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IDPH updates sports guidelines
ILLINOIS — This is the day that many across Illinois have been waiting for since March. Sports are back.

Not just non-contact sports and low-risk sports either. All sports, whether indicated as higher-risk, moderate-risk, or lower-risk are now able to compete as long a COVID Region is in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Taylorville basketball finally gets back to practice
In a normal year, the Taylorville High School basketball team might be vying for a top spot in the Litchfield Tournament right now. Instead, the team only just had their first practice of the season on Wednesday.

“I can’t promise you tomorrow. I can only promise you right now,” Taylorville head coach Ryan Brown told his team Wednesday, acknowledging the uncertainty of the upcoming season. “And right now, we’re just going to play basketball, be kids again for a couple of hours, and try get back to some sense of normalcy.”

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Plowman looking to build on banner year of racing
While most athletes were sidelined last year as a result of the pandemic, Waverly’s Lake Plowman was able to find success. Plowman, the grandson of Morrisonville’s Dorothy and Jim Dautel, was able to amass an impressive 13 victories, four second-place finishes, and two third-place finishes in a national dirt bike circuit where he races on what are called “cross country” courses.

Plowman ripped up courses all across the U.S. in 2020 and earned a ton of accolades. It was a breakthrough year that might have propelled him to the next level in the sport.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Taylorville's Colbrook headed to St. Ambrose
Rozella Colbrook signed her letter of intent to play soccer at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa on Monday afternoon. Colbrook became the fifth Tornado in the past two years to commit to St. Ambrose, but was the first women’s soccer player to do so.

Colbrook said she chose St. Ambrose over other schools due to the commute time there and back, but also because of their academics. “I hate spending time in the car, so it’s nice that it isn’t too far away, but also it feels like I am able to get away from home,” said Colbrook.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Taylorville's Ethan Mileham signs with St. Ambrose
The Taylorville pipeline to Davenport, Iowa continues as the Tornadoes send another wide receiver to the Fighting Bees after Ethan Mileham announced Thursday that he will join the team next season and continue his education at St. Ambose University.
Saturday, January 2, 2021

Man called most prolific serial killer in US history dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man authorities say was the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, with nearly 60 confirmed victims, died Wednesday in California. He was 80.
Thursday, December 31, 2020

Junior high basketball, volleyball delayed again
ILLINOIS — Steve Endsley, Executive Director of the IESA, announced on Tuesday afternoon that junior high boys basketball and girls volleyball seasons have been delayed again.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

PGA Tour 2K21 by 2K a go-to golf game for sure when the courses close
Before we get started, just some transparency, I was provided a copy of PGA Tour 2K21 by 2K and am grateful for the opportunity to work with them.

The opinions and reviews of the game are of my own accord having played the game on an original PlayStation 4.

It has been quite a while since a new golf game got me as interested as PGA Tour 2K21; growing up with the Tiger Woods golf series of games, I was excited when EA came out with Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.

That was more than five years ago.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Menichetti hole in one at Lakeshore
Witnessed by Bill Young, Dave Solliday, and Dave Schmitz, something fairly unique happened out at Lakeshore golf course this week.
Friday, December 4, 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

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