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home : sports May 25, 2016

Dorchinecz powers Tornadoes to regional win over Southeast
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornadoes gather at home plate to greet senior Ben Dorchinecz (2) after his second two-run home run of the game. Dorchinecz went 3-3 with five runs batted in to lead the Tornadoes to a 13-11 regional win over the Southeast Spartans, on Monday. John LeVault/Breeze-Courier
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornadoes gather at home plate to greet senior Ben Dorchinecz (2) after his second two-run home run of the game. Dorchinecz went 3-3 with five runs batted in to lead the Tornadoes to a 13-11 regional win over the Southeast Spartans, on Monday.
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TAYLORVILLE — For the seniors on the Taylorville Tornado baseball team, Monday’s regional play-in game against the Southeast Spartans was their last chance to play on the THS baseball field, in front of their home crowd, and senior second baseman Ben Dorchinecz made sure that no one in purple and gold went home disappointed.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016


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Lady Tornadoes rout Southeast Spartans in regional matchup
TAYLORVILLE — The Lady Tornadoes came out a little flat against the Springfield Southeast Spartans on Monday night, but it didn’t take long for them to turn on the intensity.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cherry brings home two state titles
PEORIA — This past weekend three Tornadoes travelled to East Peoria to represent Taylorville Junior High in the state track meet.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Ninmer and Fursteneau win opening match at Sectionals
SPRINGFIELD — Taylorville High School seniors Mark Ninmer and Grant Fursteneau played in the Springfield tennis sectional, on Friday.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Lady Tornado open gyms
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School girls basketball team will begin open gyms this Thursday, May 27, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the North School Gymnasium.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Lady Tornadoes compete
CHARLESTON — Four Lady Tornadoes earned their way to Charleston, on Friday, for the IHSA Class 2A State Finals preliminary races.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Five Taylorville Tornadoes moving on after sectional track meet
SPRINGFIELD — The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity boys track team traveled to Memorial Stadium, on Friday, to compete in the IHSA Class 2A sectionals meet hosted Lanphier High School.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

T'ville Storm baseball enjoyed successful weekend in Hillsboro
HILLSBORO — The Taylorville Storm 14u baseball team was at Hillsboro last weekend.
Despite the cold and the rain, the 14u team pulled off an amazing act of will and determination! They played two games on Saturday going 1-1 dropping a game to the Chatham Redskins 15-4 and beating Hillsboro 14-2, now they had to play 3 games in a row on Sunday to get back to the final game.

Friday, May 20, 2016

THS grad Amber Morgan letters at Millikin
Friday, May 20, 2016

Lakeshore Wed. ladies golf league update
Friday, May 20, 2016

7U Storm Compete In First Tourney
Friday, May 20, 2016

Ninmer and Feurstenau heading to tennis sectionals

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School doesn’t have a tennis program, but that won’t stop them from being represented at the Springfield sectional tennis match this weekend.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

TJHS Tornado track sending three competitors to State
HILLSBORO — Last Saturday, May 14th, the Taylorville Junior High track teams travelled to Hillsboro to compete in the sectional track meet.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

THS boys track competes in Capital Area Classic
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Heading to State
ROCHESTER — It took over seven hours to complete, but the end result was well worth it for the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes, as they competed in the Rochester sectional track meet last Friday.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lady Tornadoes finish regular season with win over Mahomet
MAHOMET — The cold, rainy conditions didn’t stop the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes from hitting the road on Tuesday, when they traveled to Mahomet to take on a future Apollo Conference foe in the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lakeshore Updates
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tornadoes finish regular season with big win over Southeast
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornadoes concluded their 2016 regular season on Monday, when they hosted the Southeast Spartans in a non-conference make-up game to prepare for the two teams matchup next Monday in the opening round of Regionals.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lady Tornadoes finish second in 'Throw Down in the Ville' tournament
Monday, May 16, 2016

Tornadoes sweep Jacksonville Crimsons in last doubleheader of the season
JACKSONVILLE — With the 2016 regular season coming to an end and Regionals just around the corner, the Taylorville Tornadoes traveled to Jacksonville, on Saturday, for their final doubleheader of the season in a non-conference matchup against the Crimsons.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Behl hurls first no-hitter to seal Senior Night win
TAYLORVILLE — It was a special night on the Taylorville softball diamond, on Friday, as the Lady Tornadoes hosted the Lanphier Lions and recognized seniors Katie Gilpin, Kailey Talley, Katie Patton, and Taylor Durham prior to the game to show their appreciation for the seniors contributions on, and off, the field.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mateer retakes Taylorville Wrestling program reigns
TAYLORVILLE — After a two year absence, newly christened THS Hall of Famer Lee Mateer is returning to the mats to once again hold the title of Head Wrestling Coach.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Senators spoil Tornado baseball Senior Night
TAYLORVILLE — It was Senior Night for the Taylorville Tornado varsity baseball team, on Friday, and seniors Dalee Young, Blake Heimsness, Ben Dorchinecz, Colton Lamb, Lane Ruppert, Cole Owens, Brendan Held, Austin Dunkirk, and Travis Winans had their work cut out for them when the 23-3 Springfield High Senators came to town.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

T'ville Junior High track finishes off another successful week
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Junior High track teams continued their busy competition schedule this past week.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Hosts 8th Annual 5K Fun Run and Walk
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosted their 8th annual 5K Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Men, women and children of all ages registered to run or walk the 5K course through Taylorville and enjoyed the chance to be outside for a good cause.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

McVickers resigns as boys' basketball coach at SHG
TAYLORVILLE — Carey McVickers, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School’s Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, has officially submitted his resignation due to health reasons.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Homecoming date change
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School Student Council would like to announce that the 2016 THS Homecoming Game will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016, instead of the previously announced date in September.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Academic All-Conference team named
TAYLORVILLE — The Apollo Conference has named the 2016 Academic All-Conference Team, and 15 Taylorville High School students have been awarded as members.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Taylorville track competes in Apollo Championships
MATTOON — The freshman and sophomore members of the Taylorville boys and girl track teams traveled to Mattoon High School, on Saturday, to compete in the Apollo Conference fresh/soph championships.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Conference woes continue as Mattoon sweeps Tornadoes
MATTOON — After opening conference play with a sweep of the Salem Wildcats, the Taylorville Tornado varsity baseball team has struggled greatly against the other Apollo Conference teams, falling to 2-8 in conference play after being swept by the Mattoon Green Wave, on Saturday.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Friday Night Couples League welcomes golfers
TAYLORVILLE — The results of the first Friday Night Couples League of the season played Friday, May 6
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Heimsness and Dorchinecz power Tornadoes past Pana Panthers
TAYLORVILLE — It was a battle of two of Christian Counties hardest throwing senior pitchers, on Friday, when Taylorville’s Blake Heimsness and Pana’s Rhett Zahradka took the mound as the Tornadoes and Panthers went head to head at Taylorville High School.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Taylorville junior varsity baseball gets 10th win
BETHANY — The Taylorville Tornadoes junior varsity baseball team traveled to Bethany, on Thursday, for a non-conference contest against the Okaw Valley Timberwolves.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Tornadoes take fifth in Apollo Conference meet
CHARLESTON — The Taylorville Tornado boys and girl track teams traveled to Charleston, on Thursday, for an evening full of Apollo Conference Championship action, with both teams bringing home some hardware and finishing fifth overall in the points totals.
Friday, May 6, 2016

TJHS track have successful meets in Mt. Zion, Danville
TAYLORVILLE  — The Taylorville Junior High School track teams had a pair of meets this past week, as they traveled to Mt. Zion and Danville, and brought home some medals from the meets.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Three-run first pushes Lady Tornadoes past Pana
PANA— In the first at bat of the game, Taylorville’s Haley Shull laced a triple into left field. It would be the start of a tough first inning for the Pana Panthers, an inning that may have been the difference in Taylorville’s 5-2 victory on Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lady Tornadoes track has fun finish before final three meets
MT. ZION — The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes traveled to Mt. Zion, on Monday, for their last triangular meet of the season before the Conference meet, Sectionals, and Capital Area Classis.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tornado bats go cold in doubleheader loss to Effingham
EFFINGHAM — The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity baseball team traveled to Effingham on Tuesday, in a make-up doubleheader that was previously scheduled for Saturday.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Six new members inducted into Taylorville High School Hall of Fame
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School Hall of Fame committee held the 21st annual Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony this past Saturday, in the auditorium at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Taylorville boys track win Litchfield meet Thursday
LITCHFIELD — The Taylorville boys and girls track teams traveled to Litchfield, on Thursday, for a meet with the Purple Panthers and the Pleasant Plains Cardinals.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hearts sweep Lady Tornadoes as offensive struggles continue
TAYLORVILLE — “We’ve scored six runs or so in the past six games” said a concerned Taylorville softball head coach, Jim Novar. “We’re not going to win many games averaging one run a game.”
Friday, April 29, 2016

Seventh grade Lady Tornadoes win Dragon Invitational
HILLSBORO — Last Saturday, the Taylorville Junior Track teams were in action at the Dragon Invite, in Hillsboro.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lavin hurls Tornadoes past Rochester Rockets
ROCHESTER — The Taylorville Tornado varsity baseball team traveled to Rochester, on Monday, to take on a former Central State Eight rival in the Rochester Rockets.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lakeshore Golf League Updates
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Take Me Out To The Ball Game
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lady Tornadoes struggle to get going in loss to Rockets
ROCHESTER — The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes varsity softball team traveled to Rochester, on Monday, for a non-conference contest against the Rochester Rockets.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tornadoes stumble in doubleheader loss to Charleston
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity baseball team hosted an Apollo Conference doubleheader, on Saturday, when the Charleston Trojans made the trip up to THS.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Taylorville track shows well at co-ed Titan Invitational in Chatham
CHATHAM — The Taylorville Tornado boys and girls track teams traveled to Chatham, on Friday, for an action packed co-ed Titan Invitational. 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

April 24 This Date In Baseball
Saturday, April 23, 2016

TJHS Track Has Another Strong Week
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Junior High boys and girls track teams travelled to Mattoon last Tuesday to compete in a dual. The rain held off long enough for the meets to complete. The larger number of students on the team allowed Mattoon to sweep the team results despite the best efforts of the Tornadoes.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Taylorville Travel Teams
BLOOMINGTON — A pair of youth basketball teams from Taylorville traveled to Bloomington this past weekend to compete in a competitive basketball tournament.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Lady Tornadoes finish eighth in Mattoon Invite
MATTOON — The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes varsity track team travelled to the Mattoon Invitational, on Tuesday, for what turned out to be a rain free, overcast night.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lavin hurls Tornadoes past Hillsboro Hiltoppers
HILLSBORO — The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity boys baseball team were in action for the second straight evening, on Tuesday, when they traveled to Hillsboro for a make-up game with the Hiltoppers.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Taylorville boys track wins Charleston meet
CHARLESTON — The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity boys track team traveled to Charleston, on Monday, for a Apollo Conference meet against the Trojans.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

THS Hall of Fame inductee: Rich Wilson, Sr.
TAYLORVILLE — Rich Wilson, Sr. graduated from THS in 1946. He was a three year letter winner and starter in football on three Mid-State Conference Champions.  He was a starting guard for two  seasons on the Tornadoes basketball team and he started two years for Red Bland’s baseball team in the spring.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

THS Hall of Fame inductee: Ken Hart
TAYLORVILLE — Ken Hart is no stranger to Taylorville High School and it’s athletic program and is being inducted into the Hall of Fame as Friend of Sports.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Makala Finks commits to Hannibal-Lagrange University
TAYLORVILLE — Makala Finks, a 2016 senior at Taylorville High School and the starting center for the Lady Tornadoes varsity basketball team this past season, has signed her letter of intent to continue her playing career next season, at Hannibal-Lagrange University. 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Strong first inning leads Tornadoes past Lincolnwood in five
TAYLORVILLE — Coming off a pair of tough losses at the hands of Mt. Zion, on Saturday, in two games where the offense struggled to get much production, the Taylorville Tornado varsity baseball team responded by pickick up a dominant win over the Lincolnwood Lancers, on Monday. 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lady Tornadoes get walk-off win Monday

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornado varsity softball team was back on their home diamond, on Monday, when they hosted the Lincolnwood Lancers in an Apollo vs MSM conference matchup. 

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Offensive woes plague Tornadoes in doubleheader loss to Mt. Zion
MT. ZION — The Taylorville Tornado varsity baseball team traveled to Mt. Zion, on Saturday, for a doubleheader against their biggest Apollo Conference Rival, the Mt. Zion Braves.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Lady Tornadoes remain atop conference standings after Mt. Zion split
TAYLORVILLE — The Lady Tornadoes were at home on Saturday afternoon where they hosted the Lady Braves of Mt. Zion in a double header. The Braves jumped out to an early lead in game one, and the Tornadoes struggled to find an answer both at the plate and in the field. “It was 5-0 after the second, but the two unearned runs we gave them in the first were more disheartening than the next three,” said Taylorville Head Coach Jim Novar. “That first inning, we had two outs and then committed two errors, which opened the door for them to score those first two runs. When you play a team like Mt. Zion, you just cant give them extra outs.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Lady Tornadoes bounce back to beat Indians
TAYLORVILLE — A night after giving up a four run, first inning lead and suffering their third loss of the season, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes varsity softball team held their home opener, hosting the Pawnee Lady Indians.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

THS Hall of Fame inductee: Jim Banko
TAYLORVILLE — Jim Banko graduated from Taylorville High School in 1961, and is being inducted into the Hall of Fame as a baseball coach and a player. 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tornadoes overcome early deficit to take down Indians
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornado varsity baseball team was back on their home diamond, on Friday, after Mother Nature kept them from playing a game on the THS field for over a week, as they hosted the Pawnee Indians in a non-conference matchup.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Lady Tornadoes hold Senior Night at Rochester quad
ROCHESTER —  The Taylorville Tornado girls track team held their senior night at Rochester, on Thursday, in what head coach Steve Keller called their “first nice weather meet of the year.” The Taylorville track teams are forced to have their senior night at a different school because they cannot host track meets due to the condition of their track.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Lady Tornadoes comeback falls just short against Redskins
NOKOMIS — The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity softball team traveled to Nokomis, on Thursday, for a non-conference matchup against the Lady Redskins.
Friday, April 15, 2016

THS Hall of Fame inductee: Bob Lanzotti
TAYLORVILLE — Bob Lanzotti graduated from Taylorville High School in 1955 and was a three year letter winner on the Tornadoes’ football team.  A starting guard for two years, and a natural leader both on and off the field,  Lanzotti was selected team captain during the Tornadoes 6 – 2 – 1  season in 1954.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Taylorville Junior High track team breaking records early in season
ROCHESTER — Last week marked the start of competition season for the Taylorville Junior High track teams.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tornadoes comeback twice to sweep the Wildcats
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornadoes hosted the Salem Wildcats, on Tuesday, in their Apollo Conference opener. Due to wet grounds at the high school, the game was held at Manners Park, but that didn’t stop the Tornadoes from using their home-field magic to get a pair of wins.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

THS Hall of Fame inductee: Ryan Beeler
TAYLORVILLE — Ryan Beeler, a 2003 Taylorville High School graduate, lettered three years each in football, basketball and baseball.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

THS Hall of Fame inductee: Lee Mateer
TAYLORVILLE — Lee Mateer, a 1999 Taylorville High School graduate, is being inducted into the Hall of Fame as a coach and a player. While in high school, Mateer lettered 3 years in football and wrestling and 2 years in track and one year in baseball.  He began his coaching career as an assistant football coach in 2004 and an assistant wrestling coach in 2006, and eventually became the Defensive Coordinator in football and head coach of the wrestling program.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Lady Tornadoes win conference opening doubleheader
SALEM — The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity softball team traveled to Salem, on Saturday, for their Apollo Conference opener with the Lady Wildcats in an early afternoon doubleheader.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Healthy Kids Having Fun
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Muraro wins YMCA lifeguard challenge
TAYLORVILLE —  YMCA lifeguards participated in an ultimate guard contest in March.  The guards were allowed one challenge per day which they pulled at random.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Wintry mix ends Lady Tornadoes game in Decatur
DECATUR — The Taylorville Lady Tornado softball team traveled to Decatur, on Friday, for a non-conference contest against the Decatur MacArthur Generals.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

2016-2017 Taylorville Dance Team Announced
TAYLORVILLE — The 2016-2017 Taylorville High School Dance Team has been announced after tryouts last week.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Charity fishing tournament to be held this Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and local fishing enthusiast Brandon Dulik is using his passion for fishing to help raise money for a Child Advocacy Center.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Tornadoes show well at Capital City Classic
SPRINGFIELD — The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes traveled to Memorial Stadium, on Tuesday, for the freshman/sophomore Capital City Classic track meet hosted by Lanphier.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tornadoes and Panthers battle in coed track meet
PANA — The Taylorville Tornado boys and girls track teams traveled down Route 29, on Monday, as they went into Pana to take on the Panthers in track and field action.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tornadoes and Panthers battle in coed track meet
PANA — The Taylorville Tornado boys and girls track teams traveled down Route 29, on Monday, as they went into Pana to take on the Panthers in track and field action.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tornadoes hang on for 5-3 win over Raiders

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity baseball team knew they had a tough task on Monday, as they hosted the previously unbeaten Central A&M Raiders. 

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tornadoes hang on for 5-3 win over Raiders
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornadoes varsity baseball team knew they had a tough task on Monday, as they hosted the previously unbeaten Central A&M Raiders.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tornadoes pound Lanphier Lions in doubleheader sweep this weekend
TAYLORVILLE — It was a windy afternoon on Saturday all across Central Illinois, and the Taylorville Tornadoes didn’t mind it one bit as they hosted the Lanphier Lions and used the wind to their advantage in a pair of blowout wins.
Monday, April 4, 2016

Taylorville senior Kailey Talley commits to Illinois College
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School senior softball player, Kailey Talley, has been playing competitive softball since she was in sixth grade, and she’s not ready to give it up just yet, as she committed to play the next four years at Illinois College, in Jacksonville, on Friday.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Taylorville senior Tyler Gist heading to Monmouth College
TAYLORVILLE — After an incredible senior season for the Taylorville Tornadoes, Tyler Gist has chosen to continue his football career at Monmouth College next fall.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Junior varsity Lady Tornadoes fall to Tri-City Tornadoes
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornadoes junior varsity softball team held their home opener, on Friday, when they hosted the Tri-City Tornadoes.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lady Tornadoes win first outdoor meet of the season
SHELBYVILLE — As mentioned in Friday’s edition of the Breeze-Courier, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes’ track team traveled to Shelbyville, on Thursday, for the Shelbyville Quad, with Shelbyville, Patoka, Brownstown, and Cowden-Herrick.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lady Tornadoes Open Outdoor Season With A Win
SHELBYVILLE — The Taylorville Lady Tornado track team traveled to Shelbyville, on Thursday, to open their 2016 outdoor track and field season. The Lady Tornadoes raced against Shelbyville, Cowden-Herrick, Brownstown, and Patoka. Taylorville finished in first place in all by four events, one of which they did not compete in.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Lakeshore Golf Leagues beginning next week
TAYLORVILLE — There will be a short meeting of the Monday morning retired golfers league on Monday, April 4 at 8:30 am, with the league beginning immediately after at 9 am.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Argenta-Oreana blanks Tornadoes for second straight loss
TAYLORVILLE — The Argenta-Oreana Bombers came to Taylorville, on Tuesday, and they wasted little time getting things going against the Tornadoes’ starting pitcher, Nic Lavin.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Redskins rally late in walk-off win over Tornadoes
NOKOMIS — The Taylorville Tornadoes traveled to Nokomis, on Monday, as they took on the Redskins who had lefty-ace, and Louisville commit, Reed Detmers on the mound.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tornadoes tear through St. T in doubleheader win
DECATUR — The Taylorville Tornado varsity boys baseball team continued their strong start to the season, on Saturday, as they went up to St. Teresa High School to take on the Bulldogs and came home with a pair of wins.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Bellegante hits 5000 miles
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Unforgettable footprints: A salute to the pioneers of Taylorville girls sports
TAYLORVILLE - The year was 1972. The median household income was $9,697, the cost of a postage stamp was $0.08, electronic mail was introduced and the song of the year was “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King. Kids in Taylorville were riding around the square on Friday nights after the football or basketball games for something to do.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Storming To Victory
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Storm 14u boys baseball team played at a tournament in Vandalia Saturday, March 19.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Patton, Shull power Lady Tornadoes to dominant win over Bulldogs
DECATUR — With an 11 run lead heading into the top of the fifth inning, the Taylorville Lady Tornado varsity softball team needed a few insurance runs to get the mercy rule to come into effect, and they got more than enough runs to get the job done thanks to the bats of Katie Patton and Haley Shull.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

THS Basketball Awards
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville boys basketball team held their annual banquet on Tuesday. Pictured are the award winners.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tornadoes Sweep Decatur Lutheran in Double Header
TAYLORVILLE — It was a cold and breezy day on Saturday, but that didn’t stop the Taylorville Tornado varsity boys baseball team from heating things up on the diamond as they took on the Decatur Lutheran Lions.
Monday, March 21, 2016

Tornadoes Boys Track Team Breaks More Records At EIU
CHARLESTON — The Taylorville Tornado boys track team traveled over to Charleston, on Saturday, for the Eastern Illinois University indoor meet, where they continued to break school record.
Monday, March 21, 2016

Lady Tornadoes start season with successful tourney

NEW BERLIN — The Taylorville Lady Tornado varsity softball team got their season started, on Saturday, when they traveled to New Berlin for an all day tournament.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Lady Tornado track competes in Last Chance meet
CLINTON — The Lady Tornado track team traveled to Clinton, on Saturday, for the race coined the “Last Chance Meet,” as runners compete for their final chance to qualify for the State indoor track meet.
Monday, March 21, 2016

Cardinals hold Tornadoes scoreless in home opener
TAYLORVILLE — “They just looked like they were more ready to play in the 45 degree weather than we were” summed up Taylorville head varsity baseball coach Brian Sample after the Tornadoes 12-0 loss to Warrensburg, on Friday.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Dust finishes successful freshman season with Fighting Bees
DAVENPORT, IA — For many high school student-athletes, the dream of playing their sport at the college level is one that fades away after they take off their jersey for the final time at the end of their senior season. In fact, the national average of high school boys basketball players who go on to play at the varsity level in college is less than six percent.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

THS Sports Hall of Fame selects six new members
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School Sports Hall of Fame Committee has announced the newly elected members to the 2016 class of the Hall of Fame.  This year’s class incudes football and basketball standout Rich Wilson Sr (’46), football player, Bob Lanzotti (’55),  football and basketball player, Ryan Beeler (’04), Wrestling and football coach and player, Lee Mateer (’99), baseball coach and player, Jim Banko, and Friend of Sports, Ken Hart.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tornadoes blow past Mohawks in opening day win
MORRISONVILLE — It was opening day for Christian County baseball, on Tuesday, as the Taylorville Tornadoes traveled to Morrisonville to take on the Mohawks in the first game of the season for both teams.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Lady Tornadoes already breaking records this season
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Lady Tornado varsity track team began its season a couple of weeks ago, and have already began shattering THS indoor track records in their first two meets.
Monday, March 14, 2016

Tornado softball using team chemistry to build on
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes softball team has continued to improve over the past few seasons, and head coach Jim Novar is anticipating the same for the 2016 season.
Monday, March 14, 2016

Tornado boys track off to a solid start to season
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornado boys track team, under the direction of fourth year coach Brian Blomquist, are already off to a nice start to their 2016 season, and they show no signs of slowing down as the outdoor track schedule begins to blossom.
Monday, March 14, 2016

Coach Sample set for first season as Tornadoes Skipper
TAYLORVILLE — It's a new era for the Taylorville Tornado varsity baseball program, as longtime assistant Brian Sample has taken over the reigns as the head skipper of the Tornadoes.
Monday, March 14, 2016

Taylorville's Talley Named All-Conference
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Over 2,000 fans pack THS to see CS8 foes battle for sectional title
TAYLORVILLE — While the Taylorville Tornado basketball season may have ended last week, the hardwood on Dolph Stanley Court was still being used this past week, as THS played host to the IHSA Class 3A sectional games.
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Ruppert and Clayton Selected for All-Apollo Team
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Tornado varsity basketball players Lane Ruppert (left) and Logan Clayton (right) have been selected as members of the All-Apollo Conference second team. Ruppert, a senior, and Clayton, a junior, were both starters for the Tornadoes this season. Other members of the All-Apollo Conference second team were Mattoon’s Drake Jefferies, Effingham’s Sean Zerrusean, Charleston’s Blaze Taylor-Lutz, and Mt. Zion’s Kevin Cox.
Friday, March 11, 2016

Tornadoes break records at Mt. Zion invite 
MT. ZION — The Taylorville Tornado boys track team traveled to Mt. Zion, on Wednesday, to participate in the Mt. Zion Invitational.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

THS to host 2016 IHSA Sectional Final on Friday
TAYLORVILLE — The 2016 IHSA Taylorville Sectional Final between Southeast and Lanphier High Schools is scheduled for a 7:00 pm tipoff on Dolph Stanley Court Friday March 11, 2016.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

CCY Predators end season at Illini District Championships
SPRINGFIELD — Six Christian County YMCA Predators traveled to Springfield on Saturday, March 5 to compete in the Illini District Championship swim meet.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Taylorville's Tommy O'Brien signs with Big Blue
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School senior Tommy O’Brien has signed his letter of intent to continue his track and field career at the collegiate level, as he is set to become a member of the Millikin University track team next fall.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tippitt breaks records at Illinois College Invite
JACKSONVILLE — In two meets this season, the Taylorville Lady Tornado track team has already managed to break four school records.
Monday, March 7, 2016

Tornado boys open season with pair of invitationals
MAHOMET — The Taylorville Tornado boys track team got their 2016 season started this past week, as the freshman and sophomore team members traveled up to Mahomet Seymore for an Invitational.
Monday, March 7, 2016

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Youth Basketball Association held their first ever TYB Hoopfest this past weekend, with 26 teams competing in four different divisions for the crown of Hoopfest Champions in their respective brackets.
Monday, March 7, 2016

Locals Compete in Indoor Soccer Tournament
DECATUR — Five girls from Taylorville competed in an indoor soccer tournament in Decatur, IL on February 28, 2016.
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lady Tornadoes open season at Mt. Zion Invite
MT. ZION — The Lady Tornado track team started out their indoor track season Wednesday, at Mt. Zion’s new indoor facility. They had a strong start to the year running several good times to start the season along with breaking two THS indoor records.
Friday, March 4, 2016

CCY Predators Win at Illini Junior District Championships
MATTOON — Nine Christian County YMCA Predators traveled to Mattoon, IL on Saturday February 27, 2016 to compete in the Illini Junior District Championships.  The Predators competed against the 212 other swimmers to from 9 area YMCA Teams.  This is the first in a series for Championship Swim meets.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Tornadoes end season with regionals loss to Eisenhower
LINCOLN — The Taylorville Tornadoes traveled to Lincoln, on Monday, to open regional play against the Decatur Eisenhower Panthers, and it didn’t take long for the Tornadoes to see just how tough of a test that they had ahead of them.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

7th grade Lady Tornadoes fall in regional semi-final match with Mt. Zion
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Junior High School seventh grade Lady Tornadoes hosted Mt. Zion, on Monday, in the IESA volleyball regional semi-finals.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Seventh grade Lady Tornado volleyball advances in regionals
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Junior High School seventh grade Lady Tornado volleyball team started their post-season play, on Saturday, when they hosted Stephen Decatur in the first round of regionals.
Monday, February 29, 2016

Blake Heimsness Signs Letter Of Intent To Play Football For Big Blue
TAYLORVILLE — “Ever since I was a little kid I’ve wanted to play a sport in college, and I just love football. I felt like it was the right sport for me to play in college” said Taylorville senior, Blake Heimsness.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Heart Breakers
TAYLORVILLE — “It was magical in The Dolph tonight” said Taylorville head coach Ryan Brown, following the Tornadoes 78-72 win over Effingham, on Friday. “There was just so much energy in here. You could feel it in the junior varsity game and it really just carried through the senior ceremony and all the way up to the final buzzer. It was special.”
Saturday, February 27, 2016












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