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 Football

Prep Notebook: Miles, Krietemyer relishing first matchup, Riney shines in debut

This season's football game between Palmyra and Bowling Green has an extra layer of intrigue. It's the first time that good friends Kevin Miles and Kevin Krietemeyer will face off against each other as head coaches.

Unity-Payson wants to maintain success after loss of all-staters
Prep Football

Unity-Payson wants to maintain success after loss of all-staters

MENDON, Ill. -- The Unity-Payson football team was spoiled the last two years with all-state players in quarterback Brodie Dunker and wide receiver Cory Miller. Now the Mustangs want to prove they can still win without them. "We're trying to show we're bui

Prep Football

Pleasant Hill hopes hoops success carries to gridiron

PLEASANT HILL, Ill. -- Southern Pike County was buzzing last winter when the boys basketball team at Pleasant Hill won its first regional title since 1992. The Wolves hope to replicate that success on the football field this fall and earn their first playo

QND repeats as Quincy Invitational champion
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QND repeats as Quincy Invitational champion

QUINCY -- Reis Dreyer grinned when he saw the scores for the Quincy Notre Dame golf team posted on the leaderboard. For only being mid-August, the Raiders put up numbers they'd be thrilled to see in October. David Hutson fired...

Prep Softball

Monroe City priming to make another postseason run

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Melissa Chinn didn't like what she saw from the Monroe City softball team at the Highland jamboree last weekend. She saw a team nervous to live up to expectations following a 19-7 season that resulted in a Class 2 district...

Monroe City outlasts Clark County in dogfight game
Prep Football

Monroe City outlasts Clark County in dogfight game

KAHOKA, Mo. -- David Kirby asked a simple question to the Monroe City football team at halftime. "I asked them if any of them had ever been in a fight before," the Monroe City football coach said. After Friday night, all the Panthers can say they have.

Brown County wanting to raise game after last season
Prep Football

Brown County wanting to raise game after last season

MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- Tanner Sussenbach took last season's playoff loss as a learning tool. The rest of the Brown County football team did, too. Brown County saw its season end in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs...

Ugly playoff loss fueling Central football team
Prep Football

Ugly playoff loss fueling Central football team

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Just before the final seconds of the Central football team's first-round playoff last season, coach Brad Dixon had his stat keeper take a picture of the scoreboard. Central was rocked 46-0 by Carrollton...

Prep Football

West Hancock moving on from bitter playoff loss

HAMILTON, Ill. -- Most of the players on the West Hancock football team have moved on from last season's first-round loss in the Class 2A playoffs. West Hancock was 34 seconds away from advancing to the second round when a tipped Hail Mary pass by Champaig

Illini West wanting to clinch playoff berth sooner
Prep Football

Illini West wanting to clinch playoff berth sooner

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Winning the final two games of the regular season last year helped the Illini West football team avoid missing the playoffs for a second straight season. That's nearly unheard of for the school in Hancock County, who once had 24 consecuti