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Taylorville Boys Basketball Fall in Regional to Glenwood

The Tornado Boys Basketball Squad took the loss to the Glenwood Titians 52-31 in the first and final regional match-up. The Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the Game is Drake Howard. Howard powered the offense against an aggressive and tall Titans defense, bringing life to the Taylorville offense as he has since his return to the team mid-season.

 

Head Coach Ryan Brown sat down post-game to recap the Glenwood game, speak on the improvements he saw from his boys this year, and give thanks to those who helped him and the team along the way. 

 

 

Taylorville Lady Tornadoes Lose Regional Final To Glenwood

The Lady Tornadoes took a 39-36 lead with just a little time left on the clock, but couldn't pick up the win falling in the Regional Championship 41-39 to the Glenwood Titans.  Addison Tarr was named the Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the game.  The Tornadoes found themselves down 10-4 at the end of the first but battled back playing well in the second and third heading into the fourth quarter all tied up 27-27.  The Tornadoes couldn't close out the game and Glenwood's Alexis Neumann hit a tying three before fouling out.  An inbounds pass was picked off with 4 seconds left leading to the game-winning bucket.  

 

The Tornadoes finish 25-8 on the season.  Glenwood will play Mt Zion in the Sectional Semifinal on Tuesday.  

Taylorville Boys Basketball Falls to Shelbyville in Final Regular Season Game

The Torndo Boys Basketball team was defeated by the Shelbyville Rams 80-56 in the final regular season game.

 

The Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the Game is Dillon Clark. The Sophmore finished with 20 points and sent the team into the half with momentum as he drained a fade-away three point shot, contested by two Ram defenders.

 

Taylorville looks to Wednesday, February 21, for round one of the playoffs against Glenwood.

Taylorville Boys Take Loss to Jacksonville on Senior Night

The Taylorville Tornado Boys Varsity Basketball Team was defeated by the Jacksonville Crimson's 64-38. The Brandon Bible Country Financial Players of the Game are seniors, Jake McConnell and Trystan Anderson, finishing with 8 and 6 points respectively and they remember their time at Dolph Stanley Court Fondly.

 

Trysten Anderson and Jake McConnell sat down for a post-game interview to reminisce on their careers as Tornadoes.

 

 

 

 

 

Taylorville Girls Basketball Advance

Addison Tarr poured in 21 points, while Kyleigh Heimsness continued to shoot well from the three-point line as the Taylorville Lady Tornadoes rolled to a 74-39 victory over Springfield Southeast. The Tornadoes jumped out to a quick 10-0 run and never looked back leading 50-23 at halftime.  

 

Addison Tarr was named the Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the game and the Tornadoes will advance to the next round on Friday as they will take on the Glenwood (Chatham) Titans who defeated Rochester tonight. Taylorville will play Glenwood on Friday night at 7 PM.  Catch all the action on 96.5 the Chill. com.  

Taylorville Girls Bowling Places Fourth At Sectionals

Taylorville Varsity Girls bowling team placed 4th at the Joliet Sectionals. The girls will bowl at Rockford on Friday and Saturday, February 16-17 in the Illinois State IHSA Girls Bowling Tournament.

 

This will be the first time since the 2003-2004 high school bowling season that the Lady Tornadoes bowling team advanced to the State Tournament. During the 2006-2007 season, junior bowler Elyse Hendricks qualified for the event as an individual.

 

Sophomore bowler Abby Parry was the leading scorer for the girls this year at sectionals with a six-game total of 1135. Junior bowler Emma Eyer helped push the team into State contention with the THS girls high individual game of 227, bowled during the sixth and final game.

 

Taylorville

Abby Parry (So.)

1135

Macie Johnson (Jr.)

1056

Emma Eyer (Jr.)

1003

Kierstyn Diehl (So.)

890

Kylie Callaway (Jr.)

847

 

 

 

'Pictured left to right Kylie Callaway, Macie Johnson, Emma Eyer, Alisa Becker, Abby Parry, Kierstyn Diehl and Saule Simonyte. Not pictured Amie Dye.

Taylorville Boys Basketball with Comeback Win Over Mahomet-Seymour

The Taylorville Boys Baskeball Team took a big Apollo Conference win over the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs with a score of 75-66. 
 

The Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the Game is Drake Howard. The Junior finished with 21 points and stole momentum away from the Bulldogs with acrobatic offensive finishes all night. 
 

Ryan Brown, Head Coach of the Tornadoes said the win was a testament to the strides the team has made from the first time facing off against Mahomet-Seymour, battling and defeating the 3rd place Apollo Confrence team in the end. 
 

The Torndo Boys look to tomorrow to play Centralia on the Orphans home court at 6:00 p.m. 

 

 

Taylorville Girls Bowling Results

The Taylorville High School Varsity Girls bowling team recently competed in the Highland High School Queens tournament in Highland at Poplar Junction Lanes. The THS girls finished in fourth place with two Lady Tornadoes placing in the top 20.

 

Junior Kylie Callaway tied for fourth place overall, while Sophomore bowler Kierstyn Diehl finished in fifteenth place for the three-game tournament. Senior bowler, Amie Dye, tied with three other girls for nineteenth place.

 

THS senior Amie Dye and junior Saule Simonyte were recognized before the tournament for their contributions to the THS girls’ team throughout their bowling careers at Taylorville High School.


THS Senior Bowler – Kylie Callaway – 4th place finisher – Queens Tourney

 

THS Sophomore bowler – Kierstyn Diehl – 15th place finisher – Queens Tourney

 

THS Senior bowler Amie Dye and THS junior bowler Saule Simonyte – Career service recognition

Taylorville Girls Bowling Results

The Taylorville High School Varsity Girls bowling team recently competed in the Highland High School Queens tournament in Highland at Poplar Junction Lanes. The THS girls finished in fourth place with two Lady Tornadoes placing in the top 20.

 

Junior Kylie Callaway tied for fourth place overall, while Sophomore bowler Kierstyn Diehl finished in fifteenth place for the three-game tournament. Senior bowler, Amie Dye, tied with three other girls for nineteenth place.

 

THS senior Amie Dye and junior Saule Simonyte were recognized before the tournament for their contributions to the THS girls’ team throughout their bowling careers at Taylorville High School.


THS Senior Bowler – Kylie Callaway – 4th place finisher – Queens Tourney

 

THS Sophomore bowler – Kierstyn Diehl – 15th place finisher – Queens Tourney

 

THS Senior bowler Amie Dye and THS junior bowler Saule Simonyte – Career service recognition

Taylorville Girls Finish Apollo Conference Undefeated

A slow first quarter may have had Taylorville nervous, but a 16-5 run in the second quarter would help seal the deal as Taylorville would defeat Apollo Conference rival Mt. Zion 54-31. Taylorville officially also won the Apollo Conference tonight with their victory and looks to continue their winning ways in the playoffs.  Addison Tarr, Kyleigh Heimsness, and Mazie Fleming were all named Players of the Game tonight in the final regular season game. Heimsness would hit a huge three-point shot at halftime from beyond halfcourt. 

 

The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes finish 24-6, 10-0 on the season.  They wait for their opponent on Tuesday evening, February 13th at Springfield Southeast at 6 PM. 

THS Girls Bowling Wins Regionals

The THS Varsity Girls bowling team won the IHSA Decatur regional tournament on Saturday Jan 3rd. This is the second year in a row the THS girls have finished first in their regional.

 

Sophomore bowler Abby Parry placed second in the individual scoring and her junior teammate Emma Eyer finished in third.

 

The girls will be traveling up north on Friday to compete next Saturday the 10th in the IHSA Sectional tournament, which will be held in Joliet at Town and Country Lanes.

 

Taylorville High School Varsity Girls Bowling Team

L to R

Macie Johnson, Amie Dye, Alisa Becker, Abby Parry, Kylie Callaway, Saule Simonyte, Kierstyn Diehl

 

Emma Eyer – left – third place individual winner

Abby Parry – right – second place individual winner

Taylorville Wins Battle Of Route 29

Coach Ryan Brown joked he had no finger nails left, as the Taylorville Tornadoes played tough defense for the last 1:21 of the game holding on for a 52-50 victory over the Pana Panthers in the Coal Miner's Trophy. The game had multiple lead changes and it came down to a missed last shot to give the Tornadoes the victory.  Center Baron Odam was the Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the game finishing with 14 points and a double double. It's the first time in three years that Taylorville has won and all of the games have been very close. Taylorville plays at Mattoon on February 6th.

 

 

 

Taylorville Girls Stay Undefeated In Conference Play

The Taylorville Girls knocked off the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs on Friday night with a 58-25 victory.  Kyleigh Heimsness poured in 18, Addison Tarr and Mazie Fleming also contributed heavily with double digit points and the Apollo Conference Champion Tornadoes improved to 9-0 in conference play.  Heimsness was named the Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the game. 

 

Taylorville girls plays Mt. Vernon tomorrow at the Dolph at 3 PM.  Taylorville Boys play Pana at 7 PM for the Battle of Route 29 and the Coal Miners Trophy.  The girls wrap up their season on Tuesday night at Mount Zion. 

Taylorville Falls to Mt. Zion in Apollo Conference Match

The Taylorville Tornado Boys Basketball Squad took the loss to the Mt. Zion Brave with a score of 74-39.

The Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the Game is Clark Durbin.

 

Here is the postgame interview from Ryan Brown, Head Coach of the Tornadoes.

 

 

Taylorville Lady Tornadoes Secure Apollo Conference Championship

The Lady Tornadoes picked up their 21st win over the Mattoon Green Wave with a 61-39 victory at Dolph Stanley Court in Taylorville.  The win guarantees the Tornadoes an Apollo Conference Championship--their first since 2015.

 

The Tornadoes were led by Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the game Senior Olivia "Lulu" Woodward who dropped 11 points and was phenomenal on defense, rebounds, and assists. Junior Addison Tarr led the Tornado scoring efforts with 22 points. Mazie Fleming had 9 points and 2 blocks. Kyleigh Heimsness finished with 8 points plus a few steals. Grace Rogers, Hallie Lowis, and Aubrey Kietzman contributed to the scoring effort as well including a 24-13 3rd quarter. 

 

Tornadoes will play again on Friday night as they take on Apollo Conference foe; the Bulldogs of Mahomet-Seymour.  Tornadoes improve to 21-6 (8-0).  Mattoon falls to 18-7 (5-3).  

Taylorville Girls Pick Up Share Of Apollo Conference Championship With Win Over Charleston

The Taylorville Lady Tornadoes secured their 20th victory of the season, picking up a 71-51 victory over the Charleston Trojans on Monday night on Senior Night at the Dolph.  Juniors Addison Tarr and Kyleigh Heimsness picked up 20 points each and the Tornadoes secured at least a share of the Apollo Conference Championship.  If the Tornadoes can beat the Mattoon Green Wave tomorrow they will secure their first Apollo Conference Championship since 2015. Charleston kept the score close for the most part with 10 threes but the Tornadoes would use a balanced attack and a heavy rebound day to secure the win.

 

The Tornadoes have a busy week this week with games against Mattoon, Mahomet, and Mt Vernon all in Taylorville. A big shout out to the seniors of the team, Megan Cjakowski, Hallie Lowis, Lulu Woodward, Jessi Wright, and Aubrey Kietzman. 

 

Heimsness was named the Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the game. The Tornadoes take on Mattoon tomorrow evening. The pregame show will take place around 7:15 PM. 

Taylorville Girls Win In Normal

The Taylorville Tornadoes picked up a much needed win on the road in Normal against the U High Pioneers.  The Tornadoes cruised to a 24-3 lead at halftime before picking up the 41-10 victory.  Addison Tarr was named the Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the game. Tornadoes will have a day off before Senior Night vs Charleston on Monday evening. 

Tornado Boys Basketball Fall to Charleston

The Taylorville Tornado Boys Basketball squad was defeated by the Charleston Trojans with a score of 51-36. The Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the Game is Owen Yonker.

Taylorville Girls Suffer Loss To Lincoln

The Lady Tornadoes suffered a 72-32 loss to Lincoln in Taylorville on Thursday evening. Mazie Fleming and Aubrey Kietzman both finished with 13 points. Fleming was named the Brandon Bible Country Financial player of the game. Tornadoes head out on the road to play in Normal on Saturday afternoon. 

Taylorville Girls Win In Litchfield

Taylorville traveled to Litchfield and picked up a win over the Purple Panthers 50-25.  Mazie Fleming was named the Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the Game. Tornadoes play Lincoln on Thursday.  

Taylorville Boys Basketball Finish 2-2 in Rick McGraw Memorial Tournament

The Taylorville Boys Basketball Team took the win over the Hillsboro Hilltoppers with a score of 75-62. The Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the Game is Clark Durbin. Durbin carried the Tornadoes in the first 16 minutes of the game, finishing with 25 points. 

Taylorville Boys Take the Win Over Father McGivney

The Taylorville Tornado Boys Varsity Basketball squad takes a big win over the Father McGivney Griffins 65-54 in game three of the Rick McGraw Memorial Invitational Tournament. The Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the Game is Drake Howard. The junior has come back strong from an injury, played and started in his first game of the year picking up his first points and adding a new threat to the Taylorville lineup. 

 

Here is Ryan Brown, Head Coach of the Taylorville Boys Basketball squad, speaking on the win.

 

 

Taylorville Boys Basketball Defeated in Game Two of Tournament

The Tornado Boys Basketball Team drops game two of the Rick McGraw Memorial Invitational to the Greenville Comets, 50-29. The Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the Game is Landon Bowsher. The Sophmore shut down on defense in the second half of the ball game. 
The Tornados look to their next matchup at Litchfield High School on Thursday, time and opponent to be announced. 

 

Taylorville Boys Drop Game One of Rick McGraw Memorial Invitational

Taylorville Boys Baskeball lose game one of the Litchfield Tournament to the Mattoon Green Wave 64-44. The Brandon Bible Country Financial Player of the Game is Blake Ladage. Taylorville looks to Monday to take on Greenville at 5:30 p.m. at Litchfield High School. 

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