Lane Funneman lost out on his junior year of baseball. Whether or not his senior year will happen is still yet to be seen, but he secured his future beyond that on Friday when he signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.
“The staff of coaches and the baseball experience that they had there really stuck out to me,” said Funneman about his decision. “I also wanted to be in the GRAC (Great Rivers Athletic Conference), one of the premier JUCO college conferences, and one that gets a lot of recognition from 4-year schools and pro scouts.” Monday, November 23, 2020
COVID-19 has had a great impact on high school sports across the country. Cross country and golf have been the only two sports that were able to be played in this fall season. Pana’s Brock Schoonover, Jesse Gruber, and Brianna Sarver were just three of those runners who were able to participate this season, but the trio never had an official senior night this season as the Pana program doesn’t host any home meets. Still, the Pana coaching staff wanted to honor its three seniors. Friday, October 23, 2020
Taylorville’s Briar Dempsey and Pana’s Austin Karbach competed in their respective Sectional golf matches on Tuesday afternoon where both golfers wrapped a very successful season. Dempsey played at Centralia while Karbach played his match at Tuscola.
Dempsey’s Sectional saw him compete against members of Benton, Highland, Mattoon, Jacksonville, Paris, Carbondale, Mascoutah, and Glenwood among others. The winner finished with a round of 68. Dempsey finished 21 strokes behind with a round of 89 to finish tied for 33rd place. Wednesday, October 14, 2020
The Tornado and Panther girls golf teams competed in the Taylorville Regional on Wednesday morning, as the teams faced off against 11 other teams and competed against some individuals as well. Unfortunately, neither team was able to send anyone on to the Sectional after a beautiful day on Wednesday. Thursday, October 8, 2020
The Taylorville boys and Pana boys golf teams competed in their respective IHSA Regionals on Tuesday morning. The Tornadoes traveled to Roxana while Pana was able to stay local as they went to Moweaqua.
Only two teams and the next four best individuals qualified for the Sectional. Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Pana’s Kady Perry was worried she might have lost a step after two weeks of quarantine due to possible COVID-19 exposure. As it turns out, maybe a little time off was just what she needed.
On Tuesday afternoon in Carlinville, Perry turned in a personal best on the cross country path when she finished seventh in the field with a time of 23:20.61; It was about five seconds better than her previous personal best, and she was only about a minute and 45 seconds off the pace of Staunton’s Dana Jarden, who finished first overall. Wednesday, October 7, 2020
The Pana girls and boys golf teams competed in their respective SCC conference tournaments on Monday and Tuesday. The girls finished seventh with a team score of 469 while the boys placed eighth with a team score of 411. Wednesday, September 30, 2020
On a gorgeous afternoon and a packed golf course, the Pana golf team honored its two seniors in Katelyn Townsend and Gabriel Wafford.
“They are both great kids. They excel in the classroom, make good choices, and give great effort at improving their golf game each day,” said Pana head coach Adam Metzger.
Townsend was out for the golf team last season and came back out again this year. MetGer said that he’ll remember her commitment to the golf team the most. “Despite working most days, she comes to golf for every second that she can before heading to work. When able, she stays late to play extra holes or hit on the range,” said Metger. Thursday, September 24, 2020
The Pana boys golf team hit the road as they took on Litchfield, Greenville, and Piasa Southwestern on Monday afternoon. Meanwhile, the girls team stayed at home and took on Williamsville and Greenville. Tuesday, September 22, 2020
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — The Taylorville, Pana, and Raymond-Lincolnwood boys and girls golf teams competed against one another last night with the girls at Oak Terrace in Pana and the boys at Lake Shore Golf Course in Taylorville. Friday, September 18, 2020
The Pana boys hadn’t played in a match for six days before their match on Monday in Hillsboro against the host Hilltoppers and Vandalia. The Panthers tied with the Vandals for second place as they tied with 197’s and Hillsboro was victorious with a 170. Tuesday, September 15, 2020
The Taylorville cross country team ran in its first race at home of the season, and their first race of September. The Tornadoes continued to run well with their pack mentality as they were victorious in both the girls and the boys race. Friday, September 11, 2020
The Pana Panthers traveled to Springfield for the first, and only, time this season. The Panthers took on Williamsville and Springfield High and finished third with a team score of 261 while the Senators shot a 177 and the Bullets shot a 195. Friday, September 11, 2020