Area Sports

Bauer’s group young but looking to peak late

By Lenny Sementi Second year Tuscola golf coach Doug Bauer boasts good numbers with 13 golfers overall, including nine boys, but it’s a young group. There is just one senior on each of the boys and girls squads.  “The team is very young, but there is enough talent for both teams to be pretty good…

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Tuscola Cross Country has new look under first year coach Rosenbaum

By Lenny Sementi Gone from a year ago is JD Barrett the number one runner on the boys’ side of Tuscola’s cross country team. He isn’t the only one missing from the prior few seasons as Coach Dustin Dees stepped aside last spring opening the door up for a new leader of the pack head…

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VGJH softball off to a strong start

By Tony Hooker The Villa Grove junior high softball team is out to prove that last year’s appearance in the sectional finals was no fluke, as they’ve raced out to a 4-0 start to the 2019 campaign. Joust Knights The Blue Devils got things off to a roaring start, scoring 16 runs in the first…

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Tuscola’s JD Barrett takes Pace for Petey, Krista Overstreet top female

JD Barrett (17:10.5) Mason Day (18:31.1) Isaac Ruggieri (19:45.6) River Kanitz (20:33.7) Scott Silverman (22:38) Krista Overstreet (22:54.4) Matt Sherer (23:28.7) Breanna Yantis (24:26.7) Katie Ruggieri (24:29.8) Liz Ruggien (24:31.6) Samantha Meinhold (24:53.9) Joann Conlin (25:40.4) Clayton Overstreet (25:52.2) Channon Dodge (25:58.5) Jeff Entler (27:05.4) Paul Spinner (27:23.9) Darren Talbott (27:24.3) Ashton Arwood (27:30.2) Kate…

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Six Tuscola swim team members compete at Swimming Championship

Six swimmers from the Tuscola Torpedoes Swim Team qualified and competed this past Saturday Aug. 3 at the 2019 Summer League Swimming Championships. They joined other swim teams from our area to create the Central Illinois Swim Conference (CISC-IL). They competed against the Illiana Conference Swim Team, Midstate Conference United, Midwest Swim Conference and Southern…

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Sparks 3-on-3 Tournament winners

1st-2nd grade girls winners: Feisty Firecrackers Kenna Koeberlein, Mia Vitale, Lily Yantis, Aaliyah Williams 1st-4th grade boys winners: Nothing But Nets Jaxsyn Taylor, Kyler Alholwani, Jon Pettry, Tytus Hornaday 3rd-6th grade girls winners: Team Torment Annie Robinson, Ali Weidner, Madi Spesard, Molly Kloeppel 5th-6th boys winners: The Net Rippers Aiden Devlin, Parker James, Kamden Sweetnam,…

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Lady Warriors continue rise throughout 2019 season

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s girls track team has been on the move the last few years under head coach Lacey Diaz. Diaz will wave goodbye to her seniors but is looking forward to the future when she will welcome back a strong core and a talented incoming freshman class next season. Gone will be letter…

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Divisions over IHSA Divisional play in football have kicked off

By Kent A. Stock  Last year, once again, the Illinois High School Association put the move to a divisional play format for high school football on the ballot for those schools who field teams. To the surprise of some, member institutions voted in favor of the proposal meaning that the ages old conference structure for…

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Warriors embrace team mentality

By Lenny Sementi No one takes on the persona of their coach more than Ryan Hornaday’s boys track team. He has always been a team first guy and this past spring his squad showed their true colors sacrificing possible personal accomplishments for the good of the group. Sure, track can be a viewed as an…

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Carver’s first swing a good one for 2019 Warrior baseball campaign

By Lenny Sementi Adam Carver took over the reins of a Tuscola Baseball program this year that has high expectations every single year and the newcomer to the third base coach’s box didn’t miss a beat. He leaned on a strong senior class and a pair of junior pitchers to produce a 30-3 record overall,…

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