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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 Baseball

Missouri pitching dominates in all-star game victory

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Josh Gibson didn't fret about facing an Illinois lineup that featured several power hitters from this spring. "Any batter I face, I just imagine it's the first time I'm ever facing them," said Gibson, a left-handed pitcher from Bowling Gre

Prospect League

Cavemen owner weighing options after securing new Clemens Field lease

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Rick DeStefane cleared the first hurdle of returning baseball to Clemens Field next summer by securing a 10-year lease for the venue. The Hannibal Cavemen owner now has a few more steps to take before baseball makes its official return. Th

Prospect League

Gems donating items to Champion City Kings after stadium flooded

QUINCY -- The Champion City Kings suffered thousands of dollars worth of flood damage when heavy rains hit the Springfield, Ohio, area last weekend. The Quincy Gems are helping the Kings in the recovery effort.

Prep Baseball

Illinois looking to power way past Missouri in all-star baseball game

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Will Fox had one conclusion when he looked at the Illinois all-star baseball team roster. "There's a lot of talent on this team," said Fox, a West Hancock product. Not only talent, but guys in the lineup that can hit the baseball...

Mat Mikesell

Gems outfielder doesn't want health scare to end baseball career

QUINCY Frankie Perrone thought he simply had a really bad headache. He didn't think his life would be in danger just a few hours later. The Quincy Gems outfielder and Eastern Illinois University student was at his home in Park Ridge, 15 miles northwest of

Gems catcher thriving despite not playing at large school
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Gems catcher thriving despite not playing at large school

QUINCY -- The Quincy Gems' lineup is usually littered with NCAA Division I and Division II players. Kyle Burnett and Kyle Crowl come from Big Ten schools Northwestern University and the University of Iowa. Joey Polak plays at the University of South Caroli

Gems' Douglas studying to bring criminals to justice
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Gems' Douglas studying to bring criminals to justice

Jackson Douglas gets a kick out of watching hit crime television shows. "There's a lot of stuff they leave out in those shows," said Douglas, a left-handed pitcher for the Quincy Gems. "The biggest thing is time. It takes a lot of time to go through the whole crime scene and analyze evidence."

Two for Four: Gems' Perrone, Starcevich take swings at four questions
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Two for Four: Gems' Perrone, Starcevich take swings at four questions

The Herald-Whig sports staff will go beyond the field each week to introduce the boys of summer and find out a little more about players on this year's Quincy Gems. Frankie Perrone 5 foot 9 -- 195 -- R/R Eastern Illinois -- Park Ridge, Ill. What's the bes

Swimming

Wyrick looking to break more swimming records

QUINCY -- Brayden Wyrick remembers looking up to see his time on the timing board after finishing the 50-meter breaststroke at the Iowa YMCA championships in March. Wyrick, an 11-year-old from Donnellson, Iowa, saw his time was the fastest in the event. Ab

Going the Distance: Sheridan's Johnson mastering longer swim events
Swimming

Going the Distance: Sheridan's Johnson mastering longer swim events

QUINCY -- There's only been one time Mady Johnson was happy to get out of the pool. Earlier this year, the Sherdian Storm swim team held a fundraiser for a member at the club that had cancer. Part of that event involved Johnson doing...