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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 Baseball

Worthington caps off career with walk-off to lift Missouri

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The bucket of water Gabe Worthington got dumped on his head Saturday night was appreciated. It was a fitting way to celebrate a near storybook ending to a prep baseball career. Playing his final baseball game at Veteran's Field where he...

Too Close for Comfort: Gems nearly lose large lead before holding off Hoots
Prospect League

Too Close for Comfort: Gems nearly lose large lead before holding off Hoots

QUINCY -- Pat Robles wanted to save pitching for this weekend. The Quincy Gems manager felt comfortable putting position players Kal Youngquist and Sean Klein on the bump in relief as his team had a 10-run lead on the Hannibal Hoots after four innings.

Gems escape ninth-inning jam, top Hoots
Sports

Gems escape ninth-inning jam, top Hoots

QUINCY -- Ryan Ignoffo thought he had the called third strike. So did Quincy Gems catcher Cody Vannoy, who gave a fist pump from behind the plate and anticipated the game was over. However, the call didn't come. "I just had to not let my temper get the bes

Passing the Torch: Sheridan swimmers take time to teach next generation
Swimming

Passing the Torch: Sheridan swimmers take time to teach next generation

QUINCY Fast times in the pool are nice. Medals earned from winning a race are even nicer. But to Allison Fetter, making an impact on someone's day trumps all of those. Fetter, 16, is one of a handful of swimmers on the Sheridan Storm swim team that...

Prospect League

Gems can't capitalize on chances to sweep twinbill

QUINCY -- The Quincy Gems had their chances to sweep a Prospect League doubleheader against the Normal CornBelters Saturday night. That's what made settling for a split even more disappointing. Despite winning the opening game 7-4, the Gems had the...

Prep Football

Saukees' Petty expected to make full recovery following cardiac arrest

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Noah Petty gets to go home. Petty, a senior at Pittsfield High School, was released Saturday morning from Carle Hospital in Champaign, Ill., five days after suffering a cardiac arrest while attending a football camp at Illinois State...

Reaching their Potential: Sheridan's Wiley, Lewton reaping rewards of switching swim clubs
Sports

Reaching their Potential: Sheridan's Wiley, Lewton reaping rewards of switching swim clubs

QUINCY -- The move wasn't orchestrated together, but Nora Wiley and Abby Lewton both had the same goal. Wiley and Lewton had successful seasons last summer with the Hannibal Hurricanes swim team, including strong finishes at the Titan Firecracker Classic..

Joining the Club: Competing with Sheridan Storm benefitting McIntyre
Swimming

Joining the Club: Competing with Sheridan Storm benefitting McIntyre

QUINCY Miles McIntyre had grown accustomed to swimming solo. He's the only male student-athlete competing on the Quincy Notre Dame swim team, and he made history last winter as a sophomore by becoming the school's first swimmer to compete...

Swimming

Sheridan swim team hoping for 'good weekend' at Firecracker Classic

QUINCY -- Paul Murphy's priority since becoming the Sheridan Storm swim team's coach in October has been to grow the club. "I just want to raise the standard of where it was at, and where we're trying to go," said Murphy, a St. Louis native...

Canton's Smith steps down after most successful run in program history
Prep Baseball

Canton's Smith steps down after most successful run in program history

CANTON, Mo. -- The words Canton baseball coach Clint Smith used to describe the last seven seasons made it seem like he was living in a fantasy. "It was almost like a dream," Smith said. Those seven years weren't fiction. Neither is the news Smith...