PANA

BY JACK BULLOCK
The top seven players on the Panthers' squad last season were seniors and are now out of the Orange and Blue uniforms.

Head coach Adam Metzger has some work to do to replace nearly all of the points and minutes from last season's 17-13 team that finished 6-3 in the league.

Adam Miller, Kyle Lynch, Nick McMillen, Seth Vaughn, Jake McLeod, Brock DeWerff and Michael Hrabak have all moved on.

So the Panthers will have a totally different look about them when they take the floor in 2017-18.

Coach Metzger, who played at Pana under former head coach Gary Bowker, will turn to a senior hold over who saw some varsity action along with a couple of junior guards.

Jacob Beeson, a 5-foot-11 senior, will be the point guard for the Panthers this season.

He will have company in the backcourt with 6-foot-1 Jack Armstrong and 5-foot-11 Jared Beyers; both of whom are juniors.

Six-foot-four sophomore Brevin Blackwell could have a big year, according to Coach Metzger.

Sophomores 6-foot-2 Jonah Lauff, 5-foot-7 Bryce Edmiston and 6-foot-2 Drake Spracklen should play big roles in the Panthers' game plan.

“We will be a new team this season with losing our top seven. This summer the guys came in and battled every day and played with a high degree of effort. They are an inexperienced group, but they have potential of surprising some teams,” said Coach Metzger.

OUTLOOK – The Panthers will be in the hunt for this league title and like some of the other teams in the league, they will have a lot to prove with a mostly young group. Once they heal up from the football riggers, they should have a good season. They have a pretty tough schedule to deal with.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N28 Mowequa Central A&M J23 Greenville

D5

Shelbyville J26 @ Carlyle
D8 @ Hillsboro J30 @ Vandalia
D9 Roxana F2 @ Gillespie
D12 Nokomis F3 @ Taylorville
D15 Staunton F6 Windsor-Stewardson-Strasburg
D16 @ Carlinville F10 @ Effingham
D19 @ Mattoon F13 Litchfield
D26-29 Vandalia Holiday Tournament F16 Piasa Southwestern
J9 Macon Meridian F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD
J13-20 Litchfield Invitational Tournament F26-M2 IHSA Sectional TBD