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home : sports August 25, 2019

Tornadoes welcome new season at Purple and Gold
TAYLORVILLE — Tornado quarterback Caden Mileham (1) breaks through the line on the option play to gain the first down during the varsity portion of the Purple and Gold scrimmage on Friday night.Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
TAYLORVILLE — Tornado quarterback Caden Mileham (1) breaks through the line on the option play to gain the first down during the varsity portion of the Purple and Gold scrimmage on Friday night.
Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
TAYLORVILLE — It’s a yearly tradition that moves football teams from their summer season into the regular season: the annual scrimmage game.
Saturday, August 24, 2019


Boys soccer looking to build on 2018 season
Building a team takes time. There’s no sentiment more true than than for the Tornado soccer program. Tim Karbach was in his first season as head coach of the Tornadoes, despite previous coaching experience, and the Tornadoes had previously had difficulty generating enough numbers to field a full team.

“We had 16 guys come out last year, which although that isn’t a ton, that’s more than we were getting in the summer,” said Karbach about last year’s team. “Unfortunately for us, we had three season-ending injuries, and we had some other factors that ended up hurting our numbers. But, the team grew. The attitudes changed towards the good, and the skill level improved as the season went on.”

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Experience to lead the way for Tornado XC
“We practiced very well last year, and we had very high team chemistry, both on the boys and girls teams last year,” said head coach Steve Walters of his 2018 squad. Fortunately, most of that group returns as Taylorville will see nine of the eleven team members  are returning runners.

Unfortunately, the Tornadoes just missed the threshold required to score a girls team; they are only one member short.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Youth movement to lead Tornado volleyball
The 2019 Tornado volleyball team will be missing six staring seniors from its roster a year ago. That hasn’t derailed expectations though as coach Kim Peabody still expects big things from her squad. She’s looking for some young players to step up in big ways.

The Tornadoes lost setter Courtney Coy; Liz Curtin, who led the team in kills and blocks; middle hitter Natalie Snyder; first-team all-conference libero Reagan Morrison; defensive specialist Maddy Brown; and fellow seniors McKenna Anderson, Shelbi Paul, and Cydnee Larson.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Senior spotlight: Mileham, Tex, Woodward
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mt. Zion, Effingham to be tough stretch for THS
The Tornadoes enter the season as the reigning Apollo Conference champs, but the road to a repeat won’t be easy this year.

Taylorville showed off some incredible flashes in their seven-on-seven performances this summer, and coach Jeb Odam says his squad is progressing nicely in preparation for the week-one tilt with Mt. Vernon.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tornado football to introduce fresh faces, lean on defense
A new quarterback is always an adjustment. Replacing seven of 11 starters on offense is a complete overhaul. That’s the situation facing the 2019 Taylorville football team.

The outlook isn’t bleak though. Many members of the defense, and three offensive lineman, will be returning, and the Tornadoes run the same system at all levels of plays. Head coach Jeb Odam says there is some talent on this year’s team, and he thinks that continuity in the program will pay dividends in easing the transition. “The new guys that we will be slotting in may not have the varsity experience that those guys had last year, but they know the plays and they know what we want to run. They know our formations as well as any of those guys last year,” he said.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Millburg takes the reigns for THS golf
The Tornado golf team lost a lot last season. Not only did all of the scoring members of the team graduate, the head coach also moved on to another school as well.

After the departure of former coach Nick Gerndt, Paul Millburg thought that it was a great opportunity to step into the role. “Nick and I worked in the same department, and when he said that he wasn’t returning, I went in and talked to Paul Held. This will be my 21st year in the district, and I thought that this would be a good way to interact with the kids outside of school,” said Millburg.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Confidence key for Tornado dance team
Whether it’s before the game, during the high school fight song, at halftime doing their own routine, or after the game singing along with the “Alma Mater”, the Taylorville Dance Team always seems to front and center.

After a successful season at camp, and different competitions a year ago, head coach Heather Odam was sad to see her seniors graduate, but she says she has another great group this year.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tornado cheer ready for new season
“Let’s Go T’Ville!” *Clap, Clap, ClapClapClap* “Let’s Go T’Ville!” *Clap, Clap, ClapClapClap*

Go to any Taylorville football game and that familiar chant will ring out across the stadium at some point in the night. Leading that charge: The THS cheerleading squad.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Men's Wednesday bowling league results
The Wednesday night men’s bowling league began again on August 21. Ron’s Hair Correll finished the night in first and was followed by a six-team tie for second as A.T.G, Solid 9 Pro Shop, Burtin’s Tap, Olde Bowl, Pass The Plate, and Collections of Professions.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Cue up the band: Marching Tornadoes ready to entertain
“We’ve got a halftime performance called ‘The Greatest Show.’ It’s going to feature music from ‘The Greatest Showman’,” THS Director of Music Chris Gunn outlined of the theme for the marching band this year. “It’s good music, it’s fun; I think the kids really like it. I think the audience will respond to it and recognize it from the movie. It’s pretty upbeat stuff, even on some of the slower passages.”
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Monday morning men's golf league results
The Monday morning men’s golf league was in action on Monday, despite the heat early in the morning.

The Medler team remained in the top spot with a total team score of 2356 and were followed by Curtin with a 2432, Saxe with a 2498, Spence with a 2562, Johnson with a 2619, Hayes with a 2711, Frisina with a 2796, and Hunsley with a 2895.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Wednesday morning golf league results
Although there was a big storm that rolled through on Tuesday night, the Wednesday morning ladies golf league was back in action this week.The game of the week was “3 Clubs and a Putter.”
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Three former Tornadoes descend on Davenport
It isn’t very often that three kids from the same high school sign to play football at the next level at the same school. But, that is exactly what happened last year when former Tornadoes Yemi Odugbesan, Justin Wright, and Riley Buschon all signed to attend the NAIA school St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Lakeshore golf leagues results
Results from the Lakeshore golf leagues were as follows:
Thursday, August 8, 2019

THS golf practice to start August 12
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado golf team will begin practice on Monday, August 12 at Lakeshore golf course. There will be a brief meeting before practice at 3:30 and the team is open to all freshman through seniors, both boys and girls.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Tornado Open continues success
With approximately 150 golfers participating in this year’s Tornado Open, the THS sports boosters consider this another very good year for the Open.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Ladies golf leagues results
The Monday night, Tuesday morning, and Wednesday morning ladies golf leagues took advantage of the cool temperatures the past few days and lit up Lakeshore golf course and their score cards. The results were as follows:
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Tornado D looks tough in 7v7 finale vs. St. Teresa
Although they don’t play against one another during the regular season, the Tornadoes and the St. Teresa Bulldogs have a friendly rivalry as they seem to pair up regularly during seven-on-seven matchups. Wednesday was just another chapter in what has become a summer rivalry.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Black wins Ladies City Golf Tourney
The Ladies City Golf Tournament was held over the weekend at Lakeshore Golf Course in Taylorville. Steph O’Bryan and Nancy Montgomery were tied for first in the Championship flight at the end of Saturday’s round, but Carla Black took the lead on Sunday and didn’t look back as she won by 14 strokes on a two-day total of 178.  O’Bryan would ultimately finish in second place while Montgomery took third.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Demolition Derby closes out Christian County fair
There was a different feeling to the demolition derby this year. It was the first time that the drivers got to race their demo cars before putting them into the main event. The racers had to go fowards for five laps, and then drove in reverse for five laps.

In the Bone Stock Compact race Todd Jacobs took the win with Jimmie Barrett second, Casey Neal third, and Morrisonville’s Jhett Walker fourth.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Taylorville Junior High Cross Country already seeing success
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Local pullers impress at fair truck pulls
TAYLORVILLE — Once again, the good sized crowd for the ever popular Stock Truck pulls were dazzled by five classes of pulling on Friday night at the Christian County fair. The results were as follows:
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Osborns medal at YMCA state meet
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Tornado FUNdamental camp wraps up
Saturday, July 27, 2019

27th annual Tornado Open set for Friday and Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — The 27th annual Tornado Open Golf Outing will be held on Saturday August 3, 2019 at Lakeshore Golf Course in Taylorville.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Taylorville Swim Team hands out awards
Friday, July 26, 2019

Taylorville Swim Team hands out awards
Friday, July 26, 2019

Bringing the noise
Friday, July 26, 2019

County fair race results
Results from the races at the Christian County Fair on Wednesday were as  follows:
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Ladies City Golf Tourey set for Sat
The Ladies City golf tournament will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Lakeshore golf course.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Taylorville, Pana square off in seven-on-seven
Taylorville and Pana may not have an opportunity to square off on the gridiron in the upcoming season, but there have been some preliminary discussions between the two schools as a potential scheduling option when the IHSA shifts to districts in 2020. Tuesday night, fans may have gotten a sneak peak at what that matchup could look like when the two teams competed in a seven-on-seven competition.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Monday Lakeshore golf league results
The Monday morning retired and Monday night ladies league were back in action on July 22. The scores were low as the heat broke and the golfers took advantage of the nice weather. The results were as follows:
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

TJHS sets baseball & softball tryout dates
The junior high Tornado baseball and softball tryout dates have been announced. Athletes must have their physical and must attend two of the tryout dates to be eligible for the team.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Tornado volleyball finds success at Purdue camp
The Taylorville volleyball team has already begun to see success, and their official season hasn’t even started yet. The team attended the Purdue Univesrity vollebyall camp where they were divided into varsity and junior varsity teams in a competition against other attending teams.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tim Kratochvil elected to SIU-C hall of fame
Tim Kratochvil, originally from Mt. Olive, and former Taylorville Head Baseball Coach, who is now the Principal at Pawnee Junior-Senior High School, was elected to the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Athletic Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Stonington 14U little league team defends title
The Stonington 14u baseball team was successful in defending their 2018 MCIL 14u championship while wrapping up another stellar season on July 8th by winning the 2019 MCIL tournament with a 13-11 victory over Pana.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Local drivers to highlight Christian County Fair race
Three divisions of racing are set for this coming Wednesday, July 24 at Taylorville Speedway, located in front of the main grandstands at the Christian County Fair.  The 6th annual NAPA Tripleheader is presented by Larry’s Service Center.  For many locals, it’s a much anticipated event as they get to race in their backyard.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Quarterback Mileham looks sharp in Tornado 7v7 debut
Every other team in the county —South Fork, Central A&M, and Pana— has had their time to shine in a 7-on-7, but the Tornadoes had yet to do so. That changed on Friday night as the Tornadoes took on Pleasant Plains.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Ladies golf leagues results
The Tuesday and Wednesday morning ladies leagues at Lakeshore Golf course were in action again this week. The results were as follows:
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Monday morning golf league results
Monday was a nice day for the retired golf league to play at Lakeshore Golf Course.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Taylorville Swim Team wins final home meet
Despite dealing with the overcast conditions on Tuesday, the lightning stayed away so the Taylorville swim team could get its final home meet of the season in. “We still have kids who are working on improving their times for Conference so it was important to get this meet in,” said head coach Ryan Guhlstorf. The Taylorville team defeated Panther Creek 493-207 and the individual results were as follows:
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Taylorville 8U Storm takes second
The Taylorville 8U Storm competed in the Denny Daugherty Memorial tournament over the past weekend in Morrisonville.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Red Bland 12U All-Stars
The Red Bland 12U All-Stars recently wrapped up their season.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Taylorville JFL Camp Wraps Up
Saturday, July 13, 2019

THS and TJHS cross country to hold camp
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Tornadoes cross country team will be hosting its annual conditioning camp. The camp will run from Monday through Friday for two weeks starting on July 15 and running through Friday, July 26. The camp will be held this year at the Lake Taylorville Marina area at Lake Taylorville from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Taylorville Swim Team wins big
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Swim Team hosted Lincoln on Tuesday, July 9. The Lincoln team had only nine kids participate which allowed the Taylorville team to win 548-86. The individual results were as follows:
Friday, July 12, 2019

Red Bland Little League celebrates top teams
Two Red Bland Little League teams were recognized in a short ceremony on Monday evening. The Taylorville Angelo’s team was honored as the 8-9 Gary Morrissey Kid Pitch champions, and the 12U Urban Hardware team celebrated its regional championship.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Lakeshore golf league results
The golf leagues at Lakeshore golf course were back in action again this week. The results were as follows:
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Osborns Advance to State
Lily and Payne Osborn of Taylorville recently competed in their last meet for the long course season and are advancing to State in St. Johns Indiana July 19-21st. The pair will compete in the following events:
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lakeshore golf leagues results
Lakeshore golf leagues were back in action this week. The results are as follow:
Friday, July 5, 2019

Taylorville's Adams signs with Blackburn Baseball
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville baseball’s Mikel Adams is coming off a .326 season at the plate for the Tornadoes where he notched 21 RBIs and belted a homerun. He also helped anchor the Taylorville defense from behind the plate.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

TJHS Fun-damental basketball camp set for July 22
TAYLORVILLE — The Lady Tornadoes Fun-Damental basketball camp will be held once again this year at the North Gym of Taylorville High School July 22-26.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

IHSA football schedules announced
With one year remaining until districts go into effect, the IHSA officially announced the football schedules for teams across the state on Wednesday. Here’s how things will shape up for area teams.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Lakeshore ladies hit the links on good weather
The Lakeshore golf leagues were back in action this week without having to deal with the rain. The results were as follows:
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Taylorville Swim Team takes tough loss against Dolphins
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville swim team was able to catch a break in the rain on Saturday when they faced off against the Dolphins. The Dolphins were able to win with a final total of 333-322.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Tommy O'Brien Sports Camp still a success
For the fourth consecutive year, the Tommy O’Brien Sports Camp was put on and was ran successfully. With roughly 30 more campers than last year, O’Brien only sees more success going forward, as long as the camp continues.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Lakeshore golf league results
The golf leagues at Lakeshore golf course have been in action this week with the Monday morning retired league, Monday night ladies league, and Tuesday morning ladies in action.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Taylorville Swim Team tops Colony West
One of the Taylorville Swim Team’s biggest opponents was in town on Thursday, June 13. The team was victorious with a final score of 414-359. The individual results were as follows:
Monday, June 17, 2019

Taylorville's Eric Dust leaving behind basketball court for job at Boeing after earning his degree
ST. LOUIS — Eric Dust found himself with free time for a change over the past two months while winding down his days at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Pioneer to Pinnacle
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville’s Greg Stephens is a pioneer, a trailblazer in the world of sprint car racing media. In a time when cable television was still a novelty and the Internet wasn’t really a thing, coverage of sports programing, especially niche sports, was incredibly hard to come by.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Lakeshore golf league results
Friday, June 14, 2019

Odam, Wright prep for Shrine Game, Do or Die Bowl
Taylorville football’s dynamic duo of Brandon Odam and Justin Wright have been selected to play in the Shrine All-Star game and the Do or Die Bowl.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

THS basketball camp All-Star awards announced
The four day THS basketball camp concluded on June 6 with several awards handed out.
Monday, June 10, 2019

YMCA holds 13th annual golf outing at Lakeshore
Thankfully, the rain held off for the 13th annual Christian County YMCA golf outing held on Friday, June 7. With the rain earlier in the week, the course slowed down and allowed for some low scores.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Lakeshore Monday night ladies golf results
The Monday night ladies golf league has tight race at the top of the leaderboard. The results were as follows:
Friday, June 7, 2019

Taylorville's Kyle Foraker signs with Robert Morris - Peoria
Kyle Foraker became the first THS baseball player, and latest THS athlete, to sign his letter or intent to continue his athletic career at the next level. Foraker signed to play baseball at Robert Morris University in Peoria.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Wednesday morning ladies golf league results
The Wednesday mornin ladies golf league was able to play before the storm rolled in yesterday. The game of the week was “Norma Bota Handicap Tournament.”
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Monday morning mens golf league results
The Monday morning men’s retired golf league was able to play this week as they caught a break in the weather.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

TJHS Cross Country Meeting
Friday, May 31, 2019

Tuesday morning ladies golf league results
The Tuesday morning ladies golf league was in action yesterday. The game of the week was “Most of One Number.” The results were as follows:
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

TJHS basketball hosting open gym
Seventh and eighth grade boys basketball players are invited to an open gym at the North School Gymnasium on Thursday, May 30,  from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Tornadoes wrap up season at Busch Stadium
Taylorville’s high school baseball season may have ended officially last Thursday with their regional loss to Chatham, but they had the unique opportunity to play one last time as a team on Memorial Day in Busch Stadium.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019












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