It's the end of an era for Fighting Illini sports and we're not talking about the demise of "War Chant". The Alton Telegraph reports the athletic program's unofficial historian, Loren Tate, is stepping away from the keyboard, ending his Tatelines column based out of the Champaign News Gazette. Reports out of Champaign say Tate, a longtime fixture on Illini broadcasts here, will continue some radio duties. The 86-year-old Tate played basketball at the U of I after graduating from Monticello High School. He left the area in the mid 50s to serve as Sports Editor for the Hammond Times in Hammond, Indiana then returned to Champaign to work for the News-Gazette in 1966. He continued writing for the paper while he served as sports director of WICD TV through the late 70s. He later migrated to radio working on WDWS, he moved up to Executive Sports Editor of the News-Gazette in 1987. He also is a member of the IHSA Basketball Hall of Fame, the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame, and the Monticello High School Hall of Fame and he received the University of Illinois honorary Varsity I award. He also authored the book "A Century of Orange and Blue: Celebrating 100 Years of Fighting Illini Basketball".
The times they are still a changing for University of Illinois sports. War Chant music is now off limits at all sporting events. The decision was made at the end of last football season but it wasn't revealed until yesterday. Athletic department officials asked members of the Illini Pride student group to stop playing the war chant song on a drum Thursday at a soccer game. School officials say the move is part of an effort to be more inclusive and students are responding to it less in the post Chief Illiniwek era.
Taylorville golfer Dave Ryan shot a 3-over par 73 in his 2nd day of play Friday, in the U-S Senior Open at the Salem Country Club in Peabody, Massachussetts, and is 6 over for the tournament. Ryan is tied for 92nd place.
Atop the leaderboard after Friday's play, was Kirk Triplett, who led the tournament for a 2nd day in a row. Friday, Triplett shot a 3 under par, and is eleven under par for the tournament.
The second round of the tournament Friday was suspended with 24 players still to finish. Play resumes on Saturday at 6:45 in the morning Eastern Time.
Stay tuned to Regional Radio for further updates on Ryan's play, as well as on taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.
New University of Illinois basketball coach Brad Underwood continues to reach out around the state. He was the guest speaker at an Illinois Broadcasters Association event in Normal on Tuesday. He says it was quite a trip that brought him to the U-of-I.
It’s Underwood’s second stint in Illinois. He spent several years as an assistant at Western Illinois University early in his career.
Taylorville baseball will be starting up soon and with the warmer weather than normal, the team has been able to get a lot of time on the field. THS head coach Brian Sample, who was a guest on Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show last Saturday morning, said normally this is a time where the field is still being prepared but getting his squad some live action is always welcome.
Coach Sample says his team will rely on a lot of returning players and upperclassmen to lead them this year.
THS will begin their season at home against Morrisonville on Tuesday March 14th at 4pm.
Taylorville fell to Springfield Southeast in the semi-final game of the Class 3A IHSA Regional Tuesday night and Regional Radio Sports caught up with head coach Ryan Brown to discuss the season overall.
Coach Brown said the game was about as even as you could get throughout the night.
THS finished 16-15 overall and 5-5 in the Apollo Conference but Coach Brown said the game showed the potential the basketball program has to grow and become something even better.
Regional Radio Sports would like to thank Coach Brown and his staff as well as anyone involved in Taylorville athletics for letting Jake Linder and Daniel Statum be a part of the season by calling all the games.
Taylorville fell to Springfield Southeast in the semi-final game of the Class 3A IHSA Regional, 55-52. The Tornadoes were led by Senior guard, Logan Clayton with 17 points and Junior, Jordan Moats with 16. THS head coach Ryan Brown spoke after the game about the play and leadership of his seniors, Clayton as well as Lawrence Curtin.
Coach Brown on his senior, Logan Clayton.
Taylorville finished the year at 16-15 overall and 5-5 in Apollo Conference play.
Taylorville used a 20-8 3rd quarter and 25 points from Logan Clayton (14 in the 3rd) to take down Clinton 71-57 in round 1 of the Class 3A IHSA Regional. THS poured in 14 3-pointers and forced 20+ turnovers in the rout of the Maroons.
The teams were only separated by 1 point going into halftime and THS head coach Ryan Brown said after the game this Maroons team came out ready to play and maybe even surprised his team a little.
Coach Brown talked about his team's recent success of winning 4 of their last 5 and this Springfield Southeast team, which he hopes, his team's hard work this year will pay off against them come game time.
THS will tip off against Southeast at 7pm and you can listen to the pre game show on 96.1FM Christian county, 107.5FM Shelby county, worldwide at TDN.com, and on the WTIM app. Jake Linder and Daniel Statum will be on the call at 6:40pm for the pre game show.
Taylorville boys basketball will take on Clinton High School in round 1 of the Class 3A Regional tonight. THS is the host school for this regional and drew an #8 seed whereas the Maroons of Clinton got a #10 seed. THS is coming off of a final regular season game loss to Effingham last Friday night but playing some of their basketball of the year overall and they hope to carry that into postseason play.
Tornadoes head coach, Ryan Brown reacted after the Effingham game where he said his team's effort and intensity are there and if they can put that into every game the rest of the way, they'll put themselves in positions to be successful.
Coach Brown talked about the size and athleticism the Tornadoes will have to contend with tonight.
Tip off is set for 7pm and you can listen to the pre game show with Jake Linder and Daniel Statum at 6:40pm on Newstalk WTIM, that's 96.1FM Christian county, 107.5FM Shelby county, worldwide on the web stream at TDN.com, and also on the WTIM app! The pre, half and post game shows will also be video simulcasted on TDN's Facebook page.
The Tornadoes of Taylorville rolled over Charleston earlier this week to seal a winning regular season as they are now 2 games over .500. THS is on a 3-game win streak but will have a tall task in Effingham tonight at 7:30pm to finish off their season on the road.
Taylorville head coach, Ryan Brown said after the Charleston game that his team has done a much better job with getting in the paint and finishing as well as shot selection.
When asked if this could be one of the toughest games for them so far this year, Tornadoes' coach Brown responded affirmatively, but with confidence in his team.
Listen to Tornadoes sports tonight and all season long on Newstalk WTIM 96.1FM Christian county, 107.5FM Shelby county, worldwide on the web stream at TDN.com, and also on the WTIM app! Jake Linder and Daniel Statum will be on the call with the pre game show around 7:10pm tonight both on the air and online with Facebook live at TDN's Facebook page.
Jordan Moats had 12 in the 4th quarter and Taylorville put 4 players in double figures to finish off the season sweep over Charleston tonight. THS had to weather the storm from the Trojans 2 different times late in this one. Charleston brought it within 1 point but THS held on and got their 5th Apollo Conference victory, 75-66.
Tornadoes head coach Ryan Brown said his team, which typically relies heavily on the 3-ball to keep them in games, found a way to win this one attacking the basket and feeding their “big man”.
Coach Brown said he likes where his team is at with their overall play after this win.
THS' next game is Friday at Effingham to finish out the regular season as well as attempt to avenge an earlier season loss against the conference leaders.
The Lady Tornadoes of Taylorville said good bye to their long time head coach, Mark Hannant last week after their round 1, early exit in the regional. Coach Hannant spoke on Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show last Saturday morning about his tenure overall and some of the biggest highlights of his past teams.
Coach Hannant said the demand at his job was becoming enough that he could not give 110% to the team, which is something he always asked of his girls as the coach. Hannant talked about the biggest takeaway he is looking forward to even though he has to step aside as head coach.
Coach Hannant spent the last 14 years involved with Lady Tornadoes basketball in one form or fashion. He will be missed on the sidelines.
The Tornadoes of Taylorville begin a 3-game Apollo Conference road trip tonight when they take on Mattoon at 7:30pm. THS is 2-2 in their last 4 games and 3-4 in the conference.
THS head coach Ryan Brown spoke on Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show last Saturday morning about this Green Wave team and some of the things his team will have to focus on come game time.
Coach Brown said although THS has had some ups and downs this year, one thing has remained the same as of late.
Listen for Jake Linder and Daniel Statum on the call with Newstalk WTIM on 96.1FM in Christian county, 107.5FM in Shelby county, worldwide on the web at TDN.com, and now available for download is the brand-new, free, WTIM app. Pre game show will start around 7:10pm both on the radio as well as TDN's Facebook page as well.
The Shelbyville Rams will be back in action Friday night after some time off since last week, when they take on Central A&M in a Central Illinois Conference match up at 7:30pm. The Rams currently sit at 3-3 in the conference behind Tuscola and A&M who are tied at 4-2.
Overall, the CIC has been one of the toughest conferences to play in this year and the Rams head coach, Bob Herdes, says the way to be successful is simple basketball.
Coach Herdes was a guest on Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show last Saturday morning and said the Raiders will have a wide variety of different sets to throw at his team.
Listen with Dave Devore and Andrew Bosgraaf on the call at 7:15pm for the pre game show both on NewCountry 98.3FM WSVZ and online with the web stream at TDN.com as well.
Central A&M Lady Raiders finished up their year in the opening round of the Sectional tournament earlier this week after their 47-46 loss to Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School.
A&M as well as head coach Tom Dooley knew going into the Christ Our Rock Lutheran game this past Monday that they would have a lot to contain.
Regional Radio Sports caught up with head coach Tom Dooley beforehand to talk about his take on postseason play and what his team did to prepare for the games.
Coach Dooley said after the team's 5th consecutive regional title that sent them into that sectional game, he could not be more proud of his leadership on this year's team.
Coach Dooley will be a guest on Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show with host Jake Linder this Saturday Morning in the 10am hour with his full reflection on the season as well as details on the next year's squad.
The Lady Tornadoes played their final game of the season tonight in a 57-54 loss to Springfield Southeast. THS fought back after being down by as many as 14 at one point to bring it within a one possession game late in the 4th. Grace Markwell had a shot to tie it and send the game into overtime but it fell just short as Taylorville finished up their season in round 1 of the Class 3A IHSA Regional.
Head coach Mark Hannant said even before the game during the Coaches Show on Newstalk WTIM that he knew these late season ball games are tough and as a team as well as a coach, you have to approach them a little differently.
Coach Hannant announced his retirement from coaching earlier this month and talked about what the program and the teams meant to him over his tenure.
Lady Tornadoes basketball out of Taylorville is the host of their own Regional and will also tip it off tonight against Springfield Southeast. THS has lost 3 of their last 4 but have been trending upward for the most part and some flashes of greatness they hope to carry into the postseason.
Head coach Mark Hannant says he thought the Regional was seeded fairly and just wants to get it started.
Coach Hannant said after the last regular season game of the year against Effingham, all his focus is now on getting that opening win by shutting down the guard play of Southeast.
Mike Pickett and Tom Finks will be on the call with your home for Taylorville sports on Newstalk WTIM 96.1fm Christian county, 107.5fm Shelby county, online at TDN.com under the WTIM LISTEN LIVE tab at 5:50 for the pre game show before the 6pm tip off.
Tornadoes basketball will face off against Charleston tonight in their final home game of the regular season at 7:30pm. THS has lost 5 of their last 6 where 3 of those games were only by single digits.
Taylorville head coach, Ryan Brown said that during this tough stretch his team has not executed their offense well enough to get them over the hump in close ball games.
Coach Brown talked about playing this Trojans team and how getting back to Apollo Conference play the rest of the way could benefit his squad before the postseason.
Tune into Facebook LIVE on TDN's Facebook page for the pre game show at 7:10pm as well as the half and post game shows. You can also listen on the radio with Jake Linder and Daniel Statum on Newstalk WTIM at 96.1FM Christian county, 107.5FM Shelby county and worldwide on the web at TDN.com under the WTIM LISTEN LIVE tab.
Lady Tornadoes basketball out of Taylorville will host their own Regional this year as well as tip off the night against Springfield Southeast on Monday. THS has lost 3 of their last 4 but have seen some trending upward for the most part and some flashes of greatness they hope to carry into the postseason.
Head coach Mark Hannant says he thought the Regional was seeded fairly and wants to get it started.
Coach Hannant said after the Effingham game that all his focus is on getting that opening win by shutting down the guard play of Southeast.
Catch Mike Pickett and Tom Finks on Newstalk WTIM 96.1fm Christian county, 107.5fm Shelby county, online at TDN.com under the WTIM LISTEN LIVE tab at 5:50 for the pre game show before the 6pm tip off.
Taylorville boys fell last night to Alton 56-36 in a ball game for THS where the final score did not necessarily represent the overall game play. The Redbirds turned it over just 5 times in the 2nd half to finish with 11 overall against Taylorville's 15. Tornadoes struggled to string shots together in the 3rd quarter when Alton was hitting from everywhere.
THS head coach Ryan Brown said in the Newstalk WTIM post game show his team just could not get over the hump late in this one.
Tornadoes girls basketball took on the Flaming Hearts of Effingham last night and fell in a close one 61-58. THS used the 3-ball to their advantage throughout the night but the Hearts hung around all night and ultimately overtook the Lady Tornadoes in the final regular season game for THS this season.
THS head coach, Mark Hannant said after the game that this is game his team could have easily came away with but they hope to get another shot having Effingham in their Regional this year.
Shelbyville Rams were in action last night as well on their home floor for a Central Illinois Conference match up with Sullivan. The Rams took down Sullivan 55-50 in a close ball game.
Rams head coach Bob Herdes said that this Sullivan team was ready to play and this game was like a lot in the CIC, too close for comfort, regardless of what the scouting report says on paper.
Taylorville basketball will be in full swing tonight with both the girls and boys teams in action. First up the Taylorville girls will be heading out on the road to take on Effingham in an Apollo Conference match up. THS will be looking to take down the number 2 team in the conference agains the Flaming Hearts as well as seal their regular season with a win.
Lady Tornadoes head coach, Mark Hannant says his team has been steadily improving all year long and hopes that this game will be a nice stepping stone heading into the postseason.
Mike Pickett and Tom Finks will be on the call at 7:20pm for the pre game show on New Country 104.1FM on the dial and under the New Country tab on TDN.com with the web stream.
The boys will be at home for the first time in a long time after an abundance of road trips have now finally come to an end in the second to last week of the season. THS will be taking on Alton Sr. High School at 7:30pm and head coach Ryan Brown says this is going to be a tough late season test for his squad.
Coach Brown says that he hopes the things that they've done all year will translate to a nice win tonight.
Catch Jake Linder and Daniel Statum from The Dolph at THS West Gym tonight at 7:10 for the pre game show on Newstalk WTIM's 96.1FM Christian County, 107.5FM Shelby county and worldwide on the web at TDN.com under the WTIM LISTEN LIVE tab.
The Lady Tornadoes of Taylorville will look to bounce back after their Tuesday night loss to Pleasant Plains when they take on The Green Wave of Mattoon tonight at 7:30pm on the road. THS had won 3 in a row before the loss this week and are hopeful they can get back on track in this Apollo Conference match up.
Lady Tornadoes head coach, Mark Hannant says that his senior leadership this year has put his team in more chances to win ball games than not.
Coach Hannant talked about the rest of the way for Taylorville and how they will have a few tough ones to finish up before heading into the postseason.
Listen for Mike Pickett and Tom Finks on the call with Newstalk WTIM on 96.1FM in Christian county, 107.5FM in Shelby county, worldwide on the web at TDN.com, and now available for download is the brand new WTIM app. Pre game show will start around 7:20pm.
>>> 1. Shelbyville Rams went up against Clinton for a shot at the title of the Central Illinois Conference Tournament last night and took down the Maroons big 62-33. The Rams now will take on the number one seed Decatur St. Teresa in the finals.
Rams head coach, Bob Herdes says that this tournament could be anybody's in the conference but he is glad that his team has a shot at the championship
>>> 2. Tornadoes girls basketball hit the hard wood on The Dolph from THS West Gym last night to face off against Pleasant Plains to try and make it 4 in a row recently but fell short 62-49.
THS head coach, Mark Hannant said after the game the defensive game plan broke down for his team in this one.
>>> 3. Taylorville boys basketball fell in their first of 3 road games this week to Rochester 40-33. THS went 0-18 from behind the arc as a team and never got in the groove to take down a Rockets team they had success against earlier this year.
Tornadoes head coach, Ryan Brown visited with Newstalk WTIM's broadcast team after the game and said he was in disbelief at his team's shooting performance tonight.
Taylorville Tornadoes boys basketball will be heading out on the road all week this week with 3 away games that includes conference match up with Mt. Zion. THS' first stop will be at Rochester in a non-conference game tonight at 7:30pm.
THS head coach Ryan Brown says this is a different Rockets team than the one his team faced earlier in the year.
You can catch the pre, half and post game shows LIVE streamed with Jake Linder and Daniel Statum on video with TDN's Facebook page.
Coach Brown said the fact that they have taken down the Rockets once, does not mean anything this late in the season.
The Tornadoes will also play on Friday against Mt. Zion and Saturday at Pana to round out the hat trick for the week. All games can be heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.1FM in Christian County, 107.5FM in Shelby County, worldwide with the web stream at TDN.com, and now available for download on both Apple and Google Play stores is the WTIM app for smart phones at 7:15 for the pre game show.
The Lady Raiders of Central A&M will look to enact some revenge on Sullivan in their game tonight at 7:30pm. A&M fell to Sullivan in the 3rd place game of the Central Illinois Conference Tournament and would like to get back to their winning ways after some tough go’s here lately.
Tom Dooley, head coach of the Lady Raiders talked on the Newstalk WTIM’s Coaches Show last Saturday morning about the CIC tournament overall as well as their game against Sullivan.
Coach Dooley says that this time of year is a time to reflect a little before each game since they are so few left before the postseason begins.
Brian & Ed Hanley will be on the call tonight for Lady Raiders basketball at 7pm for the pre game show on Genuine Country 94.3FM WMKR and online with the web stream at TDN.com under the WMKR LISTEN LIVE tab.