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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 Football

Playoff Pairings: QHS draws SHG in first-round Class 6A matchup

Quincy High School football coach Rick Little knows there will be an inevitable question asked by some of the Blue Devils' faithful fans. Is the first-round playoff opponent any good? "Certainly this one is good, with a lot of exclamation points behind it

Minus injured setter, Raiders' offense doesn't miss beat
Prep Volleyball

Minus injured setter, Raiders' offense doesn't miss beat

QUINCY -- It would be easy to understand if the Quincy Notre Dame volleyball team's offense struggled in the wake of setter Maddie Peters missing time with an injury. Lauren Roberts made sure the Raiders kept humming. Roberts, a senior setter, played in al

Change of heart: Monroe City chooses different fourth-down play, wins Mayor's Cup
Prep Football

Change of heart: Monroe City chooses different fourth-down play, wins Mayor's Cup

PALMYRA, Mo. -- David Kirby had a few extra seconds to decide a fourth down play. The Monroe City football team faced fourth and 3 from Palmyra 13-yard line late in the fourth quarter, and Kirby originally wanted to try and draw the defense offsides for a

Cougars' late rally thwarted, season ends in sectionals
Prep Softball

Cougars' late rally thwarted, season ends in sectionals

EWING, Mo. -- The Highland softball team appeared poised to make a late-inning rally. An unlucky play ended the threat. After Highland's Gabby Brown, the ninth hitter in the lineup, doubled to lead off the top of the sixth inning, and Carli Scifres...

Mat Mikesell

What to watch for in Week 9: WIVC titans clash; annual Mayor's Cup

Central and Carrollton produced two thrilling games last season, and we're treated to another one to close out the regular season. The Panthers will have revenge on their minds after the Hawks ended their season in the second round...

State discus champ gives verbal commitment to Iowa
Sports

State discus champ gives verbal commitment to Iowa

QUINCY -- Jordan Johnson wanted the perfect fit. He found that at the University of Iowa. Johnson, a senior at Quincy High School and the reigning Class 3A state champion in the discus, gave his verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes on Wednesday night.

Turning the tide: Raiders go from near loss to blowing away Blue Devils in third set
Prep Volleyball

Turning the tide: Raiders go from near loss to blowing away Blue Devils in third set

The Quincy Notre Dame volleyball team was three points away from losing in straight sets to crosstown rival Quincy High School, which was serving in its own gym. QND found a way to flip the momentum and never gave it back.

Highland rebounds from 0-5 start to reach sectional
Prep Softball

Highland rebounds from 0-5 start to reach sectional

EWING, Mo. -- The expectations were high for the Highland softball team entering this season. Six starters were back from last season's 17-10 team, including the club's leading hitter and pitcher. None of those expectations included the Cougars starting th

Prep Football

Unbeaten Chargers hoping to create own memories

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- The memories of watching the Illini West football team win a Class 3A state championship in 2008 and 2010 are vivid for members of the current team. "I went to the 2008 and the 2010 games with my dad," quarterback Carter Boyer said. "I w

Aggressive approach helps Highland win district title
Prep Softball

Aggressive approach helps Highland win district title

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Highland softball coach Paul Scifres wanted his team to be the aggressor Saturday afternoon. "We've had some postseason games where it's been quiet, and you look up, it's the fifth inning and it's 0-0," Scifres said. "We definitely wanted t