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Transitional period for girls basketball

By Tony Hooker The Villa Grove Girls basketball team is undergoing a significant period of transition, as several factors, including the dissolution of the co-op and the decision of several good athletes not to play, has resulted in the cancellation of the varsity season for 2022-23. I recently caught up with Girl’s coach Jeff Carleton…

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Fall season wrapup

By Tony Hooker Here’s a list of all VGHS athletes who earned post season accolades. Cross Country Scarlett Howard and Kurt Zimmerman were named to the all Lincoln Prairie conference team Golf Gavin Kiser, Maci Clodfelder and Ella Schweighart Volleyball Logan Lillard-made the All-Lincoln Prairie conference team and set school records for Most Kills in…

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Mustangs run past Warriors in the IHSA State Quarterfinals

Ridgeview utilized a power running game and took full advantage of Tuscola miscues to upend the Warriors in the IHSA State Quarterfinals last Saturday, Nov. 12, in Colfax. The Mustangs scored on their first two possessions of the game and never relinquished the lead in a 41–6 victory.  “It just wasn’t our day,” commented coach…

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Lady Warriors basketball team is ready for a new challenge

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s girls basketball coach Tim Kohlbecker will lead the ‘2022’ version of the Lady Warriors into battle against one of the toughest regular season schedules in the area. The long time coach returns for his 19th campaign with the black and gold. Kohlbecker enters the season with 346-wins to his credit, over…

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Senior TCHS softball player Boyer isn’t dreaming anymore

By Lenny Sementi Senior TCHS softball player and three-time All Central Illinois Conference performer Ella Boyer has dreamed of being an Illinois State University Redbird since she first donned the cleats. “I was just seven years old when I went to my first camp at Illinois State,” commented Boyer. “My Papa (Dale Boyer) took me!…

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Tuscola Warriors football team headed to the quarters

Tuscola’s football season posted win number nine on the year rebounding from a 7-0 deficit after one quarter of action to pull out a thrilling 29-26 victory over an athletic Routt Catholic squad in round two of the IHSA Playoffs. The Warriors put two over the century mark in the rushing column getting a 110…

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Warriors Cross Country Barrett and Hortin find the podium

By Lenny Sementi Fall weather roared into Peoria Friday evening in the form of rain and wind and it didn’t let up before the IHSA’s State Cross-Country Meet Saturday morning Nov. 5, leaving the course a muddy mess. Jackson Barrett and Josiah Hortin led Tuscola’s boy’s cross-country team into a battle with the state’s best…

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Foltz strong to the finish at the IHSA State Cross Country Meet

By Lenny Sementi Freshman Kate Foltz showed the grit of a grizzled veteran last Saturday, Nov. 5 at the IHSA State Cross Country Meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria. The newcomer to TCHS this fall not only took on the state’s top runners but also battled Mother Nature throughout the 3-mile course and came away…

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Warriors Volleyball team finishes strong

By Lenny Sementi Coach Lydia Miller’s Tuscola volleyball team gained momentum throughout the 2nd half of the season and hit full stride in the final weeks behind position changes from the coaching staff. Senior Anna Rauguth and Junior Emily Czerwonka shared setting duties throughout August and September before the coach went from a 2-setter offensive…

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Golf has great year on the links

By Lenny Sementi  Tuscola’s golf teams have been gaining momentum the past few seasons and this year was no different. The Warriors boys and girls teams both represented the black and gold at the IHSA sectional level while placing players on the Central Illinois All-Conference team. In all the Warriors put three players on the…

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