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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Prep Football

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Brock 'checks all the boxes' for greatness

Rick Little knew it wasn't a fair fight, so he tried his best to lessen the blows. He simply couldn't let Jirehl Brock throw haymaker after haymaker at his own teammates. The Quincy High School football coach limited the number of touches the all-state senior running back got on a daily basis. It kept one of the state's best offensive weapons fresh deep into the season, and it eliminated the chance the QHS defenders felt deflated at the end of every practice after having to chase him.

College notebook: Hawks lose Downing for remainder of season
Men's College Basketball

College notebook: Hawks lose Downing for remainder of season

Austin Downing is carrying the right attitude into a tough situation. A junior guard on the Quincy University men's basketball team, Downing suffered a shoulder injury in practice that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.

Men's College Basketball

Game preview: Hannibal-LaGrange at Quincy University

HLGU at QU When: 3:15 p.m. Saturday Where: Pepsi Arena Records: HLGU -- 3-5 (3-2 American Midwest Conference). QU -- 4-3 (1-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference). Radio: WGEM 105.1 FM Extra points: This will be the fifth game of a nine-game homestand...

Preferred walk-on offer from Illini gives Raiders' Bottorff more options
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Preferred walk-on offer from Illini gives Raiders' Bottorff more options

The recruiting game changed dramatically Thursday for Jonny Bottorff. The Quincy Notre Dame all-state offensive lineman has been in regular contact with a number of NCAA Division II programs and drawn some interest from a few FCS schools.

Prep Football

Brock named Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year

QUINCY -- Quincy High School football coach Rick Little felt like he went into each game this past season with the best player in the state in his lineup. He wasn't alone in that thinking. Jirehl Brock, the all-state senior running back and Iowa State commit, was named the Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Prep Boys Basketball

Game preview: Quincy High School at Alleman

QHS at Alleman When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Don Morris Gym, Rock Island, Ill. Records: QHS -- 0-5 (0-1 Western Big Six Conference). Alleman -- 3-3 (0-1 WB6). Radio: WGEM 1440 AM, WTAD 930 AM. Extra points: The Pioneers scored just 40 points...

Leonard first QU player to earn All-American honor in D-II era
College Football

Leonard first QU player to earn All-American honor in D-II era

QUINCY -- The nation's leading tackler deserved a spot on the American Football Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-American team. Quincy University senior linebacker Cody Leonard, who piled up 168 tackles in his record-setting season, was named...

Bitzas first player in C-SC program history to earn All-American mention
Women's College Soccer

Bitzas first player in C-SC program history to earn All-American mention

CANTON, Mo. -- For the first time in her collegiate soccer career, Culver-Stockton College junior goalkeeper Kehley Bitzas survived a full season without getting injured. It meant the Wildcats had a chance to win every time out.

Prep Wrestling

Wrestlers find variety of ways to gain confidence

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A.J. Miller jumped to his feet, had his hand raised in victory and was mobbed by his teammates as he came off the mat. He needed that feeling more than anyone could have known. "I loved it," said Miller, the Quincy High School heavyweight.

Blue Devils need time to turn corner
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Blue Devils need time to turn corner

Andy Douglas needed a moment to collect his thoughts. The Quincy High School boys basketball players needed to digest what had just happened as well. A tip-in at the buzzer by Oswego junior guard Jack Kahoun saddled the Blue Devils with a 61-59 loss -- the