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home : sports : taylorville December 3, 2020

1921 Taylorville-Carlinville scandal reshaped college football
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


Taylorville's Karla Collado signs with UIS soccer
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

THS, Apollo won't defy IDPH sports guidelines
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

Tornado XC wraps up season at Sectional meet
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

Athletic Enhancement program at THS starts Monday
TAYLORVILLE — What is one thing that all sports have in common? It’s not what separates sports, but what brings them together.
Saturday, October 31, 2020

THS swimmers wrap up season at Sectional
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

Cherry wins regional race; Morgan, girls advance
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 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, 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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










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