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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Still in the Game: Former QU hoops coach with voice to be heard

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The calls came daily from friends, coaching colleagues and former players. "I'm talking to everybody under the sun," Steve Hawkins said. In the wake of his dismissal as the Western Michigan men's basketball coach last March, his...

Hunters open archery season putting buck fever on shelf
Outdoors

Hunters open archery season putting buck fever on shelf

CLAYTON, Ill. -- Geared up with everything he needed -- scent-blocker clothing, a tuned-up bow and a sturdy climber stand among other things -- Brant Garrett figured he better be prepared to hunt even if he had no plans to shoot. He went to the woods last...

Uniquely unique: McCulla's personality mixes well with his game
Prep Boys Golf

Uniquely unique: McCulla's personality mixes well with his game

QUINCY -- Alex McCulla's wry smile accompanied his matter-of-fact way of describing himself. "I'm not a typical golfer," he said. Clearly he's not, but those who have followed the trajectory of his four-year varsity career at Quincy Notre Dame...

Prep football notebook: Panthers' Smith 'zero doubt in my mind' on FG attempt
Prep Football

Prep football notebook: Panthers' Smith 'zero doubt in my mind' on FG attempt

Landyn Smith's hero-of-the-moment status faded quite quickly. Less than 12 hours after kicking a game-winning 34-yard field goal to keep the top-ranked Palmyra football team's unblemished record intact, Smith was out of bed early and heading to play...

Schuck's Clipboard

Generations learn to appreciate Gibson's greatness

When the greatest right-handed pitcher in the history of the franchise you're groomed to follow retires before you can say "baseball," how do you validate for yourself just how great he was? You read. You listen. You ask. You learn. After doing that...

Pirates take step closer to defending NCMC crown
Prep Football

Pirates take step closer to defending NCMC crown

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. -- The first play of the third-ranked Hannibal football team's 47-14 victory over Kirksville on Friday night delivered an appropriate reminder to the remainder of the North Central Missouri Conference. The Pirates are locked in defensive...

WCC golfers battle as scores start blowin' in the wind
Prep Boys Golf

WCC golfers battle as scores start blowin' in the wind

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- The names atop the leaderboard by the end of Wednesday's West Central Conference boys golf tournament surprised no one, even if the margin of victory made people take note. Quincy Notre Dame senior Alex McCulla was the only player...

McCulla, Raiders seize moment to repeat as WCC champions
Prep Boys Golf

McCulla, Raiders seize moment to repeat as WCC champions

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- When the leaves begin changing to red and gold, temperatures dip to chilly numbers and the wind carries harvest dust from field to field, Alex McCulla understands he has to be at his best. Wednesday at Arrowhead Golf Course...

College Football

'Virus eventually wins': C-SC postpones two football games amid coronavirus concern

CANTON, Mo. -- Andrew Rupcich and the rest of the Culver-Stockton College football players followed every protocol put in place to combat the coronavirus since their return to campus in hopes the inevitable wouldn't happen.

Power of positivity: Blue Devils always upbeat during season filled with firsts
Prep Girls Golf

Power of positivity: Blue Devils always upbeat during season filled with firsts

QUINCY -- For all the frivolity and joy the Quincy High School girls golfers inject into their game, there comes a moment when they flip the switch to serious. Hanlynn Vahlcamp has seen it time and again. "When we pull up to a course, they're like...