Area Sports

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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Defense rules the diamond during 2019 Tuscola softball 29-3 season

The 2019 Tuscola softball team needed to replace all four infield positions and inserted a new catcher behind the dish, opening the door to questions about the defense behind returning aces Ashton Smith and Kaitlyn Reifsteck.  After running off 14 straight wins to open the season, any questions were put to rest as the squad’s…

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Picazo, Kresin selected for 45th annual Shrine Game

Tuscola’s CJ Picazo and Cade Kresin were selected to play in the Illinois Coaches Association and the Shriners of Illinois will host the 45th annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on June 15 at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. Kick-off for the 45th annual game is scheduled for Saturday, June 15…

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Hoel receives awards at Kaskaskia College baseball awards ceremony

Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that freshman second baseman Dalton Hoel of Tuscola was named the recipient of the Dale “Smiley” Renshen Award for hustle. Hoel played in 32 games this spring for KC team who finished 23-18 overall and fourth in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. He finished with a .293 batting average…

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Picazo punctuates Warrior career

By Lenny Sementi Senior thrower CJ Picazo wasn’t caught looking forward late in the track season. The coach Ryan Hornaday and coach Stan Wienke prodigy could’ve easily been focused on his future in college football as the long spring season wore down but instead he turned in the best throwing performances of his Warrior career…

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Warriors manufacture a Championship

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s head baseball coach Adam Carver played the role of puppet master this past Saturday as the Warriors advanced to the Elite Eight with a 1-0 victory over St. Joseph-Ogden in the Bloomington Central Catholic Sectional. The first year skipper pulled all the right strings in the bottom of the seventh to…

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