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.
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
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.