Saturday night the Quincy high boys basketball team won their annual Thanksgiving tournament with a 66-45 win over Chicago Leo.
It might not be on their minds in the moment but like all athletes the current crop of Blue Devils are trying to make a legacy for themselves and a few people in attendance Saturday showed what it means to do that at QHS as Quincy High inducted a new class of members into the Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame.
The latest batch of Hall of Famers included Lauren Moenning from the rifle team, former golfer Jason Traeder, track and field star Isaiah Robbins and a pair of teams, the 1987 boys soccer team and the 1997-98 girls basketball team.
The list of combined accomplishments is exceedingly long including the girls basketball team taking the programs first ever trip to the state tournament and the soccer team setting the team record for wins in a season at the time with 18 just to name a few.
For those like former boys head soccer coach Matt Longo who’s has already been inducted twice with the 95 team and as an individual, being honored as a Blue Devil never fails to cause goosebumps.
Longo said, “I can tell you there’s probably not one alumni that has gone into the hall of fame that won’t tell you that this is probably one of the greatest experiences there is as far as the reward for what you did as a coach.
I told all the players, we got in a group e-mail, I said that it’ll be a night that you remember for a long time.
It’s exciting, there’s a sense of pride at the same time.
And when they say you’re name out there in the Blue Devil Gym and the fans, it’s pretty thrilling.”
Of course as time goes by and high school is left in the rear view mirror, some teammates stay closer than others, but once they get back in the same room it’s hard for old friends to miss a beat.
Former forward on the 1997-98 girls basketball team Ruth Kipping Boden said that, “It’s funny I was just talking to some peopel a couple minutes ago I just saw, my best friend Heather Hillebrenner and I we’ve kept in touch a lot.
Some of the girls I haven’t kept in touch with much, but it was just easy to talk.
I just started talking to them again like we were still in high school. Haven’t really lost much of it.”