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 Volleyball

Prep notebook: Payson relishing Riverton tourney, Knuffman takes over QND girls golf, Monroe City defense on scoreless streak

Tersea Loos-Tedrow will do anything to help the Payson Seymour volleyball team improve. "I'd bring in a college team, but the IHSA wouldn't allow that," the Indians' coach said with a laugh. "Anything we can do to make it a quality match." Since Loos-Tedr

Western, Payson Seymour may co-op for girls basketball
Prep Girls Basketball

Western, Payson Seymour may co-op for girls basketball

BARRY, Ill. -- The Western and Payson Seymour girls basketball team may be joining forces this winter. The administrations at both schools have created a proposal to have their girls basketball programs co-op this season because of small roster numbers. "A

QND beats weather, routs Sacred Heart-Griffin
Prep Boys Soccer

QND beats weather, routs Sacred Heart-Griffin

QUINCY -- Paul Cornwell saw the ominous clouds rolling into the area during the second half of the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team's game against Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin. The QND sophomore defender knew he wanted the game to end as soon as poss

QHS sweeps WB6 quad, moves into driver's seat for title
Prep Volleyball

QHS sweeps WB6 quad, moves into driver's seat for title

QUINCY -- Kayla Mast couldn't have been happier to be back on the floor with her Quincy High School volleyball teammates. Putting the Blue Devils in the driver's seat of the Western Big Six Conference championship race made it even better. "It was really g

Prep Football

Second-half fumble costly for Chargers

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Getting the ball to start the second half gave the Illini West a prime opportunity to seize the lead and momentum. That chance disappeared after one play.

QHS's Campbell makes putt, QND doesn't to tie Ryder Cup match
Prep Boys Golf

QHS's Campbell makes putt, QND doesn't to tie Ryder Cup match

QUINCY -- David Hutson watched Quincy Notre Dame teammate Jack Leffers miss an 8-foot putt just inches to the right of the cup on the 18th hole at Spring Lake Country Club. So the sophomore knew what to do to sink the putt and win the hole. The green just

Bryan dominates Running Raider field
Prep Boys Cross Country

Bryan dominates Running Raider field

QUINCY -- Jacob Bryan was thinking about the last 50 meters. As the Illini West cross country runner approached the final stretch of the of the 17th annual Running Raider Classic, he remembered last year's finish. He was battling with Pittsfield's Eli Ten

Kurfman continues strong season with Running Raider victory
Prep Girls Cross Country

Kurfman continues strong season with Running Raider victory

QUINCY -- Lydia Kurfman wasn't sure when she should pass Jacksonville Routt's Kirsten Huffman to take first place. Shortly into the first mile at the 17th annual Running Raider Classic, the Quincy High School girls cross country runner reluctantly decided

Mat Mikesell

Big names missing from Running Raider field

QUINCY -- Several recognizable local names were missing from the lineups of the 17th annual Running Raider Classic Tuesday at South Park. Pittsfield's Eli Ten Eyck, who won the boys race last year, did not race as he's nursing a foot injury. Clark County's

Prep Football

Prep notebook: Scotland County victory honors former player

MEMPHIS, Mo. -- The week leading up to the Scotland County football team's game against Schuyler County was an emotional one. Chester Robinson, a 2016 Scotland County graduate and former football player, was killed in a car crash in May 2016, one week afte