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Archives for March 2011

Pana Home Lost To Fire Friday

A HOME AT 521 N. Elm St. in Pana was heavily damaged by fire Friday afternoon, Mar. 25.

Pana Fire Chief Rod Bland said firemen were called to the scene at 4:47 p.m. and found the home of Robert and Melinda Blades in flames. He said it appears the fire started in the kitchen, but has not been able to determine a cause of the blaze. The State Fire Marshal’s Office was coming to Pana today, Monday, Mar. 28, to investigate.

There was structural damage to the home as well as heavy smoke damage. People were inside the home when the fire started, but the escaped safely. No one was injured in the fire.

Mutual aid was called for from the Oconee and Owaneco fire departments.

In the right photo, Pana fireman Matthew Mahnke uses a chain saw to cut a hole in the roof while fireman Mike Garber stands ready to open it up.

(Gene Reed/Tom Latonis Photos)


More Drug Arrests in Pana

Three more arrests have been made in connection with seven others arrested in Pana last week.

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday, Mar. 25, three individuals wanted in connection with the early morning narcotics raid effected Wednesday morning, Mar. 23, by the Central Illinois Enforcement Group, have been arrested. The individuals are Robert Sheddon, 39, Seth Bartimus, 31 and Jared Bartimus, 29, all of Pana. All are wanted on drug related charges. All are being held in the Christian County Correctional Center, Taylorville.

Anyone with information on any other crime is asked to please contact the Christian County Sheriff’s Office at 217-824-4961, their local law enforcement agency or Christian County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-568-TIPS or 824-9100.


Mound Cemetery Clean-Up Saturday

Volunteers are being sought to help with clean-up activities in Mound Cemetery, west of Pana, on Saturday, Apr. 2.

Volunteers are asked to bring yard tools with them to the clean-up which starts at 9:00 a.m.



Panthers Stop Windsor, 13-3, Tuesday Night

DAKOTA DAVIS DELIVERS a pitch during the Pana Panthers’ baseball game with Windsor on Tuesday, Mar. 22. The Panthers defeated the Blue Devils, 13-3, in five innings.

Davis not only pitched a good game, he helped himself with the bat going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI’s.

The Pana Panthers used an 11-hit attack to knock off the Windsor Blue Devils, 13-3, Tuesday, Mar. 22, at Panthers Field.

Dakota Davis got the win with relief help from Tyson Spencer.

Tyler Fore was 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI’s. Davis had 2 hits with 2 RBI’s and a run scores. Tyson Spencer homered and got 2 RBI’s. Raustin Zahradka and Ian Kirk both doubled and both drove in 2 runs. Dexter Holley also had 2 RBI’s. Alex Metzger singled and drove in a run.

Pana jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after one, then exploded for 10 runs in the second inning before the Blue Devils scored twice in the fourth with the help of Tyler Fore, Raustin Zahradka, Ian Kirk, and Dakota Davis who hit the ball very well.

“Dakota (Davis) threw very well for us and had this been later in the season, we could have extended him the whole game,” Coach Greg Cothern said.

Windsor scored a pair of runs in the fourth before getting a single run in the fifth.

Pana’s games with Lincolnwood on Thursday, Mar. 24, and Saturday, Mar. 26, at Sullivan, were called off due to the weather. No new date for the Lincolnwood game was set, but the Sullivan game has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. in Sullivan.

A game is scheduled for today, Monday, Mar. 28, at home with Ramsey.


Pana Splits Softball Tilts

Games early last week of the Pana Panthers softball team resulted in a split Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 22 and 23.

On Monday, they were in Beecher City and came home with an 8-2 win over Cowden-herrick/Beecher City. Tuesday, they fell to Pawnee, 11-1.

The Panthers scored all of their runs in the first four innings. After a 1-1 first inning tie, Pana scored 2 in the second; 1 in the third and 4 times in the fourth.

Jess Etter picked up her second win of the season. She allowed 6 hits while striking out 10 and walking just 1.

In the first inning, Etter led off with a single to right. Raven Horsthemke beat out a sacrifice bunt attempt to put runners at first and second. Etter stole third and scored on a fielder’s choice by Chrissy DeClerck.

In the second, Bree Kay beat out a bunt and Taylor Beyers drew a walk. Both moved up to second and third on a passed ball. Etter then singled to drive in both base runners for a 3-1 Pana lead.

DeClerck tripled to open the third inning and Mackinze Miles doubled her home to make it a 4-1 game.

With two outs in the fourth, Pana rallied to score 4 more times. Etter walked then scored on an RBI triple by Horsthemke. DeClerck walked before Miles delivered a triple to clear the bases. A ground ball by Emily McLeod was booted by the shortstop allowing her to reach and Miles to score as Pana grabbed a commanding 8-1 lead.

C-H/BC would score a lone run in their half of the seventh to make the final, 8-2.

Miles had 2 doubled in 4 trips to the plate and 3 RBI’s. Horsthemke was 2-for-3 with a triple and RBI and DeClerck was 2-for-3 with a triple.

Pawnee Game–

On Tuesday, Mar. 22, Pana traveled to Pawnee and did not play well at all. They committed 8 errors in the game and were defeated, 11-1, in 6 innings.

Raven Horsthemke was tagged with the loss. She gave up 6 hits and had 4 walks and 2 strikeouts.

Christa Pugh got the win, giving up 5 hits. She struckout 8.

The Panthers are 3-2 on the season. Games with Ramsey on Thursday, Mar. 24, and Saturday, Mar. 26, with Sullivan, were both cancelled. The Sullivan game has been re-scheduled for Friday, Apr. 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Pana.

The Panthers are scheduled to face Warrensburg-Latham at Tanner Park today, Monday, Mar. 28, at 4:00 p.m. On Tuesday, Mar. 29, they travel to Auburn for a 4:30 p.m. contest. They take on Central A & M, Thursday, Mar. 31, in Moweaqua at 4:15 p.m.



Pana Girls Dominate Track Meet

With 89 points, the Pana High School girls track team ran away and hid from Cowden-Herrick and Meridian in a triangular meet on Tuesday, Mar. 22, at Brummett Field. Cowden-Herrick was second with 42 points and Meridian had 33.

There were three double winners on the Panthers team in the meet and Pana had 11 first place finishes.

Senior Allison Allen led the field meets with a double win in the discus and shot put. She threw 107-feet, 10 inches in the discus and had a 32-feet, 7-inch effort in the shot put. Jessica Kasch was second in the discus, 97-7 1/2, and she was fourth in the shot put, 27-10.

Charley Lett took the pole vault event as she cleared 7-feet, 6 inches. Jessica Harbert also had a vault of 7-6 to place second. Lett ran the 400 meters in 1:05 to lead a Pana sweep of the top three. Rachel Alde was second with a time of 1:12 and Kelsey Henschen placed third, 1:14.2.

The third double winner was Allie Schoonover with a 5-foot, 2-inch high jump. She also won the 200 meters with a time of 30.5 seconds. Alde was second with a :32.3.

Ashley Funneman had a time of 16:26 to win the 3,200-meter run and in the high hurdles, Hannah Funneman broke the tape first with a time of 15.6 seconds. Lauren Rochkes was third in :20.2. In the 800 meters, Kasch posted a time of 2:56.3 to win. Coming in fourth was Marissa Presnell in 3:03.5.

Pana swept the relays with wins in the 4 x 100, 57.6 seconds; 4 x 200, 2:03; 4 x 400, 4:48; and the 4 x 800, 12:15.

Breanna Schoonover had a time of :13.6 for second in the 100 meters. Hannah Funneman got fourth in the 300-meter hurdles and Anna Simac was fourth in the 1,600 meters, 7:24.4.

Pana will host another triangular meet on Tuesday, Mar. 29, when Rochester and Carlinville come to Brummett Field.


Boys Panthers Track Team Win Triangular Meet

The Pana High School boys track team held off Meridian by 6 points to win their triangular meet on Tuesday, Mar. 22, at Brummett Field. Pana had 70 points with Meridian getting 64. Cowden-Herrick had 43 points.

Lucas Willson won two events for the Panthers. He had a time of 25 seconds flat to win the 200 meters. His high jump of 5-feet, eight inches got the win in the high jump. Nic Dilley had a time of :26.5 for third in the 200 and Connor Henschen went 5-8 in the high jump for second. Dylon Hudlin was fourth with a 5-4 effort.

Allen Kile cleared the bar at 11-feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault. Wyatt Christine had a vault of 10-feet even to finish second.

In the discus, Max Mosley threw 117-feet, 10 inches for the win. Jason Grotts was second going 101-8. Mikael Ashley was fourth, 80-3.

Dilley was second in the 100 meters with a time of :11.26, and Christine was fourth, :11.6. In the 400 meters, Dilley also placed second with a time of :56.8. Blake Miller was second in the 8– meters with a time of 2:23 and Grotts was third, 2:42.8. Other second place finishes went to the Pana 4 x 100-meter relay team with a time of 47.4 seconds. The 4 x 200 squad had a time of 1:43. In the 4 x 400 relay, Pana was second, 4:02. In field events, Seth Thompson had a heave of 36-feet, 10 1/2 inches for second place in the shot put. Henschen was second in the triple jump with a leap of 35-feet, 5 3/4 inches. Jared Beeson was third, 30-11.

In the long jump, Dilley was third going 17-6 1/2 and Willson was fourth, 17-1 1/4. Miller placed third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:45 and Andrew Rybolt was fourth, 6:18. Rybolt had a time of 13:28.8 for third in the 3,200-meter run.

Indoor Meets–

The boys team participated in two indoor track meets during March. On Saturday, Mar. 5, they were in Jacksonville at Illinois College.

The Panthers had three placers in the meet. Lucas Willson was second in the high jump with a new personal best jump of 6-feet even. Connor Henschen also place in the high jump finishing 8th with a jump of 5-8. Allen Kile was 7th in the pole vault with a jump of 11-6. That equals his best ever jump.

On Saturday, Mar. 19, Pana traveled to Charleston to run in the Charleston Invite on the campus of EIU.

Willson and Henschen both placed in the high jump, seventh and eighth, respectively. Both cleared 5-10 with Willson placing ahead for having fewer misses at that height.

Pana will host Carlinville and Rochester at Brummett Field on Tuesday, Mar. 29. The meet begins at 4:30 p.m.


Arnold, McMillen Basketball Co-MVP’s

AWARD WINNERS – Winners of Pana High school boys basketball team awards for the 2010-11 season which were distributed on Tuesday, Mar. 15, were, from left, Phillip Arnold, senior, Co-MVP,  Best Defensive Player and Hustle Award; Nick Spracklen, senior, Panther Pride Award; Lucas Willson, Best Free Throw Percentage; Mitchell Beyers, junior, Most Steals; David Kirkbride, senior, Most Improved; Max Schmitz, Most Assists; and Jared McMillen, junior, Co-MVP and Most Rebounds.

Honors for the 2010-11 Pana High School boys basketball team were presented at the Basketball Awards Night, Tuesday, Mar. 15. Phillip Arnold, a senior, and Jared McMillen, junior, were named co-winners of the Pana News-Palladium Trophy, signifying the team’s Most Valueable Players.

Phillip is the son of Mike and Janet Arnold and Jared is the son of Terry and Jane McMillen.

In addition to their MVP awards, Arnold was named the Best Defensive Player and the winner of the Hustle Award. McMillen got the award for Most Rebounds. He was also named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Second Team All-State.

There were three seniors named as the Pana Sports Boosters Senior Male Basketball Players of the Year. They are Nick Spracklen, son of Jenny Spracklen and Heath Spracklen; Max Schmitz, son of Rick and Francie Schmitz; and Phillip Arnold, son of Mike and Janet Arnold. Spracklen also got the Panther Pride Award and Schmitz recorded the Most Assists.

David Kirkbride, son of Tom and Geri Kirkbride, won the Peoples Bank and Trust Grade Point Average Award for having the highest GPA on the team. He also won the award for Most Improved.

Other award winners were Lucas Willson with the Best Free Throw Percentage and Mitchell Beyers, Most Steals.

McMillen and Beyers were selected to the first team of the South Central Conference All-Conference team. Arnold was named to the second team.

Allen Kile was the junior varsity team’s Hustle Award winner.


Pana High School Cheerleader Awards Night Held

AWARDS FOR PANA High School cheerleaders were given on Tuesday night, Mar. 15, in the Panthers Den of Pana High School.

Award winners were, from left, Sydney Miller, Most Spirit; Tara Christine, Best All Around; Haley Cohan,  Coaches Award; Staci Calvert, Coaches Award and Peoples Bank and Trust Grade Point Average Award; and Kelsey Etchison, Most Improved.


FBCA Basketball Awards Night

The Basketball Awards Banquet was held at First Baptist Christian Academy in Rosamond on Tuesday, Mar. 8.

A catered meal was served to the guests. Pastor Dick Wheeler from Ramsey was the guest speaker.

Pastor Larry Gruis presented Pep Squad participation awards to Hannah Hopper, 6th; Ivy Fry, 7th; Crystal Hubbartt, 10th; Katie Hopper, 11th; Lauren Bailey, 7th; Tessa White, 9th; Leah Warren, 9th; and Heather White, 11th.

Coach Bill Hopper presented the basketball awards. Receiving Certificates of Participation for the Junior High team were: Camden Kessler, 3rd; Kobe Meek, 3rd; Tyler Cameron, 4th; Andrew Martin, 6th; Johnny Hopper, 8th; David Martin, 8th; and Ben Sims, 8th.

Lettering for the first time for the Varsity were: Andrew Martin, 6th; Johnny Hopper, 8th; Ben Sims, 8th; and Ivan Fry, 9th. Returning Varsity lettermen receiving a basketball pin were David Martin, 8th and  Caleb Wheeler, 12th.

Special recognition was given for: Most Rebounds, Caleb Wheeler, 12th; Most Points, Free Throw, Points Average, Caleb Wheeler, 12th; Two Point Percentange, Shooting Percentage, Assist-Turnover Ratio, David Martin, 8th; Three Point Percentage, Most Assists, Johnny Hopper, 8th; Most Three Point Shots, Andrew Martin, 6th; Most Blocks, Deflections, and Jump Balls, Caleb Wheeler, 12th; Most Steals, David Martin, 8th; and Most Forced Turnovers, Johnny Hopper, 8th.

Defensive Player of the Year Trophy went to David Martin, 8th. The Offensive Player of the Year was Caleb Wheeler and the Most Valuable Play of the Year Trophy went to Caleb Wheeler.

The basketball players presented their coach with a gift at the end of the program.