Area Sports

Smith goes big on birthday

Ashton Smith came up big on her birthday a year ago collecting her first varsity win inside the pitchers circle, and she followed suit this year on the her big day again. She surrendered just three hits in a 1-0 shutout win over a good Gibson City squad on Thursday, March 22. Smith worked five…

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Woodard ends on the top of the heap

By Lenny Sementi Thrower Hunter Woodard continued to add to his senior accolades this past week at Illinois Wesleyan College in Bloomington at the Illinois High School Indoor State Track meet. The Oklahoma State football commit threw personal bests earlier in the indoor season at the University of Illinois Armory in Champaign and has been…

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Warrior baseball crushing the competition

By Missy Chappell After opening the season with five road games, the Warriors finally got a chance to play at home last week. After their scheduled game with St. Joe on Tuesday was canceled due to weather, the Warriors hosted Blue Ridge on Wednesday, Charleston on Thursday and Cerro Gordo-Bement on Friday, coming away winners…

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Southern Trip garners early success for Warrior baseball

By Missy Chappell The Warrior baseball team opened their 2018 season on the road. Despite the chilly weather conditions, they came out of opening week with a 4-1 record, which is exactly where Coach Duff Hoel wants to be in March. Tuscola-16; ALAH-0 Tuscola opened the season at Arthur, taking on the Knights of Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond…

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Free softball in season opener

Tuscola’s softball team served up some free softball on opening night in Ervin Park. The Lady Warriors needed an extra frame to upend a good Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond team by one run, 4-3, to secure the first win of the 2018 season. They fell behind early thanks to a few errors but rallied to take the lead…

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Softball looks to defend titles

The 2018 version of Tuscola Softball will enter the season with a big target on their back having won back-to-back Central Illinois Conference titles. The Lady Warriors wouldn’t have it any other way despite losing one the top pitchers in program history Morgan Day to graduation last spring. Also gone is Day’s bat along with…

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Seniors set standards for 2018 girls’ basketball team

By Lenny Sementi For the second straight season the senior class moved the total wins bar a little bit higher. Cassie Russo and Alexis Koester will say goodbye to TCHS in May but will leave knowing they were the winningest class in program history conquering 90 opponents during their four-year careers. They averaged more than…

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Bozarth’s bunch takes steps toward bright future

By Lenny Sementi When first-year head boys’ basketball coach Justin Bozarth was given the reins to the program early last summer the Tuscola alum hit the ground running. Bozarth made it a point to build the Warrior Basketball brand and made his way to the weight room in the mornings last summer with the boys…

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Experience is the key for 2018 Warrior Baseball

By Missy Chappell The 2018 Warrior baseball season gets underway Wednesday, March 14 on the bump at Arthur, and Head Coach Duff Hoel said his team is ready. “Returning as much experience as we do, we could have probably played a game on the first day of practice. About 60 percent of our pitching staff…

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