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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 Boys Basketball

Payson Seymour enters start of postseason play with heavy hearts

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

Young Panthers develop into district contender
Prep Girls Basketball

Young Panthers develop into district contender

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

No Voss, No Loss: Payson Seymour wins without leading scorer
Prep Boys Basketball

No Voss, No Loss: Payson Seymour wins without leading scorer

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

Father, son relishing final weekend at Missouri state wrestling meet
Prep Wrestling

Father, son relishing final weekend at Missouri state wrestling meet

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

Prep Wrestling

Palmyra reaching state tournament just two years into program's existence

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

'This is just the start': Blue Devils excited for postseason after first winning record since 2005
Prep Girls Basketball

'This is just the start': Blue Devils excited for postseason after first winning record since 2005

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

Prep Wrestling

Greening, Leonard win district titles as Pirates send eight to state

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's Plunkett finds space to work in victory over Louisiana
Prep Boys Basketball

Palmyra's Plunkett finds space to work in victory over Louisiana

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.

Prep Girls Basketball

Liberty doesn't score in first quarter, falls in regional title game

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

Wildcats make enough plays to win in overtime
Men's College Basketball

Wildcats make enough plays to win in overtime

CANTON, Mo. -- The Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team had three players foul out before the end of regulation. That didn't bode well for the Wildcats when Wednesday's Heart of America Athletic Conference game...