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Panthers send five events to State, bring home three State medals
CHARLESTON — Brianna Sarver (middle) extends before the finish line of the 100 meter dash on Thursday at State. Sarver medaled in the event as she placed seventh with a 12.65.Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
CHARLESTON — Brianna Sarver (middle) extends before the finish line of the 100 meter dash on Thursday at State. Sarver medaled in the event as she placed seventh with a 12.65.
Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
CHARLESTON — After losing more than a year’s worth of training and athletes bouncing back and forth between track, volleyball, softball, and girls soccer this season all of the hard work and determination was culminated for Pana on Thursday.
Friday, June 11, 2021


Panthers drop Sectional semifinal to Griffin
In the game of baseball, one foot may not seem like a lot of distance: there’s 90 of them between the bases, 60 and a half of them from the pitchers’ mound to home plate, and at minimum 200 of them to some outfield fences.
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Pana soccer falls in Sectional Semifinal at home
Tears. Scientists still haven’t come to a finite conclusion about why we cry, but it is the ultimate showing of emotion. For the Panthers, they were shedding tears to show sadness that they’d lost, they were sad that it was over. Pleasant Plains defeated Pana 7-1 on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Funneman's 19 K's lifts Pana to Regional Championship
“I don’t care about what could happen on Wednesday. I’m worried about winning a Regional championship,” said Pana’s starting pitcher Lane Funneman in the dugout while his team was hitting in the bottom of the third inning.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Pana soccer advances to Sectional Semifinal with win over Williamsville
When the Pana Panthers traveled to Williamsville on Friday afternoon, it should have been for the Regional Championship. Instead, the IHSA decided to call each opening round of girls soccer Sectional Preliminaries and Sectional Quarterfinals instead of Regional play-in and Regional Championship games this season.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Pana, A&M compete in Tuscola Sectional
The Pana Panthers and Central A&M Raiders competed in the Tuscola Sectional on Friday evening. With the top two in each event advancing to State, as well as advancing if the athlete beat the mark, Pana sent several to next week’s meet.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Pana baseball advances to Regional title game
The Pana Panthers defeated New Berlin 9-1 on Friday evening when they hosted New Berlin. The Panthers will host Hillsboro on Monday, with the Regional championship on the line.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Panther boys track hosts Vandalia, CHBC, and Roxanna
The Pana boys track team hosted Vandalia, Cowden-Herrick/Beecher-City, and Roxana on Tuesday night. The results for Pana were as follows:
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Pana soccer advances to Friday's Regional title game
The Pana Panther soccer team drew a familiar foe on Tuesday when they hosted Riverton to open postseason play. The Panthers and the Hawknadoes faced off against one another already in Pana, where the Panthers were victorious in a 7-0 contest.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Pana girls win South Central Conference meet, boys place sixth
PANA — Despite the wind and the rain off and on throughout the meet, and a downpour before the meet, the Pana Panther girls track team was able to win the conference with 162 points with Litchfield second with 122 and Roxana third with 109; the boys’ results were similar except Carlinville took the win with 122 points, Litchfield second with 108, Roxana third with 102, and Pana sixth with 75 points.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Panthers make school history with conference win
The Panthers baseball team marched their way into the Pana High School sports history book with a 4-0 win over the Staunton Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Panthers assured themselves of a share of the South Central Conference championship - the first ever such title for baseball.

Pana, 6-2 in league play, is tied with Gillespie for the top spot. The Panthers travel to Litchfield this afternoon for their final SCC game of the season and a win would put them alone at the top.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Pana softball falls to Staunton
The Pana softball team fell to Staunton on Wednesday evening with a 6-1 final score.

Kylie Hendrickson took the loss on the mound as she tossed seven innings where she allowed six runs on 12 hits, walked one, and struck out six.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Three-run sixth gives Pana baseball win
The Pana boys were in action on Tuesday night as they hosted Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg. Despite the Panthers falling behind 6-5 after the first two innings, they were able to score one run in the fifth and three in the sixth to take a 9-7 win.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Pana softball picks up Senior Night win over Pawnee
The Pana softball team celebrated its four seniors on Tuesday night. Bri Sarver, Bri Christer, Carsen Sims, and Alexis Rochkes each were recognized before their game against Pawnee. Those four were also influential in their victory over the Indians as they took a 5-3 win on the night.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Panther boys fall on Senior Night to Greenville
The Pana Panthers hosted the Greenville Comets for their Senior Night on Monday. The Panthers fell behind early as the Comets scored four runs in the first inning and one in the third, but Pana scored one in the bottom of the third to make it 5-1 at that point. Greenville continued to score, though as they put on one in the fourth and one in the seventh to take the 7-1 win.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Pana softball tops Greenville
The Panther softball team was in action on Monday night as they hosted Greenville. The Panthers defeated Greenville 9-6.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Pana soccer drops Senior Night to Piasa
While this certainly hasn’t been a normal season for the Panther girls soccer team, they were able to host their Senior Night and celebrate their two senior players in Amanda Hunter and Addie Deere.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Pana track downs Litchfield, Carlinville on Senior Night
The Pana boys and girls track teams were at home on Tuesday, May 11, for their first home meet. It also was their Senior Night as they hosted Litchfield and Carlinville. The girls team was victorious with 232 points while Litchfield was second and Carlinville was third and the Panther boys won with 191 points while Litchfield was second and Carlinville was third.

The Panthers celebrated their seniors: Wyatt Pauley, Jonathan Kealen, Gabriel Wafford, Jesse Gruber, Emma McFarland, Mercedes Armstrong, Brianna Sarver, and Alexis Evrley.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

THS baseball earns literal walk-off win over Pana
Every baseball player’s dream when they are young is to be up at the plate with the game on the line. For Kamdin Jump, that dream was a reality on Saturday when the Tornadoes faced off against the Panthers of Pana.

As Drew Hackler was pitching, he loaded the bases thanks to a Casey Stickel single to lead off the seventh inning, an intentional walk to Kamren Heimsness, and a walk to Luke Ellinger saw Mason Clayton’s spot come up in the Tornado lineup. Head coach Brian Sample opted to have Jump pinch hit for Clayton, and Jump picked up a five-pitch walk for the Tornado win.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Panther baseball and softball sweep Morrisonville
MORRISONVILLE — With no direct road between Pana and Morrisonville, there’s no cute rivalry name to come up with between the Panthers and the Mohawks. Nonetheless, the two teams did battle on both the baseball and softball diamonds on Friday night. Pana took both games as they defeated the Mohawks 4-2 in softball and were victorious 11-1 in baseball.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Roxana outlasts Lady Panthers 5-3
ROXANA — The Pana softball team hit the road on Thursday as they faced off against the Roxana Shells. The Panthers were defeated 5-3 on the night.
Friday, May 14, 2021

Pana soccer team logs 2-0 win over Carlinville
PANA - On a beautiful Thursday afternoon at Tanner Field, the Panthers blanked the Carlinville Cavaliers, 2-0. Pana improved to 4-5 on the season and 2-3 in the South central Conference.
Friday, May 14, 2021

Pana shuts out Shells for fourth conference victory
ROXANA — Pana baseball is off to a 4-1 start in the SCC after they defeated Roxana 3-0 on Thursday night. Pana scored their three runs in the second inning and held Roxana scoreless in the contest, despite the Shells getting five hits in the game.
Friday, May 14, 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

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 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

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

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










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