SPRINGFIELD — The seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams were on the road on Thursday night as they traveled to Springfield to take on Lincoln Magnet school. The seventh grade team used a tough, full-court 1-2-2 defense to force turnovers in a 44-21 victory while the eighth grade team had to slow down the tempo, but was able to make a comeback in the second half to win 35-34. Friday, November 15, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — The fifth and sixth grade Tornado basketball teams took on Decatur LSA at home on Thursday night. The fifth grade team was victorious 32-2 and the sixth grade team won 28-9. Friday, November 15, 2019
The Taylorville fifth and sixth grade girls basketball teams were back at home on Wednesday night. The fifth grade Tornadoes were victorious 36-2 while the sixth grade won 34-26. Thursday, November 14, 2019
Despite the snow and the icy weather conditions, the Tuesday men’s merchant league continued play last night. Matynowski & Blakeman finished atop the league, Olde Bowl was second, Hatch’s and Spinner tied for third, Boston Heating and Cooling was fifth, Wells Lawn Care was sixth, and TCR System was seventh. Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls basketball teams were in action last night. The sixth grade won the “B” game against Pana 30-0, but fell in the “A” game 34-29; the seventh grade defeated Springfield Jefferson 46-6; and the eighth grade was victorious 43-10. Wednesday, November 6, 2019
“The way things played out in the summer and the way things played out over the school year and how many times we had to adjust on the fly and move guys around and so on and so forth. You guys did nothing but answer that call every single time. At practice everyday you guys worked hard. Any time you end a season, it’s very bittersweet. When you graduate a group of seniors who scratched and clawed, even when their buddies weren’t there and fell by the wayside, they kept showing up and kept fighting. You know why? Because they wanted something bigger than themselves. That’s what this is, it’s something bigger than yourselves,” said head coach Jeb Odam after a tough loss to the top-ranked Illinois Valley Central on Saturday. Monday, November 4, 2019
The last time that the Tornadoes didn’t compete in a Sectional, current Tornado seniors Laine Moses, Miah Klay, Lauren Falica, and Mikayla Bell weren’t even in high school. The Tornadoes won the Regional championship in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and were looking for their fourth in a row on Halloween night. Friday, November 1, 2019
One student: That was the enrollment difference this year between Taylorville being a 4A school or a 5A school. Taylorville will be the largest 4A school this post season with 769 students enrolled; that was only one lower than Rochester who got bumped to 5A.
Despite landing in the 4A bracket, it won’t be an easy road for the Tornadoes, even though they are paired up against a familiar foe in round one. Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The Tornadoes enter the playoffs this year as the 16 seed on a 5-4 record. Those five wins were the first five games of the year, and the Tornadoes ended the season on a four-game losing streak. Here’s a snapshot on how the season played out for the Tornadoes, their road to the playoffs so to speak. Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Alex Angel, Chaz Allen, Ethan Mileham, and Austin Herkert all were on the field when the Tornadoes faced off against Illinois Valley Central last season. Angel started the game at center, but was injured and was unable to play in the Columbia game while Allen, Mileham, and Herkert all played all three rounds a year ago. Wednesday, October 30, 2019
His name is Josh Smith, but you may know him as Fish or Fishy, a lot of people do, especially members of the Tornado football team. For the last decade, Smith has been a fixture on the Taylorville sideline as the team’s manager, but he’s so much more than that. Wednesday, October 30, 2019
There was an air of change around the Tornado volleyball team on Tuesday night as they began their warmups in Bethalto. Gone was the regular season woes that had plagued them throughout the year, and the team boasted a renewed energy both on the court and from the bench. Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The Taylorville junior high seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams defeated Lincoln on Tuesday night while the Taylorville Youth Sports sixth grade team defeated Jacksonville in the “B” game and “A” game. Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The Tuesday night men’s merchant league was in action Tuesday night. Olde Bowl finished in first, Martynowski & Blakeman was second, Hatch’s was third, Spinner was fourth, Boston Heating and Cooling was fifth, Wells Lawn Care was sixth, and TCR System was seventh. Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The Monday night mixed bowling league continued play last night. CTI-Fiber remained in the top spot and was followed by Wells Lawncare, a tie between C.T. and HSSB, Art-Rageous, Team Whatever, and Team 9. Tuesday, October 29, 2019
With their loss to Charleston last week, the Tornadoes need a victory over Bethalto Civic Memorial this Friday on the road to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. According to the IHSA, if the season would have ended after last week, the Tornadoes would have been in, even with five wins, but that can all change on a week-to-week basis, so this is certainly the biggest game of the season for Taylorville. Thursday, October 24, 2019
Peter Bock, a senior at Indianapolis-based Marian University, won his second straight national championship in the Sprint Cycling discipline at the 2019 National Collegiate Track Cycling Championships held in Rock Hill, South Carolina last month. Peter is the grandson of Bill and Carol Bock of Taylorville. Thursday, October 24, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — After dropping their previous four games, the Tornado volleyball team got back in the win column Tuesday night with a senior night win over the Lincoln Railers. Wednesday, October 23, 2019
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Taylorville Youth Sports sixth grade girls basketball team were in action on Monday and Tuesday. The Tornadoes took the “A” game against Auburn with a 21-12 victory while the “B” game went to Auburn with a 20-13 score on Monday; on Tuesday they won the “B” game with a 4-3 win over Pawnee and the “A” game 25-24. Wednesday, October 23, 2019
CHATHAM — The seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams traveled to Chatham to play against the Titans on Tuesday. The seventh grade team was victorious 38-16, but eighth grade fell 27-15. Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The Christian County Youth volleyball program started its new season on Sunday at the Stonington Community Center. There are 182 players from across the county that are participating this season. The teams will play games up until the first week of December. Tuesday, October 22, 2019
With only about 15 miles between the two, it’s always an entertaining affair when the Tornadoes and the Pana Panthers get together on the volleyball court. They don’t call it the Route 29 Rivalry for nothing. Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The Monday night mixed bowling league was back in action on Monday night. CTI-Fiber remained in the lead and was followed by Wells Lawn Care, C.T, a tie between HSSB and Art-Rageous, Team Whatever, and Team 9. Tuesday, October 22, 2019
PANA — The Taylorville JV team won another tournament on Saturday as they were a perfect 5-0 on the day to win the Pana fresh/soph tournament; the Panthers were third as they were 3-2. Monday, October 21, 2019
BLOOMINGTON — The junior high cross country program wrapped up another successful season Saturday when it sent nine runners to the state finals meet at Maxwell Park in Bloomington. Monday, October 21, 2019
CHARLESTON — On October 14, 2016, the Tornadoes were 6-1 going into their contest against Mattoon at home. Taylorville fell on the night to the Green Wave 31-27, but continued on to defeat Bethalto Civic Memorial the following week before besting Alton Marquette in the first round of the playoffs. Saturday, October 19, 2019
MAHOMET — The Taylorville soccer team played their final game of the regular season as they traveled to Mahomet on Thursday afternoon. The Bulldogs defeated the Tornadoes 8-1 on the day. Friday, October 18, 2019
The Taylorville junior high boys cross country team, Ella Goodman, and VisionWay runner Hallie Smith qualified for the upcoming cross country state meet on Saturday in Bloomington. Thursday, October 17, 2019
The Tornadoes had a chance to secure their place in the Apollo conference race with a win over Mattoon on Tuesday night at home. Despite their loss to Mahomet-Seymour last Thursday, the Tornadoes still found themselves with a 7-2 conference record heading into last night’s contest. Wednesday, October 16, 2019
The Apollo Conference cross country meet was ran in Mahomet on Tuesday afternoon. Chris Cherry won the boys race for the Tornadoes with a time of 15:54 and helped the Tornadoes finish third as a team. The Taylorville girls only had three compete, making them ineligible as a team. Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Tuesday night mens merchant league results: Martynowski & Blakeman and Olde Bowl finished tied for first, Hatch’s was third, Boston Heating and Cooling and Spinner were tied for fourth, Wells Lawn care was sixth and TCR System was seventh. Wednesday, October 16, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County YMCA Predators traveled to Decatur Saturday, to compete in the annual Octoberfest Swim Meet at the Decatur Family YMCA. The Results are as follows 1XS denotes first appearance in event; PB-personal best. Tuesday, October 15, 2019
DECATUR — The Taylorville Youth Sports fifth grade basketball team traveled to Decatur to take on Lady of Our Lourdes. The Tornadoes won both the “A” and “B” game with an “A” victory 22-10 and a “B” win with a 40-7 score. Tuesday, October 15, 2019
EFFINGHAM — The Taylorville soccer team will go into the final week of the season after they fell to Effingham on Saturday. The Tornadoes were defeated 9-2, but will return to Effingham for their Regional contest. Monday, October 14, 2019
CHATHAM — On a blistery Saturday morning, the junior high Tornado cross country teams competed in its Sectional at Chatham. The winding two mile course proved to be a tough one as the teams went around baseball fields, wound through soccer fields, and wrapped around trees en route to the finish. Monday, October 14, 2019
MT. PULASKI — The Taylorville Youth Sports sixth grade basketball team were 1-2 in their three games in the Mt. Pulaski tournament on Saturday. The Tornadoes defeated New Berlin 34-4, but fell to the host 28-15 and lost to Williamsville 24-21 in the third place game. Monday, October 14, 2019
With a 7-1 conference record heading into Thursday’s match with Mahomet-Seymour, the Taylorville volleyball team was alone atop the Apollo conference. The Bulldogs, though, were also vying for that top spot Thursday with their 7-2 record. The last time these two teams squared off in Taylorville, the Bulldogs got the upper hand as they won 25-21 and 25-22. Friday, October 11, 2019
Already a member of the Taylorville High School Sports Hall of Fame, Taylorville’s Kim Paisley-Jones will soon be a two-time hall of famer when she is inducted into the Quincy University Sports Hall of Fame this weekend. Friday, October 11, 2019
The Tornado girls golf team finished eighth at their regional in Findlay at Eagle Creek Golf Course. The Tornadoes finished with a team score of 564 while Charleston won with a 410, Mt. Zion was second with a 446, and Tuscola was third with a 450; Pana finished fifth with a team score of 491. Friday, October 11, 2019
The seventh and eighth grade junior high girls basketball teams were in action on Thursday night at home against Effingham. The seventh grade team won 38-15 while the eighth grade team was victorious 32-30. Friday, October 11, 2019
The Taylorville Youth Sports sixth grade girls basketball team opened their season at home on Wednesday against Pawnee. In the “B” game Taylorville was victorious 22-3 and in the “A” game Taylorville was victorious 19-12. Thursday, October 10, 2019
Following their first loss of the season, the Tornado football team won’t have an easy task Friday night when they look to bounce back. The 5-1 Tornadoes will host the 6-0 Effingham Flaming Hearts. Thursday, October 10, 2019
The Wednesday Commercial bowling league was on the lanes once again last night. Burton’s Tap and Collections of Professions finished tied for first, A.T.G was third, Ron’s Hair Correll was fourth, Pass The Plate was fifth, Olde Bowl was sixth, and Solid 9 Pro Shop was seventh. Thursday, October 10, 2019
CHARLESTON — The Tornado soccer team traveled to Charleston on Tuesday to face off against the Trojans. The Tornadoes found themselves trailing after the first half, but did score twice in the second half to finish the game with an 8-2 defeat. Wednesday, October 9, 2019
JACKSONVILLE — The Taylorville cross country team competed in its final regular season meet of the year on Tuesday when they traveled to Jacksonville to take on the Crimsons. Wednesday, October 9, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — After dropping a couple of matches they feel like they could have won at the Riverton Tournament this weekend, the Tornado volleyball team bounced back with a 25-23, 25-18 win over conference foe Charleston Tuesday night. Wednesday, October 9, 2019
DECATUR — The junior high Taylorville girls basketball team was back on the court Tuesday night as they traveled to Stephen Decatur. The seventh grade team won 50-7 and the eighth grade team was victorious 29-11. Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Three Tornado boys golfers advanced to Sectionals after their Regional on Monday at Lakeshore Golf Course. Taylorville was the fourth team overall with a score of 385; Jacksonville won with a 319, Chatham was second with a 336, and Jerseyville was third with a 361. Tuesday, October 8, 2019
The seventh and eighth grade Taylorville girls basketball teams were in action on Monday night when they travelled to Effingham to take on St. Anthony. The seventh grade team won 34-12 and the eighth grade team won 29-16. Tuesday, October 8, 2019
The Taylorville youth girls basketball team traveled to Decatur to face off against Holy Family. The fifth grade girls defeated the Holy Family fifth grade team 16-10, but the sixth grade team fell 20-19. Tuesday, October 8, 2019
EFFINGHAM — The Taylorville volleyball team continued its reign over the Apollo conference on Thursday night when they traveled to Effingham. Although the first set was tight most of the way through, the Tornadoes were able to catch some momentum in the second set for a 25-19, 25-17 win. Friday, October 4, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Head Soccer Coach Tim Karbach is asking for yellow cards. In the game of soccer, yellow cards typically aren’t a good thing, but Karbach says he’s hunting for more physicality from his team. Thursday, October 3, 2019
The Tuesday men’s Merchants league was back in action on the beginning of the month. Olde Bowl and Martynowski & Blakeman were tied for first, Hatch’s was third, Boston Heating and Cooling was fourth, Wells Lawn Care and TCR System tied for fifth, and Spinner was seventh. Wednesday, October 2, 2019
On Thursday, September 26, the Taylorville Tornado junior high cross country team traveled to Effingham for their conference match. The Taylorville boys swept the top scores as they finished 1-5 in order, and the girls finished second by one point. Tuesday, October 1, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — It was the end of an era for both Kiwanis officers and the location the Taylorville Kiwanis Club has met in for over 26 years, when the club held its annual officer installation luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. Monday, September 30, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville eighth grade girls volleyball team picked up two win son Saturday as they opened their hosted tournament against Charleston and Pana Sacred Heart. Monday, September 30, 2019
SPRINGFIELD — Another race, another victory for Taylorville’s Chris Cherry as he won the SHS Cross Country Invite at Lincoln Park in Springfield on Saturday. Cherry finished 13 seconds ahead of the Granite City runner in second place, but he had the lead for much more than that. Monday, September 30, 2019
The Taylorville golf team got its fourth win of the season last night as they topped Williamsville, but fell to Lincoln at The Rail. The Railers shot a 166, the Tornadoes had a 209, and the Bullets shot a 225. Saturday, September 28, 2019
To say that the Tornado volleyball team is on a roll in conference play would be an understatement. They’ve won four out of their previous five conference matches with their lone blemish to Mahomet-Seymour. Friday, September 27, 2019
The Taylorville soccer team traveled to Mahomet on Thursday to take on the Bulldogs in conference play. Mahomet defeated the Tornadoes 9-0 on the afternoon, but goalkeeper Preston Good had 25 saves in the contest. Friday, September 27, 2019
If last week’s road game was any indication of how the Tornadoes will play on the road this season, Mattoon had better watch out this week as Taylorville comes to town on Friday. Thursday, September 26, 2019
The seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams were in action on Wednesday in their first games of the year against Jacksonville. The seventh grade girls won 35-5 while the eighth grade girls also won 35-5. Thursday, September 26, 2019
The Monday morning retired league was led by team Medler with a 2977 and they were followed by Curtin with a 3104, Saxe with a 3160, Spence with a 3231, Johnson with a 3294, Hayes with a 3416, Frisina with a 3536, and Hunsley with a 3672. Thursday, September 26, 2019
Trailing 13-6 in set three, the Taylorville Tornado volleyball team had their backs against the wall Tuesday night when they hosted conference rival Mt. Zion.
Taylorville was looking for an impressive comeback, and they got it on a big-time performance by middle hitter Abby Heberling and an aggressive finish at the serving line. Wednesday, September 25, 2019
The Pana volleyball team traveled to Teutopolis on Tuesday night to face off against the Wooden Shoes. Traditionally this matchup has been tough for the Panthers, but they swept the Shoes in 25-14 and 25-19 games. Wednesday, September 25, 2019
The Taylorville golf team hosted Vandalia and Shelbyville on Tuesday afternoon. The Tornadoes tied for second place with Shelbyville as they both shot 194’s and Vandalia took the victory with a team score of 174. Wednesday, September 25, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville JV football team hosted Collinsville on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The Tornadoes fell 30-0, but Luke Durbin (2) made the grab in the second quarter for a big gain. Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg Monday, September 23, 2019
After starting the weekend 2-0 in pool play with wins over Mt. Pulaski and Liberty, the Tornadoes were 1-2 in their next three games during the Mt. Pulaski Fall Festival on Friday and Saturday. Monday, September 23, 2019
DECATUR — The Tornado cross country team was in action on Thursday for the Decatur Invitational. Both the girls and boys competed in the race, and junior Chris Cherry won the boys race outright. Saturday, September 21, 2019
MATTOON — The Tornado volleyball team traveled to Mattoon to take on the Green Wave as they squared off for the second time this season. These two teams met in the Mattoon tournament, where the Tornadoes took the victory. Friday, September 20, 2019
PANA — The Taylorville and Pana golf team’s don’t play each other often, but they did on Thursday in Pana. For the boys, it was Taylorville, Pana, and Effingham St. Anthony. For the girls, Raymond Lincolnwood also joined the fray to make that matchup a four-team affair. Friday, September 20, 2019
COLLINSVILLE — The term “biggest test” can sometimes have two meanings in the world of sports: There’s the classic definition, referencing the toughest game on the schedule, or it can literally be a reference to the roster itself. On Friday, it’s the latter the Tornadoes will have to deal with when they make the trip down to Collinsville to face off against the Kahoks. Thursday, September 19, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — “When we have a team like Mahomet down, we have to be able to put them away and not let them come back like Mahomet did to us tonight,” said head coach Kim Peabody. Wednesday, September 18, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado golf team hosted Effingham, Mt. Zion, and Shelbyville on a warm Tuesday afternoon. The Tornadoes finished third on the afternoon with a 201; Effingham shot a 170, Mt. Zion had a 189, and Shelbyville shot a 215. Wednesday, September 18, 2019
LINCOLN — The Tornado JV team traveled to Lincoln on Monday where they faced off against the Railers. Lincoln jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they were victorious 32-6 over the Tornadoes. Tuesday, September 17, 2019
SHELBYVILLE — The Tornado high school cross country team wasn’t the only team that ran on Saturday. The junior high team traveled to Shelbyville to compete in the Shelbyville Invite. The Tornado boys won the Invite and the girls finished third. Tuesday, September 17, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes played at Lakeshore golf course on Monday afternoon against Maroa-Forsyth and Meridian. The Tornadoes picked up their first win of the season as they topped Meridian who shot a 218, but were behind Maroa’s 190 as they shot a 206. Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The Taylorville cross country team competed in the Lanphier Invite at Lincoln Park in Springfield on Saturday. Anna Goodman and Alerina Letniku competed in the JV girls race, while the boys competed in the Varsity race. Monday, September 16, 2019
A move from Don Bragg field benefitted the Tornado JFl program on Saturday as they went 3-1 against Marion.
The fifth grade team was victorious 44-0 with Maddox Owens getting two touchdowns, Isaac Repshcer getting a score, Lane Riva getting a score, and Maddox Havera adding the final score. Drew Morgan had the extra points. Monday, September 16, 2019
Tornado cross country runners blew past the competition Thursday evening at their first home meet of the season when they hosted Pana, Auburn, and Lincoln.
The Taylorville boys team notched a first place finish on 19 points, taking five of the top six places, including first. Chris Cherry finished in first place with a time of 16:50. Zack Woodall was third on an 18:51, John Heberling was fourth with a 19:07, Dan Sloan grabbed fifth with a time of 19:21, and Evan Morgan was sixth with a time of 19:37. Friday, September 13, 2019
On a wild Thursday night for the Tornado volleyball team, the Taylorville girls were able to pick up the victory with a three-set win over Charleston, 17-25, 25-19, and 25-19.
Only one official showed up for the match, which then placed Charleston’s JV coach as the down official for the game. “They asked us if it was okay. We didn’t want to turn around and go home without playing, so we played,” said assistant coach Matt Peabody. Friday, September 13, 2019
The Wednesday men’s Commercial bowling league was in action last night. Burton’s Tap and Pass the Plate were tied for first, Collections of Professions was third, Ron’s Hair Correll was fourth, Olde Bowl was fifth, Solid 9 Pro Shop was sixth, and A.T.G was seventh. Thursday, September 12, 2019
Staying mentally sharp and overcoming distraction can be paramount on the football field. In that regard, the Tornadoes could have a tough test when they host Lincoln on Friday as the weekend is rife with potential distractions. After all, the Tornadoes don’t want to get derailed. Thursday, September 12, 2019
Fresh off a Mattoon Invite title, the Tornado volleyball team is on a roll to start this still young season. They kept the streak alive on Tuesday night when they hosted the Effingham Hearts in their Apollo Conference opener.
Taylorville outpaced Effingham in straight sets, winning 25-16 and 26-24. Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The Tornado golf team hosted its first home match of the season on Tuesday as they took on Auburn and Litchfield in non-conference action. The Trojans won with a 173, Litchfield was second with a 197, and the Tornadoes were third with a 211. Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Mrtynowski & Blakeman remained atop the Men’s merchant league at the end of play this week. Boston Heating and Cooling was second, Olde Bowl was third, Wells Lawn Care, Hatch’s, and TCR System tied for fourth, and Spinner was in seventh. Wednesday, September 11, 2019
After the excitement of Friday’s Taylorville varsity football game, the JV Tornadoes traveled to Mahomet to face off against the Bulldogs. Unfortunately for the JV, the result was not the same, as they were defeated 48-8 on Monday. Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The Tornado cross country team had a successful first meet at junior Chris Cherry won the Rochester Invitational on Saturday with a time of 15:27. The day started off nice, but the weather warmed up around the time that the boys started. Monday, September 9, 2019
DECATUR — Lori Cunningham and John Lanzotti with Kids Are Kids competed in the state Special Olympics softball skills event on Saturday at the Rotary Park in Decatur. Both athletes earned gold medals. Submitted photo Monday, September 9, 2019
The Route 29 Rivalry between the Taylorville and Pana volleyball teams is so good that it needed to go on tour. After all, how iconic would the Beatles have been had they never left Liverpool? What if Frazier versus Ali never moved from The Garden to Manila? Some performances beg for an expanded audience and fresh venues. Taylorville and Pana on the volleyball court is one such performance, and the two teams delivered Saturday night when they put on a show at the Mattoon Invite. Monday, September 9, 2019
The junior high Tornado boys won the Rochester Invitational on Saturday.
Owen Morgan was fourth and led the team with an 11:32, Jesse Sloan was fifth with an 11:38, Jack Chesser was eighth with an 11:48, Drake Howard was ninth with an 11:50, Brenton Good was 14 with a 12:06, Brody Harker was 28 with a 12:41, Alex Davis was 69 with a 13:46, Tyler Corpin was 105 with a 14:39, Ross Brown was 112 with a 14:50, Payton Schriver was 117 with a 14:57, and Jacob Adams was 198 with a 16:59. Monday, September 9, 2019
ROCHESTER — “We may not have the most weapons, but when we can get our offense going, and we can click, then we have a shot against anyone I think,” said Taylorville Volleyball Head Coach Kim Peabody. Friday, September 6, 2019
The Tuesday men’s bowling league was back in action last night. Martynowski & Blakeman remained in the lead and were followed by Olde Bowl, Boston Heating & Cooling, a fourth place tie between TCR System and Soinner, and a sixth place tie between Wells Lawn Care and Hatch’s. Wednesday, September 4, 2019
The junior high boys cross country team won the Cumberland Invite on Saturday, besting 10 other teams. The girls continued to run hard as well as they earned a fifth place finish out of 11 total teams. Tuesday, September 3, 2019
The Taylorville JFL fifth grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade teams were victorious over the Effingham Flaming Hearts on Saturday while the sixth grade team lost in a nail biter. Monday, September 2, 2019
The Tornado golf team traveled to Greenview to compete in the Bulldog Invite on Saturday. The Tornadoes finished just outside the top-10 as they were 11 with a team score of 417. Monday, September 2, 2019
he Taylorville Tornadoes and Pana Panthers both competed in the Pana Fresh/Soph Invite on Saturday. The Tornadoes went undefeated to win the tournament with a 4-0 record while they topped Pana in the championship game to put them at 3-1 on the day. Monday, September 2, 2019
Ask just about any member of the Tornado football team, and they’ll say there is a lot of room for improvment coming off Friday night’s season openening, 28-24 victory over the Mt. Vernon Rams. Saturday, August 31, 2019
As Shelbyville found themselves trailing 12-8 in the first set, they were looking for a big play. Instead of putting a high free ball over the net, though, they set the ball up where Taylorville’s Miah Klay was able to jump up and slam a ball to the floor. Friday, August 30, 2019
Pana’s trophy case will play host to the Route 29 Rivalry Plaque for another year after the Panthers came into Taylorville and left with a 3-0 win over the Tornadoes on the soccer field Thursday night. Friday, August 30, 2019
The men’s fraternal bowling league was in action once again this week. Jandi Services, Wendy’s, Lumb Restorations, and T’Ville K.C. were tied for first, American Legion and T’Ville K.C. II were tied for fifth, Solid 9 Pro Shop finished sixth, and Y-Zoe’s, Yard Heating and Cooling, Olde Bowl, Taylorville Moose, and CTI Fiber were tied for seventh. Friday, August 30, 2019
The Tuesday men’s Merchant bowling league began play on August 27. Martynowski & Blakeman, TCR System, and Olde Bowl tied for first, Hatch’s and Wells Lawn Care tied for fourth, and Boston Heating & Cooling and Spinner tied for sixth.
Martynowski & Blakeman rolled the team high handicap game of 1199 and the high handicap series of 3458. Thursday, August 29, 2019
Sometimes a loss is exactly what a team needs to stoke the competitive fires. That may be the case for the Taylorville soccer team after they dropped a match 8-0 to Hillsboro Wednesday night. Thursday, August 29, 2019
The Monday night mixed bowling league was in action and CTI Fiber finished atop the league for the week. Team 8 finished tied for second with HSSB, Wells Lawncare and Art-Rageous were tied for fourth, and Team Whatever was sixth. Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Despite raining for a majority of the morning, the Tornado golf team and several others made the trek to Champaign to compete in the Champaign Invite on the University of Illinois golf course to play 18 holes. Tuesday, August 27, 2019
The Taylorville junior high boys and girls cross country teams competed in Clinton over the weekend. The boys won the varsity race with 36 points while second place finished with 72; the girls team was without their number one runner, but still finished with 106 points, which was good enough for a top-five finish. Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Taylorville’s Hunter Foster (4) evades the Lincolnwood defender during the first half of a Monday soccer match that was moved to Taylorville due to weather. The Tornadoes amassed 17 shots on goal, and keeper Preston Good registered 14 saves, but Taylorville fell 7-0 to the Lancers. Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Thankfully the weaher was cooperative for a very nice afternoon on Saturday as the Taylorville JFl teams hosted Mattoon. The fifth grade team won 48-0, the sixth grade won 22-8, the seventh grade fell 28-14, and the eighth grade fell 26-18.
The fifth grade team had a ton of scoring as Preston Fiaoni crossed the goal line twice on rushes, Isaac Repscher also had two rushing scores, Drew Morgan had a quarterback sneak for the score, Lane Riva had a rushing score, and Wyatt Younker had a rushing score as well. Monday, August 26, 2019
Building a team takes time. There’s no sentiment more true than than for the Tornado soccer program. Tim Karbach was in his first season as head coach of the Tornadoes, despite previous coaching experience, and the Tornadoes had previously had difficulty generating enough numbers to field a full team.
“We had 16 guys come out last year, which although that isn’t a ton, that’s more than we were getting in the summer,” said Karbach about last year’s team. “Unfortunately for us, we had three season-ending injuries, and we had some other factors that ended up hurting our numbers. But, the team grew. The attitudes changed towards the good, and the skill level improved as the season went on.” Thursday, August 22, 2019
“We practiced very well last year, and we had very high team chemistry, both on the boys and girls teams last year,” said head coach Steve Walters of his 2018 squad. Fortunately, most of that group returns as Taylorville will see nine of the eleven team members are returning runners.
Unfortunately, the Tornadoes just missed the threshold required to score a girls team; they are only one member short. Thursday, August 22, 2019
The 2019 Tornado volleyball team will be missing six staring seniors from its roster a year ago. That hasn’t derailed expectations though as coach Kim Peabody still expects big things from her squad. She’s looking for some young players to step up in big ways.
The Tornadoes lost setter Courtney Coy; Liz Curtin, who led the team in kills and blocks; middle hitter Natalie Snyder; first-team all-conference libero Reagan Morrison; defensive specialist Maddy Brown; and fellow seniors McKenna Anderson, Shelbi Paul, and Cydnee Larson. Thursday, August 22, 2019
The Tornadoes enter the season as the reigning Apollo Conference champs, but the road to a repeat won’t be easy this year.
Taylorville showed off some incredible flashes in their seven-on-seven performances this summer, and coach Jeb Odam says his squad is progressing nicely in preparation for the week-one tilt with Mt. Vernon. Thursday, August 22, 2019
A new quarterback is always an adjustment. Replacing seven of 11 starters on offense is a complete overhaul. That’s the situation facing the 2019 Taylorville football team.
The outlook isn’t bleak though. Many members of the defense, and three offensive lineman, will be returning, and the Tornadoes run the same system at all levels of plays. Head coach Jeb Odam says there is some talent on this year’s team, and he thinks that continuity in the program will pay dividends in easing the transition. “The new guys that we will be slotting in may not have the varsity experience that those guys had last year, but they know the plays and they know what we want to run. They know our formations as well as any of those guys last year,” he said. Thursday, August 22, 2019
The Tornado golf team lost a lot last season. Not only did all of the scoring members of the team graduate, the head coach also moved on to another school as well.
After the departure of former coach Nick Gerndt, Paul Millburg thought that it was a great opportunity to step into the role. “Nick and I worked in the same department, and when he said that he wasn’t returning, I went in and talked to Paul Held. This will be my 21st year in the district, and I thought that this would be a good way to interact with the kids outside of school,” said Millburg. Thursday, August 22, 2019
Whether it’s before the game, during the high school fight song, at halftime doing their own routine, or after the game singing along with the “Alma Mater”, the Taylorville Dance Team always seems to front and center.
After a successful season at camp, and different competitions a year ago, head coach Heather Odam was sad to see her seniors graduate, but she says she has another great group this year. Thursday, August 22, 2019
The Wednesday night men’s bowling league began again on August 21. Ron’s Hair Correll finished the night in first and was followed by a six-team tie for second as A.T.G, Solid 9 Pro Shop, Burtin’s Tap, Olde Bowl, Pass The Plate, and Collections of Professions. Thursday, August 22, 2019
“We’ve got a halftime performance called ‘The Greatest Show.’ It’s going to feature music from ‘The Greatest Showman’,” THS Director of Music Chris Gunn outlined of the theme for the marching band this year. “It’s good music, it’s fun; I think the kids really like it. I think the audience will respond to it and recognize it from the movie. It’s pretty upbeat stuff, even on some of the slower passages.” Thursday, August 22, 2019
The Monday morning men’s golf league was in action on Monday, despite the heat early in the morning.
The Medler team remained in the top spot with a total team score of 2356 and were followed by Curtin with a 2432, Saxe with a 2498, Spence with a 2562, Johnson with a 2619, Hayes with a 2711, Frisina with a 2796, and Hunsley with a 2895. Tuesday, August 20, 2019