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 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
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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...

Raiders right back in swing of things
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...

Prep Boys Golf

Consistency to be key for QHS golfers

QUINCY -- Brock Penn's ascension to the top spot in the Quincy High School boys golf team's lineup has been paved by the seniors who came before him and their lessons in consistency. "It passes on," Penn said. "They passed it on. Now you pass it on."

Guthrie earns fully exempt Korn Ferry status
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Guthrie earns fully exempt Korn Ferry status

Luke Guthrie can play with a little less stress the next three weeks. By finishing the Korn Ferry Tour regular season ranked 66th in the points standings, the Quincy native will have fully exempt status in 2020, which guarantees him starts...

When Hawks put pads on, season's outlook will start to be revealed
College Football

When Hawks put pads on, season's outlook will start to be revealed

QUINCY -- Everyone looks good until the pads come on. Through two days of helmet-only workouts, the Quincy University football team has been crisp, efficient and determined. The Hawks have yet to get physical, which steadily begins as they roll...

Hawks place priority on creating right tempo
College Football

Hawks place priority on creating right tempo

QUINCY -- Start fast. Play fast. Finish fast. With such a mantra, the expectation is the Quincy University football team should be entertaining. Initial impressions are the Hawks will be, at least moreso than it has anytime in the recent past.

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Douglas' best option and only option is to own mistake

Andy Douglas owned it. He will tell you he had no other options, but the reality is he did. The Quincy High School boys basketball coach could have gone to court, entered a not guilty plea on the charge of driving under the influence...

What makes Friday nights so special? Answers are abundant
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What makes Friday nights so special? Answers are abundant

The countdown has officially begun. Twenty-one quiet evenings must pass until Friday Night Lights returns. Football is drawing ever closer as high school teams in Illinois and Missouri enjoy two more days of vacation -- or 48 hours of final prep work...