Area Sports

Senior setter Maddie Green strong on third place effort at Paris Initve

By: Lenny Sementi  Senior setter Maddie Green traveled to the Paris Invite for the final time in her high school career and made the most of her trips southeast this past Saturday. Tuscola volleyball’s setter delivered 58-assists in a three match outing, helping the Warriors to a third place finish upending the Chrisman team in…

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Banta strikes gold at CIC conference

By: Lenny Sementi Senior girls golfer Laney Banta went mining last Tuesday October 1st. The long-ball hitter battled the heat and a host of strong golfers and beat them all striking gold at the Central Illinois Conference league tournament. Banta beat her nearest competitor by 4-strokes capturing Medalist Honors and ended her day with firing…

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Warrior runners outlast Mother Nature’s high temperatures

By: Lenny Sementi  Mother Nature stoked the fires again last week and the blast furnace may have affected the times of some Tuscola cross-country runners on Tuesday October 1 but it didn’t take away their heart. Brynn Tabeling led the girls and Mason Day led the boys in a double sweep at a three-way meet…

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Hardwick huge in Warrior victory over Sullivan Redskins

Grant Hardwick erupted for 97-yards on just six carries scoring three times and also came up big with a sack late in the first half to end any hope of a Sullivan comeback in a 56-13 Warrior rout of the Redskins. Tuscola forced a three-and-out on the home team’s first drive after winning the flip…

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Villa Grove Sports Wrap: JFL teams undefeated, volleyball victorious

Volleyball Handle Tribe VGHS defeated Judah Christian 25-20, 25-20 on September 30 as Kyleigh Block hammered 7 kills.  Samantha Campbell dished out 4 kills and stopped 3 shots at the net, and Reagan Cheely dished out 11 assists. Shoot down Bombers Madison Burwell hammered 5 kills, Molly Mixell added 4 kills and 2 blocks, Kyleigh…

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Villa Grove Blue Devils fight, come up short against Argenta-Oreana

The Villa Grove Heritage Blue Devils demonstrated tangible proof that they’ve improved over the course of the season on Friday, October 4.  Unfortunately, Argenta-Oreana and their superb running back, Makail Stanley, had just a bit more left in the tank as they defeated the hosts 48-34. The Bombers won the toss and elected to receive…

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Lady Warriors move up in area rankings as conference play continues

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s volleyball team climbed back into The News-Gazette’s top ten this week after a few weeks outside looking in. Coach Lydia Miller’s team opened the season strong but came up short at a tough Casey tournament and fell from the ranking but, since the tourney, have run off four wins in their…

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Warrior runners charging forward with positive experience in St. Joe

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s cross-country team traveled north to the St. Joseph for the Spartan Classic this past Saturday for one of the toughest small school showdowns in the state. Thirty-two schools filled up the streets of St. Joe for the 3-mile road course race at what is considered to be the half point of…

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Banta, Good enjoy senior night at Ironhorse with postseason ahead

  By Lenny Sementi Head golf coach Doug Bauer’s squads celebrated senior night this past Thursday at Ironhorse Golf Club. The fall season is flying by and heading toward the post season and Bauer’s group tuned up for a stretch run hosting two state ranked boys teams and a very good girls group in a…

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Dyer and boys earn black shirts during Homecoming win

Most of the time under the lights on Friday nights number 79 goes about his business without many in the stands knowing what he’s doing. This past Friday however senior Josh Dyer was the first one to reach the end zone. The defensive end put the pressure on an errant punt snap and pounced on…

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