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home : sports : pana December 17, 2017

Pana downs Staunton in Silent Night Game

PANA — It may have been the Silent Night game in Pana on Friday, but Panther Nation  had plenty to cheer about. 

Pana scored 14 in the first quarter;  Jacob Beeson, Jack Armstrong, and Jonah Lauff scored four points each to give the Panthers a 14-5 lead after the first.


Saturday, December 16, 2017


St Pats' historic run ends in championship

LEXINGTON, IL — The Pana Sacred Heart St. Pats eighth-grade girls were chasing history Thursday when they traveled to Lexington to take on the  Lincoln West Lincoln-Broadwell Wolverines in a showdown for a state title.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Pana routs Vandalia with defense, deep ball

VANDALIA — “We have to win the games that we know we should win. That’s what good teams do, they win the games that they are supposed to win,” said Pana girls basketball head coach Jason Storm before the game.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Pana falls to Nokomis despite big 4th quarter
PANA — The Panthers scored a game high 16 in the fourth quarter but were unable to get over the hill that Nokomis had mounted early on and fell 53-37.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hall's 13 helps Piasa down Panthers
PIASA — “We had a small lead for the majority of the game but they were able to close the gap in the 3rd quarter when (Hall) started going. We had a hard time keeping her from getting the ball and scoring,” said Panther head coach Jason Storm.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Lady Panthers handle Clinton Maroons 55-39

PANA —It was a seven-nothing run for the Lady Panthers to start the second quarter Saturday against Clinton that sparked the momentum swing which ultimately led to a 55-39 victory for Pana. 


Monday, December 11, 2017

Pana boys outlast sharp shooting Shells 56-54

PANA - After a little bit of a slow start, Jared Beyers went off for eight points in the second quarter, and then the Panthers rattled off six straight points against Roxana to start the second half as both Beyers and Jacob Beeson were playing well in transition.


Monday, December 11, 2017

St. Pats girls advance to 1A state championship

LEXINGTON, Il. — The Pana Sacred Heart St. Pats won two games on Saturday to advance to the IESA 1A State title game on this coming Saturday, December 14 at 7:30.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Hillsboro's big fourth too much for Pana to overcome
HILLSBORO — The Panthers trailed the whole way, but were able to only be down 37-35 at half and 56-54 after the third. Despite the fact, the Hilltoppers had a 19-9 fourth quarter and ended up getting the eventual 75-63 victory.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cavaliers' fourth-quarter run tops Pana
PANA — The Panthers took a 36-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter. With a lead like that, the Panthers were cementing their victory, they hadn’t lost a game all year where they led going into the fourth. But tonight was different, the Cavaliers went on a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter that felled the Panthers 42-40.
Friday, December 8, 2017

State Bound
SIGEL, Ill. — Pana Sacred Heart St. Pats eighth grade girls basketball team advanced to 24-1 on the season and clinched a spot in the state tournament after defeating Sigel St. Michael  43-36 on Wednesday.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Shelbyville uses late 17-0 run to rally past Pana
PANA — Shelbyville’s Malcom Miller pulled up and drained a huge three just before the third quarter buzzer in Pana on Tuesday night to knot the game up at 50.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Panther defense puts away Litchfield in second half
PANA — The Pana Panthers played against the Litchfield Panthers on Monday night. Pana was able to hold Litchfield to just nine points in the second half to get the 57-30 victory.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lady Panthers escape with last-second win in Mt. Zion
MT. ZION —  After leading 26-17  with 6:17 left in the third quarter, the Pana Lady Panthers found themselves trailing the Mt. Zion Lady Braves 42-40 as they headed into the final stretch in Saturday afternoon’s basketball game.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Pana girls fall to undefeated Teutopolis

PANA — The Panther girls had Teutopolis come into town on Thursday. The Panthers swapped half scores with the Wooden Shoes, but the 14 point total in first half haunted the Panthers as they fell 53-41.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Area athletes at the collegiate level: where are they now?
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Once an athlete leaves the area, there isn’t much available on what they are doing in college or how they are doing in their collegiate pursuits. Several athletes have moved on from the area to compete in college.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sophomores shine as CAM downs Pana 70-49
PANA — A fast start and a strong finish: two components that can make for a long night for opposing teams on the hardwood.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Defense on display: Panthers down Sullivan
SULLIVAN — According to Pana girls basketball head coach Jason Storm,  it was a tale of two halves.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lady Panthers go 4-1 in hosted tournament, finish fifth
PANA — “If you would’ve told me that we were going to be 4-1 after our tournament, I would be extremely happy no matter what place we finished in,” said head coach Jason Storm after defeating the Mattoon Green Wave 53-38 in the fifth place game.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Pana dominates boards in 50-39 win over CAM
PANA - "I don't know what the final stats were, but they killed us on the boards. We just kind of stood around on our heals," said Central A&M girls basketball coach Tom Dooley after a 50-39 loss to the Pana Panthers on Saturday night during the Pana Holiday Tournament.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Pana Varsity Girls Basketball Schedule
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pana Varsity Boys Basketball Schedule
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Lady Panthers to feature better shooting in 17-18
PANA — Pana Girls Basketball will be seeking to replace five experienced players from last year, four of which were starters.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Young Panthers eying twenty wins in Metzger's 2nd season
PANA — Three: the number of players who return with varsity experience for Pana basketball this season. One: the number of seniors that will take the court for the Panthers in 17-18. Zero: the number of excuses fans will hear from head coach Adam Metzger and his team.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Twelve Panthers named to South Central all-conference team
PANA - It was a team-first mentality and Pana that hleped the Panther football team to a 9-2 season and a second-round appearance in the IHSA 3A playoffs, but there was also a ton of individual talent in Pana this football season.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Panthers fall to A-J, wrap successful season Sat.
ANNA, Ill. — The undefeated Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats hosted the 9-1 Pana Panthers on Saturday in the second round of the IHSA 3A playoffs Saturday.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Pana Football Ends Another Successful Season
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pana looking to stifle A-J ground game in round 2

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier  Writer

PANA — “It’s going to take our defensive line stepping up and playing the best game they’ve ever had, and our linebackers have to do a good job of reading plays and fighting off blocks,” said Pana head coach Trevor Higgins of Saturday’s round-two, 3A playoff matchup with Anna-Jonesboro.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Newton brings Pana VB season to a close at sectionals
ROBINSON — After winning set one 25-10, the Panthers looked to be in prime position to move on to Wednesday’s Sectional title game against Kansas. Newton fought back to win set two 25-20. Set three was primed to be classic. Newton jumped out to an early 14-10 lead, but Pana continued to fight and brought it to 19-18. The Panthers just couldn’t get over the Eagles and Newton would take set three 25-20. This was the third meeting in three years these two teams faced off in the Sectional semi-finals, Newton took all three in three sets.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pana downs DuQuoin Indians, punches ticket to round 2
PANA — The Pana Panther offense was averaging 49 points per game heading into their IHSA first-round matchup with the DuQuoin Indians, but it was the defense that was the difference maker Saturday.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Seventh grade Tornadoes defeat Pana
TAYLORVILLE — The seventh grade junior high girls basketball team defeated Pana 26-7. Sophie Mizeur led the charge with six points, Elle Richards had five, Cheresse Mitchel and Lacey DeClerck finished with four, Alyvia McCullough had three, and Kallie Havara and Meghan Dennis both had a bucket.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Panthers beat T-Town, three-peat as regional champs
SHELBYVILLE — It is hard enough to get one regional championship, let alone two. But to get three in a row is pretty special. “This is a special group of girls. Honestly, this is the first group that I have actually had to say no on practice times to. Usually I’m the bad guy wanting to go at eight in the morning on Saturday, these girls have told me they want to go at six before. They like to get in the gym and they like to work,” said head coach Greg Cothern.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Pana's road to the 2017 IHSA playoffs
PANA — “From the beginning, this team was told, ‘Oh, you lost 19 seniors a year ago, that’s too much to overcome.’,” Pana head coach Trevor Higgins said, recalling pre-season speculation. “They didn’t listen to it, they knew what they had to do, how hard they had to work all offseason, and they’ve proved just how tough and talented they are.”
Friday, October 27, 2017

Pana, DuQuoin to showcase similar offenses in round 1
PANA — It could be like looking in a mirror on Saturday when 8-1 Pana plays host to the 7-2 DuQuoin Indians in round one of the IHSA 3A playoffs.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Pana tops Raiders in Shelbyville
SHELBYVILLE — It was a battle of two Christian County teams in the second game of the Shelbyville regional on Tuesday evening. Pana and Central A & M were both competing for a shot at a regional championship. The Panthers would ultimately win 25-13 and 25-16.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Championship aspirations fuel Pana on to win over Vandals
PANA — It’s funny the things that can bring a team back from the brink of defeat.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Perfection: Pana volleyball secures SCC title

Robert Fagg

Breeze-Courier Sports Writer

PANA — The Pana Panthers had more than one reason to celebrate Thursday night. It was the final home game for the seniors, the Panthers had a chance to secure the South Central Conference title, and they also had a chance to get to 30 wins on the season.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Panthers win Route 29 rivalry game
TAYLORVILLE — “Pana came in and wanted it more tonight. I told the girls if they would have played as hard as they did in the second set, then the outcome may have been different,” said Tornado head coach Kim Peabody.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pana wins hosted Fresh/Soph VB tourey
PANA — The Pana Panthers JV team hosted a tournament in Pana on Saturday. Several teams, including the Taylorville Tornadoes and the CAM Raiders, competed for the title.
Monday, October 16, 2017

Pana, Litchfield put on unforgettable, uplifting performance
LITCHFIELD — Sometimes, sports are about more than competition, they are about connecting on a human level. There is, perhaps, no better example of that than on Friday night when the Pana Panthers traveled to Litchfield to take on the Purple Panthers.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pana takes Hillsboro in straight sets
HILLSBORO — The Pana Panthers remained perfect in conference play Thursday as they defeated the Hilltoppers 28-26 and 25-13.
Friday, October 13, 2017

St. Anthony ends season for Panther soccer
ALTAMONT — The Pana soccer team and Effingham St. Anthony both had to wait as they were the second game of the night in Wednesday’s regional play in Altamont. The first game, Tuetopolis and Hillsboro, went to overtime and penalty kicks.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Panthers stay perfect in conference, 7-0
CARLINVILLE — The Pana volleyball team seems to be hitting its stride, as they are now 7-0 in conference play, with a victory over the Carlinville Cavaliers 26-24 and 25-21.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Coy qualifies for state; Pana team competes
WILLIAMSVILLE — Miranda Coy was the lone Tornado who competed on Saturday at the Williamsville Sectional. She shot a final round of 92 to qualify for State.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Pana volleyball takes third at co-hosted tournament
PANA — Pana volleyball would only lose one game on Saturday, but it came during tournament play which dropped the Panthers to the third place game. They would go on to win that game to claim the third place spot.
Monday, October 9, 2017

Pana prevails over Piasa

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

PANA — It was senior night in Pana on Friday as the Panthers took the field against Piasa Southwestern; Pana was looking for their sixth win of the season and a guaranteed birth in the playoffs.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Pana soccer drops final regular season contest
CARLINVILLE — Pana put up a fight against the Cavaliers but fell in their final regular season contest by a final score of 2-0.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Pana girls, Coy advance to sectionals
TUSCOLA — The Panther girls golf team combined for a round of 455 to place them in third at the Tuscola regional on Wednesday, which allows them to advance as a team to the sectional round. Charleston won the regional with a 393, Tuscola finished second with a 436, and trailing the Panthers were Sullivan with a 457 and St. Teresa with a 510.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pana soccer falls to Mt. Pulaski
PANA — The Panthers had the game tied at one at half before allowing a penalty kick to score in the second half which would prove to be the difference maker as they would fall 2-1 against Mt. Pulaski.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

PHS golfers finish 11th in regional
SHELBYVILLE — Pana finished 11 out of 12 teams Tuesday after their round of 443 at Fox Prairie golf course. Hillsboro won the regional with a 306, followed by Litchfield (332), Raymond (353), Christ Our Rock Lutheran (367), Vandalia (374), Shelbyville (384), Staunton (391), Ramsey (407), Carlinville (424), Carrollton (428), then Pana, and then Mt. Olive (491).
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pana soccer defeats Gillespie big on the road
GILLESPIE — The Panthers went on the road and traveled to Gillespie on Monday. Pana defeated the Miners 8-0.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Panthers topple the Shells at home
PANA — The Pana Panthers continue their season of success as they move to 6-0 in conference after defeating the Roxana Shells 25-10 and 25-18.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Special teams touchdowns propel Pana past Hillsboro

HILLSBORO— On a night where Pana struggled to contain a talented Hiltopper offense, special teams proved to be the difference maker. 


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pana stays perfect in conference play

PANA — The Panthers of Pana got the jump early on the Litchfield Purple Panthers as Litchfield got the first serve of the game, but Pana got the side out and Aubrey Funneman took the serving line. She served nine straight points and was only stopped by a missed serve. 


Friday, September 29, 2017

Panther volleyball defeats Hillsboro
PANA — The Pana Panthers faced off agaisnt the Hillsboro Hilltoppers and defeated them 25-19 and 25-15.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pana girls finish 3rd at SCC conference tournament
FILLMORE — The Panther girls finished third overall at the SCC conference tournament on Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pana boys come up just short in Greenville
GREENVILLE — The Pana Panther boys finished in third against Ashland and Greenville. Ashland won the meet with a 158, Greenville finished with a 199, and Pana finished with a 206.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pana allows two goals in the first half, falls 2-0
PANA — The Panther boys only allowed two goals in the first half but was unable to mount offense of its own and fell 2-0 to Hillsboro.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pana sees tough field at South Central Conference tournament
FILLMORE — The South Central Conference boys golfers  had their conference tournament on Monday at the Indian Springs Golf Course. The Pana Panthers finished ninth overall with a score of 442; Hillsboro won the tournament with a score of 303, then it was Litchfield with a 340, Vandalia with a 350, Roxana with a 360, Staunton with a 363, Greenville with a 378, Piasa Southwestern with a 386, and Carlinville with a 414.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pana falls at home Saturday
PANA — Pana faced off against Effingham on Saturday at home and fell 3-1.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Harbert, Pana Panthers run past Staunton, 55-20

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

STAUNTON — The 2-2 Staunton Bulldogs hosted the 3-1 Pana Panthers in week five of South Central Conference play on Friday.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pana volleyball defeats Vandalia
VANDALIA — The Panthers travelled to Vandalia Thursday and defeated the Vandals in straight sets, 25-18 and 25-19.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Roxanna drops Pana at home
PANA — The Pana Panthers were defeated on Thursday by Roxana by a score of 4-1.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Hutchinson, Strom medal for Panther golf
PANA — At Oak Terrace Golf Course, Pana’s Noah Hutchinson tied for the medal position shooting a 44 on a hot Wednesday afternoon. The Panthers would fall short of North Mac and Staunton; North Mac shot  a 191, Staunton a 197, and Pana a 213.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lady Panther golfers take 2nd in Effingham
EFFINGHAM — Pana girls golf traveled to Effingham where they faced off against the host school and Mt. Zion. The Panthers finished in second with a 229, being bested by Effingham who shot a 192 and defeated Mt. Zion who shot a 246.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Raiders and Panthers run in Shelbyville
SHELBYVILLE — The CAM Raiders and Pana Panthers cross country teams both competed on Tuesday in Shelbyville.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pana girls golf finishes in fourth by two strokes
PANA — The Panther girls were only two strokes behind Teutopolis and a third place finish in their quad match on Monday. The Panthers finished with a 213, Teutopolis a 211, Greenville a 204, and Williamsville a 189.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

4-minute flurry puts North Mac past Pana
PANA — Head coach Tim Karbach said it best when he said, “it’s a shame that soccer games aren’t only 75 minutes.”
Tuesday, September 19, 2017











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