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home : sports : taylorville April 21, 2018

THS soccer now has winningest season in THS history
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornadoes picked up their third win of the season as they defeated Metro East Lutheran on Friday night. This year’s Tornadoes team moves to 3-9-2 on the season, which makes this year the winningest year in Taylorville history; the previous best was 2-15 in the 2005-2006 season.
Saturday, April 21, 2018


Larson sparks rally, Tornadoes edge Lancers

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Trailing 5-2, with one on and two outs in the bottom of the third, Taylorville was looking to liven up the bats a little in Friday’s contest against Raymond-Lincolnwood.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tornadoes finish strong at Titan Invitational

Robert Fagg

Breeze-Courier Sports Writer

CHATHAM — The Chatham Glenwood Titans held their annual invitational on Friday night as they went late into the evening with events.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Adams' walk-off lifts Tornadoes over Pawnee

Robert Fagg

Breeze-Courier Sports Writer

TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes were very selective at the plate as they drew a total of eight walks against the Pawnee Indians on Thursday.


Friday, April 20, 2018

THS soccer ties Lincoln on Collado's two goals
LINCOLN — The Taylorville soccer team traveled to Lincoln on Thursday to face off against the Railers where the Tornadoes would come home with a 2-2 tie to make them 2-9-1 on the year.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Moats signs with Millikin

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s Jordan Moats joins the list of Christian County athletes advancing to the next level to play college sports. Moats will play basketball at Millikin University in Decatur for the Big Blue.


Friday, April 20, 2018

THS softball comes up just short against Plains
The Pleasant Plains Redbirds were able to hold off a Taylorville push in the sixth inning to come away with the slim 3-2 victory on Wednesday.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

CCYMCA adult swim results
The CCYMCA traveled to Decatur to compete in the Fools of April swim meet on Saturday, April 14. 38 members from Decatur, Macomb, Mattoon, and Christian County competed in events that they hand-picked to compete in. The results were as follows:
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lakeshore Wednesday AM Ladies Golf League to host Luncheon
The Lakeshore Wednesday AM Ladies’ Golf League will have their Opening Day Luncheon on Wednesday, April 25 at the Palomino Club at noon. The committee in charge of arrangements are, Sharon Rogers, 820-2079, Sharyl Craggs, 824-5205, and Nancy Ryan, 824-6272.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

THS sports hall of fame
Jaris Wommack, a 2007 THS graduate, was a three year starter for the Tornadoes basketball team and a two years starter at wide receiver on the football team. During the 2006 football season, Wommack led the team in receiving and was selected to the Central State Eight All-Conference Team.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tornado baseball drops two to Charleston
The Tornadoes traveled to Charleston to play an early afternoon double-header against the Trojans Tuesda. The Tornadoes would fall 6-2 in game one and also fall 9-0 in game two.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Early goals push Bulldogs past Tornadoes
“I told the girls not to be discouraged by this loss,” Taylorville Soccer Coach Jordan Andruch said Tuesday afternoon after a 7-0 loss to Mahomet-Seymour. “That’s a good team, I believe they’re undefeated in conference, so we knew going in that this would be a tough matchup.”
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tornado softball splits with Charleston
The Charleston Trojans came into Taylorville on Tuesday with an undefeated record intact. They would leave with a notch in the loss column as the Tornadoes would win game one 2-0. The Trojans, though, would take the second game 19-3.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Apollo all-academic selections
Student-athletes: some say there’s a reason the word student comes first. Ten THS students were recently selected to the Apollo Conference All-Academic team.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

THS sports hall of fame
Linda Prasun, a 1983 THS graduate, was a four year letter winner in basketball and won two letters in track. A starting guard on the Lady Tornadoes inaugural season in 1979, Prasun scored the very first basket in girls’ basketball history against the Mt Zion Lady Braves. She went on to score 119 points in a short 14 game season and followed that with 390 points in 1980-81.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tornado soccer records first tie of season
Despite it being a wet afternoon, the Tornado soccer team faced off against the Riverton Hawks on Saturday.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Taylorville High School sports hall of fame
Steve Dilley, a 1987 THS graduate, was a three year letter winner on the Tornado soccer team, lettered in baseball in 1986 and 1987 and was a two year letter winner and team captain of the Tornadoes basketball team.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Men's fraternal bowling league results announced
Jandi Services finished atop the men’s fraternal league with 38 points while Y-Zoe’s finished second with 37 points, T-Ville KC II was third with 35.5 points, Yard Heating and Cooling was fourth with 35, Andy’s Market finished fifth with 34.5, T’Ville KC was sixth with 34, Team 12 finished seventh with 31, Olde bowl finished eighth with 30, Wendy’s was ninth with 28 points, CTI Fiber was 10 with 27 points, Solid 9 Pro Shop finished 11 with 26.5, and Taylorville Moose was 12 with 24.5 points.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Jones to be inducted into THS Sports Hall of Fame
Johnny Jones graduated from Taylorville High School in 1963.  A two year letter winner and starter for the Tornadoes basketball Team, he was the second leading scorer on Taylorville in both 1962 and 1963. Averaging double figures both seasons, Jones helped lead the Tornadoes to back to back winning seasons at 14-12 and 16-7. 
Friday, April 13, 2018

Tornado baseball falls to Warrensburg-Latham
It was a five-run first inning and a seven-run third inning that spelled the end for the Tornadoes on Thursday as the Warrensburg-Latham Cardinals topped the Tornadoes 16-2. The two Tornado runs came in the fifth inning and the Tornadoes stranded the bases loaded to end the game.
Friday, April 13, 2018

THS softball grabs a victory
Friday, April 13, 2018

Taylorville boys and girls track teams do well on senior night
The Taylorville boys and girls track team held their senior night on Thursday as they faced off against SHG, Lincoln, and Rochester in a quad meet. “We like to get it in earlier on in the season, that way the kids aren’t worrying about it as they are also trying to qualify for Sectionals and that. Plus, we like to get it on a day that is nicer,” said Taylorville boys head coach Brian Blomquist.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Tornado comeback stalls in 4-2 loss to Nokomis
“Just hitting, we didn’t get any timely hits. We’re young, and I think we’re a little too anxious at the plate. We had a lot of first-pitch outs today, but their guy did a good job of changing speeds,” Taylorville Baseball Coach Brian Sample said Wednesday after his squad dropped a road game, 4-2, to Nokomis.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tornado girls finish strong vs Mattoon, fall 7-2
The Taylorville girls soccer team hosted Mattoon Tuesday in the team’s home opener. Head Coach Jordan Andruch says it took far too long for his team to settle into a groove, but he was encouraged by what he saw when they finally did.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tornadoes play two; drop both to Braves
The Taylorville Tornadoes made up their double header against the Mt. Zion Braves from Saturday on Tuesday night. The Tornadoes had a 5-2 lead going into the final inning of game one, but the Braves battled for nine runs in the seventh to take an 11-2 lead, with the Tornadoes only getting two in their half of the seventh and they would drop game one 11-7. The Braves would carry their momentum into game two as they would win 10-0 in five innings.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lady Tornadoes drop double header to Mt. Zion
The Tornado girls traveled to Mt. Zion on Tuesday night for a double header after the cold stifled these games from being played on Saturday. The Braves would win both games, with the first a 12-0 game and the second was 11-1.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tuesday morning ladies golf meeting
The Tuesday morning ladies’ golf league will hold its organizational meeting on Tuesday, April 10 at 10 A.M. at Lakeshore Golf Course.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Fraternal bowling results
TAYLORVILLE — Jandi Services remained atop the men’s fraternal bowling league after this week’s bowling. Y-Zoe’s remains in a close second as T’Ville KC II, Yard Heating and Cooling, Andy’s Market, T’Ville KC, Team 12, Olde Bowl, Solid 9 Pro Shop, CTI Fiber, Wendy’s, and Taylorville Moose all remain within 13 points of one another.
Friday, April 6, 2018

THS soccer falls in MTZ
MT. ZION — The Taylorville girls soccer team played in their first conference game of the season as they traveled to Mt. Zion. The Braves took advantage of the Tornadoes youth in experience and would win 8-1.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Tornado girls run at Effingham
EFFINGHAM — The Tornado girls finally got a meet in after a long break due to the weather.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Williamsville hands Lady Tornadoes 1st loss

Robert Fagg

Breeze-Courier Sports Writer

WILLIAMSVILLE — Taylorville picked up an extra game on Thursday as they faced off against Williamsville at Williamsville on Thursday. The Tornadoes were just happy to get a game in as their last game was cancelled in the second inning nine days ago.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Taylorville boys run at Lanphier Invitational
SPRINGFIELD — The Tornado boys finished second  Thursday in the Lanphier Invitational. 
Friday, April 6, 2018

Tornadoes split Saturday series with Lanphier
The Tornadoes finally got a couple of games in last week as they played a pair on Saturday against Lanphier. The field looked good but the weather did not, as the rain was sprinkling and the wind was blowing throughout both games which helped lift the ball at times and also made it dance in the air. The Tornadoes fell in the first game 10-6, but would bounce back in the second game to win 9-1.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Thurs. Men's Fraternal bowling league results
Jandi Services remains in the top spot this week at the end of this week’s Fraternal bowling league. T’Ville KC II, Y-Zoe’s, Andy’s Market, and T’Ville KC are all within three and a half points of each other, with Yard Heating and Cooling, Team 12, and CTI Fiber making a run behind them.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Tornadoes Megan Behl, Haley Shull sign to compete at next level
Two Tornado athletes, Haley Shull and Megan Behl, will be continuing their softball careers next spring as Shull signed her letter of intent to attend Blackburn College in Carlinville and Behl signed her letter of intent for Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.
Friday, March 30, 2018

THS boys take on SHS, Glenwood in 1st outdoor meet of season
Cold. Windy. Overcast. Three words to describe the weather at Thursday’s tri-meet in Springfield between Springfield High, Chatham Glenwood, and the Tornadoes. “It was nice for us to actually get a meet in. The guys were starting to get antsy and it’s better than practice for us. It’s just a different experience than practice,” said head coach Brian Blomquist.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Ladies bowling league
Alley Oops remains in first place at the end of this week’s Wednesday morning ladies league with Anderson Jewels solidly in second, with Fab Five trying to make a move out of fourth on the Pin Pals.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

THS's Peyton Jackson to continue volleyball career at Millikin
On Tuesday, March 27, Peyton Jackson officially signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Millikin University in the fall. She will study to get her degree in Athletic Training.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tornadoes fall in 1st game of Purple Panther Classic
No matter the weather, the show continued on as the Taylorville Tornadoes faced off against the Hilltoppers of Hillsboro in the Litchfield Purple Panther Classic Monday night.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tomasello runs in Illinois Top Times
It’s a good thing that the meet was indoors on Saturday at the Illinois Top Times, because an outdoor meet would have been canceled with all of the snow that hit Bloomington.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Tornado girls track runs at Effingham Invite
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Lady Tornadoes beat New Berlin on big third inning

NEW BERLIN — The Taylorville softball team traveled to New Berlin on Friday, a make-up game from their tournament that was rained out last Saturday. The Tornadoes put together a 10-run third inning to help come away with the 19-0 victory.

 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Schoonover's hat trick leads Pana past THS 7-0

PANA — On a blustery early spring afternoon on the soccer pitch of Tanner Field in Pana Thursday afternoon, the Pana girls soccer team shutout the visiting Taylorville Tornadoes, 7-0. Pana’s junior forward Shania Schoonover had three goals in the game while junior Katelin Weideman and sophomore Rylee Beck each had a pair of scores.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Men's fraternal bowling results

TAYLORVILLE — Jandi Services took a three and a half point lead over T’Ville KC II this week at the conclusion of the men’s fraternal bowling league on Thursday night.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Hillsboro walks off against Tornadoes
HILLSBORO — The Hillsboro Hilltoppers got to the Tornadoes early in Thursday’s contest, scoring four runs in the first two innings of play. 
Friday, March 23, 2018

Wednesday A.M. ladies bowling league results
Alley Oops remains in the top spot after this week’s ladies league. Anderson Jewels firmly sits in second, with Pin Pals and Fab Five fighting for third place.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Litchfield downs Taylorville on big 1st inning
The Litchfield Purple Panthers notched seven runs in the first inning of Tuesday afternoon’s contest with the Taylorville Tornadoes, and they never looked back as they eventually went on to win 17-6.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Behl throws no-no, Lady Tornadoes blast Litchfield
Two baserunners, that was all the Litchfield Lady Panthers could muster against a dominant Taylorville softball team Tuesday afternoon in what would be a 19-0 victory for the Lady Tornadoes.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Local girls star for Millikin softball
Gracie Brookens of Blue Mound picked up two wins while the Millikin Big Blue were in Florida over the weekend.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Two Tornado girls break school track records
Both the Central A&M girls track team and the Taylorville girls track team competed at the Last Chance Invite at Illinois Wesleyan University on Monday, where 31 teams were competing.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Taylorville and Raymond boys basketball awards
As boys basketball comes to a close, area teams are holding their end of year banquets and handing out their end of season awards.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Charleston Indoor Invitational results
On Saturday, the Charleston Indoor invitational occurred for the fourth year in a row and three teams from the area were competing.
Monday, March 19, 2018

League bowling results
Alley Oops took a one and a half point lead at the end of play Wednesday over Anderson Jewels with Pin Pals and Fab Five continuing to chase for third.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Lady Raiders fall to Heyworth
The Central A&M Lady Raiders only amassed three hits in Thursday’s contest, but were able to score twice.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Tornado bats work early, often vs MacArthur
The Taylorville Tornado baseball team jumped on Decatur MacArthur, scoring eight runs in the first inning. They also rallied late to close out the contest for a 15-12 win Thursday.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Tornado soccer tops Lanphier
The Taylorville girls soccer team continued their success with a 3-2 victory over Lanphier in the third game of the Crusader Classic in Springfield.
Friday, March 16, 2018

THS girls track building on young foundation
Replacing Anna Lowry, Jacqueline Epperson, Riley Simes, and Jenny Tullis is no easy task, but head coach Steven Keller is going to try his best.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tornado boys track looks to run over competition
Taylorville track and field is working again this season to try and build on what they did just a year ago.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Taylorville girls soccer returns after seven year hiatus
Head coach Jordan Andruch is very familiar with Tornado soccer. Andruch played soccer for the Tornadoes in high school and continued his passion for the game into helping coach younger kids before becoming the TJHS track coach. Andruch accepted the position in May of last year and ran summer and fall camps with the girls to prepare for the season.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tornado softball brimming with experience in 2018
Head coach Jim Novar says he is extremely confident heading into the upcoming Taylorville Lady Tornado softball season.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tornado baseball primed for Apollo resurgence
Graduating seven seniors is tough for any team to get over, but when part of that seven are the top two hitters and top three pitchers, that’s even tougher. That, though, is the scenario that Taylorville Head Baseball Coach Brian Sample finds himself in this year.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Track & Field
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tornadoes jump on Mohawks early, win 18-5
It was a chilly day in Morrisonville, but the Taylorville Tornadoes came out in full force as they scored seven in the first inning and eight in the second inning, but the Morrisonville Mohawks looked to be on the way back with five of their own in the bottom of the second.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

THS Lady Tornado soccer: a resurgent return
The pile up at center field Tuesday night on the Springfield Lutheran soccer field was more reminiscent of a state championship win than a road win in the second game of the season.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CCYMCA state swimmers
Kade Guhlstorf and Lily Osborn represented the CCYMCA Predators at the Illinois State Championship meet at Lake Central High School over the weekend.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

THS girls soccer plays first game in 7 years
After only having two weeks of official practice, the THS girls soccer team played their first game in seven years.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Seventh grade travel basketball wins Tiger Pride Tourney
Monday, March 12, 2018

Turf update: 'Outdoor gym' near ready to begin phase two

TAYLORVILLE — “When you start a project like this, you just don’t know how it’s going to go. You don’t know if people are going to laugh at you and slam the door in your face, or how they are going to embrace it. I am just so thankful of this community and how helpful everyone is. Our local business and sports boosters have done great things for us so far,” said Lee Mateer.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Men's bowling league

TAYLORVILLE — Jandi Services closed the day in the top spot after the Men’s Fraternal bowling league closed play on Thursday. Andy’s Market finished in second, T’ville KC II in third, followed by Yard Heating and Cooling, Y-Zoe’s, Solid 9 Pro Shop, T’Ville KC, Olde Bowl, Taylorville Moose, Team 12, CTI Fiber, and Wendy’s.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Junior High volleyball results

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The junior high Panthers were victorious in securing the title over Vandalia. The Morrisonville Tomahawks won their first match over Pocahontas 24-26, 25-14, and 25-22, but fell in the title match against Brussels 24-26 and 18-25.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Christian County YMCA Predator swim team hosts awards banquet
TAYLORVILLE — The CCYMCA Predators held their annual awards banquet on Sunday, March 4. High point awards were handed out and those who made the Dedicated Swimmer Club were announced.  Also recognized were the THS Swim Team seniors; Audra Boehme, Zane Neville and Jace Sassatelli. 
Friday, March 9, 2018

Moats selected to All-Apollo team
Thursday, March 8, 2018

THS takes gold in 4x8, Wright wins triple jump in MTZ
In the final indoor meet for the varsity track team, the Tornadoes competed against 11 other schools on Wednesday.
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Iron movers: Tornado junior varsity Lift-A-Thon medalists
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Concussions and sports: is banning youth football the answer?
House Bill (HB) 4341 has been making waves in the media as the Mental Health Committee passed the bill to move on to a House vote. A vote on HB 4341 could come as early as this week.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

THS track competes in Apollo Indoor meet
 The Tornado boys and girls track team have a few meets under their belt and competed in the Apollo Conference Indoor meet on Saturday. The meet wasn’t officially scored towards the records for the year as a win-loss meet, but the results were as follows:
Monday, March 5, 2018

THS Sports Hall of Fame Selects 5 New Members
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School Sports Hall of Fame Committee has announced the newly elected members to the 2018 class of the Hall of Fame. This year’s class includes 1963 graduate Johnny Jones, 1983 graduate Steve Dilly, 1983 graduate Linda Prasun, 2007 graduate Jaris Wommack and the 1997-98 Girls Basketball Team.
Friday, March 2, 2018

Late General run stifles hard-fought Tornadoes 70-59
DECATUR — The Tornadoes proved on Wednesday that they can compete with the “big-boys” of the Central State Eight conference as they traveled down to Decatur to take on the state-ranked MacArthur Generals. The Tornadoes kept it interesting, but a 10-4 run over the final 2:10 proved to be the ending of a hard-fought game and ultimately the Tornadoes season.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Junior high wrestling regional wraps up
LITCHFIELD — Five junior high wrestlers placed in the top-four of the Litchfield regional in their respective weight classes.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tornadoes, Generals in round 1 of stacked regional
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes will face off against the Decatur MacArthur Generals on Wednesday in the first round of MacArthur’s hosted regional. Two teams with 40 plus wins combined sounds more like a championship game and not the opening round game, but Decatur MacArthur (21-9, 15-4 CS8) finished third in the Central State 8 conference behind co-champions Southeast and Lanphier while the Tornadoes (20-9, 7-5 Apollo) finished in third in the Apollo behind conference champion Lincoln and runner-up Mahomet-Seymour.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Anderson scores in 3rd as Blue Jackets beat Blackhawks 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets had to come from behind twice Saturday night to stay in the thick of the Eastern Conference wild-card race.
Monday, February 26, 2018

Seventh grade Tornadoes advance
ROCHESTER — The seventh grade Tornadoes advanced on Saturday against Jersevyille Illini 25-17 and 25-8 in the first game of their Regional on Saturday.
Monday, February 26, 2018

Effingham tops Tornadoes in final minutes

Robert Fagg

Breeze-Courier Sports Writer

EFFINGHAM — The Tornadoes looked to be back in their form from the previous Saturday as they were able to jump on top of Effingham early, but The Flaming Hearts continued to fight back including 15 points in the fourth to come out of their senior with a 56-52 victory.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Tornado cheer: The ladies of the sidelines

TAYLORVILLE — Cheerleading is, in fact, a sport. It may not be the traditional idea of a sport, but it takes a special kind of athlete and a unique personality to be able to do the things that cheerleaders do on a daily basis.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Seventh grade Tornadoes fall to Rochester

TAYLORVILLE — The seventh grade Tornadoes fought hard Thursday night, but ultimately ended up falling 20-25 and 22-25.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Champleys celebrate the legacy of twenty

TAYLORVILLE — The Champley family now has been a part of the past two 20-win seasons for Taylorville; Evan is senior on this year’s team and his father, Joe, was a key piece to the ’83-’84 team that completed the same feat.


Friday, February 23, 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

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

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

















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