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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Men's College Basketball

Bench provides spark to extend Trail Blazers' season

DANVILLE, Ill. -- The emotional toll superseded the physical wear and tear, but only slightly. Coming off a 90-88 loss in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division II national tournament Thursday night, the John Wood Community College men's basketball team..

Trail Blazers will way to tourney's final day
Men's College Basketball

Trail Blazers will way to tourney's final day

DANVILLE, Ill. -- The will to win trumped all else. It had to with weary legs and an off-kilter offense making it difficult for the John Wood Community College men's basketball team to put a stamp on Friday's NJCAA Division II national tournament victory.

Opportunity to advance slips away from Trail Blazers
Men's College Basketball

Opportunity to advance slips away from Trail Blazers

DANVILLE, Ill. -- The end result is the only thing Cory Miller Jr. would change. The execution and decision-making on the final two offensive possessions of Thursday's NJCAA Division II national tournament quarterfinal fell in line with the way...

Finding truth in three Ps of hunting
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Finding truth in three Ps of hunting

Scooter Barnes likes to tell you he uses a mouth call better than anyone around to talk to turkeys. He tells you he has never missed a shot, at least while turkey hunting. And he says the biggest turkey he ever killed walked up to him without

Men's College Basketball

Beyond the Boxscore: JWCC's Miller to stick to easy way to finish

DANVILLE, Ill. -- Cory Miller Jr. had to rethink his approach. With the John Wood Community College men's basketball team trailing St. Clair County (Mich.) 33-32 late in the first half of Wednesday's opening round game of the NJCAA Division II national...

Whiteman fights through bumps to make critical plays
Men's College Basketball

Whiteman fights through bumps to make critical plays

DANVILLE, Ill. -- The bump seemed innocent enough, but it could have hindered the John Wood Community College men's basketball team's national title pursuit in an utterly serious manner. Gentry Whiteman wouldn't allow it. With 7:45 remaining...

Easter's presence gives Trail Blazers boost
Men's College Basketball

Easter's presence gives Trail Blazers boost

DANVILLE, Ill. -- John Wood Community College men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt knows Eric Easter's presence is invaluable. The rebounds, defensive pressure and ability to play above the rim help, too. "He's a huge part of our personality," Hoyt said...

Buckling Down: Trail Blazers hold on to win national tourney opener
Men's College Basketball

Buckling Down: Trail Blazers hold on to win national tourney opener

DANVILLE, Ill. -- The consensus among the John Wood Community College men's basketball players and coaches was Wednesday's defensive effort wasn't necessarily good, just good enough. That's all it had to be. The Trail Blazers held St. Clair County...

College Baseball

Hawks make big move with sweep

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- By skipping a start on short rest last weekend against Drury, Quincy University left-hander Aaron Stone had ample time to prepare to face Illinois-Springfield on Wednesday. "Full rest," Stone said. "I was good to go." That was bad...

Plenty of NCAA Tournament teams to hitch with bandwagon
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Plenty of NCAA Tournament teams to hitch with bandwagon

Do you find yourself a college basketball fan without a team these days? Illinois didn't make it past the second day of the Big Ten Tournament, let alone sniff an NCAA Tournament bid. Mizzou's circumstances are the same as a short stay...