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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 Boys Basketball

Talton's game not just about scoring

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- C.E. Talton makes sure to arrive early to school. That actually means walking into Monroe City High School before 5 a.m. to get up shots in the gym before classes begin. "It's pretty early," Talton said with a chuckle. "There's usually

Prep Football

Prep football preview: Blair Oaks at Clark County

Blair Oaks at Clark County What: Class 2 quarterfinal game When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Clark County High School, Kahoka, Mo. Radio: KMEM 100.5 FM Records: Blair Oaks 12-0 (7-0 Tri-County Conference); Clark County 10-2 (5-2 Clarence Cannon Conference). Co

Clark County's defense will be put to test by Blair Oaks
Prep Football

Clark County's defense will be put to test by Blair Oaks

KAHOKA, Mo. -- The first thing London Brunk noticed when watching tape of Blair Oaks was how efficiently the state top-ranked Class 2 team runs its offense. "They can move the ball when they want to," said Brunk, a senior defensive back/quarterback for the

Central rolls past third WIVC opponent, into state semifinals
Prep Football

Central rolls past third WIVC opponent, into state semifinals

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- A heads-up play was symbolic for the way things went for the Central football team in the first half. Central senior quarterback Eric Jones threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Collin Sally with less than two minutes remaining in the secon

Prep Football

Indians get revenge, win second straight district championship

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- The halfback pass has been worked on during the Clark County football practices during the last few weeks. The Indians found the perfect time to run it Friday night. Facing fourth and 14 from the Monroe City 30-yard line and a minute le

Quincy's Kurfman heading to Memphis
Prep Girls Track

Quincy's Kurfman heading to Memphis

QUINCY -- Lydia Kurfman made sure to use the summer as an opportunity to run in events that she'd run in if she made a college track and field team. That approach paid off. Kurfman, a senior runner at Quincy High School, gave her commitment to the Universi

Highland's Flanagan accomplishes one goal, has eyes on others
Prep Girls Basketball

Highland's Flanagan accomplishes one goal, has eyes on others

EWING, Mo. -- Kennedy Flanagan has attended numerous Western Illinois University women's basketball games over the years. More recently, she attended games with Highland girls basketball coach Meleiah Niemann, whose daughter Tori played for the Leatherneck

C-SE's Lantz wanting to make most of senior season
Prep Girls Basketball

C-SE's Lantz wanting to make most of senior season

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Laney Lantz feels like the first three years of her high school career have gone by in a blink. "It feels like just yesterday we were at Redbird Arena," said Lantz, a senior guard on the Central-Southeastern girls basketball team...

Prep Football

Pennewell's return a boon to Monroe City's defense

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Nolan Pennewell understandably thought he'd never suit up for the Monroe City football team. A broken fibula and a chipped bone in his ankle in his left leg suffered in a loss to Macon in Week 3 was the root of his pessimism. "When I he

Prep notebook: Sturhahn steps down at QND; Hayden picks Tennessee, McClelland excited for possible new track
Sports

Prep notebook: Sturhahn steps down at QND; Hayden picks Tennessee, McClelland excited for possible new track

Stepping down as the Quincy Notre Dame boys and girls cross country coach wasn't easy for Kristin Sturhahn. But she knows it was the right decision to make. Sturhahn announced her move to step down after two years during Sunday's season-ending banquet, ci