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
  • Camanche rolls past Mid-Prairie

    Camanche races past Mid-Prairie 72-43 as Cameron Soenksen passes 1000 career points.

  • Camanche’s Crigger has sights set on ultimate goal

    Camanche’s Baylor Crigger recently earned his 150th career win.  But the Camanche senior has his eyes on a much bigger prize.  After 2 setbacks in the 2 straight years, Crigger wants his shot at a state title.  Crigger would also love to out do his dad, who took 2nd at State when he was young.

  • Brewer back with Rock, making impact from bench

    Shavonne Brewer grew up a Rock so returning to her alma mater was a no brainer.  When Henry Hall was named Rock Island’s head coach last spring Brewer was the 1st call he made.  Now an assistant coach, Brewer is back to making a big impact on her Lady Rocks.

  • Illinois’ Underwood impressed with Wieskamp from the start

    Illinois’ Brad Underwood had heard how good of a shooter Joe Wieskamp was.  Before Sunday’s game the Illini head coach wanted to see first hand so he went out to watch warm ups.  The Iowa freshman hit 19 shots in a row in front of Underwood in warm ups and then hit all 8 of his shots in the game, scoring 24 points.  The later earned Wieskamp the B1G Freshman of the week honor.

  • Quad City boxing ready for big night

    It’s expected to be the biggest pro boxing event in the Quad Cities in over 20 years.  Destiny Live invades the Rhythm City Casino in less than 2 weeks.    It’s a locally loaded pro boxing card with the main event featuring “Stunning” Stephen Edwards defending his Iowa State Middle Weight title against 16-3 Limberth Ponce.

  • Beal sets new standard for Western Big 6 Scoring

    Brea Beal becomes the Western Big 6’s all time leading scorer for both boys and girls passing Galesburg great Joey Range.

  • WQAD Sports 1-16-2019

    Iowa picks up road win at Penn State Illini rout Minnesota for 1st B1G win of year Iowa State upsets #8 Texas Tech Augie Women had Wheaton their 1st loss in CCIW

  • Patience pays off for PV’s Beinborn

    Pleasant Valley’s Macy Beinbirn is a basketball junkie. “She can watch basketball for hours at a time,” explains teammate Carli Spelhaug, “When you get a kid like that as a coach you are like YES!” laughed head coach Jennifer Goetz.  “We like kids like that that just live and breathe the gym.” Basketball has always been in Macy’s blood.  Her Dad, Mark, is the head women’s coach at Augustana College.  He also has spent several summers coaching Macy. “Our house […]

  • WQAD Sports 1-15-2019

    Assumption races past Alleman to retain “A” Trophy Rock Island races past Geneseo despite a HUGE 1st quarter from Geneseo’s Isaiah Rivera 1A Prince of Peace bests 4A Davenport North Newman complates comeback to best Hall in Three Rivers showdown

  • It’s a rough day to be a Bears fan

    Parkey's teammates had his back after the game but they sure didn't expect to be cleaning out their lockers this morning.

  • Hawkeyes earn 9th victory with wild Outback Bowl win

    Iowa fans rode a roller coaster of emotions on New Year’s Day.  The Hawkeyes built a 17-6 halftime lead against Mississippi State only to see it erased quickly in the 3rd quarter.   The Bulldogs turned a pair of Iowa miscues into touchdowns and a 19-17 lead.   But Iowa would regain the lead with a 3rd touchdown pass from Nate Stanley and the defense would put things away in the 4th quarter.  Iowa bests MSU 27-22 for their 9th victory of […]

  • Rocky tackles head to Division 1 level

    Rock Island lineman Logan Swartz and Kobe Rios are off to the D-1 level. Swartz will put on the pads at Kent State while Rios will head to Cedar Falls and UNI.