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Lady Tornadoes edge Crimsons 1-0 on senior night
TAYLORVILLE — Prior to the contest, the Tornado girls soccer team celebrated its eight seniors. Back row, from left: Karla Collado, Rozella Colbrook, Anna Walton, Isabelle Norris, and Paige Brown. Front row, from left: Manager Emma Wells, Selah Allen, and Kyley Wolf
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TAYLORVILLE — Prior to the contest, the Tornado girls soccer team celebrated its eight seniors. Back row, from left: Karla Collado, Rozella Colbrook, Anna Walton, Isabelle Norris, and Paige Brown. Front row, from left: Manager Emma Wells, Selah Allen, and Kyley Wolf
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TAYLORVILLE — After a nice send from Emily Beswarick, Karla Collado found herself with a one-on-one showdown with Jacksonville keeper Kinley Wood.  Collado juked left, passed back to the right, and Wood found herself crossed up and on the turf. Collado, on the other hand, was left with a wide-open look at the back of the net.
Saturday, May 15, 2021


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

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

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

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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

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

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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

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

Monday, May 10, 2021

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

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

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

Saturday, May 8, 2021

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

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

Friday, May 7, 2021

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

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

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 29, 2021

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

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

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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

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

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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

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

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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

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

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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

Just not on the baseball field.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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

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

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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

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

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

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

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

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

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

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

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

Saturday, April 24, 2021

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

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

Friday, April 23, 2021

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

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

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

Thursday, April 22, 2021

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

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

Thursday, April 22, 2021

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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

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

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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

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

Monday, April 19, 2021

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

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

Monday, April 19, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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

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

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 10, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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

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

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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

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

Monday, April 5, 2021

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

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

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

Friday, April 2, 2021

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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

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

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Tornado volleyball sweeps conference rival Mt. Zion
After sweeping a Lanphier team the night before, the Tornado volleyball team was looking to extend that sweep streak to two when they traveled to Mt. Zion Thursday night. They did it with a 25-21, 26-24 victory.

The start time for Thursday’s contest was pushed up an hour as there was no JV game. That change of pace may have been responsible for Taylorville’s slow start in the contest as the Tornadoes just weren’t on their A game early.  “We’ve had several game where we have started slow, but I think that we have shown the ability to bounce back from that and play some really good volleyball down the stretch, and tonight was no different,” said Tornado head coach Kim Peabody.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Tornadoes sweep Lanphier, face MTZ tonight
Hannah Clayton took over serving for the Tornadoes in the second set as they led 15-6. She didn’t give the ball back. Clayton served out the final 10 points of the match, which included five aces, and the Tornadoes defeated the Lanphier Lions 25-11 and 25-6 in two sets.

Clayton was also responsible for closing out the opening set of the game as the Lions sent a free ball over the net and Summer Brandis set up Clayton for the final kill on the game from the outside.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Tornadoes take down Springfield High
Although the Tornadoes are no longer in the Central State 8 conference, Taylorville faced off against Rochester on Saturday and Springfield High on Monday night. The Tornadoes were victorious against the Senators in two sets as they won 25-22 and 25-19.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Rochester sweeps Tornadoes in early Saturday game
The Tornadoes technically have two Route 29 rivals, both spanning back decades. Their first is their oldest rivalry, South-bound on 29, in Pana.

But, their other rival is almost just as important to the Tornadoes, North-bound on 29, up in Rochester. The Tornadoes regularly face off against the Rockets, but this season, it was Rochester who came away with the victory as they took the first set 25-23 and the second 25-17.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Tornado defense dominates Pontiac on Senior Night
TAYLORVILLE — November 2, 2019. That was the last time that the Tornado football team strapped up their helmets and faced off against another team.
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Mahomet downs THS
MAHOMET — For the second straight conference match, the Tornadoes played three sets as they fell against Mahomet-Seymour on Thursday. The Tornadoes were defeated 25-14, 17-25, and 12-25.
Friday, March 19, 2021

8th-grade Tornadoes go unbeaten, win sectional title
QUINCY —  The Taylorville Junior High eighth-grade volleyball team capped an incredible, undefeated season Thursday night when they swept the Quincy Junior High Comets 25-19 and 25-21 to capture a sectional title.
Friday, March 19, 2021

Biden to send COVID shots to Mexico, Canada
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is planning to send a combined 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico and Canada in its first export of shots, the White House said Thursday.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Preparation key to THS football sprint this season
TAYLORVILLE — Although the players may not have had much time to get acclimated to the beginning of football season this year, the extended offseason did give coaches more time to re-evaluate their teams, their schemes, and even their approach to preparation. That’s been the case for Tornado football this year.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

THS soccer embraces tough road ahead
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville boys soccer team will be anchored by a handful of key returners this season, but head coach Tim Karbach says he’s got a pretty young and inexperienced group this year.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Tornado volleyball returns talented core
TAYLORVILLE — “We only graduated four seniors last year, so we have a lot of girls returning with experience this year,” Taylorville head volleyball coach Kim Peabody said of this year’s squad. With that in mind, the Tornadoes could be poised for a very successful season, even if it is a year where they won’t be rewarded with any kind of post season play.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Tornadoes fall to SHG in straight sets
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes hosted SHG on Wednesday night. The Cyclone attack from the front proved to be too much for the Tornadoes as SHG took down the Tornadoes 27-25 and 25-21 behind a strong performance form Cyclone junior Grace Minder.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

7th-grade Tornadoes fall at Sectionals
QUINCY — It’s crazy how one play can kill all modicum of momentum for both teams in one-fell swoop.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Tornado soccer drops first home game
The Tornado boys soccer team took on a tough Lincoln squad on Tuesday afternoon for their first home game. The boys trailed 7-0 at halftime and were defeated 9-0.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Tornado volleyball earns three-set senior night win
The more that things change, the more they seem to stay the same for the Tornadoes. When the Tornado volleyball team faced off against Charleston for the first time last season, the Tornadoes needed three sets to come away with the victory.

That game saw sets of 17-25, 25-19 and 25-19.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Morrisonville volleyball drops opener
The Morrisonville Mohawk volleyball team opened its season on the road on Tuesday as they made the trip to Greenfield. Despite taking Greenfield-Northwestern to three sets, the Mohawks were defeated 25-23, 7-25, and 19-25.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

8th-grade Tornadoes win Regional title, stay unbeaten
They needed three sets to do it Monday night, but the Taylorville eighth grade volleyball team is now just one win away from completing an undefeated season.

The Tornadoes took the first set from Chatham 25-20, but dropped the second set 25-18, and took the third set 25-12.

The Tornadoes won the first set at the net as Addison Tarr and Mazie Fleming were crucial in solidifying their victory. Not only were they working the offense, but Fleming was able to finish the set off with a block to end some of Chatham’s late momentum.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

THS soccer falls 3-0 at Hillsboro
The Tornado boys soccer team was on the road on Monday night as they took on Hillsboro.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Lady Panthers down Taylorville to retain Wilcox-Schramm trophy
Pana’s gameplan all season had been the same: make their opponent work extremely hard in the first quarter and wear them down so the Panthers can take full control of the game in the second quarter and carry that momentum throughout the rest of the contest from there.

Saturday was no different.

Pana came in to Taylorville and forced the Tornadoes to play their pace of basketball for the entire first quarter, which Taylorville held on and were only down 18-11 going into the second quarter.

Monday, March 15, 2021

8th grade Tornadoes advance to Regional title game
After watching and on cheering on their seventh grade teammates to a Regional title victory on Thursday evening, the Tornado eight graders began their trip to the Regional championship on Saturday morning.

The Tornadoes had to get through a visiting Jerseyville team to get to the title game tonight, and they were victorious 25-8 and 25-13.

Taylorville jumped out to a 3-0 set lead in the opener, but Jerseyville got the side out point and another to make it 3-2, before the Tornadoes got into a groove offensively. The Tornadoes were able to lead 8-5 and led 12-8 before an errant serve by Jerseyville gave them the ball back.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Lincoln's lockdown D stifles Tville
He’s like butter from 15 feet,” Taylorville head Coach Ryan Brown said of the smoothness of Lincoln’s Dylan Singleton.

Singleton led all scorers Friday night with 22 points in a 45-29 win over Taylorville.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

7th-grade Tornadoes beat Rochester for Regional title
Hosting a Regional Championship this year meant that your team was very successful. The Tornadoes hosted Rochester on Thursday afternoon with a Championship on the line. The Tornadoes defeated the Rockets in straight sets, 25-12 and 25-9.

The first set opened fairly tightly, as neither team was able to get more than a two-point advantage, until the Tornadoes took a 5-4 lead. Alayna Vincent sparked a run for the Tornadoes from the service line, as she helped her team get out to an 11-4 lead in the first set, and forced the Rockets to use their first timeout of the set.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Lady Tornadoes fall 52-40 in final road game at Lincoln
The Tornado girls basketball team faced off against the Lincoln Railers on Thursday night for their final road game, and their final Apollo Conference game of the season. An 18-9 first quarter Railer lead helped them solidify their win on Thursday night, as they came away with a 52-40 final.

All nine Tornado points came from beyond the arc in the first quarter as Aubrey Kietzman hit two three’s and Alerina Letniku added one as well. Kietman added another three in the second quarter, but the Tornadoes were finally able to score inside the arc as Letniku, Hannah Clayton, and Lulu Woodward each had buckets in the lane; Courtney Gideon added the final second quarter point with a free-throw.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Brown gets 100th win, Tornadoes top Trojans in OT
Taylorville’s Will Bitschenauer definately has some range, and he proved it Wednesday night, twice in fact. Down one with 2:27 to go in the fourth quarter, Bitschenauer splashed in a three that should have put the Tornadoes out in front of the Charleston Trojans.

The shot, though, was waived off after a Trojan defender was injured on the play, and the game was stopped due to the presence of blood. Charleston head coach Brad Oakley got a little fired up at the incident and accused the Tornadoes of intentionally roughing up his player.

The mood in the gym suddenly shifted, and the Tornadoes didn’t seem to take lightly the fact that their physical brand of basketball had been called into question.

On the ensueing possession, Mason Clayton tipped a pass and collected a steal on the other end, giving Taylorville head coach Ryan Brown an opportunity to take a timeout with 2:01 left in the fourth quarter.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Tornado boys get back to .500
The Taylorville boys basketball team got back to .500 on the seaon Tuesday night with a  65-61 road win over Mattoon.

The Tornadoes opened the game with a 17-point first quarter as Wyatt Shirley had 10, Mason Clayton had four, and Sean Czajkowski had three. Mattoon trailed by three after their first quarter, but the Tornadoes extended their lead in the second.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

THS girls bowling downs Danville
The Taylorville girls bowling team faced off against Danville at home on Tuesday. The Tornadoes were victorious with a 2112-1752 final score.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

7th-grade Tornadoes advance to title game
At the beginning of the season, the Tornado seventh grade junior high volleyball team relied on getting a majority of their wins by out-serving their opponents and scoring points on aces and service points.

In recent weeks, the team has shifted its focus to pushing the ball and getting more kills at the net. That shift helped them on Monday as they defeated Jerseyville in straight sets 25-11 and 25-16 to advance to the Regional Championship on Thursday night.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Mattoon's big 2nd too much for Taylorville
The Tornado girls traveled to Mattoon on Monday night to take on the Green Wave. Despite their strong effort, Mattoon outscored the Tornadoes 22-8 in the second quarter, which proved to be the difference maker in the contest as Mattoon was victorious 65-56.

Mattoon had 19 in the first quarter, but the Tornadoes stayed strong with them as they had 18 in the frame thanks to eight from Haylee Sagle, four from Aubrey Kietzman, two each from Alerina Letniku and Hannah Clayton, and one each from Lulu Woodward and Elle Richards.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Sagle's 1,000th point spoiled by Jerseyville in loss
 Seven points. That’s exactly how many Taylorville’s Haylee Sagle needed going into Saturday’s game against Jerseyville on Saturday at home.

Six points. That’s how many points were left for Sagle after the first quarter, as she went 1-2 from the free-throw line in the quarter.

Three points. After coming off of a screen and catching a pass on the wing, Sagle knocked down a three-point jumper to end a 7-1 Jerseyville run to open the second quarter.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Tornadoes take Jr. High Route 29 Rivalry game
 The junior high Tornadoes traveled to Pana to take on the Panthers in volleyball on Thursday evening. Taylorville was able to secure both wins on the night as the seventh grade team won 25-21 and 25-19, while the eighth grade won in three sets 25-20, 15-25, and 25-13.
Monday, March 8, 2021

Early Tornado boys lead gives edge over Jerseyville
The Taylorville boys hit the road on Saturday as they took on the Jerseyville Panthers. The Tornadoes took an eight-point lead after the first quarter and were able to hold on until the end, and come away with a 56-52 victory on the day.

Wyatt Shirley got things started for the Tornadoes as he scored 13 of his final 23 points in the first quarter and got backup that included five from Sean Czajkowski and two each from Mason Clayton and Kamren Heimsness to help the Tornadoes lead 22-14 after the opening frame.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Tornado boys basketball fall at home to Mahomet
TAYLORVILLE — When Taylorville traveled to Mahomet to face off against the Bulldogs, it took a late whistle and an overtime period for the Bulldogs to come away with the victory. On Friday night, though, the ebbs and flows of the game took their toll on the Tornadoes as they fell 63-39 in regulation.
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Tornadoes, Titans split
CHATHAM — The Tornado junior high volleyball teams were on the road at Chatham on Wednesday as they faced off against Glenwood. The seventh grade team fell 25-17 and 26-24 while the eighth grade was victorious in three sets 25-15, 14-25, and 25-22.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Clutch free throws lift Lady Tornadoes over Mahomet
TAYLORVILLE — Down by one with 58.7 seconds left to play, Taylorville’s Hannah Clayton fires off a short-range jumper. It’s off the mark and clanks off front iron. Clayton, though, showcases her hustle and runs down the loose ball. She pulls up for another shot, but, this time, she draws the foul.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Freshman sensation lifts Braves over Lady Tornadoes
At 5’11”, Mt. Zion’s Denver Anderson stood out as one of the tallest girls on the court Wednesday night in a matchup against the Lady Tornadoes. In that regard, it’s easy to mistake her for an upperclassman.

Anderson poured in a game-high 24 points in what would ultimately be a 55-44 win over the Tornadoes; her ability to routinely beat her defender off the dribble and score in the paint also suggests that she’s a seasoned veteran.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Tornado boys top Charleston on the road
The Taylorville boys basketball team hit the road on Tuesday night after two straight home games.. The Tornadoes got back in the win column on the night, as they defeated the Trojans 55-44.

Mason Clayton scored all six first-quarter points for the Tornadoes, but they found themselves trailing 11-6 after the opening quarter. Both teams had 13 in the third quarter, as the Tornadoes got six from Sean Czajkowski, five from Wyatt Shirley, and two more from Clayton, but they still trailed by five at halftime.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Lady Tornado bowlers take down Routt
The Tornado girls bowling team picked up another match win as they defeated Jacksonville Routt Catholic 2336-2201.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Mattoon escapes Taylorville with 51-49 win
Taylorville suffered a narrow, 51-49 defeat at the hands of Mattoon Monday night in a game that was rife with what-ifs

What if Bryce Friedrich hadn’t been sidelined with an ankle injury? What if Mattoon only manages four threes in the first quarter instead of five? What if Sean Czajkowski doesn’t foul out with 1:47 to play in the fourth quarter? What if the Tornadoes don’t uncharacteristically miss five clutch free-throws down the stretch? What if Taylorville hits one more big three?

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Tornado girls fall at Charleston
The Tornado girls were held to 15 points in the first half of their game at Charleston on Monday night while the Trojans accounted for 46 in the first half as they came away with the 55-35 victory on Monday night.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Taylorville 8th grade volleyball sweeps weekend series
The Taylorville eighth grade girls volleyball team swept both of their games over the past weekend as they defeated Nokomis on Friday with scores of 25-12 and 25-18 and defeated Teutopolis on Saturday with scores of 25-20 and 25-20.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Wooden Shoes spoil THS's senior cheer night
Unfortunately for the Taylorville boys basketball program, three is more than two. Despite converting 19 field goals in their game against the Wooden Shoes on Saturday, 15 of those were inside the three-point arc. For the Shoes, they hit 17 field goals, but had eight threes, with six of those coming in the first half. Those extra points were the difference in the game for the Tornadoes, as they fell 51-44.

Luke Markwell, Sean Czajkowski, and Bryce Friedrich scored a bucket each for the Tornadoes in the first quarter, which was all of the scoring that they picked up in the frame. The Shoes, though, outscored the Tornadoes by 10 in the first quarter and led 16-6 going into the second quarter.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Teutopolis beats Lady Tornadoes
Lexie Niebrugge needed just four points going into Teutopolis’s contest with Taylorville on Saturday afternoon. Through the first six minutes of the contest, Niebrugge was held to two points, a long shot cashed in with just over 6:30 left in the first quarter.

Niebrugge drove to the basket and attempted to cross her milestone just before the mask timeout in the first quarter, but was hit on her shot, and only made 1-2 free-throws, giving her three in the contest to that point. Two plays later, though, she split the Tornado defense to get to the basket and layed in her 1,000th and 1,001st points.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Schoonover, Schmitz help Panthers speed past Toppers
Just one step, one sliver of space — that’s all that Pana junior Brenden Schoonover needs to drive the baseline and put himself in position for easy buckets. His first step is like a rocket-fueled drag car.

Having one athlete with lightning-quick reflexes can be a potent offensive weapon; the Pana boys basketball team, though, has two. Schoonover and fellow junior Colin Schmitz both have the ability to terrorize opposing defenses with their speed, and they proved that Saturday night in a running-clock, 68-36 win over Mt. Pulaski.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Tornado 7th-grade volleyball sweeps weekend
The Taylorville seventh grade volleyball team faced off against Nokomis on Friday and then Teutopolis on Saturday. The Tornadoes were victorious in both games as they defeated Nokomis in three sets 25-17, 18-25 and 25-20, while they swept T-Town in straight sets 25-12 and 25-21.
Monday, March 1, 2021

THS boys bowling beats Abingdon, girls down Pana, Routt Catholic
After a successful week at home for the Tornado boys bowling team, they hit the road on Saturday to face off against Abingdon. The Tornadoes adapted to the lanes and came away with the 2590-2270 victory.

Mike Wells led Taylorville with a 592 series and bowled a 206 high game; Tate Wagner rolled a 565 series and had a 203 high game; Jonah Nagle had a 520 series with a 204 high game; Ian Neisler rolled a 495 high series and had a 194 high game; Jordan Fabian bowled a 418 series with a 179 high game.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Strong 2nd half sends Taylorville past MTZ
After winning their first matchup by 23 earlier in the season by pounding the ball inside to Sean Czajkowski and Bryce Friedrich, who totaled 40 in their first contest, the Tornadoes had a gameplan set to defeat Mt. Zion.

The Tornadoes looked like their mind was set for the first half of their second matchup with Mt. Zion on the season, but head coach Ryan Brown wanted to mix things up after the Tornadoes had too many turnovers.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Tornado volleyball splits with Effingham
The Taylorville junior high volleyball teams faced off against Effingham  Thursday. The Flaming Hearts took the seventh grade game 25-7, 14-25, and 25-17 while the Tornadoes won the eighth grade game 25-16 and 25-19.
Saturday, February 27, 2021

THS girls bowling tops MacArthur
The Tornado girls faced off against the Generals of Decatur MacArthur and were victorious 2235-1587.
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Tornado girls fall to rival Mt. Zion, 43-27
Empty possessions and extra opportunities on offense were the story of the game for the Tornadoes and the Braves, respectively, on Thursday night in Mt. Zion.

Both teams scored just one time before the mask break mid-way through the first quarter, but the Braves were able to knock down a three while the Tornadoes were only able to get in the lane for a basket. From there, though, both teams started to heat up as the Braves scored nine points to close out the quarter and the Tornadoes picked up five for Mt. Zion to lead 12-7 going into the second quarter.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Tornado junior high volleyball defeats Plains
The Taylorville junior high school volleyball teams were on the road on Wednesday as they took on Pleasant Plains. The seventh grade team was victorious 25-22 and 25-17 while the eighth grade won 25-11, 22-25, and 25-13.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Tornado bowlers top Roxana
The Taylorville bowling team faced off against Roxana on Thursday evening. The Tornado boys were victorious 2925-2687 while the girls also won 2297-2027.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Mahomet outlasts Taylorville 48-42 in overtime
Just one night after taking on an unbeaten Effingham squad, the Taylorville Tornadoes boys basketball team had another tough task on Wednesday night when they traveled to Mahomet for a matchup with the one-loss Bulldogs.

Taylorville’s energy and defensive pressure against Effingham on Tuesday night was impressive from start to finish, but it may have taken a toll on the Tornadoes as they seemed a little deflated in the opening half of Wednesday’s tilt with Mahomet.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Neisler's perfect game leads THS over Hoopeston
Ian Neisler rolled a perfect game on Tuesday at home as the Tornadoes took on the Hoopeston Cornjerkers. Neisler’s day also helped the Tornadoes come away with the team win of 2972-2238.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Hearts stay unbeaten, hand Taylorville 56-43 loss
Effingham’s 6’6” senior forward Nate Thompson is a force to be reckoned with; he can dominate the paint or pull up and drain threes. He did  both Tuesday night against the Tornadoes in what would ultimately be a 56-43 win for Effingham.

Thompson really showcased the diversity of his game late in the third quarter when he found himself at the perfect intersection of power, finesse, and hustle. In the span of less than a minute and a half, Thompson registered a steal, threw down a powerful slam, hit an underhanded floater in the lane, and then drained a big three from the right corner.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tornado volleyball tops Meridian
The Taylorville junior high volleyball teams were on the road Monday evening as they took on Macon-Meridian. The seventh grade was victorious in straight sets as they won 25-17 and 25-22 while the eighth grade won 25-11 and 25-17.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tornado girls take down Effingham on the road
The Tornado girls have begun their second go-through of the Apollo Conference this season. Each team faces one another at home and on the road as well. The Flaming Hearts defeated the Tornadoes 39-25 in their first meeting in Taylorville back on February 4.

The Tornadoes were able to flip that script on Monday night in Effingham as they defeated the Flaming Hearts 51-48 at their place to split the season series.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Friedrich fuels Taylorville past Rochester
With 4:39 left in the third quarter against Rochester Saturday night, Taylorville’s Bryce Friedrich muscled his way into the paint, backed down his defender, and then floated a soft hook toward the rim. It bounced off back iron, but he snagged his own rebound. His putback attempt was also off target, but Friedrich used his long arms to pull down another gigantic offensive board. Third time’s a charm right? Well, Friedrich finally drew contact on his third attempt at the bucket. He would only earn two points out of the whole ordeal, but it was a defining moment for both Friedrich and the Tornadoes Saturday in what would ultimately be a 48-40 win for Taylorville
Monday, February 22, 2021

Lady Tornadoes down Rochester with good zone defense
One day of practice. That’s all that Tornado head coach Hayden Eldred said that his team was able to work on their 1-2-2 zone pressure. That effort paid off for his team, as they were able to effectively use their zone on Saturday against Rochester and come away with a 42-37 victory.

“We were going to start (in zone) and kind of see how it went. The energy level was up the whole game, and I wasn’t going to come out of something where the energy was there. The girls came out and executed really well in it and I’m very proud of them,” said Eldred.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Jr. High Tornadoes top St. Anthony
The Taylorville junior high volleyball teams faced off against Effingham St. Anthony on Saturday. The seventh grade team was victorious 25-15 and 25-21 while the eighth grade won 25-11 and 25-18.
Monday, February 22, 2021

THS girls bowling wins in Danville
The Tornado girls bowling team was on the road in Danville on Saturday morning to take on Danville, their first match in over a week. The girls took their time off to their advantage, and came away with the 2235-1863 win.
Monday, February 22, 2021

Taylorville's Chris Cherry signs with UIS
TAYLORVILLE — Chris Cherry is Taylorville High School’s most decorated cross country athlete after earning back-to-back conference championships, two state appearances, and even an all-state nod.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Hardiek's 8 threes lifts T-Town over T-Ville
TEUTOPOLIS — The Taylorville boys basketball team had the look of a team trying to hold back an avalanche Friday night when they traveled to Teutopolis. That avalanche was named Jordan Hardiek.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Teutopolis takes care of Lady Tornadoes
TEUTOPOLIS — The Apollo Conference added Teutopolis this season as T-Town normally plays as an independent school, traveling around southern Illinois to find games. This season, though, they wouldn’t necessarily be able to do that due to COVID restrictions, so they joined the Apollo Conference.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Junior high Tornadoes top Mattoon
Friday, February 19, 2021

Tornadoes topple seventh-ranked Meridian
In the first AP Illinois high school basketball poll of this season, Macon Meridian was ranked seventh in the 1A poll with a 5-0 record.

On Wednesday, the unranked 3A Tornadoes rallied from a first-half deficit to hand Meridian its first loss of the season, 57-52.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Mattoon's dynamic duo overwhelms Lady Tornadoes
Mattoon senior guard Delainey Bryant poured in 21 points against the Lady Tornadoes Saturday afternoon. Most days, that would grab the headline. The problem for Bryant, though, was that she was outscored by her own teammate as Mattoon junior forward Mallory Ramage piled up 31 points in what would end up being a 58-44 win for the Green Wave.

The Bryant-Ramage combination accounted for all but six of the Green Wave points, and the Tornadoes simply had no answer for the dynamic duo.

Monday, February 15, 2021









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