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
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
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
TAYLORVILLE — For years, there has been an ongoing national debate about whether college athletes should be paid to play. It’s a topic that has gained increasing notoriety in recent years, but players wanting to be compensated for their time and talent is certainly not a new concept. Friday, November 27, 2020
There hasn’t been a lot of bright news in the sports world recently thanks to regular COVID-19 shutdowns, but Taylorville’s Karla Collado provided a ray of sunshine for Taylorville athletics as she signed Tuesday morning to play soccer for the University of Illinois - Springfield
Collado will join a Prairie Star squad who will be graduating three seniors at the conclusion of this season, but will have a stacked upperclass roster that will have 19 girls between the juniors and seniors. Wednesday, November 11, 2020
According to Taylorville School Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty, the Taylorville School District and the whole of the Apollo Conference will not go against the guidelines set by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as they relate to the regulation of high school sports and basketball in particular.
Taylorville High School basketball, then, will not play this season until those guidelines are relaxed. Tuesday, November 10, 2020
It was the longest trip of the season for the Tornado cross country team on Saturday as they made the two-hour journey to Olney Central College to compete in the final race of their season. The Tornado girls, who qualified as a team for the first time in five years, and Chris Cherry and Evan Morgan fought in a tough field of runners.
The format was different than it had been all season to be able to stay in compliance with IDPH and IHSA guidelines for the number of runners in one race. The top runners and the individuals that qualified ran in the first race, the number-two and number-three runners ran in the second race, the number-four and number-five runners ran in the third race, and then the number-six and number-seven runners ran in the fourth race.
With the way the team qualified out of their Regional, that put senior Alerina Letniku racing by herself in the first race for the girls. “Alerina is our leader. She may not have been the top runner all season, but she has a unique leadership that really helped our team a lot this season,” said Taylorville head coach Steve Walters. Monday, November 2, 2020
CHAMPAIGN — The Taylorville girls swim team finished its season at Sectionals in Champaign on September 24. The team of underclassmen finished in the top-30 in each event of the day; due to COVID restrictions, no relays were able to be raced. Friday, October 30, 2020
For the first time since the 2016-2017 season, the Taylorville girls will head to Sectionals as a team to compete. Then, current team captain Alerina Letniku wasn’t even in high school yet. Now she’s a senior who will lead the team when the girls travel to Olney for a Halloween race.
The girls were able to take the fourth place finish Saturday and qualify with a team score of 129. Mahomet won with a team score of 50, Charleston was second with a 110, and Olney finished third with a 119. Monday, October 26, 2020