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Pana girls top Clinton 48-37
The Pana girls basketball team was on the road on Saturday as they traveled to Clinton to face the Maroons. The Panthers led from the beginning and held on to take the 48-37 win.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Pana escapes Miners in OT
None of the games for the Pana boys basketball team have been easy thus far, and that trend continued on Friday with the Gillespie Miners. Pana trailed by five points going into the fourth quarter, but were able to tie the game at 60 before moving on to win 66-64 in overtime.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Strong finish boosts Pana past Miners
With a four-point lead at the start of the second half, the Pana Panthers girls basketball team pushed the pedal to the metal in the third quarter, out-scoring the visiting Gillespie Miners, 20-6, and went on to a 51-35 win Thursday night in the PHS gym.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Miller's 30 for Shelbyville too much for Panthers
Malcolm Miller scored more than half of Shelbyville’s points on Tuesday night as the Rams defeated Pana 59-46.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Lady Panthers fall on the road at T-Town
The Pana Panther girls traveled to Teutopolis on Monday night. Pana was held to single digit quarters for the entirety of the game and fell 60-28.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Free-throw woes aid Pana's win over Mt. Zion
The Pana Panthers topped Mt. Zion on Saturday 48-41, but the Braves were 4-17 in the contest from the free-throw line whereas the Panthers were 5-12 from the stripe and sank five threes.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Pana girls 9th, Taylorville 10th at Abe Invitational
Taylorville Bowling hosted its annual Abe Lincoln Invitational at King Pin Lanes in Springfield on Saturday for the 11th year in a row. Of the 20 girls teams, both Taylorville and Pana finished inside the top-10 with the Panthers in ninth and Taylorville at the 10 spot. Of the 16 boys teams, the Tornadoes also were top-10 at number 10.
Monday, December 3, 2018

St. Pat's eighth grade girls capture regional title
The Pana Sacred Heart St. Pat’s eighth grade girls basketball team won their regional championship Friday night over Sorento by a final score of 34-18. Being the number-one seed and receiving a first-round bye, the St. Pat’s had defeated Findlay Okaw Valley on Wednesday 48-26 to reach Friday’s title game.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Pana turns up second half defense to beat Pawnee, 63-40
The Pana Panthers turned a close game at halftime into a runaway win Friday night in the Pana High School gym as they beat the Pawnee Indians, 63-40. Pana’s lead was 31-28 at there end of the first half in which Pawnee led the game three different times and it was tied three times. It is believed this was the first regular season game between the two teams - or at least in anyone’s memory.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Pana girls stumble in SCC opener
The Pana girls traveled to Greenville on Thursday night to open conference play against the Comets. The Panthers had to defend the inside game of Greenville, but were defeated 62-50.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Panthers, Raiders open boys basketball season
It was a rivalry renewed on the basketball court Tuesday night as the Central A&M Raiders and the Pana Panthers kicked off their seasons
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Pana finishes 5th in hosted tournament, CAM 4th
The Pana Panthers and Central A&M Raiders wrapped up play in the Pana Thanksgiving tournament on Saturday with Pana winning fifth place and Central A&M falling in the third place game to finish fourth. Pana won 55-35 and CAM lost 50-30.
Monday, November 26, 2018

A&M girls to play for third in Pana
PANA — The Central A&M Raider girls had the opportunity on Friday to play for a championship on Saturday; win and they were in. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they were defeated by one point to Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran on Friday, 48-47.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Pana girls too much for Okaw Valley
PANA — When the first quarter ended Friday afternoon, the Pana High School girls basketball team had a 17-10 lead on Okaw Valley and it looked like this might be a close basketball game in the Pana Girls Thanksgiving Tourney.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Central A&M hands Pana first loss of season Saturday
After losing their first game on Friday night to Williamsville, the Central A&M Raiders were out to make it their only loss of the weekend. They did just that, defeating St. Elmo/Brownstown in the morning session and then topping Pana in the nightcap; Pana topped Williamsville in the afternoon session.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Lady Raiders fall in overtime, Pana continues to roll
PANA — The Pana Panthers are playing host to some good girls basketball at their annual Thanksgiving Tournament, which started Friday night. Hosting eighth teams across two gyms on Friday, the action featured both Central A&M and Pana.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Pana Panther bowlers ready to advance to next level
PANA — Ashley Keeling may be a first-year head coach for the Pana High School bowling team, but her history with the program runs deep. Keeling, a 2007 graduate of Pana High School, was a member of the very first Pana bowling team in 2006.
Friday, November 16, 2018

It's full speed ahead for Pana Lady Panthers basketball
PANA — After a 21-8 season and a spot in the regional championship game last season, Head Coach Jason Storm is looking for the Pana Panthers girls basketball team to run full speed ahead into the 2018-19 season. Storm, who is beginning his fifth season at the helm of the Panthers, has noted steady improvement with his team since a nearly reverse identical record (7-21) in 2014-15.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Panther boys basketball looking to improve in 18-19
PANA — Third-year boys head basketball coach at Pana High School, Adam Metzger, is leaning on his seniors to improve on a 10-18 from last season and an early exit from the regionals come February. He’s hoping better outside shooting and more of a presence underneath the basket will propel them this season.
Friday, November 16, 2018

CEO Powder Puff game turning into annual classic
In its inaugural year last year, the Christian County CEO Powder Puff football game was a big success. Big enough, in fact, that the CEO program expanded it’s reach this year. Where it was just a Taylorville affair last year, Wednesday night’s game frittered not only four Taylorville teams, but also teams from Pana and South Fork as well.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pana D locks down Pawnee in opener
It was a defensive showcase for the Pana Panther girls basketball team on Tuesday night as they hosted the Pawnee Indians in their season opener.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Four Panther volleyball players named all-conference
Four Pana Panthers were named to the all-conference team for the SCC this season: Kaylee Holland and Shania Schoonover were named to the first-team, Maddie Ashcraft was named to the second-team, and Grace Sims was named to the third-team.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Tri-Valley edges Pana on missed PATs
DOWNS, Ill. — “That was a disciplined team; that’s what disciplined football looks like,” Pana Head Coach Trevor Higgins said following his team’s second-round playoff loss against the Downs Tri-Valley Vikings Saturday.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Pana closes season in seesaw sectional finale
Nineteen to one; it was Pana’s lead over Fairfield in the second set of Wednesday’s sectional championship matchup.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Pana backfield looking for Vandalia-like effort in round 2
In the first half of Pana’s week-nine matchup with Vandalia, Pana fullback Lane Perry had an eye-popping four carries for 139 yards and two scores on the ground.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Rising stars: Pana JFL to bring big potential to varsity ranks
Sixty-two and two; it’s the combined record, over the course of a four-season career, for the last two eighth-grade Pana JFL teams.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Downs Tri-Valley: A similar, more efficient Oakwood
Pana’s IHSA 2A second-round matchup Saturday against the Downs Tri-Valley Vikings may be a little like hitting the replay button.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Pana avenges early loss, moves to sectional final
Revenge can be a great motivator. And in the past couple of matches for the Pana Panthers volleyball team, it featured prominently. In the Regional championship on Thursday, the Panthers avenged a loss to Newton who knocked them out of post-season play last year. And, in Monday night’s Class 2A Sectional match against Edwards County in the Cumberland High School gym, revenge played into the mental preparedness for the match.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Panthers outlast Oakwood 28-21 in Rd. 1
Something about playoff football brings out the bold side in Pana Head Coach Trevor Higgins. In a 2016 first-round game against Marshall, Higgins went for two in a boom-or-bust call. It paid off. In Saturday's first-round playoff contest with the Oakwood Comets, Higgins and his team attempted two onside kicks. Only the first was successful, but it set the tone for the whole contest. It came on the opening kickoff to start the game.
Monday, October 29, 2018

Pana alum, Notre Dame girls finish second at ACC XC race
Former Pana graduate Claudia Magnussen ran with the Notre Dame girls at the Atlantic Coast Conference cross-country race on Friday. The Notre Dame boys won the meet, uprooting the former five-time champion Syracuse while the Notre Dame girls finished second.
Monday, October 29, 2018

8th grade Tornadoes fall in last second
The eighth grade girls basketball team fell on a last-second shot on Thursday as Pana was able to get the 24-22 victory.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Pana sweeps Newton for four-peat
“Four-peat?” “Quad-peat?” What ever you want to call it, the Pana Panthers volleyball team made it four regional titles in a row on Thursday night with a 25-20, 25-18 win over the Newton Eagles in the championship game of the Pana IHSA Class 2A Volleyball Tournament.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Seventh grade girls start fast, beat Pana
The seventh grade Tornado girls basketball team took an 18-point lead at the end of the first quarter against Pana and didn’t look back as the Tornadoes won 46-8.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Pana's 12th Man Group Ready to Roll
The current members of Pana’s 12th Man Group are ready for Saturday’s round-one playoff game and their ritual pre-game cookout.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Panthers rout Vandals; get Newton for regional crown
The Pana Panthers volleyball team used a powerful attack at the net to derail the Vandalia Vandals in the semi-final of the IHSA Class 2A Pana Regional on Tuesday afternoon in the PHS gym. Pana won in two straight, 25-11, 25-11.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Road to the playoffs: Pana nets 3rd straight 8-1 season
In his three season’s as head coach of Pana football, coach Trevor Higgins has been nothing if not consistent. He’s never lost more than one game in the regular season; that’s 24 wins over the span of three regular seasons.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Pana's 12th Man group celebrates Panthers football
Since 1909, it’s been the Pana Panthers scoring touchdowns and providing the fireworks on the football field. But, since 2015, it’s been the 12th Man group that has provided the aerial fireworks at Pana home football games at Brummett Field on those touchdowns. Along the way, the group has been “diversifying,” providing not only the fireworks but also signaling a touchdown with a powerful air horn and glamorizing the entrance by the home team complete with fog. They also cook for several tailgate parties for other organizations throughout the football season.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Peaking at prime time: Pana D poised for big postseason
“We ready for what’s coming! You’ll see a Pana D you haven’t seen this year,” Panther defensive back Zaylon Riley tweeted Saturday night after finding out his team’s draw in the IHSA 2A playoffs against Oakwood.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Oakwood to bring two-headed ground game to Pana
Saturday’s first-round IHSA 2A playoff contest between the hosting Pana Panthers and the visiting Oakwood Comets will be a showcase of two very different styles.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A&M, Pana run at Carlinville
Both the Central A&M boys and girls teams advanced from the Carlinville regional on Saturday for the first time in over 12 years. Pana was also in attendance at the regional, finishing 11th in the boys race and ninth in the girls race; the Panther’s season has come to a close as no one advanced to the next round.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Three area teams make playoffs
Taylorville, Pana, and Central A&M all awaited their playoff fates Saturday night with watch parties to view the IHSA Pairing Show for their divisions
Monday, October 22, 2018

Panthers run past Vandals 42-27 for 8-1 finish
With a home playoff spot on the line, and against rival Vandalia, Pana’s football team just looked a little different Friday. Sure, it would be easy to point to the eye popping 349 rushing yards and say “that’s it,” but that wasn’t it.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Back to back: Pana again perfect in SCC
For the second year in a row, the Pana Panthers remained perfect throughout their conference play and secured an undefeated SCC championship. The Panthers clinched at least a share of the title with a win over Vandalia on Tuesday, the team they clinched against last season. On Thursday, Pana defeated Hillsboro to win the title outright  in a two-set sweep, 26-24 and 25-10.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Pana secures SCC title share on senior night
Pana’s Maddie Ashcraft stood shuffling outside the locker room Tuesday night. Her voice had a tremor when she spoke, and tears were welling in her eyes between fits of laughter, both nervous and joyous. Fellow senior Shania Schoonover seemed to enjoy the spectacle as she giggled delightfully.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Route 29 Rivals: Taylorville tops Pana in three
Both Taylorville and Pana came into the Monday’s  volleyball contest looking to better themselves with regional play right around the corner. Pana has been on a winning streak, but so have the Tornadoes, and both teams left it all on the court. Despite their different classes, this was a battle between two evenly matched foes, but it was the Tornadoes who edged out a 25-17, 23-25, and 25-18 win over the Panthers.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

THS 2nd, Pana third at Pana Fresh/Soph Invite
The Taylorville JV finished second at the Pana Fresh/Soph Invite on Saturday, while the host Panthers finished third.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Pana pitches 46-0 shutout
Friday night lights always shine brightest when the game is about more than football. That was the case when Pana hosted Litchfield Friday.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Panthers sweep Litchfield
The Pana volleyball team continued its winning ways on Thursday, as they were able to sweep the Litchfield Purple Panthers 25-13 and 25-19.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Panther volleyball remains perfect in SCC play
The Pana Panthers were on the road on Tuesday against Greenville for an SCC conference matchup against the Comets. The Panthers were able to sweep Greenville 27-25 and 25-17, to remain a perfect 6-0 in conference play.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Panthers, Raiders run at Carlinville
The Pana Panthers and Central A&M Raiders ran in the Carlinville Invitational. The Raiders finished in seventh during the boys race and sixth in the girls race; Pana was 11 in the girls race and didn’t have enough boys to race as a team.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pana girls golf at sectionals
Three Pana Panther golfers competed in the Auburn Sectional on Monday at Edgewood Golf Course. A slightly warmer day than usual in October saw the course play very nicely for them.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Panthers take fifth at Shelby-Pana Invite Saturday
The Panthers posted an impressive 4-1 record Saturday in a loaded tournament that featured the likes of perennial contenders like Rochester, Windsor Stew-Stras, Shelbyville, Newton, and Effingham.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Pana pitches near shutout in Piasa for 6th win
PIASA — On a day when Pana classes weren’t in session, and on a long road trip where the Panther bus broke down, it would have been easy for the Pana football team to look lethargic Friday night.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Pana to host Volley for the Cure against T'ville
PANA — The Pana Panther Volleyball team will host Volley for the Cure on Monday, October 15 at Pana high school. The Panthers will host Taylorville. The freshman match will begin at five, JV at six, and varsity following those matches. 
Saturday, October 6, 2018

FBCA Falcons hold on for 2-1 regional win over the Panthers
PANA - Faith Bible Christian Academy made a 2-0 halftime lead hold up as they outlasted the Pana Panthers 2-1, in the first round of the IHSA Class 1A Effingham St. Anthony Regional on Friday afternoon. The game was played at Tanner Field in Pana.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Beyers earns spot on U.S. team bound for Russia
PANA — Aubrey Beyers, 17, of Pana has been selected to officially represent Team USA at the 2018 Trampoline and Tumbling World Age Group Competition held this November in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Panthers closing in on 20 wins
PANA — The Pana Panthers volleyball team is on the threshold of their fourth straight season with at least 20 wins. Thursday night, in the Pana High School gym, the Panthers made short work of the Southwestern Piasa Birds with a two-game sweep, 29-27, 25-21, to pick up their 19th win.
Friday, October 5, 2018

PHS soccer falls to Shells
The Panthers traveled to Roxana to face off against the Roxana Shells on Tuesday. Pana scored one goal early, but allowed the Shells to score four times to fall 4-1.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pana starts week right with road win
The Pana soccer team has four games this week with only Wednesday as a day to rest. On Monday, the Panthers took on Mt. Pulaski and were able to come away with the 4-2 victory.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Panthers gash Toppers with big gainers, win 42-20
Third and twenty-four, 1:25 left in the first half, and Pana is clinging to a eight-point lead against an overmatched Hillsboro team.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Pana volleyball continues SCC dominance
The Pana volleyball team still has yet to be defeated in SCC conference play this season after defeating Carlinville on Thursday by final scores of 25-11 and 25-22.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Pana girls finish third at SCC tournament
The Pana girls golf team finished third at the SCC conference tournament with a team score of 449. Carlinville won the tournament with a 418 score, Greenville was second with a 444, Pana was third, Hillsboro was fourth with a 451, Staunton was fifth with a 471, Roxana was sixth with a 476, and Litchfield was seventh with a 512.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Toppers rally to take down Pana soccer on senior night
“We possessed the ball well and we moved the ball well. We had very few mistakes. Unfortunately, the mistakes we did have, went for goals,” Pana Head Soccer Coach Robert Evaul said Tuesday night after a 3-2 loss to Hillsboro that came on Pana’s senior night.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Taylorville third in 4A football poll, Pana 9th in 2A poll
According to the Associated Press, the Taylorville Tornado football team is the third best in the state of Illinois in the 4A bracket, behind only IC Catholic (5-0) at number one and Rochester (4-1) at number two.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Pana boys golf 7th at SCC tourney
The Pana boys golf team competed in the SCC conference tournament on Monday at Indian Springs Golf Curse. The Panthers finished seventh with a team score of 428; Hillsboro won with a 311, Vandalia was second with a 345, Greenville was third with a 362, Litchfield was fourth with a 381, Roxana was fifth with a 390, Carlinville was just ahead of Pana with a 411, Staunton was behind Pana with a 436, and Piasa finished ninth with a 486.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Pana soccer falls to St. Anthony
On Saturday, the Pana Panthers traveled to Effingham to face St. Anthony. The Bulldogs defeated the Panthers 2-1.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Panthers bounce back, run through Staunton 41-13
PANA — Pana wide receiver and return specialist Bryce Edmiston flashed a Cheshire grin during the post-game huddle Friday night; in a bold move, he was donning the now-iconic fisherman’s hat that belongs to Panther Head Coach Trevor Higgins.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Pana soccer wins big over Vandalia
VANDALIA — The Pana Panthers traveled to Vandalia on Thursday. The Panthers were looking for a big bounce back win after falling to FBCA on Tuesday, Pana won 9-0.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Pana Panther Senior Golfers
Friday, September 21, 2018

Pana volleyball rolls over Gillespie
GILLESPIE — The Pana Panthers remain undefeated in conference play as they defeated Gillespie on Thursday by scores of 25-8 and 25-15.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Pana girls win, boys second at Oak Terrace
On Wedensday, the Pana girls and boys golf teams played at Oak Terrace. The Pana girls topped Hillsboro and Litchfield while the boys finished second behind North Mac and in front of Staunton.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

FBCA rallies with two goals in 2nd half to top Pana
Pana and Faith Bible Christian Academy (FBCA) both use Tanner Park for their home games, so neither team truly had home field advantage Tuesday when the two teams squared off.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pana falls to T-Town
The Pana volleyball team hosted the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes on Tuesday. The Shoes and the Panthers went the distance with one another, but it was the Shoes that came out on top 22-25 and 24-26.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pana girls golf hosts Effingham,Mt. Zion
The Pana golf team hosted a pair of Apollo Conference schools on Tuesday as Effingham and Mt. Zion came to town. The Panthers finished second with a team score of 210, behind Effingham’s 165 and in front of Mt. Zion’s 228.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Panther soccer tops North Mac in thriller
The Pana soccer team traveled to North Mac on Monday and won a thrilling game by a final score of 5-4.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Pana boys and girls golf scores from Girard
The Pana boys golf team was on the road and the girls golf team was at home on Monday. The boys shot a 219 and the girls shot a 225.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Pana JFL results
The Pana Junior Football League went to Piasa on Saturday and made it a clean sweep of all four games.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Pana volleyball wins Effingham St. Anthony Invite
The Pana Panthers topped the St. Anthony Invite over the weekend, defeating Shelbyville in the championship game by a score of 25-21, 15-25, and 15-10.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Dixon's 5 touchdowns lead Carlinville past Pana, 49-12
CARLINVILLE — “Play with pride,” Pana Head Coach Trevor Higgins told his team as the Panthers prepared to take the field in the second half of Friday night’s contest with the Carlinville Cavaliers.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Pana girls golf results
PANA — The Panther girls golf team hosted Effingham St. Anthony and Raymond Lincolnwood on Thursday. St. Anthony came away victorious with a 163, Lincolnwood shot a 201, and the Panthers had a 218.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Panther volleyball defeats Roxana
PANA — The Panthers hosted the Roxana Shells on Thursday night and defeated the Shells in straight sets 25-17 and 25-23.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Pana soccer bounces back vs Piasa
After losing to the Wooden Shoes of Teutopolis, the Pana soccer team bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Piasa Southwestern on Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Pana golf travels to Litchfield, T-Town
Both the Pana boys golf team, and the Pana girls golf team competed on Tuesday. The boys traveled to Teutopolis and the girls played in Litchfield.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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