Mat Mikesell

Beyond the Boxscore: Tempers flare between Payson, Unity in postgame handshake line

MENDON, Ill. -- Members of the Payson Seymour and Unity boys basketball teams were shaking hands following the Indians' 55-41 victory Friday night when words were exchanged and was followed by some shoving. An Unity and Payson player shoved one another, an

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Beyond the Boxscore: Nelson shuts down West Hancock's top player
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Beyond the Boxscore: Nelson shuts down West Hancock's top player

Quincy High School senior guard Sarah Nelson drew the task of defending West Hancock's leading scorer Emma Knipe Tuesday night. She passed the test. Knipe came into the game averaging 15 points per game, but she was held to just six points and made two fi

Seniors' final moments reminder of how far they've come
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Seniors' final moments reminder of how far they've come

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Central football coach Brad Dixon pulled his starting seniors, one by one, on the final possession of Friday's Class 1A state championship game. Running backs Cole Williams and Chayse Houston were substituted. Then came off Tristan Brock

Central in the finals? An unlikely idea decades ago
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Central in the finals? An unlikely idea decades ago

CAMP POINT, Ill. Randy Niekamp will make sure to set his television to record Friday morning before he drives to Champaign. He hopes he has a game worth watching when he returns to his Camp Point home that night. He believes he will. "I know we'll play w

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What to watch for in Week 9: WIVC titans clash; annual Mayor's Cup

Central and Carrollton produced two thrilling games last season, and we're treated to another one to close out the regular season. The Panthers will have revenge on their minds after the Hawks ended their season in the second round...

What to watch for in Week 8: Could Louisiana go on a winning streak? Lehenbauer running the show in Palmyra
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What to watch for in Week 8: Could Louisiana go on a winning streak? Lehenbauer running the show in Palmyra

As Lou Brown points out to his Cleveland Indians' team in Major League 2, winning three games in a row is called a winning streak. The Louisiana football team has a chance to do that after winning two straight games against Edwardsville Metro East and Par

What to watch for in Week 7: How does Scotland County respond? Who stays undefeated?
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What to watch for in Week 7: How does Scotland County respond? Who stays undefeated?

Beating the No. 1-ranked team in the Class 1 state poll has created a buzz around the Scotland County football team and the Memphis, Mo., community. It also brings a new challenge by putting a targets on the Tigers' backs. That's the message...

What to watch for in Week 6: Illinois teams facing playoff elimination; tight races in CCC, LCC
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What to watch for in Week 6: Illinois teams facing playoff elimination; tight races in CCC, LCC

We've reached just past the halfway point of the prep football season. Time flies doesn't it? With four regular season games remaining on both sides of the river, there's already teams in Illinois facing elimination from playoff contention, while Missouri

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

What to Watch for in Week 4: Who stays unbeaten? Who picks up first victory?
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What to Watch for in Week 4: Who stays unbeaten? Who picks up first victory?

As the season draws closer to the halfway point, there are four teams in the area still undefeated. Three teams are still searching for their first victory, too. Which ones move to 4-0? Do any of the others break into the win column?