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 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.

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...

GLVC ADs face challenge of changing schedules
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...

Prep Softball

Teams of the decade: Offense lights up scoreboard for QND softball program

Pitching and defense typically are considered the keys to a championship season. The Quincy Notre Dame softball team showed how valuable a potent offense can be, too. The Raiders won a Class 2A sectional title in 2011 -- the only sectional title...

Dahl's career brings him home as West Hancock basketball coach
Prep Boys Basketball

Dahl's career brings him home as West Hancock basketball coach

WARSAW, Ill. -- Jeff Dahl has a picture that captured the dismay his sons, David and Jonny, experienced when he left Warsaw in 2001 after seven seasons as the boys basketball coach. "They were so sad because they had all this Wildcat stuff...

Transfer guard adds to Hawks' competitive fire
Men's College Basketball

Transfer guard adds to Hawks' competitive fire

QUINCY -- Quincy University men's basketball coach Ryan Hellenthal is stocking his roster with players who share his fervor for competition. Silas Crisler fits that mold. "I'll do whatever it takes to win," Crisler said. "I just want to win." So when...

Still in the Game: Former QU outfielder on leading edge of elbow rehabilitation
College Baseball

Still in the Game: Former QU outfielder on leading edge of elbow rehabilitation

QUINCY -- To some, Nolan Rapp might have seemed a little brash or aggressive with his pitch as he sat in front of the SSM Health Care System hierarchy in 2017 hoping to convince them to hire him. But he had a vision and he needed them to see it.

College Football

Hawks earn GLVC sportsmanship awards

QUINCY -- Quincy University student-athletes Andrew Rund and Dami Adeyinka were named the school's recipients of the James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to representatives of each institution by the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Hawks find backcourt help with transfer from Montevallo
Men's College Basketball

Hawks find backcourt help with transfer from Montevallo

QUINCY -- The coronavirus pandemic forced Jack Youmans to do his homework. Having made the decision to transfer from the University of Montevallo after sitting out a majority of his sophomore season with a stress fracture, the 6-foot-2 shooting guard...