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 Football

Blue Devils, Raiders looking for pivotal sixth victory

QUINCY -- Circumstances have changed. The fervor hasn't. That should create an entertaining atmosphere Friday night at Flinn Stadium. The Quincy High School and Quincy Notre Dame football teams meet in the regular-season finale for the third...

Wrestling with a challenge: Feller-Blakemore's winter in QHS wrestling room preps him to be impact player on gridiron
Prep Football

Wrestling with a challenge: Feller-Blakemore's winter in QHS wrestling room preps him to be impact player on gridiron

QUINCY -- Masen Feller-Blakemore didn't care what he looked like in a wrestling singlet. Wearing it was going to make him look more menacing in football pads. At least that was the plan. Coming off a junior season with the Quincy High School football...

One word can define impact, legacy of Houchins
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One word can define impact, legacy of Houchins

If a picture is worth a thousand words, could the reverse be true? I wondered that Sunday night. Every post I saw on Facebook and Twitter about the passing of Josh Houchins, the 36-year-old host of WGEM SportsCenter who died Sunday afternoon, included...

Offensive-minded Raiders understand defense is key to postseason success
Prep Boys Soccer

Offensive-minded Raiders understand defense is key to postseason success

QUINCY -- It's a fact that has gone largely unnoticed until now. "Nobody has kept us out of the net this year," Quincy Notre Dame senior defender Ben Whittaker said. Heading into Tuesday's postseason opener against Peoria Central in the Class 2A...

Prep Boys Soccer

McNay helps Blue Devils shore up defense heading into postseason

QUINCY -- Jordan McNay had yet to speak up, but he knew there were ways for the Quincy High School boys soccer team to shore up its leaky defense. It turns out the coaching staff had similar ideas. After a five-game stretch in which the Blue Devils...

Hawks ready to kick off Hellenthal era as practice begins
Men's College Basketball

Hawks ready to kick off Hellenthal era as practice begins

QUINCY -- The Quincy University men's basketball players better not think they will ease into practice, which officially gets under way Sunday for NCAA Division II programs. First-year coach Ryan Hellenthal has a team filled with new faces...

Men's College Soccer

Hawks unable to finish chances, suffer loss to Greyhounds

QUINCY -- The law of averages would suggest the Quincy University men's soccer team will find the net at some point. The Hawks would like to know when. Despite pouring all its effort into its offensive attack Friday night, Quincy came away empty.

Hawks building championship resume brick by brick
Women's College Soccer

Hawks building championship resume brick by brick

QUINCY -- Quincy University women's soccer coach Dave Musso wants his players to think of piecing together a championship season like building a wall. Once the foundation is set, you raise it brick by brick. "You can't build a wall without...

College Football

College game preview: Quincy University at Indianapolis

Scouting the Hawks: Quincy begins a stretch this week where it plays four of its final five games on the road, all against teams with winning records. "The next progression for this football team is they have to learn how to travel," QU interim head coach

Hawks finding common ground, building camaraderie
Men's College Basketball

Hawks finding common ground, building camaraderie

A single shared philosophy kept the Quincy University men's basketball players sane last winter when the pursuit of an NCAA Tournament berth and the grind of a long season made them want to get away from the game. Bowlers bowl.