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home : sports : pana February 19, 2018

Piasa Birds escape Pana in regular season finale
PANA — Three Pana High School seniors were honored at a brief senior night ceremony before Friday night’s contest with Piasa Southwestern. From left: Averee McNear, Jacob Beeson, and Kyndall Jones.
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PANA — Three Pana High School seniors were honored at a brief senior night ceremony before Friday night’s contest with Piasa Southwestern. From left: Averee McNear, Jacob Beeson, and Kyndall Jones.
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PANA — The third quarter has been like an 800-pound guerrilla that Pana just hasn’t been able to get off their backs this season.
Saturday, February 17, 2018


Area 3-point shooters advance to state
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Madison Ashcraft of Pana and Katy Carter of South Fork both advanced to state this week at their respective sectionals in the three-point shooting contest.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Junior high Panthers defeat Greenville
GREENVILLE — The junior high Pana Panthers defeated the Greenville Bluejays on Friday night as the seventh grade won 25-3, 23-25, and 25-9. The eighth grade won 25-11 and 25-7 and in their second match of the night won 25-11 and 25-10.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Pana junior high splits pair with Vandalia
VANDALIA — The Pana junior high volleyball program split the night with Vandalia as the seventh grade team won 25-10 and 25-10 with the eighth grade team losing 23-25, 25-19, and 16-25.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Panthers vs. Panthers: Pana wins
PANA — The Litchfield Purple Panthers were in Pana on Tuesday. Pana was able to jump out to a 20-5 lead in the first quarter and rode that lead to a 50-34 victory.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pana, Morrisonville Junior high volleyball results
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Both the Morrisonville Tomahawks and Pana Panthers were in action Monday night as the Tomahawks faced off against Mulberry Grove and the Panthers faced off against Litchfield.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Pana girls bowling season ends in La Salle
LA SALLE — The Panther girls bowling team finished eighth in the bowling sectional on Saturday as they rolled a team score of 5289.
Monday, February 12, 2018

Even quarters stall Pana in loss to Newton

NEWTON — The Panthers traveled to Newton on Saturday to face off against the Eagles. The Panthers led 15-14 after the first, but only scored a combined 10 in the even quarters and fell 60-37.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Lady Panthers end stellar season against T-Town

VANDALIA — The Panthers and the Wooden Shoes faced off just one time this season prior to their encounter on Thursday; it was a 52-41 T-town victory.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Panthers fall to WSS
PANA — The Panther boys were back at home to take on the Windsor Stew/Stras Hatchets Tuesday night after a short road trip the last few games.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pana Jr. high volleyball defeats Hillsboro
HILLSBORO — The Pana seventh grade and eighth grade teams both defeated the Hillsboro junior high with the seventh grade winning 25-21 and 25-21 and the eighth grade winning 13-25, 25-11 and 25-18.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lady Panthers advance to regional title
VANDALIA — All three Panther seniors were looking forward to playing in the regional championship against Teutopolis, but they first had to get past the Vandals on Tuesday to set up that matchup against T-Town.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Seventh grade Panthers first in Invite
PANA — The seventh grade Panthers were a perfect 3-0 to come home with the title in their home tournament on Saturday. Taylorville finished second, Hillsboror third, Windsor Stew-Stras fourth, and were followed by Nokomis, St. Elmo, Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City, and Holy Family.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Panther girls top Decatur regional with 5192
DECATUR — The Pana girls bowling team won the Decatur regional on Saturday with a final total of 5192 and the Tornadoes finished seventh with a 4513.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Panther boys top Miners in Gillespie
GILLESPIE — The Pana Panthers traveled to Gillespie on Friday and defeated the Miners 57-46. The odd quarters were the difference makers as the Panthers held Gillespie to just seven points in the first and five points in the third quarter.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Girls post-season basketball to begin this week
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — South Fork, Central A&M, and the Pana girls will all begin their postseason coming up this week with the Tornadoes starting next week.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tornadoes and Panthers win in JH volleyball action
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Tornadoes and the Panthers junior high teams were in action on the volleyball court Thursday with the Tornadoes defeating Springfield Jefferson and the Panthers defeating Vandalia.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Panthers get 20th win on senior night
PANA — “We wanted the girls to have tonight. We never look past anyone on our schedule but we also didn’t want to burn the girls out during practice this week as the playoffs are right around the corner,” said head coach Jason Storm.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Junior high volleyball: Taylorville, Pana and Morrisonville all earn wins
CHRISTIAN COUNTY —  Tuesday was chaulk full of junior high volleyball with Pana defeating Litchfield, Taylorville defeating Nokomis, and Morrisonville defeating Ramsey.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Lady Panthers defeat Maroa-Forsyth 58-51 at home; senior night is Thursday
PANA — After coming off of their big win Monday, the Panthers were able to control their emotions on Tuesday against Maroa-Forsyth and come away with the 58-51 victory on Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Free throws decide Pana vs. Vandals
VANDALIA — The Vandals shot an incredible 85 percent from the free throw line on Tuesday with a 17-20 performance in their matchup against the Pana Panthers.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Junior high volleyball results
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Taylorville, Morrisonville, and Pana junior high volleyball teams were all in action on Monday with results as follows:
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Comeback Completed
HILLSBORO — This one had it all: a fast start, a couple of lead changes, a raucous environment, and a dramatic finish. Is there any better brand of basketball?
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Pana girls victorious over Newton at home

PANA — “Another good win for us today,” said head coach Jason Storm when talking about his girls after their 69-48 victory over Newton on Saturday. Despite starting off slowly, the girls picked it up in the second and third quarters to come away with the victory.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Pana girls bowling result recap for January

PANA — The Pana girls bowling team (11-3) had an eventful month of January and will finish the month tonight against Decatur Eisenhower at home before competing in their regional in Decatur on Saturday, February 3. 


Monday, January 29, 2018

Pana eighth grade volleball invite results

PANA — Pana held their annual eighth grade invite on Saturday with the Tornadoes taking first place, the Panthers taking second, Hillsboro third, the Tomahawks fourth, and Cowden Herrick fifth.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Panthers fall, 52-37, on road against Carlyle

CARLYLE — The Panthers found themselves in an interesting predicament on Friday night as they faced off against the Carlyle Indians. A Panther player was going to the second drill and jumped up and grabbed the rim, a no-no in warmups while the refs are on the floor.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Panthers sweep Tornadoes

PANA — The Panther junior high volleyball team faced off against the junior high Tornadoes in Pana on Thursday night. The Panthers swept the Tornadoes in both games, seventh grade 25-23 and 25-18 with the eighth grade game going 25-22 and 28-26.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Smaller Panthers go over Bulldogs 57-47 at home

PANA — Despite giving up a lot of size to Staunton, the Panthers were able to come away with the victory 57-47. “We started off the game playing well and built up a little lead but then we got in foul trouble. We ended up having 4 starters on the bench in the 2nd quarter with 2 fouls. 


Friday, January 26, 2018

Second-half surge sends Greenville past Pana

TAYLORVILLE — It was a tale of two halves in Pana Tuesday night as the Panthers hosted Greenville in an SCC matchup on the hardwood.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

FBCA takes 2nd in home tournament

ROSAMOND — The Faith Bible Christian Academy in Rosamond took second place in their hosted tournament January 19 and 20. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Pana tops Litchfield with clutch free throw shooting
LITCHFIELD — Seven to one; it was the foul ratio in the first half of Friday night’s contest between Pana and Litchfield. It favored the Purple Panthers.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Pana girls grab third place in Effingham tourney
EFFINGHAM — The Panthers used a big first quarter lead to get out in front of the Vandals and never looked back as they picked up third place in the Effingham tournament with a 51-42 victory Friday night.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Panthers hold off EAWR in Litchfield Invite
LITCHFIELD — The six point lead at half was held by the Panthers as they defeated East Alton Wood River on Thursday night 60-54.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Panthers fight hard in loss to host Effingham
EFFINGHAM — Pana head coach Jason Storm had nothing but positive things to say about his team Wednesday night, despite falling 56-35 to the host Effingham in the Effingham Invitational. “The score doesn't show it, but this was a very good game for us tonight against a very good team,” said Storm.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Route 29 Rivalry: Tornadoes top Panthers 78-44
LITCHFIELD — Runs are typically talked about when it comes to baseball, not basketball. That was a different story on Tuesday night as the Tornadoes and the Panthers faced off on neutral hardwood in Litchfield.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lady Panthers split Effingham round robin Monday
EFFINGHAM — The lady Panthers opened the Effingham tournament on Monday with two games; the first a 62-39 victory over Centralia and the second a 57-37 loss to Greenville.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pana can't get late looks to fall against Lebanon
LITCHFIELD — With just 39 seconds left in regulation, Pana had the ball and held a one-point advantage over Lebanon. On the inbound play, the defender stepped in front of a Jacob Beeson pass and raced toward the hoop. The shot bounced off the backboard and clanked off the front of the iron, but the shrill of the ensuing whistle would give the Greyhounds a chance for the go-ahead points.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Panthers top bowling Tornadoes 2343-2131
PANA — The lady Panthers defeated the lady Tornadoes on Tuesday in Pana at the Pana Bowl by a final score of 2343-2131.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Panthers come up just short in overtime thriller
PANA — The Pana Panthers and the Meridian Hawks went the distance and gave the fans some free basketball on Tuesday as they went to overtime. Pana led by as many as seven in the extra period, but the Hawks came charging back to win 79-76.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pana middle school kicks off volleyball season
PANA — The Panthers kicked off their middle school volleyball season against the Carlinville Cavaliers. The seventh graders were able to come away with the victory, but the eighth grade team was not as successful.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Pana girls get "back on track" against Neoga
NEOGA — “Tonight we got back on track to playing our style of basketball. Tonight we were back to playing how we were before Christmas,” said head coach Jason Storm.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Panthers roll past Roxana 63-38 after hiatus

PANA - Even after 18 days off, the Pana Lady Panthers still looked pretty sharp in their first game of the new year on Saturday afternoon as the downed the Roxana Shells 63-38.

"It was nice to get the win today," Pana head coach Jason Storm said. "We expected a pretty ugly first half, and it took us awhile to get going offensively, but once we got our legs back underneath us, we kind of got back into our rhythm."


Monday, January 8, 2018

Pana's Jacob Beeson to continue football career at IC
PANA —In his senior season, Pana quarterback Jacob Beeson threw for more than 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns; he also ran for more than 850 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Pana beats South Central to cap Vandalia tourney

VANDALIA — The Pana Panthers had an up and down Vandalia tournament but finished it off on the correct side of things, getting a victory over the South Central Cougars, 65-56.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Panthers topple Ramsey Rams 81-58

VANDALIA — The Panthers were able to bounce back after their defeat last night from rival Vandalia and shot lights out from the floor and the free-throw line to go over the Rams 81-58.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Vandals have four in double digits to down Pana
VANDALIA — “Probably the best defensive effort we’ve had was in that first half against St. Anthony. We competed for about 22 minutes against the defending champs who were returning everyone,” said Pana head Coach Adam Metzger of a hard-fought game Tuesday night against Effingham St. Anthony.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Pana drops opener to #1 Effingham St. Anthony
VANDALIA — The Panthers kept it close against top-seeded Effingham St. Anthony at the Vandalia Tournament as it was only 14-11 after the first quarter and 29-21 at half.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Pana brings back junior high baseball, introduces JH softball
PANA — The Pana junior high school board unanimously approved junior high baseball and softball for the upcoming school year.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Mattoon Green Wave roll past Pana with 3-point flurry
MATTOON — Someone should check the roof of the Mattoon basketball gym because it was raining in there on Tuesday night when the Green Wave hosted the Pana Panthers.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Panther girls get over slow start, defeat Nokomis
NOKOMIS — “We started off very slowly tonight and got down 9-1. We weren't playing too bad but gave up a few offensive rebounds and couldn't buy a shot,” said head coach Jason Storm. Once those shots did start falling, the Panthers were able to overcome their early deficit and win 41-30.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pana gets conference win over Cavies
CARLINVILLE — The second quarter was the difference maker on Saturday as the Panthers went over the Cavaliers 56-49.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Panther girls defeat Miners
GILLESPIE — The Panther girls traveled to Gillespie on Saturday and came out of there with a 53-43 victory over the Miners.
Monday, December 18, 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










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