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.

Bylines

Prep Girls Tennis

Palmyra adjusting after losing top player

PALMYRA, Mo. -- The players on the Palmyra girls tennis team have been preparing for perhaps another trip to the Class 1 state tournament. That trip has taken a bit of a speed bump one week before Class 1 districts begins. The Panthers learned this week No

Near ace helps QND win Ryder Cup match
Prep Boys Golf

Near ace helps QND win Ryder Cup match

QUINCY -- Alex McCulla waited in suspense as his tee shot on the par-3 No. 8 hole at the Quincy Country Club flew through the sky. "When I saw it in the air, I knew it had a chance because the green always kicks left," said McCulla, a sophomore for the Qui

Prep Softball

Prep notebook: Monroe City softball finishes tough week; Blue Devils girls golf aiming for WB6 repeat; QND, QHS wear Ryder Cup attire

The Monroe City softball team almost finished a grueling week without a loss. The final game of the Louisiana Tournament, a 5-3 loss to Father Tolton in the title game, was the only blemish to the week. Defeating Clarence Cannon Conference opponents Centr

Hot start has Unity volleyball thinking lofty goal
Prep Volleyball

Hot start has Unity volleyball thinking lofty goal

MENDON, Ill. -- The Unity volleyball team knew it could be strong this season. The players figured out just how strong by winning the Suns Classic for the first time in seven years earlier this month by knocking off the defending Class 1A state champion Pa

Prep Football

Pirates turn up the scoring in third quarter in rout

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Kirksville threw a punch on the first play of the third quarter. The Hannibal football team answered with a series of haymakers and a knockout. The Pirates answered a 75-yard touchdown pass from Paxton Dempsay with two takeaways...

Raiders overcome slow start with Murphy's hat trick
Prep Boys Soccer

Raiders overcome slow start with Murphy's hat trick

QUINCY -- Greg Reis substituted in three younger players to give the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team a lift with about 15 minutes remaining in the first half. The trio of sophomores Gabe Whittaker and Gunner Kurk and freshman Ben Frericks controlled...

What to watch for in Week 5: Hannibal starts rolling; battle for WIVC North; intriguing cross-border matchup
Mat Mikesell

What to watch for in Week 5: Hannibal starts rolling; battle for WIVC North; intriguing cross-border matchup

Central football coach Brad Dixon won't let his players get too hyped up for any game. The truth is, Friday night's game against Beardstown is the marquee game of the regular season. The Panthers and Tigers both enter the game 4-0 and won their first two

Sports

Prep Notebook: Internet broadcasts come to Brown County; Loos-Tedrow, Kvitle 'miss each other'

Steve Surratt had been a play-by-play broadcaster with WBBA Radio but wanted to do more. That's why Surratt started BChornetsports.com, an internet sports broadcasting station, in March. The station has broadcast more than 80 Brown County sporting events

Prep Volleyball

Unity starts new streak with victory at Southeastern

AUGUSTA, Ill. -- The Unity volleyball team needed a quick reminder to relax. The Mustangs thought they had won the first set against Southeastern when senior outside hitter Addison Miller rocketed a ball down the sideline that landed in bounds. The players

Freshmen posting top times in area cross country
Prep Boys Cross Country

Freshmen posting top times in area cross country

QUINCY -- A youth movement has taken the area's cross country scene by storm. Just look at last week's QND Running Raider Invitational, where the top two finishers (and one more in the top 15) were first-year varsity runners from the area. Quincy High Scho