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.
QUINCY -- A playful prediction brought about a passionate response. The Illinois boys wanted everyone to take note of that, too. After Easton Billings buried a 3-pointer to give Illinois a 61-47 lead with nine minutes remaining in regulation Saturday night in the 35th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic boys game, the Land of Lincolners called a 30-second timeout. It was simply to acknowledge the score.
Brad Hoyt was enjoying a rare weekend at home with little to do when his phone rang about 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. His peaceful weekend wasn't so peaceful any longer. A mechanical issue with the air conditioning unit that cools both Quincy University's
It isn't quite as dramatic as Joe Namath guaranteeing the New York Jets' victory in Super Bowl III, but Chandler Bevans has said the Missouri boys all-stars will reverse the losing trend in Saturday night's McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic.
Everything began the way most Friday nights did back then. It ended a way no other has -- before or since. That's what makes it classic. Ben Marth was hired in the summer of 2002 to be the lead play-by-play voice for WGEM radio.
The mission for fishing is quite simple. Land a lunker. The pursuit of that tends to make most anglers single-minded. They want to go on the water, get lines in the water and put largemouth bass, catfish or whatever they're chasing into their live well.
QUINCY -- As Aaron Shoot weighed his options, the same question kept popping up. Is he ready to give up basketball? "My dad asked me that when I was deciding schools," said Shoot, the Quincy High School point guard...
Ryan Hellenthal relishes the opportunity to showcase all the Quincy University men's basketball program has to offer. He's anxious to see some good basketball, too. The Hawks will hold their annual team camp this weekend with teams...
All Noah Mendenhall wanted was a number, something tangible to grasp onto during the recovery process. His doctor didn't exactly oblige. "I remember asking him, 'Do you want to give me a 1 out of 10 range of me being able to play basketball this year?'"
QUINCY -- Olivia Dreyer helped the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team fulfill its expectations. She met some pretty lofty ones of her own. The senior midfielder earned all-state honors from the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association...