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 Boys Basketball

Central loses lead, rallies in final minutes

MENDON, Ill. -- A 14-point swing saw the Central boys basketball team facing a four-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter. Central opened the third quarter with six straight points, but the Mustangs used an 18-4 run in a nine-minute span to take

C-SE's Lantz day-to-day with knee injury, expects to return
Prep Girls Basketball

C-SE's Lantz day-to-day with knee injury, expects to return

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Central-Southeastern senior guard Laney Lantz has missed the team's last two games with a knee injury that isn't considered a serious concern. C-SE coach Matt Long said Lantz is day-to-day, and he expects she will return to the Panthers

Snowy weather creates frustrations for basketball coaches
Prep Boys Basketball

Snowy weather creates frustrations for basketball coaches

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Tuesday's practice was the first time Pittsfield boys basketball coach Brad Tomhave has seen his players in nearly a week. He has the recent blizzard to thank for that. The Saukees practiced last Thursday but had an early dismissal Frid

Peters helps fill offensive void for Raiders
Prep Girls Basketball

Peters helps fill offensive void for Raiders

QUINCY -- Maddie Peters knew it was up to her to run the offense. Quincy Notre Dame senior guard Madison L. Meyer suffered a concussion over the weekend, leaving Peters as the Raiders' primary ballhandler ahead of Tuesday night's game against crosstown riv

Prep Girls Basketball

Efficient Raiders hold on against crosstown rival Blue Devils

QUINCY -- The Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team had missed more free throws in the game than field goals at one point in the third quarter. The Raiders made 16 of their first 18 shots, shooting at nearly a 90-percent clip, and had missed three of fou

Prep notebook: Illini West makes two statements; Highland's Benson nearing assist record; QHS girls to host regional
Prep Girls Basketball

Prep notebook: Illini West makes two statements; Highland's Benson nearing assist record; QHS girls to host regional

The new year has been good to the Illini West girls basketball team. One week after upsetting Class 2A No. 9-ranked Knoxville 46-35 at home, the Chargers pulled off another upset by beating Class 1A No. 2-ranked Lewistown 42-38 in pool play during the Ce

Gritty Wildcats snap five-game losing streak
Men's College Basketball

Gritty Wildcats snap five-game losing streak

CANTON, Mo. -- The Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team saw its lead trimmed to three points or less several times in the second half. "Basketball is about runs," C-SC senior guard Mike Johnson said. "You're going to have good possessions and bad

'It's a fun crazy': Palmyra's McKinney grew up in home that can't get enough basketball
Prep Boys Basketball

'It's a fun crazy': Palmyra's McKinney grew up in home that can't get enough basketball

PALMYRA, Mo. -- A blizzard doesn't stop Ragar McKinney or his family from trying to play basketball. Heavy snow during the weekend canceled all school basketball activities in Northeast Missouri, but the family still looked for gyms nearby to shoot hoops.

Mat Mikesell

Daniel balancing coaching two teams at North Shelby

It was a peculiar suggestion, but one Landon Daniel was willing to accept. Daniel was hired over the summer to be a social studies teacher and the girls basketball coach at North Shelby High School. The school, however, also had a vacancy for the boys bas

IHSA rolls back stance on waistband issue
Prep Girls Basketball

IHSA rolls back stance on waistband issue

QUINCY -- It took less than minute for four of the starters on the Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team to get sent to the bench during the Dec. 7 game against Bethalto Civic Memorial at the Pit. All Raiders coach Eric Orne could do was look...