Area Sports

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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IESA Cancels State Series Activities

The Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Board of Directors met on Friday, April 3 via a telephone conference call. The Board made the very difficult decision to cancel all remaining IESA state series activities. This includes the bowling state series, the scholastic bowl state series, all music solo and ensemble contests, music organization contests, and…

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TCHS graduate Morgan Day shuts out the lights this season at ISU

By Lenny Sementi In softball and baseball when a batter has two strikes you repeatedly hear ‘give-em the dark one’ echo out of the dugout and that’s exactly what Warrior alum Morgan Day was doing at a high rate this spring before her season was abruptly suspended. The Illinois State Redbird quickly turned out the…

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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. Molly Mixell I think I know the answer to this, but what is your favorite sports moment?  What’s the…

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Jalen Quinn gardners attention during his 2019-2020 basketball season

By Lenny Sementi Super soph, Jalen Quinn or diaper dandy as Dick Vitale would say, not only turned heads in central Illinois as the Warriors seventeenth player and the youngest to reach 1,000-points but garnered more than a little attention from the entire state if not the entire Midwest. Quinn reached the century mark in…

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