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home : sports : pana October 14, 2019

Panthers rush past Litchfield, 61-6, for 7-0 start
Drake Spracklen hauls in his first of two receptions on the night between two Litchfield defenders.Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
Drake Spracklen hauls in his first of two receptions on the night between two Litchfield defenders.
Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
Over the last two weeks, Pana’s games have come down to the final few plays to truly solidify their win. On Friday night, that all changed as the Panthers had the game in hand from the end of the first half when they were up 48-0 over Litchfield.
Saturday, October 12, 2019


Raymond ends Pana's soccer season
All good things must come to an end eventually. There are very few teams in high school sports that get to end their season with a win. For Pana soccer this season, they will not be one of them as they fell to Raymond Lincolnwood in their Regional game on a blustery Friday afternoon.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Regional girls golf: Pana 5th, THS 8th
The Tornado girls golf team finished eighth at their regional in Findlay at Eagle Creek Golf Course. The Tornadoes finished with a team score of 564 while Charleston won with a 410, Mt. Zion was second with a 446, and Tuscola was third with a 450; Pana finished fifth with a team score of 491.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Pana-Altamont ends in 1-1 tie in reg. season finale
The Pana soccer team played in its final regular season game of the year on Thursday as they played against Altamont. The Panthers would score one time in the first half and so too would Altamont, but neither team was able to score after that as the game ended on a 1-1 tie.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Pana volleyball sweeps Piasa
The Pana volleyball team traveled to Piasa on Thursday night as they took on the birds in an SCC Conference match.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Panthers pull away from Greenville in milestone matchup
PANA — “Focus on every play. Focus on every play, every block, every run, every tackle. Focus.” It was a simple message from Pana Head Football Coach Trevor Higgins in the locker room before Friday’s tilt with Greenville. It had been the mantra all week, but, in a matchup that was rife with potential distractions, it needed reiterated once more.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Volleyball Panthers still undefeated in SCC
PANA — In the Pana High School gym on Thursday night, two unbeaten South Central Conference volleyball teams met as the Carlinville Cavilers came to town. The Pana Panthers emerged as the lone unbeaten team with a two-game 25-13, 25-22 win.
Friday, October 4, 2019

SCC conf. golf results
The Pana boys and girls golf teams traveled to Fillmore to compete in the SCC Conference golf match on Monday at Indian Springs golf course. The Panther girls finished sixth with a team score of 457 while the boys were eighth with a 414.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Pana soccer tops Effingham St. Anthony 3-2
The Pana soccer team hosted Effingham St. Anthony on Saturday. The Panthers defeated St. Anthony 3-2.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Pana Fresh/Soph wins CHBC tourney
COWDEN — The Pana Freshman/Sophomore volleyball team competed in the CHBC tournament at Cowden-Herrick/Beecher-City high school on Saturday.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Lauff goes off, Pana plows Piasa 41-6 for playoff eligibility
Piasa Southwestern’s gameplan was clear Friday when they hosted the Pana Panther football team: Stop the run at all costs. The Birds stuffed the box with eight defenders and dared the Panthers to throw it. The plan backfired as Pana QB Jonah Lauff carved up the Bird secondary on a night that saw him finish with 366 passing yards and four scores.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Panther volleyball dominates net in win over Gillespie
Pana High School sophomore Jillian Hamilton accounted for 15 kills Thursday night in the PHS gym and the Panthers overwhelmed Gillespie, 25-20, 25-18, in South Central Conference volleyball action.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Pana Panther soccer makes quick work of Vandalia in 6-1 victory
The Pana Panther soccer team made quick work of Vandalia on Thursday night at home.

The Panthers scored twice within the first seven minutes of the game and finished the contest with a 6-1 victory. “We have to go out and keep up good habits and play our game,” said head coach Robert Evaul to his team before the first whistle.

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Pana girls and boys golf teams were both in action at Oak Terrace on Wednesday, as the girls hosted Litchfield and Hillsboro while the boys faced off against Staunton and North Mac. It was senior night for Pana, so the team’s six seniors were recognized in a brief ceremony.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Pana Panther girls golf finishes 3rd at Effingham
The Pana Panther girls golf team traveled to Effingham Country Club on Tuesday afternoon as they faced off against the host Flaming Hearts and the Mt. Zion Braves.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Pana girls golf 3rd at home, boys 3rd away
PANA — The Pana girls golf team hosted Teutopolis and Carlinville on Monday while the boys traveled south to Indian Springs golf course in Fillmore to take on Greenville, Litchfield, and Piasa.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Pana volleyball takes third at St. Anthony tourney
After the Panthers took fourth in last weekend’s Shelbyville tournament, the Panthers looked to place better in the Effingham St. Anthony tournament and their five games on Saturday.
Monday, September 23, 2019

Pana stays perfect; special teams fuel Panthers past Cavies
PANA — On the heals of a 12-1 season a year ago, Carlinville brought just a 1-2 record into Pana Friday night when they matched up with the 3-0 Panthers.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Taylorville, Pana square off on the links
PANA — The Taylorville and Pana golf team’s don’t play each other often, but they did on Thursday in Pana. For the boys, it was Taylorville, Pana, and  Effingham St. Anthony. For the girls, Raymond Lincolnwood also joined the fray to make that matchup a four-team affair.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Fouls put damper on Pana soccer
PANA — The Pana soccer team held its second home game in as many nights on Tuesday, this time against Piasa. The Panthers fell 2-1, and their team was assessed four yellow cards in the game.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Pana girls golf second at Litchfield; boys 2nd at home
PANA — The Pana girls golf team traveled to Litchfield on Tuesday while the boys got to stay at Oak Terrace.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Pana girls take 2nd at home, boys finish 3rd in Hillsboro
PANA — The Pana girls golf team was at home on Monday while the Pana boys team was at Hillsboro.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Teutopolis outpaces Pana soccer 9-2
PANA — The Pana Panthers hosted rival Teutopolis for their first home game in 11 days. Being away from home looked to help the Panthers play physically and compete with the bigger Wooden Shoes, despite what would ultimately be a 9-2 loss for Pana.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Higgins responds to Coach of the Week nomination
Pana’s head coach Trevor Higgins was named Chicago Bears Coach of the Week for the second week of the football season.

According to a press release from the Chicago Bears on Higgins’ nomination, “Higgins, who was named head coach of the Panthers in 2016, has helped lead his team to a 2-0 record to open the season. Pana registered a 44-7 victory in their opening game at Staunton/Mt. Olive on Aug. 30 and followed that with a 38-14 win at Roxana on Sept. 6.”

Monday, September 16, 2019

Panthers poised to build on 40-8 win over Gillespie
Even on a night when the Pana Panthers looked just a half step slower than they have in the first two weeks of the season, they still managed to hang forty points on the scoreboard Friday when they hosted the Gillespie Miners in their home debut. That’s a testament to the athletes on Pana’s roster.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Pana soccer earns big road win vs Cavies
Pana faced off against the Carlinville Cavies on Thursday. The Panthers used a big first-half of four goals and tough defense to win 5-1.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Pana girls golf third at The Rail
The Pana girls golf team made the trip to Springfield on Thursday as they faced off against Gillespie, Williamsville, and the Springfield Senators. The Panthers were third with a team score of 235, behind Springfield’s 180 and Williamsville’s 206, but in front of Gillespie’s 260.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Pana volleyball wins 1st conference match
The Pana Panthers headed to Staunton on Thursday where they continued their winning ways in SCC play. The Panthers dropped set one 25-13, but won the next two 25-21 and 25-17.
Friday, September 13, 2019

PHS golf results
The Pana boys golf team competed against Gillespie, Staunton, Mt. Olive, and Carlinville at home on Tuesday where they finished third. The Pana girls golf team traveled to Decatur on Tuesday to take on Decatur Eisenhower and Raymond Lincolnwood.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Pana soccer earns win over Gillespie
The Pana soccer team traveled to Gillespie on Tuesday to face off against the Miners. Both teams scored once in the first half, but the Panthers scored twice in the second half to come away with the 3-2 victory.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tornadoes top Pana for Mattoon Invite title
The Route 29 Rivalry between the Taylorville and Pana volleyball teams is so good that it needed to go on tour. After all, how iconic would the Beatles have been had they never left Liverpool? What if Frazier versus Ali never moved from The Garden to Manila? Some performances beg for an expanded audience and fresh venues. Taylorville and Pana on the volleyball court is one such performance, and the two teams delivered Saturday night when they put on a show at the Mattoon Invite.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Pana leans on good ground game, runs past Roxana 38-14
ROXANA — The Panthers flexed their muscle against Roxana Friday night in a 38-14 victory where Pana put the rest of the South Central Conference on notice. The message is loud and clear: This is a physically imposing team, despite their somewhat undersized stature.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

THS and Pana golf results
Friday, September 6, 2019

Pana XC runs at Carlinville
CARLINVILLE — The Pana cross country team was supposed to compete in Carlinville on Tuesday for their first race of the season, but that race was rescheduled for Thursday in Carlinville.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Pana volleyball survives A&M in three sets
PANA — A classic three-game showdown between county rivals, Pana and Central A & M, had more excitement than an old pro football game - even if it was the Bears and Packers. The Raiders took everything the Panthers could throw at them in the PHS gym on Thursday night, but the Panthers turned it up, closing out the visitors in three games, 25-17, 17-25, 25-18.
Friday, September 6, 2019

2nd half leads Pana soccer over FBCA
PANA — Tanner Field hosts the home games for both FBCA and Pana, so both teams have home field advantage, essentially, when they play there. Pana might have been the guests on the scoreboard on Thursday, but they came out on top 4-2.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Pana sweeps Vandalia in home opener
A serve may be one of the most crucial parts of a volleyball game as it is how every point starts, especially with the move to rally scoring in 1999.

Pana’s serving was definitely on point Tuesday night when they hosted Vandalia in their home opener. Alivia Reed had 10 service points for Pana, Jillian Hamilton had seven, and Brayer Denton, Rachel Holthaus, and Natalie Stauder had four each, which helped Pana win 25-8 and 25-20 over Vandalia on Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Pana girls golf second on the road; boys second at home
The Pana girls were on the road and the Panther boys were at home on Tuesday, but had the same result.

The Panther girls took on Staunton, Greenville, and Roxana. The Panthers were four strokes behind Staunton, who shot a 225, but were 11 strokes in front of Roxana’s 240 and 18 strokes in front of Greenville’s 247.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Defense, special teams propel Pana to 1-0 start
An unexpected delay can sometimes be a momentum killer. Not so for the Pana Panther football team on Saturday. After lightning pushed their season opener from Friday to Saturday, the Panthers looked as though they never missed a beat.
Monday, September 2, 2019

Pana girls golf takes 3rd at home
The Pana girls golf team hosted Rochester, Carlinville, and Gillespie on Thursday afternoon. The Panthers took third out of the four teams as they shot a team score of 235 behind Rochester’s 188 and Carlinville’s 221, but in front of Gillespie’s 274.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Panthers beat Tornadoes, retain rivalry plaque
Pana’s trophy case will play host to the Route 29 Rivalry Plaque for another year after the Panthers came into Taylorville and left with a 3-0 win over the Tornadoes on the soccer field Thursday night.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Rochester hands Pana volleyball first loss
The 2018 Central State 8 runner-up Rockets hosted the Pana Panthers on Thursday night in Rochester. Although the Rockets came out on top in straight sets 25-17 and 25-10, the experience of going up against a bigger team will benefit the Panthers for the rest of the season.
Friday, August 30, 2019

Pana golf takes third at Litchfield
The Pana boys golf team finished third with a team score of 212 as Pawnee was victorious at Litchfield with a 191 and the host was second with a 195.
Thursday, August 29, 2019

FBCA Falcons outlast Pana soccer 3-1
The Pana soccer team was supposed to play host to Newton Tuesday afternoon, but a last minute cancelation left the Panthers scrambing. What better way to fill the void than with an in-county rival?

Pana sqaured off against the Faith Bible Christian Acadamey Falcons instead.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Pana volleyball downs Hillsboro in three sets
The Pana Panthers made the trip to Hillsboro on Tuesday as they opened their season against the Hiltoppers. Although the Panthers dropped the first set 20-25, they came back in the final two sets in dominant fashion and won 25-7 and 25-12 to take the match.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Pana boys golf falls to Rams; girls third at home
Oak Terrace golf course was busy on Tuesday night as the Pana boys and girls golf teams were in action. The boys fell to Shelbyville 188-216 and the girls were third behind Auburn’s 201 and Staunton’s 233, but topped Shelbyville’s 260.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Tornadoes, Panthers both falter in their respective openers
 Taylorville’s Hunter Foster (4) evades the Lincolnwood defender during the first half of a Monday soccer match that was moved to Taylorville due to weather. The Tornadoes amassed 17 shots on goal, and keeper Preston Good registered 14 saves, but Taylorville fell 7-0 to the Lancers.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Pana boys golf falls to Vandalia; girls third at Hillsboro
The Pana boys team fell to Vandalia at home to Vandalia 184-208 on Monday while the girls were on the road and took third with a 251 as Staunton won with a 228 and Hillsboro was second with a 234.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Pana preps for Staunton at Orange and Blue scrimmage
PANA — Fans got their first look at the 2019 Pana football team Friday night when the Panthers put on their annual Orange and Blue scrimmage.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pana Golf: Building and rebuilding in 2019
Six of the eight Pana golfers on the boys team return from a year ago. On the other hand, the girls team lost seven seniors last season. The dynamic of the program, then, could shift as the boys look to continue to climb into contention while the girls try to cling to their position near the top of the conference.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Panther XC team has best numbers ever
The 2019 Pana High School cross country season is starting out on a bright note. Entering his fifth season as head coach, Mark Magnussen has more out for the sport - a dozen - than in any time during the sport’s short career. Also, for the first time, each division, boys and girls, can total in team standings.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Soccer Panthers hope 13 is good omen
Second year head coach Robert Evaul hopes the convergence of the number 13 is going to be good luck for his 2019 Pana High School boys soccer team.

“This is my 13th year teaching, my 13th year being involved in with Pana soccer teams, boys and girls, and on the first day of practice, I had 13 people come out,” he said. “So, maybe this will be good luck for us.”

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Volleyball Panthers have good foundation
It will be hard to top last year’s Pana High School volleyball team’s achievements, but Head Coach Greg Cothern, now entering his seventh season at the helm, believes his 2019 Panthers are capable of rising to the same heights.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Pana football to feature new-look offense, experienced D
A season ago, Pana Quarterback Jack Armstrong was the team’s leading rusher with 583 yards on 103 attempts. Meanwhile, fullback Mason Mizeur only had 68 rushing attempts during the 2018 campaign.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Pana Panthers
Save for the energetic kid bounding up and down the sidelines after Pana football games, I didn’t know Evan Higgins. Just those fleeting glimpses, though, were enough to know that he was loved by everyone around him and that he brought love and happiness to his family.

As we move into a new season, it is with a heavy heart that Evan is no longer with us. I’ve struggled to watch the yearning heartache of my friend, Trevor Higgins as he struggles through what must be an unbearable hell. My thoughts, too, are with his wife, Jeri Ann, who I only know in passing.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Pana boys golf takes fourth in first contest
In the first day that high school golfers were able to compete, the Pana Panthers boys teamtraveled to Meridian for 18 holes against eight other teams. The Panthers finished in fourth, with an overall team score of 406; Raymond-Lincolnwood won with a team score of 345.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Pana throttles Shelbyville in seven-on-seven finale
The Pana Panthers traveled to Shelbyville for their second 7-on-7 in as many nights. The Panthers and Rams may not play each other in the regular season, but these two teams certainly act like old rivals.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Taylorville, Pana square off in seven-on-seven
Taylorville and Pana may not have an opportunity to square off on the gridiron in the upcoming season, but there have been some preliminary discussions between the two schools as a potential scheduling option when the IHSA shifts to districts in 2020. Tuesday night, fans may have gotten a sneak peak at what that matchup could look like when the two teams competed in a seven-on-seven competition.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Stonington 14U little league team defends title
The Stonington 14u baseball team was successful in defending their 2018 MCIL 14u championship while wrapping up another stellar season on July 8th by winning the 2019 MCIL tournament with a 13-11 victory over Pana.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A&M takes 7-on-7 crown, Panthers get two wins
The Central A&M Raiders and Pana Panthers were once again next to each other in 7-on-7 action. This time, instead of facing off against each other one-on-one, they each competed in a round-robin tournament in Maroa.

Pana won two games with scores of 28-6 and 44-8 while Central A&M won 26-9, 30-22, and also the championship game over Clifton Central.

Monday, July 22, 2019













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