Local Sports Archives for 2019-07

Pana Football Team Builds On One Game At A Time

This is part of an ongoing series highlighting some of the area football programs for the Fall:


The Pana Football team finished last year 9-2.  After a tough playoff loss eliminated them last year in a game against Downs (Tri-Valley) the Panthers look to continue on last year’s success.  Coach Trevor Higgins says that most of his offense will be back and are definitely hungry but Higgins says they take it one day, one game at a time.


Higgins also says, despite starting on the road, having a traveling fan base really helps.



The Pana Panthers kick off the 2019 football season on the road against Staunton.

DATE                        TIME                        Opponent
8/30                          7PM                        @ Staunton
9/6                            7PM                        @ Roxana
9/13                          7PM                        H Gillespie
9/20                          7PM                        H Carlinville
9/27                          7PM                        @ Piasa
10/4                          7PM                        H Greenville
10/11                         7PM                        H Litchfield
10/18                        7PM                        @ Vandalia
10/25                        7PM                        H Hillsboro

Springfield Sliders Game

As heard on Genuine Country 94.3, the Springfield Sliders lost to the Cape Girardeau Catfish by a final score of 11-9.

Shelbyville Rams Looking To Improve On Last Year

This is an ongoing Summer Series on the upcoming High School Football Season.

The Shelbyville Rams are looking forward to keeping the injuries away this year. Bill Duckett, hopes that his team can improve on their 3-6 record last year and one way to do that is by keeping everyone healthy.


Duckett says the schedule is tough, but also provides some fun moments as well.  One of those moments is the first game of the season against Seneca.


While there is a lot of football to be played, Duckett says while the Seneca game will be fun, it’s the rivalry games that make the season.



The Shelbyville Rams season starts on August 31st.




DATE                Time                H/A                 Opponent
8/31                2PM                    A                    Seneca
9/6                  7PM                    H                    Cerro Gordo (CG Bement Coop)
9/13                7PM                    H                    Clinton
9/20                7PM                    A                    Sullivan(S-Okaw Valley Coop)
9/27                7PM                    H                    Warrensburg (W-Latham)
10/4                7PM                    H                    Moweaqua (Central A & M)
10/11              7PM                    A                    Macon (Meridian)
10/18              7PM                    A                    Tuscola
10/25              7PM                    H                    Decatur (St. Teresa)

Little League Champions Announced Monday Evening

A night of celebration for Little League as the 12U teams celebrated both pitching accomplishments and championships.


The Angelo’s team won Kid Pitch and got to take the field to shake hands with Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry and Mark Passoni Little League Director.  Urban Hardware won the 12U little league championship.


Ben, hit a Grand Slam during the Championship game against Pana and talked about the excitement of being the only player to hit one during the playoffs.


Urban Rentals Sponsor, Pat Kretzel, says that watching these kids means the world to him.


Roy Williamson, assistant coach, says that these boys while at all different levels of development really grew to be one team.



Williamson has been coaching for 7 years.

Angelo's Team win's Kid Pitch.


Urban Hardware wins Little League Championship for 12U

Taylorville Tornadoes Football Coach Jeb Odam Excited For Season

This is part one of a series of articles about the upcoming High School football season.

The 2019 High School football schedules have come out and Taylorville football coach Jeb Odam is excited about the new challenges that every season faces. Odam is in his eleventh year with the Taylorville Tornadoes and says every year is different.


The Tornadoes start with their first three games of the season at home before going on the road and Coach Odam says he’ll be able to tell a lot from the first game against Mount Vernon.


Coach Odam is excited for how hard the kids are working.  Monday was the first day of 24 summer practices for the Taylorville Football season. 


VS Mt Vernon                 8/30


VS Mahomet-Seymour         9/6


VS Lincoln                    9/13


@ Collinsville                 9/20


@ Mattoon                     9/27


@ Mt Zion                        10/4


VS Effingham                 10/11


@ Charleston                     10/18


@ Civic Memorial             10/25

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