PANA — The 2019 Pana golfers. Front row, from left: Austin Karbach, Quinton Perry, Jaxon Rhoades, Owen Spracklen, Jacob Beyers, Boone Elledge, and Austin Puckett. Middle row, from left: Grace Harmston, Kassie Weideman, Emma Dorn, Faith Horton, Madison Clark, and Kacey Swisher. Back row, from left: Leandra Bumgardner, Grace Fitzpatrick, Kylie Hendrickson, Chloe Hendrickson, Anna Beyers, and Katelyn Townsend. Not pictured: Chase Temmen. Breeze-Courier photo/Tom Latonis
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Instead of taking on their own teammates all summer, Central A&M and Pana squared off against each other in 7-on-7 action on Wednesday night. “It’s nice to get out here and get some reps in on both offense and defense,” said A&M head coach Brent Weakly. “We have been together for a while, but we also had basketball over the summer so it’s nice to focus on footbal.” Thursday, July 11, 2019
With one year remaining until districts go into effect, the IHSA officially announced the football schedules for teams across the state on Wednesday. Here’s how things will shape up for area teams. Thursday, June 27, 2019
Only slightly behind schedule, renovations at Brummett Field and Carol Schramm Track are progressing nicely. Jeff Stauder, the school district’s supervisor of buildings and grounds, reports the final layer of asphalt was laid for the track on Monday. He said it will take 20 days to cure before the actual running surface, which will be polyurethane instead of rubber, will then be put down. Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Another Panther soccer player has signed their Letter of Intent to continue their athletic career at the next level. Graduating Senior Jeannine Swenny signed with Central Methodist University. Thursday, May 30, 2019
Track is an interesting sport. It is one of the few sports where times and finishes are intrinsically linked with performance.
Yes, it’s fun trivia to know what a baseball or softball pitcher’s ERA (earned run average) is or what a quarterback’s completion percentage is, but those numbers don’t necessarily equate to overall performance. Monday, May 27, 2019