Area Sports

Sappenfield, Ray, and Shanks in VGH spring sports senior spotlight

By Tony Hooker  With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing all athletic competition to a halt, I thought it would be good to get to know the seniors who compete for Villa Grove, Heritage and VGH co-op teams. Haley Sappenfield What’s your favorite high school memory?  Winning the IHSA sectional championship my junior year of dance.  What…

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Hutchison, Price in Villa Grove Heritage spring sports senior spotlight

By Tony Hooker  With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing all athletic competition to a halt, I thought it would be good to get to know the seniors who compete for Villa Grove, Heritage and VGH coop teams. Grace Hutchison What’s your favorite memory of high school that didn’t occur in the classroom? My favorite memories that…

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2020 Warrior softball seniors discuss the season that never ended

By Lenny Sementi  Every season eventually comes to end but the 2020 version of the Lady Warriors Softball team was thrown a curveball this spring. If you make the state championships you know you are done at the end of it. If you lose in the postseason before there are usually some tears but there…

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Watson and Wilson in Villa Grove Heritage spring sports senior spotlight

By Tony Hooker  With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing all athletic competition to a halt, I thought it would be good to get to know the seniors who compete for Villa Grove, Heritage and VGH coop teams. Liberty Watson What’s your favorite memory of high school that doesn’t involve being in a classroom? If I am…

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The Hornaday Family shows what it means to bleed black and gold

By Lenny Sementi You could say Tuscola athletic director Ryan Hornaday has a rooted interest in the athletic program at good old Tuscola Community High School. He’s been part of  it since 1993-94 when he was a freshman donning Warrior Uniforms. The Leader of the Tribe bleeds black and gold and beams with pride when…

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Twenty-five years of Tuscola Warrior football pride and pork chops

 By Lenny Sementi For the last twenty-five years people around central Illinois looked forward to two things on a Friday night or a Saturday afternoon in late fall during the playoffs and that would be Tuscola Warrior Football and Greg Campbell’s world famous pork chop on a stick at the tailgate party. Football has been…

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Sorenson and Reno in Villa Grove Heritage spring sports senior spotlight

By Tony Hooker  With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing all athletic competition to a halt, I thought it would be good to get to know the seniors who compete for Villa Grove, Heritage and VGH coop teams. Ierik Sorenson What is your favorite sports moment?  What’s the first thing that you see when visualizing that moment?…

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Tuscola Warriors present: black and gold’s decade of dominance

By Lenny Sementi The past ten years have been something special for Tuscola High School athletics to say the least. The Warriors dominated the local sport scene during the last decade despite moving from Class 1A to 2A and becoming one of the smallest schools in the division by enrollment. There are bound to be…

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