CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Taylorville JFL association had to make a difficult decision over the past few days following the announcement of the changes to the IHSA Phase 4 guidelines. The Taylorville JFL and the Junior Mid-State conference made the decision to suspend registration and practice by a month. Saturday, July 11, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — While fall sports like football were undoubtedly affected by a summer where contact days weren’t allowed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, winter sports, too, also suffered. Thursday, July 9, 2020
As school districts around the state begin to approve IHSA’s Phase 4 Return to Play Guidelines, the IHSA has remained optimistic that there will be fall sports in the 2020-2021 school year. So optimistic, in fact, that they released the 2020 football schedules for all schools in Illinois on Monday. Tuesday, July 7, 2020
The Monday morning men’s retired golf league beat the heat wave and avoided the rain after their holiday weekend. The results were as follows:
Cocagne shot the low team score of 143, Calandro shot a 144, Medler and Crist shot a 147, Saxe shot a 162, Garrison shot a 164, Decourcy shot a 167, Johnson shot a 172, and Frisina and Hunsley shot a 186. Tuesday, July 7, 2020
After being rained out last week, the Monday night ladies golf league was in action this week. Tuesday’s ladies league was postponed due to the weather, but Wednesday morning, the ladies were able to get out and play as well. The results from the leagues were as follows: Saturday, July 4, 2020
Stephen Keller has decided to step down as head coach of the Taylorville High School girls basketball team and girls track team. Though Keller will no longer be roaming the sidelines for the Purple and Gold, he will not be leaving THS. Instead, he will be taking a new position as vIce principal.
“The role of an administrator is too time consuming to be able to effectively coach at the high school level. It was an extremely difficult decision to make, but I believe it is the correct decision in advancing my career,” said Keller. Tuesday, June 16, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — This year marks the 40th anniversary of the very first Taylorville High School girls basketball team. It began on January 3, 1980 with the first game being played against the Mt. Zion Lady Braves. For those of us who were around then, we remember it like it was yesterday. Saturday, June 13, 2020
After the IHSA announced that their Return to Play Guidelines went into effect on Saturday, June 6, athletes around Illinois were able to get some hope after COVID-19 dashed many of their spring seasons.
That hope began for many on Wednesday as more than 100 athletes, split across two segments, were able to get back to activity as a part of Taylorville sports. Eight coaches across six different sports and activities oversaw groups of 10 or fewer student-athletes on Wednesday morning. Tornado athletes all received a temperature check before they participated and had to answer a short health survey before being able to participate. Head football coach Jeb Odam, head volleyball coach Kim Peabody, head basketball coach Ryan Brown, head girls soccer coach Hayden Eldred, head dance coach Heather Odam, and head softball coach Megan Rhoades, with several assistants, joined together to bring activity back to Taylorville’s campus. Wednesday, June 10, 2020
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) released their All-State Academic teams for the 2019-2020 season. The Taylorville boys had the top grade point average (GPA) in Division 6, the Central A&M boys were named out of Division 5, and the Taylorville girls had the third highest GPA out of Division 6. Monday, June 8, 2020
The Tuesday and Wednesday morning ladies golf leagues were able to avoid the recent string of bad weather and got out on the golf course this week. Their results were as follows: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Despite the recent weather, the Monday night ladies golf league was back in action on May 18. Black/Wright finished the night in first with a score of 58, Kennedy/O’Bryan was second with a 52, Eggerman/Summers was third with a 49, Oyler/Lumb was fourth with a 47, Brasche/Wilkinson was fifth with a 39, DeMichiel/Mayer was sixth with a 36, Montgomery/Anderson was seventh with a 31, Puccetti/Higgason was eighth with a 26, and Broux/Austwick was ninth with a 22. Monday, May 25, 2020
Taylorville High School has a rich sports history that spans multiple decades and conferences. In the pantheon of all things Tornado sports, there are an impressive number of indelible moments that have helped to shape the school’s athletic legacy. To find the best of the best, the Breeze-Courier asked Taylorville to cast its ballot for the top 25 moments in Taylorville High School sports history. Thousands of votes were tallied, and the voters have spoken; numbers 25-11 appeared in Friday’s edition of the Breeze-Courier, but here are the top 10 Tornado sports moments: Saturday, May 23, 2020
Taylorville High School has a rich sports history that spans multiple decades and conferences. In the pantheon of all things Tornado sports, there are an impressive number of indelible moments that have helped to shape the school’s athletic legacy. To find the best of the best, the Breeze-Courier asked Taylorville to cast its ballot for the top 25 moments in Taylorville High School sports history. Thousands of votes were tallied, and the voters have spoken; here are the top 25 Tornado sports moments: Friday, May 22, 2020
Despite the recent weather, the Monday night ladies golf league was back in action on May 18. Black/Wright finished the night in first with a score of 58, Kennedy/O’Bryan was second with a 52, Eggerman/Summers was third with a 49, Oyler/Lumb was fourth with a 47, Brasche/Wilkinson was fifth with a 39, DeMichiel/Mayer was sixth with a 36, Montgomery/Anderson was seventh with a 31, Puccetti/Higgason was eighth with a 26, and Broux/Austwick was ninth with a 22. Thursday, May 21, 2020
Taylorville’s Jackson Tex belted a clutch two-run double in the top of the sixth inning, and Caden Mileham tossed a five-strikeout gem Thursday as the Tornadoes rallied past cross-county rival Morrisonville by a final of 3-1. With a one-two-three seventh inning, Taylorville sealed the victory and brought a capacity crowd to its feet with a thunderous applause, shaking the foundations of the Arizona Diamondback’s Chase Field in the process.
It was all a virtual simulation of course, but, right-now, even make believe baseball is better than no baseball at all, and now the Tornadoes and the Mohawks can say they’ve joined the likes of March Madness, the NBA, and NASCAR, which have all turned to virtual competitions amid a nationwide sports hiatus.
To conduct this virtual showdown, the Breeze-Courier compiled player stats from the 2019 season via GameChanger and inputted them into MLB: The Show for the Playstation 4. Friday, April 24, 2020
Jaylynn Stewart, a two-time All-Stater for the Lady Tornado basketball program, was hired as the Eureka women’s basketball head coach last Thursday. Stewart will become the 13th head coach of Eureka College and will be taking over her first collegiate program.
Stewart played for the Tornadoes from 2005 to 2009 under then head coach Carey McVickers. “I was able to be recognized because I played on such talented teams with so many talented teammates, and because of our success, I was able to be seen on a state level. Being named All-State was an honor, and it really helped open a lot of doors for me in terms of my recruiting,” said Stewart. Monday, April 20, 2020
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — It was almost like a scene from a movie Friday night as hundreds of cars streamed into the parking lot at Taylorville High School, horns blaring while they paraded past the athletic complex as a show of solidarity for first responders, front-line workers, and the graduating class of 2020 that has seen any semblance of their high school sendoff wrecked by the COVID-19 outbreak. Saturday, April 18, 2020