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Weekend at the Dolph: Taylorville Girls continue Apollo dominance; THS Boys take Route 29 Coal Miners Trophy

page1image29634816TAYLORVILLE — (above) The Tornadoes pose with the Route 29 Coal Miners trophy after defeating the Pana Panthers 52-50. From left to right: Baron Odam, Blake Ladage, Luke Wheeler, Shey Champley, Trysten Anderson, Coal Miners Museum Executive Director Chuck Martin, Drake Howard, Jake McConnell, Landon Bowsher, Clark Durbin, Owen Younker, Malique Pearce and Dillon Clark.

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TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School hosted a plethora of basketball excitement over the weekend opening up on Friday night with the girls in Apollo Conference play and concluding Saturday evening boys rivalry basketball action.

FRI, FEB. 2

Taylorville girls kept their season rolling against Mahomet-Seymour on Friday, Feb. 2. Coming into the match, the Tornadoes were undefeated against all conference opponents. The girls kept this trend going with their 58-25 point victory over the Bulldogs. The girls improve their Apollo record to 9-0 for the 2023-’24 season.

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TAYLORVILLE — Junior Kyleigh Heimsness streaks down the court during a girls basketball match. Heimsness lead the Tornadoes in scoring with 18 points.

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“They played hard,” Head Coach Hayden Eldred comments after the victory. “Overall, we ran the floor well. We’re connecting on all levels right now. These girls like to play fast so that’s what we’re looking to do.”

Taylorville officially clinched first place in the Apollo Conference when they defeated Mattoon 61- 39 on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

“Very relieving,” Coach Eldred comments on securing the top spot in the Apollo. “We want one more. We’ve got a good team in Mt. Zion on Tuesday (Feb. 6). They’ve got some good players we’ve got to keep it going. Really good to break that streak and hopefully we can add another number up on the other banner.”

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TAYLORVILLE — (right) Mazie Fleming shoots a free throw during the second half against Mahomet-Seymour on Friday, Feb. 2. The THS junior finished the win with 12 points.

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SAT, FEB. 3

All day long the Taylorville High School West Gym was packed with basketball games and youth sporting events. Opening up at 9:00 a.m. with the Youth Dance Camp. Following was a trio of Taylorville girls matches against Mt. Vernon. The Tornadoes came out of the series on top with a 2-1 game record. Freshman (THS 42-28 MTV), Sophomore (MTV 52- 35 THS) and finally Varsity (THS 62-38 MTV).