Defense begins for Lady Warriors
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By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s girls’ basketball team won the Central Illinois Conference Tournament for the first time in the short history of the league last season and they started their defense of the title Saturday, Jan. 20 with a dominating 48-13 win over Shelbyville. Coach Tim Kohlbecker’s squad entered the tourney as the top seed…

Lady Warriors call next
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By Lenny Sementi Head girls’ basketball coach Tim Kohlbecker never likes to lose a player to injury, but the long time bench boss of the Lady Warriors adheres to the old adage of next one up. That was big this past week as the Warriors battled through their top scorer fouling out early and an…

Short-handed Warriors drop two
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By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s boys’ basketball team lost a pair of post players prior to entering the week. They were then dealt a dose of the flu which eliminated two more front court players for Friday’s game limiting the options of head coach Justin Bozarth. The Warriors came out firing in both games but ran…

Russo double trouble
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By Lenny Sementi Senior Cassie Russo is making the most of her tour of central Illinois in her final season with the Lady Warriors girls’ basketball team. Russo added yet another double-double to her resume this past week as the Warriors posted a dominating 50-29 victory over Arthur on Thursday, Jan. 12. The post grabbed…

Freshmen capture title
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By Lenny Sementi Head freshman coach Luke Johnson’s squad ran past Tri-County 55-41 and then beat up on a good Monticello squad 60-53 to go 2-0 on the day capturing first place hardware in the Tuscola Freshman Invite. The young Warriors rotated players early in the title tilt against the Sages, then took full advantage…

Eighth grade Hornets win conference tourney
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By Caleigh Parsley Thursday, Jan. 4 Seventh Grade Tuscola-33; St. Matts-31 Boston Broady-2 points; Will Cowan-3 points; Hunter Branca-4 points; Colton Musgrave-6 points; Mason Jones-8 points; Easton Cunningham-9 points Eighth Grade Tuscola-53; St. Matts-19 James Parsley-2 points; Haven Hatfield-2 points; Rajan Patel-2 points; Thomas Brown-4 points; Caden Baer-6 points; Pat Pierce-6 points; Peyton Armstrong-10 points;…

Late threes doom Warriors
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By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s boys’ basketball team shook off a slow start on Tuesday the 9th to go toe to toe with one of the best in the area but fell prey to a pair of late game three’s allowing the 12-1 Unity Rockets to escape with a 49-37 victory on their home floor. Unity…

Bates, Russo lead way
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By Lenny Sementi Natalie Bates and Cassie Russo led the way as Tuscola’s girls’ basketball team rebounded from a pair of losses to a pair of state-ranked team at the Monticello Holiday Hoopla. The girls went on to win their last two en-route to a fifth place finish. Tuscola fell in their first two pool…

Lady Warriors ground the Rockets
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By Lenny Sementi Tuscola took the short trek north this Saturday, Jan. 6 to Tolono, and left the Rocket Center with a solid 13-point victory. Coach Tim Kohlbecker’s team used big frames in the middle of the game to secure the non-conference victory. Tuscola scored 13 points in each of the second and third frames…

Slow start dooms Warriors
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By Lenny Sementi Tuscola’s offense didn’t get on track until the second half as the Warriors fell on the road at Sullivan 40-32 in their first Central Illinois Conference skirmish. Tyler Meinhold led the way for Warriors’ head coach Justin Bozarth connecting on three shots from outside the arc scoring nine points, but Tuscola couldn’t…