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Tornado boys basketball fall at home to Mahomet
TAYLORVILLE — Wyatt Shirley (left) dives on the floor for a loose ball early in Taylorville’s game against Mahomet-Seymour.
Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
TAYLORVILLE — Wyatt Shirley (left) dives on the floor for a loose ball early in Taylorville’s game against Mahomet-Seymour.
Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
TAYLORVILLE — When Taylorville traveled to Mahomet to face off against the Bulldogs, it took a late whistle and an overtime period for the Bulldogs to come away with the victory. On Friday night, though, the ebbs and flows of the game took their toll on the Tornadoes as they fell 63-39 in regulation.
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Tornadoes, Titans split
CHATHAM — The Tornado junior high volleyball teams were on the road at Chatham on Wednesday as they faced off against Glenwood. The seventh grade team fell 25-17 and 26-24 while the eighth grade was victorious in three sets 25-15, 14-25, and 25-22.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Clutch free throws lift Lady Tornadoes over Mahomet
TAYLORVILLE — Down by one with 58.7 seconds left to play, Taylorville’s Hannah Clayton fires off a short-range jumper. It’s off the mark and clanks off front iron. Clayton, though, showcases her hustle and runs down the loose ball. She pulls up for another shot, but, this time, she draws the foul.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Freshman sensation lifts Braves over Lady Tornadoes
At 5’11”, Mt. Zion’s Denver Anderson stood out as one of the tallest girls on the court Wednesday night in a matchup against the Lady Tornadoes. In that regard, it’s easy to mistake her for an upperclassman.

Anderson poured in a game-high 24 points in what would ultimately be a 55-44 win over the Tornadoes; her ability to routinely beat her defender off the dribble and score in the paint also suggests that she’s a seasoned veteran.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Tornado boys top Charleston on the road
The Taylorville boys basketball team hit the road on Tuesday night after two straight home games.. The Tornadoes got back in the win column on the night, as they defeated the Trojans 55-44.

Mason Clayton scored all six first-quarter points for the Tornadoes, but they found themselves trailing 11-6 after the opening quarter. Both teams had 13 in the third quarter, as the Tornadoes got six from Sean Czajkowski, five from Wyatt Shirley, and two more from Clayton, but they still trailed by five at halftime.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Lady Tornado bowlers take down Routt
The Tornado girls bowling team picked up another match win as they defeated Jacksonville Routt Catholic 2336-2201.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Mattoon escapes Taylorville with 51-49 win
Taylorville suffered a narrow, 51-49 defeat at the hands of Mattoon Monday night in a game that was rife with what-ifs

What if Bryce Friedrich hadn’t been sidelined with an ankle injury? What if Mattoon only manages four threes in the first quarter instead of five? What if Sean Czajkowski doesn’t foul out with 1:47 to play in the fourth quarter? What if the Tornadoes don’t uncharacteristically miss five clutch free-throws down the stretch? What if Taylorville hits one more big three?

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Tornado girls fall at Charleston
The Tornado girls were held to 15 points in the first half of their game at Charleston on Monday night while the Trojans accounted for 46 in the first half as they came away with the 55-35 victory on Monday night.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Taylorville 8th grade volleyball sweeps weekend series
The Taylorville eighth grade girls volleyball team swept both of their games over the past weekend as they defeated Nokomis on Friday with scores of 25-12 and 25-18 and defeated Teutopolis on Saturday with scores of 25-20 and 25-20.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Wooden Shoes spoil THS's senior cheer night
Unfortunately for the Taylorville boys basketball program, three is more than two. Despite converting 19 field goals in their game against the Wooden Shoes on Saturday, 15 of those were inside the three-point arc. For the Shoes, they hit 17 field goals, but had eight threes, with six of those coming in the first half. Those extra points were the difference in the game for the Tornadoes, as they fell 51-44.

Luke Markwell, Sean Czajkowski, and Bryce Friedrich scored a bucket each for the Tornadoes in the first quarter, which was all of the scoring that they picked up in the frame. The Shoes, though, outscored the Tornadoes by 10 in the first quarter and led 16-6 going into the second quarter.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Teutopolis beats Lady Tornadoes
Lexie Niebrugge needed just four points going into Teutopolis’s contest with Taylorville on Saturday afternoon. Through the first six minutes of the contest, Niebrugge was held to two points, a long shot cashed in with just over 6:30 left in the first quarter.

Niebrugge drove to the basket and attempted to cross her milestone just before the mask timeout in the first quarter, but was hit on her shot, and only made 1-2 free-throws, giving her three in the contest to that point. Two plays later, though, she split the Tornado defense to get to the basket and layed in her 1,000th and 1,001st points.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Schoonover, Schmitz help Panthers speed past Toppers
Just one step, one sliver of space — that’s all that Pana junior Brenden Schoonover needs to drive the baseline and put himself in position for easy buckets. His first step is like a rocket-fueled drag car.

Having one athlete with lightning-quick reflexes can be a potent offensive weapon; the Pana boys basketball team, though, has two. Schoonover and fellow junior Colin Schmitz both have the ability to terrorize opposing defenses with their speed, and they proved that Saturday night in a running-clock, 68-36 win over Mt. Pulaski.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Tornado 7th-grade volleyball sweeps weekend
The Taylorville seventh grade volleyball team faced off against Nokomis on Friday and then Teutopolis on Saturday. The Tornadoes were victorious in both games as they defeated Nokomis in three sets 25-17, 18-25 and 25-20, while they swept T-Town in straight sets 25-12 and 25-21.
Monday, March 1, 2021

THS boys bowling beats Abingdon, girls down Pana, Routt Catholic
After a successful week at home for the Tornado boys bowling team, they hit the road on Saturday to face off against Abingdon. The Tornadoes adapted to the lanes and came away with the 2590-2270 victory.

Mike Wells led Taylorville with a 592 series and bowled a 206 high game; Tate Wagner rolled a 565 series and had a 203 high game; Jonah Nagle had a 520 series with a 204 high game; Ian Neisler rolled a 495 high series and had a 194 high game; Jordan Fabian bowled a 418 series with a 179 high game.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Strong 2nd half sends Taylorville past MTZ
After winning their first matchup by 23 earlier in the season by pounding the ball inside to Sean Czajkowski and Bryce Friedrich, who totaled 40 in their first contest, the Tornadoes had a gameplan set to defeat Mt. Zion.

The Tornadoes looked like their mind was set for the first half of their second matchup with Mt. Zion on the season, but head coach Ryan Brown wanted to mix things up after the Tornadoes had too many turnovers.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Tornado volleyball splits with Effingham
The Taylorville junior high volleyball teams faced off against Effingham  Thursday. The Flaming Hearts took the seventh grade game 25-7, 14-25, and 25-17 while the Tornadoes won the eighth grade game 25-16 and 25-19.
Saturday, February 27, 2021

THS girls bowling tops MacArthur
The Tornado girls faced off against the Generals of Decatur MacArthur and were victorious 2235-1587.
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Tornado girls fall to rival Mt. Zion, 43-27
Empty possessions and extra opportunities on offense were the story of the game for the Tornadoes and the Braves, respectively, on Thursday night in Mt. Zion.

Both teams scored just one time before the mask break mid-way through the first quarter, but the Braves were able to knock down a three while the Tornadoes were only able to get in the lane for a basket. From there, though, both teams started to heat up as the Braves scored nine points to close out the quarter and the Tornadoes picked up five for Mt. Zion to lead 12-7 going into the second quarter.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Tornado junior high volleyball defeats Plains
The Taylorville junior high school volleyball teams were on the road on Wednesday as they took on Pleasant Plains. The seventh grade team was victorious 25-22 and 25-17 while the eighth grade won 25-11, 22-25, and 25-13.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Tornado bowlers top Roxana
The Taylorville bowling team faced off against Roxana on Thursday evening. The Tornado boys were victorious 2925-2687 while the girls also won 2297-2027.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Mahomet outlasts Taylorville 48-42 in overtime
Just one night after taking on an unbeaten Effingham squad, the Taylorville Tornadoes boys basketball team had another tough task on Wednesday night when they traveled to Mahomet for a matchup with the one-loss Bulldogs.

Taylorville’s energy and defensive pressure against Effingham on Tuesday night was impressive from start to finish, but it may have taken a toll on the Tornadoes as they seemed a little deflated in the opening half of Wednesday’s tilt with Mahomet.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Neisler's perfect game leads THS over Hoopeston
Ian Neisler rolled a perfect game on Tuesday at home as the Tornadoes took on the Hoopeston Cornjerkers. Neisler’s day also helped the Tornadoes come away with the team win of 2972-2238.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Hearts stay unbeaten, hand Taylorville 56-43 loss
Effingham’s 6’6” senior forward Nate Thompson is a force to be reckoned with; he can dominate the paint or pull up and drain threes. He did  both Tuesday night against the Tornadoes in what would ultimately be a 56-43 win for Effingham.

Thompson really showcased the diversity of his game late in the third quarter when he found himself at the perfect intersection of power, finesse, and hustle. In the span of less than a minute and a half, Thompson registered a steal, threw down a powerful slam, hit an underhanded floater in the lane, and then drained a big three from the right corner.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tornado volleyball tops Meridian
The Taylorville junior high volleyball teams were on the road Monday evening as they took on Macon-Meridian. The seventh grade was victorious in straight sets as they won 25-17 and 25-22 while the eighth grade won 25-11 and 25-17.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tornado girls take down Effingham on the road
The Tornado girls have begun their second go-through of the Apollo Conference this season. Each team faces one another at home and on the road as well. The Flaming Hearts defeated the Tornadoes 39-25 in their first meeting in Taylorville back on February 4.

The Tornadoes were able to flip that script on Monday night in Effingham as they defeated the Flaming Hearts 51-48 at their place to split the season series.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Friedrich fuels Taylorville past Rochester
With 4:39 left in the third quarter against Rochester Saturday night, Taylorville’s Bryce Friedrich muscled his way into the paint, backed down his defender, and then floated a soft hook toward the rim. It bounced off back iron, but he snagged his own rebound. His putback attempt was also off target, but Friedrich used his long arms to pull down another gigantic offensive board. Third time’s a charm right? Well, Friedrich finally drew contact on his third attempt at the bucket. He would only earn two points out of the whole ordeal, but it was a defining moment for both Friedrich and the Tornadoes Saturday in what would ultimately be a 48-40 win for Taylorville
Monday, February 22, 2021

Lady Tornadoes down Rochester with good zone defense
One day of practice. That’s all that Tornado head coach Hayden Eldred said that his team was able to work on their 1-2-2 zone pressure. That effort paid off for his team, as they were able to effectively use their zone on Saturday against Rochester and come away with a 42-37 victory.

“We were going to start (in zone) and kind of see how it went. The energy level was up the whole game, and I wasn’t going to come out of something where the energy was there. The girls came out and executed really well in it and I’m very proud of them,” said Eldred.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Jr. High Tornadoes top St. Anthony
The Taylorville junior high volleyball teams faced off against Effingham St. Anthony on Saturday. The seventh grade team was victorious 25-15 and 25-21 while the eighth grade won 25-11 and 25-18.
Monday, February 22, 2021

THS girls bowling wins in Danville
The Tornado girls bowling team was on the road in Danville on Saturday morning to take on Danville, their first match in over a week. The girls took their time off to their advantage, and came away with the 2235-1863 win.
Monday, February 22, 2021

Taylorville's Chris Cherry signs with UIS
TAYLORVILLE — Chris Cherry is Taylorville High School’s most decorated cross country athlete after earning back-to-back conference championships, two state appearances, and even an all-state nod.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Hardiek's 8 threes lifts T-Town over T-Ville
TEUTOPOLIS — The Taylorville boys basketball team had the look of a team trying to hold back an avalanche Friday night when they traveled to Teutopolis. That avalanche was named Jordan Hardiek.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Teutopolis takes care of Lady Tornadoes
TEUTOPOLIS — The Apollo Conference added Teutopolis this season as T-Town normally plays as an independent school, traveling around southern Illinois to find games. This season, though, they wouldn’t necessarily be able to do that due to COVID restrictions, so they joined the Apollo Conference.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Junior high Tornadoes top Mattoon
Friday, February 19, 2021

Tornadoes topple seventh-ranked Meridian
In the first AP Illinois high school basketball poll of this season, Macon Meridian was ranked seventh in the 1A poll with a 5-0 record.

On Wednesday, the unranked 3A Tornadoes rallied from a first-half deficit to hand Meridian its first loss of the season, 57-52.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Mattoon's dynamic duo overwhelms Lady Tornadoes
Mattoon senior guard Delainey Bryant poured in 21 points against the Lady Tornadoes Saturday afternoon. Most days, that would grab the headline. The problem for Bryant, though, was that she was outscored by her own teammate as Mattoon junior forward Mallory Ramage piled up 31 points in what would end up being a 58-44 win for the Green Wave.

The Bryant-Ramage combination accounted for all but six of the Green Wave points, and the Tornadoes simply had no answer for the dynamic duo.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Tornadoes power past Mt. Zion Braves, 64-47
At 6’5” and 6’3” respectively, Taylorville’s Sean Czajkowski and Bryce Friedrich have potential to be a couple of work horses in the paint for the Tornado basketball team, and they may have found their stride in a 64-47 win over conference rival Mt. Zion Friday night.

Czajkowski was able to consistently muscle his way under the rim to set up his silky-smooth turnaround hook while piling up a game-high 24 points on the night. Friedrich, on the other hand, was a little more straight forward in his power game, simply going hard to the rack and drawing contact in the process. Friedrich, though, would prove to be red hot from the line, sinking 10 of his 11 free-throw attempts while picking up 16 points in the contest.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Tornado girls fall to Mahomet
An 18-point first quarter was the difference maker on Thursday night as the Tornadoes fell to Mahomet-Seymour 53-44 on the road.

The bulldogs picked up 18-points in the first quarter as they showed off their ability to make field goals as only two of their 18 came from the free-throw line. The Tornadoes scored 10 in the first quarter thanks to three from Aubrey Kietzman and Hannah Clayton and two each from Alyvia McCullough and Elle Richards.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Tornado junior high volleyball tops Mt. Pulaski
The Taylorville junior high volleyball teams topped Mt. Pulaski in their home opener on Monday night. The seventh grade team lost the first set 16-25, but rallied to win the match 25-11 and 25-22. The eighth grade team was victorious in straight sets 25-23 and 26-24.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Tornado girls drop first bowling match at Pana
The Tornado girls bowling team traveled to Pana on Tuesday to take on the Panthers. Despite being undefeated in the season prior to their match, the Tornado girls fell by 13 pins on the afternoon 2096-2083.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Trojan press too much for Lady Tornadoes
The Charleston Lady Trojans were fast, aggressive, and relentless in their press Monday night.

Ultimately, it would prove to be a very disruptive combination for the Lady Tornadoes as the Trojans would emerge from Dolph Stanley Court with a  71-46 victory over Taylorville.

“Our press is kind of one of our hallmarks,” Charleston head Coach Jeff Miller said. “We try to speed teams, trap the corners, jump the middle. We want to force turnovers and quick shots, and we were able to do that tonight.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Seniors lead Tornado boys to first win over PORTA
Three weeks ago, sports were thought to have disappeared from high school activities for the winter. Two weeks ago, winter activities were able to start back up. Last week, basketball teams were able to have their first games.

Saturday, senior athletes were celebrated before a game with their parents in the stands.

Monday, February 8, 2021

TJHS VB sweeps weekend Effingham series
The junior high Tornado volleyball teams defeated Effingham St. Anthony on Friday and Effingham on Saturday to finish the weekend 2-0 and to open the season with that mark as well.
Monday, February 8, 2021

Early lead not enough as Lady Tornadoes fall to Lincoln
Taking everything that they had learned throughout the week, the Tornado girls basketball team jumped out to an early 5-0 lead over Lincoln on Saturday afternoon at home, and were leading by one going into the second quarter.
Monday, February 8, 2021

Effingham Flaming Hearts drop Tornadoes to 0-2
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado boys drew a tough opening week to their schedule this season as they faced Lincoln on Tuesday and Effingham on Friday night; when play stopped a year ago, those two teams were first and third in the Apollo standings.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

Tornado girls fall in home opener to Effingham, 39-25
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes were at home on Thursday after a short hiatus to take on the Flaming Hearts of Effingham. Despite trailing early, the Tornadoes made it interesting at the half, but the pressure from the Hearts late in the game led to a 39-25 victory over the Tornadoes.
Friday, February 5, 2021

Tornado bowling picks up wins over Jerseyville
The Taylorville bowling teams were in action on Wednesday afternoon as they traveled to Jerseyville. Both teams were successful on the day as the girls defeated Jerseyville 2192-2029 and the boys won 2265-2048.
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Lincoln takes opener from Taylorville, 41-25
No legions of fans, no tunnel walk hype, and not even a tipoff — after an 11-month hiatus, basketball finally returned to Taylorville High School Tuesday night, but it certainly looked a little different than it used to.

The atmosphere was  more reserved than it maybe  ever has been for a season opener, especially one featuring a high-profile matchup against perennial powerhouse Lincoln, but there was still an energy to Tuesday’s matchup, an earnest appreciation for a game that many feared might not return at all this year.

“I know it sounds cliché, but we’re just happy to be here, and we really are,” Taylorville Head Coach Ryan Brown said.

Unfortunately, though, the contest wouldn’t be the celebrated return that Brown and his squad were hoping for as the Railer D locked down the Tornadoes for what would ultimately be a 41-25 victory.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Tornado girls fall in season opening game at SHG
Despite being down just seven at the break, the Cyclones were able to slowly increase their lead in the second half and closed out the game with a 20-point victory on the evening, downing the Tornadoes 56-36.

The Cyclones showed off their ability to shoot the ball from deep early in the contest, as Sofia Lowis knocked in back-to-back three’s to give Griffin a 6-0 lead across the opening 2:30 of the contest. Haylee Sagle cut the lead in half with a triple of her own, but the Cyclones were able to take advantage of their second-chance opportunities and scored five straight points to go up 11-3.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Tornado bowling splits with Jerseyville
The Tornado boys and girls bowling teams faced off against the visiting Jerseyville Panthers on Monday afternoon at the Olde Bowl. The Tornado boys fell to the Panthers 2240-2208, while the girls picked up the win 2209-2008.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

THS Athletic Director Hadley outlines sports spectator policy
The Taylorville Tornado boys and girls basketball teams have their first games on Tuesday, February 2; the Tornado boys are home against Lincoln and the girls are on the road at SHG. According to Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, only 50 spectators will be allowed to attend games. In that regard, Taylorville Athletic Director Jason Hadley thought it would be important to lay out some guidelines for spectators at Tornado home games.
Saturday, January 30, 2021

Tornado bowling excited to kick off long-awaited season Monday
To say it has been a long wait for high school sports would be an understatement. That is why the Tornado bowling teams are excited to get back to playing against another team tonight when they will take on Jerseyville.

“For me, it’s great,” said head boys coach Lance Nagle about returning to play. “Winning the Regional and then not fairing so well in the Sectional ended our season on a sour note for me and for these kids, led to us being so ready for this season. Having our season put on hold, and also the not knowing of whether we were going to even have a season, was really tough on them. Having anything, any type of season, is just a plus.”

Saturday, January 30, 2021

IDPH updates sports guidelines
ILLINOIS — This is the day that many across Illinois have been waiting for since March. Sports are back.

Not just non-contact sports and low-risk sports either. All sports, whether indicated as higher-risk, moderate-risk, or lower-risk are now able to compete as long a COVID Region is in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Taylorville basketball finally gets back to practice
In a normal year, the Taylorville High School basketball team might be vying for a top spot in the Litchfield Tournament right now. Instead, the team only just had their first practice of the season on Wednesday.

“I can’t promise you tomorrow. I can only promise you right now,” Taylorville head coach Ryan Brown told his team Wednesday, acknowledging the uncertainty of the upcoming season. “And right now, we’re just going to play basketball, be kids again for a couple of hours, and try get back to some sense of normalcy.”

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Plowman looking to build on banner year of racing
While most athletes were sidelined last year as a result of the pandemic, Waverly’s Lake Plowman was able to find success. Plowman, the grandson of Morrisonville’s Dorothy and Jim Dautel, was able to amass an impressive 13 victories, four second-place finishes, and two third-place finishes in a national dirt bike circuit where he races on what are called “cross country” courses.

Plowman ripped up courses all across the U.S. in 2020 and earned a ton of accolades. It was a breakthrough year that might have propelled him to the next level in the sport.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Taylorville's Colbrook headed to St. Ambrose
Rozella Colbrook signed her letter of intent to play soccer at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa on Monday afternoon. Colbrook became the fifth Tornado in the past two years to commit to St. Ambrose, but was the first women’s soccer player to do so.

Colbrook said she chose St. Ambrose over other schools due to the commute time there and back, but also because of their academics. “I hate spending time in the car, so it’s nice that it isn’t too far away, but also it feels like I am able to get away from home,” said Colbrook.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Taylorville's Ethan Mileham signs with St. Ambrose
The Taylorville pipeline to Davenport, Iowa continues as the Tornadoes send another wide receiver to the Fighting Bees after Ethan Mileham announced Thursday that he will join the team next season and continue his education at St. Ambose University.
Saturday, January 2, 2021

Man called most prolific serial killer in US history dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man authorities say was the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, with nearly 60 confirmed victims, died Wednesday in California. He was 80.
Thursday, December 31, 2020

Junior high basketball, volleyball delayed again
ILLINOIS — Steve Endsley, Executive Director of the IESA, announced on Tuesday afternoon that junior high boys basketball and girls volleyball seasons have been delayed again.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

PGA Tour 2K21 by 2K a go-to golf game for sure when the courses close
Before we get started, just some transparency, I was provided a copy of PGA Tour 2K21 by 2K and am grateful for the opportunity to work with them.

The opinions and reviews of the game are of my own accord having played the game on an original PlayStation 4.

It has been quite a while since a new golf game got me as interested as PGA Tour 2K21; growing up with the Tiger Woods golf series of games, I was excited when EA came out with Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.

That was more than five years ago.

Monday, December 7, 2020

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