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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: Internet broadcasts come to Brown County; Loos-Tedrow, Kvitle 'miss each other'

Steve Surratt had been a play-by-play broadcaster with WBBA Radio but wanted to do more. That's why Surratt started BChornetsports.com, an internet sports broadcasting station, in March. The station has broadcast more than 80 Brown County sporting events

Unity starts new streak with victory at Southeastern
Prep Volleyball

Unity starts new streak with victory at Southeastern

AUGUSTA, Ill. -- The Unity volleyball team needed a quick reminder to relax. The Mustangs thought they had won the first set against Southeastern when senior outside hitter Addison Miller rocketed a ball down the sideline that landed in bounds. The players

Freshmen posting top times in area cross country
Prep Boys Cross Country

Freshmen posting top times in area cross country

QUINCY -- A youth movement has taken the area's cross country scene by storm. Just look at last week's QND Running Raider Invitational, where the top two finishers (and one more in the top 15) were first-year varsity runners from the area. Quincy High Scho

Kickoff return leads to 38 unanswered points in Central's rout
Prep Football

Kickoff return leads to 38 unanswered points in Central's rout

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- The Central football team trailed for the first time this season. That lasted 25 seconds. After the Panthers allowed Triopia to score a touchdown on the game's opening drive, Cole Williams took a handoff from Chayse Houston on a trick p

Prep Boys Soccer

'Our best performance:' Raiders blitz Senators in first half in rout

QUINCY -- Greg Reis was surprised by the final score. The Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer coach expected a tight game Thursday night against Springfield. Instead, the Raiders scored four goals in the first 16 minutes and routed the Senators 6-0...

What to Watch for in Week 4: Who stays unbeaten? Who picks up first victory?
Mat Mikesell

What to Watch for in Week 4: Who stays unbeaten? Who picks up first victory?

As the season draws closer to the halfway point, there are four teams in the area still undefeated. Three teams are still searching for their first victory, too. Which ones move to 4-0? Do any of the others break into the win column?

Blue Devils' Rosen nearly tops Running Raider record
Prep Boys Cross Country

Blue Devils' Rosen nearly tops Running Raider record

Fiker Rosen already has put himself as one of the best runners to run in the QND Running Raider Invitational. It won't be long before he cements himself as the best. Rosen, a freshman on the Quincy High School boys cross country team, won the 17th annual race Tuesday afternoon at Quincy's South Park in 16 minutes, 2 seconds. He was 36 seconds faster than West Hancock freshman Miles Sheppard and 57 seconds faster than Clark County junior Nathan Frazee.

Kurfman nearly leads wire-to-wire, defends Running Raider title
Prep Girls Cross Country

Kurfman nearly leads wire-to-wire, defends Running Raider title

QUINCY -- Lydia Kurfman has been bothered by a head cold the last few days, but it's been clearing up. "I've had a snotty nose. It's kind of gross. I wasn't breathing as well as I'd like to," said Kurfman, a senior on the Quincy High School girls cross cou

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Prep notebook: Saukees nearly equal win total from last season; QHS volleyball team makes long trip for home game

The Pittsfield volleyball team won eight matches last season. It's now the first week of September, and the Saukees have won all six matches they've played this fall. Going back to last season, Pittsfield has won 10 of its last 11 games.

As coach waits on baby, QND delivers victory
Prep Girls Tennis

As coach waits on baby, QND delivers victory

QUINCY -- Ben Klingner knows he could be getting a special phone call at any moment. The Quincy Notre Dame girls tennis coach and his wife, Megan, are expecting their birth of their first child, who is already three days past the due date.