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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 Baseball

Errors on field, basepaths cost Blue Devils in regional

QUINCY -- Drake Green had shook off the hits the Granite City baseball team was collecting off him. "I throw a lot of strikes, so a good swinging team is going to put the ball in play," the right-handed Quincy High School pitcher said. "They didn't have th

Raiders pile up runs in regional championship victory
Prep Baseball

Raiders pile up runs in regional championship victory

QUINCY -- The Quincy Notre Dame baseball team scored 10 or more runs just four times in the regular season. The Raiders have done it twice in two postseason games. "I really don't know what's gotten into us," sophomore Tommy Ray said. "We're just swinging

Wellman shakes off early homer, QND routs Beardstown in regional opener
Prep Baseball

Wellman shakes off early homer, QND routs Beardstown in regional opener

It took two pitches for Beardstown to take a lead on Mackiel Ruiz's home run against Quincy Notre Dame pitcher Nick Wellman. The Raiders' right-handed pitcher shrugged it off. "It was the first batter. I have to forget that," he said. Wellman allowed just one run in his next four innings of work and finished with eight strikeouts as QND handled Beardstown for a 12-2 five-inning victory.

'Bittersweet' day as Short replaces friend at Knox County
Prep Boys Basketball

'Bittersweet' day as Short replaces friend at Knox County

EDINA, Mo. -- Zach Short was excited to be named the Knox County boys basketball coach on Tuesday, but getting the opportunity was bittersweet. Short replaces long-time friend Zach Summers, who resigned last week after six seasons to become the athletic di

Sports

Monroe City aiming for state championship

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- C.E. Talton isn't shying away from ambitious goals this weekend. He wants the Monroe City boys track and field team to win a first-place trophy. "The goal is to win state as a team," said Talton, a sophomore who will compete in the trip

Personett's bat, Moore's pitching puts Saukees in regional final
Prep Baseball

Personett's bat, Moore's pitching puts Saukees in regional final

QUINCY -- Pittsfield senior Korbyn Personett was eager to get on the baseball diamond Wednesday. "We had finals today," he said. "It was a big day. We're ready to get out of school." Personett had a single, two doubles and drove in five runs in the Pittsfi

Prep Girls Soccer

QND cruises to sectional title game; Longo earns 500th victory

QUINCY -- The Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer players had added motivation to win Tuesday. A victory over Litchfield in the Class 1A QND Sectional semifinal would be career victory No. 500 for Raiders coach Mark Longo. "Some of us heard about it this mornin

QND's Wilson has shot at home run record
Prep Softball

QND's Wilson has shot at home run record

Carly Wilson ignores the fact she's close to making Quincy Notre Dame softball program history. Wilson, a senior catcher for the Lady Raiders, has 25 career home runs and is one away from tying the school record of 26 by Caren Kemner, who was a standout softball player before going on to play in three Olympics in volleyball.

Prep Baseball

Bad-hop hit by Plenge leads to good ending for Clark County

Grant Plenge took a simple approach when he dug into the batter's box in the bottom of the seventh inning. "Don't do too much," Plenge said. "Just hit the ball." He got a little bit of luck, too. Plenge hit a hard grounder that took a bad hop past Highland shortstop Tommy Harvey and allowed Cole Kirchner to score the game-winning run in Clark County's 9-8 victory in the Class 3 District 8 baseball semifinal on Monday night at Flower City Park.

Hoerr works out of jams as Palmyra advances
Prep Baseball

Hoerr works out of jams as Palmyra advances

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Hayden Hoerr never flinched when Macon got runners in scoring position. He let his defense make the plays behind him. "I just picked up the pace a little bit," Hoerr said. "I was trusting those guys." Palmyra delivered for its left-handed p