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.
PAYSON, Ill. The Payson Seymour boys basketball team, ranked third in the Class 1A state poll, enters regional play this week with the hope of making the school's first trip to the state basketball tournament. However, their thoughts also are with a teamm
PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Clarence Cannon Conference opener was a game the Palmyra girls basketball team would like to forget. Palmyra opened CCC play at Centralia on Jan. 12, and it was outmatched from the opening tip as Centralia rolled to a 55-22 victory. How
BARRY, Ill. -- Travis Johnson wasn't worried about the Payson Seymour boys basketball team missing a step without leading scorer Trevor Voss on the floor. Voss didn't play Friday after injuring his knee in Tuesday night's loss to Macomb. The Indians, ranke
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal's Derek Greening has coached numerous wrestlers at Mizzou Arena for the state championships, but he will get to coach his son, Kaleb, for the first time. It also will be the final tournament of Kaleb's high school career. "All th
PALMYRA, Mo. -- Palmyra High School didn't even offer a wrestling program two years ago. Now four grapplers will be making the trip this weekend to the Class 1 state tournament at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, and that significance isn't lost on the Panthers w
QUINCY -- If it seemed like Quincy High School girls basketball coach Martin Pazanin was bragging on Twitter during the summer, that was intentional. As the new coach for the Blue Devils, Pazanin wanted to build trust and relationships with his players. He
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Kaleb Greening knew what was on the line during Saturday's Class 3 District 2 wrestling tournament. That was also all the motivation the Hannibal senior needed. "I knew if I didn't do well today my season was over," Greening said. "It was
PALMYRA, Mo. -- Peyton Plunkett has a name for when he has a mismatch in the post. "Mouse in the house," Plunkett said with a grin. Palmyra boys basketball coach Ryan Wood hadn't heard of the term before. "I don't know about that," Wood said with a laugh.
MENDON, Ill. -- A lot of things happened before the Liberty girls basketball team scored its first points Thursday night. Lewistown scored 25 straight points and made the first three 3-pointers it took. Liberty missed its first 17 shots from the floor and