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Archives for February 2012

Avgary ‘Av’ Kehias, Noted Pana Businessman, Dies

Avgary ‘Av’ Kehias

1923 – 2012

Avgary “Av” Kehias, 88, of rural Pana, died Sunday morning, Feb. 26, as the result of a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 51 north of Ramsey.

Kehias was northbound at 11:13 a.m. near 3200 North Road, about a mile south of the Shelby-Fayette County line, when his 2005 Chevrolet pickup ran off the road and struck a utility pole, then rolled over, according to the Illinois State Police District 12, Effingham. He was ejected from the vehicle.

Kehias died in Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia, according to the state police.

Av Kehias was born Dec. 22, 1923, a son of George and Katherine Kehias of Pana.

He started work in the candy shop named for his father, George, when he was nine years old. He graduated from Pana High school in 1942 and attended University of Illinois, Champaign for one year. Mr. Kehias then served in the U.S. Army for 3 1/2 years. Afterward, he attended Wayne University in Detroit, Michigan.

Av returned home to Pana to begin partnership in 1949 with his friend, August “Augie” Kronshagen at George’s Candy Shop. George’s Candy Shop had its start in 1914 on South Locust Street, and moved to its landmark corner in 1941. The popular enterprise was famous for its handmade candy, soda shop, ice cream made there for 50 years, caramel apples in the fall, and hot Spanish peanuts and vast newspaper and magazine racks. It was a traditional meeting place for coffee drinkers and other clientele of all ages. The business closed in 1991.

As a youth, Av was active in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He became a scout leader and served in that capacity for many years. In 1968, he received the Silver Beaver Award for his work in scouting.

George’s Corner at Locust and Second streets served as the leaving point (and return) for the scout-focused George McClung Trail that led to Rosemond Grove Cemetery. Although it phased from active use, some years later, in 2006, the McClung trek was revised.

The past partners, Av and Aug, were honored in September 1991 as grand marshals of the Pana Labor Day Parade, and celebrated their 80th birthdays together  at an open event in 2004.

Avgary Kehias served the community as member of Pana Lions Club, Pana Chamber of Commerce, past president; and was a recipient of the Pana Jaycees Distinguished Citizen Award. He and his wife, the former Linda Miller Mathias, performed as clowns as a hobby for a number of years.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana.

Rosamond Home Destroyed By Second Fire in 10 Days

A HOME AT 213 Rosamond Ave. in Rosamond was destroyed by fire Friday evening, Feb. 24. This was the second time in 10 days fire fighters were called to the scene.

The top photo shows fireman battling the Tuesday, Feb. 14, fire and the bottom is the entire home engulfed in flames on Friday night.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate the scene today, Monday, Feb. 27.

(Gene Reed Photos)

A fire totally engulfed a home at 213 Rosamond Ave. in Rosamond Friday night, Feb. 24, burning it to the ground. Five area fire departments were called to the scene with water tankers to try to keep the flames under control as firemen battled the flames and high winds.

The fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the insurance company. At this time it is being called incendiary, according to Pana Fire Chief Rod Bland.

In addition to the house, a nearby garage was also destroyed. Bland said the fire department was dispatched to the scene at 9:16 p.m. Friday and were on scene for more than four hours.

Both the house and garage were fully involved when firemen arrived. One fireman said they could see the flames in the sky as they headed west on Illinois Route 16 near Calvary Cemetery.

This is the second fire in 10 days at the James Dixon residence. On Tuesday morning, Feb. 14, firemen were called to the house for a fire which started in the basement. The house sustained major damage in that blaze. No one was home at the time of the fire and it was believed to be electrical in nature.

Bland said the house was empty Friday due to the earlier fire. Tankers and manpower from Oconee, Owaneco, Nokomis, Witt and Ramsey assisted at the scene of the fire Friday night. Members of the Tower Hill Fire Department responded to the Pana Fire House to cover any potential calls in the city.

The Pana Fire Department was called back to the scene at 9:10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, when an passing motorist reported seeing flames at the site. They extinguished the hot spots and were on the scene for just under one hour.

Anyone with any information about this fire can contact the Illinois State Arson Hotline, 800-252-2947; Christian County Crime Stoppers, 824-9100; Pana Police Department, 562-2141; or Pana Fire Department, 562-2121. There is a cash award through the Arson Awards Program for any information leading to an arrest and you can remain anonymous.

Herrick Board Hears About Food Bank Status, Feb. 7

by Millie Meyerholz

A number of topics came before Herrick Village Board at its Feb. 7 meeting held in the village hall. President Steve Seaton presided at the session.

Regarding the village’s contract with the food pantry located within the village hall, it was stated the entity is in process of becoming a food bank via the State of Illinois. The statutes would give more food variety, requires a contract with the government. Glen Braden, village attorney, will draw up that contract.

All trustees were present, along with Coral Dolan, village clerk; Jack Porter, village treasurer; P.J. Gour, village supervisor, and two persons in the audience.

Seaton reported that next month, he will contact AmerenIllinois to request installation of new 220 volt service in Carroll Park to help vendors using the park.

He added that there is park fund money to purchase a freezer, sink and  water heater for the kitchen in that park. The wall in the cook shack needs stabilizing repair, he emphasized.

After discussion on a resolution to vacate property on North Street, it was decided to add another section of land to the ordinance which will be included with the purchase of certain property therein: Lot 4 in Block 9, J. T. Herrick’s Addition, 6.8 acres on North part of the southwest quarter and southeast quarter of that pertinent section.

A public hearing on the matter will be held at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 6, after which the ordinance is expected to be signed.

A late-submitted bill for $265 for rotorooter work by Rick Prosser was approved.

Gour announced he needs a couple loads of CA6-size rock was approved. The expense is expected to be $200.

He also told the board that he had hooked up the propane heater in the water plant.

A resident has requested help for disposing of a house. He would provide a dumpster for teardown and fuel for the village backhoe.

Dog Kennel

The board refreshed the dog kennel rules, during which it was said not all rules are being followed. All payments must be made during office hours, such as verifying rabies vaccinations. If there is a fee for picking up a dog, the money must be paid; the dog will not be released until then.

A resident requested installation of a drainage tile in his driveway, and will help pay for the material. Gour will install with the backhoe.

Rate Increase

A request by Mike Casey of Ramsey for an increasse of his charge for testing village water was approved, to $125 from $100 monthly.

A citizen reported that guttering was down on the village hall, resulting in water leaking into an adjacent consignment shop. The resultant request that the gutter be repaired by the village was approved.

During a 15-minute closed session, the board reviewed previous closed sessions that had been held within the past year. It was decided to keep four proceedings confidential, and the rest were released for public inspection.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Herrick Village Board next will meet at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 6 at the village hall. (The public hearing will precede the meeting at 5:45 p.m.).

Panthers Tame Vandals, 57-43, To Win Regional Title Friday Night

SENIOR AVERY HRABAK, number 15, goes in for a lay-up during the championship game of the Pana IHSA Class 2A Regional Friday night, Feb. 24. Hrabak and the Panthers dispatched the Vandalia Vandals, 57-43, in the Pana High School gym to advance to the Vandalia Sectional on Tuesday night, Feb. 28.

Hrabak led the Panthers with 17 points and had 7 rebounds.

In the background are Vandalia’s Dathan Berning, left, and Pana’s Allen Kile, 12, at right.

(Gene Reed Photos)

 

WITH ANOTHER STEAL for the Pana Panthers is senior Garrett Claxon, number 10. Claxon, and back court mate Allen Kile, in background, came up with a combined 5 steals and caused 17 first half steals which Pana turned into 8 first half points for Pana in their 57-43 regional championship victory.

For the fourth time this season and the second time in less than a week, the Pana Panthers and the Vandalia Vandals met on the hardwood, Friday, Feb. 24, in the Pana High School gym for the Class 2A Pana Regional title. Pana seniors Avery Hrabak and Garrett Claxon stepped up when another senior, Jared McMillen, had to sit out most of the first half and third quarter in foul trouble, leading the Panthers to a 57-43 win.

It is Pana’s second regional title in three years and third title in five years. The Panthers, 25-4, will be facing the Pittsfield Saukees, who were 61-44 winners over Winchester at the White Hall-North Greene Regional Friday night. The game is Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandalia High School gym. The winner moves on to the Vandalia Class 2A Sectional title game on Friday, Mar. 2, at 7:30 p.m. They face the winner of the other semifinal game between the number one ranked team in Class 2A, Breese Central, and the Explorers of Alton Marquette who tangle at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Hrabak was the leading scorer in the game with 17 points, 11 of them in the second half. He picked up 7 rebounds with 5 coming in the second half. Claxon scored all 9 of his points in the second half and had 8 rebounds, 5 of them at the offensive end.

“I just kept my head in the game and didn’t get down on myself,” Hrabak said. “With Jared in foul trouble we all had to step up. We just knew what we had to do.”

“He had to pick up the scoring with Jared on the bench again,” Pana Head Coach Gary Bowker said.  “Jared is one of the best players this school has ever had, but we’ve got other guys, too. Avery stepped up and played well and all the other guys did a great job defensively.”

With Pana on top 21-16 at the start of the third quarter, Hrabak didn’t waste any time going to the hoop. He knocked down a 3 from the right wing off a pass from Mitchell Beyers. Dathan Berning, who led the Vandals with 11 points, got a steal and scored before Beyers drove into the lane for a bucket and was fouled on the play. He made the free throw to give Pana a 27-18 lead with 5:16 to go in the third.

McMillen picked up foul 3 at the 4:59 mark to head to the bench once again and Berning made 1-of-2 free throws, making it a 27-19 game. Hrabak got free in the lane for a score and was fouled. He completed the 3-point play for a 30-19 Pana advantage. Bryan Hosick dropped in a deuce before Pana started on a 7-0 run. Tyler Epley got a rebound basket, followed by another Hrabak basket off a Vandalia turnover and Claxon capped the run with a 3-pointer from the right wing at 1:25 in the third for a 37-23 Pana lead. Leyton Godoyo stopped the bleeding with a basket just inside the 3-point line at 1:09, but Claxon would round out the scoring in the period with a drive to the basket for a score. He was fouled and made the free throw to give Pana a 40-26 lead going into the last 8 minutes.

Pana got the fourth quarter rolling – literally – with both Claxon and Allen Kile rolling on the floor, fighting for a loose ball. Claxon finally got the handle, got it ahead to Kile to who McMillen streaking for the hoop. His lay-up with 7:08 to play gave Pana a 42-26 lead. Vandalia started to claw its way back into the game over the next 2-1/2 minutes, out-scoring the Panthers 10-2, to make it an 8-point game, 44-36.

Hrabak missed on a shot, got his own rebound and was fouled. He went to the line and made both to stretch it back out to 10 points, 46-36, with 4:58 remaining. Godoyo got a rebound basket, then hit the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity to make it 46-39 with 4:27 on the clock. McMillen got a put-back on a missed Beyers attempt to push the advantage back to 9, 48-39.

Two free throws from Beyers and a free throw by Kile got the lead back to 12, 51-39, with 3:25 to go. With Pana leading 52-41 after a McMillen free throw, Vandalia cut the lead to single digits after Godoyo made a steal and went in on his own for a lay-up  and Pana’s lead was 52-43 with 2:22 showing. McMillen answered with back-to-back baskets over the next minute and Claxon made 1-of-2 charities with 41 seconds to go which turned out to be the final score, 57-43.

Pana never trailed in the game, but the score was tied 3 times in the first quarter. Pana took advantage of 11 first quarter turnovers by the Vandals to score 6 points. Kile’s steal and score with 8 seconds left in the first quarter gave the Panthers the lead for good, 13-11.

Not much scoring in the second quarter, but Hrabak helped Pana to a 6-point lead with a pair of free throws and a 10-footer in the lane for a 17-11 Panthers advantage at 4:43 to go in the half. Hosick drained a 3 after that and Kile drove to the basket for a lay-up from an assist by Beyers for a 19-14 Pana lead. Berning and Beyers traded baskets in the last two minutes and the teams went to the locker room with Pana on top, 21-16.

Several other Panthers off the bench played well including Alex Metzger with a couple of steals and Robbie Hester who had 4 key defensive rebounds in the second quarter.

“He (Hester) controlled the ball, got it to where it needed to be and just stayed active and set screens and on the defensive end, got a lot of rebounds,” Bowker said. “I thought that was kind of key with Jared out, we needed to get somebody in there who would rebound and when we went to a zone, he kind of controlled the boards on that end.”

“(Alex) Metzger has played well the last three or four weeks of the season,” the coach said. “He’s had a good season all the way around, but the last six or seven games I’ve been watching game films at home and watch him do some things I didn’t even realize he was doing while the game was going on live. His defense, he takes the ball to the hole and finishes so well – he does all the things we need him to do. He’s been a great asset for us off the bench.”

After Avery Hrabak’s 17 came Mitchell Beyers with 11, going 5-for-5 at the free throw line. Jared McMillen scored 10 and Garrett Claxon got 9 points. Allen Kile chipped in with 6 and Alex Metzger and Tyler Epley finished with 2 apiece.

Vandalia got 10 points from Leyton Godoyo and Tim Richey added 9.

Pana finished the game shooting 39%, going 20-of-51 from the floor. The Vandals made 16-of-39, 415. At the free throw line, Pana shot 60%, making 15-of-24. Vandalia got to the free throw line 17 times making 8, 48%. The Panthers held a 38-30 rebounding advantage with Claxon having 8 and Hrabak getting 7. Beyers and McMillen each had 6 and Hester got 4. Godoyo led the Vandals with 8 and Berning and Hosick grabbed 5 each. The Vandals committed 25 turnovers and Pana made 12 points off those turnovers. Pana had 17 turnovers in the game.

Vandalia bows out with a 20-10 record this year.

Sectional–

The opponent in the sectional Tuesday night are the Pittsfield Saukees who have a 21-10 record this year. Last season, the Saukees made it to the state finals round and finished fourth. They were seeded third in the White Hall Regional and defeated West Central, the number 1 seed, in a mild upset. West Central defeated the Saukees early in the season.

Pittsfield’s team is built around 6-6 senior Dalton Hoover who scored 15 points in their win Friday night.

“They (Pittsfield) lost a lot after last year, but the big Hoover kid is back,” according to Coach Bowker. “He’s a very good post player, very athletic. The players around him didn’t get much playing time last year, but as the season has progressed, they have got better and better, so they are definately going to be a good ball club.”

Tickets for the sectional game Tuesday night are available in the Pana High School office.

Out in Left Field: February 27, 2012

More sectional basketball this week. . . .

Congratulations to the Pana High School boys basketball team on winning their regional on Friday night. Now, it’s off to Vandalia for the sectional on Tuesday night against Pittsfield.

Yes – I said Pittsfield. That’s not a typo. The Pittsfield Saukees, a team my PORTA Bluejays played in Petersburg back in my high school days, are traveling to Vandalia for a basketball game.

Might I suggest someone buy the IHSA a map of the state of Illinois for Christmas this year. . . .

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It had to be disappointing for the Pana girls basketball team last Monday night as their season came to an end at the hands of Breese Central in the Salem Super-Sectional.

Without a doubt, this team performed at an exceptional level, getting into the Elite Eight of Class 2A basketball.

We congratulate Coach Ken Schuster and his staff and players on a great season and will look forward with anticipation to what’s to come next year.

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We note the passing of several people whom we have admired or had the pleasure of knowing.

Our sympathy to the Kehias family on the passing of Av this weekend.

Right along with his family business that anchored our downtown business district for so many years, George’s Candy Shop, Avgary could only be described as a “Pana Landmark.”

Sun, rain, snow, sleet. . . . You could always depend on George’s being open – and a pot of coffee on the burner.

Lots of people have lots of stories which could fill volumes on Av. In addition to the stories Tom Phillips relates to me about how he and Av were in charge of downtown Christmas decorations, I will always remember him as one of the “ring leaders” of the group who many, many years ago – back when the new front facade of the Pana News-Palladium building was being replaced – he and another Pana legend, Ren Alde, hatched a plan to hang a large green banner for St. Patrick’s Day across the front of the new block work. Come to think of it, I think he got myself and Brian Gibson wrapped up in the shenanigans.

Also, some years ago when I had a column with a picture of myself in a suit, “Greek” would always remind me he thought I “cleaned up pretty good.”

A lot of great memories. Pana was fortunate to have him for as long as we did.

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Another friend passed last Monday, David Stivers.

I think a lot of people would be surprised to know that Dave was the only person who you could count on to be at a Pana School Board meeting – unless you were a school board member, administrator or reporter. Ever since the merger of the Pana and Tower Hill school districts, Dave would be in the audience unless he was working.

We spent a lot of time together at those monthly meetings during executive sessions of the board just talking about work, family, the world situation, local politics – you name it, we’d discuss it. And one thing you never had to worry about was what was on his mind. We enjoyed those discussions.

Once in a while, we see each other out and about. You could always count on a handshake and a big smile. We’ll miss those big smiles.

Our sympathy to Lora, his wife; sons D. J. and Todd and all of the Stivers family.

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And while it has been a week or so ago, we could not go without noting the passing of a baseball legend we respected and admired – New York Mets catcher and hall of famer, Gary Carter.

There have been a lot of bigger named catchers in Major League Baseball, but for my money, none better than Carter. He had an exuberance and excitement for the game which we don’t see a lot of anymore.

“The Kid,” you may not know, lives in the head of this column. Many years ago, it was created by Jon Stepping. He worked off a photo of me wearing Gary Carter’s number 8 Mets jersey.

Then, there’s the night a group of us “lost” Jed Stevens at a Cardinals-Mets game. Proudly wearing my Gary Carter Mets jersey on the streets around old Busch Stadium and scanning over the crowd looking for the “Jedi,” I could hear someone in the background. . . . or in front of me or along the side of me yelling, “Hey Gary Carter – give me your autograph!” Now at this very moment I’m thinking, “What is Tom Phillips going to do when I show up at work the next morning without Jed?” But, I did take the time to respectfully verbally decline the opportunity (hey, it’s my story), and a moment later, the cheek just below my right eye is struck by a fellow’s fist.

Never held Carter responsible for that one – and yes, we did find Jed.

Baseball was a different sport when Gary Carter played the game. It’s too bad there aren’t many Gary Carter’s coming up in the ranks of the major leagues.

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See you next week!

Obituaries: February 27, 2012

 Avgary ‘Av’ Kehias

Avgary G. “Av” Kehias, 88, of Pana, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 from injuries sustained in a vehicular accident north of Ramsey in Fayette County. Funeral arrangements are pending in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana. Condolences may be sent to www.mdfh.com.

 

Pearl Crosby

Pearl Esta Walker Crosby, 94, of Pana, died on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, in home surrounded by her family.

McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.mdfh.com.

Fact, Fun & Fillips: February 27, 2012

“Augie” (Kronshagen) and “Av,” “Av” (Kehias) and “Augie” – no need to repeat for means of identification whenever, wherever these names fell on Pana ears.

Fate has now separated these 2 leading businessmen with a single crash and the death of Avgary Kehias. Something it seemed nothing else could possibly do!

From here, the News-Palladium, we offer sincerest sympathy to wife Linda, and the remainder of the Kehias family which needs little, if anything to identify them with Pana, and its business district history.

Many an interesting conversation did we have with the co-owners of Pana’s historic and popular confectionery business, as did thousands of other Pana and area citizens.

More later. It’s a tough day!

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So Long.

IDOT Considers Pana Bypass Split At Rt. 16

The Illinois Department of Transportation is considering splitting the U.S. Route 51 four lane bypass around Pana.   The original Pana bypass is designed to go from 2.7 miles north of Illinois Rt. 16 to 0.4 miles north of the Shelby County line just south of Pana.

The full Pana bypass is 6.75 miles long and contains an overpass of the Union Pacific Rail Road, an interchange at Illinois Route 16,  Sixth Street Road overpass over U.S. Route 51, an exit just north of Pana and a second south of the City.   The cost of the full bypass is estimated at over $55 million.   Due to the length and cost of the Pana bypass IDOT is considering the option of splitting the project into two separate contracts.

With current funding issues and questions, the two separate contracts will give IDOT greater flexibility in programming and construction of the Pana bypass.   According to IDOT that split would occur near Illinois Route 16 at the north east edge of Pana.

Currently the four mile Assumption bypass is under construction at a cost of $22.8 million.   The next phase is a four mile section from four miles South of Assumption to just 2.7 miles north of Pana, near the “S” curve, and is expected to cost $39 million.   That phase is funded and construction is expected to begin as the Assumption bypass is completed.   The time frames of these projects will depend on bid openings, completion of acquiring property and weather during the construction process.

Pana Mayor Steve Sipes commented that “This news is great for Pana as developers now have a better feel as to the Pana bypass and now they can start making firm plans on projects at the north eastern edge of our community.”

Developers have viewed Pana as being in the middle of a 180 mile transportation travel corridor from Bloomington to Mt. Vernon.    Illinois Rt. 29 feeds traffic to the intersection at Pana with U.S. Route 51 and Illinois Route 16 which has become referred to as “Pana Crossing.”

Blood Drive In Pana February 29

To help ensure an adequate blood supply for the region, the Central Illinois Community blood center is offering a blood drive in Pana from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, at First united Methodist Church, 619 Kitchell.

For your convenience, call 1-866-GIVE-BLD, ext. 158, to sign up or schedule an appointment online at www.cicbc.org. Walk-ins are also welcome and appreciated.

 

Panthers Come Up Just Short In Super Contest; Fall to Breese Central, 48-44

PANA’S CHARLEY LETT twists and turns as she gets a reverse lay-up during the Pana-Breese Central super-sectional game at Salem Monday, Feb. 20. Lett led Pana with 17 points, but Breese defeated Pana, 48-44, and advanced to the state semifinals in Bloomington-Normal on Friday evening, Feb. 24.

At left is Breese Central’s Madison Timmermann, number 23, and on the floor, looking up, Taylor Rakers, number 13.

(Gene Reed Photo)

Despite a super effort Monday night, Feb. 20, in the IHSA Class 2A Salem Super-Sectional, the Pana Panthers missed some opportunities late in the game and dropped a 48-44 decision to the Breese Central Cougars. Breese, 29-5, faces Stillman Valley, 26-6, in the second state semifinal game in Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal.

“Two buzzer beaters hurt us,” Pana Head Coach Ken Schuster said. “One at the end of the first half and the end of the third quarter were hard to overcome. If you think about it, there’s four points we gave them in those transition moments. If we take those four points away from them and put four points up for ourselves, that’s the ball game.”

The Panthers could never get a lot of distance between themselves and the Cougars. In the third quarter, a 3-pointer off an in bound pass by Charlie Lett resulted in Pana going up, 36-32 with 2:03 left in the third quarter. But over the next 7 minutes, Breese went on a 13-2 run, giving them a 45-38 lead with 3:10 left in the game.

“It really was the difference (the run),” said Schuster. “We had a chance in the third quarter to kind of ice the game a little bit and we took a bad shot. You got to give our kids credit. They wanted to win that game, but our lack of experience showed, not running the clock down and take that shot later.”

Pana also struggled with trying to stop Breese’s 5-11 sophomore Madison Timmermann. She led all scorers with 22 points and had 9 rebounds. She scored 8 of those 13 points in the run. Timmermann averages 12-and-a-half points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Pana was led by Charley Lett with 17 points and Nadine Vaughn had 13 points. Alyssa Waddington finished her high school career with 9 points and Hannah Funneman had 5 points. Lett was Pana’s rebound leader with 7 and Vaughn got 6. Both Funneman and Jessica Kasch had 3 apiece. The Panthers were out-rebounded, 26-17. Timmermann had 9 boards for the Cougars and Wilken grabbed 7. Voss picked 6 off the glass. The Cougars had 9 turnovers and Pana had 8. However, the Panthers committed 5 of them in the fourth quarter.

Pana finished the season with a 28-5 record despite injuries to key players late in the season. Juniors Nadine Vaughn had to sit out late December and early January recuperating from an emergency appendectomy and shortly after she returned to the line up, another junior, Allie Schoonover, was lost for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Either one of those setbacks could have caused the team to fold.

“Unfortunately, that’s how it goes sometimes,” a philosophical Schuster said. “Kids have to be able to over come that, teams have to be able to over come that and I thought we did well, especially late in the season.”

Schoonover is expected to return next season along with juniors Charley Lett, Nadine Vaughn, Hannah Funneman and Kendal Frisina.