Senior Sports Writer

Matt Schuckman

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mschuckman@whig.com
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Matt Schuckman returned to The Herald-Whig as a full-time sports writer on Jan. 18, 1999, having spent seven years here as a part-time sports writer through high school and college. He became Sports Editor on Aug. 27, 2012, and was appointed Senior Sports Writer in November 2015. A Quincy native and 1991 Quincy High School graduate, Schuckman is a product of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He spent four years in Columbia, Mo., covering Mizzou sports for the Columbia Daily Tribune and Inside Mizzou Sports magazine. His love of the daily grind of newspaper reporting brought him back to Quincy. Since 1999, he has been honored with numerous awards from the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association for his reporting and column writing. In 2007, Schuckman saw his first book published. "Stand Up and Cheer" chronicles the first 100 years of the Quincy High School boys basketball program, one of the winningest and most respected high school programs in the nation. Schuckman spent more than two years researching, interviewing and writing. Seeing the book published is one of those moments Schuckman says he'll carry with him forever. In his spare time, Schuckman enjoys hunting and fishing, spending time with his nephews and playing poker. He married Michelle Clements on Oct. 16, 2010.

Bylines

Women's College Volleyball

Wildcats looking to scrap their way to success

CANTON, Mo. -- Anna Stock believes there is an aesthetically pleasing quality to scrappy volleyball teams. "I think they're more fun to watch," the Culver-Stockton College junior libero said. "With the big players and big hitters, there's an expectation...

Bridal's passion for soccer, education and QHS shines through
Prep Boys Soccer

Bridal's passion for soccer, education and QHS shines through

Ron Bridal takes a similar approach to coaching as he does teaching. He emphasizes a "not yet" mentality. It can't be a "never" mindset. "I'll tell it to them all the time, ‘We're not doing it yet, but we're going to be doing it,'" he said.

Blue Devils usher in new era ready to make their mark
Prep Boys Soccer

Blue Devils usher in new era ready to make their mark

QUINCY -- A couple of them have state runner-up medals. Many of them share memories of playing soccer in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. All of them know the taste of victory. What the seniors playing...

Outdoors

Teaching conservation starts with getting kids outdoors

Michael Robinson Sr. admits he erred on the side of the caution. He still erred. "To put it in football terms, if I could throw a flag on myself, I would," Robinson Sr. said. "I guess you'd call it unsportsmanlike conduct."

Men's College Soccer

Diversity on C-SC roster means meshing together is critical

CANTON, Mo. -- The reaction surprised Blake Ordell. It left him encouraged, too. The fifth-year Culver-Stockton College men's soccer coach has put together a diverse roster featuring players from 10 different countries...

Wildcats prep for run at breaking through to national tourney
Women's College Soccer

Wildcats prep for run at breaking through to national tourney

CANTON, Mo. -- Had the rules been different three years ago, the Culver-Stockton College women's soccer team would have enjoyed a breakthrough moment. As it stands now, the Wildcats are still searching for one. When C-SC played...

Depth replaces big names as Pirates pursue another playoff appearance
Prep Football

Depth replaces big names as Pirates pursue another playoff appearance

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Eventually replacing the top-flight talent that led the Hannibal football team to back-to-back state quarterfinal appearances becomes a chore, right? Some might think so, although the Pirates' depth suggests otherwise. Hannibal heads...

Pirates embrace St. Clair's return to sideline
Prep Football

Pirates embrace St. Clair's return to sideline

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- His players didn't say much when Hannibal football coach Mark St. Clair announced he was retiring, although the emotional challenge it provided was real. "It hit me hard," senior defensive end Evan Allen said.

Auto Racing

Woodworth inching closer to unique feat at Quincy Raceways

QUINCY -- Denny Woodworth insists being the first driver to win two track championships in the same year at Quincy Raceways was not a primary focus heading into the season. Even now that he is a little more than a month away...

Bell accomplishes mission to leave QU in better place
Men's College Basketball

Bell accomplishes mission to leave QU in better place

Were they the darkest of days around the Quincy University men's basketball program? It would be difficult to argue they weren't. In the spring of 2003, on the cusp of six straight losing seasons, QU athletic director Pat Atwell decided to make a change.