Senior Sports Writer

Matt Schuckman

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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.

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Celebrating milestones not part of Pinkston's DNA

The gesture was genuine. So was Reno Pinkston's reaction. Before the lineups were introduced prior to last Thursday night's game at the Pit, the Quincy Notre Dame administration took a moment to congratulate Pinkston on his 600th career victory...

Prep Boys Basketball

Game preview: Quincy High School at United Township

QHS at United Township

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: Panther Den, United Township High School, East Moline.

Records: United Township -- 16-10 (3-5 Western Big Six Conference). QHS -- 12-11 (4-4 WB6).

Radio: WGEM 1440 AM, WTAD 930 AM

Extra points: The meeting between the Blue Devils and Panthers in Blue Devil Gym had no problem being played, with Quincy winning 53-44 last Friday. The meeting between the two teams in East Moline has been a little more problematic. Weather has postponed the game three times.The Blue Devils are in a fight for third place in the league with UT and Galesburg (5-4), which upset state-ranked Moline on Friday and plays host to Quincy on Friday. The Panthers have lost four of their last five league games and six of their last nine regular-season games. They rely on the senior trio of Jean Luc Wilson (13.3 points, 6.5 rebounds), Atem Agot (12.3 points, 4.9 rebounds) and Daveon Ellis (11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds).

Top of the Arch: Palmyra sophomore wins state wrestling title
Prep Wrestling

Top of the Arch: Palmyra sophomore wins state wrestling title

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The mission hadn't changed since Ross Arch was 7 years old. "My whole life goal was to win a state championship," the Palmyra sophomore wrestler said. That's no longer the case. His goal now is to win three. Arch became the first...

Trail Blazers struggle to find easy buckets in MWAC loss
Women's College Basketball

Trail Blazers struggle to find easy buckets in MWAC loss

QUINCY -- The John Wood Community College women's basketball team developed a strategy for staying competitive with some of the nation's top junior college programs. Saturday afternoon, the Trail Blazers abandoned it. By failing to throw the ball...

Men's College Basketball

Trail Blazers share wealth in MWAC victory

QUINCY -- John Wood Community College men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt would like to see the Trail Blazers adopt the idea they should share the basketball every waking hour. It's unrealistic, but it remains a goal. "We should do that," sophomore guard...

One From History: Blue Devils' Yohn wins semifinal in OT, will wrestle for crown
Prep Wrestling

One From History: Blue Devils' Yohn wins semifinal in OT, will wrestle for crown

Hunter Yohn looked to the stands where his family and friends were celebrating his overtime victory in the state wrestling semifinals and tried to soak it all in. "Just blessed," Yohn said. "I don't think it's real." But it is, and now he's one victory away from becoming the Quincy High School wrestling program's fourth state champion since William Schwartz won the first title in 1948.

Crider's defense turns tide as Blue Devils win home finale
Prep Boys Basketball

Crider's defense turns tide as Blue Devils win home finale

QUINCY -- Adonte Crider knew what awaited him after his crosscourt pass went right into the hands of United Township's Atem Agot. "I was going to come out," Crider said. Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas was thinking the same thing.

Men's College Basketball

Game preview: Quincy University at William Jewell

QU at William Jewell When: 3:15 p.m. Saturday Where: Mabee Center, Liberty, Mo. Records: QU -- 9-15 (3-11 Great Lakes Valley Conference). William Jewell -- 10-16 (4-10 GLVC). Radio: WGEM 105.1 FM Extra points: This will be the last time the Hawks face legen

Prep Boys Basketball

Slamming the door shut: Foley's emphatic finish helps Raiders fend off Titans

QUINCY -- Late in last Saturday's game against Pleasant Plains in the Riverton Shootout, Dylan Foley had a breakaway dunk opportunity, but he heard Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball coach Kevin Meyer yelling, ‘Layup, layup, layup," as headed for the rim.

Hawks look for offense to put Rabe's mind at ease
College Baseball

Hawks look for offense to put Rabe's mind at ease

QUINCY -- It may be surprising to hear Quincy University baseball coach Josh Rabe admit his biggest concern days before the season opener is the Hawks' offense. But it's understandable. Part of the reason is the limited at-bats he's been able to give...