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Former PHS coach Gerald Tidwell dies suddenly
Former Pana High School Head Football Coach Gerald Tidwell, 54, died suddenly on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Tidwell, who was head coach at Pana for 12 years, and is the winningest football coach in school history at Pana with a record of 71-45.

Tidwell began his coaching career in Pana in the fall of 1990. The team had a 4-5 record, but the next season, 1991, Tidwell guided the Panthers to its first play-off appearance, snapping a 16-year absence. While the Panthers lost that play-off game, his 1994 team would record the first-ever play-off win for Pana. Under his coaching, the Panthers went to the play-offs seven times. In 1998, he coached the team to its first undefeated season, 9-0, since the 1955 Panthers team which was also 9-0.

Former PHS Head Football Coach Al Stupek, remembered Tidwell fondly. In fact, Stupek was serving on the Pana School Board at the time Tidwell was hired.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021


Panther baseball takes care of Toppers
The Pana Panther baseball team faced off against Hillsboro at the home of the Hiltoppers on Monday night. Although Hillsboro gained a 1-0 lead after the first inning, the Panthers picked up three runs in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead.

After answering with one run of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning, Hillsboro surrendered three more runs to Pana in the top of the seventh which was the final score as Pana was victorious 6-2.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Panther baseball tops Hillsboro on the road
The Pana Panther baseball team faced off against Hillsboro at the home of the Hiltoppers on Monday night. Although Hillsboro gained a 1-0 lead after the first inning, the Panthers picked up three runs in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead.

After answering with one run of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning, Hillsboro surrendered three more runs to Pana in the top of the seventh which was the final score as Pana was victorious 6-2.

Brenden Schoonover, Lane Funneman, and Evan Swisher each had two hits on the day for the Panthers with Schoonover and Swisher each picking up RBI’s. Sam Beck and Drew Hackler collected the other RBI’s for Pana in the contest.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Panther softball picks up second win in a row
The Pana softball team was on the road once again Monday night as they traveled to Hillsboro. The Panthers were also able to pick up their second win in a row as they were victorious 7-2.

Kiley Ladage tossed a complete game and allowed two runs on four hits, walked three, and struck out nine.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Pana spoils home opener, Senior Night, for Hawks
It was Riverton’s first home game and just their third game of the season. It was also Senior Night for their lone senior in Kenna VanHuss, who was on the mound for the Hawks.

Pana jumped on the Hawks early and scored four runs in the third inning. Despite Riverton answering with their lone run of the contest in the fourth inning, it was all they mustered as Pana was victorious 6-1 on the night.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Pana soccer blanks Beardstown 2-0 at home
The Pana girls soccer team hosted Beardstown on Thursday night at home. The Panthers scored two goals in the first half and held Beardstown scoreless as the Panthers were victorious 2-0.

After a penalty kick, the Panthers got their first goal with 10:25 remaining in the first half as Kassie Weideman followed the rebound and put it in the back of the net. Weideman was responsible for the second goal as well as she crossed in the ball from the left side of the field and Haley Hayes finished the goal.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Panther softball falls 7-1 at home to Gillespie
The Gillespie Miners were rolling through the first five innings of the contest against Pana on Thursday night. The Miners were throwing a perfect game on the mound until Bre Stalets had different plans.

Stalets drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the sixth inning, which led to Brianna Sarver picking up the first Pana hit of the game immediately after. Kiley Ladage got Pana’s second hit of the game in the seventh inning, then stole second and scored on a passed ball after advancing to third on a base hit in the inning.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Gillespie Miners rally past Pana Panther baseball
The Pana baseball team hosted Gillespie on Thursday night. Despite taking a 2-0 lead after the fourth inning, the Panthers surrendered six runs in the top of the fifth and one in the top of the sixth to give the Miners a 7-2 lead. Pana answered just one run in the seventh inning and fell 7-3 on the night.

Bo Christer tossed five innings for the Panthers and he allowed six runs on seven hits, walked two, and struck out three; Drew Hackler took over for the rest of the game and allowed one run on four hits, walked one, and struck out three.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Last-minute goal propels Athens girls over Pana
The Pana Panthers played a man down through a majority of the contest on Tuesday evening after Jadyn Bearup picked up a red card with 10:23 to go in the first half. Despite playing with one less on the field, the Panthers held the Warriors scoreless for more than 78 minutes of the contest.

The Warriors were able to break the scoreless tie with 1:56 left in the second half after the Warrior forward stole the ball from the Pana defense and despite their best effort to recover, the ball moves faster in the air and the ball found the back of the net.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Panthers blank Cavies
The Pana Panthers shutout Carlinville on Monday night when they faced off against each other in Carlinville. Despite the contest being cut short due to the weather, Pana came away with the 7-0 victory in five-and-a half complete innings.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Panthers shut out Central A&M
PANA — The Pana baseball team added a last-minute game with Central A&M on Friday afternoon. The Panthers were able to score one run in the first and third innings, and added six in the sixth inning to come away with the 8-0 victory.
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Pana girls soccer drops close contest to Williamsville
The Pana soccer team held the usually prolific Williamsville girls soccer team to just one goal in the first half and one in the second half, but the Panthers weren’t able to answer either one, as they fell 2-0 on the night.

Despite the Panthers having some really good looks with the wind in the first half, it was the Bullets who broke the 0-0 tie with a goal with 19:04 left in the first half. Pana was with the wind in the first half and had three opportunities off of corners in the first half, which were put in with good crosses from Jillian Hamilton, but weren’t able to get them in the back of the net.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Good numbers, enthusiasm up for PHS girls track
Just like every other spring high school sport, the Pana High School girls track team is adjusting to the situation.

“We are glad to be having a season, Head Coach Taylor Cothern said. “We have missed our time together. We have missed the sport of track and field and are grateful for the opportunity to compete. This season is going to be short, as the girls only have six meets, not including sectionals and state, but we are going to make the most of those competitions.”

She said the numbers are good.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Panthers boys track team has bright spots
There are some questions about the experience level of the Pana High School boys track team this season. But Coach Will Shalter is not painting a completely dark picture.

“We are young and somewhat inexperienced,” Shalter said. “I think everyone is in the same boat where they’ve done these thing before, but gosh, it’s been two years since they have participated. We have some great athletes, but they haven’t done it in awhile.”

Returning letter winners for the Panthers are junior Austin Karbach in distance running and Colin Schmitz in pole vault. He predicts they will have great seasons this year.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Softball Panthers look to improve on the diamond
Veteran softball player and coach, Marty Cloe is looking forward to the new softball season and hopes to pick up where the team left off. He has a stable of five experienced seniors and four juniors who share some experience Cloe hopes to mold into a solid unit.

“Every year, our goal is to be above .500,” he said. “I think we have the speed, pitching and defense to get the job done.”

An all conference centerfielder two years ago, Brianna Sarver will be at shortstop this season.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Pana girls soccer has youthful component this season
Four seniors will lead a fairly young Pana High School girls soccer team this year, lacking some experience due to the layoff caused by the COVID pandemic. But Coach Mike Weideman is optimistic they will improve as the year goes along.

“It’s not how we play right now, it’s how were playing at the end of the season,” Weideman said. “With regionals being allowed, coming down to the end of the season, that’s where we need to be at our best.”

Senior Addie Deere is expected to be one of the team leaders, playing from her position on the back line where Weideman says she does a great job.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Hackler's walk-off slam lifts Pana over Meridian
The Pana Panthers scored five runs in the seventh inning to come back and walk-off with a victory on Monday night.

Pana trailed 7-4 going into the final inning of play when Ryan Karbach got the Panthers on base via a dropped third strike.. Lane Funneman got a walk to put runners on first and second with just one out in the inning. Sam Beck singled to center field which scored Karbach from second.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Panthers, Ambrose drub Bulldogs 49-0 in finale
The Pana Panthers looked to be in post-season form Friday night when they hosted the Staunton Bulldogs in what would ultimately be a 49-0, running-clock victory. Post-season form, though, is hardly a consolation prize in a year where there is no post season.

It’s a shame, too, because Friday’s win marked Pana’s second consecutive running-clock victory; it was also a back-to-back shutout after the Panthers handled Hillsboro the week before. The Panthers, then, had seemingly just found their footing, only to see their season come to an unceremonious close.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Panther softball beats Greenville in opener
Kylie Hendrickson tossed the first victory for the Panthers this season as Pana won 16-9 over the Comets.
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Early lead gives Pana baseball win over Greenville
The Pana baseball team hit the road on Wednesday as they faced off against Greenville. The Panthers scored one run in the first inning and one in the fourth to come away with the 2-0 victory over the Comets.

Brenden Schoonover opened the game with a single for the Panthers who then stole second and attempted to steal third, but the throw was mistimed and Greenville’s third baseman couldn’t handle it. With Schoonover on third, Ryan Karbach grounded out to the third baseman, but Schoonover scored to give Pana a 1-0 lead.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Panthers sweep Carrolton on Senior Night
The Pana Panthers celebrated their four seniors on Tuesday night when they hosted the Carrolton Hawks. Although the group originally started with 12 girls in the sixth grade, the first group to competitively play volleyball at the sixth grade level, four girls stuck it out and played through to their senior season.

Carsen Sims, Carsyn Ashley, Alivia Reed, and Brayer Denton were celebrated on the night and the Panthers were able to take the 25-11 and 25-8 victory on the evening as well.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Pana volleyball tops Mt. Pulaski on the road
The Pana Panthers hit the road on Monday night as they traveled to Mt. Pulaski. The Panthers were victorious in straight sets 25-20 and 25-12.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Schoonover carves up Toppers, Panthers roll 42-0
HILLSBORO — The Pana run game was the best it’s been all season, the defense was perfect, and junior Brenden Schoonover may have cemented himself as one of the South Central Conference’s best two-way players.
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Funneman fans 10, Panthers beat Bullets 3-2
Pana’s Lane Funneman was painting corners and throwing gas on the mound Wednesday afternoon when the Panthers hosted the Williamsville Bullets in their season debut.

Funneman’s workman-like outing spanned six and a third innings where the senior hurler racked up 10 strikeouts.  Funneman also didn’t allow any earned runs as the Bullets only scored on a couple of Pana errors in what would ultimately be a 3-2 victory for the Panthers.

“My fastball was working for me, so was my curveball. About the third inning, I really started to get some movement on my pitches, and my curveball was my main strikeout pitch today,” Funneman said of his gem.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Panthers volleyball sweeps Pawnee
The Pana volleyball team traveled to Pawnee to take on the Indians on Tuesday night. The Panthers defeated the Indians in two sets with scores of 25-13 and 25-3.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Hillsboro tops Pana soccer on penalty kick
One big mistake. That’s what cost Pana in their game against Hillsboro on Tuesday night.

The Hilltoppers were able to get possession of the ball at midfield and pushed it up the sideline to the right corner. A good cross in was received in the box by the Hilltoppers, but the panthers had three defenders there as well. A scrum for the ball led to some contact in the box and a Hilltopper went down.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Pana volleyball handles Hillsboro
The Pana Panthers were on the road on Monday night as they took on Hillsboro. The Panthers defeated the Hilltoppers in straight sets 25-15 and 25-12.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Ruot's hat trick wrecks Pana's senior night 24-13
Vandalia junior wide receiver and defensive back Carson Ruot was certainly playing with a full deck Friday night, and he would deal out a full house of trouble to the Pana Panthers in a contest where he would find the endzone three times and pull down two interceptions on defense to lead Vandalia to a 24-13 victory.
Saturday, April 10, 2021

Strong 2nd set leads Pana past Greenville
Pana lost the first five points to Greenville in the second set as the Comets were able to get a side out and capitalize on a couple of Pana offensive mistakes.

The Comets carried their lead out to a 15-11 point, and were able to capitalize on getting a dig off of a block and making a couple of passes for a ball that fell in on Pana’s side. After the Comets led 16-11, Pana head coach Greg Cothern took a timeout to talk to his team.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Pana picks up big non-conference victory
After not playing for nearly a week, the Pana Panthers played in back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday. The long travel to Vandalia didn’t affect the Panthers the next night as they defeated Meridian in straight sets 25-13 and 25-12.

Meridian had the first serve of the game, but Pana was able to get the side out. From there, Alivia Reed had the serve and Pana took the first five points of the opening set to lead 5-0 before the Hawks got their first point.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Panthers spoil Tornado soccer Senior Night 3-1
Tornado head coach Tim Karbach mentioned at his last conference game that once the Tornadoes get out of their conference they’re really competitive. That competitiveness showed on Monday night as a part of their Senior Night.

Despite falling to the Panthers 3-1 on the night the Tornadoes held Pana scoreless for 38:15. Sam Beck had a shot, but the wind picked up and blew it right to the foot of Nikko Pierce. Pierce was able to drill a shot past a diving Preston Good and scored with 1:45 to go in the first half. Neither team was able to score for the remainder of the half, and the Panthers held a 1-0 lead into the second half.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Pana volleyball downs Williamsville
It was Williamsville’s Senior Night on Tuesday when Pana was in town. The Panthers left with the three-set victory as they won the first set 25-23, lost the second 18-25, but won the third 25-18.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Pana Panther volleyball sweeps Gillespie 25-14, 25-5
“Sometimes it’s nice to have these atmosphere’s,” said Pana head coach Greg Cothern about the quietness inside the gym on Monday. “I think it really allows the girls to focus and talk to each other and if they aren’t talking, then everyone knows it and it gives them something to work on.”

Pana stumbled early in their match against Gillespie, but they battled back and were victorious 25-14 and 25-5.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Pana rallies from down 12, beats Carlinville 19-15
After finding themselves down 12-0 to Carlinville with 5:56 left in the third quarter Friday night, Pana was looking for a few of its younger, rising stars to step up with a clutch performance. Quarterback Carter Hocq delivered with a three-touchdown second half that would ultimately see Pana steal a 19-15 win from the rival Cavies.

Perhaps Hocq was just searching for a big confidence boost, something to help him break out of his shell; he got it just seconds after Carlinville scored its second touchdown when the Panthers answered right back on a 66-yard catch-and-run by Ace Armstrong.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Panther soccer posts 2-0 shutout over Greenville
A solid effort by the Pana Panthers boys soccer team resulted in a 2-0 shutout of South Central Conference foe Greenville Thursday afternoon on the Pana pitch at Tanner Field. Pana scored one goal in each half, both coming within the first 10 minutes of each half.

“I thought we controlled the game most of the time. We had possession of the ball most of the game,” Head Coach Robert Evaul said. “Our passing was great, our distribution was great, our formations were great, everything was great - except for the weather conditions.”

Friday, March 26, 2021

Panther volleyball sweeps Litchfield 25-17, 25-6
The Pana Panthers faced off against the Litchfield Panthers on the road on Thursday night. Pana continued its new conference winning streak as they defeated the Purple Panthers 25-17 and 25-6.
Friday, March 26, 2021

Pana volleyball takes down North Mac
The Pana Panthers traveled to North Mac for a matchup with the Panthers on Tuesday night. North Mac will be joining the SCC next season, so this was an opportunity for a preview for what may come. Pana came away with the victory on the night as they won set one 25-14 and set two 25-22.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Pana volleyball beats Cavies to get back on track
A winning streak is usually only ever talked about when it is over; no one seems to want to talk about it when it is happening as to not jinx it. The Panther volleyball team was on a 28 match winning streak in the SCC before they lost to Staunton last week.

Pana got back on the right side of the SCC win column on Monday as they ran past Carlinville, taking both sets with scores of 25-14 and 25-11.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Panthers swept by Senators
The Pana Panthers hosted a tough Springfield High squad on Saturday afternoon. The Senators took both sets off of the Panthers in 25-20 and 25-22 victories.
Monday, March 22, 2021

Pana outlasts Gillespie 28-22 in triple overtime thriller
GILLESPIE — “We knew Ambrose was going to be a beast on both sides of the ball. He’s just an athlete,” Pana head coach Trevor Higgins said Friday night of his star, two-way player Andrew Ambrose.
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Pana soccer dominates Vandalia
PANA — While there were teams yesterday who decided not to play their soccer games, Pana head coach Robert Evaul had a different mindset about the wind, rain, and cold-blowing wind on Thursday afternoon.
Friday, March 19, 2021

Panther football to feature youth, speed, athleticism
PANA — Since he’s taken over the program, Pana head football coach Trevor Higgins and his Panther teams have never won fewer than nine games in a season. This year, however, five wins will be the best that Higgins and company can hope for.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Pana Panther boys soccer to feature eight seniors this season
PANA — Third-year Head Coach Bobby Evaul has big numbers for his spring 2021 soccer season and returns quite a few veteran players, including eight seniors.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Panther volleyball amped to get started
PANA — Volleyball season is here — Finally! And Head Coach Greg Cothern and his Pana Panthers couldn’t be more ready to get the season underway. Delayed from the fall of 2020, the Panthers will take to the floor for 18 matches.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Pana volleyball sweeps Piasa Southwestern in season opener
Pana’s volleyball program has been a perennial powerhouse for the last several years. In almost each and every match, the Panthers are usually running like a well-oiled machine.

In a season that was cobbled together on short notice, with limited time to practice, Pana, however,  looked a little vulnerable Tuesday night in their season opener against Piasa Southwestern.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Pana eighth grade falls in Regional title game
The Pana Panthers had to travel to Carlinville to compete for the Regional Championship on Monday. Unfortunately, Pana was unable to bring back the title as they fell 25-20 and 25-21.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Eighth-grade Panthers beat North Mac to earn regional tital bid
Hosting the North Mac Panthers on Saturday morning, the Pana Junior High School 8th grade volleyball team went three sets to defeat the visitors 23-25, 25-8, 25-16, and advance to today’s regional final at Carlinville, playing the host school. Tip-off is at 5:00 p.m.

“We were able to bounce back today and typically, that’s something we didn’t do last year,” Head Coach Greg Cothern said. “We made so many unforced errors in that first game, it made the score look way different than it actually was. In the second game, once we cut down on our unforced errors, we started to play ball the way we needed to play and the score reflected that. Losing that first set then bouncing back to win the next two was quite an accomplishment for them.”

Monday, March 15, 2021

Lady Panthers down Taylorville to retain Wilcox-Schramm trophy
Pana’s gameplan all season had been the same: make their opponent work extremely hard in the first quarter and wear them down so the Panthers can take full control of the game in the second quarter and carry that momentum throughout the rest of the contest from there.

Saturday was no different.

Pana came in to Taylorville and forced the Tornadoes to play their pace of basketball for the entire first quarter, which Taylorville held on and were only down 18-11 going into the second quarter.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Pana caps unbeaten home season, beats Tville 55-49
It was 2012, on a last second buzzer-beater three by Garrett Claxon, at Dolph Stanley Court in Taylorville; before Saturday night, that was the last time that Pana had hoisted the Coal Miners’ Trophy.

Saturday’s 55-49 win for the Panthers maybe wasn’t quite as thrilling as the 2012 showcase, but the victory did cap a perfect home season for Pana, and it ended an nine-year drought in the annual Route 29 Rivalry game.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Seniors lead the way in Pana's 69-22 win over Edinburg
Like starting a Diesel engine when it’s cold, it took a couple of minutes for the Pana Panthers boys basketball team to warm up during their contest with the Edinburg Wildcats. But when they did warm up, they put it into high gear and bested the Wildcats, 69-22 on Senior Night in the PHS gym.
Saturday, March 13, 2021

Lady Panthers wear down Athens Warriors, win 65-34
“That’s been our M.O. all season,” said Pana coach Brent McKinney. “We’ve had a lot of games where the first quarter has been close, within three points or so, and then we see if the other team can stay at that pace all game. There’s really only been one or two teams who have been able to do that, and we’ve worn a lot of teams down that way.”
Saturday, March 13, 2021

Panthers fall in Regional title game to Auburn
The Pana seventh grade girls volleyball team hosted their Regional Championship match on Thursday night as Auburn came to town. The Panthers were defeated in their quest for another title, as Auburn came away with the 25-22 and 25-22 win over the Panthers on Thursday.

The Panthers fell behind big in the first set as Auburn had their lead out to 11-1, but after a timeout by pana head coach Missy Ade at 9-0, Pana fought their way back into the game. Bianca Rochkes took over serving for Pana at 18-10 in favor of Auburn, but she served three straight to 18-13 before Auburn’s coach used her first timeout.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Ambrose, Panthers swat down Nokomis Redskins 70-43
With a couple of quick drop steps, a few slick shuffles, and his windmill-like wingspan, Pana’s Andrew Ambrose was a dominant force Wednesday night when the Panthers put a running clock on Nokomis in a 70-43 win.

Ambrose finished the contest with a game-high 20 points, but he arguably had a bigger impact on the defensive end of the court.  Like a tiger in tall grass, Ambrose was constantly lurking in the paint, always on the prowl for another big blocked shot. He seemed to find them in bunches  Wednesday night as the 6’4” senior notched six rejections to help disparage the Redskin attack.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Panther girls clock Nokomis
The Pana girls basketball team traveled to Nokomis to face off against the Redskins for the Panthers’ third game in three days. The girls must’ve been able to rest up, though, as they held Nokomis to their lowest offensive total all season and were victorious 55-13.

Pana scored 14 points in the first quarter, with Jillian Hamilton leading the way with eight in the frame, while their defense held Nokomis to two points. Hamilton again led the Panthers in the second quarter with eight points as part of 18 total for the Panthers in the second quarter.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Lady Panthers run away from Nokomis, 51-32
After defeating Hillsboro on Monday at home, the Panther girls were once again in action on Tuesday as they hosted a makeup game with Litchfield. Despite the quick turnaround, Pana was able to come away with the 51-32 victory.

It was within three points after the first quarter as Pana had 13 thanks to five from Anna Beyers, four from Rachel Holthaus and two each from Brayer Denton and Lainey Hicks, but Litchfield was able to score 10 in the first quarter.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Pana boys cruise past Litchfield
The Pana boys basketball team hit the road against Litchfield on Tuesday night for their second road contest in as many night. Pana was able to find success this time as they topped Litchfield 66-34.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Toppers take down Pana boys
Hillsboro’s Ian Malloy got to the basket and scored his 10th point of the night with 7.8 seconds to go in the Hiltopper’s game against Pana on Monday night. Without any timeouts, the Panthers had to hurry the ball down the court and were able to get shots up underneath the basket, but couldn’t convert as the Panthers fell 62-61.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Pana Lady Panthers handle Hillsboro 65-42
The Pana girls scored in the double-digits in each of the four quarters of their victory over Hillsboro at home on Monday night.

The Panthers scored 19 in the first quarter, 13 in the second, 14 in the third, and 19 in the fourth to come away with the 65-42 victory.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Tornadoes take Jr. High Route 29 Rivalry game
 The junior high Tornadoes traveled to Pana to take on the Panthers in volleyball on Thursday evening. Taylorville was able to secure both wins on the night as the seventh grade team won 25-21 and 25-19, while the eighth grade won in three sets 25-20, 15-25, and 25-13.
Monday, March 8, 2021

Pana girls basketball tops Tri-City
The Pana girls traveled to Buffalo on Saturday afternoon to face off against the Tri-City Tornadoes.. The Panthers got off to a big lead early and never looked back, as they were victorious 50-27.

Pana scored 19 points in the first quarter thanks to five from Jadyn Bearup, four from Rachel Holthaus, three from Anna Beyers and Kylie Hendrickson, and two each from Kiley Ladage and Jillian Hamilton; the Tornadoes were held to five points on two baskets in the first quarter.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Big fourth quarter leads Greenville girls over Pana
GREENVILLE — Although the Panther girls hit the road on Friday night, they were able to get an early lead over Greenville, but fell due to a 20-point fourth quarter from the Comets, who took a 47-46 victory.
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Ambrose scores 1,000th point as Pana drops Comets, 58-40
PANA — The Pana Panthers boys basketball team hosted South Central Conference rival Greenville on Friday night and early on in the contest, Pana 6-4 senior Andrew Ambrose became the 21st Panther to score their 1,000th point of their high school career. Ambrose scored 15 points in the contest and had 9 rebounds in Pana’s 58-40 win.
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Meridian downs Pana
MACON — The Panther boys basketball team was on the road Thursday night as they faced off against Meridian. Both teams knocked down more than 25 field-goals, but it was Meridian who was able to come away with the victory at 73-69.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Pana girls beat Gillespie 56-29 on Sr. night
Though loaded with juniors and a whole host of underclassmen, the pana Panthers celebrated their two seniors on Wednesday night before they hosted Gillespie in a home SCC Conference contest. Shelby Edwards and Brayer Denton got to celebrate more than just their Senior Night on Wednesday, as the Panthers were able to come away with the 56-29 victory.

“I got to know Shelby quite a bit last year, as she played on JV with me,” said Pana coach Brent McKinney. “She does everything you ask of her and she is one of the hardest-working girls that there are. She is consistently tasked with pressuring the other team’s point guard and she also has the ability to run an offense and knock down a three when she’s needed.”

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Pana VB results
The Pana seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams faced off against Nokomis on Tuesday night. The seventh grade fell 28-26 and 25-11 while the eighth grade was victorious 25-20 and 25-10.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Pana girls beat Cavies
The Pana girls hit the road on Monday night as they traveled to Carlinville to take on the Cavaliers. The Panthers scored in double-digits in each quarter en route to their 55-36 victory, which advanced them to 2-1 in the conference and 7-1 on the season.

Anna Beyers scored five points in the first quarter and Jillian Hamilton and Lainey Hicks had four each as part of Pana’s 17-point first quarter. Beyers led the Panthers in the second quarter with six points while Brayer Denton and Kylie Hendrickson had three and Hicks and Kiley Ladage each had two. The defense also played strong in the second quarter, as the Panthers held a 15 point lead going into the break.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Pana boys top Carlinville in big home win
After getting a running clock victory on Saturday at Mt. Pulaski, it appeared as though Pana was going to do it again on Monday night as they jumped out to an 18-8 lead after the first quarter and led Carlinville 32-17 at halftime.

The Cavies had a different idea

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Pana boys beat Vandals
The Pana boys hit the road on Friday and faced off against the Vandals. The Panthers were able to comeback after being down six going into the third quarter and came away with the 55-50 win.
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Pana girls clock Vandals
The pana Panther girls basketball team faced off against Vandalia once again, this time counting towards their Conference record. The Panthers came away with the 56-25 victory to move to 2-1 in the SCC.
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Panthers, Vandals split
The Pana Junior High volleyball teams faced off against Vandalia on Thursday evening. The seventh grade Panthers were victorious 25-4 and 25-19, but the eighth grade lost 25-19, 14-25, and 18-25.
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Panthers crush Shells
A stifling defense and a balanced scoring attack by the Pana Panthers’ starting five led them to a 59-39 win over the Roxana Shells Wednesday night,

Pana’s defense shined as well during the game. Roxana had two leads, one at 2-0 and the other, 12-11 after Parris White’s lay-up with 54 seconds left in the first quarter. In the final 50 seconds, the Panthers went on a 6-0 run - a three from Devon Peebles and an old-fashion three-point play from Schoonover with 3 seconds left, putting Pana up for good, 17-12 when the period ended.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Panther junior high volleyball remains undefeated in SCC
The Pana junior high volleyball teams remained undefeated in the SCC Conference as the teams swept Greenville, with the seventh grade winning 25-23 and 25-6 while the eighth grade won 25-23 and 25-6.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lady Panthers roll past Staunton 56-22
A four-point loss on Friday at Piasa saw the Panthers open their Conference season with a loss. The Panther girls bounced back against Staunton on Monday night as they picked up a statement win with a 56-22 victory.

Pana was able to constantly disrupt the Staunton offense, as they were jumping into passing lanes and getting a lot of tipped balls, which forced turnovers and turned into easy points on their end of the floor. They also were able to beat the Bulldogs in transition on multiple occasions, getting the ball out off of a made Bulldog basket and taking it the length of the floor quickly.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Schmitz's 23 leads Pana boys over Staunton
The Panther boys hit the road on Monday night as they faced off against the Staunton Bulldogs.

The Panthers showed off their ability to score, especially Colin Schmitz who led all scorers with 23, in their 72-41 victory.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Panther junior high volleyball sweeps CAM
The Pana junior high volleyball team was able to sweep Christian County opponent Central A&M on Monday evening as the seventh grade won 25-19 and 25-15 while the eighth grade won 25-7 and 25-20.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Panther girls drop first conference game to Piasa
PIASA — The Pana girls basketball team hit the road on Friday night to take on the Piasa Birds for their first official SCC conference matchup. The Panthers fell in their opener as they were defeated 45-41.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Junior high Panthers defeat Hillsboro
HILLSBORO — The junior high Pana Panther volleyball teams were on the road on Thursday as they faced off against Hillsboro. Both the seventh and eighth grade teams came back with wins as the seventh grade won 25-4 and 25-20, while the eighth grade won in three sets 24-26, 25-17, and 25-18.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Pana girls top Auburn on the road
The Pana girls hit the road for the second time in the week as they took on Auburn. The Panthers left Auburn with the 65-29 victory.

Pana opened the game with a 22-point first quarter as Anna Beyers picked up eight points, Kylie Hendrickson and Rachel Holthaus each had six, and Lainey Hicks and Jillian Hamilton each had two while their defense held the Trojans to five points.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Pana boys clock Tri-City
The Pana Panthers hit the road on Saturday as they took on Buffalo Tri-City. The Panther defense helped lead them to a 65-31 victory.

The Panthers held Tri-City to just two points in the first quarter while they scored 21 thanks to six from Brenden Schoonover and Andrew Ambrose, four from Colin Schmitz, three from Kyle Kuhn, and two from Lane Funneman.

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