Area Sports

Martin grand in Cola Wars

Sophomore Jessie Martin celebrated her first start in the vaunted Cola Wars in a grand way. The second year player invoked the new 15-run rule after four innings with a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the fourth. Tuscola’s softball team broke open a tight game, scoring 13 runs in their final two…

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Bates walks off in title tilt

Senior Natalie Bates pounded out six hits in 11 official trips to the plate this past Saturday during the 16th Annual Tuscola Invite but none were bigger than her final one. The senior short stop ended a nine-inning marathon in the Championship game this past Saturday with a two-RBI double scoring both Ashton Smith and…

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Lady Warriors continue winning ways

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s girls’ track team continued their early season dominance this past Tuesday at the Paris Quadrangular. Coach Lacey Diaz’s squad built off a first place finish at the Arthur Invite a week before upending Paris on their own track by 11 points to win 69-58. Freshman Skyler Wilkins and sophomore Brynn Tabeling…

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Picazo continues tradition

By Lenny Sementi CJ Picazo is another prodigy of long time throw coach legend Stan Wienke. The senior who qualified for state last year in the discus is carrying the torch for the perennial power Tuscola Warriors in the throwing events this season and this past Tuesday in Paris he made his coaches proud by…

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VonLanken, Kresin, Little muscle up in undefeated week

By Lenny Sementi Brayden VonLanken led the charge in a three-win week for Tuscola head baseball coach Adam Carver. VonLanken went yard twice in their 14-1 opening win on Tuesday versus St. Teresa. He then drove in a pair two nights later on Thursday with two hits, including an RBI double, in a 5-2 road…

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Bates big in CIC victories

Tuscola’s softball team took full advantage of Natalie Bates to set the tone early in a pair of Central Illinois Conference wins this past week. The speedy senior led off both games for the Warriors in the first and scored both times as the Warriors held on to upend a good Central A&M squad 7-5…

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Diaz’s bunch goes mining for precious medals in Arthur

By Lenny Sementi Head girls track coach Lacey Diaz and her Lady Warriors came home with a lot more precious metal than they left with this past Friday evening. The Lady Warriors rode a strong performance from their four relay squads and some personal record setters in the open events to a first place finish…

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Upper classmen show the way at Arthur Invite

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s boys’ track team leaned on their elders to show the way this past Friday night in Arthur. Seniors Noah Woods, CJ Picazo, Turner Hastings, and junior Brandon Douglas shined in a thrilling 86-83 win over Arcola at the 15-team Arthur Invite to collect first place hardware at the end of the…

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Warriors post big win over St. Anthony

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s baseball team opened the Annual Tuscola Round Robin with a five-run win, 10-5, over Eastland-Lanark in their opener of the two-day event. They then backed it up with a signature 7-5 win over an Effingham St. Anthony team that entered the game with 10 wins and just one loss on the…

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Lady Warriors open conference play with 2-1 over Clinton

Tuscola’s softball team played their second opener of the year eight games into the season taking on Clinton in the first Central Illinois Conference skirmish Tuesday, March 26. The Warriors rode the arm of sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Reifsteck. The second year hurler fanned ten while scattering four hits and a walk out over seven innings…

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