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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Prep Football

Hays development under center helps Monroe City's offense thrive

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- There's a notion that quarterbacks in a Wing-T offense simply hand the football to the fullback or running back. Monroe City's Blake Hays doesn't fit that stereotype.

Batsell cousins playing vital roles in Monroe City's run to title game
Prep Football

Batsell cousins playing vital roles in Monroe City's run to title game

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Nehemiah Batsell remembers the feeling watching the Monroe City football team beat Lincoln in last year's Class 1 state semifinal game at Lankford Field.

They're Baaaaack: Defense leads Monroe City's return to state title game
Prep Football

They're Baaaaack: Defense leads Monroe City's return to state title game

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Blake Hays and Monroe City football coach David Kirby enjoyed the moment for a split second. Fullback Cole Pennewell punched in a 6-yard touchdown run that put the Panthers ahead by two touchdowns over East Buchanan. Monroe City was 41

Celebration subdued for Panthers after winning semifinal game
Prep Football

Celebration subdued for Panthers after winning semifinal game

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- There was no wild celebration this time. Instead, there were a few hugs before the Monroe City football team formed a line to shake hands with East Buchanan after winning Saturday's Class 1 state semifinal game 28-14 at Lankford Field a

Prep Football

Monroe City proving its able to stop the pass

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Zach Osborn has heard the myth that Clarence Cannon Conference schools struggle to defend spread offenses. "We know towns outside of the CCC think we're just run heavy," said Osborn, a junior running back for the Panthers. "But there's

Prep football preview: East Buchanan at Monroe City
Prep Football

Prep football preview: East Buchanan at Monroe City

East Buchanan at Monroe City What: Class 1 semifinal game When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Lankford Field, Monroe City, Mo. Radio: KRES 104.7 FM Records: East Buchanan -- 11-2 (6-1 Kansas City Interscholastic Conference). Monroe City 13-0 (8-0 Clarence Cannon

Class 2 semifinal preview: Lafayette County at Clark County
Prep Football

Class 2 semifinal preview: Lafayette County at Clark County

Lafayette County at Clark County What: Class 2 semifinal game When: 2 p.m. Saturday Where: Clark County High School, Kahoka, Mo. Radio: KMEM 100.5 FM Records: Lafayette County -- 13-0 (5-0 Missouri River Valley Conference East Division). Clark County -- 9-4

Keeping It Loose: Clark County embracing underdog role while looking for state title game berth
Prep Football

Keeping It Loose: Clark County embracing underdog role while looking for state title game berth

KAHOKA, Mo. -- London Brunk admits he didn't think earlier this fall going to football practice the week before Thanksgiving was unlikely. Clark County was 1-4 after suffering a Week 5 loss to Clarence Cannon Conference rival Palmyra. "We always want to go

Prep Girls Track

Prep notebook: Butcher retires from Illini West track, QND swims in postseason, changes to Lady Hornet Classic

Jerry Butcher knew the decision he had to make. That didn't make it any easier. After 21 seasons of guiding the Carthage and Illini West girls track and field team, Butcher retired last week from the position to focus on his administrative job as the principal at Carthage Middle School.

Payson girls hope to return to Redbird Arena with Western co-op
Prep Girls Basketball

Payson girls hope to return to Redbird Arena with Western co-op

KINDERHOOK, Ill. -- Haley Hickerson admitted she's not used to her new look. "It's different," she said. "The red is growing on me." Hickerson had worn Payson Seymour blue during the first three years of her prep basketball career. Payson Seymour now has j