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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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Dallas, Tolton, Iles in Black History spotlight at Eells House  Herald-Whig

Jim Rost's research of the late Billy Dallas and his place in Quincy history proved both educational and entertaining Sunday afternoon.



"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: United Township at Quincy High School  Herald-Whig

United Township at QHS When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Blue Devil Gym Records: United Township -- 16-9 (3-4 Western Big Six Conference). QHS -- 11-11 (3-4 ...



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 ...



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 ...



“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 ...



Game preview: Quincy High School at United Township  Herald-Whig

QHS at United Township When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Panther Den, East Moline, Ill. Records: QHS -- 6-9 (1-2 Western Big Six Conference). United Township ...



QHS, QND earn top spots in pom at state  Herald-Whig

Teams from both Quincy high schools took top honors in pom in the Illinois Drill Team Association State Finals.



Game preview: Quincy High School at Webster Groves  Herald-Whig

QHS at Webster Groves When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Webster Groves, Mo. Records: QHS -- 6-7. Webster Groves -- 9-0. Radio: WGEM 1440 AM, WTAD 930 ...



Game preview: Quincy High School at Moline  Herald-Whig

QHS at Moline. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Where: Wharton Field House, Moline, Ill. Records: QHS -- 7-9 (2-2 Western Big Six Conference). Moline -- 18-2 (6-0 ...



GRADUATION: Quincy High School  Herald-Whig

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



Game preview: Miller Career Academy at Quincy High School  Herald-Whig

Miller Career Academy at QHS When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Blue Devil Gym Records: Miller Academy -- 5-13 (3-2 St. Louis Public League Large School ...



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) ...



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 ...



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 ...



'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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Game preview: Jacksonville at Quincy High School  Herald-Whig

Jacksonville at QHS When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Blue Devil Gym Records: Jacksonville -- 6-21 (1-13 Central State Eight Conference). QHS -- 10-11 (3-4 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



QPS hopes to have suspension percentages mirror student population  Herald-Whig

One goal of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, in Quincy Public Schools is to reduce office discipline referrals and out of school ...



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 ...



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 ...



A home built entirely by local students is for sale  WGEM

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



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 ...



Devils get defensive to build holiday momentum  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Although the Quincy High School girls basketball team evened Western Big Six Conference record with last week's victory over United Township, one ...



Area educators will 'learn, love, lead' at Quincy Conference  Herald-Whig

The Quincy Conference features morning keynote presentations by Kayla Delzer, a teacher and author emphasizing ways to revitalize learning and the ...



Efficient Raiders hold on against crosstown rival Blue Devils  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- The Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team had missed more free throws in the game than field goals at one point in the third quarter. The Raiders ...



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 ...



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 ...



Moline takes advantage of Quincy's foul trouble  Herald-Whig

MOLINE, Ill. -- Quincy High School girls basketball coach Martin Pazanin said he had no choice. He had to find a way to keep Thursday night's Western Big Six ...



Take a deep breath: QHS defense stands tall despite exhausting pace  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- There is one moment each game Quincy High School junior linebacker Nate Wilson feels he can relax enough to catch his breath. "That's usually ...



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 ...



High school sophomores learn from professionals at career fair  Herald-Whig

Kayleigh Fessler is pretty set on a career in health care, but the Central High School sophomore isn't sure whether she prefers therapeutic or diagnostic work.



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.



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Blue Devils look for more scoring in Pazanin's second year  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- The getting-to-know-you period is over, and Quincy High School girls basketball coach Martin Pazanin is ready for his team to make even bigger ...



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, ...



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 ...



QHS wrestlers lead charge into second round at state  Herald-Whig

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Quincy High School wrestling coach Phil Neally knows what lies ahead for Hunter Yohn and Thomas Culp, and nothing about it will be easy.



Blue Devils answer after Pazanin's outburst  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Nearly everyone in the QHS Gym could hear what Quincy High School girls basketball coach Martin Pazanin wanted from his team. The Blue Devils ...



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 ...



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 ...



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' 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 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 ...



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 ...



Threatening Weather Causes Cancellations And Postponements On The Local Prep Hardwood  WGEM

The weather continues to play a large part in the drama surrounding the duties of high school athletic directors across the Tri-States. At Quincy Notre.



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 ...



QHS girls to see upgrade in competition at Warren  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- The idea of playing Christmas basketball in Chicago is so nice for the Quincy High School girls basketball team that they're doing to do it twice.



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.



Boys Runner of the Year: Fiker handles expectations flawlessly  Herald-Whig

Most freshmen don't come into any high school sport shouldering major expectations of what's to come the next four years. It's safe to say Fiker Rosen doesn't fit ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



Lancers' blistering start overwhelms Blue Devils  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Belleville East girls basketball coach Amanda Kemezys stressed getting off to a good start in the practices leading up to Tuesday night's postseason ...



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 ...



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.



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.



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Grant would be potential 'recruiting tool' for QPS  Herald-Whig

Quincy Public Schools hopes a state grant could spur its teacher recruitment efforts. The School Board on Wednesday authorized working with Quincy University ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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.



QAVTC program helps students get closer to earning a commercial driver's license while still in high school  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- Steven Case plans to follow in the footsteps of other family members in making a career choice. "Truck driving is just part of our family," the Quincy ...



Teen Reach 'fun day' for area youth  WGEM

An after school program for Quincy's youth is helping to combat the problem of truancy within the school district. Now, Quincy High School students are An after ...



Brock to showcase talent in Hawaii all-star game  Herald-Whig

QUINCY -- A week of fun in the sun is giving Quincy High School's Jirehl Brock more than just a vacation. It's the first chance to audition for the vacancy in Iowa ...



QPS looks to expand, resurface track  Herald-Whig

Lower-than-expected cost estimates have the Quincy Public Schools looking at expanding and resurfacing the track at Flinn Stadium.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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, ...



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.



Prep notebook: Six named to Shrine game; Louisiana's Richards out for season; Quincy's Rosen named Freshman of the Year  Herald-Whig

Six area football players will suit up for the West squad in the 45th annual 2019 Illinois High School Shrine Game next summer. The Illinois High School Football ...



Blue Devils can't cash in on chance to upset Missouri's No. 1-ranked team  Herald-Whig

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. -- The determination the Quincy High School boys basketball team continues to put on display is being undone by the lack of a ...



Blue Devils bow out in first round of playoffs again  Herald-Whig

Rick Little made it clear from the outset this season he wasn't going to be satisfied with another first-round playoff loss. That doesn't make Saturday's 34-14 loss ...



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