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Mat Mikesell

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Mat Mikesell is a sports writer at The Herald-Whig, having returned in March 2014. He was a sports intern at The Herald-Whig during the summer of 2013. From Fort Wayne, Ind., Mat attended Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., where he was chief reporter and sports editor for the Ball State Daily News. He covered the Ball State football team for three seasons. Mikesell also spent time as a sports freelancer for the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. In 2012, Mat spent three weeks in London during the Olympics with about 40 Ball State University students to provide coverage of the Summer Games.

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Prep Football

Better Fit: Lapsley's position change paying off for Clark County

KAHOKA, Mo. -- One of the biggest puzzles Clark County football coach Ethan Allen faced last season was figuring out a spot for then-sophomore Caleb Lapsley. Lapsley originally was slotted as an inside receiver on offense and an outside linebacker on defen

Butler becomes second team to leave Prospect League
Prospect League

Butler becomes second team to leave Prospect League

QUINCY -- The Butler BlueSox, who have played in the Prospect League since its inception in 2008, is leaving the summer wooden bat collegiate baseball league. The BlueSox announced the departure in a news release last week. The move wasn't a surprise to Pr

After 1,565 yards rushing and 28 TDs, Osborn wants to do even more
Prep Football

After 1,565 yards rushing and 28 TDs, Osborn wants to do even more

A state championship and all-state accolades last fall don't seem to impress Zach Osborn. Somehow, he wants to be even better during his senior season for the Monroe City football team. "I need to step up this year," Osborn said. "I nee"I need to step up this year," Osborn said. "I need to show people what I can do."

Palmyra's Alexander won't surprise anyone this season
Prep Football

Palmyra's Alexander won't surprise anyone this season

Jarom Alexander was virtually unknown to opponents of the Palmyra football team through the first six weeks of the season last fall. Then Week 7 rolled around. Alexander had totaled just six carries in the first six games for 87 yards, but he churned out 221 rushing yards on 20 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns in a 35-0 rout over Clarence Cannon Conference opponent Centralia on Sept. 28.

Sports

Not giving it up: Pitching horseshoes declining in popularity, but Quincy man hasn't lost passion for it

Jeff Baldwin calmly waits along the chain link fence hoping a friend shows up. He takes a drag from his cigarette, then takes a sip from his fountain soda while focusing his eyes around the bend that leads to the horseshoe pits that are tucked away by a row of trees next to the baseball diamonds at Moorman Park.

South Shelby's Wood ready to shoulder workload
Prep Football

South Shelby's Wood ready to shoulder workload

SHELBINA, Mo. -- Brock Wood enjoyed being part of a two-headed monster in the South Shelby football team's backfield the past two seasons. In that time, he and teammate Cody McKenzie racked up exactly 4,800 yards on the ground and scored 62 touchdowns.

Making a Splash: A Day at the Great River Ski Club
Sports

Making a Splash: A Day at the Great River Ski Club

QUINCY -- The preparation is the same, even though this summer it's a little later than usual. The Great River Ski Club has been practicing on the Mississippi River inside All-American Park for decades, but this summer has been difficult for the team to ge

Birdsong lifts Gems in extras to cap off season
Prospect League

Birdsong lifts Gems in extras to cap off season

QUINCY -- The Hannibal Hoots brought in their outfield to prevent the Quincy Gems' Francisco Rodriguez from moving from first base to third on any hit in the bottom of the 10th inning. Cody Birdsong brought him home on a ball that cleared everyone's heads.

Prospect League

Hoots see first season as success with plenty of room to improve

The Hannibal Hoots didn't make the Prospect League playoffs, nor did they have a winning record in their inaugural campaign this summer. The Hoots officials, however, believe that meant the season was successful.

Two for Four: Gems' Rodriguez, Hoots' Kraus take swing at four questions
Prospect League

Two for Four: Gems' Rodriguez, Hoots' Kraus take swing at four questions

The Herald-Whig sports staff will go beyond the field each week to find out a little more about the Quincy Gems and Hannibal Hoots.