Senior Sports Writer

Matt Schuckman

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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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College Baseball

Ready for rubber match: Hawks, Knights split GLVC doubleheader

QUINCY -- It's rare for the Quincy University baseball team to find itself not in complete control. Yet, this might be a good thing. The Hawks head into Saturday's finale of a three-game Great Lakes Valley Conference set against Bellarmine needing...

Hawks lose Evans to broken wrist after collision with wall
College Baseball

Hawks lose Evans to broken wrist after collision with wall

QUINCY -- Cole Evans won the battle with the wind. He lost the fight with the wall. In the top of the second inning in the second game of Saturday's Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader, Bellarmine's Trevor Lines led off by drawing an eight-pitch...

Hendrian in prime position taking over QND golf program
Prep Boys Golf

Hendrian in prime position taking over QND golf program

QUINCY -- Brian Hendrian understands he's in an enviable position. Hired to be the next boys golf coach at Quincy Notre Dame, Hendrian inherits a team chock full of talent that is capable of repeating or exceeding last fall's success.

Power down: Hawks hope to limit Knights' ability to drive baseball
College Baseball

Power down: Hawks hope to limit Knights' ability to drive baseball

The record may not fully reflect just how talented the Bellarmine baseball team is, but Quincy University coach Josh Rabe knows records can be misleading. "They are probably one of the more talented teams we will play this year," said Rabe...

Women's College Basketball

Changes to be embraced as QU women's basketball program strives to rebound

QUINCY -- Jeni Garber knows. The 18 victories the Quincy University women's basketball program accumulated the past three seasons aren't enough. It falls far below the standard she and her two predecessors created over a 15-year span in which the Hawks...

Raiders' Jennings maintains composure, command of strike zone
Prep Baseball

Raiders' Jennings maintains composure, command of strike zone

QUINCY -- Luke Jennings had been forewarned. Pitches left up in the strike zone might not stay in the park. "Especially on a day like this," Quincy Notre Dame senior catcher Nick Schwartz said as the wind continued to blow out to center field...

Swing that stings: Foley's laser-beam triple clears bases, leads QND to victory
Prep Baseball

Swing that stings: Foley's laser-beam triple clears bases, leads QND to victory

QUINCY -- Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin baseball coach Nick Naumovich's decision to visit the mound with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth inning Monday gave Dylan Foley an extra moment or two to think about his pending at-bat.

'Win or lose, be a good sport:' Hayden's actions bring mantra to life

'Win or lose, be a good sport:' Hayden's actions bring mantra to life

The temperatures never climbed higher than 65 degrees throughout the day, but the exhausting nature of playing six matches in less than 24 hours took its toll. "It was a tiring day," Quincy High School senior tennis player Blake Hayden said...

College Baseball

Hawks support Stroud, sweep Screaming Eagles

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Nick Stroud's record didn't fully show it, but he had become the Quincy University baseball team's tough-luck pitcher. The Hawks had scored more than four runs in only two of the senior right-hander's first eight starts...

College notebook: Polak's hitting streak leads to weekly honors
College Baseball

College notebook: Polak's hitting streak leads to weekly honors

Joey Polak knows how to break out of a slump in a big way. Hitting just .185 heading into last week, the Quincy Notre Dame graduate and starting third baseman for the Missouri State baseball team went on a tear that included becoming the ninth player...