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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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