Matt has been around the sports scene in the Quad Cities for literally his entire life. A proud graduate of Alleman High School and St. Ambrose University, Matt was born and raised right here in the QCA. As a senior in college, he started interning at News 8, and has been here ever since.

Matt’s first beat at News 8 was to cover the Iowa Hawkeyes. Growing up an avid Iowa fan, it was hard for him to see this as “work”. According to Matt, there’s no better place to be on a Saturday than Kinnick Stadium.

Over more than a decade at News 8, Matt has created many of the sports features you enjoy today. From The Score to your Quad City Area Prep Power Poll, Matt loves to see the Quad Cities talking about their sports. He feels he’s in a truly special and unique situation to be able to cover sports in the area where he grew up. Matt knows exactly what it s like to be part of a spirited student section at one of the area’s exciting high school sporting events.

Matt loves talking sports, so if you see him out and about, make sure to stop and say, “Hi!”

Recent Articles
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    Who’s on the Mount Rushmore of the JDC

    After 46 years of golf in the Quad Cities, choosing a Mount Rushmore may seem like a tall task.  But after  1 glance at the record books, 4 golfers stand out amongst the rest.

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    Bandits and Astros extend player development contract

    The Quad Cities River Bandits and Houston Astros extent their player development contract for 2 more years through 2018.

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    Bud Cauley gives back to QC kids, faces high expectations

    Bud Cauley hosting the annual Boys and Girls Club kids clinic on Tuesday morning.  The PGA pro realizes he now has plenty of pressure with the golfer that helped at the kids clinic winning the JDC in each of the past 3 years.

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    Kids take center stage at JDC

    Tuesday is always Kid’s Day at the John Deere Classic and this year was no different.  Former Illini standouts Luke Guthrie and Scott Langley entertained future golfers at the annual kid’s clinic.   John Deere also extended their commitment to the 1st Tee Program on Tuesday, with a focus on getting more females participating in the sport.

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    High School football practice kicks off in Iowa and Illinois

    Moline and North Scott were 2 of several schools kicking off practice on Monday morning.

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    Ihm grabs last spot in JDC

    Former Hawkeye Steven Ihm earned a spot in the 2016 John Deere Classic at Monday’s JDC Qualifier.  Ihm won a 4 hole playoff to become 4th and final qualifier.

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    Rahm arrives with high expectation

    Jon Rahm arrives at Deere Run with high expectation.  The 21 year old has made the cut in all 7 starts on the PGA tour and has 3 top 10 finishes.

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    Campbell era kicks off in Ames

    A new head coach and 100 degree temperatures greeted the Cyclones on Thursday.  Iowa State opened practice under new head coach Matt Campbell.

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    The Illini open practice under Lovie

    The Illinois football program enter a new era on Thursday, opening practice under Lovie Smith for the 1st time.

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    Former Rocky basketball standout Chasson Randle talks about signing on with the Knicks

    The New York Knicks sign Chasson Randle to a partially guaranteed contract. The former Rock Island Rocks Standout sat down with WQAD News 8 Sports Director Matt Randazzo to talk about his latest opportunity and more. He said he’s ready for the NBA now, since maturing, taking some time to reflect, learning more about the game, and countless practices. “You eat, sleep, and drink basketball,” Randle said about his preparations. “I had no distractions, so it was basically I became an ultimate […]

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    Peoria manager provides show in Bandits loss

    Chiefs’ manager Joe Kruzel in ejected in the 5th inning and provides the crowd with an entertaining departure.  Peoria bests the Bandits 8-2.

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    West’s Cindrella run comes to an end in State Quarterfinals

    Top seed Cedar Rapids Prairie edges Davenport West 1-0 in 4A State Quarterfinals.


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