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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Golf

Still in the Game: Golf keeps Lavin connected to Quincy

QUINCY -- As a 10-year-old walking the fairways at PGA Tour events, Tim Lavin felt it was natural to know someone in the field. "I thought everybody had a cousin who did this," he said. He eventually learned that wasn't the case. He also figured out...

Being better starts with being able to see beyond color
Schuck's Clipboard

Being better starts with being able to see beyond color

Andy Douglas is black. Does that matter to you? It certainly has never mattered to me. So you might be asking, "If it doesn't matter to you, why bring it up?" Because it matters to somebody. It might be one person. It might be 100. I'm not sure...

Teams of the decade: Hitters galore highlight area baseball scene
Prep Baseball

Teams of the decade: Hitters galore highlight area baseball scene

One thing became obvious as one season rolled into the next throughout the decade. College coaches were taking note of the depth of talent this area produces. A handful of prospects received interest from NCAA Division I coaches, while NCAA Division II...

Teams of the decade: Area softball produces series of all-time greats
Prep Softball

Teams of the decade: Area softball produces series of all-time greats

Throughout the last decade, area softball teams won 46 regional or district titles, 18 sectional titles, 11 state trophies and two state championships. It became possible because an amazing depth of talent and incredibly versatile players. Each season...

Prospect League

Prospect League cancels 2020 season due to pandemic

QJUINCY -- Jimmie Louthan couldn't mask his disappointment. "It sucks," the Quincy Gems' owner and general manager said after the news broke Friday morning the Prospect League was canceling its 2020 season. "I keep saying it because I feel so bad...

MLB's reduction of draft will start to kill dreams
College Baseball

MLB's reduction of draft will start to kill dreams

Since taking over as the Quincy University baseball coach in 2010, Josh Rabe has been able to use his professional experience and his draft stories as recruiting tools. If you're a high school senior with pro baseball aspirations and sitting across...

Sports

City singles tennis tourney to return with new format

QUINCY -- The combination of foresight, flexibility and fervor is going to give the Quincy sporting community a small sense of normalcy in the coming weeks. The Quincy Tennis Association announced it will hold its city singles tournament in June...

Blue Devil Gym in running for state's best hoops venue
Prep Boys Basketball

Blue Devil Gym in running for state's best hoops venue

QUINCY -- The black Ford Explorer turned off Maine Street, rolled up in front of Quincy High School and stopped amidst a relatively empty parking lot. The driver rolled the window down and asked where that night's game was being played.

Men's College Basketball

GLVC ADs face challenge of changing schedules

QUINCY -- The athletic directors and other top athletic administrators from the Great Lakes Valley Conference's 15 schools began the process last week of adjusting schedules to comply with the NCAA's decision to reduce the maximum number of games...

Teams of the Decade: QHS softball program on upward trajectory
Prep Softball

Teams of the Decade: QHS softball program on upward trajectory

The trajectory the Quincy High School softball program is on is exactly what Darrell Henze envisioned when he took over as head coach. He wanted to see steady progression. The Blue Devils ended the decade with a 16-16 season -- only the second .500...