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 Boys Soccer

Getting healthy breeds confidence in Blue Devils

QUINCY -- The hope had been when the blazing heat from the dog days of summer finally gave way to the fall chill typical of the postseason the Quincy High School boys soccer team would still be sizzling. The Blue Devils just might be heating back up...

Bunker shot nicely caps McCulla's second-place finish
Prep Boys Golf

Bunker shot nicely caps McCulla's second-place finish

NORMAL, Ill. -- It was a long bunker shot, the kind that isn't the easiest to control. Alex McCulla made it look so simple. In a battle for the individual championship of the Class 2A boys state golf tournament Saturday at the Weibring Golf Club...

Raiders relish fresh start that leads to third-place trophy
Prep Boys Golf

Raiders relish fresh start that leads to third-place trophy

NORMAL, Ill. -- The Illinois High School Association's decision to cancel Friday's first round of the boys state golf tournaments and erase all the scores gave Quincy Notre Dame a fresh start Saturday. "It was like going back to square one...

College Football

Game preview: Indianapolis at Quincy University

Indianapolis at QU When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: QU Stadium Records: Indianapolis -- 4-1 (3-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference). QU -- 2-4 (1-1 GLVC). Radio: WGEM 105.1 FM Extra points: After winning on the road for the first time in two years last week...

Prep Boys Golf

'The goal is to be the best': McCulla, Raiders pursue state glory

QUINCY -- Alex McCulla's biggest fear was letting down his teammates. So after turning in his scorecard and posting the second-best individual round in Monday's Class 2A Lincoln Sectional with a 73, the Quincy Notre Dame sophomore golfer...

Prep Football

Game preview: Moline at Quincy High School

Moline at QHS When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Flinn Stadium Records: Moline -- 6-1 (4-0 Western Big Six Conference). QHS -- 6-1 (4-0 WB6). Radio: WGEM 1440 AM/98.9 FM, WTAD 930 AM, QCSportsNet.com Extra points: This is only the seventh time in the history...

Search for Seven: Raiders' quest is state championship
Prep Boys Soccer

Search for Seven: Raiders' quest is state championship

QUINCY -- The Quincy Notre Dame soccer players understand the cliche is apt. They have to take their postseason quest one game at a time. "That's where you start," senior forward Mitchell Murphy said. "If you do that, you'll make it all the way...

Take a deep breath: QHS defense stands tall despite exhausting pace
Prep Football

Take a deep breath: QHS defense stands tall despite exhausting pace

QUINCY -- There is one moment each game Quincy High School junior linebacker Nate Wilson feels he can relax enough to catch his breath. "That's usually halftime," Wilson said. Before that, Wilson and the rest of the QHS football team's defense...

Prep Girls Golf

Blue Devils getting strong play throughout lineup

QUINCY -- Brooke Walbring has never paid attention to the age gap that exists among the Quincy High School girls golfers. She's never had a reason to. "We all get along and love each other just like sisters," said Walbring, a senior and the most experience

International soccer flavor: Local college programs benefit from overseas recruits
Men's College Soccer

International soccer flavor: Local college programs benefit from overseas recruits

QUINCY -- A taste of home is all Jonathan Deck craved. Bob and Lisa Cowman wanted to provide it, but they didn't know exactly how. So Deck showed them. A John Wood Community College freshman soccer player from Germany who stayed with the Cowmans...