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Villa Grove Jr. High claims regional title

February 1, 2023 |

By Tony Hooker For the second time in four years, the Villa Grove Junior High 7th grade boys basketball team has claimed a regional crown. I recently caught up with Coach Heath Wilson to learn more about his squad. What’s been the key to your tournament run? I’d say you would have to look at…

Kohlbeckers crew takes first step

January 25, 2023 |

By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s girl’s basketball team took the first step of defending their Central Illinois Conference tournament championship this past Saturday running away from Meridian in the opening round of the league tourney. Coach Tim Kohlbecker’s crew held the Hawks scoreless through one quarter of play and a mere 2-points in the first half…

Musgrave comes up big for boys basketball

January 25, 2023 |

By Lenny Sementi Colton Musgrave saved his best for last in a big Central Illinois Conference showdown with a very good Clinton squad. The senior guard hit a late three, propelling the Warriors to a win in the low scoring affair this past Friday keeping coach Justin Bozarth’s squad still in the driver’s seat for…

Villa Grove sports wrapup

January 25, 2023 |

By Tony Hooker Boys Basketball Jousted by Knights Villa Grove got 25 points from Layne Rund and 18 from Robert Fancher, but it wasn’t enough, as they dropped a 69–57 decision to ALAH on Jan. 17. Fancher also handed out 4 assists, while Peyton Smith dished out 3 dimes of his own to go along…

Wilcox makes it official

January 25, 2023 |

By Lenny Sementi Isabelle Wilcox has had a bush winter thanks to a historic girl’s basketball season while also preparing to take the hill for Tuscola’s softball team this coming spring. She took some weight off her shoulders a few weeks back, making her college plans official, signing on the dotted line with Lindenwood University…

Lady Warriors’ consistency counts

January 25, 2023 |

By Lenny Sementi If nothing else, this season, Tuscola’s girl’s basketball team has been nothing but consistent. Consistently coming out on the right side of the scoreboard, or that their defense never takes a night off, or that they are going to produce enough points to win, or that most teams won’t score much after…

Bench big in bounce back win for Warriors

January 25, 2023 |

By Lenny Sementi Boys basketball coach Justin Bozarth’s squad has gotten help from non-starters all season long and it was never more evident than this past Friday in Sullivan. The black and gold bench boys donated 25-points to the cause in a 65-40 win over the Redskins ending a 2-game skid with a Central Illinois…

Villa Grove Sports Wrapup

January 25, 2023 |

By Tony Hooker Boys’ Basketball Herded by Riders Layne Rund poured in 27 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Devils dropped a 63-50 decision to Arcola on January 10.  Robert Fancher and Peyton Smith each chipped in 8 points for VGHS. Kyler Williams hauled in 6 rebounds and Smith contributed 2 blocks for…

Intensity never wanes

January 11, 2023 |

By Lenny Sementi The scout on Tuscola’s girls basketball team is a lot easier than duplicating it in practice in preparation for the intensity on the defensive end that the Warriors bring to the table. Coach Tim Kohlbecker’s group hits the floor running whether it’s a good or bad night shooting it doesn’t matter they…

Cold night too much to overcome for Warriors boys basketball

January 11, 2023 |

By Lenny Sementi Win number 15 on the year was put on hold this past Friday evening for Tuscola’s boys basketball team. The Warriors couldn’t overcome a cold night shooting falling to a strong Shelbyville squad 52-31 in their Central Illinois Conference opener moving to 14-2 on the year ending a 12-gave win streak. Tuscola…