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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 notebook: Pirates off to fast start; Western-Griggsville hits the lanes

Hannibal baseball coach Ian Hatton hoped his team could get off to a fast start, and he got exactly what he wanted over the weekend. Hannibal went 2-1 in the Troy Tournament on Friday and Saturday, with the victories over Fort Zumwalt North and Wentzville

Blue Devils walk off with season-opening victory
Prep Softball

Blue Devils walk off with season-opening victory

QUINCY -- Kiley Espinoza was confident heading to the bottom of the seventh inning. Alton had tied the game at 5-5 with a solo home run in the top half of the frame, but the Quincy High School softball team needed just one run to win. With the top of the o

Barnett hopes Central's historic season is just the beginning
Prep Boys Basketball

Barnett hopes Central's historic season is just the beginning

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- The Class 1A regional championship plaque is still sitting on James Barnett's desk in his basketball office inside Central High School. It isn't hanging on the wall yet because one of the player from the Central boys basketball team sti

Long guides C-SE back to sectionals, gets revenge along the way
Prep Girls Basketball

Long guides C-SE back to sectionals, gets revenge along the way

CAMP POINT, Ill. All the practice and preparation led to this. The Central-Southeastern girls basketball team eyed a rematch with Eureka with the chance to get one step closer to another sectional championship. It's everything Panthers coach Matt Long and

Prep Baseball

Anderson steps down after 19 seasons at Canton

CANTON, Mo. -- An emotional end-of-the-year banquet ended Thursday night with a warm surprise for Andy Anderson. Earlier in the day, Anderson announced he had resigned as the Canton boys basketball coach after 19 seasons. The Canton School Board officially

Young Raiders hoping to correct last year's errors
Prep Softball

Young Raiders hoping to correct last year's errors

QUINCY -- Catherine Steinkamp has a simple goal. The less running the Quincy Notre Dame softball team does this preseason, the better. Veteran coach Eric Orne would probably like that, too. The Raiders committed more than 100 errors last season and finishe

Blue Devils hope to be the surprise this spring
Prep Softball

Blue Devils hope to be the surprise this spring

QUINCY -- Kennady Fleer feels there's a different vibe around the Quincy High School softball team this season. It's made for a sense of optimism. "I think we have a lot of potential," said Fleer, a senior second baseman. "Yeah, we lost some talent, but w

Hawks end losing streak at 10 matches
Men's College Volleyball

Hawks end losing streak at 10 matches

QUINCY -- If there's one thing Quincy University men's volleyball coach Gavin Mueller enjoys about his team, it's that the Hawks don't quit. That was evident in the second set of Saturday night's non-conference match against Culver-Stockton College. Freshm

Prep Baseball

Blue Devils believe knowing identity will help this spring

QUINCY -- The Quincy High School baseball team suffered an identity crisis last spring. That led to the Blue Devils struggling to a 13-20 campaign, and a 3-7 mark in Western Big Six Conference play. The players acknowledge that, too. "We have to understand

Greening steps away after building successful Hannibal program
Prep Wrestling

Greening steps away after building successful Hannibal program

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Derek Greening felt like he was walking onto the floor at Mizzou Arena rather than the Hannibal athletics office Wednesday afternoon. But instead of coaching another wrestler in the state championships, Greening was making his intentions k