COLLINSVILLE — The term “biggest test” can sometimes have two meanings in the world of sports: There’s the classic definition, referencing the toughest game on the schedule, or it can literally be a reference to the roster itself. On Friday, it’s the latter the Tornadoes will have to deal with when they make the trip down to Collinsville to face off against the Kahoks. Thursday, September 19, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — “When we have a team like Mahomet down, we have to be able to put them away and not let them come back like Mahomet did to us tonight,” said head coach Kim Peabody. Wednesday, September 18, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornado golf team hosted Effingham, Mt. Zion, and Shelbyville on a warm Tuesday afternoon. The Tornadoes finished third on the afternoon with a 201; Effingham shot a 170, Mt. Zion had a 189, and Shelbyville shot a 215. Wednesday, September 18, 2019
LINCOLN — The Tornado JV team traveled to Lincoln on Monday where they faced off against the Railers. Lincoln jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they were victorious 32-6 over the Tornadoes. Tuesday, September 17, 2019
SHELBYVILLE — The Tornado high school cross country team wasn’t the only team that ran on Saturday. The junior high team traveled to Shelbyville to compete in the Shelbyville Invite. The Tornado boys won the Invite and the girls finished third. Tuesday, September 17, 2019
TAYLORVILLE — The Tornadoes played at Lakeshore golf course on Monday afternoon against Maroa-Forsyth and Meridian. The Tornadoes picked up their first win of the season as they topped Meridian who shot a 218, but were behind Maroa’s 190 as they shot a 206. Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The Taylorville cross country team competed in the Lanphier Invite at Lincoln Park in Springfield on Saturday. Anna Goodman and Alerina Letniku competed in the JV girls race, while the boys competed in the Varsity race. Monday, September 16, 2019
A move from Don Bragg field benefitted the Tornado JFl program on Saturday as they went 3-1 against Marion.
The fifth grade team was victorious 44-0 with Maddox Owens getting two touchdowns, Isaac Repshcer getting a score, Lane Riva getting a score, and Maddox Havera adding the final score. Drew Morgan had the extra points. Monday, September 16, 2019
Tornado cross country runners blew past the competition Thursday evening at their first home meet of the season when they hosted Pana, Auburn, and Lincoln.
The Taylorville boys team notched a first place finish on 19 points, taking five of the top six places, including first. Chris Cherry finished in first place with a time of 16:50. Zack Woodall was third on an 18:51, John Heberling was fourth with a 19:07, Dan Sloan grabbed fifth with a time of 19:21, and Evan Morgan was sixth with a time of 19:37. Friday, September 13, 2019
On a wild Thursday night for the Tornado volleyball team, the Taylorville girls were able to pick up the victory with a three-set win over Charleston, 17-25, 25-19, and 25-19.
Only one official showed up for the match, which then placed Charleston’s JV coach as the down official for the game. “They asked us if it was okay. We didn’t want to turn around and go home without playing, so we played,” said assistant coach Matt Peabody. Friday, September 13, 2019
The Wednesday men’s Commercial bowling league was in action last night. Burton’s Tap and Pass the Plate were tied for first, Collections of Professions was third, Ron’s Hair Correll was fourth, Olde Bowl was fifth, Solid 9 Pro Shop was sixth, and A.T.G was seventh. Thursday, September 12, 2019
Staying mentally sharp and overcoming distraction can be paramount on the football field. In that regard, the Tornadoes could have a tough test when they host Lincoln on Friday as the weekend is rife with potential distractions. After all, the Tornadoes don’t want to get derailed. Thursday, September 12, 2019
Fresh off a Mattoon Invite title, the Tornado volleyball team is on a roll to start this still young season. They kept the streak alive on Tuesday night when they hosted the Effingham Hearts in their Apollo Conference opener.
Taylorville outpaced Effingham in straight sets, winning 25-16 and 26-24. Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The Tornado golf team hosted its first home match of the season on Tuesday as they took on Auburn and Litchfield in non-conference action. The Trojans won with a 173, Litchfield was second with a 197, and the Tornadoes were third with a 211. Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Mrtynowski & Blakeman remained atop the Men’s merchant league at the end of play this week. Boston Heating and Cooling was second, Olde Bowl was third, Wells Lawn Care, Hatch’s, and TCR System tied for fourth, and Spinner was in seventh. Wednesday, September 11, 2019
After the excitement of Friday’s Taylorville varsity football game, the JV Tornadoes traveled to Mahomet to face off against the Bulldogs. Unfortunately for the JV, the result was not the same, as they were defeated 48-8 on Monday. Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The Tornado cross country team had a successful first meet at junior Chris Cherry won the Rochester Invitational on Saturday with a time of 15:27. The day started off nice, but the weather warmed up around the time that the boys started. Monday, September 9, 2019
DECATUR — Lori Cunningham and John Lanzotti with Kids Are Kids competed in the state Special Olympics softball skills event on Saturday at the Rotary Park in Decatur. Both athletes earned gold medals. Submitted photo Monday, September 9, 2019
The Route 29 Rivalry between the Taylorville and Pana volleyball teams is so good that it needed to go on tour. After all, how iconic would the Beatles have been had they never left Liverpool? What if Frazier versus Ali never moved from The Garden to Manila? Some performances beg for an expanded audience and fresh venues. Taylorville and Pana on the volleyball court is one such performance, and the two teams delivered Saturday night when they put on a show at the Mattoon Invite. Monday, September 9, 2019
The junior high Tornado boys won the Rochester Invitational on Saturday.
Owen Morgan was fourth and led the team with an 11:32, Jesse Sloan was fifth with an 11:38, Jack Chesser was eighth with an 11:48, Drake Howard was ninth with an 11:50, Brenton Good was 14 with a 12:06, Brody Harker was 28 with a 12:41, Alex Davis was 69 with a 13:46, Tyler Corpin was 105 with a 14:39, Ross Brown was 112 with a 14:50, Payton Schriver was 117 with a 14:57, and Jacob Adams was 198 with a 16:59. Monday, September 9, 2019
ROCHESTER — “We may not have the most weapons, but when we can get our offense going, and we can click, then we have a shot against anyone I think,” said Taylorville Volleyball Head Coach Kim Peabody. Friday, September 6, 2019
The Tuesday men’s bowling league was back in action last night. Martynowski & Blakeman remained in the lead and were followed by Olde Bowl, Boston Heating & Cooling, a fourth place tie between TCR System and Soinner, and a sixth place tie between Wells Lawn Care and Hatch’s. Wednesday, September 4, 2019
The junior high boys cross country team won the Cumberland Invite on Saturday, besting 10 other teams. The girls continued to run hard as well as they earned a fifth place finish out of 11 total teams. Tuesday, September 3, 2019
The Taylorville JFL fifth grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade teams were victorious over the Effingham Flaming Hearts on Saturday while the sixth grade team lost in a nail biter. Monday, September 2, 2019
The Tornado golf team traveled to Greenview to compete in the Bulldog Invite on Saturday. The Tornadoes finished just outside the top-10 as they were 11 with a team score of 417. Monday, September 2, 2019
he Taylorville Tornadoes and Pana Panthers both competed in the Pana Fresh/Soph Invite on Saturday. The Tornadoes went undefeated to win the tournament with a 4-0 record while they topped Pana in the championship game to put them at 3-1 on the day. Monday, September 2, 2019
Ask just about any member of the Tornado football team, and they’ll say there is a lot of room for improvment coming off Friday night’s season openening, 28-24 victory over the Mt. Vernon Rams. Saturday, August 31, 2019
As Shelbyville found themselves trailing 12-8 in the first set, they were looking for a big play. Instead of putting a high free ball over the net, though, they set the ball up where Taylorville’s Miah Klay was able to jump up and slam a ball to the floor. Friday, August 30, 2019
Pana’s trophy case will play host to the Route 29 Rivalry Plaque for another year after the Panthers came into Taylorville and left with a 3-0 win over the Tornadoes on the soccer field Thursday night. Friday, August 30, 2019
The men’s fraternal bowling league was in action once again this week. Jandi Services, Wendy’s, Lumb Restorations, and T’Ville K.C. were tied for first, American Legion and T’Ville K.C. II were tied for fifth, Solid 9 Pro Shop finished sixth, and Y-Zoe’s, Yard Heating and Cooling, Olde Bowl, Taylorville Moose, and CTI Fiber were tied for seventh. Friday, August 30, 2019
The Tuesday men’s Merchant bowling league began play on August 27. Martynowski & Blakeman, TCR System, and Olde Bowl tied for first, Hatch’s and Wells Lawn Care tied for fourth, and Boston Heating & Cooling and Spinner tied for sixth.
Martynowski & Blakeman rolled the team high handicap game of 1199 and the high handicap series of 3458. Thursday, August 29, 2019
Sometimes a loss is exactly what a team needs to stoke the competitive fires. That may be the case for the Taylorville soccer team after they dropped a match 8-0 to Hillsboro Wednesday night. Thursday, August 29, 2019
The Monday night mixed bowling league was in action and CTI Fiber finished atop the league for the week. Team 8 finished tied for second with HSSB, Wells Lawncare and Art-Rageous were tied for fourth, and Team Whatever was sixth. Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Despite raining for a majority of the morning, the Tornado golf team and several others made the trek to Champaign to compete in the Champaign Invite on the University of Illinois golf course to play 18 holes. Tuesday, August 27, 2019
The Taylorville junior high boys and girls cross country teams competed in Clinton over the weekend. The boys won the varsity race with 36 points while second place finished with 72; the girls team was without their number one runner, but still finished with 106 points, which was good enough for a top-five finish. Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Taylorville’s Hunter Foster (4) evades the Lincolnwood defender during the first half of a Monday soccer match that was moved to Taylorville due to weather. The Tornadoes amassed 17 shots on goal, and keeper Preston Good registered 14 saves, but Taylorville fell 7-0 to the Lancers. Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Thankfully the weaher was cooperative for a very nice afternoon on Saturday as the Taylorville JFl teams hosted Mattoon. The fifth grade team won 48-0, the sixth grade won 22-8, the seventh grade fell 28-14, and the eighth grade fell 26-18.
The fifth grade team had a ton of scoring as Preston Fiaoni crossed the goal line twice on rushes, Isaac Repscher also had two rushing scores, Drew Morgan had a quarterback sneak for the score, Lane Riva had a rushing score, and Wyatt Younker had a rushing score as well. Monday, August 26, 2019
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 — 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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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 — 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 — 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
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
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
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
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
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
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