- The Quincy High School football players know how fast you can go from being comfortably confident to uncomfortably numb. It takes less than three ...



Brock moves to top of charts as Blue Devils drub Panthers  Herald-Whig

Had Quincy High School football coach Rick Little dialed up a play for anyone other than Jirehl Brock on the opening possession, there might have been a revolt ...



Blue Devils overhaul roster but expect continued success  Herald-Whig

A new coach. A revamped roster. Yet the expectations remain the same. All it takes is a glance at the north wall in the QHS gymnasium to know that. The Quincy ...



A home built entirely by local students is for sale  WGEM

A new home is for sale in Quincy entirely built by students.



QHS Hall of Fame Class of 2018  Herald-Whig

Here are the inductees for the Class of 2018 for the Quincy Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is Saturday night between games of the ...



QPS celebrates school year with staff awards, retiree recogition  Herald-Whig

Quincy Public Schools staff marked the end of the school year by presenting awards and highlighting accomplishments ranging from a new curriculum and ...



QHS, QND to renew football rivalry in 2020  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- It turns out the shelf life of the Quincy High School-Quincy Notre Dame football rivalry will be quite short. There will be a one-year hiatus before the ...



Blue Devils' offense continues to lack tenacity  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- The toughness, tenacity and determination Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas wants his team to play with was on display ...



Practice makes perfect: Effort from Blue Devils' Neally leads to automatic results  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- The "W" word. That's what Quincy High School football coach Rick Little calls it. He incorporates it into every conversation -- darn near every sentence ...



Blue Devils extinguish Phoenix in lopsided season-opening victory  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Cory Haynes heard his new teammates describe what the atmosphere would be like for the Quincy High School football team's season opener and ...



QHS students hold walkout in support of Parkland victims  Herald-Whig

About 200 students at Quincy High School walked outside of the school building 10 a.m. Wednesday to remember the 17 students and teachers who were killed ...



Strong singles play helps Raiders beat Blue Devils again  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- The consensus among the Quincy Notre Dame girls tennis team is that its strength lies in the bottom half of the singles lineup. The Raiders' Nos.



Familiar faces coming to Quincy Shootout  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- The organizers of the Quincy Shootout plan to bring some familiar names and incredible talent to Blue Devil Gym for another prep basketball ...



Otten takes on QPS personnel post  Herald-Whig

When Lisa Otten came to Quincy Public Schools as a classroom teacher in 2000, she knew she was interested in leading "in a bigger way" in the district.



First-quarter discipline data mixed in QPS  Herald-Whig

First-quarter discipline data in Quincy Public Schools show gains at the junior high and high school but a spike in out of school suspension days for K-5 students.



Title Leaves Town: Moline defense puts shackles on high-scoring Blue Devils  Herald-Whig

For all of the pregame attention given to the high-scoring offenses for the Moline and Quincy High School football teams, it was a brilliant defensive effort by the ...



Students will be able access Quincy Public Library digital resources with eCards  Herald-Whig

The Quincy Public Library wants to put its digital resources at the fingertips of students in Quincy Public Schools. New electronic access cards, or eCards, will ...



Parking limited near QND vs. QHS football game  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Parking will be restricted near Quincy Notre Dame before the football game with Quincy High School on Friday. The Quincy Police Department ...



Beyond the Boxscore: Little, Brock show respect for previous record holder  Herald-Whig

As Rick Little poured over the numbers, he began to reminisce. Malique Robbins owned the Quincy High School football program's career rushing record prior to ...



Blue Devils, Raiders gear up for everything that is 'different' about rivalry game  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- This one is just different. The build-up. The atmosphere. The television cameras. The battling student sections. The earlier-than-normal tip time.



Peter helps teach Blue Devils proper aggressive response  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- The youthful side of the Quincy High School wrestling team's roster has needed a little extra attention when it comes to learning the sport's nuances.



Blue Devils blank Pioneers in first quarter, pick up first WB6 win  Herald-Whig

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- Rock Island Alleman didn't score in the first quarter. That allowed the Quincy High School girls basketball team to stay hot. Quincy feasted ...



My, Oh My, Jeremiah: Freshman helps Blue Devils end five-game home-court losing streak  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- The will of a senior could only be outdone by the pluck of a freshman. The Quincy High School boys basketball team needed that to happen in the ...



Blue Devils can't be stopped offensively  Herald-Whig

GALESBURG, Ill. -- Senior running back Jirehl Brock didn't get the ball on the Quincy High School football team's first play of the game against Galesburg on ...



LIFE STORIES: Quincy quadruplets taking different paths after high school  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- As their four sons grew up, Anne and Clint Gibleon tried to hide the fact that they are quadruplets as much as they could, hoping to offer the boys a life ...



Blue Devils getting strong play throughout lineup  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Brooke Walbring has never paid attention to the age gap that exists among the Quincy High School girls golfers. She's never had a reason to. "We all ...



Blue Devils expect defense to complement high-scoring attack  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Almost each and every time Ron Bridal is asked to assess the Quincy High School boys soccer team, his response is the same. "We're going to score ...



Blue Devils put offensive juggernaut on display  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- In one sense, Devin Neally is the most underutilized specialist in the Western Big Six Conference. In another, he's the most overworked.



QND loses in sudden death shootout  Herald-Whig

BURLINGTON, Iowa -- By the time the Go 4 the Goal Fall Classic is through, the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team won't have to worry should a postseason ...



Off the mark: Blue Devils' struggles shooting lead to opening loss  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Lucas Reis was as wide-eyed talking about the St. Louis Christian boys basketball team's size as he was the first time he drove to the basket ...



Assistant principal moving to new role in Quincy district  Herald-Whig

Assistant Principal Kim Dinkheller will be moving across the street from her Quincy Junior High School family for a new role with Quincy Public Schools.



Following His Heart: Brock recounts yearlong recruitment process  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Jirehl Brock recalled sitting down to one of the best meals he's ever eaten during his official recruiting visit to Northwestern earlier this summer.



WGEM changing prep football radio broadcast schedule  Herald-Whig

WGEM is altering its prep football play-by-play schedule to reach a broader audience this fall. Beginning Aug. 24 with Quincy Notre Dame's trip to Lexington, Mo.



QPS online registration open  Herald-Whig

Parents and guardians of current Quincy Public Schools students can register students for the 2018-19 school year.



Sunday Conversation with Michael Payne  Herald-Whig

Michael Payne doesn't get back to Quincy very often these days, but when he does, he likes to visit Blue Devil Gym. That's where Payne became one of the best ...



Quincy school administrator taking job at Regional Office of Education  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- A second Quincy Public Schools administrator is heading to a new job with the Regional Office of Education. QPS Human Resource Director Julie ...



WGEM SportsRadio Introduces Game of the Week Schedule  WGEM

WGEM SportsRadio has announced a new schedule for the upcoming high school football season. The WGEM Game of the Week will feature select games from ...



Solid as a Rock: Blue Devils' defense makes statement with first-half shutout  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Each time Quincy High School football coach Rick Little gets approached by a casual fan he's told how great the offense looks. "And then they are ...



Beyond the Boxscore: Raiders see effort as start of something special  Herald-Whig

To say Jonny Bottorff appreciated the fight the Quincy Notre Dame football team's underclassmen showed Friday night against Quincy High School undersells ...



QJHS sees administrative, building changes for 2018-19  Herald-Whig

Changes for the 2018-19 year aren't limited to the elementary schools in Quincy Public Schools. Quincy Junior High School saw several administrative changes, ...



Blue Devils believe defense can be 'monstrous'  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- One of the biggest advantages to having one of the state's most recruited running backs is how he changes practice. If you can tackle Jirehl Brock, ...



Quincy Notre Dame Set To Play Host To Quincy On The High School Soccer Pitch On Thursday  WGEM

Thursday evening on the Quincy Notre Dame campus, the Raiders will play host to the (6-0) Blue Devils of Quincy High School. The Raiders were hard at work ...



Blue Devils building off stellar starts  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Jose Quintero might not agree with Quincy High School football coach Rick Little's way of thinking. In an ideal situation, Little would prefer to have the ...



Arns appointed to seat on Quincy School Board vacated by Rose  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- A Quincy woman devoted to education and the community is the newest member of the Quincy School Board. "Education is just who I am. When I ...



Summer Sports Calendar for July 29  Herald-Whig

Baseball tryouts start Monday Travis Ruppel will be conducting tryouts for the Quincy Catholic Crusaders seventh- and eighth-grade baseball teams on July ...



Knights capitalize on Blue Devils' lack of execution  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- All the momentum the Quincy High School boys basketball team built in trimming a seven-point deficit down to two was undone in the span on six ...



State discus champ gives verbal commitment to Iowa  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Jordan Johnson wanted the perfect fit. He found that at the University of Iowa. Johnson, a senior at Quincy High School and the reigning Class 3A ...



QPS 'getting there' on 2018-19 staffing  Herald-Whig

Quincy Public Schools Personnel Director Lisa Otten believes it's possible to get all of the district's certified positions filled by the start of school.



Blue Devils capture first Early Bird title since 2012  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Hannah Beeler was confident the Quincy High School volleyball team could win, even after dropping the first set to Pekin. Beating the same Dragons ...



Quincy's Rosen wins WB6 title  Herald-Whig

HAMPTON, Ill. -- Quincy High School freshman Fiker Rosen was all smiles despite the cold at Empire Park on Thursday night. Winning the Western Big Six ...



Rocks' Beal too much for Blue Devils to overcome  Herald-Whig

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- Despite the final score, Quincy High School girls basketball coach Martin Pazanin was very happy with the way his team played Thursday ...



Quincy School Board looking at auction firms for school building sales  Herald-Whig

The Quincy School Board still plans to sell Dewey and Washington schools this year, but it might get some help with the sale. At the board's request, ...



School Board to seek state permission to fund Flinn track upgrade  Herald-Whig

A Quincy School Board member sees an upgraded Flinn Stadium track as a way to benefit the school district.



Raiders' Murphy, Blue Devils' Smith earn all-state honors  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Two of the most prolific goal scorers in Quincy prep boys soccer history are receiving the recognition their lofty numbers deserve. Quincy Notre Dame ...



QHS defeats Palmyra, Mexico in triangular  Herald-Whig

PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Quincy High School wrestling team defeated Palmyra 57-20 and Mexico 50-24 to win a triangular on Tuesday. Blake Peter won twice for ...



Quincy native to open fast casual Greek restaurant on Broadway  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Scott Smith, a 2002 graduate of Quincy High School, wanted to take the next step in his restaurant management career and started looking at options ...



New group of graduates from QHS  WGEM

420 high school seniors in Quincy are now ready for the next chapter in life after graduating Friday night.



A clinic for aspiring young cheerleaders  WGEM

It was a dream come true for a lot of future cheerleaders, as they got to spend the day on Sunday with their idols. The Quincy High School cheerleaders held ...



Prep wrestling roundup: Quincy's Culp, Peter win brackets in Mascoutah  Herald-Whig

Thomas Culp and Blake Peter won their respective weight classes, helping the Quincy High School wrestling team to a fourth-place finish at the 49th annual ...



Competency-based education pilot program benefits QPS hiring  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Newly hired Quincy High School teacher Amanda Cramsey spends four hours co-teaching algebra and covers two hours of resource for students ...



Panthers push Blue Devils in high-scoring affair  Quad-Cities Online

QUINCY 74, UTHS 64. QUINCY — Martin Pazanin knew he could have called a timeout. However, the Quincy High School girls basketball coach wanted to see ...



Brock, Crider combine for eight TDs in rout of Alleman  Herald-Whig

ROCK ISLAND -- It really should not be this easy, but the Quincy High School football team sure makes it look that way. The Blue Devils needed just 19 first-half ...



Blue Devils' Shoot makes decision to put academics first  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- As Aaron Shoot weighed his options, the same question kept popping up. Is he ready to give up basketball? "My dad asked me that when I was ...



Blue Devils break meet records on way to QHS Invitational titles  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Jordan Johnson considers the QHS Invitational one of the smaller track and field meets despite it being a home affair. That means the Quincy High ...



Throwing His Weight Around: Johnson doesn't regret giving up basketball to become record setter in discus  Herald-Whig

Jordan Johnson faced a difficult decision last summer. Johnson, now a junior thrower for the Quincy High School track team, won the discus title in the 16-17 ...



63rd New Faces opens Thursday at QHS theater  Herald-Whig

The Quincy High School production of New Faces will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. April 8 in the QHS theater, 3322 Maine.



Transition from homeschool to QHS volleyball seamless for DeGuzman  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Eanna DeGuzman believed she had to make a good first impression during the Quincy High School volleyball team's summer workouts. "I knew I had ...



Prep girls basketball roundup: Blue Devils improve to 8-1  Herald-Whig

Sarah Nelson scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Quincy High School girls basketball team to a 51-48 victory over Oswego Saturday. Nelson scored 12 ...



Freshmen posting top times in area cross country  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- A youth movement has taken the area's cross country scene by storm. Just look at last week's QND Running Raider Invitational, where the top two ...



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