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home : sports : taylorville February 22, 2018

Tornado junior high volleyball sweeps Glenwood
CHATHAM — Both the seventh and eighth grade Tornadoes took an extra set to defeat Chatham Monday night, but both teams defeated Glenwood with the seventh grade winning 30-28, 25-27, and 25-18 and the eighth grade victorious 25-13, 15-25, and 25-18.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Area JH volleyball results
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tornado swim team competes in sectionals
SPRINGFIELD — The Tornado swim team competed in Sectionals in Springfield this past weekend and the results were:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tornadoes spoil Alton's senior night for 20th win
ALTON — Just one night after having their own senior night spoiled, the Tornadoes traveled down to Alton looking to return the favor to the Redbirds. The outside game finally caught on for the Tornadoes in this one as they hit 15 threes en route to their historic 73-56 victory on Saturday.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Lady Tornadoes' Snyder named All-Conference
TAYLORVILLE — Natalie Snyder was named to the first-team all-conference for the Apollo girls basketball team. Snyder was sixth girl on the first-team, with two girls from Charleston, two from Effingham, and a Lincoln player were also named to the team.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

3rd quarter woes plague Tornadoes on senior night
TAYLORVILLE — Despite holding Lincoln to their third lowest point total in a game, second lowest in a game that they have won, the Tornadoes scored just one point in the third quarter while the Railers stayed fairly consistent and spoiled senior night for the Tornadoes with a 41-24 victory.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Junior high Tornadoes sweep Stephen Decatur
DECATUR — The junior high Tornadoes traveled to Decatur on Thursday and both teams swept the host Decatur with the seventh grade winning 25-7 and 25-7 and the eighth grade winning 25-13 and 25-4.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Jr. High Tornadoes top Falcons
TAYLORVILLE — The eighth grade junior high Tornadoes defeated the Franklin Falcons in straight sets 25-20 and 25-22 on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cyclones top Lady Tornadoes en route to title
SPRINGFIELD — The Tornadoes weren’t quite able to get the proverbial lid to come off of the basket in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s mathcup with Sacred-Heart Griffin. Some early momentum could have really changed the final outcome, but it wasn’t so as the Cyclones were able to defeat the Tornadoes 48-26 to end a successful season for the Lady Tornadoes in regional play.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tornadoes top old foe, advance in regionals
SPRINGFIELD — The Tornadoes were in “familiar” territory on Monday night as they traveled to Lanphier and the Lober-Nika gymnasium to face off against Southeast in the first game of the Lanphier Regional on Monday. The Tornadoes played a very physical game against the Spartans, one they knew they were going to run into, and they were able to work out of it and come away with a 55-34 victory.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tornadoes fall to Bulldogs, quest for 20 continues
MAHOMET — The Tornadoes came out like a ball of fire in the first four minutes of the first quarter of their Apollo conference contest against the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs Friday night, but turnovers cost the Tornadoes early and they never found their groove offensively as they fell 65-49.
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Men's fraternal bowling league results

TAYLORVILLE — Jandi Services took a two and a half point lead at the conclusion of play on Thursday over Andy’s Market.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Tornado swimmers prepare for sectionals in final meet

JACKSONVILLE — The Taylorville High School boys swim team competed in their final meet on Monday, February 5 as sectionals are set to start on February 17 in Springfield. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Late turnovers sting Lady Tornadoes on Sr. night

TAYLORVILLE — “We played about three quarters of really good basketball,” Taylorville Girls Basketball Head Coach Steve Keller said after Thursday evening’s 66-53 loss to the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs.


Friday, February 9, 2018

JV Tornadoes fall in championship game
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado JV squad faced off against Lincoln in the championship game of their hosted tournament on Wednesday. The Tornadoes hung in it with the Railers, but a two-point fourth quarter for Taylorville kept the game out of reach, and they fell 48-34.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tornado JH volleyball tops Lincoln Magnet
TAYLORVILLE — The seventh and eighth grade Tornado volleyball temas both defeated Lincoln Magnet on Tuesday night. The seventh grade won 25-15 and 25-20 while the eighth grade team won  25-18 and 25-16.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tornadoes rout Mattoon in momentum win
TAYLORVILLE — At Mahomet-Seymour, versus Lincoln, at Alton, at Effingham; the Taylorville Tornadoes face a gauntlet of tough teams in their final four regular season contests.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

TYB takes 1st and 2nd in Sangamon Valley Tournament
NIANTIC — The Taylorville Youth basketball fifth grade teams competed in the Sangamon Valley tournament over the weekend. The “B” team brought home first place and the “A” team came home with second. Pictured are both “B” and “A” teams with their trophies. Included in the photos are: Liam Piatt, Cameron Adams, Trey Ramsey, Brody Harker, Cameron Alberts, Rian Ebert, Cash Foraker, Drake Howard, Jaden Dixon, Jacob Franklin, Jhak Walker, Shey Champley, Clark Durbin, Baron Odam, Cayden Tirpak, Kade Beckmeier, Ian Stubbs, Jacob McWard, Coach John LeVault, Coach Tommy O’Brien, Manager Anthony Rivecco, and Manager Jude Niemann.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Lady Tornadoes rally to spoil Mattoon's senior night
MATTOON — The Tornado girls were trailing by 13 heading into the fourth quarter of their contest against Mattoon. Keller’s never-say-quit attitude that he’s instilled in the girls was on display as they came back to lead 52-51. Despite relinquishing the lead again with just 1:06 remaining in the game, the Tornadoes continued to fight and ultimately came away with a 61-56 victory on Mattoon’s senior night.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Taylorville junior high volleyball defeats Jacksonville
TAYLORVILLE — The seventh grade Tornadoes topped the Crimsons in three sets with scores of 25-10, 22-25, and 25-18.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

8th grade Tornadoes celebrate successful season
TAYLORVILLE — Last Wednesday the eighth grade Tornadoes basketball season came to a close after they fell 40-37 to second-seeded Stephen Decatur in the regional championship. The Tornadoes got to the title game by defeating fifth-seeded Mt. Zion by 14 and used that momentum to defeat the top-seeded Jefferson squad. “We led almost the entire game (against Jefferson), until the last minute. It was a great game,” said head coach Tom May.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tornado girls edge out Rams 54-52 in physical contest
MT. ZION — It was an 18-11 second quarter that helped the Tornadoes get over their five point deficit from the first quarter and propelled them with the momentum to carry out to a 54-52 victory over the Mt. Zion Rams.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Panther girls top Decatur regional with 5192
DECATUR — The Pana girls bowling team won the Decatur regional on Saturday with a final total of 5192 and the Tornadoes finished seventh with a 4513.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Tornadoes successful in defense of Coalminers Trophy
TAYLORVILLE — It looked as though early on that the Panthers were going to win back the Coalminers trophy, as they metaphorically punched the tornadoes in the mouth to open the game on Saturday, but the second half for the Tornadoes was what did the Panthers in and they would fall 71-53.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Tornadoes trounce Trojans 83-63
TAYLORVILLE — “We played about 28 minutes of really good basketball,” said Taylorville Head Coach Ryan Brown following Friday night’s 83-63 win over Charleston. “It’s good to see our guys playing some of their best basketball as we come into the final stretch of the season.”
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Edinburg's Alex Powell and Sam Sabo sign letters of Intent
EDINBURG — Alexandria Powell and Sam Sabo signed letters of intent to play volleyball in college Thursday night. Powell signed to play middle and right side hitter at Blackburn in Carlinville, Illinois and Sabo signed to play outside and middle hitter at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Tornadoes and Panthers win in JH volleyball action
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Tornadoes and the Panthers junior high teams were in action on the volleyball court Thursday with the Tornadoes defeating Springfield Jefferson and the Panthers defeating Vandalia.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Tornado girls fall to Lincoln
LINCOLN — The Tornado girls hung with the Railers during the first quarter, but they were unable to score more than nine in any quarter after and fell 64-36.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Tornado bowlers shine on senior night
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville girls bowling program was victorious in their senior night outing against the Decatur MacArthur Generals on Thursday with a final score of 2220-1908.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Jr. varsity Tornadoes top Lions en route to 'ship game next week
TAYLORVILLE — The JV Tornadoe basketball team topped the Lanphier JV team 67-46 to earn a spot in the championship next week in their hosted tournament.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Junior high volleyball: Taylorville, Pana and Morrisonville all earn wins
CHRISTIAN COUNTY —  Tuesday was chaulk full of junior high volleyball with Pana defeating Litchfield, Taylorville defeating Nokomis, and Morrisonville defeating Ramsey.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tornadoes hold off Rochester's third-quarter push
ROCHESTER — The Tornadoes made the short trip over to Rochester for a non-conference game against the Rochester Rockets on Tuesday night. The Tornadoes found themselves in a 10-2 hole early, but powered back and held off a big third quarter from the Rockets and would go on to win 63-52.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Junior high volleyball results
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Taylorville, Morrisonville, and Pana junior high volleyball teams were all in action on Monday with results as follows:
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tornadoes big third quarter holds on

TEUTOPOLIS — The Tornadoes were able to come away with the victory at Teutopolis, a feat that no team had been able to accomplish until Saturday, as the Wooden Shoes’ shot at the buzzer was no good and the Tornadoes won 66-64.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Taylorville girls fall to Williamsville at home

TAYLORVILLE — The even quarters proved to be the difference on Saturday for the Bullets as they outscored the Tornadoes 38-31 in the two combined. 


Monday, January 29, 2018

Pana eighth grade volleball invite results

PANA — Pana held their annual eighth grade invite on Saturday with the Tornadoes taking first place, the Panthers taking second, Hillsboro third, the Tomahawks fourth, and Cowden Herrick fifth.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Smith, Diehl medal in Litchfield Tourney

LITCHFIELD — A two-day tournament was held over in Litchfield across both Friday and Saturday, with two rounds of wrestling on Friday and another two rounds plus the championships coming on Saturday. 


Monday, January 29, 2018

Tornado girls finish 16 at Dixon Invite

DIXON — The Tornado girls bowled a total of 4585, which was 16th best out of 22 teams in the Dixon Invite on Saturday. Lockport, Sycamore, and Freeport were top three with scores of 6002, 5873, and 5824.


Monday, January 29, 2018

CCYMCA Predators have strong showing in Clinton

CLINTON — The CCYMCA Predators headed to Clinton to face off against the Clinton Otters. 


Friday, January 26, 2018

Men's bowling scores
Friday, January 26, 2018

Tornadoes fourth quarter comeback tops Braves

MT. ZION — The Taylorville girls trailed 44-37 heading into the fourth quarter on Thursday night and used a 20 point final frame to win 57-44.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Wednesday morning bowling results

TAYLORVILLE — Alley Oops finished in the top spot at the conclusion of the Wednesday morning ladies league with Anderson Jewels trailing by half of a point while Fab Five and Pin Pals finished behind them.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

THS JV victorious over Southeast

TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado JV squad was victorious over Southeast in the first round of the JV Boys tournament that the Tornadoes are hosting at both the high school and at North school. 


Thursday, January 25, 2018

TJHS VB sweeps Morrisonville

TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado seventh and eighth grade squads defeated the Mohawks on Tuesday at home in straight sets. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tornadoes back home with huge win

TAYLORVILLE — After five straight road games, four in the Litchfield tournament and one in Mt. Zion, the Tornadoes returned home to face off against the Jacksonville Crimsons. After an extremely competitive first quarter, the Tornadoes seemed to take over as they were able to win 89-48.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Grieme competes in Game Day USA

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Maxx Grieme, 9, of Taylorville competed in the Game Day USA All American Tournament in Florida. Maxx was just one all star that was selected out of 375 players form 33 different states.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tornado girls almost pull off huge upset

TAYLORVILLE — No one could have expected anything close to what happened on Monday night in the Dolph to have happened as the Tornadoes faced off against the fourth best team in the state in 3A. 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CCYMCA competes in Snowball swim meet

SPRINGFIELD — The CCYMCA took 18 swimmers to Springfield January 12, 13, and 14 to compete in the annual Snowball meet. 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tornado girls bowling tops Eisenhower at home
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes and the Panthers faced off at the Olde Bowl on Monday. “It came down to the wire,” said head coach Gary Caniff. “It was definitely a sight to see and we continued to bowl good games.” The Tornadoes won 2049-1991.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tornado girls post best score of season in Decatur

DECATUR — The Tornadoes girls bowling team traveled to Decatur to bowl in the Tri-Ike. The girls played a total of 14 games with three team, 10 baker, and one modified swiss game. 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Tornado fresh/soph picks up win over Effingham

TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado girls picked up a home victory over the Flaming Hearts on Saturday with a final score of 40-34.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Tornado wrestling finishes eighth in Rocket Invite

ROCHESTER — It was a long day of wrestling on Saturday for the Tornadoes as they traveled to Rochester to compete in the Rocket Invite. In a day that was supposed to start nine in the morning, but didn’t start until 9:45, the Tornadoes faced off against multiple different opponents in the tournament.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Tornadoes fall to Braves in Litchfield Invite showdown

Robert Fagg

Breeze-Courier Sports Writer

LITCHFIELD — The Tornadoes and the Mt. Zion Braves continued their rivalry, and quite possibly finished it for this year, on Saturday in Litchfield as they were both vying for the title at the Litchfield Invitational tournament. 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7

BARRY WILNER

AP Pro Football Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With one quarter remaining, Eagles players on the field and sideline already were dancing.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Brock Swisher finishes top 10 in bowling Sectionals

MT. VERNON — Brock Swisher rolled six games on Saturday and finished tenth in the Sectional tournament.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Lincolnwood successful in defense of traveling trophy

BUFFALO — The Lincolnwood Lancers were successful in their defense of the traveling trophy on Saturday against Tri-City. The Lancers would defeat the Tornadoes 56-44 and head coach Matt Millburg would get win number 100 at Lincolnwood.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Tornadoes overcome slow start, outpace Nokomis
LITCHFIELD — The Tornadoes squared off with Nokomis Friday night in the semi-finals of the Litchfield Invitational Tournament. The Redskins were looking for back-to-back tournament wins, coming off of a 5-0 record just a week ago in the Morrisonville Tournament. Taylorville, though,  ended that hope with a decisive 74-46 victory on Friday night.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

TJHS stays undefeated with Hillsboro sweep
HILLSBORO — The junior high Tornadoes stayed perfect on Thursday night against Hillsboro with both the seventh and eighth grade teams winning in two sets 25-16 and 25-23 for the seventh graders and 25-16 and 25-11 for the eighth graders.
Friday, January 19, 2018

TJHS volleyball tops Springfield Grant
SPRINGFIELD — Both the seventh and the eighth grade volleyball teams defeated Springfield Grant on the road Wednesday night. The seventh grade team took three sets to win 25-11, 22-25, and 25-10 while the eighth grade team won 25-10 and 25-11.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wednesday morning ladies bowling league results
TAYLORVILLE — Anderson Jewels took the top spot back this week and hold a three point lead over Alley-Oops. Fab Five and Pin Pals hold the final two spots in the league.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tornado girls drop second Highland tournament game
HIGHLAND — The Tornado girls traveled to Highland once again on Tuesday night as they faced off against Hillsboro. It was the first quarter that proved the end for the Tornadoes as they fell 52-46.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Route 29 Rivalry: Tornadoes top Panthers 78-44
LITCHFIELD — Runs are typically talked about when it comes to baseball, not basketball. That was a different story on Tuesday night as the Tornadoes and the Panthers faced off on neutral hardwood in Litchfield.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Taylorville boys bowling finishes seventh at regional
JERSEYVILLE — The Tornadoes traveled to Jerseyville on Saturday to compete in the IHSA bowling regional against 10 other schools; a regional that saw the most individual competitors in the state. The four schools that advanced from the regional were Alton, Jersey, Abingdon-Avon, and Roxana.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Tornado girls fall in final seconds to Mater Dei
HIGHLAND — The Taylorville girls basketball team opened the Highland tournament with a loss to Breese Mater Dei, but it wasn’t without excitement.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Tornadoes roll in Litchfield tourney opener
LITCHFIELD — “These guys are fun to watch right now. Floor burns, bruises, and a black eye are now a part of our identity,” said Taylorville head basketball coach Ryan Brown via social media after the Tornadoes picked up their eighth win in nine games Saturday night when they rolled over Lebanon in their opening matchup of the Litchfield Tournament.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Livingston, Moats lift THS to thrilling win over MTZ

MT. ZION — ESPN ran a series of specials back in 2015 entitled “1 of 1: Origins.” It was a documentary series that, in partnership with Marvel, explored how athletes are compared to super heroes and how when athletes are competing they have “super powers.”


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Men's fraternal bowling league results

TAYLORVILLE — Jandi Services rolled their way into first place this week over Yard Heating and Cooling, Andy’s Market, Team 12, Olde Bowl, T’Ville KC II, Wendy’s, Y-Zoe’s, T’Ville KC, CTI Fiber, Solid 9 Pro Shop, and Taylorville Moose.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Wednesday morning ladies league results

TAYLORVILLE — Anderson Jewels has taken over first place after Wednesday’s bowling came to a close at the Olde Bowl. Alley Oops finished in second place with Fab Five coming in third and Pin Pals finishing in fourth.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Taylorville High School Sports HOF seeks nominations

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for selection to the 2018 Class of the Hall of Fame.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

THS fresh/soph girls fall at home to Lincoln

TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado girls dropped a home game to the visiting Lincoln Railers on Wednesday night by a final of 38-24.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Panthers top bowling Tornadoes 2343-2131
PANA — The lady Panthers defeated the lady Tornadoes on Tuesday in Pana at the Pana Bowl by a final score of 2343-2131.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tornadoes survive Wolfe's 36, edge Effingham
TAYLORVILLE - For three quarters, the Effingham Flaming Hearts had no answer for Taylorville's duo of Jase Bergschneider and Jordan Moats.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Charleston's big first quarter too much for Tornadoes
CHARLESTON — The Tornadoes gave up 31 points in the first quarter while only scoring 14 themselves and were unable to get over the deficit that was established.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tornadoes take third behind Pana, Bloomington

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville lady Tornadoes hosted the Tornado Invite on Saturday at the Olde Bowl. The Tornadeos finished in third place, while it was the Pana Panthers who were able to finish on top while Bloomington finished second.


Monday, January 8, 2018

7th grade Tornadoes get win over Lincoln Wednesday
LINCOLN — The seventh grade boys traveled to Lincoln Wednesday and were victorious 42-36.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Men's fraternal league results
TAYLORVILLE — Team 12 and Olde Bowl remain tied at the top of the men’s fraternal league after Thursday’s games. Jandi Services follows in third, by half a point, with Yard Heating and Cooling, Andy’s Market, Y-Zoe’s, T’Ville KC II, Taylorville Moose, Wendy’s, Solid 9 Pro Shop, T’Ville KC, and CTI Fiber following suit.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Tornado girls drop contest to Mahomet-Seymour
MAHOMET —Despite starting and ending well, the Tornadoes lulled in the mid-game and that hurt them most as they fell 61-46.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Tornadoes show big-time resolve against Glenwood
TAYLORVILLE — The scoreboard flashed 76-6 in favor of the Chatham Glenwood Titans after Taylorville’s wrestling match with the CS8 powerhouse program on Thursday, but Tornado head coach Lee Mateer says that doesn’t even come close to telling the whole story.
Friday, January 5, 2018

THS boys bowling finishes 21 in O'Fallon
O’FALLON — The THS boys bowling program traveled to O’Fallon on Saturday, December 30 and finished 21 out of 40 teams.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tornadoes drop tournament rematch to Sterling

Robert Fagg

Breeze-Courier Sports Writer

TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes had two games on Friday to finish out their own tournament, the first against Dunlap which determined whether they would advance to the championship and then the championship game against Sterling. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Lady Tornadoes take 4th at Jerseyville tournament

TAYLORVILLE — “We had a hard time finding some sort of flow. We did a lot of standing and watching and just couldn’t get into a rhythm. We got several good looks, but they just didn’t fall for us tonight,” said Taylorville girls head basketball coach Steve Keller after Friday night’s 49-36 loss to the Jersey Lady Panthers in the third-place game of the Jerseyville tournament. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Tornado girls take two in tourney play Thursday

JERSEYVILLE — The Tornado girls were in action twice on Thursday as they faced off against both Alton and McLuer North. They went 2-0 on the day defeating Alton 66-62 and McLuer North 49-46.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Tornadoes improve to 3-0 in hosted tournament

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville head coach Ryan Brown emerged from the locker room soaking wet, his shoes squished on the hardwood as he walked. His squad had just celebrated two big nights for Taylorville basketball, apparently with an ice-water bath.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Men's fraternal bowling league kicks off second half

TAYLORVILLE — The men’s fraternal bowling league started the second half of their season on Thursday night.


Friday, December 29, 2017

THS boys bowling finishes 11 in Alton; girls finish sixteenth
ALTON — The Tornado bowling teams traveled to Alton on Wednesday to play six games. The boys finished 11 out of 16 with a total of 5,080 and were 815 pins behind first place; the girls finished 16 with a total of 3,682 and were 1,980 pins behind first.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Tornado girls drop tourney opener to Carrollton
JERSEYVILLE — The Lady Tornadoes kicked off tournament play in Jerseyville with a game against Carrollton. The Tornadoes were defeated 55-35 and will try to get back in the win column on Thursday.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Tornadoes beat MTZ to open Taylorville tourney
TAYLORVILLE — “That shooting team that I know we can be finally showed up tonight. It may have taken us nine games, but we showed up and I know they were in there all along,” said head coach Ryan Brown about his team’s performance on Wednesday night.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Lady Tornadoes hold 2nd annual alumni game
TAYLORVILLE —The girls basketball program had their second annual alumni game on Saturday. Athletes ranging all the way back to 2000 played against one another for bragging rights and also helped raise some money for the THS girls basketball program.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Taylorville Holiday Tourney kicks off Wednesday
TAYLORVILLE — With the Taylorville Holiday tournament kicking off on Wednesday, here is a  look ahead at the Tornadoes’ (4-4, 2-2) opponents in pool play:
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Men's bowling results
TAYLORVILLE — Team 12 won the first half of the men’s fraternal bowling league by two points over Wendy’s. Following those two teams were CTI Fiber, Taylorville Moose, Olde Bowl, Solid 9 Pro Shop, Yard Heating and Cooling, Jandi Services, T’Ville KC, Y-Zoe’s, T’Ville KC II, and Andy’s Market.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Wednesday Morning Ladies Bowling League results
TAYLORVILLE — Fab Five took over the lead this week but are still followed closely by Alley Oops, Anderson Jewels, and Pin Pals.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

THS takes inagural Schramm/Wilcox trophy over Pana
TAYLORVILLE — The Panthers and the Tornadoes have a special rivalry, not one that is rooted in a conference but one that has stemmed from proximity.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Council Honors Seventh Grade Girls Basketball
TAYLORVILLE — Following a 24-3 finish and a trip to the 4A IESA state tournament, the Taylorville Junior High Seventh Grade Girls Basketball team was given a proclomation by Mayor Bruce Barry and the city aldermen at Monday’s Taylorville City Council meeting, naming December 18, 2017 as TJHS Seventh Grade Girls Basketball Day.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

CC YMCA Predators compete in Reindeer Classic
CLINTON — The Christian County YMCA Predators went to Clinton on Saturday, December 9 to compete in the Reindeer Classic Swim Meet. Three Predators brought home second place trophies for the team; Addison Vocks in the 11-12 age division, Lily Osborn in the eight and under division, and Payne Osborn in the six and under age range.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tornado bowling defeats Vandals in final home match
TAYLORVILLE — “This is our last home match of the year, it feels odd ending the season at home so soon,” said head coach Lance Nagle.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Seventh grade Tornado boys top Quincy
TAYLORVILLE — On Monday night, the seventh grade boys went up against Quincy and would go on to in 39-29.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

THS girls bowling defeats Routt Catholic
JACKSONVILLE — After exchanging pleasantries and gifts on Saturday, it was all business as the THS girls faced off against the girls of Jacksonville Routt in bowling. The Tornadoes came away with the victory 2128-2056 to move to 3-2 on the young season.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

THS Inspire Program: defining the "Why"
TAYLORVILLE — Why? It is one of the fundamental questions of the universe. It seems to be one of the first things that kids learn how to say, right behind “Momma” and “Dada.”
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

TJHS boys fall to Chatham Thursday

TAYLORVILLE — The seventh-grade boys competed against Chatham Glenwood on Thursday and were defeated 57-38.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tornadoes beach Mattoon Green Wave 65-48

MATTOON — The forecast may have been cold outside, but it was hot inside Mattoon’s gym as the Tornadoes caught fire Friday night.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Men's fraternal bowling league results

TAYLORVILLE — Team 12 took over first pace this week after men’s fraternal league concluded. Wendy’s finished in second followed by CTI Fiber, Olde Bowl, Taylorville Moose, Yard Heating and Cooling, Solid 9 Pro Shop, Y-Zoe’s, Jandi Services, T’Ville KC, T’Ville KC II, and Andy’s Market.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Wednesday morning ladies bowling results

TAYLORVILLE — Alley Oops retained their one-and-a-half point lead over the Fab Five this week at the end of the Wednesday morning ladies league. Anderson Jewels finished in third and Pin Pals finished in fourth.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Where are they now?

TAYLORVILLE — A couple of weeks ago, we spotlighted some students form the area who had gone on to play sports in college. Another entry was sent in, so we reached out to see where they are now.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fresh/Soph Lady Tornadoes defeat Senators

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville girls fresh/soph team defeated the visiting Springfield Senators on Wednesday.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christian County Youth Volleyball Wraps Season
TAYLORVILLE — Christian County Youth Volleyball wrapped up their season on Saturday with a tournament in Taylorville’s west gym. Swinger Farms came in first place for the first through third grade division and Craggs Realtors brought in first place in the fourth through sixth grade division. Swinger Farms was coached by Edinburg high school senior Emily Sims and Craggs Realtors was coached by Scott Prince. Pictured are all the participating players and their coaches.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

THS girls bowling drops to .500 after loss to Pana
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes faced off against the Pana Panthers on Monday at the Olde Bowl and were defeated 2383-2033. This loss brought them to 2-2 on the year.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

THS Wrestling splits with Jacksonville, New Berlin
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes faced off against Jacksonville and New Berlin on Tuesday in wrestling action. The boys competed in matches two and three while the Crimsons and the Pretzels faced off against one another in the first match where the Crimsons were victorious.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Snyder's 20 not enough; Plains beats Tornadoes
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Tornadoes got 20 out of Natalie Snyder and 13 out of Olivia Pruitt. Snyder had 11 in the first half and Pruitt did her damage in the second half scoring eight.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Local girl performs in Disney Spirit Spectacular
ORLANDO, Fla. — Brooke Bates from Taylorville High School was one of 800 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that represented the camp brands of Varsity Spirit in the third annual Varsity Spirit Spectacular at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida from November 30 - December 3, 2017.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

THS brings in medal haul in Meatgrinder tourney

JERSEYVILLE — Seven different Tornadoes came home with medals on Saturday after not competing for a week.

“I was happy with the volume of matches that we were able to get on Saturday. We were able to knock off the rung rust as you may say it and get back out there. We had several guys who had three and four matches in the day and it was good for them,” said head Coach Lee Mateer.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Shooting woes hurt Toranadoes vs Mahomet-Seymour
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes were able to get a lot of good shots up in the game Friday night against the Bulldogs, but they were unable to get anything to go; it was almost as if there was a lid on the basket that only effected the home team.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Men's fraternal bowling results
TAYLORVILLE — Wendy’s will make up their games at a later date after Thursday night’s bowling league. Team 12 finished in first place, with the aforementioned Wendy’s in second, Olde Bowl in third, CTI Fiber in fourth, Taylorville Moose in fifth, Yard Heating and cooling sixth, Y-Zoe’s seventh, Solid Nine Pro Shop eighth, Jandi Services ninth, T’Ville KC tenth, T’Ville KC II eleventh, and Andy’s Market holding everyone else up at the bottom.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Lady Tornadoes fall to Effingham
EFFINGHAM — Taylorville looked to continue their momentum run on Thursday, but Taylorville girls basektball coach Steve Keller said that he knew Effingham was going to be a tough team. The Flaming Hearts stifled the Tornado offense for a 57-26 victory.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Wednesday morning ladies bowling league
TAYLORVILLE — Fab Five took over first place this week after the ladies finished bowling. Alley Oops follows in second, Anderson Jewels in third, and Pin Pals close behind.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

8th-grade Tornadoes win Monday despite missing seven
WILLIAMSVILLE — Including three starters, seven Tornadoes were missing on Monday night for the TJHS game against the Bullets. Despite being down by 15, the Tornadoes were able to bounce back and get the win 45-42. “I’m so proud of this team tonight. Williamsville is very good and I think a lot of people figured this was a loss. I knew as soon as I gave my pre-game speech that there was a fire building inside those boys, and they showed it,” said head coach Tom May.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Taylorville bowling defeats Jerseyville
TAYLORVILLE — The THS girls defeated visiting Jerseyville Tuesday night at the Olde Bowl with a score of 2034-1942.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tornadoes get momentum win over Charleston
CHARLESTON — “We played very well defensively tonight. I though that the first two quarters that we played tonight was the best basketball we have played all year,” said head coach Ryan Brown of his Tornadoes.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

3 Tornadoes score double-digits in win over Mattoon
TAYLORVILLE — What looked to be a high scoring affair after the first quarter, the Tornadoes defeated the Mattoon Green Wave 62-47. Natalie Snyder, Olivia Pruitt, and Xanna Tomasello finished in double digits for the Tornadoes; Snyder also had 11 rebounds on the night to finish with a double-double.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Taylorville Girls finish 11, Boys finish 12 in Abe Lincoln Invite
SPRINGFIELD — The Tornadoes hosted their decade-long Abe Lincoln Invitational tournament on Saturday in Springfield.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Lady Tornadoes rally past CAM with 19-point 4th, win 48-40
MOWEAQUA — The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes found themselves in a halftime hole Saturday night in Moweaqua as they trailed the Lady Raiders 16-12.
Monday, December 4, 2017

7th grade Tornadoes come up just short against East Peoria
BOLINGBROOK — The seventh grade TJHS girls basketball team made it to state on Saturday after defeating Rochester to win their sectional. The girls and their parents traveled up to Bolingbrook, with hopes of playing two games in the day. Unfortunately, that dream would not come to fruition as they would fall to East Peoria 22-19 in the end.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Tornadoes drop first conference match in Lincoln

LINCOLN — “You can’t out-Lincoln Lincoln,” said head coach of the Tornadoes Ryan Brown before the season started. “We just hope that we can out-Taylorville Lincoln.” The Tornadoes came out hot at the start, stifling the Lincoln long-ball. The Railer defense just proved to be too tough, as they held the Tornadoes to 21 points. The Tornadoes would drop this one to Lincoln by a final of 56-21.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Railers overcome Lady Tornadoes with big 4th

TAYLORVILLE — Taylor Sagle popped up and hit a jumper from amidst at least two Lincoln defenders with just 51 seconds left in the third quarter to tie Thursday night’s  Lady Tornado basketball game at 35. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

Taylorville native answers call of the octagon

DETROIT — Taylorville native Bobby Wombacher has the opportunity to call one of the biggest cards of the year for the UFC this Saturday, reffing one of the matches on the UFC 218 card. Wombacher isn’t sure of what match he will be doing but he said, “I’m grateful to be wherever (the fight) is. The fight really doesn’t matter to me. I treat all of the athletes the same.”


Friday, December 1, 2017

Wednesday morning ladies league results
TAYLORVILLE— Alley Oops and Fab Five finished tied for first place at the conclusion of this week’s ladies league with Anderson Jewels and Pin Pals following behind.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Area athletes at the collegiate level: where are they now?
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Once an athlete leaves the area, there isn’t much available on what they are doing in college or how they are doing in their collegiate pursuits. Several athletes have moved on from the area to compete in college.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tornadoes host first home bowling match
TAYLORVILLE — Both the Taylorville girls and boys bowling teams had their first home bowling matches of the year. The girls were able to get over Alton 1987-1980 while the boys were unable to get over the Redbirds 2985-2789.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Seventh-grade girls advance to state
MT. ZION — The seventh grade girls are heading to state in basketball after defeating Rochester 26-20 in last night’s contest in Mt. Zion.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

8th grade girls fall in regional title
TAYLORVILLE — The THS 8th grade girls made it to the Regional championship game on Tuesday but were felled by Clinton 21-20.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7th grade boys defeat Hillsboro
HILLSBORO — The seventh grade boys also defeated the Hilltoppers on Monday before the eight grade team took the court.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tornado Wrestling goes 1-1 in first meet
HILLSBORO — After sitting and watch Southeast and Hillsboro face off against one another, the Tornadoes got their time to shine against both in their first official meet of the year.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tornado boys beat Granite City to take third in Stove Top Classic
TRIAD — The Tornado boys are back to .500 after their win over Granite City on Saturday.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

8th grade Tornadoes hand Hillsboro first loss
Hillsboro — The eighth-grade Tornadoes traveled to Hillsboro on Monday and came out with a 33-32 victory in overtime.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lady Tornadoes drop to 1-1 in conference
TAYLORVILLE — Charleston seemed to have every answer for anything the Tornadoes threw at them, whether it was their tenacious defense, their relentless rebounding, or their shooting. Charleston seemed to answer even shot with one of their own and the Tornadoes just weren’t able to amount any resemblance of a climb up the mountain after going down 27-9 in the first quarter. After that, the Tornadoes played a great game of a 53-44 score.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lady Tornadoes beat Crimsons for 2nd in hosted tourney
TAYLORVILLE — The Lady Tornadoes shot almost 74 percent from the charity stripe on Saturday night in their 48-36 win over Jacksonville, which earned them a second-place finish in their own tournament, the Taylorville Holiday Tournament.
Monday, November 27, 2017










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