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Local Sports Archives for 2016-09

Shelbyville Football

During football Friday night; as heard on New Counrty 98.3 WSVZ Shelbyville-Tower Hill-Effingham, Shelbyville defeated Meridian by a final score of 44 to 6.

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Taylorville Football

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.1 FM and 107.5 FM, Taylorville defeated Effingham by a final score of 28 to 19.

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Central A&M Football

As heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR, St. Teresa defeated Central A&M by a final score of 34 to 0.

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Tornadoes Football Sets Sights on Effingham

Tornaodes football saw something in regular season action last Friday night that they have not seen since October 3rd of 2014, a loss. Taylorville was undefeated in the regular season going 16-0 until they fell to Mt. Zion last weekend. THS will look to bounce back against the same team that gave them that last regular season loss in 2014, the Effingham Flaming Hearts.
 
Head Coach Jeb Odam says there is a big similarity between the two Apollo teams where he hopes the Tornadoes will come out on top.
 
                      
 
Odam believes the history between the two teams will warrant quite the fight come Friday night at 7pm.
 
 
Coach Odam appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Coaches Show.
 
Be sure to tune into to that broadcast with Jake Linder and Micheal Pickett at 6:40pm for the pre game show on Newstalk WTIM, 96.1FM in Christian Co. 107.5FM in Shelby Co. or stream it online at taylorvilledailynews.com under the WTIM LISTEN LIVE tab.

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A&M Football Faces Tall Task Friday Night

They say in sports “it never gets easier” which is exactly what Central A&M football is finding out this week when they face off against an undefeated St. Teresa squad on Friday night. Central is coming off a loss to Tuscola that saw the Raiders work hard, but fall short in their effort against that tough Warriors team, leaving A&M at 2-3. 
 
A&M Head Coach, Brent Weakly says the challenges in facing the Bulldogs out of Decatur, are pretty simple.
 
                    
 
Weakly says this St. Teresa team has multiple weapons that the Raiders will have to contain, while also staying focused throughout the ball game.
 
    
 
Coach Weakly appeared as a guest on Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show.
 
Listen for this high octane match up come Friday night on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR or online at taylorvilledailynews.com under the WMKR LISTEN LIVE tab.

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THS Volleyball Gets Back to Back Conference Wins

Tornadoes Volleyball took down Effingham last night in straight sets, 25-15 & 25-21 in an Apollo Conference match up. The win pushed Taylorville to 3-1 in the conference and 11-7 overall.

 

THS will look to continue their winning ways tomorrow when they face off against Mattoon as the Tornaodes are in the heart of their conference schedule. Game time is set for 7:30pm.

 

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Shelbyville Football Prepares for Homecoming Week vs Meridian

Shelbyville Rams Football will look to make it 2 in a row this Friday night when they face off against a win less Meridian High School team at 7pm. The Rams have had some miscues this season that has put them at 3-2 on the year but they will look to sure those up against a Hawks team lacking depth on both sides of the ball this year.
 
Rams Head Coach Bill Duckett says this week is a special one for the school and he hopes they can get in and out with a win before moving onto the festivities. 
 
                      
 
Coach Duckett says although the Hawks are 0-5, the Rams will never take anyone for granted.
 
 
Coach Duckett appeared as a guest on Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show.
 
Tune in for this game on Friday night on New Country 98.3 WSVZ or online at taylorvilledailynews.com under the WSVZ LISTEN LIVE tab.

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Nokomis Football Rolling; Looking Ahead to Friday Night Match Up with Kincaid

Nokomis football is coming off 2 wins in a row and will face off against Kincaid at home this Friday night at 7pm. Head Coach of Nokomis, Paul Watson, says Kincaid took down a few conference favorites on their way to this match up against the Redskins.
 
                           
 
Coach Watson says the game plan is simple after coming off a high scoring affair in Nokomis' battle with Bunker Hill last week.
 
 
The Redskins will have to tighten up a defense that has given up 38 Points Per Game in 5 weeks of football so far.
 
Coach Watson appeared as a guest on Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show.

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Tornadoes Soccer Falls to Charleston

Taylorville fell behind to Charleston on the soccer field Saturday morning and never found their way out of a 5-1 final. The Tornadoes have now gone 0-2 against the Trojans on the season.

 

 

THS will try to bounce back today against Pana on the road. Kick off set for 4:30pm.

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Taylorville XC with Great Showing at Springfield Invite

Taylorville Cross Country had a great overall showing last Saturday at the Sprinfield Invitational. Carter Walton placed 1st in the Boys Open race with a time of 17:27:00. The Tornadoes also had another runner in the top 10 of the same race with Ryan Brown placing 10th on a time of 18:48:00.

 

In the Boys Varsity race, Taylorville saw 2 runners place in the top 25; Lawrence Curtin and Luke Sloan with a 16:53:00 and 16:56:00 on the clock respectively.

 

Anna Lowry continued her dominance with a 1st place finish in the Girls Varsity run on a time of 18:56:00.

 

Taylorville will race again on Tuesday at the Christian County Fairgrounds in a home meet against Sullivan and Pana set to begin at 4:30pm.

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Injuries & Turnovers Plague Taylorville Football; Tornadoes Fall to Mt. Zion

Taylorville football hit a rough patch Friday night in their game against conference rival Mt. Zion, where they lost 25-0. The Tornadoes now sit at 1-1 in Apollo play.
 
Head Coach of the Tornadoes, Jeb Odam says his team just made too many mistakes Friday night.
 
      
 
The Tornadoes will hope to have starting QB, Brandon Odam back this week after an injury to his leg early in the ball game. Taylorville still sits in a good position in conference play heading into their next game at Effingham this Friday at 7pm.
 
Coach Odam appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show.

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Shelbyville Football Executes Gameplan; Get Bounce Back Win

Shelbyville Rams football bounced back after a loss last week to put up 48 points over Warrensburg-Lathem for their 3rd win of the season taking down the Cardinals, 48-34. Shelbyville will look to make it two in a row this Friday when they face off against a win less Meridian High School team that is giving up an average of 47 points per game on the year.
 
Rams Head Coach, Bill Duckett says th game plan Friday night was simple.
 
      
 
The rams will face off against the Hawks at 7pm Friday night.
 
Coach Duckett appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show.

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Nokomis Football Wins 2 in A Row

Nokomis football has found a groove in the last 2 weeks where they have seen a notch put in the “win” column each time. The Redskins took down Bunker Hill in a high-scoring affair 41-32 Friday night. 
 
Nokomis Head Coach, Paul Watson, says the game was a little back and forth but overall his team took over when it mattered most.
 
       
 
Watson and the Redskins will look to make it 3 in a row this Friday night when they head to Kincaid to try and end the Ponies current 3-game winning streak.
 
Coach Watson appeared as a guest on Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show.

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A&M Football Plays Great; Not Enough to Take Down Undefeated Tuscola

Central A&M football found out exactly why Tuscola High School is undefeated and averaging 50 points per game when they lined up last Friday night. The Raiders received their 3rd loss of the year and 2nd in a row. 
 
Raiders Head Coach, Brent Weakly says it was a battle and the score might not necessarily reflect the general flow of the game.
 
      
 
A&M is looking to bounce back but will have their work cut out for them in the form of another undefeated squad in St. Teresa out of Decatur Friday night at 7pm.
 
Coach Weakly appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show.

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Shelbyville Football

As heard Friday night on New Country 94.3 WSVZ, Shelbyville defeated Warrensburg-Latham by a final score of 48 to 34.

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Taylorville Football

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.1 FM and 107.5 FM, Mt. Zion defeated Taylorville by a final score of 25 to 0.

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Shelbyville Football

At the end of the third quarter:

 

Shelbyville: 48

 

Warrensburg-Latham: 34

 

The game can be listened to on New Country 98.3 WSVZ or streamed online at Taylorvilledailynews.com. 

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Central A&M Football

As heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR, Tuscola defeated Central A&M by a final score 52 to 14.

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Taylorville XC Runner Finishes 1st Overall at Mattoon Invitational for 2nd Year in a Row

Although Charleston won both girls and boys overall at the Matoon Invitational Thursday evening; Tornadoes runner Anna Lowry took 1st place individually for Taylorville for the 2nd year in a row.

 

Lowry finished with a time of 19:03:98, 17 seconds faster than the year before.

 

 

Taylorville boys finished 4th overall and put just one runner in the top 10 with Luke Sloan finishing 8th for the Tornadoes on a time of 16:39:72. The Tornadoes girls squad finished 6th overall and had just 1 runner (Lowry) in the top 10. A total of 163 boys and 122 girls competed in the 3 mile race.

 

Taylorville Cross Country will compete next on Saturday at the Springfield Invitational. Race time is set to begin at 9:45am at Lincoln Park. 

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Taylorville Volleyball Clean Sweeps Charleston

The Taylorville High School Volleyball team go a clean sweep of Charleston on Thursday night. The Freshman, JV, and Varsity all came away with wins.

 

 

 

The Varsity Tornadoes won in straight sets 25-16 and 25-12. Tornadoes have some time off as they won't be back in action again until next Tuesday night at 7:30pm (September 27th) against Effingham at home. 

 

 

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Shelbyville Football Looks to Bounce Back

Shelbyville Rams Football look to put a notch back in the win column tonight when they face off against the Warrensburg-Lathem Cardinals at 7pm.

 

Shelbyville Head Coach Bill Duckett says the Cardinals speed will be a big factor in this match up.

 

   

 

The Rams are 2-2 on the season and look to re fuel the flame after a tough loss to Tuscola last week. Be sure to tune into that game LIVE on New Country 98.3 WSVZ or listen online at taylorvilledailynews.com under the New Country LISTEN LIVE tab.

 

Coach Duckett appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Coaches Show.

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Tornadoes Football Look to Take Down Rival Mt. Zion Tonight

Taylorville Football looks to stay undefeated when they face off against Mt. Zion in week 5 tonight at 7pm. The Tornadoes are 4-0 overall, 1-0 in Apollo conference play and have high hopes in the rivalry game against the Braves who sit at 3-1.
 
Taylorville Head Coach, Jeb Odam says that the similarity of the teams means that simply taking care of the ball might be the deciding factor in this match up.
 
                          
 
The Tornadoes share similar offensive numbers with the Braves in Average Points Per Game, 39 for Taylorville and 33.5 for Mt. Zion; as well as similarities in Points Scored where the advantage is slightly in Taylorville's favor at 157 to 134. 
 
However, “The Wrecking Crew” that is the Tornaodes defense has only allowed 26 points on the season compared to Mt. Zion's 53.
 
Pre game for this contest can be heard at 6:40pm on Newstalk WTIM 96.1FM in Christian County and 107.5FM in Shelby County and streamed online at taylorvilledailynews.com
 
Coach Odam appeared as a guest on Newstalk WTIM's Coaches Show.

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Central A&M Football Set to Take Down Undefeated Tuscola

The Central A&M Raiders will have their work cut out for them when they face off against the Tuscola High School Warriors tonight at 7pm. The Warriors are undefeated on the year and averaging close to 50 points per game (49.75).
 
Raiders Head Coach Brent Weakly says the Raiders will need to step it up come game time if they want to break the Warriors current streak.
 
    
 
Tune in LIVE for that game on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR or online at taylorvilledailynews.com under the WMKR LISTEN LIVE tab.
 
Coach Weakly appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Coaches Show.

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Tornadoes Sports; IN ACTION TODAY

The Taylorville Tornadoes will have Boys Golf in action today at the Williamsville Triangular in Springfield at The Rail Golf Course, tee-time is set for 4pm. Cross Country will also be competing today in the Mattooon Invitational at Lake Land College, start time is at 4:30pm. Lastly, Tornadoes Boys Soccer will head out on the road to Salem High School for a match set to kick off at 4:30pm.

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Shelbyville Volleyball Coach Notches 500

Shelbyville had a lot more to celebrate than just a win on Tuesday night when they took down Tuscola in straight sets, 25-13 & 25-10, sealing their head coach's 500th win. Lady Rams Head Coach, Lisa Piefer is in her 23rd year as a varsity volleyball coach overall, but has been a part of volleyball teams since 1982. 
 
 
Coach Piefer says she was unaware of the monumental achievement until after the game had ended.
 
 
The veteran coach also stated that it has always been a team effort over the years for her to get where she is today.
 
 
The Lady Rams will face off against Warrensburg-Lathem on the road Thursday night at 7:30pm.

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Central A&M Volleyball Win in Straight Sets; Gets Surprise from Opponent

Central A&M Volleyball got a win over Clinton High School in straight sets Tuesday night, 25-22 & 25-20.  However, both schools know that sometimes, it is bigger than the competition. 
 
Clinton, with a showing of solidarity in wake of the recent loss that A&M had suffered over the past weekend where 2 students were killed in a motorcycle wreck;  the Lady Maroons presented a signed card for Raider Nation and individual flowers to each of the A&M Varsity members. 
 
 
 
A&M's Head Coach, Vanessa Rork, says that the gesture was well received and appreciated.
 
 
Rork also said her team honored the memories of the two deceased students by wearing white jerseys with their initials imprinted inside of a heart as well as no names on the back, just a simple phrase; “Raider Strong”.
 
 
 
 
  
 
A&M will take the floor next on Thursday against Tuscola, game time is set for 7pm. 
 

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Taylorville Soccer Ties with Effingham

The Taylorville Boys Soccer team ended their game in Effingham with a 3-3 tie. The Tornadoes head back out on the road tomorrow for a contest against Salem High School. Kick off is set for 4:30pm.

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Taylorville Soccer Gets Win over Eisenhower

The Taylorville Boys Soccer team got a win over Eisenhower High School in Decatur on Saturday by a final score of 8-2.

 

Tornadoes take the pitch again at Effingham High School today at 4pm.

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Tornadoes Volleyball with Good Showing at Mt. Pulaski Fall Classic

 

 

Taylorville Volleyball finished 4-1 in the Bronze Pool at The Mt. Pulaski Fall Classic over the weekend.

 

Tornadoes Peyton Jackson earned All-Tournament honors as well.

 

Taylorville plays tonight at home against Apollo Conference foe Mt. Zion at 7:30pm. 

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EIU Panther Football

As heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR Saturday, in Eastern Illinois University Panther Football, Eastern Illinois University defeated Illinois State University by a final score of 24 to 21.

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Shelbyville Struggles Against Tuscola; Falls to 2-2

The Shelbyville Rams could not continue their winning ways for a 3rd victory in a row Friday night. The Rams fell to Tuscola 40-22 and moved to 2-2 on the season.
 
Shelbyville Head Coach Bill Duckett says the Rams just couldn't seem to find their way under the lights. 
 
 
The Rams will try and bounce back this Friday when they take on Warrensburg-Lathem on the road at 7pm.
 
Be sure to tune into that game LIVE on New Country 98.3 WSVZ or listen online at taylorvilledailynews.com under the New Country LISTEN LIVE tab.
 
Coach Duckett appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Coaches Show.

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Central A&M Football Falls Short in Comeback Bid

The Central A&M Raiders fell just short of a comeback win Friday night over a tough Clinton High School team 35-26. The Raiders fell to 2-2 on the season with the loss.
 
Raiders Head Coach Brent Weakly says his team fought hard at the end, but things just didn't go their way.
 
 
Weakly and The Raiders will play Tuscola Friday night at 7pm.
 
Tune in LIVE for that game on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR or online at taylorvilledailynews.com under the WMKR LISTEN LIVE tab.
 
Weakly appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Coaches Show.

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Taylorville Football Stays Undefeated; Wins Apollo Season Opener

Taylorville Football started off Apollo Conference play with a win Friday night over Salem High School. The original start time was moved up to try and beat severe weather in the forecast, but that did not stop Taylorville from staying on task to take down the Wildcats 36-14.
 
Head Coach Jeb Odam says that his squad took the task of the early start and changes in stride.
 
 
 
The 8th ranked Tornadoes are currently atop the Apollo at 1-0 and still undefeated with 4 wins on the season. 
 
Taylorville will continue Apollo play this Friday when they hit the road to play Mt. Zion.
 
LISTEN LIVE for that game at THE BIG 870AM all over Central IL, 96.1FM in Christian County, 107.5FM in Shelby County, and streamed online at taylorvilledailynews.com
 
Odam appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Coahces Show.

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Central A&M Football

As heard Friday night on Genuine Country WMKR 94.3, Clinton defeated Central A&M by a final score of 35 to 26.

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Taylorville Football

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.3 Friday night, Taylorville defeated Salem by a final score of 36 to 14. 

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Shelbyville Football

As heard on New Country 98.3 WSVZ, Tuscola defeated Shelbyville by a final score of 40 to 22.

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Central A&M Football

At the end of the third quarter:

 

Clinton 21

 

Central A&M 14

 

The game can be heard live on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR and online at taylorvilledailynews.com.

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Taylorville Football Update

At the end of the third quarter:

 

Taylorville: 22

 

Salem: 7

 

The game can be listened to on Newstalk WTIM 96.1FM in Christian County and 107.5FM in Shelby County as well as on taylorvilledailynews.com

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A&M Raiders Bounce Back; Face Tough Task Vs. Clinton Tonight

The Central A&M Raiders bounced back after their first loss of the season on September 2nd when they took down Meridian last Friday, 47-13. Raiders Head Coach Brent Weakly says that multiple aspects of this team have improved and he hopes that it stays that way.
 
 
The Raiders look to continue their winning ways against a tough Clinton High School team tonight at 7pm. Coach Weakly says that his squad will have his work cut out for them come game time.
 
 
Listen LIVE for that game on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR as well as streamed online at taylorvilledailynews.com under the WMKR LISTEN LIVE tab.
 
Weakly appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Coaches Show.

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Shelbyville Rams Football Staring Down 3 W's in A Row

The Shelbyville Rams football squad is looking to win their 3rd game in a row tonight when they take on a Tuscola team that is averaging 57 points a game in 4 games this year. Shelbyville is coming off a win against Sullivan High School that saw the Rams put up a big offensive number themselves, when they won that contest 62-20.
 
Head Coach, Bill Duckett says that “fundamentals” and simplifying things has been the key to their recent rise in success.
 
 
The Rams go out on the road against the undefeated Tuscola squad tonight at 7pm. Listen LIVE for that game on New Country 98.3 WSVZ and also streamed online at taylorvilledailynews.com under the WSVZ LISTEN LIVE tab.
 
Coach Duckett appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Coaches Show.
 

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Taylorville Football to Begin Apollo Play Tonight

Taylorville Football has been on a absolute tear so far this season only allowing a combined 12 points to the apposition in 3 games where they have put up 121 points themselves.
 
As high powered as the offense has been, the defense has been a virtual “Wrecking Crew” to any team lining up against them every week.
 
Head Coach, Jeb Odam says that the defense’s aggressiveness can at times, “burn them”, but more often than not, it is a risk he is willing to take. 
 
 
Tornadoes look to continue their winning ways today in their first Apollo Conference matchup against Salem High School at 7pm. 
 
LISTEN LIVE for the pre-game show at 6:40pm on The Big 870AM across Central Illinois, 96.1FM in CC and 107.5FM in Shelby Co. as well as online at taylorvilledailynews.com.
Odam appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Coaches Show.

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Tornadoes Volleyball Takes Down Salem High School

Taylorville Tornadoes Volleyball got a win in Apollo Conference action last night over Salem High School in straight sets, 25-16 and 25-19.

 

The Tornadoes go on the road tonight as they look to continue their winning ways at Mt. Pulaski for 2-day Fall Festival play. Game time is set for 5pm tonight and play begins on Saturday at 9am.

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Tornadoes Soccer Shut Out at Charleston

The Taylorville Boys Soccer Team went scoreless in their match up against Charleston on Tuesday night as the Trojans took down the Tornadoes, 7 to nothing.
 
Jack Thain of Charleston put in the 1st goal for the Trojans only 30 seconds into the game. 
8 minutes later, Thain put another ball in the back of the net making it 2-0 in favor of Charleston.
 
By the end of the 1st half the Trojans were up 7-0 and that score would stand for the remainder of the game.
 
Drew Mejdrich of Charleston also added 2 goals for the Trojans.
 
Taylorville's next game is Thursday at home against Mattoon at 5pm.

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IHSA to Hold 3rd Annual Student Section Showdown

The IHSA Board of Directors met at the IHSA office in Bloomington for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, where the Board announced that the Student Section Showdown will return for the 3rd year in a row.

 

The inaugural contest took place in 2014-15, with Central A&M High School and Prospect High School being named the champions in Class 1A/2A and Class 3A/4A, respectively. Last year’s winners were Breese Central (Class 1A/2A) and Ottawa Township (Class 3A/4A).

 

The Student Section Showdown came from the IHSA Student Advisory Committee (SAC). This contest creates competition for student sections from around the state to show off their school spirit.

 

The deadline to enter is February 7th, 2017 where schools are asked to submit a video, up to 3 minutes, showing off their school spirit with their student section during a game.

 

The submissions will be judged by the SAC and representatives from the finalists will be invited to the IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals, where the winners will be revealed.

 

For complete entry and contest details go to ihsa.org

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Taylorville Moves to 3-0 after 41-6 Rout of Rantoul High School

As heard Saturday night on WTIM, Taylorville defeated Rantoul by a final score of 41 to 6. Evan Champley rushed for 3 TD's in the win. The Tornadoe defense held Rantoul to single digits and has only given up one point per quarter all season long in their 3 games played this season.

 

Taylorville will begin Apollo Conference play Friday September 16th, against Salem High School.

 

Salem is coming off a win over Mascoutah that propelled them to a 2-1 record.

 

Pregame can be heard at 6:45pm on the Big 870AM across central Illinois, 96.1FM in Christian County, 107.5FM in Shelby County, and streamed online at taylorvilledailynews.com,  kick-off scheduled for 7pm.

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Shelbyville Football

As heard on New Country 98.3 WSVZ Friday night, Shelbyville defeated Sullivan by a final score of 62 to 20.

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Shelbyville Football

At the end of the third quarter: 

 

Shelbyville: 40

 

Sullivan: 20

 

The game can be listened to on New Country 98.3 WSVZ or online at taylorvilledailynews.com

 

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Central A&M Football

As heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR, Central A&M defeated Meridian by a final score of 47 to 13.

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Taylorville Football

As heard on Newstalk WTIM 96.1 and 107.5 FM, Taylorville defeated East Alton-Wood River by a final score of 45 to 6.

 

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Central A&M Football

As heard on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR, Argenta defeated Central A&M by a final score of 34 to 24.

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Shelbyville Football

As heard on VSVZ New Country 98-point-3 Friday night, Shelbyville defeated Cerra Gordo by a final score of 26 to 14

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