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home : sports : taylorville February 23, 2020

TJHS eighth grade volleyball tops Stephen Decatur
DECATUR — The eighth grade Tornado volleyball team traveled to Decatur on Thursday for their game against Stephen Decatur. The Tornadoes were victorious in straight sets 25-29 and 25-14.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Lincoln sours Tornado senior night
TAYLORVILLE — A night that started with a grand celebration of Tornado basketball ultimately turned sour Friday night when the Tornadoes hosted Lincoln in what would turn out be a 72-46 loss to the Railers.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

TJHS 7th grade volley ball tops Stephen Decatur
DECATUR — The seventh grade Tornado volleyball team hit the road on Thursday as they traveled to take on Stephen Decatur. The Tornadoes were victorious in straight sets 25-11 and 25-12.
Friday, February 21, 2020

Bowling league results
The Wednesday morning ladies bowling league and men’s commercial league were in action once again yesterday. The results were as follows:
Thursday, February 20, 2020

First-half woes lead to early exit for Lady Tornadoes
Taylorville was the lone team not in the Mississippi Valley Conference competing in Jerseyville on Tuesday night for the Jerseyville Regional. The Tornadoes had some good looks at the basket in the first half, but weren’t able to score as they trailed 49-6 at halftime.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Bergschneider bounds past Ridley's scoring record
For the better part of 70 years, Bill Ridley’s 1,731 career points for Taylorville basketball stood as the benchmark by which all other Tornadoes were measured. Records, though, as they say, are meant to be broken, and, on Tuesday night, Taylorville senior Jase Bergschneider eclipsed that legendary threshold with a 23-point performance in a 60-38 win over Auburn.

Bergschneider’s 1,742 and counting is now the new gold standard. His approach to the milestone, however, was anything but standard Tuesday night, and the moment itself was definitely golden, almost literally.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Bowling league results
The All-Star bowling league was in action on Saturday and saw Team 5 take the lead with Lady Strikers finishing in second, Number 6 was third, CTI Fiber was fourth, King Pins was fifth, and Team 7 was sixth.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tornado girls basketball wraps regular season at Lincoln
The Tornado girls basketball team had to reschedule their trip to Lincoln twice this season thanks to weather. Saturday was nice enough to get the game in though, as the Tornadoes and the Railers finished out their regular seasons as their respective Regionals begin this week.
Monday, February 17, 2020

Rusher, Angel wrap up seasons at Vandalia Sectional
Gage Rusher and Alex Angel had tough draws coming out of their Regionals into the Vandalia Sectional this past weekend. Both wrestlers needed to go through heavy competition to have a chance to make it to State. Unfortunately, both were defeated in their two matches, but took lessons learned throughout the season and will continue on.

Rusher fell in his match on Friday after heaving an early advantage on points. His opponent picked up a reversal and a three-point near fall late in the match to win 10-9. Saturday’s match saw Rusher fight hard and get out of two early pinning predicaments, but he was pinned in the first round of his match, which ended his season.

Monday, February 17, 2020

7th TJHSVB wins tourney
The seventh grade Tornado volleyball team won the Shelbyville tournament on Saturday. They went 3-0 on the day to get their trophy.
Monday, February 17, 2020

Jase's chase narrows in 76-53 loss to Mahomet-Seymour
Bill Ridley has stood alone atop the Taylorville basketball record books for nearly seven decades as the school’s all-time scoring leader.

In all likelihood, that record will fall this coming week, either Tuesday on the road against Auburn or at home Thursday on senior night against Lincoln.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

7th grade Tornadoes top Mt. Zion
The seventh grade junior high volleyball team took on Mt. Zion on Thursday. The Tornadoes defeated the Braves in straight sets,  25-20 and 25-20.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Bowling league results
The Thursday night men’s fraternal bowling league was in action last night. Solid 9 Pro Shop finished the night in first, American legion and Eagles were tied for second, Yard Heating and Cooling was fourth, Olde Bowl, Wendy’s, and T’Ville KC II were tied for fifth, Jandi Services was eighth, T’VIlle KC and Y-Zoe’s were tied for ninth, and Lumb Restorations was 11.
Friday, February 14, 2020

XFL re-do better than the original
The XFL part-one wasn’t great. In 2001, an eight-team league partnership between the WWE and NBC wanted to rival the NFL and try to “cash in” on the popularity and success of both football and wrestling at the time.

That first venture did bring innovations and new ways to view the game, including the now popular skycam that has infiltrated the NFL, but the original XFL tied too much into wrestling and “Sports Entertainment” and lacked a focus on the games. The talent also just wasn’t there.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Bergschneider's record 51 leads THS past Mattoon
Jase Bergschneider has been in pursuit of Bill Ridley’s record for career points scored all season, but he picked up a different record on Tuesday night at Mattoon.

Bergschneider exploded for 51 points in a 77-54 win over the Green Wave. In the process, Bergschneider broke Adam Stork’s 1994 record of most points in a single game; Stork had 44 in a game against Springfield High School. Bergschneider finished his night 18-27 from the floor, which included a 7-9 night from three and 8-9 from the free-throw line.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Bowling results
The Tuesday men’s Merchant bowling league was in action last night.

Martynowski & Blakeman finished in first, Olde Bowl was second, GFI Digital was third, Boston Heating and Cooling and Hatch’s were tied for fourth, Wells Lawn Care was sixth, and TCR System was seventh.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

TJHS volley-ball beats Lincoln Mag.
The Tornadoes hosted Lincoln Magnet on Tuesday night and were victorious in straight sets 25-18 and 25-8.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Mattoon clocks Lady Tornadoes
The Tornado girls basketball team was on the road on Monday as they started their final week of regular season play. Their first stop was in Mattoon.

The Green Wave held the Tornadoes to just seven points in the first quarter and were able to take an early 10-point lead. From there, the Green Wave held on to come away with the 68-38 victory.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Bowling league results
The All-Stars, Illini Travel, and Monday night mixed leagues were all in action over the weekend and yesterday. The results were as follows:
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

7th grade Tornado volleyball tops Jacksonville
The seventh grade Tornado volleyball team faced off against Jacksonville on Monday night and were victorious in straight sets 25-18 and 25-9.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tornadoes edge Pana, retain coal miner trophy
Pana brought a 21-3 record to Dolph Stanley Court Saturday night when they squared off against the then 11-12 Tornadoes in a series that has been dubbed the Coal Miners Classic, which is just one game in the broader Route 29 Rivalry.

For a game that is essentially a rivalry within a rivalry, records matter little, and that was certainly the case Saturday as Taylorville clawed their way to a 53-50 win, retaining the coal miners trophy in the process.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Tornadoes top Panthers for Pana Invitational title
The seventh grade Pana Invitational was held on Saturday in Pana, with the Tornadoes taking first and the Panthers were second for the tournament. The results were as follows:
Monday, February 10, 2020

Tornadoes trounce Trojans 67-46 on 2nd quarter surge
TAYLORVILLE — Rhayden Gideon pulled up for a three from the right corner to open the second quarter of Friday’s contest with the Charleston Trojans; seconds later he did it again from the left corner, and the flood gates were open as the Tornadoes would go on to trounce the Trojans 67-46 in a running-clock victory.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Men's bowling league results
TAYLORVILLE — The Wednesday men’s commercial and Thursday men’s fraternal bowling leagues were in action over the past two days. Their results were as follows:
Friday, February 7, 2020

Taylorville, Pana set to pay tribute to one of strangest games in IHSA history
On February 8, 2020, when the Tornado basketball team hosts long-time rival Pana, the two teams will celebrate not just one of the strangest games in the storied history of the rivalry, but perhaps one of the strangest high school basketball games of all time.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Lanphier D locks down Lady Tornadoes
Taylorville’s head coach Steve Keller had two keys for his team’s final home game of the season against Lanphier on Tuesday night: Beat their press and take care of the ball.

Unfortunately for the Tornadoes, they weren’t able to do either as the Lions rolled in a 63-18 win.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Bowling league results
The Men’s merchant bowling league was in action last night. The results at the end of play were as follows:
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

7th grade Tornadoes sweep Nokomis
The seventh grade Tornado volleyball team hosted Nokomis on Tuesday night where they won in straight sets, 25-18 and 25-10.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

TJHS 7th grade volleyball falls to Meridian
The Tornado seventh grade “B” team played at Meridian last night. The Tornadoes fell to the Hawks 19-25 and 18-25 on the evening.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tornado girls bowling picks up senior night win
The three Tornado girls bowling seniors, Ashlee Vocks, McKenzie Jacobs, and Lydia Pearson were honored on Monday night before their match against Decatur Eisenhower. The three seniors rolled all three games, and helped the team come away with a 1995-1955 victory.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Three pointers fuel T-Town past T-Ville 65-53
Teutopolis connected from deep ten times Saturday night, including five threes from junior guard Jordan Hardiek, as the Wooden Shoes dispatched the Tornadoes by a final of 65-53
Monday, February 3, 2020

8th grade Tornadoes top Pana in three sets
The eighth grade Tornado volleyball team hosted Pana on Thursday night and were victorious 25-15, 24-26, and 25-12.
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Goodmans swim strong at Jacksonville Routt meet
The Taylorville boys swim team faced off against Jacksonville Routt on Monday at Illinois College in Jacksonville. The Tornadoes fell 71-32, but the two swimmers competed well on the night.
Friday, January 31, 2020

Bowling results
The Thursday men’s Fraternal bowling league was in action last night at the Olde Bowl. The results were as follows:
Friday, January 31, 2020

Tornado girls bowling tops Bloomington
The Taylorville girls bowling team hosted Bloomington on Tuesday afternoon as their schedule begins to wrap up for the season. The Tornadoes rolled a 1978 team score to defeat Bloomington, as they rolled a 1775.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Jacksonville edges Taylorville 59-56
Rhayden Gideon caught a pass from Jase Bergschneider in the corner as the Tornadoes trailed 57-54 with less than 20 seconds on the clock in a contest Tuesday night against Jacksonville. Gideon’s three was up and good, but a blown whistle would nullify the points.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

YMCA Predator swimmers compete in Jacksonville
The Christian County YMCA Predators swim team was in action on January 18 against the Quincy Dolphins, the Warren County Waterbugs, the McDonnough County Dolphins, and the Jaxy Sharks. The Predators finished with a team score of 862, and the individual results were as follows:
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Junior high volley-ball sweeps Charleston
The Tornado girls volleyball team swept Charleston on Monday night as the seventh graders were victorious 25-13 and 25-15 while the eighth grade team won 25-14 and 25-15.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

THS girls bowling takes third at Decatur Tri-Ike
The Tornado girls bowling team competed at the Decatur Tri-Ike on Saturday, where they took third place with a 4569 total. The girls rolled games of 654, 753, 692, 686, 831, and 873.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Hearts outlast Lady Tornadoes on senior night
The Tornado girls basketball team will still have one more home game next week against Lanphier on February 4, but Monday night was the final home Apollo Conference game of the season for the Tornadoes.

The Flaming Hearts picked up their third conference win of the season as they defeated the Tornadoes 45-37 on the night.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A&M girls split CIC openers
The Central A&M girls were in action on Saturday and Monday as part of the CIC girls tournament. The Raiders fell to Clinton on Saturday 47-37, but were victorious over the host Shelbyville on Monday 80-70 to set up a fifth place game on Wednesday against Warrensburg-Latham.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Cox drops 40, Triad trips up Tornadoes 80-59
For about three quarters Saturday night in the championship tilt of the Litchfield Tournament, the duel between Taylorville’s Jase Bergschneider and Triad’s Luke Cox was edge-of-your-seat basketball.
Monday, January 27, 2020

VisionWay splits with Decatur Holy Family
TAYLORVILLE — The VisionWay seventh-grade boys basketball team moved to 9-2 Friday after a 40-17 win over Decatur Holy in their final home game of the season. Kade Beckmier led all scorers with 18, going 6-10 from the floor and 6-6 from the line. He also grabbed three steals and seven rebounds. Finn Niemann chipped in with nine points and six rebounds. Owen Younker and Liam Piatt each scored four points and grabbed three steals.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Tornadoes surge past Panthers
LITCHFIELD — “You can’t let a kid like Bergschneider score 30 points in a game, and 17 in a quarter, and expect to win a ball game. We also had way too many turnovers in the second half and that’s what really hurt us,” said Pana head coach Adam Metzger after the Panthers fell to Taylorville 70-57 in the Litchfield tournament semi-finals on Friday night.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Rhodes named new THS softball skipper
At last week’s Taylorville School Board meeting, there were a couple of new hirings, one of which was Megan Rhodes who will be the new softball coach for Taylorville High School. Rhodes is currently teaching at the junior high and is also an assistant for the seventh grade volleyball team.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Pana, T-ville to clash in Litchfield semi
Tuesday night saw Pana and Taylorville control their destinies at the Litchfield Tournament where both teams grabbed a big win.  The Panthers won a tough game against Civic Memorial, 75-61, and the Tornadoes breezed past host Litchfield, 69-41.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Havera passes the torch
Carter Sabol (left) became Nokomis’ all-time leading scorer on Tuesday night when he passed Taylorville’s Mike Havera (right).
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Bowling league results
The Tuesday men’s merchant bowling league was in action on Tuesday night. Martynowski & Blakeman finished atop the league at the end of play, Olde Bowl was second, Boston Heating and Cooling was third, Hatch’s was fourth, Wells Lawn Care was fifth, GFI Digital was sixth, and TCR System was seventh.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

THS, Pana win openers in Litchfield Tourney
For the first time in three years, Taylorville and Pana will not face off in pool play of the Litchfield tournament. Two years ago, the Tornadoes and Panthers faced off and last season, it was the Tornado JV team that took on the Panthers. This season, the teams will need to face off in bracket play if they take on one another before their battle for the Coalminers Trophy on February 8 in Taylorville.
Monday, January 20, 2020

Tornado boys bowling wins first Regional
There will be another banner added in the historic Dolph-Stanley gymnasium next season. The Taylorville boys bowling team won its first Regional on Saturday in Jerseyville. The Tornadoes were victorious by 45 points over the hosted Panthers in second place, as the Tornadoes rolled games of 1023, 1000, 996, 1061, 1009, and 933 for a total of 6022.
Monday, January 20, 2020

7th grade Tornadoes win Mt. Pulaski tournament
The seventh grade Tornado volleyball team didn’t drop a single set as part of their Mt. Pulaski tournament victory on Saturday. The Tornadoes defeated Mt. Pulaski 2 25-17 and 25-9, defeated Auburn 25-6 and 25-21, and won the championship match against Mt. Pulaski 1 25-11 and 25-17.
Monday, January 20, 2020

Tornado girls fall to Mt. Zion Thursday
The Tornado girls took on Mt. Zion for the second time this season; their first was early in the year as part of the Taylorville Holiday tournament. The Braves were victorious in the first meeting and also picked up the win in the Thursday’s contest by a final of 48-11.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Apollo Basketball Standings
The Apollo Conference basketball standings at the close of play on Friday, January 17.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

THS girls bowling defeats Decatur MacArthur
The Taylorville girls bowling team defeated Decatur MacArthur on Thursday when they traveled to Decatur. The Tornadoes rolled a 2231 while the Generals rolled a 2021.
Friday, January 17, 2020

TJHS volley ball splits Thursday
The seventh and eighth-grade TJHS volleyball teams were back in action Thursday night when the seventh-grade team played host to Chatam while the eighth-grade team squared off with Effingham St. Anthony.
Friday, January 17, 2020

Bowling league results
The Men’s fraternal bowling league was in action on Thursday night. The results were as follows:
Friday, January 17, 2020

Tornadoes top Panthers for back-to-back split
After falling to the Panthers just one night before by two pins, the Tornado girls bowling team answered on Tuesday night, as they defeated Pana 2076-1984.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Successful week for TJHS boys
The Purple and Gold fifth grade basketball teams were in action four times last week. The Purple team was 3-1 over the stretch while the Gold team was 2-2.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Wolfe drops 33, Hearts outpace Tornadoes 69-53
Most nights, a 24-point performance from Jase Bergschneider and a 19-point night from Rhayden Gideon would be enough to put the Tornadoes in the win column.

On Tuesday, though, Taylorville ran into another dynamic duo when they hosted the Effingham Flaming Hearts in an Apollo Conference showdown.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

THS wrestling earns senior night win over MacArthur
Taylorville Wrestlers were supposed to host a triangular with MacArthur and Litchfield Tuesday night, but it turned into just a dual as Litchfield dropped out at the last minute. It was also senior night for the Torandoes, who would go on to win 42-29 over the Generals.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

TJHS volleyball splits with A&M
The Tornado seventh and eight grade volleyball teams took on Central A&M on Monday night at home. The seventh grade team was victorious over the Raiders 25-10 and 25-7, but the eighth grade fell in three sets 25-14, 26-28, and 17-25.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tornadoes top Trojans
The Tornado girls were on the road on Monday as they headed to Charleston for an Apollo conference matchup. The Tornadoes were able to come away with the win in the end, with a 40-37 final.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tornado bowlers go 1-1 Monday
The Tornado boys picked up another win on Monday afternoon as they defeated Danville 2986-2374, but the girls fell to Pana 2255-2253.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Lady Tornadoes out-rebound Auburn in 43-29 victory
Saturday night, the Lady Tornadoes were hunting for just their fourth win of the season when they hosted the Auburn Trojans. It took a big night on the boards and a stingy defensive effort, but the Tornadoes would ultimately get the W 43-29.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Tornado, Pana girls take second and third at bowling invite
The Taylorville girls bowling team hosted its annual Taylorville Invitational at the Olde Bowl on Saturday. A six-team tournament featuring Hoopeston, Pana, Decatur MacArthur, Decatur Eisenhower, Bloomington, and the Tornadoes saw the Tornadoes finish third with a team score of 4584 behind Pana’s 4713 and Hoopeston’s 5092.
Monday, January 13, 2020

VisionWay sweeps D-W
 TAYLORVILLE — The VCS boys 7th grade team moved to 7-2 Tuesday after defeating Deland-Weldon, 36-26. Kade Beckmier led all scorers with 20 points, going 4-6 from beyond the three-point arc. He also led the team with eight rebounds and five steals. Owen Younker added nine points and Finn Niemann five. Finn and Jude Niemann also helped out with five and four rebounds respectively.
Friday, January 10, 2020

St. Mary falls to Litchfield
TAYLORVILLE — The St. Mary sixth grade girls basketball team moved to 3-1 Wednesday night after an 18-8 loss to Litchfield. Angelina Ippolito scored all eight points for St. Mary on the night.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Glenwood edges Taylorville on the mat, 36-34
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado wrestling team faced off with Glenwood on Thursday night at home in their third home match of the season. The team fell in a 36-34 final, but Taylorville did come away with a couple of successful individual mathcups.
Friday, January 10, 2020

TJHS volleyball sweeps Teutopolis
TAYLORVILLE — The seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams were once again in action on Thursday, as they hosted Teutopolis. Both teams picked up wins as the seventh graders were victorious 25-9 and 25-13 while the eighth grade won 25-22 and 25-23.
Friday, January 10, 2020

THS bowling rolls past Danville
The Taylorville girls bowling team traveled to Danville on Wednesday. The Tornadoes were victorious 2210-1721. The Tornado boys also squared off against Danville where they won 2683-2574.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

TJHS volleyball tops Effingham
Both the seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams defeated Effingham on Wednesday at home in their opening game. The seventh grade team won 19-25, 25-17, and 25-22 while the eighth grade team swept the night with scores of 25-23 and 25-16.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Lady Tornadoes suffer zero quarter in loss to Bulldogs
It was an unusual contest at Dolph Stanley Court Wednesday night when the Lady Tornadoes hosted the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Tornado wrestling splits in Carlinville
The Tornado wrestling team traveled to Carlinville Tuesday night for a Triangular with the Cavaliers and the Decatur Eisenhower Panthers. Taylorville would split on the night, first falling to Eisenhower 36-30 before besting Carlinville 41-27.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Williamsville rallies past Lady Tornadoes
The Taylorville girls were in control on Monday night for a majority of their contest with Williamsville. The Tornadoes got out to an 11-4 lead after the first quarter. The Tornadoes even regained the lead heading into the final frame, but Williamsville outscored the Tornadoes 18-9 in the final quarter to come away with the 42-35 victory.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

TJHS 5th grade boys pick up a trio of wins
The fifth grade Taylorville boys basketball team picked up three wins in their opening tournament on Sunday at the Mt. Zion Shootout. The “A” team won both of the games that they played in, defeating Pleasant Plains 38-13 and beating Rochester 31-15. The “B” team picked up a win over Mt. Zion’s fourth grade team on a final of 27-25.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

THS Boys bowling notches win at Roxana
The Tornado boys bowling team remained undefeated in match play on Monday when they took on Roxana. With the 2940-2629 win on Monday, the Tornadoes moved to 7-0 on the season in match play.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Tornado bowling competes in Jersey Challenge
Lia Rexroad finished second in the Jersey Challenge tournament on Saturday in Jerseyville. She finished two pins ahead of the third place finisher from Lebanon, but was 86 pins behind the leader, who also was from Lebanon.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Bergschneider nets 19, now second all-time
Against Centralia Saturday night, Taylorville’s Jase Bergschneider needed only three points to pass Jaris Wommack for second on the all-time Taylorville scoring list. In a lot of games, Bergschneider could do that in a single possession, but the Orphans were able to jump out to a 10-0 lead and Bergschneider wouldn’t reach the milestone until the 3:18 mark of the first quarter when he hit a jump shot in the lane.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Pana beats Taylorville with 2nd quarter shutout
“I’m going to find whoever put a lid on the basket in the second quarter and have a word with them,” said Taylorville girls basketball head coach Steve Keller Thursday night after his team’s contest against Pana in the Route 29 Rivalry.
Friday, January 3, 2020

THS to host 2nd annual shootout Saturday
Taylorville will play host to the second annual Taylorville Shootout on Saturday, with game beginning at 1:00 p.m.

There will be five games of basketball throughout the day: Western vs. St. Thomas More, Limestone vs. Centennial, Normal West vs. Mahomet-Seymour, Glenbrook South vs. Peoria Notre Dame, and Centralia vs. Taylorville.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Bowling league results
The Monday night mixed bowling league continued play last night. The results were as follows:
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Triad takes down Lady Tornadoes at Jerseyville tourney
The Lady Tornadoes were looking to capture a fifth-place finish at the Jerseyville Holiday Tournament Monday night, but they ran into a tough Triad team who showcased some good defense in a 50-27 win over the Tornadoes.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Tornado wrestling wraps up Lincoln tournament
The two-day Lincoln wrestling tournament wrapped up on Saturday with several Tornadoes finishing inside the top-10. “This was a good tournament for us. We had a lot of good matches and were able to come away without many injuries and had good finishes. I think that this tournament will be a confidence builder for us,” said head coach Jake Smothers.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Dunlap stuns Taylorville at the buzzer
It went from celebration to lamentation in about three seconds Saturday night at the Taylorville Holiday Tournament. The Tornadoes were looking to secure a third-place finish in the tournament with a last second-win over Dunlap, and, for a fleeting moment, it looked like they had pulled it off.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Slow start downs Tornado girls in Jerseyville
The Taylorville girls took on McClure North on Saturday as part of the Jerseyville tournament. The Tornadoes scored three points in the first quarter while McClure took an 11-point lead which helped them close out the game with a 50-29 final score, knocking the Tornadoes to the fifth place game tonight.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Lady Tornadoes open Jerseyville Tournament 1-1
JERSEYVILLE — The Taylorville girls opened the Jerseyville tournament on Friday when they faced off against host Jerseyville before playing Alton in the night game. The Lady Tornadoes split the day, falling to Jerseyville 72-51 before beating Alton 64-47.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Tornadoes split on day two of holiday tourney
TAYLORVILLE — Competition started to ramp up at the Taylorville Holiday Tournament Friday when the Tornadoes hosted a pair of tough opponents in IVC and then Galesburg. The Tornadoes would split on the day, beating IVC by a final of 64-40 before falling to Galesburg 70-45.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Monday night mixed bowling league results
TAYLORVILLE — The Monday night mixed bowling league was in action before the holidays. CTI-Fiber finished the night in first, Wells Lawn Care was second, HSSB was third, Art-Rageous was fourth, C.T. was fifth, Team Whatever was sixth, and Team 9 was seventh.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Bergschneider pours in 34, THS topples MTZ
TAYLORVILLE — For a kid that’s chasing Taylorville basketball’s all-time scoring record, and on a night where he dazzled Mt. Zion with 34 points, Jase Bergschneider still managed to stay humble after Taylorville’s 60-41 win over the Braves Thursday.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Three earn 1st for YMCA Predators swimming at Reindeer Classic
CLINTON — Four swimmers for the Christian County YMCA brought home individual trophies as part of the Reindeer Classic on Saturday, December 14.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Tornado bowling results
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville boys and girls bowling teams hosted five other teams each on Saturday for the Elite 6 tournament. The Tornado boys finished fifth with an overall total of 5608  and the girls were fourth with a 4435
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Tornado boys pick up win over Rochester
ROCHESTER — The Taylorville boys basketball team followed up its win over Mattoon on Friday with a victory on the road against Rochester. The Tornadoes had just four turnovers in the contest and were victorious 62-44.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Tri-City controls Taylorville early in win
BUFFALO — It was a perfect storm on Saturday, so one could say. The two Tornado teams competed in the afternoon, which was the first game for the Taylorville girls in nine days.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Friedrich, Czajkowski help lead Tornadoes past Mattoon
It’s often that two post players combine for as many points as two guards, especially not in the past couple of years for the Tornadoes.

On Friday night, though, the duo of Bryce Friedrich and Sean Czajkowski paved the way as the Tornadoes picked up a conference win of Mattoon, 68-59.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Tornado wrestlers top Riverton in Auburn quad
Tornado wrestlers took on Riverton, Springfield High, and the host Auburn on Thursday night. In what was originally scheduled to be a triangular, Springfield High was added late, making it a quad.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Tyler Vocks rolls 300 in league play
Tyler Vocks rolled a 300 on Thursday night as part of the men’s fraternal bowling league at the Olde Bowl. But, this wasn’t Vocks’ first 300 as he rolled one last season as well.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Monday night mixed bowling league results
The Monday night mixed bowling league was in action last night despite all of the snow on the ground. CTI-Fiber finished play in first, Wells Lawn Care was second, HSSB was third, Art-Rageous was fourth, C.T. was fifth, Team Whatever was sixth, and Team 9 was seventh.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Council, Mayor honor eighth grade girls basketball
Mayor Bruce Barry and the Taylorville City Council honored the eighth grade girls basketball team at Monday night’s Taylorville City Council meeting.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Mahomet-Seymour outlasts Tornado comeback
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes had their first home conference game on Friday night after their first two were on the road against Lincoln last Friday and Charleston on Tuesday.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Tornado boys bowling tops Vandalia again
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville boys bowling team faced off against Vandalia on Wednesday afternoon for the second time in six days. Their result was the same as the first time, as the boys were victorious 238-2125.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Tornado girls fall at Effingham
EFFINGHAM — The Taylorville girls traveled to Effingham on Thursday night, and despite trailing by just six at halftime, the Hearts pulled away in the second half of the game for a 41-29 final score.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Shelbyville outduels Tornado wrestlers 38-34
TAYLORVILLE — It came down to the wire Thursday night when the Taylorville wrestling team hosted the Shelbyville Rams. With just one match to go, the Tornadoes held a slim team lead, but the outcome would hinge on the final 160-pound match.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Seventh grade girls finish third at state
BOLLINGBROOK — The TJHS seventh grade girls basketball team capped an incredible season Thursday night in Bollingbrook when they captured a third-place state finish. “These girls worked very hard this week. They did not want to travel up here and lose again. They wanted to finish their season with a win, and I was glad that they were able to do that,” said head coach Mel White.
Friday, December 13, 2019

VisionWay 6th grade boys remain undefeated
TAYLORVILLE — VisionWay 6th grade boys moved to 7-0 Tuesday evening after defeating St. Mary’s 42-23. Isaac Corso led all scorers with 12 points and also grabbed six rebounds.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Quincy closes 8th grade girls season at sectionals
TAYLORVILLE — At the end of the night, the scoreboard wasn’t what Taylorville eighth grade girls basketball coach Tonya Goodroe was hoping for as it read 33-17 in favor of the Quincy Comets.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Tornadoes top Trojans
The Tornado boys basketball team was once again tasked with going on the road to face off against an Apollo conference foe on Tuesday night, this time against Charleston where they would ultimately win 62-55.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Mattoon tops Lady Tornadoes 63-33
The Taylorville girls basketball team opened their game on Monday night against Mattoon with a 4-0 lead in the first minute and a half. The Green Wave, though, were able to force the Tornadoes into turnovers as they scored 21 unanswered points  to kickstart what would ultimately be 63-33 win.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Taylorville boys/girls 10th, Pana girls 11th at Abe Invite
The Taylorville boys and girls bowling teams, as well as the Pana girls bowling team, were in action at the Abe Lincoln Invitational held at Kin Pin Lanes in Springfield. Both of the Tornado teams finished in tenth place, while the Pana girls finished in eleventh.
Monday, December 9, 2019

TJHS 7th grade girls to play for third-place Thurs.
It was an emotional high point for the Taylorville junior high girls basketball team when they defeated Markham Prairie-Hills on Saturday to make it to the State semifinals.

It’s been said, though, that highest of highs come with the lowest of lows.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Turnovers lead Lady Raiders past Taylorville 58-27
The Central A&M Lady Raiders didn’t run many offensive sets Saturday night when they hosted the Lady Tornadoes. They didn’t need to.

CAM was able to consistently force turnovers and score in transition as they ran away from Taylorville on a 58-27.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Railers lean on defense, stifle Tornadoes 56-29
A year ago,  Jack Livingston hit a last-second stunner from the left corner, and the Tornadoes escaped Lincoln with a huge win. This year, though, there would be no storybook ending as Taylorville ran into what can only be described as very good Lincoln team.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Lady Tornadoes hit 9 threes, beat Lincoln 64-59
Traditionally, Lincoln basketball has been known for two things: tough defense, especially a 1-2-2 zone, and being able to shoot the long ball. That script was flipped on Thursday night when the Lady Tornadoes hosted the Railers for their second Apollo conference contest of the season.

Taylorville was able to stay tough and physical with Lincoln, while also draining nine threes to win 64-59.

Friday, December 6, 2019

TJHS 8th grade boys fall in OT
The eighth grade Taylorville boys basketball team fell to Hillsboro on Wednesday in overtime 41-40.
Friday, December 6, 2019

THS bowlers roll past Vandalia
The Tornado boys bowling team traveled to the Vandalia Bowl on Thursday to take on the Vandals. The Tornadoes advanced to 4-0 on the season with a 2452-1917 victory.
Friday, December 6, 2019

VisonWay boys top Trinity
The VisionWay boys sixth grade and eighth grade basketball teams faced off against Springfield Trinity this past Monday with the sixth grade team winning 29-25 in overtime and the eighth grade team won 47-25.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

7th grade Lady Tornadoes capture sectional title
The TJHS seventh-grade Lady Tornadoes put on a defensive clinic Wednesday night when they traveled to Rochester to square off with Chatham Glenwood for a sectional title.

Defense, though, is one of the hallmarks of what has propelled this team to a 24-1 record. Now, after Wednesday’s 40-16 victory, they also have another piece of hardware to add to the trophy case.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bowling results
The Wednesday morning ladies bowling league was in action yesterday. The Pin Pals finished the morning in first place, Alley Oops was second, Anderson Jewels was third, and Fab Five was fourth.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Tornado Wrestlers split with Hillsboro, Southeast
The THS wrestling team got off to a good start to the new season Tuesday night when they hosted both Hillsboro and Springfield Southeast. The Tornadoes earned a split on the night, beating the Toppers by a final of 42-36  but losing to the Spartans 35-26.

“We’ve got a lot going on with the team, we’ve got guys wrestling up, we’ve got some injuries, we’ve got guys trying to get their grades right, so we’re just going through the process of getting everything right,” said THS wrestling head coach Jake Smothers. “Overall, though, I think we wrestled really well. We fought hard and stayed off our back for the most part.”

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

8th grade Lady Tornadoes advance to Sectional title game
After defeating Washington on Monday night, the eight-grade Lady Tornadoes took on Rochester last night. It was extremely tight throughout, but the Tornadoes came away with a 29-26 win and advanced to the sectional championship.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Tornado girls drop first conference home game
After going undefeated in the regular season a year ago, the Charleston Trojans returned their number-one scorer in Shae Littleford. Littleford and company came into Taylorville Monday night where they were able to tp the Lady Tornadoes by a final of 67-41
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Mayor, council honor seventh grade Lady Tornadoes
The TJHS seventh grade girls basketball team, as well as the cheerleaders, were honored at Monday’s Taylorville City Council Meeting when Mayor Bruce Barry proclaimed December 2, 2019 as  2019 7th Grade Girls Basketball Day. The team finished the regular season with a record of 23-1. Their margin of victory in each of their wins averaged more than 30 points.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

8th grade Tornadoes advance to Regional title match
Three of the five teams in the eighth grade Taylorville regional received byes to get into the semifinals. Those teams were the hosting Tornadoes, Lincoln Magnet, and Rochester. Jefferson and Washington had to play each other early on Monday night, with the winner taking on Taylorville.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tornado girls bowling finishes just shy of title
The Taylorville girls bowling team traveled to Triad on Saturday for their invitational. The Tornadoes finished 50 pins behind first place in the Silver bracket on the day. The “A” team finished with a six-game total of 4,182 while the “B” team finished with 3,141.
Monday, December 2, 2019

Taylorville girls drop final tournament game
The Taylorville girls basketball team took on Hillsboro in the final game of their hosted Holiday Tournament. Although the Tornadoes found themselves down by 10 points at the break, the girls fought back in the second half, but were felled by three-points in a 41-38 loss.
Monday, December 2, 2019

Taylorville boys narrowly fall in Stove Top tournament finale
Three of the first four Tornado boys games were over an hour away as they played on Monday in Bethalto, Tuesday in Granite City, and wrapped up the tournament on Saturday in Granite City as they took on Troy/Triad.

The Tornadoes trailed by 22 at halftime, but fought valiantly in the second half and scored 56 points, but fell by five in a 79-74 final score.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Mt. Zion stifles Tornado girls' offense
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville girls basketball team continued its hosted Thanksgiving tournament on Friday night as they took on Mt. Zion. The Braves held the Tornadoes to single digit scoring in each quarter while they were able to score in the double-digits as part of the Mt. Zion 54-18 victory on Friday night.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Tornadoes topple Nokomis in overtime
TAYLORVILLE — Jase Bergschneider was at the free-throw line in the closing seconds to ice the game against Nokomis. The Tornadoes were up 62-60 after he nailed the first free-throw. His second hit the rim and bounced off left, into the arms of Wyatt Shirley, who avoided the box-out attempt and collected the rebound.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Tornadoes fall to Granite City on road 56-36
Taylorville’s Jase Bergschneider had thirteen points, and Rhayden Gideon had 12 Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough for the Tornado basketball team to get past Granite City in the second night of the Stove Top Classic tournament.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Monday night mixed bowling league results
The Monday night mixed bowling league was in action again last night, and the results were as follows:
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tornadoes outlast Eagles in season opener
“We’ve conditioned for these three games right here. That was the hardest preseason, as conditioning goes, that I’ve had in years. Just because you go back-to-back-to-back here to open the season. So you have to be ready physically for all three of those games, knowing that the energy will probably take you through the first game,” said Taylorville head coach Ryan Brown of what is expected to be a tough opening stretch. Still, the Tornadoes were ready Monday night to start the grind, and they came out with a 54-48 win over Civic Memorial in their season opener.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

TJHS 7th grade girls win regional
The seventh grade Tornado girls basketball team was lucky enough to host their Regional this season and cam away victorious in the championship game over Rochester 36-13.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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