Senior Sports Writer

Matt Schuckman

217-221-3366
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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Prep Girls Soccer

Piling up the goals: Foley's return to soccer is boon for Lady Raiders

QUINCY -- There wasn't much contact, certainly not enough to draw a foul. And although McKenzie Foley awkwardly fell after getting bumped by a Beardstown defender, there wasn't any need for the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team's coaching staff...

Simple philosophy to pitching helps Hughes hold off Raiders
Prep Baseball

Simple philosophy to pitching helps Hughes hold off Raiders

QUINCY -- Kollen Hughes hadn't faced a lineup quite like the one the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team puts together. "I was definitely nervous," the Central junior right-handed pitcher said. Understandably so. "The top of their lineup is stacked...

Prep Baseball

Raiders' Ray finally returns to mound

QUINCY -- When a right-handed reliever began warming up in the bullpen deep in the left-field corner at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield, it didn't raise many eyebrows. Then people figured out who it was. That piqued everyone's interest.

Young Quincy angler lands the big one
Outdoors

Young Quincy angler lands the big one

Jayden Hills refused to let the big one get away. The big one turned out to be nearly as big as he is. Hills, a 10-year-old Quincyan who attends Baldwin Intermediate School, was fishing with his dad, Jason, and commerical angler Michael Matlick when he got a strike.

Golf

Field is complete for TriState Pro-Am

QUINCY -- The field for the WGEM/Herald-Whig TriState Pro-Am is complete. Adam Long, currently playing on the Web.com Tour, and former Champions Tour member Jay Delsing have committed to play in second-year event, rounding out the field...

Women's College Basketball

College notebook: Former QU standout joins staff at ISU

Jessica Keller is quickly climbing the coaching ladder. The Quincy University women's basketball program's all-time leading scorer resigned this week as the head coach at Columbia College to join the staff at Illinois State University.

Sophomore lefty shows maturity in guiding Saukees to victory
Prep Baseball

Sophomore lefty shows maturity in guiding Saukees to victory

Isaac Shaw wasn't nearly as bothered by the strong winds blowing toward the right-field corner as he was with having to talk about his pitching performance afterward. Yet, he handled both with composure.

Pazanin offers 'new eye for things' with QHS girls basketball program
Prep Girls Basketball

Pazanin offers 'new eye for things' with QHS girls basketball program

Martin Pazanin says he is the kind of coach who likes to give feedback. "Non-stop feedback," he said. So don't expect the new Quincy High School girls basketball coach to take a passive approach to anything. "During the games, you're not going to see me sit down," Pazanin said. "I'm non-stop communicating with my players. The same thing in practice. I'm always trying to preach positive energy."

Prep Baseball

Schultz's milestone moment complete having his father there to see it

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Some milestones grab headlines. Others are merely a footnote. Regardless of how history recognizes certain accomplishments, they always matter to someone. John Schultz Sr. and his son can speak to that. The 78-year-old father...

Millard 16th pro to commit to play in Pro-Am
Golf

Millard 16th pro to commit to play in Pro-Am

QUINCY -- Jason Millard denied himself an opportunity of a lifetime all for the integrity of the game. The latest professional golfer to commit to play in the WGEM/Herald-Whig TriState Pro-Am earned a spot in the 2014 U.S. Open field after shooting...