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

Hawks dash, then mash way to sweep of Bulldogs

QUINCY -- Brynn Martinez had no trouble making it safely to third base on Troy Wehde's sacrifice fly to center field. Quincy University baseball coach Josh Rabe thought he could do better. "I just kept waving him," Rabe said. "It probably...

College notebook: Coaching change at Lindenwood doesn't faze Borrowman
Women's College Basketball

College notebook: Coaching change at Lindenwood doesn't faze Borrowman

Blair Borrowman never expected to be faced with the prospect of having a college basketball coach other than Tony Francis. Then came the news Friday morning that Francis was resigning after eight seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Lindenwood,

Junior college guard commits to play for Hawks
Men's College Basketball

Junior college guard commits to play for Hawks

QUINCY -- It didn't take Austin Downing long to see he would be comfortable playing with the Quincy University men's basketball team. "I knew after probably three of four trips down the floor I fit in," Downing said.

Finally feeling like spring: Trout anglers relish improving temperatures
Outdoors

Finally feeling like spring: Trout anglers relish improving temperatures

CLAYTON, Ill. -- The hook and bait hit the water with the familiar "ploop" sound and sent a circle of ripples spreading out across the top of the Siloam Springs State Park lake. Cliff Scott's first cast of the day broke the silence...

Sports

Social media and sports recruiting: Parents help athletes navigate pitfalls

Darin Powell didn't want to invade his son's privacy, but he didn't want him winding up in a precarious position either. So as Dylan Powell's recruiting profile grew and college coaches began contacting the former Hannibal all-state lineman through Twitter, he and his father devised a plan. Darin would have complete access to Dylan's Twitter account to help guide him through the process.

FCA group's trip to Texas serves greater purpose
Sports

FCA group's trip to Texas serves greater purpose

QUINCY -- Julie Ross wanted the mission trip nine Quincy University student-athletes made during spring break to be meaningful. She was determined to make it fun, too. So the regional director for the Western Illinois chapter of Fellowship of Christian...

Two Web.com Tour golfers commit to play in Pro-Am
Golf

Two Web.com Tour golfers commit to play in Pro-Am

QUINCY -- Two golfers who participated in the WGEM/Herald-Whig TriState Pro-Am in 2017 are making a return trip for the third annual event. Adam Long and Chris Baker, who are both currently playing on the Web.com Tour, have commited to play...

Social media and recruiting: Players adjust to being in online spotlight
Prep Football

Social media and recruiting: Players adjust to being in online spotlight

Jirehl Brock was surprised to hear someone yelling his name. The day after rushing for 260 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Rock Island last September, the Quincy High School junior running back attended the University of Iowa's game against Penn State as part of the Hawkeyes' ongoing recruiting of Brock. He was on the Iowa sideline when a fan started hollering at him.

Sports

Social media and sports recruiting: Coaches go online to sell program, learn about players

QUINCY The options John Wood Community College men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt presented a few years ago to two of his players were made crystal clear. Change your persona, or change your address. Shortly after the school year began and well in advance o

Maroons thaw out bats, sweep Blue Devils
Prep Baseball

Maroons thaw out bats, sweep Blue Devils

QUINCY -- The field finally thawed. Eventually, the Moline bats did, too. Limited to one run in the first three innings of both games in Saturday's Western Big Six Conference baseball doubleheader, the Maroons used offensive outbursts...