Area Sports

Russo owns the lane against Warrensburg-Latham in CIC tournament

By Lenny Sementi Marissa Russo dominated the lane a few weeks back in a home loss to Warrensburg-Latham but it was not enough as the Lady Cardinals rallied from a double-digit deficit in the fourth to squeak out a win at the buzzer.  The junior post and her buddies entered the Central Illinois Conference tournament as…

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Tuscola Warriors boys bounce-back against Warrensburg-Latham

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s boys basketball team ran off fifteen straight wins to start the season before stumbling in a state ranked showdown with a very good Central A&M squad this past Tuesday the 21st. The class 1A second ranked Raiders pulled away late capturing the top spot in the Central Illinois Conference upending class…

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Blue Devils take second in Lincoln Prairie Conference Tournament

By Tony Hooker Defeat Knights After defeating Arthur Lovington by forty points in December, Coach Dan Sappenfield knew that overconfidence would be an issue for his Blue Devils girls’ basketball team in the semifinals of the inaugural Lincoln Prairie Conference tournament.  “The last time we played, they were a different team,” Sappenfield said.  They had…

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Tabeling shows the way to Lady Warrior’s victory

By Lenny Sementi  Tuscola’s version of coach K., Tim Kohlbecker shook up the lineup after a heartbreaking loss at the buzzer to a good Warrensburg squad. He looked to scoring leaders to show the way and Brynn Tabeling and Marissa Russo responded. Tabeling turned some heads with a game, season and career-high twenty-four points that…

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Lady Warriors edged at the final buzzer against Warrensburg-Lathem

By Lenny Sementi Tim Kohlbecker’s Lady Warrior girl’s basketball team came up one point short after leading by double-digits early in the contest falling to Warrensburg-Lathem 43-42. Tuscola never trailed until the final tick of the clock in the fourth quarter as the Lady Cardinals beat the final buzzer moving in front for the first…

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Tuscola Warriors boy’s basketball team stays strong on the road

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola boy’s basketball team hasn’t played on their home floor since before the holidays traveling for eight straight games during which they ran off eight wins to remain unbeaten on the year at 15-0 overall. Justin Bozarth’s squad punctuated the extended road trip with a come from behind 66-58 win over the…

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Villa Grove basketball sports wrap

Girls Basketball Defeat Illineks VGH got eighteen points from Aliya Holloman and fourteen each from Samantha Campbell and Kyleigh Block as they defeated Uni High 52-25 on January 7.  Jordyn Ray had six assists to cue the Devils offensively, while Campbell pilfered seven steals.  Madie Burwell was a monster on the glass, hauling in eleven…

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Lady Warriors basketball team breaks even at Holiday Hoopla event

By Lenny Sementi  Head girl’s basketball coach Tim Kohlbecker’s squad entered Monticello’s Holiday Hoopla Tournament the day after Christmas on a two-game win streak and increased it to four before near misses in their final two contests of the tourney. The Lady Warriors broke even going two and two in the three day skirmish upending…

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Lady Warriors struggle at the stripe against Central A&M at conference

By Lenny Sementi  Marissa Russo kicked off the new decade in style posting a double-double accounting for twenty-tree points and twelve rebounds but it was not enough to overcome a rough night at the free throw line for the Lady Warriors as they dropped their first Central Illinois Conference game of the season. League leading…

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Warriors move through the pool at Holiday Hoopla in Monticello

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s boys basketball team entered the holiday break unbeaten at 7-0 and then shook off some early rust after Christmas running their record to 10-0 on the year going 3-0 in pool play the first two days of the Monticello Holiday Hoopla.  Coach Justin Bozarth’s squad fell behind early in their tourney opener…

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