Schuck on a Truck: QHS boys basketball coach Andy Douglas discusses Quincy Shootout, Blue Devils’ progress

QUINCY — Sitting on the tailgate of Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman’s pickup didn’t make much sense with snow blowing and temperatures dipping, so the latest episode of “Schuck on a Truck” became an inside edition as he and Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas hung out in the Blue Devils’ locker…

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Schuck on a Truck: WIU’s Gravina discusses success on hardwood, Christmas holiday

MACOMB, Ill. — The Western Illinois University women’s basketball team is rolling. The Leathernecks have won seven consecutive games heading into Sunday’s matchup at Missouri-Kansas City. An experienced corps of players who understand their role and the emergence of a high-scoring freshman have been the right combination for success. WIU coach JD Gravina joined Muddy…

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Schuck on a Truck: Camp Point Central football players celebrate winning Class 1A state semifinal

CAMP POINT, Ill. — The mission to return to the Class 1A state championship game is complete. Only one step remains. In the words of the Camp Point Central football players, that’s payback. Central earned its spot opposite defending state champion Lena-Winslow in the title game by flattening Greenfield-Northwestern 54-20 Saturday inb the semifinals. Afterward,…

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Schuck on a Truck: Central linebackers discuss playoff atmosphere, community support

CAMP POINT, Ill. — The crowd’s presence was undeniable. No matter if they were on the field or on the sideline, the Camp Point Central football players could hear its overflowing crowd and feel its energy during last Saturday’s Class 1A state quarterfinal victory over Belleville Althoff. The Panthers expect a more boisterous and potentially…

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Schuck on a Truck: Phil Neally discusses QHS’s historic football season, carrying energy into wrestling season

QUINCY — Phil Neally saw the Quincy High School football team when it struggled as much as it ever has. Three decades later, he’s witnessing the greatest season in program history. As a junior offensive lineman during the 1991 season, Neally and the Blue Devils endured a winless season. The next season, Neally started at…

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Schuck on a Truck: QHS football coach Rick Little takes control of segment, becomes interviewer

QUINCY — The latest episode of “Schuck on a Truck” comes with a twist. Quincy High School football coach Rick Little turned the tables on Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman and took over the interview, dubbing it “Schuck held hostage on his truck.” Movie lines, cinderella stories, influential coaches became the topics of conversation.…

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Schuck on a Truck: Mettemeyer discusses QHS football team’s historic regular season following Blue Devils’ ninth victory

QUINCY — Jack Mettemeyer found the end zone in his final regular-season game at Flinn Stadium, helping the Quincy High School football team put a stamp on a dominant fourth quarter and a 56-33 victory over Mahomet-Seymour on Friday night. The victory pushed QHS’s record to 9-0, marking just the second undefeated regular season in…

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Schuck on a Truck: Captains of Highland softball team discuss No. 1 ranking, postseason chances

EWING, Mo. — The Highland softball team heads into the postseason as the No. 1-ranked team in Class 2, riding an 18-game win streak and backed by a record-setting offensive attack. The Cougars’ captains — Emma Harshberger, Olivia Ritterbusch and Haleigh Winter — joined Highland coach Paul Scifres on the tailgate of Muddy River Sports…

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Schuck on a Truck: Former QU All-American Dayson Croes discusses first season playing professional baseball

QUINCY — It started with the American Association’s longest hitting streak of the season and ended with Rookie of the Year honors. Dayson Croes’ first season as a professional baseball player was an undeniable hit. He capped it with a tournament championship in Mexico. Croes, the former Quincy University All-American infielder, signed with the Winnipeg…

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Schuck on a Truck: Macomb AD discusses family and football with grandkids by his side

MACOMB, Ill. — Macomb athletic director Steve Horrell continues to make Friday nights about football and family. Previously a long-time member of the Macomb football coaching staff, Horrell and his wife, Trish, raised their four kids at football fields throughout West-Central Illinois. Their son, Tanner, is now the Bombers head coach and his sons and…

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Schuck on a Truck: QHS’s Tykell Hammers discusses season opener, heat adjustments, catchable passes

QUINCY — Tykell Hammers is one of the many offensive weapons Quincy High School quarterback Bradyn Little has in his arsenal, but Hammers’ skills aren’t limited to the gridiron alone. The QHS junior started in the outfield for the baseball team last spring after emerging as a high-quality wide receiver and defensive back during last…

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Schuck on a Truck: Central wrestling coaches discuss program, Summerfest, eating contest

Central Principal Zak Huston celebrates his championship in the Summerfest eating contest by appearing on "Schuck on a Truck."

CAMP POINT, Ill. — What better way to end the summer than with a celebration. Saturday night at Bailey Park, that’s what the Central wrestling program and its supporters did. Summerfest, a fund-raiser for the Panthers’ grapplers, brought the community together for music, food, drinks and fun in a lively and entertaining setting. A celebrity…

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Schuck on a Truck: Logsdon, Norris talk about how QU served as home, family during incredible athletic careers

Quincy University record-setting slugger Lance Logsdon, left, and All-American volleyball player Mattison Norris joined Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman on the tailgate for an episode of "Schuck on a Truck." | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The highs and lows — things both Lance Logsdon and Mattison Norris experienced throughout the Quincy University athletic careers — never sidetracked either, largely because of their competitive nature and dogged determination, but also because they had each other. The record-setting slugger for the QU baseball team and the All-American outside hitter for…

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Schuck on a Truck: Hunter Voth discusses dreams of being Cardinals play-by-play announcer and sheds light on Autism Awareness Month

Hunter Voth, left, joins Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman for the latest episode of "Schuck on a Truck."

QUINCY — Hunter Voth refuses to let anything stand in the way of his dream of someday becoming the radio play-by-play voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. Autism is one of those obstacles he simply pushes past. A Unity High School graduate who is a student assistant with the John Wood Community College men’s basketball…

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Schuck on a Truck: KHQA Sports Director Chris Duerr discusses crosstown showdowns, covering local sports on special game night edition

QUINCY — The image of Chris Duerr roaming the sidelines or basepaths with a camera on his shoulder is iconic. It’s also expected when the magnitude of the event rises, much the way the Quincy High School vs. Quincy Notre Dame matchups do. Wednesday night, the KHQA sports director was at the QHS softball field…

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Schuck on a Truck: Central wrestler Amber Louderback discusses historic state medal-winning season

CAMP POINT, Ill. — Amber Louderback’s determination cannot be undersold or overstated. She’s passionate, committed and tough. It’s why the Camp Point Central freshman became the first girls wrestler in program history to earn a medal at the state tournament, finishing fourth in the 125-pound class recently during the event held at Grossinger Motors Arena…

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Schuck on a Truck: Cubs pitching prospect Riley Martin discusses spring training and his progress

QUINCY — Riley Martin admits it’s been a short offseason, but that hasn’t diminished his readiness for spring training. “I feel like I’ve put in some good work this offseason,” he said. “I’m excited to get back and get started.” The former Quincy University left-handed All-American hurler will head to Mesa, Ariz., next week to…

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Schuck on a Truck: QHS wrestlers discuss Quincy Invitational

Quincy High School wrestlers Owen Uppinghouse, left, and Bryor Newbold, center, joined Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman for this episode of "Schuck on a Truck." | Muddy River Sports photo

QUINCY — Owen Uppinghouse, Bryor Newbold and the Quincy High School wrestlers have spent most of their season flatbacking opponents. Coming off a victory in the 29-team Murdale Invitational last weekend in Carbondale, Ill., the Blue Devils get the chance to showcase their depth and talent in front of a home crowd at the Quincy…

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2022 Year in Review: Most watched episodes of ‘Schuck on a Truck’

The Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team piled into the bed of Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman's pickup truck to record an episode of "Schuck on a Truck" after the Raiders won the Class 1A state championship. | Muddy River Sports photo

QUINCY — Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman drove his pickup truck across the state, chasing stories of success for area athletes and teams. Along the way, “Schuck on a Truck” became a fun way to introduce our readers to the personalities of athletes and coaches and celebrate state titles. Here is a look at…

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Schuck on a Truck: Central football team’s offensive line

Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman chats with the Central football team's offensive linemen for the latest episode of "Schuck on a Truck." | Muddy River Sports photo

CAMP POINT, Ill. — Come Friday, the Camp Point Central football team will walk into Memorial Stadium on the University of Illinois campus for the Class 1A state championship game to square off with Lena-Winslow, the reigning state champion who has won five state championships since 2010. Leading the way with be an experienced, stout…

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Schuck on a Truck: Central football coach Brad Dixon discusses program success heading into state semifinals

Central football coach Brad Dixon, left, and Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman discuss playoff football for this episode of "Schuck on a Truck." | Muddy River Sports photo

CAMP POINT, Ill. — The Central football players have traded cut-off t-shirts and shorts for stocking caps and sweatshirts. When that takes place, something more significant has, too. In this case, the Panthers have reached the Class 1A state semifinals for the fourth time in program history. Central (12-0) travels for the first time this…

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Schuck on a Truck: Liberty coach Jared Schmidt talks cross country ahead of state meet

Liberty cross country coach Jared Schmidt, left, joined Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman for this week's episode of "Schuck on a Truck." | Muddy River Sports photo

LIBERTY, Ill. — Liberty junior Arianna Neisen will run at Detweiler Park this weekend. Quincy High School senior Eric McClelland will, too, in what is the ultimate weekend for Illinois prep cross country runners. The state meet takes place Saturday in Peoria with three classes running 3-mile races on both the boys and girls sides.…

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Schuck on a Truck: QND boys soccer team celebrates Class 1A state championship

The Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team climbed into the bed of Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman's truck after winning the Class 1A state championship to tape an episode of "Schuck on a Truck." | Muddy River Sports photo

EAST PEORIA, Ill. — They grew curious — possibly more concerned — whether the suspension on Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman’s pickup truck could hold the weight of the entire Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team piled into the truck’s bed. Much like the Raiders throughout the postseason, Schuck’s truck held up just fine.…

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Schuck on a Truck: Liberty golfer Blake Arnold discusses his season, family support and finishing his career at state tournament

LIBERTY, Ill. — A decorated high school golf career came to an end last Saturday when Liberty senior Blake Arnold finished tied for 13th at the Class 1A state tournament, and he finished it with a birdie on his final hole. In the process, Arnold became the highest individual state finisher in Liberty golf history.…

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Schuckman: Old-school vibes, new-school touches make Friday nights at Unity-Payson feel like it’s where you belong

The moon dropping to the horizon behind the pressbox at the Unity-Payson football field in Mendon, Ill., is a perfect backdrop for Friday night high school football. | Matt Schuckman photo

MENDON, Ill. — When modern technology accents old-school charm, you wind up watching a prep football game in an environment artists pen songs about and screenwriters use as inspiration for movie scripts. Friday night, this Adams County village offered one of those backdrops. From the bonfire in the neighboring yard to a respected, celebrated old…

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Schuck on a Truck: Professional pitmaster Terry Bower discusses BBQ competitions, tailgate tips

QUINCY — Terry Bower took a weekend hobby of creating delectable barbeque and wood-smoked meats and turned into a professional career as a pitmaster on the Kansas City Barbeque Society circuit. He’s traveled the Midwest getting calls and winning honors at some of the most prestigious events. In this episode of “Schuck on a Truck”…

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Schuck on a Truck: Truman State offensive coordinator Jason Killday discusses start of fall camp

Truman State University offensive coordinator Jason Killday and Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman talk football in the latest episode of "Schuck on a Truck," brought to you by Area Distributors. | Muddy River Sports photo

BARING, Mo. — Jason Killday views the Truman State University football team’s start of preseason workouts the way he wants each of the Bulldogs to see things. It’s a brand new day. A year ago, when the Bulldogs went 9-3 and won the America’s Crossroads Bowl, Truman State established a single-season school record for yards…

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Schuck on a Truck: Glenn Sanders talks about outdoors projects and MVHFA

Glenn Sanders, left, talks with Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman about the outdoors in the latest episode of "Schuck on a Truck."

QUINCY — Glenn Sanders has been synonymous with the outdoors and the opportunities afforded to youth anglers and hunters his entire life. A retired sergeant with the Illinois Conservation Police, Sanders currently is the president of the Mississippi Valley Hunters and Fishermen’s Association and arguably West-Central Illinois’ strongest advocate for wildlife resources. Sanders and Muddy…

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Schuck on a Truck: Seth Anderson discusses SLU soccer experience

Saint Louis University sophomore soccer standout Seth Anderson, left, talks with Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman in the latest episode of "Schuck on a Truck." | Muddy River Sports photo

QUINCY — Seth Anderson stepped in as a freshman with the Saint Louis University men’s soccer program last fall and made an immediate impact as the Billikens went 16-1-4 and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The former Quincy Notre Dame all-state striker sat down with Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman to discuss…

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Schuck on a Truck: Andrew Smith discusses making two aces in 10-day span

Andrew Smith, left, discusses making a hole-in-one twice in a 10-day span at Spring Lake Country Club with Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman for the latest "Schuck on a Truck" episode. | Muddy River Sports photo

QUINCY — When Andrew Smith realized he’d made his first hole-in-one, nearly every golfer scattered across the Spring Lake Country Club layout knew it. “I just jumped out of the golf cart while it was going 15 miles per hour,” Smith said. When he made his second ace 10 days later, the reaction was a…

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Schuck on a Truck: Hannibal golfer Quinn Thomas talks playing Bellerive and mud volleyball

Hannibal junior Quinn Thomas joined Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman for an episode of "Schuck on a Truck." | Muddy River Sports photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Golf is taking Quinn Thomas places most 16-year-olds can’t fathom. Recently, it had him walking fairways once crossed by legends. Thomas, who will be a junior at Hannibal High School in the fall, played in the 115th Missouri Amateur Championship, which meant teeing it up on the iconic Bellerive Country Club layout…

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Schuck on a Truck: Brown County baseball coach Jared Hoots talks historic postseason run

Brown County coach Jared Hoots and the Hornets will appear in the Class 1A state final four this weekend at Dozer Park in Peoria. Matt Schuckman photo

MOUNT STERLING, Ill. — The Brown County baseball team will be making the program’s first appearance in the state final four Friday when it faces Ottawa Marquette at 10 a.m. at Peoria’s Dozer Park in the Class 1A state semifinals. Hornets coach Jared Hoots sat down with Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman for an…

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Schuck on a Truck Zoom Edition: Millikin standout and Unity graduate Jordan Hildebrand

Jordan Hildebrand, a 2017 Unity graduate, earned honorable mention All-American honors for the Millikin women's basketball team in her final season playing for the Big Blue. Photo courtesy Millikin Athletics

Jordan Hildebrand’s decision to stay at Millikin University for an extra year of eligibility, pursue a master’s degree and help the Big Blue women’s basketball team chase NCAA glory turned out to be a wise move. Not only will Hildebrand walk away later this year with two degrees in her hip pocket, but the 6-foot…

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Schuck on a Truck Zoom Edition: Professional basketball player Tanner Stuckman

Tanner Stuckman, a graduate of Quincy Notre Dame and Quincy University, is playing professionally in Canada for the Windsor Express. Submitted photo

QUINCY — Tanner Stuckman’s basketball career has been built around hard work, determination and an unwillingness to be told he couldn’t succeed. That’s why professional opportunities are coming his way. A graduate of Quincy Notre Dame and Quincy University, the 6-foot-9 Stuckman is currently playing in the National Basketball League of Canada for the Windsor…

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Schuck on a Truck Zoom Edition: Former QU All-American linebacker Cody Leonard

Former Quincy University All-American linebacker Cody Leonard is headed to Finland to play professional football. Photo courtesy Quincy University athletics

CARROLLTON, Ill. — Football is in Cody Leonard’s blood. Try as he might to turn the page to the next chapter of his life, the former Quincy University All-American linebacker couldn’t ditch the itch to continue playing. Now, he has that opportunity. Leonard has signed a professional contract to play with the Kuopio Steelers in…

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Schuck on a Truck Zoom Edition: SLUH guard Nick Kramer

St. Louis University High senior guard Nick Kramer, the son of Quincy Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame inductee Jack Kramer, will be playing against Quincy High School on Saturday night in Blue Devil Gym as part of the Quincy Shootout. Photo courtesy St. Louis University High

The glimmer in Nick Kramer’s eye shined when he began talking about the situation he will be walking into this weeked. He’s entering his father’s old neighborhood. With that comes the understanding of history, tradition and legacy. Jack Kramer is part of all three when it comes to the Quincy High School boys basketball program,…

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Schuck on a Truck Zoom Edition: Iowa State University running back Jirehl Brock

Iowa State University running back Jirehl Brock, a former Quincy High School all-stater, started his first collegiate game in the Cheez-It Bowl against Clemson. Photo courtesy ISU Athletics

AMES, Iowa — Patience, persistence and commitment are paying off for Jirehl Brock. One of the most decorated football players in Quincy High School history, Brock spent his first three seasons at Iowa State University playing behind consensus All-American tailback Breece Hall. It meant limited opportunities and limited carries, but he never wavered on Iowa…

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Schuck on a Truck Zoom Edition: Professional golfer Luke Guthrie

Quincy native Luke Guthrie, who will celebrate 10 years of professional golf in 2022, joined Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman for a Zoom interview to talk about his game, his career and his family. Photo courtesy Korn Ferry Tour

QUINCY — Luke Guthrie’s 10-year anniversary as a professional golfer is looming. So is the opportunity for the Quincy native to reinvigorate his career. Following his 11th-place finish in the second stage of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying School, Guthrie earned conditional status on the Korn Ferry Tour for the 2022 season. He went on…

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Schuck on a Truck Zoom Edition: HD Intelligence vice president Andy Schmitt

Quincy High School graduate Andy Schmitt is the vice president of HD Intelligence and based in Champaign, Ill.

Andy Schmitt’s love of competition and sports morphed into a passion for the processes coaches, athletes and teams go through over the course of a season and beyond to elevate their game to a championship level. The Quincy High School graduate saw it first hand as a student manager with the University of Illinois men’s…

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Schuck on a Truck Zoom Edition: Former Quincy University pitcher Graham Spraker

Former Quincy University right-hander Graham Spraker was named the Arizona Fall League Reliever of the Year while pitching for the Mesa Solar Sox. Photo courtesy Mesa Solar Sox

Graham Spraker reinvented himself as a pitcher and could find himself pitching in the Toronto Blue Jays’ bullpen in the near future. The former Quincy University right-hander, who was a 31st round draft pick of the Blue Jays in 2017 after leading the Hawks to the NCAA Division II World Series, is coming off an…

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Schuck on a Truck Zoom edition: Liberty running back Wentric Williams III

Wentric Williams III recently joined Muddy River Sports editor Matt Schuckman on a Zoom call to discuss football, wrestling, the impact and legacy of his father. Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

The name is the same. And if you watch Wentric Williams III run with the football tucked tightly in his right arm, you’ll see glimpses of his father. And then there’s that million-watt smile. It’s part of what made Wentric Williams II electric. His namesake shares that electricity. But be clear about one thing —…

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Schuck on a Truck: Episode 1 with Bill Connell

Muddy River Sports editor Matt Schuckman and Quincy Notre Dame athletic director Bill Connell reunite on the tailgate of Schuckman’s pickup truck to reminisce about the origins of the post-practice tailgate interviews and discuss everything from Connell’s football coaching career to the impact COVID had on athletics over the past year to his son battling…

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