The Miller Media Group and the First National Bank in Taylorville are Proud to Present the Area Athletes of the Month
Female Athlete of the Month
The Female Athlete of the Month is Sydney Lett. Sydney, a junior, is an outside hitter for the Pana Panthers Volleyball team. She has started varsity for 2 years. Last season, Sydney was a defensive specialist on the Panthers 2A Elite 8 team. This year, as a hitter, she has 96 kills, 26 aces, 96 service points, 145 digs, 41 blocks and has recorded a 91.9 serving percentage. Coach Cothern calls Sydney a positive leader who possesses a large amount of court smarts.
Male Athlete of the Month
The Male Athlete of the Month is Jake Smothers. Jake is a senior running back on the Taylorville Tornado football team. Through the first 6 games of the season, Jake has carried the ball 66 times for a total of 386 yards. He is averaging just under 6 yards per carry and scored 6 touchdowns on the ground. Jake has also caught 2 passes for a total of 35 yards and a 17.5 yard per reception average. Jake is a leader on the Tornado team that is pushing for it’s first playoff berth in several years.
The Miller Media Group and The First National Bank in Taylorville salute these athletes for their hard work and dedication. Watch every month as we select a male and female athlete from the towns in Central Illinois.