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 Girls Basketball

Penn's double-double fuels Illinois' victory in girls game

QUINCY -- Molly Penn was shocked to hear her name announced after the conclusion of the 36th version of the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic girls basketball game. She shouldn't have been. The Quincy Notre Dame graduate had 10 points and 12 rebounds was name

Classic Notebook: JWCC pitches in to help games get played
Prep Boys Basketball

Classic Notebook: JWCC pitches in to help games get played

Brad Hoyt was enjoying a rare weekend at home with little to do when his phone rang about 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. His peaceful weekend wasn't so peaceful any longer. A mechanical issue with the air conditioning unit that cools both Quincy University's

Multiple scoring options could give Illinois advantage in girls game
Prep Girls Basketball

Multiple scoring options could give Illinois advantage in girls game

Elizabeth Seals might be a little spoiled with all the scoring options she has as the coach of the Illinois Girls team in the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic. Western-Payson's Blair Borrowman and Kamryn Flesner, Illini West's Baylee Clampitt and Brown County's Alexis Doyle all scored more than 1,000 points in their careers at their schools. Borrowman finished hers with more than 2,000 points.

New faces, same results: Gems extend winning streak to four games
Prospect League

New faces, same results: Gems extend winning streak to four games

QUINCY -- Several new players have made their debuts for the Quincy Gems in the last week and immediately produced. That was the theme Friday night. Brady Netherton threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his first Gems game, and Riley Pittman had two hits and fo

Prospect League

Gems top Hoots to win third straight game

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Blake Adams has continued to stay hot at the plate. It's helping the Quincy Gems start a winning streak. Adams, a left fielder from Tarleton State, went 3 for 6 with a home run and drove in four runs to propel the Gems to a 12-8 victory...

Family Affair: Trio of O'Laughlins guiding Missouri girls
Prep Girls Basketball

Family Affair: Trio of O'Laughlins guiding Missouri girls

SHELBINA, Mo. -- Every once in a while, Luke O'Laughlin gets ribbed about his coaching staff for the South Shelby girls basketball team. "A lot of people ask, ‘How in the world do you coach with your wife?'" said O'Laughlin, who finished his third season..

Sports

Quinsippi Invitational to host 33 baseball teams this weekend

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Northeast Missouri and west central Illinois will be flooded with baseball talent this weekend. Hannibal Hoots general manager Matt Stembridge, who also is a part owner of Prospect Select, a company that hosts baseball tournaments across t

Two for Four: Gems' Adams, Hoots' West take swings at four questions
Prospect League

Two for Four: Gems' Adams, Hoots' West take swings at four questions

The Herald-Whig sports staff will go beyond the field each week to find out a little more about the Quincy Gems and Hannibal Hoots Blake Adams 6 foot 2 -- 215 -- R/R Tarleton State -- Longview, Texas Do you have a favorite pregame meal? I usually don't lik

Prospect League

Hoots' Dodd among Prospect League's top pitchers, hitters

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Dylan Dodd wasn't expecting to get the ball for the Hannibal Hoots' first game. Teammate Quinton Kujawa, who was supposed to get the start, told the Hoots coaching staff his family was coming to visit the second day of the season, and it w

Dominant Seidel gets Gems back to .500
Prospect League

Dominant Seidel gets Gems back to .500

QUINCY -- There seemed to be a brief moment of panic in the Quincy Gems' dugout at the beginning of the sixth inning Tuesday night. Gems starting pitcher Austen Seidel had cruised through five scoreless innings against the Lafayette Aviators, but he had th