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.
Cameron Sacramento goes through the same routine before he takes his first swing on the tee box. His dad, Adam, makes sure his 4-year-old son is ready to strike the golf ball. "Let me see a practice swing," Adam says to Cameron, which is followed by a big swing of his driver that sometimes hits the ground before Cameron gets to his follow through. "Now where is your target?" Adam asks.
QUINCY -- Molly Penn was shocked to hear her name announced after the conclusion of the 36th version of the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic girls basketball game. She shouldn't have been. The Quincy Notre Dame graduate had 10 points and 12 rebounds was name
Brad Hoyt was enjoying a rare weekend at home with little to do when his phone rang about 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. His peaceful weekend wasn't so peaceful any longer. A mechanical issue with the air conditioning unit that cools both Quincy University's
Elizabeth Seals might be a little spoiled with all the scoring options she has as the coach of the Illinois Girls team in the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic. Western-Payson's Blair Borrowman and Kamryn Flesner, Illini West's Baylee Clampitt and Brown County's Alexis Doyle all scored more than 1,000 points in their careers at their schools. Borrowman finished hers with more than 2,000 points.
QUINCY -- Several new players have made their debuts for the Quincy Gems in the last week and immediately produced. That was the theme Friday night. Brady Netherton threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his first Gems game, and Riley Pittman had two hits and fo
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Blake Adams has continued to stay hot at the plate. It's helping the Quincy Gems start a winning streak. Adams, a left fielder from Tarleton State, went 3 for 6 with a home run and drove in four runs to propel the Gems to a 12-8 victory...
SHELBINA, Mo. -- Every once in a while, Luke O'Laughlin gets ribbed about his coaching staff for the South Shelby girls basketball team. "A lot of people ask, ‘How in the world do you coach with your wife?'" said O'Laughlin, who finished his third season..
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Northeast Missouri and west central Illinois will be flooded with baseball talent this weekend. Hannibal Hoots general manager Matt Stembridge, who also is a part owner of Prospect Select, a company that hosts baseball tournaments across t
The Herald-Whig sports staff will go beyond the field each week to find out a little more about the Quincy Gems and Hannibal Hoots Blake Adams 6 foot 2 -- 215 -- R/R Tarleton State -- Longview, Texas Do you have a favorite pregame meal? I usually don't lik
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Dylan Dodd wasn't expecting to get the ball for the Hannibal Hoots' first game. Teammate Quinton Kujawa, who was supposed to get the start, told the Hoots coaching staff his family was coming to visit the second day of the season, and it w