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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 Softball

Missouri State Softball Tournament: Class 1 Capsules

Here's a capsule look at the teams competing in the Class 1 state softball tournament this weekend. Canton Record: 19-5 Last state tournament appearance: 2015 How it got there: Won Class 1 District 11, beat Gallain 17-6 in sectional, beat Salisbury 6-3

Three coaching changes haven't kept Canton from succeeding
Prep Softball

Three coaching changes haven't kept Canton from succeeding

CANTON, Mo. -- Olivia Jarvis, Brianna Caldwell and Katie Gaus have had an offseason routine of individual workouts and playing travel softball for the past four years. Meeting a new coach also became part of that routine. Jonathan Bastian was hired during

Prep Notebook: Brown County not panicking, Monroe City ignoring expectations, two make college picks
Prep Football

Prep Notebook: Brown County not panicking, Monroe City ignoring expectations, two make college picks

Tom Little is treating the Brown County football team's two-game skid like a hitting slump in baseball. "We're just missing," the Hornets' football coach said. "Maybe a guy had a wrong block there or a had a wrong cut here. We're not facing injuries. We'r

Four-game winning streak gives Clark County confidence
Prep Football

Four-game winning streak gives Clark County confidence

KAHOKA, Mo. -- The Clark County football team has the fourth seed in the Class 2 District 6 playoffs, but it is confident that it can compete for a district championship. A four-game winning streak to end the regular season is fueling that confidence. "We

Prep Football

How will local Missouri football districts shake out?

The Missouri State High School Activities Association released the football playoff brackets Saturday evening. With the bracket unveiled there are some interesting first-round games and intriguing potential matchups as the postseason progresses. Here's a breakdown of the brackets involving local teams.

Mat Mikesell

Canton believes this trip to state is different

SALISBURY, Mo. -- The Canton softball team sealed its third trip to the Class 1 state tournament Saturday with a 6-3 victory over Salisbury. The previous two times the Tigers never made it to the second day of the tournament. In 2014, Canton lost to Jeffer

Jarvis sisters fuel rally that sends Canton to state tournament
Prep Softball

Jarvis sisters fuel rally that sends Canton to state tournament

SALISBURY, Mo. -- Olivia Jarvis saw her opportunity. She noticed the shortstop was keeping her near second base, and the third baseman was playing for a bunt. The Canton softball senior decided it was a chance to make a play

Wide Left: Palmyra misses game-winning field goal as Monroe City clinches CCC title
Prep Football

Wide Left: Palmyra misses game-winning field goal as Monroe City clinches CCC title

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Blake Hays initially thought the field goal was wide left. Palmyra kicker Noah Mencer had plenty of distance on his 41-yard attempt from the right hashmarks as time expired, but Hays couldn't tell for sure if the ball hooked left before

Prep Softball

Canton powers way past Gallatin into quarterfinals

Abby Hultz wasn't sure where her flyball to left field was going to land. That's why the Canton third baseman was shocked to see the softball end up on the other side of the fence.

Sibling rivalry leads both QND golfers to state tournament
Prep Boys Golf

Sibling rivalry leads both QND golfers to state tournament

Grace Frese remembers a time when her brother Gavin lost his patience on the golf course. They were playing at Westview Golf Course about a year ago when Gavin, a junior on the Quincy Notre Dame...