TCSV Girl’s Basketball season is more than halfway over, and it is going as well as a coach can hope so far. Their record is 17-3, with a Macon County Tournament Championship. The girls played St.Teresa in the championship game for the second year in a row on Saturday, January 11th. Despite the fact that TCSV ended with a big lead, the game was still intense to watch.
Head Coach Nika weighed in on his opinion of how the game went for the Tornadoes on Saturday, “It was a fun game for us, it was real fast paced in the beginning, which I felt played more to their strength.” Although there was bad weather, the support of the team was still excellent.
Freshman Sarah Finley was “very excited about winning her first Macon County championship.” Ashlyn Sturdy was one of the very helpful assets to the girls win over St.Teresa. “She’s probably the best player our program has ever had,” says Coach Nika. The Tornadoes still have business to get done which includes “bringing home another regional title and hopefully compete for a Sangamon County title as well,” says Ashlyn.
Faith is a sophomore at Sangamon Valley.
Many student athletes walk through the halls everyday at Sangamon Valley, but very few make the commitment to continue their athletic careers beyond these walls. It takes a lot of dedication to be able to become a college level athlete, and it is not right for everyone. The most recent athlete to achieve this honor is Jacob Trusner, Sangamon Valley High School senior. He recently signed with Illinois College to play baseball. The Bolt staff caught up with Jacob to find out his thoughts about his decision. When asked why he chose Illinois College he responded with, “I really like how personal the coach is to players. They also have nice facilities.”
When Jacob first found out about the offer, he was, “relieved because [he] was hoping this would happen.” Playing after high school has been Jacob’s dream since he has started playing baseball, and he enjoys playing the sport. While baseball was a big part of his decision, academics were a big factor as well. Jacob plans to major in marketing because of his love of travel and interacting with people. He is excited to attend Illinois College for many reasons, especially their nice facilities that have been updated recently, and the fact that it is a small campus. While this is exciting, he still has his senior season to look forward to as well. His goal for this season is to, “comeback and win the conference championship and go far in the playoffs.” All eyes will be on him for his last year as a TCSV tornado, and his future career as an Illinois College Blueboy. The Bolt staff wishes him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.
Beth Stacey & Remi Mendenhall
Beth Stacey is a sophomore at Sangamon Valley. Beth is also our Editor-in-Chief. Remi Mendenhall completed the interview with Jacob.
The boys basketball team is not doing as well as they would like, but there are big improvements coming. Dakota Floyd said, “The season is going good, there are just some rough patches.” The boys currently 3-10 for the season. The boys had the score of 54-35 against Blue Ridge, and Coach Viele said that has been one of their best games of the season. This is Coach Viele’s first year coaching varsity, and he said it has always been his dream.
Dakota Floyd said, “I like the coaches because they have brought in a lot more players and it has been a positive atmosphere so far.’” The team is improving more and more each day. They are preparing to be as competitive as possible for regional time. The boys are hoping to make it through regionals this season, and to go to sectionals. The boys next home game will be January 21st. Junior Varsity starts at 6:00 PM, and Varsity is to follow. They will play Cerro Gordo.
Remi is a sophomore at Sangamon Valley.