Senior Sports Writer

Matt Schuckman

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@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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Quincy's best golfers? Here's my crack at the top 10

It happened to be the first post I saw on Twitter early Friday morning and it stayed on my mind throughout the day. It was the list of Quincy's best golfers put together by Tim Schrage and Aaron St. Clair that elicited many comments and sparked...

Momentum shift proves costly for Raiders in regional setback
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Momentum shift proves costly for Raiders in regional setback

QUINCY -- One swing put the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team in control of its own destiny. Then one miscue altered the Raiders' fate. Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin capitalized on an error QND committed trying to turn a double play in the top...

Ring of fire: Johnson's final throw clears 200 feet, wins another state title
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Ring of fire: Johnson's final throw clears 200 feet, wins another state title

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Jordan Johnson swiped one of AJ Epenesa's meet records earlier this spring. He nearly eclipsed another Saturday on the state's biggest stage. On the final throw of his prep career, the Quincy High School senior unleashed...

Quincy's best golfers? That list creates a lively debate
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Quincy's best golfers? That list creates a lively debate

The list intrigued and baffled me at the same time, but at first, I couldn't put my finger on why. A trend popped up over the past week on Twitter where sports-savvy area fans engaged in entertaining debates over top-of-the-charts lists.

Prep Boys Basketball

Ash considers opportunity to coach Tigers 'very humbling'

CANTON, Mo. -- Cody Ash knows the kind of expectations that come with coaching the Canton boys basketball program. "That program does nothing but win," he said. It's not all that different than Payson Seymour, where he spent the past seven seasons...

College Baseball

College baseball notebook: Wildcats looking for new coach

Culver-Stockton College is in the market for a new baseball coach. Kevin Kochs, who had been at the helm the past eight seasons, was informed this week his contract was not being renewed. C-SC athletic director Pat Atwell said the school will name...

Devils' doubles team 'Blazen' way to state
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Devils' doubles team 'Blazen' way to state

The nickname suggests Blake Hayden and Greysen Arns play with an edge and the kind of ferocity needed to mow down opponents through a grueling three days of play in the Illinois Class 2A boys tennis state tournament. It just doesn't mirror...

Raiders deliver strong message with dynamic start
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Raiders deliver strong message with dynamic start

QUINCY -- The one-run loss to Chatham Glenwood in the final regular-season game could have been construed as a chink in the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team's armor. The Raiders dismissed that notion quickly and efficiently Wednesday.

Prep Baseball

Panthers unable to get past Bulldogs in sectionals yet again

PALMYRA, Mo. -- The way South Callaway right-hander Peyton Leeper and Palmyra left-hander Jacob Kroeger controlled the strike zone during Monday's Class 3 sectional, opportunities to score grew increasingly rare. It's why one miscue, one close call...

Hawks' Hightower rediscovers fun playing baseball
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Hawks' Hightower rediscovers fun playing baseball

QUINCY -- Jeff Hightower didn't blame his tools for his trouble. But to get his head straight, he had to set those tools aside. So last summer came and went without the Quincy University senior catcher picking up a bat. Three full months passed...