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home : sports January 20, 2019

Cyclones edge Tornadoes on the mat
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s Dalton Smith secures the pin on his SHG opponent Friday night. Smith earned the pin in the second period, but the Tornadoes fell to the Cyclones by a final of 38-28.Breeze-Courier photo/Owen Lasswell
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s Dalton Smith secures the pin on his SHG opponent Friday night. Smith earned the pin in the second period, but the Tornadoes fell to the Cyclones by a final of 38-28.
Breeze-Courier photo/Owen Lasswell
Three matches were decided by points Friday night when the Tornado Wrestling Team  hosted the Sacred-Heart Griffin Cyclones. Three more went into the third period before a pin was ultimately earned.
Saturday, January 19, 2019


Litchfield tournament results from Friday
Litchfield has been a busy place for the Taylorville varsity, Pana varsity, and Taylorville JV teams this week. The Tornado varsity played in the championship game on Saturday, while the Panthers and the Tornado JV teams finished up their tournaments on Friday.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Tornado JV team outlasts Pana varsity in Litchfield
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Friday, January 18, 2019

Tornado 7th & 8th volleyball score wins this week
The Tornado eighth grade volleyball team picked up two wins in as many days as they defeated Grant 25-10 and 27-17 on Wednesday and then topped Hillsboro 25-17 and 25-15 on Thursday.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Tornadoes earn zero quarter in win over Roxana Shells
Taylorville Head Basketball Coach Ryan Brown casts a furtive look at the scoreboard before anxiously shifting his gaze back to midcourt. He shuffles nervously on the sideline, squats down, and immediately stands back up. “Don’t get lazy in the middle,” he barks at his team.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

7th grade Tornadoes volleyball defeats Grant
The seventh grade Tornado volleyball team defeated Grant 25-8 and 25-17 on Wednesday night.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tornadoes girls top Okawville, stay alive in tournament
Okawville’s height looked like it was going to be a problem for the Tornadoes. The Rockets boasted a roster that included a 6’ 2” Center, two 5’ 11” Power Forwards, and two 5’ 10” Small Forwards; the tallest Tornadoes are Haylee Sagle and Isabella Thomas who are listed at 5’ 11”.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Olde Bowl bowling league results
The Monday night mixed league, Wednesday morning ladies, Wednesday commercial, and Men’s Fraternal leagues have all bowled this week. The results were as follows:
Thursday, January 17, 2019

TJHS eight grade boys top Pana
The TJHS and Pana junior high eight grade boys faced off against each other last night, with bragging rights on the line. The TJHS boys were victorious 51-25 on the night.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tornado boys basketball outrun the Panthers 82-58
The Taylorville and Pana boys basketball teams usually find a way to face off against each other in the Litchfield tournament, and this year was no different. Both teams had an extra day to prepare for one another, as Saturday’s game was cancelled, but the Tornadoes came out in second gear and didn’t look back en route to their 82-58 victory over the Panthers.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

THS girls drop opener of Highland tournament
The Tornado girls basketball team faced off against O’Fallon late Monday night in the opening game of the Highland tournament. These two teams were supposed to face off on Saturday, but the snow storm stopped that game and pushed the tournament back. The Tornadoes fell 61-50 after getting the lead in the third quarter.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Taylorville High School Hall of Fame seeking nominations
The Taylorville High School Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for selection to the 2019 Class of the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame came into existence 24 years ago and currently has one hundred and nineteen individuals and teams honored. Anyone may nominate a player, coach or friend of sports that meet the Hall of Fame criteria. If a player or team has been nominated in the past, their name will remain on the ballot. Nominations will be accepted until February 4, 2019. Selections will be announced in early March and a banquet will be held later in the spring.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tornadoes 6th at Regional, Sklenka advances
Tornado bowlers were 364 pins behind qualifying as a team with a final score of 5219 in Saturday’s regional bowling contest, but Bryan Sklenka advanced out of the regional with an 1182 series with a 197 average and a 241 high game. Ian Neisler followed behind Sklenka with a 1039 series and a 202 high game, Jonah Nagle had a 996 series with a 222 high game, Jacob Bingham rolled five games totaling 948 with a 245 high game, Tate Wagner had three games of 469 with a 171 high game, Gavin Craggs rolled two games of 271 with a 145 high game, Mike Wells had a 140 game, and Fisher Sandberg had a 174 game.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tornado girls fall to rival MTZ
MT. ZION — The Taylorville girls basketball team traveled to Mt. Zion on Thursday. Despite a slow start, the girls made it interesting in the end but had to foul late and the Braves were victorious 50-46.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Defensive-minded Tornadoes top MTZ 56-36
MT. ZION — The Mt. Zion Braves have been held to less than 40 points just a handful times this season, and now the Tornadoes have done it twice. In the first meeting with the Braves, the Tornadoes held Mt. Zion’s scoring to 38 points, and in last night’s contest the Braves only scored 36.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Taylorville girls bowling falls on senior night
TAYLORVILLE — This was our senior night match so my 3 seniors; Amelia White, Emily Young, and Melodie Paluska bowled all three games as a final send off at their home bowling alley,” said head coach Gary Caniff about Thursday’s match against Decatur MacArthur. The Tornadoes fell 2125-1962.
Friday, January 11, 2019

TJHS Volleyball Falls At Chatham
CHATHAM — The seventh and eighth grade volleyball team fell to Chatham on Thursday night with the seventh grade being downed 25-12 and 25-9 while the eighth grade fell 25-23, 17-25, and 18-25.
Friday, January 11, 2019

THS wrestling celebrates 50 years
TAYLORVILLE — Members of the THS wrestling family of the past, present, and future were in attendance on Thursday night in the Dolph Stanley gymnasium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the wrestling program.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Wednesday bowling league results
The Wednesday morning ladies and men’s commercial league both continued play yesterday. The results were as follows:
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Men's merchant league bowling
There still are a lot of ties atop the Tuesday men’s merchant league at Martynowski & Blakeman, McLane FS, and Wells Lawn Care each have won seven points, Hatch’s and Craggs Realtors have each won four points, Olde Bowl has two points, Jensens has one, and TCR System has yet to pick up a point win.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Tornado wrestlers pick up pair of road wins against Litchfield, MacArthur
Taylorville put just eight wrestlers on the mat Tuesday night when the Tornadoes traveled to MacArthur for a showdown between both Litchfield and the MacArthur Generals.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Taylorville High School will celebrate 50 years of wrestling Thursday
Not only will Thursday be one of three home meets for the Tornado wrestling program in the month of January, but they will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the wrestling program on the night as well. With many guests in attendance across the history of the program, head coach Lee Mateer said, “it would be nice to catch up and see everyone.”
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Uncharacteristic night sees Tornadoes basketball fall to Effingham Hearts
After the Tornadoes defeated Evergreen Park on Saturday, head coach Ryan Brown said that Effingham was going to be a tough place to play and that his team needed to be ready to go from the first tip.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Littleford leads Trojans to big win over THS girls
Charleston’s Shae Littleford poured in thirty points Monday night as the Trojans overwhelmed the Lady Tornadoes at Dolph Stanley Court in a 70-26 victory.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

TJHS sports results
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

THS boys bowling takes 3rd
The Tornado boys took third in the Abingdon/Avon tournament held in Abingdon on Saturday. Bryan Sklenka was third overall for the six-game series  with 1119. Tate Wagner had the fourth overall high game of 223, and Fisher Sandberg had the third highest game of 233 and the best three-game series of 636.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Monday bowling scores
The Monday night mixed bowing league saw CTI Fiber remain in the lead after play Monday night with Louis Marsch in second, Team Whatever third, David R. Fines fourth, Art-Rageous fifth, The 4-Some sixth, Team 8 seventh, and HSSB eighth.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Pana wins Taylorville Invite; Tornadoes fourth
The Pana girls bowling team traveled to Taylorville on Saturday for the Taylorville Invite at the Olde Bowl. The Panthers won with a 4672 day which was 66 pins better than second place; the Tornadoes finished in fourth with a 4183.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tornado boys stay hot: top Evergreen Park 77-51
The Taylorville Tornadoes hosted the Evergreen Park Mustangs in the final game of the first Taylorville Shootout. The Tornadoes played their most complete game of the season to this point, to win 77-51.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Tornado girls win thriller over Mahomet-Seymour
Down one with 7.4 seconds on the clock, Natalie Snyder drove right, trying to pass a Mahomet-Seymour defender. Snyder made a move left and was fouled on her way up, giving her two free-throw opportunities.
Monday, January 7, 2019

THS wrestling competes at Chatham
The Tornado wrestling team traveled to Chatham on Thursday to take on the Glenwood Titans. The Tornadoes had tough competition in the Titans.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Taylorville hosting eight-team shootout Saturday
The Taylorville basketball programs will be participating in a shootout this weekend held Taylorville High School.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Wednesday bowling league results
The Wednesday morning ladies and Wednesday men’s commercial league continued play on January 2, and the results were as follows:
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Lady Tornadoes 5th in Jerseyville
JERSEYVILLE — For the first time this season, the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes are on a two-game win streak.
Monday, December 31, 2018

Tornadoes take title on defensive showcase
TAYLORVILLE — It had been six years since the Taylorville Tornadoes hoisted their own tournament trophy. That changed Saturday night in a game that was a defensive spectacle. Taylorville out-hustled Sterling in a 44-41 victory to put that Taylorville Holiday Tournament trophy in its rightful place, the trophy case at Dolph Stanley Court.
Monday, December 31, 2018

Taylorville girls drop one, win one in Jerseyville
JERSEYVILLE — The Tornado girls traveled to Jerseyville for two games on Friday afternoon, the first was a quiet game against the hosting Jersey Panthers in which they were felled 62-58, but the Taylorville girls bounced back in the night cap against Calhoun with a 56-47 victory.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Tornadoes remain unbeaten in Holiday Tourney
TAYLORVILLE — Playing two games in the same day is rough, but playing two games with a seven hour window between each start time is even rougher on the body. That was what the Taylorville boys did on Friday, with a 73-51 win over Rantoul to open the day, and a 79-64 victory over IVC to close out the day.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Taylorville girls bowling win Silver Division at Alton
ALTON — The Taylorville girls bowling team traveled to Alton on Thursday, where they finished first in the Silver Division with a 4243 day; Sierra Miller was in the top 25 for Individuals as well.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Marquette, Snipes edge Lady Tornadoes 54-52
JERSEYVILLE - "We've got to work on our team defense. We do great at our one-on-one defense, but our rotations were not there tonight," Taylorville Girls Basketball Head Coach Stephen Keller said Thursday afternoon following a close, 54-52, loss to Alton Marquette on the opening day of the Jerseyville Holiday Tournament.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Tornadoes clock MT. Zion in tourney opener
TAYLORVILLE — It’s always a good thing for a team to put on a good showing to open a tournament. It’s even better when you can put up a good showing against a rival team after not having played for almost two weeks.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Wednesday commercial league results
TAYLORVILLE — Burton’s Tap took over the lead in the Wednesday morning bowling league while Olde Bowl was just one point behind. Collections of Professions ended the night in third with A.T.G close behind in fourth. Pass the Plate, Ron’s Hair Correll, and Solid 9 Pro Shop all follow suit behind A.T.G.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Smith and Wagner to London for New Year's Parade
Madison Smith and Sidney Wagner will be heading to London, England on Wednesday to participate in the New Year’s Day parade. Between practices and the actual parade, the girls will be sightseeing in England with highlights including the Buckingham Palace, the Westminster Abbey, and the Big Ben.
Monday, December 24, 2018

THS's Odam and Wright play in Blue-Grey Bowl
Taylorville football standouts Brandon Odam and Justin Wright were gone for most of last week as the duo participated in the annual Blue-Grey All-American game in  Arlington, Texas. The pair were invited to the prestigious event and got the opportunity to play against some of the nation’s best at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Thursday bowling league results
Olde Bowl remains atop the men’s fraternal bowling league after play on Thursday night. They were followed by Jandi Services, T’Ville K.C., Yard Heating and Cooling, Wendy’s, T’Ville K.C. II, Solid 9 Pro Shop, Y-Zoe’s, Taylorville Moose, Andy’s Market, Lumb Restorations, and CTI Fiber.
Friday, December 21, 2018

8th-grade Tornadoes topple Nokomis
The eighth grade Tornado boys faced off against Nokomis on Tuesday, with Taylorville getting the one-point win with a 29-28 final score.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Wednesday bowling results
The Wednesday morning ladies league and the men’s commercial league were in action last night. The results were as follows:
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Men's merchant bowling league results
The Tuesday night men’s merchant league started the second half of their season last night, and the results were as follows:
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Tornado bowlers top Vandals
The Taylorville boys bowling team traveled to Vandalia on Monday to face off against the Vandals. The Tornadoes were victorious in the match with a final score of 2781-2277.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Lady Tornadoes handle Tri-City 54-29
"We came out fired up. We were ready to play, and we started the first quarter great, which really led us into the rest of the game,” Taylorville Girls Basketball Heat Coach Stephen Keller said Saturday after a 54-39 victory over the Tri-City Tornadoes.
Monday, December 17, 2018

THS boys and girls bowling competes at Elite 6
The Tornado girls and boys bowling teams were in action on Saturday at Mascoutah’s Elite 6 bowling tournament. The THS girls finished with a team score of 4341 and the boys had a team score of 5445 for both teams to finish in fifth place.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Tornadoes medal five wrestlers in Clinton
The Tornado wrestling team traveled to Clinton on Saturday where five of the seven wrestlers that made the trip medaled.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Hot start hoists Tornadoes over Mattoon
TAYLORVILLE — Despite having an 11-0 run negated by a 14-7 run from Mattoon during the first quarter, the Tornadoes never seemed to panic on Friday night as they handed the Green Wave a 74-62 loss.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Thursday night men's bowling results
TAYLORVILLE — The Thursday night men’s fraternal bowling league continued play once again last night. The results were as follows: Olde Bowl ended the night in first place and was followed by T’Ville K.C., Jandi Services, Wendy’s, Yard Heating and Cooling, T’Ville K.C. II, Y-Zoe’s, Solid 9 Pro Shop, Lumb Restorations, Taylorville Moose, Andy’s Market, and CTI Fiber.
Friday, December 14, 2018

To the victor, go the spoils
PANA — Last year, the Route 29 Rivalry game turned into more than just a rivalry of words, a trophy was introduced for the winner, the Schramm-Wilcox Trophy.
Friday, December 14, 2018

THS Wrestling splits in New Berlin
“We’ve got to get this Jeckyll and Hyde thing fixed. At that tournament last week, in Pontiac, you would have looked at our guys and said, ‘Wow, these guys are good,’ and we are, but we’re just inconsistent right now,” Taylorville Wrestling Coach Lee Mateer said Tuesday night after a meet against Jacksonville and New Berlin.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Redskins overcome slow start, top Pana
Neither team scored for more than three minutes to start the contest on Tuesday night when the Nokomis Redskins hosted the Pana Panthers on the hardwood.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Pana girls bowling tops Taylorville
The Pana Panthers girls bowling team defeated Taylorville 2326-1834 on Tuesday afternoon in Pana.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tues. night bowling results
The Tuesday night men’s merchant league wrapped up its first half of play last night. Jensens finished the first half atop the leaderboard and was followed by L.S Industries, Olde Bowl, Hatch’s, Martynowski & Blakeman, Wells Lawn Care, Craggs Realtors, and TCR System.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

8th grade Tornadoes fall in Charleston
The eighth grade boys basketball team traveled to Charleston on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Lady Tornadoes down Plains on fast start
“We knew that if we wanted to win we had to do two things: Take care of the basketball and get off to a good start,” said Lady Tornado head coach Stephen Keller.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tornado bowling competes at SIU
The Taylorville girls and boys bowing teams traveled to Edwardsville to compete in the SIU team challenge. The girls finished fourth in the Silver Division with a team total of 4635 and the boys team had a team score of 5088.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Wrestling picks up four medals at Pontiac
Across the two-day tournament in Pontiac, the Taylorville wrestling team had four different medalists over the weekend.
Monday, December 10, 2018

THS Fresh/Soph goes 1-1 in tourney
The Taylorville fresh/soph girls basketball team hosted a round-robin tournament on Saturday. The girls were 1-1 on the day as they defeated Greenville 42-24 but fell to Effingham 31-29 in overtime.
Monday, December 10, 2018

All-Star bowling league results
The All-Star co-ed bowling league continued play Friday night where King Pins maintained their large lead over the Lady Strikers. Team 5 followed close behind and CTI Fiber was fourth; Number 6 and Team 7 ended in fifth and sixth respectively.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Heart defense stifles Lady Tornadoes
“Our offense isn’t going to be clicking every single night, but it’s going to start on the defensive end for us, and our defense was not up to par tonight,” Taylorville Girls Basketball Coach Stephen Keller said Thursday night after his team fell to Effingham 56-23. “If we’re giving up more than 50 points, it’s going to be hard to win ball games.”
Friday, December 7, 2018

Taylorville battles past Bulldogs 60-46
After a six-game stretch at home, the Tornado boys finally hit the road Thursday night when they traveled to Mahomet-Seymour to take on the Bulldogs. “I like going on the road,” said head coach Ryan Brown. “I think getting prepared for a road game is much easier because there aren’t as many distractions with the guys wanting to talk to everyone after school and before the game. It’s nice to play at home, but it’s a little more routine when you go on the road.”
Friday, December 7, 2018

Busy week for THS Wrestling
The Tornado wrestling team has had a busy week, not only did they spend Monday helping with the cleanup, but they have had two matches this week as well. On Tuesday the Tornadoes wrestled in a dual with Auburn and the co-op of Riverton and Williamsville, falling 66-12 and 42-30 in those matches.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Wednesday bowling results
The Wednesday morning ladies and men’s Commercial night leagues both continued play last night. The results were as follows:
Thursday, December 6, 2018

THS girls bowling falls to Eisenhower
The Tornado girls bowling team hosted Decatur Eisenhower on Wednesday at the Olde Bowl. Despite having strong first games from the girls, the Tornadoes tapered off towards the later portions of the match and were defeated 2178-2155.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

THS basketball embraces return to normalcy
“We break every single huddle with ‘together,’ and tonight it was in big, big letters across the white board. Together has a little bit different meaning right now than what it did last week,” Taylorville Head Basketball Coach Ryan Brown said after an 85-76 victory over Charleston Tuesday night that came just days after a devastating tornado shook Taylorville to its core.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

THS athletes band together for tornado relief
Once the tide had settled and the sun rose on Sunday morning so the full extent of the damage could be seen, the Twitter account for THS Power put out a call.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

THS girls take down Mattoon in emotionally charged game
The Taylorville girls basketball team traveled to Mattoon on Monday night, but to them, this wasn’t just another game.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Council Honors Cherry
The Taylorville City Council honored Chris Cherry at Monday night’s regular council meeting
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lincoln survives late Tornado scoring flurry
A little more than two points every 30 seconds. That’s what the Tornadoes averaged in the fourth quarter against the Railers to close out Friday night’s home game.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Lincoln rallies past Lady Tornadoes
The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes traveled to Lincoln on Thursday for their second game in Apollo conference play. It ended up a thriller that saw a fourth-quarter comeback from the Railers who went on to capture the 57-52 victory.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Wednesday bowling league results
The Wednesday morning ladies and night Commercial league continued play last night.
Friday, November 30, 2018

THS boys bowling falls at Alton
The Tornado boys bowling team traveled to Alton on Wednesday where they fell 3048-2562.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Diehl highlights Taylorville home dual
The Tornado wrestling team dropped a pair of matches to Monticello and Clinton in their home opener Thursday night, but it was a gritty performance by Taylorville that saw several Tornadoes ratchet up the intensity against a couple of tough foes.
Friday, November 30, 2018

3 volleyball Tornadoes named to All-State team
Three Tornado volleyball players were named to illprepvb.com's All-State team for their outstanding play this season. Courtney Coy and Liz Curtin were selected to the honorable mention team and Reagan Morrison was selected to the special mention team.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

7th grade Tornado girls close season at sectionals
Chatham, Rochester, and Taylorville. Those three teams comprise the majority of teams that come out of their junior high sectional. Unfortunately, those three teams have to go through one another to make it to state.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Tornado wrestling earns 2-0 start
“We were a little rusty out there, and we’ve got to continue to work to condition ourselves, but I saw a lot of good things out there tonight. I think, as a group, these guys are only going to get better. Individually, there are a bunch of guys that aren’t even close to what they’re going to look like in a few weeks,” Taylorville Wrestling Head Coach Lee Mateer said Tuesday night after his team opened the season with matches against Hillsboro and Springfield Southeast.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

8th grade Tornadoes fall in regional title game
The eighth grade Tornadoes had the opportunity to return to sectionals last  night as they took on Rochester in the regional championship game. Unfortunately, the Tornado offense couldn’t get anything going in the 31-14 loss.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tuesday men's merchant bowling league results
The Tuesday men’s merchant bowling league continued play last night at the Olde Bowl and the results were as follows:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Trojan threes sink Lady Tornadoes
The Tornado girls basketball team was on the road for the first time this season Monday night. They traveled to Charleston to take on the Trojans.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

8th-grade Tornadoes to compete for regional title
The eighth grade girls basketball team faced off against Mt. Zion last night to open regional play. The girls topped the Braves 38-24 and will face Rochester tonight for the regional title.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tornado bowling: Girls win, boys fall at Jerseyville
The Tornado bowling teams both traveled to Jerseyville on Monday night to face off against the Panthers. The THS girls won 2205-2090 while the boys lost 2812-2664.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Monday night mixed bowling results
Team Whatever held the lead over the Monday night mixed league, but only by half of a point over CTI Fiber and three-and-a-half points over Louis Marsch. David R. Fines finished fourth, The 4-Some ended in fifth, Team 8 in sixth, Art-Rageous seventh, and HSSB ended in eighth.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tornadoes win Stove Top championship
The Taylorville Tornadoes capped off their hosted tournament on Saturday with a championship victory over the Triad Knights with a final score of 61-55.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Hillsboro's three's down Tornadoes in second
Some teams live and die by the three-pointer while other teams are able to use it to their advantage when the gameplan dictates it. That was what Hillsboro did to Taylorville in Saturday’s afternoon contest, get the three-pointer rolling and go from there. The Hiltoppers went on to win 69-54 in the afternoon contest.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Defense wins championships
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes continued to host their Thanksgiving tournament on Friday as they took on Civic Memorial. Head coach Ryan Brown said on Wednesday that when his team and the Eagles faced off on Friday, it was going to be a battle and it looked to be that way after the first quarter; the Tornado defense was stifling in the second and third quarters, though and helped Taylorville come away with a 68-41 victory.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

"Little things" gives Rochester edge in victory
TAYLORVILLE — “It’s the little things that make a big difference in a game like this,” said head coach Stephen Keller. “A couple of layups and five-footers that don’t go in, or a couple of free-throws that rattle around. Those can ultimately be the difference maker.”
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Wednesday bowling league results
TAYLORVILLE — The Wednesday Commercial bowling league continued its play on Wednesday.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Eighth grade boys fall to Grant
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado boys took on Grant on Tuesday in basketball action. The Tornadoes fell 65-20 on the night.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Hot first quarter moves Tornadoes to 2-0
TAYLORVILLE — On Wednesday night the Tornado boys basketball team faced off against the Granite City Warriors on Wednesday night, a team that had just lost to Triad in an overtime thriller the night before.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Tuesday men's merchant bowling league results
The Tuesday men’s merchant league continued play last night. Jensens finished in the top spot, followed by L.S. Industries, Olde Bowl, Hatch’s, Martynowski & Blakeman, Wells Lawn Care, Craggs Realtors, and TCR System.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tornado D solid in win over Nokomis
The Taylorville Tornado boys basketball team opened up its season at home on Monday night where they captured a 74-54 victory over the visiting Nokomis Redskins.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Taylorville bowling falls to Roxana
The Taylorville boys bowling team traveled to Bethalto to face off against Roxana on Monday. The Tornadoes fell by less than 200 pins, rolling a team score of 2686 while Roxana rolled a 2808.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Seventh grade Lady Tornadoes win regional
The seventh grade Tornado girls basketball team was victorious in their hosted regional championship game on Monday night.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Monday night mixed bowling results
The Monday night mixed league continued play last night. The results were as follows: Team Whatever ended the night in first, CTI Fiber was second, Louis Marsch was third, David R. Fines finished fourth, Team 8 was fifth, Art-Rageous ended in sixth, The 4 Some was seventh, and HSSB ended the night in eighth.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Eagles outlast third-quarter surge from Tornadoes
It was a gritty and hard-fought performance by the Lady Tornadoes Saturday night in a showdown with Bethalto Civic Memorial. The match was Taylorville’s second of the day and third of the Taylorville Thanksgiving Holiday Tournament.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Tornadoes top Stephen Decatur, advances to final
The Tornado girls hosted the seventh grade regional quarterfinals on Saturday. After receiving a bye in the first round, the top-seeded Tornadoes went on to defeat Stephen Decatur by a final score of 45-17.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Strong finish propels MTZ past Lady Tornadoes
TAYLORVILLE — With 2:15 left in the third quarter, and trailing by five, Taylorville’s Natalie Snyder drove the baseline and attacked the interior of the Mt. Zion Lady Braves’ defense.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Eight Tornadoes earn all-conference honors
TAYLORVILLE — Eight Taylorville football players were given all-Apollo honors for their performance as part of Taylorville’s incredible season this year. Two second-team selections and six first-team selections (three unanimous first-team selections) made up the Tornado portion of the all-conference team this year.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Tornado girls bowling turning to experience this year
TAYLORVILLE — “I had four or five seniors that graduated last year, and we will have four or five returning freshmen and sophomores filling in those spots,” said THS girls bowling coach Gary Caniff.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Tornado boys bowling up for the season's challenge
TAYLORVILLE — Thirteen of the fourteen events for the THS boys bowling team this season will be on the road. The Tornado boys were in a similar position a year ago when many of their scheduled contests were also on the road.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Tornado wrestlers hoping to build on intense offseason
TAYLORVILLE — Sometimes, it takes a little pain to spur growth. Taylorville Wresting Coach Lee Mateer is hoping that’s the case for his squad this year after several from the Tornado wrestling ranks challenged themselves at an intensive wrestling camp this summer.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Senior-studded lineup key for THS girls this season
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado girls basketball program graduated just one senior from their lineup a season ago, making this year’s group a senior-studded lineup that returns five seniors with a lot of experience. Two juniors that picked up significant minutes last year also return. All that experience figures to make for a successful season for the Lady Tornadoes.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Tornado boys looking for another 20-win season
TAYLORVILLE — “We hit a pretty historic landmark last season for the Taylorville program, achieving 20 wins which was fantastic, but we ran into a really tough matchup in the first round of regionals against another 20-win team in MacArthur,” said head coach Ryan Brown of last year’s THS basketball campaign.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Odam, Paradee named All-State
Taylorville quarterback Brandon Odam and Central A&M wide receiver Jacob Parade were named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA) All-State teams this year.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

CEO Powder Puff game turning into annual classic
In its inaugural year last year, the Christian County CEO Powder Puff football game was a big success. Big enough, in fact, that the CEO program expanded it’s reach this year. Where it was just a Taylorville affair last year, Wednesday night’s game frittered not only four Taylorville teams, but also teams from Pana and South Fork as well.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

THS girls close swim season at Springfield
The Tornado girls swim team traveled to Springfield on Saturday, November 10 to compete in the IHSA Sectionals. The results were as follows:
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

TJHS girls sweep Mt. Zion on 8th grade night
On eighth grade night, the Taylorville girls basketball teams defeated Mt. Zion with the seventh grade winning 22-7 and the eighth grade victorious 34-15.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

TJHS girls beat Central A&M
The Taylorville junior high girls traveled to Assumption to face off against Central A&M. Both Tornado teams were victorious on Monday with the seventh grade victorious 37-16 and the eighth grade won 40-17.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

8th grade Tornado boys take down Springfield Franklin
Despite trailing 29-21 at halftime, the eighth grade Tornadoes roared back with 25 points in the third quarter behind five three’s to continue on and win 54-45 over Springfield Franklin.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Heartbreak
“I see a lot of sad faces out here, and that’s okay because you allowed yourself to believe. That’s a good thing; don’t ever lose that,” Taylorville assistant coach Eric Wolf told the Tornado football team Saturday night
Monday, November 12, 2018

THS Soccer holds awards banquet
The THS soccer program held their annual awards banquet Saturday night.
Monday, November 12, 2018

TJHS tops Stephen Decatur
The eighth grade boys basketball team traveled to Decatur to face off against Stephen Decatur on Friday. A 15-point fourth quarter propelled the Tornadoes to the 47-41 win.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Junior high Tornadoes top Grant
The seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams continued to roll Thursday night as they took on Grant and both were victorious; the seventh grade won 38-11 and the eighth grade won 35-24.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Canes hold on to beat Blackhawks 4-3, spoil Colliton's debut
Jeremy Colliton's NHL coaching debut got off to a shaky start before the Chicago Blackhawks began skating with confidence and made it respectable.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Men's fraternal bowling results
Olde Bowl hung onto the top spot in the men’s fraternal bowling league this week and hold a commanding lead. The race for second ended very tightly, with Yard Heating and Cooling only holding a half-point lead over T’Ville K.C. Not far behind finished T’Ville K.C. II, Wendy’s, Jandi Services, Y-Zoe’s, Lumb Restorations, Taylorville Moose, and CTI Fiber. Solid 9 Pro Shop and Andy’s Market finished in the final two spots.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Wednesday bowling league results
The Wednesday morning ladies bowling league and the night commercial league continued play last night.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

THS cheer hyped for Rockets, basketball
With a majority of road football games early this football season, and as basketball season looms, the 14-member THS cheer squad has had their hands full this season.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Unity: The tie that binds on field and off
A successful season doesn’t just happen by accident. Sure, It takes talent, and a lot of hard work, but it also takes unity and team chemistry. The latter two can sometimes elude even the best teams.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Tornado DBs looking to ground Rochester
Camden Woodward, Will Kettelkamp, Kyle Durbin, and Kaylor Jacobs have been the four primary defensive backs for the Tornadoes this season while Justin Wright, Yemi Odugbesan, and others have filled in throughout the season.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Tornado O-line hitting stride in postseason
With over 3,000 passing yards, and more than 1,500 rushing yards, the Tornado offense has boasted some very impressive numbers this season. Those numbers don’t just happen; it takes incredible athletes in space to produce those kind of results.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Who could be next for THS football?
It figures to be an all-out battle Saturday when the Tornadoes host the Rockets, and there isn’t a player on that field or a coach on the sideline looking past what is likely to be an epic battle for the ages.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Tornadoes vying for record 12th win against Rockets
Forty-two to ten and forty-two to seven; those were the scores the previous two times that Rochester and Taylorville faced off against one another on the football field.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Tuesday men's merchant bowling results
On Tuesday, the men’s merchant league continued play with Jensens and L. S. Industries tying for first at the end of play. Olde Bowl ended the night in third, Hatch’s was fourth, Craggs Realtors and Wells Lawn Care were tied for fifth, Martynowski & Blakeman was seventh, and TCR System was eighth.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

TJHS girls defeat Franklin
Both the seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams defeated Franklin on Tuesday. The seventh grade won 33-9 and the eighth grade won 21-18.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Council Honors Taylorville Volleyball
In honor of their third straight regional title, an Apollo Conference championship, and the first-ever 30-win season in school history, Mayor Bruce Barry, and the city council, honored the Taylorville volleyball team at Monday’s council meeting.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

7th grade wins, 8th grade just short vs Charleston
The seventh grade Tornado girls basketball team defeated Charleston 33-17 on Monday, but the eighth grade team fell 31-23.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Monday mixed bowling results
CTI Fiber held onto the top spot at the end of the Monday mixed bowling league on Monday. Team Whatever ended the night in second, Team 8 and David R. Fines finished tied for third, Louis Marsch was fifth, Art-Rageous ended in sixth, The 4-Some ended the night in seventh, and HSSB was eighth.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Three Tornado volleyball players named first-team All-Apollo
Three Tornado volleyball players were named to the first-team All-Apollo volleyball team this season. Reagan Morrison was named the Libero, Liz Curtin a middle hitter, and Courtney Coy one of the setters.
Monday, November 5, 2018

History met: Tornadoes 11-0 after beating Columbia
The 2018 Taylorville team joined a select company of teams that went 11-0 this season, but have also joined the 2015 as the second team in school history to go 11-0 in a season.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Taylorville is 3rd-round bound
Monday, November 5, 2018

Cherry turns in All-state race
PEORIA — Detweiler Park set the scene on Saturday afternoon as Chris Cherry began the Cross Country State Final race. The weather was a perfect temperature but was a little overcast as the gun went off.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Nine-point 3rd earns 8th-grade Tornadoes the win
TAYLORVILLE — The eighth grade Lady Tornadoes scored nine points in the third quarter and didn’t allow Pleasant Plains a single point in that quarter. The Tornadoes went on to win 21-12.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Lady Tornado run ends in sectional championship
There’s an old saying that talks about history repeating itself.  For Tornado Nation, that sentiment, unfortunately, rang true last night when Mt. Zion defeated Taylorville in a sectional championship volleyball match.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

THS dance team prepping for multiple sports
The THS dance team has been hard at work over the past couple of weeks
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Former THS QB weighs in on 2018 team
The last time that the Tornadoes went 10-0 was the 2015 season, the same year that they went 11-0 before falling in the third round to Breese Mater Dei.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Purple Reign numbers peaking for playoffs
“T-V-I!” “L-L-E!” “T-V-I!” “L-L-E!” “T-V-I!” “L-L-E!” “Let’s go T’Ville!”
Thursday, November 1, 2018

11 strong: More than a mantra in week 11
Eleven strong; it's a simple, no-nonsense mantra. It's to-the-point and elicits the type of unity needed to fight through adversity when the chips are down.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Who could be next for THS football?
The fourth-seed Rochester and the fifth-seed Pontiac kickoff at 5:30 on Saturday evening in Rochester. Why does that matter?
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Tornadoes ready to match history Sat.
The Tornadoes once again find themselves at home to face the Columbia Eagles on Saturday in the second round of the 4A playoff.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Junior high Tornadoes take 2 vs. Jefferson
Both the seventh and eighth grade Tornado girls basketball teams were victorious over Jefferson middle school on Tuesday. The seventh grade won 39-5 and the eighth grade won 46-33.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

THS sweeps Highland, advances to Sweet 16
In or out? A crucial call at a critical time in any volleyball match can give one team an advantage over the other, and it was no different for the Tornadoes on Monday night. The Highland middle reached high and slammed the ball down along the Taylorville back row. The up ref initially made the call that Highland won the point, but the line judge indicated that the ball was out. A conference happened between the two, and the line judge’s call was enforced, Taylorville won the point.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Monday mixed bowling league results
CTI Fiber remained in the top spot of the Monday night mixed bowling league when play finished last night. Team Whatever finished in second, Team 8, Louis Marsch, and David R. Fines ended in a three-way tie for third, Art-Rageous finished in sixth, The 4-Some was seventh, and HSSB finished in eighth.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

THS's Cherry qualifies for State XC meet
The Taylorville boys cross country team that qualified for sectionals on Saturday finished 18th overall on the day, but Chris Cherry finished fifth which was good enough for him to qualify for State as an individual. Alerina Letniku finished 68 on the afternoon, but was just a little over one minute off of qualifying for State herself.
Monday, October 29, 2018

8th grade Tornadoes fall in last second
The eighth grade girls basketball team fell on a last-second shot on Thursday as Pana was able to get the 24-22 victory.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Tornadoes vanquish IVC Grey Ghosts 57-30, move to 2nd round
Taylorville quarterback Brandon Odam scans the interior of the Grey Ghost defense, nothing there. He looks to his checkdown; wide receiver Yemi Odugbesan has a sliver of space, but that’s usually enough. Odam pulls the trigger on the out route; the catch, good. Odugbesan makes one defender miss, turns upfield, tries to evade the second, and eyes an oncoming third. He’s got nowhere to go. He throws a desperation juke move in his fight for a few more inches. The ball squirts loose on impact, though, and it’s a scramble; four guys vying for a loose ball inside the space of what seems to be the size of a phone booth. Arms flail; it’s chaos. Odugbesan slides out of view on the wet turf; surely this ball now belongs to the Ghosts. On the peripheral now, Odugbesan is clawing at the turf to get back to his feet, seething with urgency. The football still pinballs around the legs of the Ghost defenders, and, like a missile, Odugbesan flies back into the pile. He’s locked on target, and, against all odds, he comes up with the football. The Tornadoes retain possession.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Tornadoes serve up win over SHG
It wasn’t the 16 in a row that she served up on Tuesday against Lincoln, but Cydnee Larson got the ball at the service line with a  21-15 lead in the all-important third set in  Thursday night’s 3A regional championship matchup against SHG. She was lights out from the line again, and the Tornadoes won the match 26-24, 19-25, and 25-15.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Thursday men's fraternal bowling league results
Olde Bowl remained in the lead this week at the conclusion of play on Thursday night. Yard Heating and Cooling ended the night in second, Y-Zoe’s and T’Ville K.C. II tied for third. Wendy’s and Lumb Restorations were tied for fifth, Jandi Services and CTI Fiber were tied for seventh, T’Ville KC was eighth, Taylorville Moose finished ninth, Andy’s Market was tenth, and Solid 9 Pro Shop ended the night in eleventh.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Seventh grade girls start fast, beat Pana
The seventh grade Tornado girls basketball team took an 18-point lead at the end of the first quarter against Pana and didn’t look back as the Tornadoes won 46-8.
Friday, October 26, 2018

THS girls swim against Jacksonville Routt
The THS girls swim team traveled to Illinois College to compete against Jacksonville Routt on Wednesday. The results were:
Friday, October 26, 2018

Tuesday and Wednesday bowling league results
The Tuesday merchant league, Wednesday morning ladies league, and Wednesday commercial league all continued play this week. The results were as follows:
Thursday, October 25, 2018

THS finishes regular season 3rd in 4A polls
(AP) — Here’s a look at the final regular season IHSA football rankings for all eight classes:
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Taylorville Sacks
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Full steam ahead: Tornado backs gaining momentum
A lot of the attention this season has been heaped on the tremendous passing ability of Brandon Odam and the catching of Justin Wright, Yemi Odugbesan, Jack Kettelkamp, Ethan Mileham, and Blake Donnan.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

4A southern bracket No. 1 seeds and how they faired
Getting a number-one seed in the playoffs should yield a statistical advantage: It allows for a matchup with a 16-seed in round one, either the eight or the nine-seed in round two, a date with four, five, 12, or 13 in the quarterfinals, and it means not having to meet the second-seed until the semifinals.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Odam-to-Wright connection among nation's best
Taylorville’s dynamic duo of Brandon Odam and Justin Wright sit within the top 60 in the nation in the categories of passing yards (Odam) and receiving yards (Wright). Both, though, spent significant time in the top-25 throughout much of the season.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

IHSA contemplating major playoff shift
Rivalries renewed, rivalries anew; the IHSA is considering a shift in the state football playoff system, one that could both rekindle storied matchups now bygone,but also one that could cast a divide between current matchups of intrigue.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Looking ahead to potential round-two matchups
Not to overlook a tough Illinois Valley Central team this week, but the Tornadoes have had their eyes on a deep playoff run all season. To pull that off, they will have to overcome some tough competition in weeks to come.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Taylorville's road to the playoffs littered with Ws
Make it six years in a row for the Tornadoes going to the playoffs after a previous four-year drought under head coach Jeb Odam. Taylorville is 12-19 in 19 years in the postseason.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Tornadoes looking to bust IVC Grey Ghosts
The Tornadoes are ready to embody the Ray Parker Jr. song ‘Ghostbusters’ and show, as the lyrics say, that they “ain’t afraid of no ghosts” Friday. Taylorville will host the Grey Ghosts of Illinois Valley Central (IVC) in the opening round of the IHSA 4A playoff.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Tornado volleyball makes quick work of Lincoln
An average high school volleyball game takes at least an hour from the playing of the National Anthem until the final point in a two-set contest. On Tuesday, the Tornadoes and Lincoln played two sets in 35 minutes in which Taylorville won 25-11 and 25-10.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

TJHS Tornadoes down Lincoln
Both the seventh and eighth grade junior high Tornado girls basketball teams defeated Lincoln.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Junior high Tornadoes take down Hiltoppers
The TJHS Tornado girls basketball team traveled to Hillsboro on Monday to face off against the junior high Hiltoppers.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Jackson continues to aid in Millikin success
The Millikin volleyball team continued to see success last week as they defeated Elmhurst College 3-1, Cardinal Stritch University 3-1, and the University of Winconsin-River Falls 3-1. Their only loss came against Concordia Wisconsin in five sets.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mon. bowling league results
At the conclusion of play on Monday for the mixed bowling league: CTI Fiber finished in first place, Louis Marsch and Team Whatever were tied for second, Team 8 was in fourth, David R. Fines finished in fifth, Art-Rageous ended in sixth, HSSB finished in seventh, and The 4-Some ended in eighth.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Junior high Tornadoes go 3-1 on Saturday
The junior high Tornadoes combined to go 3-1 on Saturday as the seventh grade squad was defeated by Teutopolis, but turned around and beat Decatur Robertson and the eighth grade team defeated both Teutopolis and Robertson in succession.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Torndoes second at Pawnee Tournament
The Tornadoes had a final run of games in the Pawnee tournament to prepare themselves for regionals this week. Taylorville faced off against 1A contenders in Pawnee and Raymond-Lincolnwood, 2A contenders Auburn, PORTA, and 3A contender Murphysboro.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Chris Cherry fourth overall at regionals
For the first time in three years, Taylorville was hosting the IHSA regional cross country meet Saturday.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Three area teams make playoffs
Taylorville, Pana, and Central A&M all awaited their playoff fates Saturday night with watch parties to view the IHSA Pairing Show for their divisions
Monday, October 22, 2018















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