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home : sports : pana January 22, 2020

Pana, T-ville to clash in Litchfield semi
LITCHFIELD — Kamren Heimsness puts up a three as part of the Tornado 21-point run to open the game against Litchfield as they were victorious 69-41 on Tuesday to set up a game agaisnt Pana.Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
LITCHFIELD — Kamren Heimsness puts up a three as part of the Tornado 21-point run to open the game against Litchfield as they were victorious 69-41 on Tuesday to set up a game agaisnt Pana.
Breeze-Courier photo/Robert Fagg
Tuesday night saw Pana and Taylorville control their destinies at the Litchfield Tournament where both teams grabbed a big win.  The Panthers won a tough game against Civic Memorial, 75-61, and the Tornadoes breezed past host Litchfield, 69-41.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Pana girls beat Lincolnwood for 20th win
The Pana Panthers hosted the Lincolnwood girls on Tuesday night. The Panthers played tough defense and allowed just six points in the game, as they were victorious 65-6 on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Pana girls bowling tops Bloomington
The Pana girls bowling team traveled to Bloomington on Monday to face off against the Purple Raiders. The Panthers were victorious with a final score of 2293.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

THS, Pana win openers in Litchfield Tourney
For the first time in three years, Taylorville and Pana will not face off in pool play of the Litchfield tournament. Two years ago, the Tornadoes and Panthers faced off and last season, it was the Tornado JV team that took on the Panthers. This season, the teams will need to face off in bracket play if they take on one another before their battle for the Coalminers Trophy on February 8 in Taylorville.
Monday, January 20, 2020

Pana girls beat Litchfield for 7th straight win
The Pana girls basketball team picked up their seventh win in a row and their 12th win of their last 13 games as they defeated Litchfield 46-19 on Thursday.

Rachel Holthaus and Jillian Hamilton combined for 13 of pana’s 17 in the first quarter, and it was Hamilton’s six and Anna Beyers’ two points for eight total in the second quarter as Pana led 25-11 going into the locker room at halftime.

Friday, January 17, 2020

St. Mary 6th grade girls top Pana St. Patrick's
The St. Mary sixth grade girls took on Pana St. Pat’s on Thursday, in a rematch of their championship game on Saturday. St. Mary was victorious once again last night, as they took it 23-20.
Friday, January 17, 2020

Pana girls bowling downs Eisenhower
The Pana girls bowling team defeated Decatur Eisenhower on Thursday as they rolled a team total of 2365.
Friday, January 17, 2020

Tornadoes top Panthers for back-to-back split
After falling to the Panthers just one night before by two pins, the Tornado girls bowling team answered on Tuesday night, as they defeated Pana 2076-1984.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Strong post play leads Pana over Meridian 78-65
Pana has less than 10 home games this season, so they have been looking to make the most of their opportunities in front of their home crowd. They certainly managed to impress on Tuesday when they earned a 78-65 win over Meridian.

The Panthers didn’t have a possession longer than 25 seconds in the first half as they jumped out to a 45-34 lead in what was an efficient performance Tuesday night.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Pana puts running clock on Neoga
The Pana girls traveled to Neoga on Monday night to open their first of two games this week. The Panthers were able to get out to a lead early and didn’t look back as they won 69-34.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Pana girls clock Roxana in conference matchup
The Pana girls basketball team hosted Roxana in a conference matchup on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers forced 24 turnovers while they had just six themselves and they also didn’t allow Roxana a double-digit quarter in their 59-15 victory.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Tornado, Pana girls take second and third at bowling invite
The Taylorville girls bowling team hosted its annual Taylorville Invitational at the Olde Bowl on Saturday. A six-team tournament featuring Hoopeston, Pana, Decatur MacArthur, Decatur Eisenhower, Bloomington, and the Tornadoes saw the Tornadoes finish third with a team score of 4584 behind Pana’s 4713 and Hoopeston’s 5092.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Pana boys down Piasa Southwestern
PIASA — The Pana boys traveled to Piasa to take on the Southwestern Birds on Friday night. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead and didn’t relinquish that lead as they were victorious 75-49.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Lady Panthers survive Bulldogs, 53-46, in OT
PANA —Nothing pretty about this one. The Pana High School girls basketball team overcame a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter, eventually tying the game at the end of regulation, 42-42, before posting an overtime, 53-46 win over the Staunton Bulldogs in the PHS gym on Thursday night is South Central Conference play.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Pana survives double-overtime in Mattoon
Pana traveled to Mattoon on Tuesday night where the two teams needed two overtimes to determine a winner. Despite leading by 15 after the first quarter, Pana saw the Green Wave battle back in a big way. The Panthers, though, were able to eventually edge the Wave 73-72 in double overtime.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Pana girls hold off CHBC
The Pana Lady Panthers held an 11-point lead going into the second quarter against Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Monday night, but the Bobcats fired back with a 14-10 second quarter to cut the lead to seven at halftime. The Panthers were aggressive in the second half and were able to close out the game with a 64-46 victory.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Lauff becomes 20th Panther to score 1,000
Coming off of their Vandalia tournament victory on Monday night, the Panthers knew that they wanted to continue rolling with a win over Carlyle on Saturday. The Panthers did just that as they defeated Carlyle 72-49.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Panther girls top Nokomis in final matchup
With Nokomis dropping Pana off of their schedule for next season, the game on Saturday became the final time that the Panthers and the Redskins will face off against one another for the foreseeable future. After a not so great shooting night on Thursday against Taylorville, Pana found its rhythm early and was able to come away with the 52-18 victory.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Pana beats Taylorville with 2nd quarter shutout
“I’m going to find whoever put a lid on the basket in the second quarter and have a word with them,” said Taylorville girls basketball head coach Steve Keller Thursday night after his team’s contest against Pana in the Route 29 Rivalry.
Friday, January 3, 2020

Pana wins 1st Vandalia tourney in 7 years
“Make a statement.” That was the sentiment from head coach Adam Metzger for his Pana team from the third quarter onward.

The Panthers did just that as Pana’s defense stifled the Vandalia offense and forced the Vandals to go cold from the floor while their offense  helped Pana come away with the 33-point victory in a 73-40 final score.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Pana boys to play in Vandalia title game tonight
The Pana Panthers took on Okaw Valley Saturday night with a chance to advance to the title game tonight. The Panthers defeated Okaw Valley 54-27 to advance to the title game tonight, which will tipoff at 8:00.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Panthers fall in title game at Riverton
It wasn’t easy, but the road to the championship game was laid out for Pana on Saturday. All they had to do was defeat a 16-1 Prairie Central team and then face off against a 15-1 Petersburg PORTA team. The Panthers defeated Prairie Central 54-37 and had a shot at the title, but fell 51-48.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Pana stays undefeated in Vandalia tournament
VANDALIA — The Pana Panthers stayed undefeated in the Vandalia tournament with a win over Cumberland on Friday. The Panthers took a lead in the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 65-54 win.
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Ambrose nets 24 points, Panthers blow by Flora 64-49
VANDALIA — At 6’3”, Pana’s Andrew Ambrose is already a pretty imposing presence on the court, and that’s before he shows off his wingspan; he’s got some pterodactyl-like arms, and that certainly makes him dangerous underneath the rim.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Pana girls beat Toppers to win pool at Riverton tournament
RIVERTON — The Pana girls faced their toughest test of the Riverton tournament on Thursday night as they took on fellow SCC rival Hillsboro. Pana got out to a 7-0 lead to open the game, and a half-court heave at the first-quarter buzzer helped give them enough momentum to earn the 53-43 victory.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Pana girls open Riverton tournament 2-0
RIVERTON — Two games in one day makes for a long day, especially on the first Monday off of school for winter break. The Panthers started the day at 10:30 against the host Riverton Hawks and then took on Deer-Creek Mackinaw at 1:30.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Lauff's 30 leads Pana boys over W-L
MOWEAQUA — The Pana boys basketball team competed in the Central A&M Shootout on Saturday as they took on Warrensburg-Latham. Jonah Lauff led the game with 30 points, and helped Pana come away with the 73-50 victory.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Panthers bounce back against Sullivan
SULLIVAN — The Pana girls took on Sullivan on Saturday and were looking for a bounce-back win after their loss to Carlinville on Friday night. The Panthers did just that, and were victorious 59-51.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Spracklen hits 5 threes, Panthers roll past Carlinville 73-41
A running-clock win over a conference rival was just what Pana needed Friday night as they prepare for the upcoming Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

The Panthers were able to score from all three levels as they cruised past Carlinville 74-31. Drake Spracklen led the way with 21 points on a performance that saw him sink five threes. Wes Kile finished with 13 points as he was able to battle inside and play in transition, and Jonah Lauff finsihed with 10 on a night where he too had some success both underneath the rim and with his midrange jump shot.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Pana girls drop SCC road contest
The Pana girls were originally supposed to take on the Cavaliers of Carlinville on Monday, but that game got rescheduled to Friday night due to the snow and days off from school.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Lady Panther rally comes up short against Clinton
With about 45 seconds left in the third quarter, Pana’s Kylie Hocq notched back-to-back baskets, and the Panthers held their first lead of the contest Saturday afternoon when they hosted the Clinton Maroons.

It was an impressive rally as the Panthers got off to a rough start, which put them in a 19-4 hole after the first quarter of play.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Trojans take down Pana 63-58
Coming off of their victory Friday night, the Panthers traveled to Auburn to face off against the Trojans. Auburn lead from the beginning and the Trojans were victorious 63-58.

Pana fell behind by one in the first quarter with a 16-15 score, but auburn made it a three-point lead at the break.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Panthers pick up first SCC win over Gillespie, 69-43
PANA - Three Pana players scored in double figures and the Pana Panthers won their first South Central Conference game of the season, a 69-43 win over the visiting Gillespie Miners.
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Lady Panthers stay perfect in SCC play
GILLESPIE — The Pana Panthers stayed perfect in conference play as they traveled to Gillespie and defeated the Miners on Thursday night by a final score of 53-43.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Panthers take Mid-State trophy from Shelbyville
The Pana Panthers and Shelbyville Rams faced off against one another on Tuesday night in Pana. After a tight first quarter, Pana pulled away at the beginning of the second quarter and never looked back as they went on to win 63-37 over the Rams.

Jonah Lauff lead the way for Pana in the first quarter as he netted seven of the Panther 11 points while Shelbyville had 10 points in the first quarter.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Slow start hurts Lady Panthers vs T-Town
“We started off slow and couldn’t get anything going offensively, but played well enough to keep it close. We went in to halftime down 12, so I wasn't too upset with where we were sitting,” said Pana girls basketball head coach Jason Storm about his team on Monday night against Teutopolis.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Pana girls fall to Mt. Zion in OT
The Pana girls basketball team traveled to Mt. Zion on Saturday to take on the Braves. The Panthers trailed for a majority of the second half, but tied things up at 50 in the fourth quarter. In the overtime, though, the Braves outscored the Panthers 12-6 to win 62-56.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Pana boys win at Sullivan
The Pana boys picked up their second win on the road in as many days as they defeated Sullivan 55-46 on Saturday.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Pana picks up road win over Pawnee
The Pana Panthers dominated the Pawnee Indians on Friday night after Pana jumped out to a 22-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back as they went on to win 78-26.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Panther girls rally past Greenville for SCC win
After a close first quarter, the Pana Panthers girls basketball team looked like they would let the visiting Greenville Comets run away with the first game of the South Central Conference season. At one point, the Comets scored seven unanswered points and were up by 11, 27-16 midway through the second quarter. But the resilient Panthers made a strong second half run and were able to post a 48-46 win on their home floor.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Pana girls fall to Mattoon in tournament 'ship
Mattoon and Pana have a history of meeting each other in the Pana tournament.  Although placed in different pools during the beginning of the tournament, the two teams find a way to meet up on the final day.
Monday, December 2, 2019

Panther All-Staters Recognized at DeKalb
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Altamont surges past Pana in season opener
Altamont’s Aidan Jahraus had 20 points Tuesday night, so did Kaden Eirhart, and the Indians used a second half surge to cruise past Pana by a final of 72-42 in the Panthers’ season opener.

The Panthers were able to hang with the Indians for about a quarter and a half, but Altamont found a rhythm late in second quarter when they scored on five straight possessions.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Pana girls move to 4-0 following Saturday tournament
The Pana girls basketball team faced off against Athens and Williamsville on Saturday. The Panthers opened the morning session with a 46-22 win over Athens and picked up a 58-39 win over Williamsville in the night session.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Excitement surrounds Pana bowlers ahead of new season
With just three practices under their belt, Pana High School bowling coach Ashley Keeling is having a hard time containing her excitement as the opened match of the season with Vandalia looms on Dec. 3. The second year head coach has 15 girls on her roster, an all-time high. It is a mix of seasoned bowlers and 10 first-time bowlers who hit the lanes with high expectations.

Keeling is hoping to build on last year’s experience which saw her team narrowly miss a repeat winning a regional title by a handful of pins.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Pana earns zero quarter in win over A&M
There’s always a different atmosphere when two neighboring schools are scheduled to face off against one another. That rivalar was on display Friday night at the Pana Thanksgiving Tournament when the Panthers hosted the Central A&M Raiders.

The contest between Central A&M and Pana was played tightly throughout, but the difference maker was the Panthers holding the Raiders scoreless in the second quarter as they would go on to win 50-33.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

PHS Girls Basketball team in transition
Pana High School’s girls head basketball coach Jason Storm doesn’t want to call the 2019-20 season a “rebuilding year.” Rather, the coach, who is starting his sixth season at the helm, wants to refer to it as a “Transition year.”

Defending regional champs who posted a 22-10 mark last season, the team is transitioning from the loss of all conference players Shania Schoonover and Maddie Ashcraft and Katelin Weideman and Bree Rochkes. He said Schoonover and Ashcraft provided much of the scoring and rebound for last year’s squad.

“For losing just four players, we lost quite a bit,” Strom said.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Pana boys hope tide keeps rising
While the Pana High School boys basketball team finished the 2018-19 basketball season at 17-18, a late season spurt propelled the team into a six game winning streak and regional title for third year Head Coach Adam Metzger.

Last’s years Panthers finished in the top three of the South Central Conference for the first time in six years and it was the first regional title for Pana in seven season. Also, for the first time in seven years, Pana won 70% of its home games.

Now entering his fourth season, Metzger hopes to see the progress continue into the 2019-20 basketball season.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Excitement surrounds Pana bowlers
With just three practices under their belt, Pana High School bowling coach Ashley Keeling is having a hard time containing her excitement as the opened match of the season with Vandalia looms on Dec. 3. The second year head coach has 15 girls on her roster, an all-time high. It is a mix of seasoned bowlers and 10 first-time bowlers who hit the lanes with high expectations.

Keeling is hoping to build on last year’s experience which saw her team narrowly miss a repeat winning a regional title by a handful of pins.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

8th grade boys fall to Pana
The TJHS eighth grade boys basketball team hit the road against Pana on Thursday night. Unfortunately for the Tornadoes, they were defeated 45-35 on the night.
Friday, November 22, 2019

Pana's Lauff, Edmiston named 2A All-State
Pana’s incredible season may have come to a close last weekend in a quarterfinal matchup with Nashville, but the accolades are still rolling in Pana.

Two Panthers, quarterback Jonah Lauff and wide receiver Bryce Edmiston, received all-state recognition in the 2A bracket. Thirteen Panthers were named to the All-SCC conference team.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Lady Panthers clock Pawnee 65-9 in season opener
The Pana Lady Panthers opened their season on the road Tuesday night as they traveled to Pawnee to take on the Indians. Pana was aggressive in their full-court pressure, forcing turnovers and turning those into points en route to their 65-9 victory.

The Indians were scoreless in the first quarter thanks to an aggressive Pana defense that capitalized on seven turnovers and turned them into points.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Panthers bow out in 41-19 quarterfinal loss to Nashville
It wasn’t the particular brand of history that the Pana football team was looking for Saturday afternoon, but it was still history nonetheless when Pana traveled to Nashville for a quarterfinal mathcup with the Hornets.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Similarities abound when Pana travels to Nashville Saturday
It could be just like looking in a mirror Saturday when the Pana football team travels to Nashville for a third-round matchup with the Hornets.

“We run a lot of the same stuff that Pana does. I would say they’re a mirror image of what we do,” said Nashville Coach Stephen Kozuszek.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Cherry All-State for second year, takes 10th
“Finishing in the top-10 is pretty cool, but I’m still not satisfied,” said Tornado junior Chris Cherry after his State cross country race on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

And that’s the way that the junior has felt all season.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Pana running clocks Oakwood in round 2 rout
A year ago, when the Pana Panther football team hosted the Oakwood Comets in a round-one matchup, Pana used a trio of unconventional scores to escape with the win after then quarterback Jack Armstrong found the end zone three times with his legs. Saturday’s matchup again featured a hat trick of unconventional scores; this time, it was  big man Wes Dixon who rumbled in for three one-yard touchdowns.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Pana to host Oakwood Comets for second straight postseason
PANA — For the second straight year, the Pana Panther football team will host the Oakwood Comets in a playoff contest when the two teams meet on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Brummett Field. While the venue is certainly the same, this is a little more of an intriguing matchup than it was a year ago.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Radio broadcast duo bring unique perspective to Pana football
PANA — If you want to listen to a factual, unbiased broadcast of the Pana Panthers versus the Fithian-Oakwood Comets football game this Saturday, don’t tune into Ramsey radio station WTRH, 93.3 on the FM dial. Factual, probably, most of the time; unbiassed, definitely not.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Pana falls to Fairfield in sectional semi-final
Walking into the gym on Monday night at Pana’s sectional contest, there was a distinct crowd advantage in favor of Fairfield. Although Fairfield is an hour away from Salem, and Pana is an hour and fifteen minutes, Fairfield brought their whole football team and filled two sections of bleachers with their fans; it feltlike a home game for the Mules.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Panthers roll 46-12 in round 1; Oakwood up next
Against a run heavy team, a quick lead can be a decided advantage. So,  Pana was looking for a fast start Saturday afternoon as they opened post season play when they hosted Red Bud in the first round of the IHSA 2A bracket.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Panthers beat Paris for fifth straight regional title
Heading into Thursday’s region championship game, the Pana Panther volleyball team was on the precipice of history. The team was looking to bring home it’s fifth straight regional title, and they didn’t disappoint as they would ultimately hoist that plaque after a 24-23, 25-19 sweep of Paris.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Pana Football "Hype Video' labor of love for Tony Ambrose
Just like things have changed since Tony Ambrose played on the offensive line for the Pana Panthers football team back in the late 80’s, so has the way his video business, Prairie Skycam, have changed. From using a “throw away” color camera mounted to a remote control helicopter, to the use of digital video photography and remote control drones.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Pana's road to the playoffs: near perfect
The Panthers notched their fourth consecutive 8-1 season under the direction of coach Trevor Higgins this year. It’s certainly been an impressive season, few would argue otherwise, but Pana is hungry to prove itself after seeing perfection slip through its grasp yet again this year.

Despite the lone loss, Pana enters post-season play as a number-one seed in the 2A bracket, and they’ll host Red Bed on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a look back at how the Panthers’ season brought them to that number-one seed.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Red Bud's run-first style is familiar playoff sight for Panthers
Newton, Anna-Jonesboro, and Downs Tri Valley: With that rogues’’ gallery of past playoff foes, there’s little that a power-run team can throw at Pana that they haven’t already seen, but Red Bud is sure to make the attempt when they come to town Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 p.m. playoff tilt with the Panthers.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Panthers make regional volleyball finals
Facing South Central Conference foe Vandalia for the third time this season was not an enviable task for the Pana Panthers in the semi-final match of the Teutopolis Class 2A Volleyball Regional, especially with a two-match winning streak over the Vandals. But the Panthers erased any doubt a third time would be the Vandals’ charm as they dispatch their opponent in two games, 25-14, 25-17.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

CAM/Pana finish XC season at Regional
Although the conditions were less than ideal for a cross county meet at the tail-end of October, the Central A&M and Pana teams competed in their final meets of the year as teams in Shelbyville on Saturday.
Monday, October 28, 2019

IHSA playoff pairings announced
Central A&M, Pana, and Taylorville all made the IHSA playoffs this season as A&M was 9-0, Pana was 8-1, and Taylorville made it with a 5-4 record and 37 playoff points.
Monday, October 28, 2019

Pana routs Hillsboro 61-14 in preparation for playoff run
Hillsboro may only have been a 1-7 team heading into the final week of a the regular season, but, for Pana, it was still an important game.

The Panthers were looking to bounce back after suffering their only loss of the season a week ago at the hands of Vandalia, and  Pana needed to finish strong to recapture the momentum heading into  post-season play. Friday night’s contest was also critically important in Pana’s pursuit of a first-round home playoff game.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

A Dynasty in Pana
It was a milestone night for the Pana volleyball team Thursday. Not only was it senior night, but the Panthers also wrapped up the SCC conference title with a win over Hillsboro, and they did it with a perfect conference record.
Friday, October 25, 2019









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