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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Liberty's offense goes cold in sectional championship loss
Published: Feb. 18, 2016
BRIMFIELD, Ill. -- Madelyn Hyer knew she had to do something if the Liberty girls basketball team was going to make a fourth-quarter rally.
"I had to put the game on my shoulders and I knew my teammates were going to back me up," Hyer said. "Knowing it could be my last minutes I had to do something about it."
She opened the fourth quarter by scoring Liberty's first 11 points to trim a 10-point deficit against Brimfield in the Class 1A Brimfield Sectional championship down to one.
Then the Lady Eagles went cold.
Liberty was held without a field goal for the game's final 5 minutes, 18 seconds, scoring just three points from the foul line in that span as Brimfield secured a 53-44 victory Thursday night.
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'We should have died': Quincy's Robbins back on basketball court less than two months after car accident
Published: Feb. 15, 2016
QUINCY -- The morning of Nov. 4 was foggy when Miayla Robbins pulled her Jeep Liberty onto Cannonball Road headed for Quincy High School.
She never made it.
Jada Humphrey, a junior guard for the Quincy High School basketball team and one of Miayla's closest friends, arrived to school later than usual that day. The teammates typically park their vehicles next to each other in the QHS parking lot so they can walk into school together.
When Humphrey arrived that morning, she noticed Robbins and her sister, Matyia, hadn't arrived. She thought Miayla might have been doing something that involved her knees. Miayla tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during her freshman season, and she tore the ACL in her opposite knee as a sophomore.
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