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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Conversations with 4-year-old are victories all their own

The buttons on the back of the camera piqued Sam Schnack's interest. "Can I touch this one?" the 4-year-old asked with his little index finger pointing at the bottom of four buttons. Sorry, kid, pushing that one would delete something or possibly...

Sports

McIsaac uses serve as weapon to win women's city singles title

QUINCY -- Rebecca McIsaac had a sense things might go her way Sunday. "You hit that serve in warmups and you're like, ‘OK, this is feeling good. This is what we're really going to use as a weapon,'" McIsaac said. Her serve turned out to be lethal.

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QUINCY -- The lead seemed almost insurmountable, especially against an opponent with a heavily taped and braced ankle. But Ethan Arns wasn't conceding anything. That forced Ryan Schnack to become as bulldogged as ever. Trailing 5-2 in Sunday's first set...

Consistent approach: Polak using time with Gems to regain his rhythm
Prospect League

Consistent approach: Polak using time with Gems to regain his rhythm

QUINCY -- Going hitless in three at-bats in his summer debut didn't irritate Joey Polak. Frankly, it didn't surprise him. "Usually when I take time off, I'm pretty bad," the right-handed hitting slugger said. This time, he'd gone three weeks without...

Women's College Basketball

College notebook: Hawks add associate head coach to women's hoops program

Jeni Garber promised changes in order to get the Quincy University women's basketball program headed back to a level of respectability. The veteran head coach has followed through, adding Kelly Kielsmeier to her coaching staff. Kielsmeier will serve...

Knights' move to cause ripple effect in GLVC
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Knights' move to cause ripple effect in GLVC

Bellarmine University's whispered-about-for-months plan to transition to an NCAA Division I athletic program went public this week. The Knights are leaving the Great Lakes Valley Conference after the 2019-20 school year to join the Atlantic Sun Conference

West all-stars dig into trenches to find Do or Die Bowl edge
Prep Football

West all-stars dig into trenches to find Do or Die Bowl edge

QUINCY -- The rain made Wednesday night feel a little more like football weather than the previous nights. The humidity did not. "I was sweating just standing there before practice," Monroe City defensive lineman Jon Saxbury said.

Staying connected: Golf draws Thomas, Gilmore together at tournaments and beyond
Golf

Staying connected: Golf draws Thomas, Gilmore together at tournaments and beyond

The wait seemed unusually long, but the foursome of boys patiently biding their time on the 10th tee at Westview Golf Course didn't seem to mind.

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McCulla chasing scores to match his expectations

QUINCY -- The swing. The contact. The trajectory. Everything about Alex McCulla's tee shot on the par-3 ninth hole Tuesday seemed pure. Everything except the landing. McCulla's shot flew over the flagstick and landed 10 feet or so behind the green...

Little People's participant creates 'Eat and Treat' idea to battle hunger
Golf

Little People's participant creates 'Eat and Treat' idea to battle hunger

Max Hilgenberg's idea turned into Jack Hilgenberg's mission. Five years ago, when Max was celebrating his eighth birthday, he asked his friends to bring canned goods to his birthday party instead of presents.