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Cherry wins regional race; Morgan, girls advance
TAYLORVILLE — Chris Cherry races toward the finish in front of Kyle Nofzinger of Mahomet to take the individual Regional win on Saturday.Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
TAYLORVILLE — Chris Cherry races toward the finish in front of Kyle Nofzinger of Mahomet to take the individual Regional win on Saturday.
Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
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

VisionWay Cross Country competes at IESA 1A sectional
Friday, October 16, 2020

Dempsey, Karbach compete in Sectional golf match
Taylorville’s Briar Dempsey and Pana’s Austin Karbach competed in their respective Sectional golf matches on Tuesday afternoon where both golfers wrapped a very successful season. Dempsey played at Centralia while Karbach played his match at Tuscola.

Dempsey’s Sectional saw him compete against members of Benton, Highland, Mattoon, Jacksonville, Paris, Carbondale, Mascoutah, and Glenwood among others. The winner finished with a round of 68. Dempsey finished 21 strokes behind with a round of 89 to finish tied for 33rd place.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Cherry wins Apollo Conference cross country race
On a perfect day to run on a difficult course, the Tornadoes competed in their Apollo Conference race Tuesday afternoon. The race was run on Eastern Illinois campus, with rough terrain and an interesting course layout.

Chris Cherry finished first overall to help lead the Taylorville boys to a fourth-place finish as a team. The girls meanwhile finished seventh overall as a team.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Lakeshore golf league results
The local golf leagues have been in action over the past few weeks. Their results were as follows:
Friday, October 9, 2020

Taylorville, Pana girls golfers end season at regional
The Tornado and Panther girls golf teams competed in the Taylorville Regional on Wednesday morning, as the teams faced off against 11 other teams and competed against some individuals as well. Unfortunately, neither team was able to send anyone on to the Sectional after a beautiful day on Wednesday.
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Tornado, Panther golfers compete at Regionals
The Taylorville boys and Pana boys golf teams competed in their respective IHSA Regionals on Tuesday morning. The Tornadoes traveled to Roxana while Pana was able to stay local as they went to Moweaqua.

Only two teams and the next four best individuals qualified for the Sectional.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Tornado girls win at Jacksonville, boys second
The Tornado cross country team took on Jerseyville, Lincoln, and the hosting Jacksonville Crimsons on Tuesday afternoon at Jacksonville Community Park. It was a gorgeous day to run cross country, and the park set a beautiful background as the leaves had just begun to fall in the park.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Tornado boys golf hosts annual Taylorville Invitational
The Taylorville boys golf team hosted its annual Taylorville Invitational on a chilly Saturday morning this past weekend. The Tornadoes and 12 other teams played all 18 holes at Lakeshore Golf Course as a sort-of Regional warm-up, as all of the teams who played in the Invitational will be competing in their respective Regionals on Tuesday.

The Tornadoes took 12th on the day with a team score of 407; SHG took the win with a 318, Quincy Senior High was second with a 333, and Mt. Zion and Quincy Notre Dame tied for third with 339’s.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Tornado boys compete in final home match of season
The Taylorville boys golf team competed in their final home match of the season on Wednesday afternoon at Lakeshore golf course.

Briar Dempsey came away with the medalist position on the night as he shot a 41. Jonah Nagle followed with a 51, Ryan Johnson had a 52, Mike Wells shot a 55, Grant Buschon shot a 58, and Jack McGrath shot a 62.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Tornado girls wrap regular season
The Taylorville girls golf team competed in its final regular season match of the season at Auburn on Tuesday afternoon. The Tornadoes finished third out of the four-team match with a team score of 220; Auburn was victorious with a 191, Williamsville was second with a 202, and PORTA was fourth with a 221.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Tornado cross country shines on senior night
The Taylorville cross country team has had quite the season up to this point. From not knowing whether they would even be able to compete, to only being able to compete at a regional competition, to now having a sectional to look forward to; it has been quite the rollercoaster season for the Tornadoes and all of the cross country teams around the state.

On Tuesday night, the Tornadoes ecognize their seven graduating seniors: Alerina Letniku, Natalie Howard, Markus Goodman, Sean Smith, Zack Woodall, Keegan Maxheimer, and Chris Cherry.

The teams were also able to go out with a pair of solid finishes at home as the girls finsihed second and the boys took the win.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Taylorville golf competes at Apollo Conference match
The Taylorville boys and Tornado girls both competed in their respective Apollo Conference meets on Monday morning. The boys played at Lincoln while the girls played in Mahomet.

The boys finished eighth as a team with a score of 397 while the girls finished sixth with a team score of 435.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Lakeshore weekly golf league results
The weekly golf leagues out at Lakeshore golf course continued last week. The results were as follows:
Monday, September 28, 2020

Tornado golf results
The Tornado girls golf team hit the links of Lincoln on Thursday while the Tornado boys’ match got moved to Lakeshore on Thursday.
Friday, September 25, 2020

Taylorville XC has strong showing at home
It was a beautiful afternoon at the Christian County Fairgrounds as Taylorville the Tornado cross county teams took on Rochester and PORTA. The Tornado girls came away with the race win with 28 points while the boys took second in their race with 49 points.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Tornado boys square off vs. Rochester, Lincolnwood
The Tornado boys golf team was in action for a triangular match at home on Monday afternoon as they faced off against Rochester and Lincolnwood. The teams played Lakeshore Golf Course’s back nine on the day, which poses its own challenges separate from the front nine.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tornadoes, Panthers, Lancers square off on the links
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Taylorville, Pana, and Raymond-Lincolnwood boys and girls golf teams competed against one another last night with the girls at Oak Terrace in Pana and the boys at Lake Shore Golf Course in Taylorville.
Friday, September 18, 2020

Tornado boys third at Mt. Zion
The Tornado boys golf team hadn’t played a match in two weeks thanks to rain outs and cancellations, but was able to get on the course Tuesday against Mt. Zion, Effingham, and Shelbyville at Southside Country Club.

The Tornadoes finished third with a team score of 188; Mt. Zion won with a 169, Effingham was second with a 177, and Shelbyville was fourth with a 220.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

THS XC continues to roll, tops Lincoln & Effingham
After having a very successful day on Saturday, the Tornado cross country teams both picked up wins on Monday over the Lincoln Railers and the Effingham Flaming Hearts.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Lady Tornado golfers take second at lone home match
The Tornado girls golf team faced off against Auburn and North Mac in their lone home match of the season at Lakeshore Golf Course. The Tornadoes placed second on the afternoon with a season-best 216; the Trojans were victorious with a 189 and North Mac was third with a 237.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

THS girls top Senators, boys XC takes second
If asked to describe Saturday morning’s conditions at the University of Illinois-Springfield grounds in one word, it would be wet. It rained from 7:00 a.m. right up until 10:15 a.m., but that rain didn’t damper the spirits of the Tornado cross country team.

For the first time in head coach Steve Walters coaching tenure at Taylorville, the Tornado girls edged Springfield High 28-29 while the boys took second to the Senators. Both the boys and the girls bested Lanphier.

“On the bus ride up here, we talked that these conditions were going to weed out the best of the best,” said Walters.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Lady Tornado golfers take fourth at Shoal Creek
The Tornado girls golf team traveled to Shoal Creek in Raymond on Thursday to take on the host Lancers, the Auburn Trojans, and the PORTA Bluejays. The Tornadoes finished fourth, as they shot a team score of 228; Auburn won with a 187, Lincolnwood was second with a 206, and PORTA was third with a 211.
Friday, September 11, 2020

Tornado cross country tops Pana, Lincoln at home
The Taylorville cross country team ran in its first race at home of the season, and their first race of September. The Tornadoes continued to run well with their pack mentality as they were victorious in both the girls and the boys race.
Friday, September 11, 2020

THS fall sports get back to practice despite move to spring
The crunch of colliding football pads, the shrill of a whistle, and especially the wail of the Tornado siren after a score: When sports go quiet, it’s easier to appreciate even the little things.

It’s been an unusual fall sports season to say the least, but many Tornado athletes were able to take their first steps toward a return to play this week with the beginning of the IHSA’s contact days,

 Contact days, however, do not mean that pads are popping again out on the football team. From the IHSA’s standpoint, contact days mean only that coaches can have contact with their players and conduct practice.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Lady Tornado golfers take third place at The Rail
As if The Rail wasn't a tough enough golf course, the Tornado girls golf team played the former LPGA course in tough conditions thanks to the wind and the rain yesterday.

The girls played well enough for third place with a team score of 233; Williamsville won with a 194, Rushville was second with a 211, and Lincoln was fourth with a 248.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Tornado boys golf finishes 3rd on the road
The Taylorville boys golf team traveled to Litchfield on Tuesday afternoon to play the Litchfield Country Club. The Tornadoes took third with a 197, 15 shots behind winning Litchfield’s 182 and 13 shots behind Lincolnwood’s 184.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Tornado boys golf plays at Greenview
The Taylorville boys took on the Greenview golf course on Saturday morning while they played 18 holes.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

THS cross country teams take third; Cherry wins first race
In a normal year, the Taylorville cross country team would have opened its season on a Saturday morning in Rochester. This year, though, has been anything but normal, and Tornado runners saw their opening meet moved to Friday.

The Tornadoes took hit the course in Decatur to race against five other schools in the Mt. Zion opener on Friday afternoon. The girls finished third as a team with a team score of 82 while the boys finished third with a team score of 62.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Tornado girls take third, boys golf finishes fourth Thursday
Both of Taylorville’s golf teams were in action on Thursday afternoon at two different venues. The Tornado girls took on North Mac, Auburn, and the host Lincolnwood Lancers at Raymond’s Shoal Creek course while the boys faced off against the CS8 trio of SHG, Chatham, and Jacksonville at Chatham’s Piper Glen.
Friday, August 28, 2020

Tornado boys golf falls at home; girls drop Charleston matchup
The Tornado boys golf team was in action at home on Monday night as they took on Mt. Zion, while the girls took a trip to Charleston to face off against the Trojans. The heat effected scoring on Monday as the boys fell 250-330 and the girls fell 191-238.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Conrad, Robinson take city golf tournament titles
KayCee Robinson won the Championship flight of the Ladies City tournament this year and Chis Conrad won a playoff to take the crown of the Men’s City tournament.

Conrad and Robert Oyler finished the two-day tournament tied at 146, so they had to play a playoff hole to determine the victor. Oyler finished the hole with a par, but Conrad managed to sink a 15-foot putt for birdie for the win.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Tornadoes Tee Off
Saturday, August 22, 2020

Tornado girls finish third in Decatur
DECATUR — Lady Tornado golfers kicked off their new season Wednesday afternoon at the South Side Country Club in Decatur.
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Taylorville cross country eying historic season
TAYLORVILLE — “This is the season. We’ve got all the right pieces to have something really special,” said Taylorville High School cross country coach Steve Walters. “We’ve got talented runners at the top with experience, and we’ve got some really good young kids coming into the program as well.”
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Taylorville golf ready for new challenges ahead
TAYLORVILLE — To say that second-year head coach Paul Millburg was excited that his team would be able to play this season was an understatement. “The first few days of practice have been very promising. Just being able to get outside and enjoy the past couple of days has been great and gotten us back to a sense of normalcy,” he said.
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Lady Tornado golfers set to take season head on
TAYLORVILLE — It’s been years since the Tornado girls have had enough players to classify themselves as a team, instead of having just one or two girls play with the boys. This year changes that, as the Tornadoes will have six girls on their roster this season.
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Tornado golfers open season with tough match
The Tornado boys golf team opened its season on Tuesday night as they played the tough South Side County Club in Decatur. Not only were the fairways lined with trees and bunkers abound, but the greens were short and the players didn’t have a whole lot of room to work with.

The Tornadoes took on Mt. Zion and Effingham St. Anthony on Tuesday. The Braves won the triangular with a 171 team total, the Bulldogs were second with a 172, and the Tornadoes finished third with a 216.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Golf league results
Team Crist shot the low team score of the week with a 145, Calandro was second with 147, Cocagne was third with 153, Garrison was fourth with 157, Medler was fifth with 160, Frisina was sixth with 163, Johnson was seventh with 167, Saxe was eighth with 171, Decourcy was ninth with 174, and Hunsley was 10 with 199.
Friday, August 14, 2020

Lakeshore announces YMCA golf outing winners
Saturday, August 8, 2020

THS golf meeting set for Friday
For any Taylorville High School student interested in playing golf for THS this season, there will be an organizational meting at 4:00 p.m. at the east circle drive of the high school on Friday, August 7.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Tornado Open successful despite wet weather
Despite a late start due to inclement weather, the annual Tornado Open was still a success Saturday as golfers were able to play a full 18 holes and raise a significant amount of money for THS athletics.
Monday, August 3, 2020

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