Senior Sports Writer

Matt Schuckman

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mschuckman@whig.com
@SchuckWHIG

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.

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Schuck's Clipboard

Beyond the Boxscore: Cookies are sweet treat for victory

Jacob Ary turns 18 years old Sunday, and in what has become a yearly tradition, his mother, Diane, baked cookies for him to share with his Quincy High School boys basketball teammates after the first game of the weekend. She might want to fire up...

Points of emphasis: Two things that could determine the outcome
Prep Boys Basketball

Points of emphasis: Two things that could determine the outcome

Here are two things Senior Sports Writer Matt Schuckman delved into that should impact the outcome of Saturday night's crosstown showdown: Pound the paint A year ago, Jase Wallingford decided to devote all his time and attention to his burgeoning...

Pressure cooker: Blue Devils, Raiders aim to make life difficult on each other
Prep Boys Basketball

Pressure cooker: Blue Devils, Raiders aim to make life difficult on each other

QUINCY -- Looking back, Jirehl Brock understands what pressure-packed means. Last December, Brock played in his first Quincy High School vs. Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball game and it challenged his ability to stay focused and emotionally...

Men's College Basketball

College basketball preview: Missouri Southern at Quincy University

Inside the matchup: This will be the second game of the day in the 18th annual QU Subway Holiday Classic. Truman State and Ohio Valley square off in the opener. Quincy has won the championship of its own tournament eight times, including the past two seas

Prep Boys Basketball

Hype for crosstown showdown begins at varying times for QHS, QND

In the midst of an historic celebration, Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas realized the focus needed to chase victory No. 2,001 was already there. And the Blue Devils were only minutes removed from hanging "2,000" on the victory...

Prep Boys Basketball

Prep basketball preview: Quincy High School at Rock Island

Inside the matchup: This will be the Blue Devils' third straight Friday with a trip to the Quad Cities, and they will play four of the first five WB6 games away from Blue Devil Gym.

JWCC tabs Womack as women's soccer coach
Women's College Soccer

JWCC tabs Womack as women's soccer coach

QUINCY -- Although the idea of coaching soccer had always been her plan, Hayley Womack needed some experience to reassure herself she was meant to do it. Working with the Quincy High School boys and girls soccer programs did that.

Beyond the Boxscore: Eldridge, bench enjoy being part of 2,000th victory
Schuck's Clipboard

Beyond the Boxscore: Eldridge, bench enjoy being part of 2,000th victory

The minutes have been scarce enough for Jacob Eldridge that when he came off the bench in the third quarter Saturday night there was a moment of hesitation. "It was a little nerve-racking," he said. Eldridge never acted like it.

Prep Boys Basketball

Two-Grand Masters: Blue Devils overwhelm Springfield for 2,000th all-time victory

QUINCY -- A momentous occasion deserves a memorable performance. Defensively, the Quincy High School boys basketball team delivered in that regard. "There's no doubt about it," Quincy coach Andy Douglas said. "Our defense was suffocating to say the least."

Prep Boys Basketball

Prep basketball preview: Springfield at QHS

Inside the matchup: The Blue Devils are on the verge of history after Friday night's victory at Rock Island Alleman. Quincy has 1,999 all-time victories and will become the third school in Illinois to reach 2,000 victories,