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home : sports January 17, 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

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

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

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

Lady Tornadoes go 1-1 in hosted tourney Saturday
The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes kicked off their season Friday night when they opened their own Taylorville Thanksgiving Tournament. On Saturday, the Lady Tornadoes hit the hardwood two more times as tournament play continued. Taylorville would split on the day, beating Jacksonville but falling to Civic Memorial. Taylorville would beat the Crimsons by a final of 34-29; they would suffer a loss to Civic Memorial by a final of 93-31
Monday, November 25, 2019

Seventh grade girls advance to Regional final
The Taylorville seventh grade girls defeated Washington 51-7 in the Regional semifinal on Saturday.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Lady Tornadoes drop opener to Rochester
The Taylorville Lady Tornado basketball team opened its season Friday night against Rochester at the Taylorville Holiday Tournament.

In the opening moments, the Tornadoes struggled under the full press of the Rockets as they quickly fell behind. Junior Haylee Sagle, though, had an efficient first quarter on seven points that helped the Tornadoes ultimately regain a 15-10 advantage. “We came out a little flat. I think it was just some first game jitters,” Taylorville head Coach Steve Keller said.  “We got in a hole, but I was proud of the way we dug ourselves out, took the lead, and then hung in there the rest of the half. Rochester hits that bucket right before half, otherwise we go into halftime with a one-point lead.”

Sagle finished with nine in the first half while Courtney Gideon notched seven points on a pair of threes and free throw.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Smothers, experienced core to lead THS wrestling in 19-20
While the THS Wrestling team will return a talented core group from a year ago, there will be a some fresh new faces on the mat this year, and none will be bigger than new head coach Jake Smothers.

Smothers is a 2014 graduate of THS and had a pretty good run on the mat himself. His senior season with the Tornadoes, Smothers recorded his 100th career win and qualified for state. He was also a part of the team’s run at state in 2013. After graduation from Taylorville, Smothers would go on to wrestled for Millikin for two years. “It was an amazing experience, and I was able to learn from an undefeated national champion in Brian Birt,” he said. “I was in the room with some of the best wrestlers and coaches in the country, and, although I didn’t see as much personal success as I would have liked, I was able to learn a lot from that experience, and I think I can bring that to the mat for these kids.”

Saturday, November 23, 2019

No lack of varsity experience for THS girls
A team that graduated five seniors a year ago, three who went on to play college basketball, won’t be long without varsity experience.

“Losing girls that you’ve had since they were freshman is always rough. We lost a lot of leadership in Olivia (Pruitt) and our leading scorer in Natalie (Snyder). Xanna (Tomasello) and Isabella (Thomas) were also key pieces to our offense and defense last year and we will miss their ability on the floor,” said head coach Steve Keller.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Returners will be key for THS girls bowling
“We have a lot of people who are going to be back this year, and we are adding a couple of people, but I’m really looking forward to how this season is going to go,” said head coach Gary Caniff.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Tornado boys bowling on track for success
After sending graduating senior Brian Sklenka to State as an individual last season, the Tornado boys bowling team will be without its key piece from a year ago.

But that isn’t to say that the Tornadoes won’t be missing a big part of their team. Captain Tate Wagner, Ian Neisler, and Jonah Nagle have all been a part of the program since their freshman years and head coach Lance Nagle knows what he’ll be missing in Sklenka this season, but also is hopeful for what there is to come.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Tornadoes target 20 wins as Bergschneider chases Ridley
 After back-to-back 20 wins seasons in 2017 and 2018, that threshold has now become the new benchmark for the Tornado boys basketball team. “I love the 20-win mark because that’s a culmination of an entire season. To me, that is a big part of the journey in getting better every day, and that’s what our guys are doing right now,” Taylorville head basketball coach Ryan Brown said. “The team mentality is a big part of what we talk about here, and I think this group has bought into it. We don’t want a let down, we want another 20-win season.”

After losing a trio of incredible shooters from a year ago, it would be easy to dismiss the upcoming season as a rebuilding year, but there’s a lot of talent on the floor for the Tornadoes this season.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Bowling results
The Men’s Commercial bowling league was in action on Wednesday. Collections of Professions finished in the lead and was followed by Burton’s Tap, Pass the Plate, Olde Bowl, A.T.G, Ron’s Hair Correll, and Solid 9 Pro Shop.
Friday, November 22, 2019

THS boys bowling tops Roxana
The Taylorville boys bowling team hosted their first home match of the season on Thursday night against Roxana. The Tornadoes were victorious 2569-2310.
Friday, November 22, 2019

7th grade girls finish strong
The seventh grade Tornado girls basketball team finished the regular season with a win on Thursday as they defeated Decatur Hope Academy 56-2.
Friday, November 22, 2019

8th grade boys fall to Pana
The TJHS eighth grade boys basketball team hit the road against Pana on Thursday night. Unfortunately for the Tornadoes, they were defeated 45-35 on the night.
Friday, November 22, 2019

Tornado wrestling kicks off season at annual wrestle-off
The Taylorville wrestling season got off to a hot start on Wednesday night as they hosted their annual wrestle-offs where 17 of the 18 members of the team competed in front of a solid crowd.

The night was an extension of wrestling practice, which allows the wrestlers to compete in a more match-like scenario in which they were forced to check in at the table and had referees making calls during the matches on the mat.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tuesday men's merchant bowling league results
The Tuesday men’s merchant bowling league was back in action last night. Martynowski & Blakeman finished in the lead of the league with Olde Bowl closely behind in second, Spinner and Hatch’s tied for third, Boston Heating and Cooling in fifth, TCR System in sixth, and Wells Lawn Care in seventh.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

TJHS 7th grade girls dominate Mt. Zion
The Taylorville seventh grade girls basketball team defeated Mt. Zion on Tuesday night at Mt. Zion, with a final score of 56-10.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

TJHS 7th and 8th girls top CAM
The Taylorville seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams defeated Central A&M on Monday night. The seventh grade team was victorious 39-18 while the eighth grade won 33-18.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

THS girls swim team finishes season at Sectionals
The Taylorville girls swim team wrapped up its season at the Sectional meet on Saturday at Eisenhower Pool in Springfield. “It was an emotional day for the seniors and their parents as they watched their athletics swim their last event for their high school season. We have a very strong team coming up with the Freshman,” said head coach Melissa Brookens.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

TJHS 7th grade girls top Mattoon
TAYLORVILLE — The seventh grade Taylorville girls basketball team hosted Mattoon on Friday night. The Tornadoes defeated the Green Wave 39-15.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

TJHS girls basketball defeats Lincoln Magnet
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 5th and 6th grade girls top Dec. LSA
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

Basketball: Fifth and sixth grade girls teams take down Sullivan
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

Wednesday bowling league results
The Wednesday morning ladies and men’s commercial league continued play on Wednesday. Their results were as follows:
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Bowling league results
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

Junior high Tornadoes split with Pleasant Plains
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado junior high basketball teams hosted Pleasant Plains on Wednesday evening. The seventh grade was victorious 39-6 while the eighth grade fell 30-18.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Junior high girls basketball results
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

Sixth grade girls sweep Jacksonville
The Taylorville sixth grade girls basketball team hosted Jacksonville on Monday night. The “A” team won 37-4 and the “B” team was victorious 34-3.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Tornadoes fall to IVC 31-22 despite tough fight
“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

Tornado volleyball falls just shy of four in a row
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

Bowling results
The Pin Pals finished at the top of the league, Alley Oops was second, Fab Five was third, and Anderson Jewels was fourth.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

IVC Grey Ghosts: Familiar foe, new challenge for THS in round one
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 winding road to the playoffs: A look back at how Taylorville got there
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

Playoff veterans offer quick take on IVC Ghosts
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

A Fish tale: From superfan to sideline fixture
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

THS sweeps Jerseyville in regional opener
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

Junior high girls sweep Lincoln
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

Bowling results
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

Junior high Tornadoes top Hillsboro
The junior high girls basketball teams were in action Monday night as they hosted Hillsboro. The seventh grade team was victorious 49-25 and the eighth graders won 25-19.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Mon. night bowling league results
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

Tornadoes take 1st at Pawnee Tournament
The Tornado volleyball team closed out their regular season on a high note Saturday when they swept the Pawnee Tournament for a first-place finish.

Taylorville went a perfect 5-0 Saturday, dropping just one set to Altamont in the championship match, which they ultimately won 16-25, 25-20, 15-5.

Monday, October 28, 2019

THS advances boys team and two girls to Sec.
The Taylorville Tornado cross country teams battled the wind and rain on Saturday morning to try and advance to the Sectional next weekend in Decatur.

The boys qualified as a team, and Alerina Letniku and Anna Goodman qualified as individuals for the Sectional meet on Saturday.

Monday, October 28, 2019

IHSA playoff pairings announced
Central A&M, Pana, and Taylorville all made the IHSA playoffs this season as A&M was 9-0, Pana was 8-1, and Taylorville made it with a 5-4 record and 37 playoff points.
Monday, October 28, 2019

Seventh grade girls pick up two wins Saturday at Teutopolis
The Tornado seventh grade girls basketball team got two wins on Saturday in Teutopolis as they defeated the host 43-24 and topped Decatur Robertson 41-19.
Monday, October 28, 2019

Tornadoes finish 5-4 after 42-6 loss to Civic Memorial

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Tornadoes looking to halt three-game skid
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

Bock wins multiple national cycling championships
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

Tornadoes bounce back with senior night win
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

TYS sixth- grade girls get two wins
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

Junior high Tornadoes split with Chatham
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

CC Youth Volleyball opens season
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

Route 29 Rivalry: Late surge lifts Pana over Taylorville
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

THS JV football drops final game
The Taylorville JV football team fell in its final game of the year to the visiting Charleston Trojans 44-18 on Monday night.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Bowling results
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

Tornadoes win, Pana third at Pana fresh/soph tournament
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

Junior high cross country caps incredible season at state
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









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