I'm Mat Mikesell, a former sports writer and sports editor, most recently at the Hannibal Courier-Post in Hannibal, Mo. I'm currently living in Noblesville, Ind., with my wife Heather and my stepdaughter, Adele.
With the family move, I've been looking to change my industry as well. I'd love to still use my writing and social media skills for a company, whether in a marketing or public relations role.
I've worked at a few newspapers and had some great opportunities in my journalism career. I previously spent the last five-plus years as a sports writer at the Herald-Whig in Quincy, Ill., but was promoted to sports editor after the Herald-Whig's parent company purchased the Courier-Post. 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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'It meant everything:' Monroe City's Battle honors uncle with three touchdowns
Published Oct. 25, 2019
MONROE CITY, Mo. — Monroe City football fans have memories of seeing a black jersey with No. 21 in yellow running toward the end zone.
Those moments came from former player and assistant coach Jamar White.
Antwuan Battle put on quite the impression of his late uncle.
Battle, the nephew of White, who died in a car crash last Saturday, ran for three touchdowns with 102 rushing yards in Monroe City's 40-22 victory over rival Palmyra Friday night at Lankford Field.
He did it all while wearing the No. 21 jersey in honor of White instead of his usual No. 14.
“It meant everything,” Battle said. “I was going to ask Coach on Monday, but he came up to me first and asked if I wanted to. I said, 'Yes,' right away.
“That whole game was for him.”
Battle didn't disappoint.
“You're damn right he wore that number well,” Monroe City coach David Kirby said. “I wondered if he would want to wear that number. He wore it with pride tonight and did a great job.”
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White made everyone his family, and he wanted the best for them
Published Oct. 22, 2019
MONROE CITY, Mo.
David Kirby didn't feel like a stranger to Monroe City for very long.
Jamar White was the reason why.
When Kirby arrived to town as the Panthers football coach prior to the 2013 season, White welcomed him to the small Northeast Missouri town with open arms. When it came to meeting Kirby's now-wife, Amanda, he welcomed her the same way.
“The first time he met her, she went to shake his hand,” said Kirby, who had White as an assistant on his coaching staff. “He was like, 'Nah, we're family. We hug.'”
That's how White viewed the people he cared about. They weren't friends to him. They were family.
So when the news broke on social media that White died in a car crash Saturday night at age 42, everyone that knew him felt like they lost a family member rather than just a friend.
“Once you were in his circle, you were 100 percent all in all the time,” said Cody Leonard, the Monroe City athletic director and girls basketball coach, who White was an assistant under. “He loved you unconditionally.”
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