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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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Prospect League

Pitching falters as Gems suffer seventh straight loss

QUINCY -- The Quincy Gems had the momentum after Kyle Burnett hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Champion City Kings swiped it right back with a five-run fifth Saturday night.

Former QHS baseball coach to take over Liberty program
Prep Baseball

Former QHS baseball coach to take over Liberty program

LIBERTY, Ill. -- Brigham John decided he couldn't stay out of baseball. Nearly three weeks after resigning as the Quincy High School baseball coach, John has been tabbed to the same position at Liberty. John cited he wanted to be at home...

Prospect League

New lease agreement for Clemens Field approved

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The first step to bringing summer baseball back to Clemens Field has been cleared. A lease agreement between the city and Clemens Field Management LLC, which is operated out of St. Louis, was unanimously approved during Tuesday's Hannibal

Golf

LPGC Roindup: Hannibal's Thomas fights through flu, finishes third

The start to Quinn Thomas' day couldn't have been much worse. The 11-year-old from Hannibal, Mo., woke up Wednesday morning with the flu, and he said it was a struggle to shower and get ready for the drive to Quincy. While practicing on the putting green,

Golf

McCulla hangs on to win division title

QUINCY -- Alex McCulla thought his missed par putt on his final hole was going to force a playoff. It turned out he was sitting on a one-shot lead. "I had the math wrong in my head," McCulla said. "I was a little nervous knowing that was for the win." Sett

Strong back nine carries Lillie to 16-17 girls title
Golf

Strong back nine carries Lillie to 16-17 girls title

QUINCY -- Kate Lillie knew the field was chasing her. She gave herself breathing room after making the turn. Lillie opened with a pair of birdies on the first four holes on the back nine Wednesday afternoon at Westview Golf Course, paving the way to winnin

Top girls division in LPGC wide open heading to final round
Golf

Top girls division in LPGC wide open heading to final round

QUINCY -- Megan Welch is eager to get back on the golf course. "It's going to be a lot of fun," she said. "I'm excited to see what happens." As one of five girls in contention for the girls 16-17 division in the 44th annual Pepsi Little People's Golf Champ

Steer is first golfer to play in 16 consecutive LPGC
Golf

Steer is first golfer to play in 16 consecutive LPGC

Griffin Steer has a piece of memorabilia from the first time he played in the Pepsi Little People's Golf Championships. "I still have the trophy," Steer said with a smirk. "It was a participation trophy."

Golf

Playing in LPGC a family tradition for Zeitners

QUINCY -- The first time Bennett Zeitner stepped foot at Westview Golf Course, he was continuing a family tradition. He became the fifth member of his family to play in the Pepsi Little People's Golf Championships. Zeitner, 15, played in his first LPGC two

Prep Boys Basketball

Prep notebook: South Shelby hires second boys basketball coach this summer

Ethan Schakelford wasn't even looking at the South Shelby boys basketball program when he got the call. The last he knew, the vacancy had been filled by former Montgomery Coach Ron Lebel. "I wasn't even looking to leave," Schakelford said. "But they calle