I'm Mat Mikesell, sports writer at the Quincy Herald-Whig.
I've worked at a few newspapers and had some great opportunities in my short journalism career. As a Ball State alum, I was a sports editor and a football beat writer for the Ball State Daily News. After graduation I worked temporarily as a sports freelancer for the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. I interned at the Herald-Whig before coming back full-time in March 2014.
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Reload, not rebuild: Canton ready to make another run at state
Published Aug. 15, 2018
CANTON, Mo. -- Losing an all-state pitcher and two hitters at the top of the batting order typically makes a team take a step back.
That's not expected to be the case with the Canton softball team.
The Tigers return seven players who all played a role in a 21-5 season that ended with the school's first Class 1 state championship last fall. Those returning players are confident Canton won't have a rebuilding year.
"We're definitely reloading," sophomore Abby Jarvis said. "We've got some freshmen who will step up. We've got sophomores who can fill some spots. It's nice having the people we can trust and know we can get the job done."
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After 1,565 yards rushing and 28 TDs, Osborn wants to do even more
Published Aug. 12, 2018
MONROE CITY, Mo. -- A state championship and all-state accolades last fall don't seem to impress Zach Osborn.
Somehow, he wants to be even better during his senior season for the Monroe City football team.
"I need to step up this year," Osborn said. "I need to show people what I can do."
What he's done so far has been very impressive, but being the Panthers' most versatile player can help him accomplish his goal.
Osborn was part of a 1-2 punch in Monroe City's backfield alongside fullback Cole Pennewell that helped lead the Panthers to a 15-0 season and a Class 1 state title, the third in program history.
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