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Taylorville's Cherry medals twice at State
To say that Illinois and the IHSA has made some interesting decisions over the past year would be an understatement. “They made another interesting decision today,” said Taylorville head track coach Brian Blomquist.
Saturday, June 19, 2021

Monday night lady golf league scores
Friday, June 18, 2021

Lakeshore golf league results
The Monday morning mens and Tuesday and Wednesday morning lady golf leagues once again were in action this week. Their results were as follows:
Thursday, June 17, 2021

T'ville baseball back at Busch
For the third time in as many opportunities, after the pandemic dashed their hopes last season, the Tornado baseball team got the opportunity to go back to Busch Stadium and once again compete on the home field of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Monday, June 14, 2021

Taylorville's Cherry headed to State in 1600 and 3200; Tornadoes take eighth at Sectional
TOLONO — The Tornadoes had to make the trip to Tolono for their Sectional on Thursday afternoon. Chris Cherry was able to advance to next Friday’s State meet in the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run by taking both events, and helping Taylorville to an eighth place finish out of 16 teams that competed on Thursday.
Friday, June 11, 2021

Monday night and Wednesday morning ladies golf league results
TAYLORVILLE — The Monday night and Wednesday morning ladies golf leagues were again in action this week. The results were as follows:
Friday, June 11, 2021

Taylorville Storm takes Silver bracket victory
The Taylorville Storm competed in the Brad Wallin Memorial Tournament over the weekend where they were 4-2 and won the silver bracket.
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Lakeshore men's golf league rerun and Tuesday ladies results
The Monday morning men’s golf league results were erroneously reported in Tuesday’s edition of the Breeze-Courier. The corrected results, and the Tuesday morning ladies results, were as follows:
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Taylorville Storm takes Silver bracket victory
The Taylorville Storm competed in the Brad Wallin Memorial Tournament over the weekend where they were 4-2 and won the silver bracket.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Monday morning men's golf league results
The men's golf league at Lakeshore Golf Course has been back in action for a while now.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tornado baseball season ends at Chatham
The Glenwood Titans took an early lead that Taylorville just wasn’t able to come back from as they opened their Regional play on the road on Friday. The Tornadoes fell 10-0 in the contest to the Titans in five innings.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Ladies league golf results
The Tuesday and Wednesday morning ladies golf leagues were back at it this week. Their results were as follows:
Friday, June 4, 2021

Taylorville girls at Mt. Zion track sectional
The Tornado girls track team wrapped up its season on Thursday as they competed in the Mt. Zion Sectional. The girls finished 10th with a team score of seven points on the afternoon.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Tornadoes wrestle on turf; fall to Mattoon/Mahomet
After their battle against Mattoon, Taylorville head coach Jake Smothers took his team aside to talk to them about their match, but also to give them a personal story.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Tornado softball advances to regional title game
The Tornado softball team faced off against Lanphier once before during the regular season, at Lanphier’s home field in Springfield. That game was a 23-1 contest in favor of the Tornadoes in four innings.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Tornado baseball celebrates seniors, Ferrill, Montgomery
The Taylorville and Morrisonville baseball teams got together for one last time on Wednesday to help the Tornadoes celebrate their Senior Night, which was rained out on Saturday. Taylorville posted a 2-1 win.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Tornado softball falls at Charleston
The Taylorville softball team had one final make-up game on their schedule when they traveled to Charleston on Tuesday evening to take on the Trojans. The Tornadoes were defeated 10-0 on the road.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Maps pass less than 24 hours after intro
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers passed measures Friday to redraw state legislative and judicial district lines, less than 24 hours after the bills implementing the maps were introduced.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Three Tornado junior high athletes compete at state
TAYLORVILLE — Three Tornado junior high schoolers competed at State last weekend. Although not sanctioned by the IESA, this meet did have the top runners and field eventers from across the State compete.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Distance events highlight Shelbyville Open
SHELBYVILLE — When Taylorville’s Chris Cherry ran at Palatine earlier this season, he got the opportunity to compete against some of the top runners in the state. While there, he had mentioned the Shelbyville Open as a place where they could all meet up once again and race.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Local ladies golf league recap
TAYLORVILLE — The local golf leagues out at Lakeshore Golf Course are beginning up again after having a hiatus last year.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Collado's four goals leads Tornadoes in regular season wrap-up
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado soccer team got the chance to finish its regular season at home on Thursday afternoon when they hosted the Charleston Trojans. Despite the Trojans being ranked fifth in the same Regional as the Tornadoes, where the Tornadoes were ranked seventh, the Tornadoes came away with the 4-1 victory on the evening.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Railer 5th leads them over T'ville
The Tornado softball team was on the road on Wednesday when they went to Lincoln to face off against the Railers. The Railers took advantage when they scored six runs in the fifth inning and downed the Tornadoes 9-1 on the evening.
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Tornado baseball falls against Lincoln
The Tornado baseball team hosted the Railers in an Apollo Conference matchup on Wednesday. The Railers scored three runs in the first inning, one in the second, four in the fifth, one in the sixth, and two in the seventh while the Tornadoes were held to just two in the fifth inning.
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Taylorville track girls at triangular meet
The Tornado girls track team traveled to Springfield on Tuesday where they competed against Lanphier and Riverton.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Tornado softball wins over Lanphier
The Tornado bats came alive on Tuesday night when they traveled to Springfield to take on the Lanphier Lions. The Tornadoes scored three runs in the first inning, three in the second, 15 in the third, and two in the fourth as they came away with the 23-1 victory.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

T-Town picks up early and downs Tornado softball
The Teutopolis Wooden Shoes brought their own music to Taylorville on Saturday as part of their game against the Tornadoes. That feeling of being at home helped them jump on the Tornadoes early as they took a 14-1 victory.

The Wooden Shoes scored five runs in the first inning, two in the second, and four in the third inning as they took an 11-0 lead after three innings.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Tornado baseball falls to T-Town
The Tornado baseball team was on the road on Saturday at Teutopolis. The Wooden Shoes jumped on the Tornadoes early as they scored seven runs across the first three innings of the game and ended the game with an 8-1 victory.

The Tornadoes scored their lone run in the sixth inning when Kamdin Jump doubled on a line drive to right field. Jump advanced to third as Briar Dempsey reached on an error and then scored as the Teutopolis pitcher balked.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Tornadoes fall in last second at Hillsboro
The Tornado girls soccer team fell victims to a last-second loss on Saturday when they traveled to Hillsboro.
Monday, May 24, 2021

Tornado track teams competes at Apollo meet
The Taylorville boys and girls track teams traveled to Mt. Zion to compete against the rest of the conference on Thursday. The girls finished eighth with 15.5 points on the day and the Tornado boys were sixth with 57 points.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Pujols hits 1st homer with Dodgers and 668th of career
Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer, his first for the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.
Friday, May 21, 2021

Panther baseball blanks Vandalia 5-0 in SCC road contest
The Pana baseball team was on the road on Thursday afternoon when they traveled to Vandalia to take on the Vandals. Pana picked up two runs in the opening inning and scored three in the sixth while allowing none to come away with the 5-0 victory on the night.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Mohawks split double header with Pawnee, Mulberry Grove
The Morrisonville Mohawks played two games on Thursday evening as they hosted Mulberry Grove and Pawnee. The Mohawks defeated Mulberry Grove 10-0 in five innings, but fell to Pawnee 5-4.
Friday, May 21, 2021

A&M hangs on to top Clinton
The Central A&M Raider softball team hosted Clinton on Thursday. The Raiders were able to score two runs in the first inning and one in the fifth, but allowed two to Clinton in the sixth and held on for the 3-2 victory.
Friday, May 21, 2021

Railer bats come alive to top Mohawks in five innings
LINCOLN — The Morrisonville Mohawks traveled to Lincoln to take on the Railers on Thursday. Lincoln was able to jump on the Mohawks early as they scored six runs in the first inning, three in the second, and four in the third for their 13-0 victory.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Sixth inning leads Nokomis over Tornado baseball
When you play so many games, there isn’t much time to practice. There’s some things that you see where you would like to practice and iron a couple of things out, but we just haven’t had that opportunity,” said Tornado head coach Brian Sample.
Friday, May 21, 2021

Tornado softball falls at Plains
Wednesday’s game featuring the Tornadoes and the Redbirds of Pleasant Plains was originally scheduled to be played in Taylorville. The weather had other plans, and pushed the game to Plains. The Tornadoes were defeated on the road in a 7-5 final.
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Norris' late goal spoils Lincoln's Senior Night
Through the bad weather yesterday, there was just enough clearance to allow the Tornado girls soccer team and Lincoln’s team face off against one another. The Railers were celebrating their Senior Night on the rainy day, but the Tornadoes didn’t allow the celebration to last for long as they defeated the Railers 3-2 on the night.

Neither team was able to get the ball in the back of the net in the entire first half, but both teams had opportunities: Rozella Colbrook had 11 saves in the first half while the Tornadoes produced seven shots on goal in the half.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

THS baseball earns literal walk-off win over Pana
Every baseball player’s dream when they are young is to be up at the plate with the game on the line. For Kamdin Jump, that dream was a reality on Saturday when the Tornadoes faced off against the Panthers of Pana.

As Drew Hackler was pitching, he loaded the bases thanks to a Casey Stickel single to lead off the seventh inning, an intentional walk to Kamren Heimsness, and a walk to Luke Ellinger saw Mason Clayton’s spot come up in the Tornado lineup. Head coach Brian Sample opted to have Jump pinch hit for Clayton, and Jump picked up a five-pitch walk for the Tornado win.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Panthers spoil Tornado softball Senior Day 6-1
The Pana Panthers faced off against the Tornadoes one day removed form facing off against another local team in Morrisonville on Friday. The Panthers were victorious on Saturday 6-1 as the Tornadoes celebrated their five seniors on the day.

Natalie Lavin, Tess Patton, Lia Rexroad, Madison Spinner, and Brynn Cummins were all celebrated for the Tornadoes on their day.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Lady Tornadoes edge Crimsons 1-0 on senior night
TAYLORVILLE — After a nice send from Emily Beswarick, Karla Collado found herself with a one-on-one showdown with Jacksonville keeper Kinley Wood.  Collado juked left, passed back to the right, and Wood found herself crossed up and on the turf. Collado, on the other hand, was left with a wide-open look at the back of the net.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Tornado softball falls to Jerseyville in five innings
TAYLORVILLE — Despite the weather being perfect for softball as it was a little hot in the sun and cool in the shade, the Tornado bats were cold against Jerseyville as they were held to just two hits in a 16-0 loss to the Jerseyville Panthers on Thursday night.
Friday, May 14, 2021

Taylorville track hosts MTZ, Plains for Senior Night
The Taylorville boys and girls track teams celebrated their Senior Night on Tuesday as they hosted Pleasant Plains and Mt. Zion for a triangular meet. Although both teams finished third on the night, they still had plenty to celebrate.

Alerina Letniku was the lone Senior for the Tornadoes and head coach Jacob Koniak said that she has been extremely key to this season from day one. “She always has a great attitude and is always ready for practice. She’s a fantastic leader and I couldn’t ask for more out of a captain,” he said.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Late momentum leads Tornadoes over Mohawks
It’s crazy how one hit can change the entire tone and momentum of a baseball game. In Monday’s game, it wasn’t a bat on the ball, it was two players colliding with one another.

It was the bottom of the third and Morrisonville was up 5-1 with two outs. After John Wolf and Cole Sidwell were on third and second, respectively, after picking up singles to lead off the inning. Dominic Golitko hit a hard ground ball up the middle that skated through the infield.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Second half propels Plains over Taylorville soccer
“I don’t care what happens, as long as you’re giving me 100 percent of what you have left,” said Tornado soccer head coach Hayden Eldred at halftime to his team. The Tornadoes and Pleasant Plains were tied at one at that point.

With just over 10 minutes left in the first half, Plains was able to break the 0-0 tie as they beat a diving Rozella Colbrook for the score.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Tornado baseball drops two to Mattoon Saturday
After winning three in a row dating back to the second game of their previous double header against Mahomet-Seymour, the Tornadoes dropped their first game in a week as they fell to Mattoon 7-0 and then were defeated 16-4 in the second game.
Monday, May 10, 2021

Tornadoes topple Riverton in five innings
“If we want to be successful on the weekends we have to do the little things during the week right to get us better,” said head coach Brian Sample after Taylorville’s 13-3 victory over the Riverton Hawks on Friday night.

“There’s always an opportunity to get better and to learn, wether you win or lose. We have got to get our pitchers throwing more strikes and we have to get our bats going sooner. It was nice that we rallied in the third, but I think we could’ve and probably should’ve starting hitting their guy sooner,” he added.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Tornado softball falls at Pawnee
The Taylorville softball team traveled to Pawnee on Thursday to take on the Indians. The Tornadoes were defeated 3-0 on the night.

Morgan Wright tossed the complete game for the Tornadoes and she allowed three runs, walked none, and struck out seven.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Tornado soccer falls to rival on the road
The Taylorville girls soccer team traveled to Mt. Zion on Tuesday afternoon through the wind and the rain. The Braves jumped on top of the Tornadoes early and carried that through for an 8-2 victory.

The two Tornado goals came courtesy of Karla Collado; the Tornadoes had 10 shots on goal in the contest. Despite allowing eight goals, Rozella Colbrook finished the contest with 12 saves.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Tornado girls track competes in 1st meet of season
The Tornado girls track team competed in their first track meet on Monday and they were competing against more than just Mt. Zion. The weather was just as tough as an opponent for the Tornadoes and the Braves both.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Tornado softball drops Mahomet doubleheader
It wasn’t a pretty afternoon for the Tornado softball team as they gave up early leads in their two games against Mahomet-Seymour on Saturday at home. In the first game, the Bulldogs were victorious 17-0 and took the second game 20-4.
Monday, May 3, 2021

Tornado baseball splits with Mahomet-Seymour
The Taylorville baseball team traveled to Mahomet to take on the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. Despite dropping the first game 9-14, the Tornadoes bounced back and won the second game 18-15.
Monday, May 3, 2021

Taylorville's Sagle signs with Illinois College
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s Haylee Sagle became the latest girls basektball player to sign and play at the collegiate level. Sagle chose Illinois College in Jacksonville to continue her career next season.
Friday, April 30, 2021

Taylorville's Shirley signs with Central College
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado basketball team will see two of its players head to the Dutch of Central College in Pella, Iowa. After Sean Czajkowski signed shortly after the season came to an end, Wyatt Shirley became the second Tornado to head to Central this year.
Friday, April 30, 2021

Tornado baseball falls at Jacksonville in 5 innings
JACKSONVILLE — The Taylorville baseball team traveled to Jacksonville on Thursday to take on the Crimsons. The Tornadoes picked up four hits in the contest, but weren’t able to string them together as they were defeated 12-0 on the night.
Friday, April 30, 2021

Lincoln outlasts Tornado girls in first home soccer match
TAYLORVILLE — The first Tornado home soccer match was supposed to happen last week against Riverton. But due to the Hawks being on quarantine, the Tornadoes played their first home match on Thursday night against Apollo Conference foe Lincoln instead. The Railers put up three goals in the first half, and Karla Collado had a hat trick thanks to one in the first half and two in the second half, but a score from the Railers in the middle part of the second half gave them the 4-3 victory.
Friday, April 30, 2021

Tornado softball drops first game
The Taylorville softball team dropped its first contest of the season on Wednesday afternoon when they traveled to Buffalo to take on Tri-City. Tri-City picked up 11 runs in the contest and were victorious 11-0 on the night in six innings.

Morgan Wright took the loss after pitching three innings while Brynn Cummins tossed the other three innings and had two strikeouts.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Tornado wrestling ready to get back on the mat
THS head wrestling coach Jake Smothers may only have 15 wrestlers this season, but he says he’s optimistic that there is a lot of talent on the mat.

“I have a sectional qualifier returning from last year in Gage Rusher. He wrestled at 113 pounds last year, but I think he’ll be up in the 120 or 126 class this year, and he’ll be expected to kind of lead this group,” Smothers said, noting that he also returns a handful of other athletes who have impressed in years past. “I’ve also got two fresh-soph state qualifiers that are returning, one of them in Amelia Friend and the other in Will Blue. Blue will be up in 195 pounds and Amelia will probably be in the 132 weight class like she was last year.”

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Defense, speed keys for Panther baseball in 2021
“Defense is going to be our key, I feel like we’re very fundamentally sound,” Pana head baseball coach Mike Malisia said of the young season already underway. “We’ve struggled with errors in the past, but I expect this defense will have a pretty clean season.”

Up the middle, the Panthers feature a couple of athletic, quick defenders in Ryan Karbach and Bryce Bieber, while Evan Swisher will anchor the left side of the infield at third base. They’re backed up by an outfield that cover quite of bit of ground. “We’ve got a great outfield with Brenden Schoonover and Drew (Hackler) out there, and then we rotate in at left field, but you’ll see a lot of Austin Puckett. They’ve  all challenged me at practice to see if I can hit it over their head. They’re looking for that challenge everyday, so I’m confident in what they’re going to be able to do for us defensively, and I don’t think you’ll see a lot of balls drop in the outfield,” Malisia said, praising his defense.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Eldred excited for soccer successes
It wasn’t just the teams who lost out on their seasons last year, but the coaches as well. Tornado girls soccer coach Hayden Eldred, who also coaches girls basketball, should be in his second season of both sports.

Instead, he completed his first girls basketball season this year, and is heading into his first season as soccer coach.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Tornado B/G track ready to get going
Both Brian Blomquist, head coach of the Tornado boys track team, and Jacob Koniak, head coach of the Tornado girls, have similar hopes and aspirations for their team this season.

“My goal for this year is for us to have fun, get athletes all conference recognition, and to get to state,” said Blomquist. “I’m excited to see them improve throughout the season. We have a young team and it will be very fun to see this group of girls grow together,” said Koniak.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Tornado baseball ready to take the field once again
The Taylorville baseball team already has had to deal with special circumstances this season. Not only did they graduate a group of seniors last year who didn’t get an opportunity to play a single game, but several players pulled double duty in back to back days after their first game.

Just not on the baseball field.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Taylorville softball eager to continue strong start
The Tornado softball team already has two games under its belt, which is two more than the team was able to have last season. The Tornadoes were able to get a victory in their first game as they defeated Springfield High 6-4, which also gave head coach Megan Rhodes her first victory as the head coach of the Tornadoes.

But this season is more than just wins and losses for Rhodes and the Tornado softball team.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Hillsboro handles Taylorville 15-4
There were much different conditions on Monday afternoon than there were during the Tornadoes first victory on the baseball field last Thursday. Gone was the chill in the air from the snow, but there were the wind gusts which were equally as devastating.

The Hiltoppers opened the contest with three runs in the first inning and followed that up with one in the third, three in the fourth, two in the sixth, and six in the seventh.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

THS softball beats Toppers
The Tornado softball team moved to 2-0 on the season as they defeated the Hiltoppers of Hillsboro 9-3 on the night.

Morgan Wright pitched the complete game for the Tornadoes as she had eight strikeouts, one walk, and no earned runs.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Tornadoes fall in final game of season on the road
Saying goodbye is never easy. For this group of seniors especially, the goodbye was the hardest part. Not only did they have to endure the trials and tribulations of a stop-start season with practice happening in the summer and then not, practice being on in October, and then actually beginning their season nearly a year after having to go remote.
Saturday, April 24, 2021

THS/TJHS athletes set records Thursday
The Taylorville junior high and high school track programs both saw new records set on Thursday..

For the middle school, two records fell as Drake Howard and Alyssa Andreatta both set new pole vaulting records. The previous boys record was 9’ 9” by Brett Vincent. Howard cleared 10’ 3” in the meet on Thursday. Andreatta cleared 8’ 1” in Thursday’s meet to beat the 8’ 0” record from Morgan Ess.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Tornadoes open with win over Tri-City
The Tornado baseball team opened its season against another kind of Tornadoes as they traveled to Buffalo to take on Tri-City on Thursday. Taylorville was scheduled to open their season at home on Tuesday, but snow got in the way of their plans.

Taylorville was able to take the 14-3 win in six innings over Tri-City.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Tornadoes sweep Lincoln to close out season
The Tornado volleyball team traveled to Lincoln on Thursday night and were victorious in straight sets 25-16 and 25-19. The win ended the Tornadoes at 16-7 on the season and a 10-4 record in the Apollo.
Friday, April 23, 2021

Tornadoes close homestand with win over Mattoon
The Tornadoes played five sets in two days as they hosted Morrisonville on Monday and played a three-set match with Mt. Zion on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Tornadoes hosted Mattoon for their final home game of the season. The Tornadoes took the win in two sets, 25-15 and 25-23.

The Tornadoes took an early lead thanks to a four-point run from Summer Brandis and a three-point run from Averi McCullough, which gave the Tornadoes a 9-4 lead when Mattoon took their first timeout of the set.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Tornado softball opens with road win
On Wednesday afternoon, the Tornadoes made their way to Springfield to take on the Senators of Springfield High. The Tornadoes came away with the 6-4 victory to open the season.

Morgan Wright tossed all seven innings for the Tornadoes on the mound and picked up two strikeouts.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Taylorville Kindergarten registration set for May 3-6
The registration process for incoming kindergarten students has begun at North Elementary School. Students who attend Taylorville preschools will be given folders with all of the information and forms. Parents can return all forms to the preschool by April 30.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Heimsness free-throws lead TJHS past Rockets
It was a low-scoring affair on Tuesday night when the Tornado eighth grade girls basketball team traveled to Rochester. Trailing by one with 5.6 seconds to go, Kyleigh Heimsness knocked down two free-throws to put the Tornadoes up 16-15.

The defense held as the clock wound down and the Tornadoes came away with the 16-15 victory on the night.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Tornadoes fall in three to Mt. Zion
The Taylorville volleyball team hosted Mt. Zion on Tuesday night. The Tornadoes defeated the Braves in straight sets earlier this season at Mt. Zion, but the Braves took the Tornadoes to three sets in Taylorville.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Tornadoes top Mohawks in straight sets
For the first time in a number of years, the Tornadoes hosted Morrisonville in a volleyball matchup on Monday night. According to head coach Kim Peabody, the Mohawks were on the volleyball schedule the first year she was coaching, but they haven’t been on the schedule since. This season, that changed due to filling their schedule with COVID region approved teams.

The Tornadoes were victorious over Morrisonville in straight sets on Monday night with scores of 25-12 and 25-15.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

15-point 2nd quarter leads TJHS girls over Mattoon
The eighth grade Tornado girls basketball team traveled to Mattoon on Monday night to take on the Green Wave. The Tornadoes scored 15 points in the second quarter, which helped them take the 31-25 victory.

After falling behind 7-6 early, the Tornadoes scored 15 points in the second quarter thanks to nine from Mazie Fleming, four from Lia Champley, and two from Sydney Lowis. Mattoon had 10 in the second quarter as well, but trailed 21-17 going into the break.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Charleston spoils Taylorville's Homecoming 28-6
It truly was a homecoming for the Tornadoes on Saturday afternoon. Not only was it actually Homecoming for the Tornadoes, but it was also their first game in two weeks. “We got lucky and we were able to practice on Tuesday. We caught some obstacles with injuries early in the week, and we made the decision to trust the guys that got us to this point. The younger guys needed the quality reps and they got those. We felt like playing was good for the kids. They needed to play and have the experience of homecoming and we all need to get back to a sense of normal,” said Tornado head coach Jeb Odam.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the storybook scenario for the Tornadoes as Charleston picked up a touchdown in each quarter to take the 28-6 victory on the afternoon.

Monday, April 19, 2021

8th grade Tornadoes top Meridian
The Taylorville eighth grade girls basketball team hosted Meridian on Saturday morning and were victorious in a 45-31 effort.

Mazie Fleming picked up eight points for the Tornadoes in the first quarter while Liv Havera had three and Lia Champley and Nellea Polley each had two to give Taylorville a 15-8 lead after the first quarter. Fleming followed up her big first quarter with a seven-point second quarter while Havera added two as well as the Tornadoes carried a 24-15 lead through halftime.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Tornado volleyball sweeps Jacksonville Crimsons
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes had one less day to prepare for Jacksonville, who got the fifth-seed in the CS8 tournament which will be happening this week. Originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, the Tornadoes took on the Crimsons on Friday night instead.
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Vrana scores in Detroit debut, Red Wings beat Chicago 4-1
DETROIT (AP) — Jakub Vrana scored in his Detroit debut, and Troy Stecher added two goals for the Red Wings in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
Friday, April 16, 2021

8th grade girls beat Charleston
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado eighth grade girls basketball team continued its latest run of wins as they defeated Charleston at home on Thursday with a 40-23 victory.
Friday, April 16, 2021

Tornadoes top Mattoon
MATTOON — The Tornado volleyball team traveled to Mattoon on Thursday and beat Mattoon in straight sets 25-20 and 25-23.
Friday, April 16, 2021

Mahomet Bulldogs rally back, stun Tornadoes in 3 sets
Already up 1-0 in the match, and leading 19-8 in the second set, it looked like the Tornado volleyball team was on cruise control and headed for a big Apollo Conference win over Mahomet-Seymour Tuesday night.

That’s about the time Taylorville hit a roadblock named Ainsley Ranstead. The 6’2” senior outside hitter for Mahomet delivered a powerful, clutch performance in the back half of the second set to lead her team to a stunning come-from-behind win that would steal all of the momentum from the Purple and Gold and earn Mahomet the overall victory, two sets to one.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Tornado 8th top T-town
The Taylorville eighth grade girls basketball team hosted Teutopolis on Monday night. The Tornadoes were victorious 39-29 on the night.

The Tornadoes scored 20 points in the first quarter thanks to eight from Addison Tarr, six from Kyleigh Heimsness, four from Lia Champley, and two from Mazie Fleming.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Taylorville volleyball tops Meridian
The Tornado volleyball team hit the road on Monday night to face off against the Meridian Hawks. The Tornadoes were victorious in straight sets 25-20 and 25-9.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tornadoes volleyball falls to Effingham in Saturday matchup
The Tornadoes were on the road on Saturday as the traveled to Effingham. Saturday games haven’t been kind to the Tornadoes as they fell to the Flaming Hearts 21-25 and 20-25.
Monday, April 12, 2021

Taylorville's Czajkowski signs with Central College
Taylorville’s Sean Czajkowski will continue his basketball career at the college level after he signed his letter of intent to play at Central College in Iowa.

While at Central, Czajkowski plans on studying Exercise Science before moving on to Physical Therapy school once he graduates. Other schools he visited before making his final decision included North Central, Mount Mercy University, and Eureka College.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Tornadoes sweep Trojans
The Tornado volleyball team picked up their second conference win of the week as they topped Charleston on the road on Thursday night. The Tornadoes were victorious 25-15 and 25-23.
Friday, April 9, 2021

Junior high Tornadoes split with Effingham
The seventh and eighth grade Tornadoes were back in the Taylorville High School West Gym on Thursday night as they hosted Effingham. The seventh grade team fell 44-10 while the eighth grade team won 49-28.
Friday, April 9, 2021

Jr. High Tornadoes split with BeeBees
The seventh and eighth grade Taylorville girls basketball teams traveled to Williamsville on Wednesday night to take on the BeeBees. The seventh grade team fell 34-4 while the eighth grade team picked up the 38-8 victory.
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Tornadoes bounce back, sweep Effingham
“Tonight was really important for us after dropping a tough game against Chatham the other night,” junior Abby Heberling said just moments after the Taylorville volleyball team earned a two-set sweep over Effingham Tuesday night. “This was a big conference game, and we just needed to get back on a winning streak. We had a good night tonight, so hopefully we can build on this.”
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

TJHS girls sweep St. Anthony
The seventh and eighth grade Tornado basketball teams were in action on Monday night and got a little extra special treat as they got to play at Taylorville High School on Doplh Stanley Court.

The seventh grade team was victorious 25-16 and the eighth grade team won 43-17.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Panthers spoil Tornado soccer Senior Night 3-1
Tornado head coach Tim Karbach mentioned at his last conference game that once the Tornadoes get out of their conference they’re really competitive. That competitiveness showed on Monday night as a part of their Senior Night.

Despite falling to the Panthers 3-1 on the night the Tornadoes held Pana scoreless for 38:15. Sam Beck had a shot, but the wind picked up and blew it right to the foot of Nikko Pierce. Pierce was able to drill a shot past a diving Preston Good and scored with 1:45 to go in the first half. Neither team was able to score for the remainder of the half, and the Panthers held a 1-0 lead into the second half.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Tornadoes drop three-setter to Chatham
In the grand scheme of a volleyball game, four points may not seems like a lot. Sometimes, those points mean everything.

Despite flying around and making good volleyball plays in the first set, the Tornadoes found themselves in a nine-point hole as they trailed 19-10. The Tornadoes were able to side out the Titans and made it 19-11 when Paige Brown took over serving.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Lakeshore and area courses ready to swing into spring golf season
TAYLORVILLE — With the weather warming up, the bluegrass fairways at Lakeshore Golf Course are starting to beckon to local golfers
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Tornadoes win 6th straight, sweep Teutopolis
TAYLORVILLE —Heading into Thursday’s match,  It had only been four days since the Tornadoes and the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes had squared off on the volleyball court.

Last Saturday, it took Taylorville three sets to put away Teutopolis. On Thursday night, though, T-Ville was able to dispatch T-Town in just two sets; it was also Taylorville’s sixth consecutive win.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Tornado volleyball now 4-1 in Apollo
The Lady Tornadoes hosted the Lincoln Railers on the volleyball court Tuesday night where Taylorville came away with the win on a three-set match. The Tornadoes took the opener 25-15, dropped set two 23-25, and won the finale 25-21 to move to 7-3 overall on the season and 4-1 in Apollo play.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Tornadoes sweep Pawnee
The Tornado volleyball team traveled to Pawnee on Monday evening to face off against the Indians. The Tornadoes were able to make quick work of the Indians as they were victorious 25-11 and 25-10 on the night.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

THS soccer ties Meridian
The Taylorville soccer team traveled to Meridian on Monday afternoon to face off against the Hawks. Although they didn’t leave with a win, they didn’t lose either, as the score finished with a 2-2 tie.

The Tornadoes took the lead in the first half after Bart Heimsness found Kole Buckley with 37:20 to go in the half. That was all of the scoring for either side in the first half, as the Tornadoes led 1-0.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Tornado football falls in close game to Mattoon
Early in the game, the Tornadoes and Mattoon Green Wave were deadlocked in a shootout. Even at the opening coin toss, the Tornadoes won and opted to receive.

Their opening drive didn’t go as planned as they turned the ball over in their own territory. Mattoon took advantage of this, and were able to end the Darkside’s streak of no scores allowed. They added the PAT to make it 7-0  with 9:18 to go in the first quarter.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

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