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

Gunterman to guide South Shelby football program

SHELBINA, Mo. -- Adam Gunterman won't deny it. He's a small-town boy at heart. That made the vacant South Shelby head football coaching position so intriguing. "That area is very similar to where I grew up," said Gunterman, who is a Pleasant Hill...

CCC's Co-Players of the Year commit to HLGU
Men's College Basketball

CCC's Co-Players of the Year commit to HLGU

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Hawks' Briscoe decides to take 'next step in life'
Men's College Basketball

Hawks' Briscoe decides to take 'next step in life'

QUINCY -- Ryan Briscoe wasn't surprised by his surgeon's recommendation. At home in St. Charles, Mo., for spring break, the Quincy University men's basketball team's point guard scheduled a doctor visit to discuss the tingling and numbness...

Matter of trust: College coaches try to forge relationships with recruits
Men's College Basketball

Matter of trust: College coaches try to forge relationships with recruits

QUINCY -- It all comes down to trust. That's always been at the core of recruiting, but at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has indefinitely suspended in-home and on-campus visits, building trust is a challenge for college basketball coaches.

Men's College Basketball

WIU makes it official: Jeter to coach Leathernecks

MACOMB, Ill. -- When Rob Jeter recruited former John Wood Community College point guard Jordan Johnson in 2015, he did more than lure the All-American to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He gained a high level of trust with Johnson and those...

Opening packs of baseball cards still part of tradition
Sports

Opening packs of baseball cards still part of tradition

Where was the crack of the bat? The smell of popcorn? The seventh inning stretch? Where was baseball? When Major League Baseball's Opening Day came and went last week without a game being played, a void existed. It robbed us of traditions...

Player of the Year: Stone's impact on Panthers, community all about faith
Prep Girls Basketball

Player of the Year: Stone's impact on Panthers, community all about faith

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Coach of the Year: Raiders' Orne returns rejuvenated
Prep Girls Basketball

Coach of the Year: Raiders' Orne returns rejuvenated

QUINCY -- Eric Orne missed it all. The teaching. The coaching. The interaction. The relationships. Everything he enjoyed about coaching two sports at Quincy Notre Dame and all that made him one of the most decorated high school basketball coaches...

Sports

Palmyra's Durst, Monroe City's Stark earn all-state honors

Jayden Durst and Bryce Stark are sharing another honor. They are both all-staters. Durst, the 6-foot-3 Palmyra guard, and Stark, the 6-foot-1 Monroe City guard, were named to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 3 all-state team this week.

Illinois trout season on hold, turkey season still open
Outdoors

Illinois trout season on hold, turkey season still open

QUINCY -- Spring has sprung, and that means the opportunity to experience hunting and fishing throughout Illinois traditionally exists. Such tradition is being put on hold this spring. The coronavirus pandemic that has shut down schools, businesses...