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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College Baseball

C-SC's Cali doesn't let muscle tear keep him off field

CANTON, Mo. -- While preparing for his final baseball season at Culver-Stockton College, Kevin Cali thought taking about a week off in early September from upper-body weight lifting would help with the tightness he felt. That wasn't the case when he got ba

Uncharacteristic errors cost C-SC in conference loss
College Softball

Uncharacteristic errors cost C-SC in conference loss

CANTON, Mo. -- A hard groundball to the left side of the infield should have been the third out of the top of the sixth inning. Instead, the Culver-Stockton College softball team committed its sixth error, and MidAmerica Nazarene scored its sixth run in a

COACH OF THE YEAR: Begeman guides Unity to historic heights
Prep Girls Basketball

COACH OF THE YEAR: Begeman guides Unity to historic heights

MENDON, Ill. Brad Begeman smiled as he watched a replay of his Unity girls basketball team playing in the Class 1A state championship game. It was the first time Begeman had seen the game since the season ended in late February. He was in awe with the cam

Pirates take eight events, Panthers win team title
Sports

Pirates take eight events, Panthers win team title

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- A cramp in his left leg during the 100-meter dash was the only bad part of Shamar Griffith's afternoon. "You never know what's going to happen," said Griffith, a senior on the Hannibal boys track and field team. "It was just a little...

Prep Girls Track

Hannibal girls' late rally secures team title

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Through eight scored events, the Hannibal girls track and field team sat 21 points out of first place. A dominating performance in the second half of the Monroe City Open meet on Thursday afternoon helped the Pirates cruise to a team ti

One pitch makes difference in C-SC loss
College Baseball

One pitch makes difference in C-SC loss

CANTON, Mo. -- James Cooper wasn't going to walk Columbia College's Kenny Piper. "I just wanted to see how far he could hit it," said Cooper, a right-handed pitcher for the Culver-Stockton College baseball team. "So I threw it down there." Piper smacked th

Small ball: Payson uses bunts to build lead, holds on at finish
Prep Baseball

Small ball: Payson uses bunts to build lead, holds on at finish

PAYSON, Ill. -- The Payson Seymour baseball team doesn't have many batters who can smash the ball, so the Indians used small ball to score runs on Monday afternoon. Payson bunted four times -- twice in a five-run first inning -- to build a lead against Liber

Gille hopes to soak up experience of junior Olympics
Sports

Gille hopes to soak up experience of junior Olympics

QUINCY -- Kaleb Gille almost didn't shoot for the Quincy High School rifle team. He tried out for the team as a freshman, unsure if he'd even make the team. When he did, he wasn't sold on competing. "When I saw my name on the board, I didn't know if I actu

College Softball

McLaughlin's single helps Hawks salvage split with Lewis

QUINCY -- Karli McLaughlin watched the Quincy University softball team come up empty after loading the bases with no outs. The Hawks didn't get many more opportunities in their opening game of a Great Lakes Conference Valley doubleheader against Lewis

Missouri high school baseball team previews
Prep Baseball

Missouri high school baseball team previews

Canton Coach: Clint Smith (72-13 at Canton, fourth season) 2016 record: 21-1 Returning starters: P/INF Lance Logsdon, Jr.; UT Koy Smith, Jr.; P/INF Cooper Hudnut, Sr.; INF Josh Kermoade, Sr.; P/INF Drake Serbin, Jr.; OF LaVion Wilson, Jr.; INF Trey Metz,