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home : sports February 18, 2019

Tornado basketball falls in closing moments to Alton
TAYLORVILLE — Justin Wright grabs a rebound out of the air and goes up for the putback in Saturday night’s game against Alton.Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
TAYLORVILLE — Justin Wright grabs a rebound out of the air and goes up for the putback in Saturday night’s game against Alton.
Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
In a matter of 24 hours, the Tornadoes played in back-to-back nail-biting contests. The first being Friday night’s victory over Lincoln and the second being a tough loss at home to Alton.
Monday, February 18, 2019


Men's fraternal bowling results
The men’s fraternal bowling league continued play on Valentine’s Day and the results were as follows:
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Tornadoes get 25th win on last-second three
It’s a basketball movie trope as old as basketball movies themselves: the coach has to draw up an inbounds play after calling a timeout with very little time left on the clock. Most of the time, it involves getting the ball to the teams’ point guard, who will find a teammate for the shot.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Former local resident inducted into Hall of Fame
On January 26, 2019, former local resident, Jeremy Nagle, was inducted into the Gibault Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame along with his basketball teammates from the legendary 1999 team that finished as Runner-up in the Class A Illinois State Final at Carver Arena at Bradley University in Peoria on March 13, 1999.
Friday, February 15, 2019

8th grade Tornadoes top Decatur
The eighth grade Tornadoes hosted Stephen Decatur on Thursday night, where the Tornadoes were victorious 25-17 and 25-10.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Bowling results
The Tuesday men’s merchant, Wednesday ladies, and Wednesday men’s commercial league all competed earlier this week and the results were as follows:
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tornado girls nearly pull off the upset, fall to Civic Memorial
After defeating Lincoln to advance in the Regional, the Tornadoes were met with the number-one in the Regional and number-seven in 2A, Civic Memorial. The Tornadoes put up a strong fight and nearly pulled off the upset, but were defeated 37-29.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Nobody plays harder than T'ville: Tornadoes top visiting Trojans
The Tornadoes were back at home Tuesday night for some non-conference action against the Auburn Trojans. The Tornadoes were once again hot from three point land as they cashed in 10 from deep en route to their 63-47 victory.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

TJHS VB splits with Franklin
The seventh and eighth grade Tornado volleyball teams traveled to Springfield to face off against Franklin where the seventh grade team fell 16-25 and 13-25, and the eighth grade team won 25-21 and 26-24.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Lady Tornadoes blow past the Lincoln Railsplitters 60-34 at regionals
The old proverb “Third time’s the charm” proved true for the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes, on Monday, as they traveled to Rochester to open post-season play against the Lady Railers out of Lincoln High School.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

CTI dominates Monday night mixed bowling league
CTI-Fiber continued to dominate the Monday night mixed bowling league as they extended their lead to 12 points over Louis Marsch. Marsch continued a five point lead over Team Whatever, as well. Team Whatever was followed by David R. Fines, Team 8, Art-Rageous, The 4-Some, and HSSB.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Wrestling season comes to a close in Mahomet
One more match. As Chaz Allen and Ben Thompson were getting ready to leave Mahomet-Seymour high school on Saturday, they both were wanting just one more match.
Monday, February 11, 2019

Taylorville boys bowling awards
The Taylorville High School boys bowling team held their annual awards banquet this weekend.
Monday, February 11, 2019

TJHS volleyball competes at Shelbyville tournament
The seventh grade Tornado volleyball team was 2-1 on Saturday to finish second at the Shelbyville tournament. The eighth grade team was undefeated for a perfect 3-0 to capture the championship.
Monday, February 11, 2019

Livingston lights up Mahomet-Seymour in 74-50 victory
TAYLORVILLE — Nineteen feet, nine inches just isn’t enough of a challenge for Taylorville senior Jack Livingston. He prefers his three-point shots to be of the rangier variety, ones that might be good from NBA range.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Taylorville Tornado 7th grade volleyball tops Mt. Zion Braves
TAYLORVILLE — The seventh grade volleyball team defeated Mt. Zion on Thursday 25-22, 23-25, and 25-11.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Tornado girls fall to Mahomet-Seymour on the road, 63-55
MAHOMET — The Tornado girls were on the road again Thursday night, as they finished off their regular season in Apollo conference action against Mahomet-Seymour. The Bulldogs used the second and fourth quarters to top Taylorville 63-55.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Tornadoes bounce back with statement win over Rochester Rockets 68-30
ROCHESTER — If last night’s game was being played on the old-school video game NBA Jam, the Tornadoes would’ve had their basketball on fire throughout the whole night and they would have been playing without a net because the Tornadoes were hot as they defeated the Rockets 68-30.
Friday, February 8, 2019

THS standouts Odam, Wright and Buschon sign letters of intent
Brandon Odam, Justin Wright, and Riley Buschon all let their future endeavors be known on Wednesday afternoon with Odam signing to play football at the University of Central Missouri and both Wright and Buschon signing to continue their athletic and academic careers at St. Ambrose University.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Bowling results
McLane FS overtook the Tuesday men’s merchant league this week while Martynowski & Blakeman were second, Craggs Realtors thirds, Jensens fourth, Wells Lawn Care fifth, Olde Bowl sixth, Hatch’s seventh, and TCR System eighth.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

TJHS volleyball teams top Springfield Magnet
The seventh grade Taylorville volleyball team was victorious over Jacksonville on Monday 25-9 and 25-23. They continued that momentum on Tuesday night as they returned home to top Springfield Magnet 25-18 and 25-20 while the eighth grade defeated the Leopards 25-13 and 25-19.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Late run lifts Lanphier Lions over the Lady Tornadoes 68-53
“I was really happy with our drive and never-give-up mentality tonight,” Taylorville Girls Basketball Coach Stephen Keller said Tuesday after a 68-53 loss to Lanphier.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mattoon heats up in the second half, tops Tornadoes 64-58
The Mattoon Green Wave started to hit their shots in the second half and adjusted to the potent Tornado offense, as Mattoon was able to pick up the 64-58 victory over Taylorville on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Taylorville wins the Pana Panthers seventh grade invitational
The seventh grade Pana Panther volleyball team hosted its annual Invitational on Saturday afternoon, as they finished 2-1 on the day to finish in fifth place; Taylorville traveled to Pana on Saturday and finished 3-0 to win the tournament.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tornado girls fall to Mattoon Green Wave on senior night
Having five seniors on a team can be a blessing in disguise. It helps a team in their current season, but leaves a large gap in the gameplan for next season.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

TJHS 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams fall to Jacksonville
Both the seventh and eight grade Tornadoes fell to Jacksonville, as the seventh grade fell 25-9 and 25-23 while the eighth grade lost in three sets 25-15, 23-25, and 16-25.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tornadoes capture 6th straight Coalminers Trophy
In the wake of Taylorville’s 82-45 win over Pana Saturday night, Taylorville senior guard Ryan Ess was among the first Tornadoes to help hoist the coveted Coalminers Trophy. As Taylorville headed to the locker room, Ess hefted the trophy overhead in a display to the Tornado crowd. Some 20 minutes later, he was still toting the bulky hardware under one arm, almost like a football.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Snyder, Pruitt help Tornadoes cruise past Mt. Vernon
Taylorville’s Natalie Snyder and Olivia Pruitt combined for 51 points Saturday afternoon in a contest versus the Lady Rams of Mt. Vernon.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Allen and Thompson advance to wrestling Sectionals
Ben Thompson and Chaz Allen will compete at the Individual Sectional held at Mahomet-Seymour on Saturday, February 9 for wrestling after Thompson won the 106 weight class at the Chatham Regional on Saturday and Allen finished third in the 152 weight class.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Tornadoes top Trojans for 2nd straight 20-win season
“Be careful what you wish for.” Perhaps the Charleston student section should heed that saying.  With 3:56 left in the third quarter of Friday night’s contest between the Taylorville Tornadoes and the Charleston Trojans, the Trojan student section broke out into a chant, “We want Odam! We want Odam!” they boomed, calling for Taylorville senior Brandon Odam.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Lincoln Railsplitters outlast Lady Tornadoes
Taylorville’s Olivia Pruitt stood in almost complete solitude at the East end of Dolph Stanley Court Thursday night. Save for a few THS students in the bleachers, Pruitt was all alone and had only her own fortitude to lean on.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Men's fraternal bowling league results
Jandi Service and T’Ville K.C. finished tied at the top of the Thursday night men’s Fraternal league at the end of play last night; Y-Zoe’s and Andy’s Market were tied for third, Yard Heating and Cooling and Taylorville Moose were tied for fifth, Lumb Restorations was seventh, Wendy’s was eighth, Olde Bowl and CTI Fiber were tied for ninth, T’Ville K.C. II was 11, and Solid 9 Pro Shop finished 12.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Wednesday men's commercial league
The Wednesday men’s commercial league braved the frigid temperatures and continued play last night. Burton’s Tap finished in the lead, followed by Olde Bowl, Collections o fProfessions, Pass the Plate, A.T.G, Solid 9 Pro Shop, and Ron’s Hair Correll.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Monday night mixed bowling league results
At the end of play on Monday, CTI-Fiber finished in the lead on the Monday night mixed league. They were followed by Louis Marsch, Team Whatever, David R. Fines, Team 8, The 4-Some, Art-Rageous, and HSSB.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

TJHS volleyball teams sweep Meridian
The Taylorville junior high volleyball teams traveled to Meridian on Monday night, with the seventh grade winning 25-21 and 25-23 while the eighth grade was victorious 25-17 and 25-18.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Teutopolis escapes Taylorville 52-51
With 2:10 left in the third quarter, Brock Brown, son of Taylorville Head Coach Ryan Brown, jolted from his chair at the end of the bench. He fidgeted with restless energy and pounded his palms together in a rhythmic slow clap. Almost organically, his energy quickly spread up the bench before spilling into the stands. The Taylorville faithful rose to their feet in a thunderous roar, and Dolph Stanley Court hit a fever pitch that seemed to reverberate until the final buzzer sounded.
Monday, January 28, 2019

Tornado wrestling brings home two medals
The Tornado wrestling team had two medalists on Saturday after their showing on Friday night with Dalton Smith winning fourth place in the 145 weight class and Chaz Allen getting sixth in the 152 weight class.
Monday, January 28, 2019

TJHS 8th grade volleyball wins Pana tourney
The eighth grade Taylorville volleyball team was 3-0 on Saturday to win the Pana tournament while the Panthers were 2-1 on the day and finished third.
Monday, January 28, 2019

VisionWay 7th grade drops regional game in 45-34 loss to Decatur LSA
DECATUR — Taylorville VisionWay 7th grade boys came up short in the Regional Championship game against top-seeded Decatur LSA 45-34. LSA went up big in the first half finishing the 2nd quarter with a 19 point lead. VisionWay battled back in the 2nd half and cut the lead to single digits late in the 4th quarter but couldn’t close the gap the rest of the way.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Taylorville wrestling begins Litchfield tournament with a tough start
LITCHFIELD — The Taylorville wrestling team began the Litchfield tournament on Friday. While the tournament didn’t wrap up until Saturday, the Tornadoes were tough in their matches on Friday night.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Taylorville Junior High School 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams top Pana
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville junior high seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams defeated Pana on Thursday night, with the seventh grade winning 25-11 and 25-17 and the eighth grade winning 17-25, 25-18, and 25-22.
Friday, January 25, 2019

THS Tornadoes boys swim team finishes second at Jacksonville Routt Catholic
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — The Taylorville High School Boys’ Swim Team traveled to Illinois College to compete against Routt Catholic on Monday, January 21.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Men's fraternal bowling league results
TAYLORVILLE — The men’s fraternal bowling league continued play last night and the results were as follows:
Friday, January 25, 2019

Morrisonville junior high tops TJHS
The Tornado eighth grade team was defeated on Tuesday night 28-26, 13-25, 23-25.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Tuesday and Wednesday bowling results
The Tuesday men’s merchants league, the Wednesday ladies league, and the Wednesday men’s commercial league results at the close of play on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Tornado JV opens with win over SHG
The Tornado JV team kicked off their hosted tournament with a victory over the visiting Cyclones of Sacred-Heart Griffin on Wednesday night. Despite trailing at halftime, the Tornadoes battled back in the second half to win 56-41.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Tornadoes top J'ville at the Bowl
The Tornadoes shot the lights out of the Jacksonville Bowl from deep on Tuesday night, as they made 15 shots form beyond the arc in their 61-41 victory over the Crimsons.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

7th grade Tornadoes defeat M'ville
The seventh grade Tornado volleyball team defeated Morrisonville in three sets on Tuesday night with final scores of 22-25, 25-19, and 25-18.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

8th grade Tornadoes fall at J'ville
The eighth grade Tornadoes traveled to Jacksonville on Tuesday night where they were defeated 59-49.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Tornadoes defeated 51-43 in special night for Effingham Flaming Hearts
Before the game on Monday night, Effingham’s head coach Jeff Schafer was given a plaque to honor his 400th victory on Friday. The Tornadoes were defeated 51-43.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

VisionWay Christian School advances to regional championship
VisionWay Christian School played in the first IESA Regional game in school history yesterday when they faced off as the sixth seed against Bement, the third seed, in the 7-1A regional matchup winning 44-23. The game was hosted by Decatur LSA at 3 pm Monday.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

T'ville girls bowling finishes 5th in Highland
The Tornado girls bowling team spent their day off from school in a bowling tournament in Highland on Monday, where they finished fifth with a 4173 team score on the day.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Taylorville's Sklenka headed to state
Bryan Sklenka was the lone Tornado to make it to the Bey’s Sectional in Alton on Monday, and will be the lone Tornado to head to State on Friday and Saturday in O’Fallon.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Monday night mixed league bowling results
At the end of play on Monday, CTI Fiber remained in the top spot of the Monday night mixed league and were followed by Louis Marsch, Team Whatever, David R. Fines, Team 8, The 4-Some, Art-Rageous, and HSSB.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tornado girls wrap up Highland tournament Sunday
In a strange turn of events, the Tornado girls finished the Highland tournament on Sunday. The Tornadoes defeated Belleville-Althoff 59-56, but fell to Breese-Central in the Consolation Championship in overtime by a 68-62 final.
Monday, January 21, 2019

Tornado boys capture 3rd championship of season
The Taylorville boys defeated Nokomis for the second time this season, and for the second time in a tournament, to win the Litchfield tournament on Saturday with a 71-45 final score.
Monday, January 21, 2019

Cyclones edge Tornadoes on the mat
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















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