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.

Bylines

Prep Boys Basketball

Prep game preview: Galesburg at Quincy High School

Inside the matchup: The Blue Devils are hoping for a little bit of history. Quincy already has wrapped up its 23rd WB6 championship, not once in the first 22 had the Blue Devils lost their WB6 opener and then won nine straight conference games.

History on Blue Devils' minds heading into WB6 finale
Prep Boys Basketball

History on Blue Devils' minds heading into WB6 finale

Aaron Shoot was curious if the Quincy High School boys basketball team had the opportunity to add another historic mark to a milestone-filled season. So into the archives we went. What piqued Shoot's interest is the fact Quincy can finish...

Prep Boys Basketball

College game preview: Quincy University at Missouri-St. Louis

Inside the matchup: The Hawks are playing out the string, having been eliminated from contention for the GLVC Tournament. The Tritons, however, are still in the mix. UMSL sits 10th in the GLVC points ratings system...

Lessons learned help JWCC's Miller develop
Men's College Basketball

Lessons learned help JWCC's Miller develop

QUINCY -- As reluctant as they might be to admit it, Cory Miller and Jonny Dahl both can be hard-headed. That came to light during an early season practice. Dahl was telling Miller where he needed to be as the John Wood Community College...

College Baseball

Top-ranked Statesmen seize opportunity to sweep Hawks

QUINCY -- The difference in talent between the No. 1 and No. 9 teams in the NCAA Division II national baseball poll is minimal. The difference in quality of execution -- at least on Sunday -- was substantial. That's one thing Quincy University will have...

Handling the Pressure: Blue Devils' Ary never let brain condition deter love for game
Prep Boys Basketball

Handling the Pressure: Blue Devils' Ary never let brain condition deter love for game

The cookies were a sweet reward Jacob Ary and his teammates hungrily gobbled up. That likely would have been the case had the Quincy High School boys basketball team not beaten Rock Island in overtime on the road, but the fact the Blue Devils coupled a significant Western Big Six Conference victory with Jacob's pending 18th birthday made the night complete.

Prep Boys Basketball

Prep basketball preview: Quincy High School at Geneva

Inside the matchup: The Blue Devils' longest road trip of the season is also their last. After beating United Township on Friday night in WB6 play and spending the night in the Quad Cities, the Blue Devils make their first trip to the greater Chicagoland

Hinton lifts Hawks to road victory
Men's College Basketball

Hinton lifts Hawks to road victory

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The way Marcus Hinton played two days after beginning to feel ill might suggest he is at his best when he's under the weather. But he didn't like the suggestion he should play sick more often. "Absolutely not," Hinton said.

Outdoors

Shedding worries: Teaching dog to hunt for antlers teaches handler to leave all else behind

FOWLER, Ill. -- Bo pressed his nose to the ground and began sniffing the faded blades of grass and crunchy leaves beneath his paws. The labrador retriever's nostrils flared with each unique scent trail he discovered. Slowly and steadily, he worked...

Hawks unable to finish comeback
Women's College Basketball

Hawks unable to finish comeback

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Anika Webster figured the opportunity to play a final game in her hometown had come and gone with last season's visit to Illinois-Springfield. As luck would have it, a shuffle of the Great Lakes Valley Conference resulted...