Sports Writer

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 Boys Basketball

Prep notebook: Palmyra, Brown County boys playing well early; Canton girls on the cusp

Jared Hoots made a realization about his current crop of players on the Brown County boys basketball team. "I think this my first year where all my varsity players can drive," Hoots said with a laugh. "Usually you're playing some freshmen and sophomores t

Riney, Bevans dominant as Indians win easily
Prep Boys Basketball

Riney, Bevans dominant as Indians win easily

KAHOKA, Mo. -- Zeb Riney and Chandler Bevans are making an early case they could be one of the best guard-forward combinations in Northeast Missouri. Riney and Bevans scored 16 of the Clark County boys basketball team's 20 points in the third quarter and c

Perfectly timed press gives Clark County lift
Prep Girls Basketball

Perfectly timed press gives Clark County lift

KAHOKA, Mo. -- The Clark County girls basketball team didn't use its full-court pressure for most of Saturday's game. When the Indians did bring pressure, it had a game-changing result.

Hot shooting, stifling defense helps Payson Seymour cruise
Prep Boys Basketball

Hot shooting, stifling defense helps Payson Seymour cruise

PAYSON, Ill. -- Brian Rea wanted to see the Payson Seymour boys basketball team do one thing on offense Friday night. "I wanted them to share the ball," Rea said. "I gave them some goals, and they were about effort and team play." It didn't take the Indian

Prep Girls Basketball

Prep notebook: Western-Payson's Hickerson avoids serious injury, C-SE without Lantz, Clampitt scores 1,000th point

Haley Hickerson is thankful she escaped serious injury. Hickerson, a guard for the Western-Payson girls basketball team, was absent from the team's warmups before Saturday's game against Hannibal. Hickerson was in a car crash the night before, and Wildcat

Clampitt fuels Illini West's third-quarter run to put away C-SE
Prep Girls Basketball

Clampitt fuels Illini West's third-quarter run to put away C-SE

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- The Illini West girls basketball team struggled to get a shot to fall in the second quarter. The Chargers missed their first four shots, and even two free throws from senior Baylee Clampitt clanked off the rim.

Flesner seizes opportunity, has career game for Western-Payson
Prep Girls Basketball

Flesner seizes opportunity, has career game for Western-Payson

PAYSON, Ill. -- Tell Blair Borrowman she's only scored four points at halftime, and she might think her team is losing. That might have been the case last season. It's a different story this year. Borrowman was held to just four points in the first half Sa

Unspoken Words: Without talking about last year's title game, Kirby guides Monroe City to crown
Prep Football

Unspoken Words: Without talking about last year's title game, Kirby guides Monroe City to crown

A ringing endorsement let David Kirby know he was in for a special season. During the offseason at a 7-on-7 camp, the Monroe City football coach crossed paths with Jim Unruh, the offensive coordinator at West Hancock who also won several state titles with the Carthage and Illini West football teams. Kirby wanted Unruh's opinion of this season's Panthers.

Mat Mikesell

Beyond the Boxscore: Canton's Logsdon hopes to be cleared to return after Christmas

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Lance Logsdon is hoping for one thing for Christmas. A clearance from the doctor he can return to the basketball court. "That'd be a nice gift," the Canton boys basketball senior said. Logsdon, the Tigers leading scorer from last season, is

Strong close to first half propels Palmyra
Prep Boys Basketball

Strong close to first half propels Palmyra

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Ryan Wood will like what he sees in the Palmyra boys basketball team's scorebook. Three of his Panthers scored in double figures, and another finished with nine points to help Palmyra beat Canton 66-51 Friday night.