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 Track

No margin for error: Central among favorites in loaded 4x200 field

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- The Central boys track and field team haven't gotten the full weekend experience at the Class 1A state meet. The 4x200-meter relay team hopes to change that. "We've packed our clothes for Saturday, and we haven't gotten to wear them," C

Sweet 16: Flesner's masterpiece delivers Suns' first regional title since 1998
Prep Baseball

Sweet 16: Flesner's masterpiece delivers Suns' first regional title since 1998

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- A simple fist pump capped off a dominant performance. Southeastern right-handed pitcher Shad Flesner watched catcher Colby Ellis fire the ball to first base for the final out of Monday's Class 1A Central Regional championship game.

Kroeger's return comes at perfect time for Panthers
Prep Baseball

Kroeger's return comes at perfect time for Panthers

PALMYRA, Mo. -- A simple shift in direction gave Jacob Kroeger confidence in his right knee. The senior for the Palmyra baseball team was rounding second base during Tuesday's Class 3 District 7 championship game against Macon, and quickly had...

Raiders show grit, capture first regional title since 2016
Prep Softball

Raiders show grit, capture first regional title since 2016

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Quincy Notre Dame softball coach Eric Orne may have been the person most excited about winning a regional title. After QND third baseman Kegan Wall fired the ball across the infield to first baseman Katie Cowan to win...

Prep Boys Track

Miller's motivation for medals fueled by helping team

EDINA, Mo. -- Logan Miller keeps his state track and field championship goals quite simple. Improve one year to the next. "You don't want to finish worse," said Miller, a Knox County senior. "There's only one place I can go and that's up."

Pittsfield's Hayden ready for new challenge at state
Prep Girls Track

Pittsfield's Hayden ready for new challenge at state

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- After learning the Pittsfield boys and girls track and field teams were getting bumped to Class 2A this season, Chandler Hayden wanted to see what she was up against. So she looked up the distances of the winning shot put and discus...

Wosman gets pitch to hit, delivers Palmyra district crown
Prep Baseball

Wosman gets pitch to hit, delivers Palmyra district crown

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Nolan Wosman didn't get much to hit in his first three plate appearances. Macon couldn't pitch around him a fourth time. "I didn't want to change my approach or anything," Wosman said. "I just wanted to find a good pitch and hit it hard."

Finding his rhythm: Ray mows down Blue Devils in crosstown rivalry game
Prep Baseball

Finding his rhythm: Ray mows down Blue Devils in crosstown rivalry game

QUINCY -- Aware he was nearing the pitch count limit as he trotted to the mound for the seventh inning Monday, Quincy Notre Dame right-hander Tommy Ray knew he needed an efficient inning. "I told (QND coach Ryan Oden) to let me go to 100 pitches...

Prep Baseball

Five questions regarding Illinois baseball regionals

Can Illini West pitch way to another title? The Chargers rolled to a Class 2A regional championship last spring with the help of pitcher Jackson Porter. The right-hander, who's now pitching at Carl Sandburg College, tossed a three-hit shutout...

Prep Softball

Five things to watch for in Illinois prep softball regionals

Does Central's title streak end? The Panthers have won five consecutive Class 1A regional championships and have played for the sectional title the last three seasons. Winning a sixth regional will be a tough task. Central is the No. 3 seed...