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home : sports 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

Tornadoes power past Mt. Zion Braves, 64-47
At 6’5” and 6’3” respectively, Taylorville’s Sean Czajkowski and Bryce Friedrich have potential to be a couple of work horses in the paint for the Tornado basketball team, and they may have found their stride in a 64-47 win over conference rival Mt. Zion Friday night.

Czajkowski was able to consistently muscle his way under the rim to set up his silky-smooth turnaround hook while piling up a game-high 24 points on the night. Friedrich, on the other hand, was a little more straight forward in his power game, simply going hard to the rack and drawing contact in the process. Friedrich, though, would prove to be red hot from the line, sinking 10 of his 11 free-throw attempts while picking up 16 points in the contest.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Tornado girls fall to Mahomet
An 18-point first quarter was the difference maker on Thursday night as the Tornadoes fell to Mahomet-Seymour 53-44 on the road.

The bulldogs picked up 18-points in the first quarter as they showed off their ability to make field goals as only two of their 18 came from the free-throw line. The Tornadoes scored 10 in the first quarter thanks to three from Aubrey Kietzman and Hannah Clayton and two each from Alyvia McCullough and Elle Richards.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Tornado junior high volleyball tops Mt. Pulaski
The Taylorville junior high volleyball teams topped Mt. Pulaski in their home opener on Monday night. The seventh grade team lost the first set 16-25, but rallied to win the match 25-11 and 25-22. The eighth grade team was victorious in straight sets 25-23 and 26-24.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Tornado girls drop first bowling match at Pana
The Tornado girls bowling team traveled to Pana on Tuesday to take on the Panthers. Despite being undefeated in the season prior to their match, the Tornado girls fell by 13 pins on the afternoon 2096-2083.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Trojan press too much for Lady Tornadoes
The Charleston Lady Trojans were fast, aggressive, and relentless in their press Monday night.

Ultimately, it would prove to be a very disruptive combination for the Lady Tornadoes as the Trojans would emerge from Dolph Stanley Court with a  71-46 victory over Taylorville.

“Our press is kind of one of our hallmarks,” Charleston head Coach Jeff Miller said. “We try to speed teams, trap the corners, jump the middle. We want to force turnovers and quick shots, and we were able to do that tonight.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Seniors lead Tornado boys to first win over PORTA
Three weeks ago, sports were thought to have disappeared from high school activities for the winter. Two weeks ago, winter activities were able to start back up. Last week, basketball teams were able to have their first games.

Saturday, senior athletes were celebrated before a game with their parents in the stands.

Monday, February 8, 2021

TJHS VB sweeps weekend Effingham series
The junior high Tornado volleyball teams defeated Effingham St. Anthony on Friday and Effingham on Saturday to finish the weekend 2-0 and to open the season with that mark as well.
Monday, February 8, 2021

Early lead not enough as Lady Tornadoes fall to Lincoln
Taking everything that they had learned throughout the week, the Tornado girls basketball team jumped out to an early 5-0 lead over Lincoln on Saturday afternoon at home, and were leading by one going into the second quarter.
Monday, February 8, 2021

Effingham Flaming Hearts drop Tornadoes to 0-2
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado boys drew a tough opening week to their schedule this season as they faced Lincoln on Tuesday and Effingham on Friday night; when play stopped a year ago, those two teams were first and third in the Apollo standings.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

Tornado girls fall in home opener to Effingham, 39-25
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes were at home on Thursday after a short hiatus to take on the Flaming Hearts of Effingham. Despite trailing early, the Tornadoes made it interesting at the half, but the pressure from the Hearts late in the game led to a 39-25 victory over the Tornadoes.
Friday, February 5, 2021

Tornado bowling picks up wins over Jerseyville
The Taylorville bowling teams were in action on Wednesday afternoon as they traveled to Jerseyville. Both teams were successful on the day as the girls defeated Jerseyville 2192-2029 and the boys won 2265-2048.
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Lincoln takes opener from Taylorville, 41-25
No legions of fans, no tunnel walk hype, and not even a tipoff — after an 11-month hiatus, basketball finally returned to Taylorville High School Tuesday night, but it certainly looked a little different than it used to.

The atmosphere was  more reserved than it maybe  ever has been for a season opener, especially one featuring a high-profile matchup against perennial powerhouse Lincoln, but there was still an energy to Tuesday’s matchup, an earnest appreciation for a game that many feared might not return at all this year.

“I know it sounds cliché, but we’re just happy to be here, and we really are,” Taylorville Head Coach Ryan Brown said.

Unfortunately, though, the contest wouldn’t be the celebrated return that Brown and his squad were hoping for as the Railer D locked down the Tornadoes for what would ultimately be a 41-25 victory.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Tornado girls fall in season opening game at SHG
Despite being down just seven at the break, the Cyclones were able to slowly increase their lead in the second half and closed out the game with a 20-point victory on the evening, downing the Tornadoes 56-36.

The Cyclones showed off their ability to shoot the ball from deep early in the contest, as Sofia Lowis knocked in back-to-back three’s to give Griffin a 6-0 lead across the opening 2:30 of the contest. Haylee Sagle cut the lead in half with a triple of her own, but the Cyclones were able to take advantage of their second-chance opportunities and scored five straight points to go up 11-3.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Tornado bowling splits with Jerseyville
The Tornado boys and girls bowling teams faced off against the visiting Jerseyville Panthers on Monday afternoon at the Olde Bowl. The Tornado boys fell to the Panthers 2240-2208, while the girls picked up the win 2209-2008.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

THS Athletic Director Hadley outlines sports spectator policy
The Taylorville Tornado boys and girls basketball teams have their first games on Tuesday, February 2; the Tornado boys are home against Lincoln and the girls are on the road at SHG. According to Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, only 50 spectators will be allowed to attend games. In that regard, Taylorville Athletic Director Jason Hadley thought it would be important to lay out some guidelines for spectators at Tornado home games.
Saturday, January 30, 2021

Tornado bowling excited to kick off long-awaited season Monday
To say it has been a long wait for high school sports would be an understatement. That is why the Tornado bowling teams are excited to get back to playing against another team tonight when they will take on Jerseyville.

“For me, it’s great,” said head boys coach Lance Nagle about returning to play. “Winning the Regional and then not fairing so well in the Sectional ended our season on a sour note for me and for these kids, led to us being so ready for this season. Having our season put on hold, and also the not knowing of whether we were going to even have a season, was really tough on them. Having anything, any type of season, is just a plus.”

Saturday, January 30, 2021

IDPH updates sports guidelines
ILLINOIS — This is the day that many across Illinois have been waiting for since March. Sports are back.

Not just non-contact sports and low-risk sports either. All sports, whether indicated as higher-risk, moderate-risk, or lower-risk are now able to compete as long a COVID Region is in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Taylorville basketball finally gets back to practice
In a normal year, the Taylorville High School basketball team might be vying for a top spot in the Litchfield Tournament right now. Instead, the team only just had their first practice of the season on Wednesday.

“I can’t promise you tomorrow. I can only promise you right now,” Taylorville head coach Ryan Brown told his team Wednesday, acknowledging the uncertainty of the upcoming season. “And right now, we’re just going to play basketball, be kids again for a couple of hours, and try get back to some sense of normalcy.”

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Plowman looking to build on banner year of racing
While most athletes were sidelined last year as a result of the pandemic, Waverly’s Lake Plowman was able to find success. Plowman, the grandson of Morrisonville’s Dorothy and Jim Dautel, was able to amass an impressive 13 victories, four second-place finishes, and two third-place finishes in a national dirt bike circuit where he races on what are called “cross country” courses.

Plowman ripped up courses all across the U.S. in 2020 and earned a ton of accolades. It was a breakthrough year that might have propelled him to the next level in the sport.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Taylorville's Colbrook headed to St. Ambrose
Rozella Colbrook signed her letter of intent to play soccer at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa on Monday afternoon. Colbrook became the fifth Tornado in the past two years to commit to St. Ambrose, but was the first women’s soccer player to do so.

Colbrook said she chose St. Ambrose over other schools due to the commute time there and back, but also because of their academics. “I hate spending time in the car, so it’s nice that it isn’t too far away, but also it feels like I am able to get away from home,” said Colbrook.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Taylorville's Ethan Mileham signs with St. Ambrose
The Taylorville pipeline to Davenport, Iowa continues as the Tornadoes send another wide receiver to the Fighting Bees after Ethan Mileham announced Thursday that he will join the team next season and continue his education at St. Ambose University.
Saturday, January 2, 2021

Man called most prolific serial killer in US history dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man authorities say was the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, with nearly 60 confirmed victims, died Wednesday in California. He was 80.
Thursday, December 31, 2020

Junior high basketball, volleyball delayed again
ILLINOIS — Steve Endsley, Executive Director of the IESA, announced on Tuesday afternoon that junior high boys basketball and girls volleyball seasons have been delayed again.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

PGA Tour 2K21 by 2K a go-to golf game for sure when the courses close
Before we get started, just some transparency, I was provided a copy of PGA Tour 2K21 by 2K and am grateful for the opportunity to work with them.

The opinions and reviews of the game are of my own accord having played the game on an original PlayStation 4.

It has been quite a while since a new golf game got me as interested as PGA Tour 2K21; growing up with the Tiger Woods golf series of games, I was excited when EA came out with Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.

That was more than five years ago.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Menichetti hole in one at Lakeshore
Witnessed by Bill Young, Dave Solliday, and Dave Schmitz, something fairly unique happened out at Lakeshore golf course this week.
Friday, December 4, 2020







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