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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Schuck's Clipboard

Former QU cornerback moves to top German franchise

Time to clean out the notebook before fall sports fill up everything ... Adehkeem Brown landed in a good spot. The former Quincy University all-conference cornerback recently signed to play professionally with the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns...

Prep Football

Core group ready to help Eagles soar

EDINA, Mo. -- A relatively young group was beginning to find its rhythm midway through last season when the Knox County football team scored 50 or more point in back-to-back weeks to improve to 4-2. The Eagles scored just one touchdown the next four weeks.

Prep Football

Hornets look to rebound from rare struggles

MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- It's been a while. Fifteen years, in fact. The last time the Brown County football team had to learn to pick itself up was after the 2003 season in which it went 2-7. A five-victory season followed and started a run...

Men's College Soccer

Hawks, Wildcats leave quality impression after exhibition

QUINCY -- If first impressions turn into prevailing opinions, the Quincy University men's soccer team should be in the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship chase. Of course, Hawks coach Mike Carpenter found plenty of places to tighten...

Prep Football

Youthful Tigers ready to come of age quickly

MEMPHIS, Mo. -- Youth and inexperience won't be an excuse for anyone around the Scotland County football program. It's not even supposed to be a topic of conversation. "From Day 1, we said we weren't going to talk about it anymore," Tigers coach...

Prep Football

Cougars hope 'nice shot it the arm' carries over to success

EWING, Mo. -- The aesthetics have changed around the Highland football program. The hope is it impacts the performance as well. Cougars coach Dave Degarmo is quite certain it will. "The players are seeing the school is buying in to helping them...

Prep Football

Wolves to rely on strong senior class

PLEASANT HILL, Ill. -- Mike Giles can't accurately predict how much a difference having eight seniors will mean for the Pleasant Hill football team. It could be substantial, like enough to transform the Wolves from a 1-8 team last fall to a playoff...

Serendipity strikes for Weston Reyburn
Schuck's Clipboard

Serendipity strikes for Weston Reyburn

At the finish of his family vacation to the West Coast, the first thing Weston Reyburn should have done was buy a lottery ticket. Too bad he's only 12 years old. Had he been of legal age to gamble, might have been in for a big payday. His luck...

Prep Boys Golf

Raiders right back in swing of things

QUINCY -- Monday morning's thunderstorms made Westview Golf Course's fairways and greens soft and the pins more accessible. So the Quincy Notre Dame boys golfers took advantage. The Raiders shot a 294 team score in humid conditions Monday afternoon...

QND left-handed ace commits to play baseball at QU
College Baseball

QND left-handed ace commits to play baseball at QU

QUINCY -- In three of the past four years, a Quincy University baseball player has been selected on the third day of the Major League Baseball amateur draft. Griffin Kirn couldn't ignore that. "Ultimately, my dream is to one day get drafted...