PAC XC Finishes Well at Lexington County Championships

On Tuesday evening the PAC Panthers XC team laced up their shoes for the second meet of the season for the Lexington County Championships at Lexington High School. This meet is an opportunity for the team to test themselves against local schools specifically. Some of which are competitive in the SCHSL State Meet for their specific classifications. The weather seemed ominous and even poured rain briefly as a thunderstorm lurked on the edge of Lexington County. Thankfully, the storm went around us and though the times for each race was changed in anticipation of inclement weather, the races went off without a hitch and the weather proved just right for running.
The boys started things off with the Varsity 5k. Jackson Reinhard had another solid performance, improving on his 2020 time by 1:12, finishing the race in 17:28. He was just 10 seconds off of his PR, was 2nd among freshmen who ran in the race, and 11th overall, securing an All-County recognition. 
Returning from an ankle injury Saturday, John Kollmensberger laced up his spikes in hopes of completing his first race of the season. He completed the 5k course 22 seconds faster than he did in 2020 with a finishing time of 20:26 and 35th overall. Not far behind were Samuel Reed and Elijah Greneir who both ran faster times compared to 2020 as well. Sam crossed the finish line in 20:39 and Grenier in 20:40 and placed 37th and 38th overall. Rounding out the top 5 was Benson Ryan with a massive improvement over Saturday’s performance. Benson crossed the finish line nearly 3 minutes faster in 22:24 and placed 45th overall. The boys team scored a total of 166 points, securing a 6th place finish out of 7 teams and improved on their team average time from 2020 by 25 seconds. The team’s usual #4 runner, Noah Young, was not able to participate in the meet but will return Saturday for the Eye Opener in Spartanburg.
The Varsity Girls were next up to the starting line. Emma Deason and Emily Mason were hoping to improve on Saturday’s race and improve they did. They ran together through most of the race until Emma pulled away in the last mile. Despite running with a cramp in the second mile, she crossed the line in 26:48, a season best. She improves on her 2020 time by 1:03. Emily Mason crossed the line in 27:04, improving on Saturday’s race by 1:27. The Varsity Girls ran two girls in the meet and did not register a team score. Saturday’s meet at the Eye Opener in Spartanburg will be their first opportunity to register a team score.
Finishing the meet were the middle school and new runners in the 3k race. John McPhereson led the way with a 2nd place finish. Halfway into the race, Coach Trey challenged him to go for the win and the 11 year old running in 6th closed a 25 second gap down to 5 seconds in less than a mile. Tyler Seay, Arlie Knight, Charlotte Kriesel, and Ian Hunter all had solid races, improving on their performances from Saturday’s race at CIU. 
The PAC XC team will have an easy week before racing again at the Milliken Research Center for the Eye Opener on Saturday in Spartanburg. This will be the biggest meet of the season with 98 teams in total participating. Saturday will be the first time this season everyone runs the 5k distance.

Urgent Prayer Request

If you are a part of PAC, you are a part of our PAC family. One of our families is in need of our support and prayer as the head of their house is battling Covid pneumonia in the hospital. Please pray for David Jones that God would do a miracle in his body and restore his lungs and bring healing to his body. When the doctors say there is no hope, we know in God there is. So we pray for a miracle knowing God is in control and he can heal in many ways. Continue to keep the Jones family in your prayers as they stand strong in Christ through this very difficult time.

II Corinthians 12:9-10

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

PAC Cross Country Starts the Season Strong in the Palmetto State Classic

PAC Cross Country started their season over the weekend, competing at the Palmetto State Classic on the shared campus of Columbia International University and Ben Lippen School. The PAC team had been training since May 31 through PAC Coach Trey McCain’s Without Limits program and were ready to see the fruits of their 3 month labor. The meet was divided into three races: High School Girls, High School Boys, and Middle School. The high school races are 5k (3.1 miles) and the middle school race is 2 miles.
Returning runner, Emma Deason and a new member to the PAC team, Emily Mason, kicked the season off in the high school girls race. Emma has developed a history of starting the season strong over the last two years and the 2021 season is no different. PAC has traditionally started the season at the Skyhawk Invitational at Hammond. It’s a flat and fast course, easy to run Personal Records (PR) on. The course at Ben Lippen is much tougher with a steep hill; the high school runners run twice just before the first mile and soon after the second mile. At the start of the 2020 season, Emma ran a 28:30 on the Skyhawk course. This season, she completed the CIU/Ben Lippen course in 27:55 finishing 41st overall. Emily Mason ran strong through the first two miles with Emma and finished 48th overall with a time of 28:31. The girls had just two runners in the high school race and did not register a team score. A team needs five runners to score in a meet.
Next up was the high school guy’s team led by returning runners Jackson Reinhard, John Kollmensberger, Elijah Greneir, Noah Young, and Samuel Reed. Two new members toeing the line for the high school boys are Benson Ryan and Ian Hunter. Jackson started the race in the top 5, challenging Ben Lippen’s top runner, Samari Van Horn. The two battled through the first 2.5 miles and it was Jackson who would run his way to 3rd overall in 18:04 behind individual winner, Hayes Trapp of Augusta Prep and Reece Bluestein from Hammond. Jackson improved on his 2020 course time by 1:41. Last season, Jackson broke the PAC XC 5k record twice, lowering it to 17:18.
John Kollmensberger, Elijah Greneir, and Noah Young are returning having completed a season of track as middle-distance and long distance runners in the spring and experienced great success. John K and Elijah started the race off well together. Unfortunately, cramps in the first mile and a sprained ankle in the second forced John K to withdraw from the race. Elijah continued on to a PR of 20:46. A time that is 2:57 faster than he ran on the same course in the 2020 season. He was 25th overall. 
Running in front of, then behind, Elijah was Noah Young. Noah started the race fast and faded at the end but still ran 40 seconds faster on the same course in the 2020 season. He crossed the line in 22:11 finishing 40th overall. Samuel Reed completed the course in 23:09, finishing 54th. Benson Ryan completed his first meet 74th overall in 25:15. Ian Hunter started to feel unwell and withdrew from the race. He is doing well. Overall the boy’s team placed 7th out of 10 teams.
Finishing strong for the PAC Panthers were the middle school runners. Returning middle schoolers Liana Young and Charlotte Kreisel are joined this year by three new middle school runners, John McPhereson, Tyler Seay, and Arlie Knight. McPhereson and Young also competed in the spring track season and middle-distance and distance runners. John McPhereson ran strong through the flat 2 mile course. He finished 7th overall with a time of 14:15. Tyler finished 18th overall in a time of 16:02. 
Liana Young ran a strong and well paced race. She was the 5th middle school girl to cross the line with a time of 17:17. Charlotte Kreisel started slow and finished with a strong sprint at the end. Her time was 19:05. Arlie Knight finished the race in 19:19.
The PAC Panthers XC team races again at the Lexington County Championships on August 31 at Lexington High School. The first race starts with the Middle Schoolers at 5:30.

Needed: Media Promotions

PAC is looking for a Media promotions person.

This person would be responsible for keeping our sports tryouts, pre and post game info, and special highlights as well as events broadcast on social media which would include facebook, Twitter, Instagram and whatever else is most frequently followed.

The fall sports would include football, cheer, cross country, and volleyball.
The spring sports would include baseball, soccer, and softball.  Bass fishing has one tournament every month for the entire year. At this time, we have a volunteer to cover basketball.

Each sport would provide you with a contact person that you would communicate with to get game information to post.  Something should be sent out at the beginning of the week stating all PAC games for that week.  If a coach wants to highlight a player (maybe seniors throughout the season) or something special about his sport, that could be done in a different post. Follow up scores should be posted as well as any highlights that the contact person provides following the game/event.  Upcoming events like sport tryouts, home coming, alumni events, PAC picnic, etc would also be promoted via media to reach more people. 
This is the basic information that we would want kept up with.  We need a responsible person to take on this position, only contact me if you are willing to keep up with the sports and follow through on all that needs for the entire year. This could be an internship for a student.

Contact Jennifer Aurednik at if interested

PAC Bass Fishing Open for Registration

Official sign up will be on the PAC website (link) or use the link below.


Priority will be given to returning anglers over newcomers.

There is a $200 participation fee with a minimum $50 fee to pay at time of registration.  

This will be reimbursed if adequate number of boat captains are not found.

Requirement for boat captain are as follows:

-Boat captain must sign a Statement of Faith (PAC requirement)

-Boat captain must submit to a background check

-Boat captain must sign up on PAC website as a volunteer coach

-Must have minimum 16 ft boat with steering wheel (no tiller handle or stick steering)

-Must have $300,000 liability insurance policy (estimated cost $100)

-Boat captain will be reimbursed for vehicle and boat gas expenses (up to $100 per tournament)

Contact Frank Myers for more information at

PAC 2022 Softball Tryouts!

TRYOUTS for all levels Varsity, JV, and B team

Homeschool High School Softball team- PAC Panthers-Columbia, SC

If you are homeschooled, attend online virtual school or attend a private school that does not offer softball, you can play for the PAC Panthers. The PAC Panthers are a Christian based sports organization that offers competitive high school sports. We will field a B-Team, JV and Varsity team (5th-12th grades are eligible) this fall. Our varsity team finished 3rd place at the National Association of Christian Athletes national tournament in 2021 and had 2 All-Americans. We have a talented pitching staff returning and several key position players but ALL positions are open. We need catchers! If you are interested in playing for the PAC Panthers next season, email us at pacsoftballsc@gmail.Com or call at 803-361-1228. 

Kevin Thomas,

Co-Director PAC Softball

Tryouts will be held …

When: Mon. Sept 13 5:30-8p

           Wed. Sept 15 5:30-8p

Sat.  Sept 18 10a-12p

Where: Bray Park

           280 Bray Park Road

           West Columbia, SC

What:  Varsity, JV and B-Team Tryouts

Who: The PAC Panthers

Why: To Develop, Win, have fun and do God’s work!

PAC 2022 High School Baseball tryouts

Baseball tryouts will be
August 28, 2021, at
280 Bray Park Rd. Cayce/West Columbia

Please arrive early to fill out paperwork and to get loose
Saturday, August 28, 2021
@ 9am -12 pm
B Team/Middle School and JV

(B Team /Middle School kids, if you have your own bat you may use it or we will provide a bat to use during tryouts).

@ 12-3pm Varsity

All Players will need to bring a hat, glove, cleats, and Bat (if you don’t have a bat we will have some on hand to use).

Players will be evaluated on fielding, throwing, catching pop-flys, hard ground balls, hitting, and base running(timed). If you want to try out as a pitcher/catcher we will look at the player/players at the end of each session.

******Rain date for tryouts is Sept. 11, 2021, at Bray Park ******
******Same address and times *******

Any questions Contact:

Coach Pete

Our Vision: Transforming Young Men for Eternity.
Our Mission: Teach Godly manhood through character training within the framework of playing competitive baseball.
Our Values: Respect, Unity, Leadership, Excellence, and Diligence

Who can play for PAC?

PAC Eligibility Status :
a. Private school kids who do not have the desired sport at their school can participate in PAC.
b. Home school kids who are accountable through SCAIHS, Third option group, and the school district can participate.
c. Charter/Virtual schooled kids
i. Virtual/charter schooled athletes can play with PAC but will not be allowed to participate in certain home school tournaments that do not recognize them as true homeschoolers, they can sit out these tournaments or the team can choose not to go to these events
ii. If Virtual/charter schooled kids are doing some classes online and some classes at the public school they are not eligible.
d. Athletes doing dual enrollment, taking classes at a resource center, or some other parent chosen course of study are eligible to participate with PAC.
e. Playing for PAC and local school
i. If an athlete chooses to play for the local school in a sport that PAC offers, he cannot play for PAC in a different sport.
ii. If an athlete tries out for a local school sports team, and doesn’t make the team, he cannot try out for the PAC team for the same sport in the same year.
iii. If an athlete plays for a local school one year, they would be eligible to play for PAC during the subsequent school year.
iv. An athlete that plays for PAC is free to participate in any other extracurricular activity at the local school as long as it is not a sport offered at PAC.

PAC Store is Open for Orders

The PAC Store is now open from July 14 until July 30 so you can get your PAC gear before the fall sports season begins.

Please go to this link to access the store:

You can order PAC short sleeve or long sleeve cotton blend or moisture wicking shirts. Hoodies and crew neck sweat shirts are also available.

Everything is available in Sport grey, Navy, pink and white for some items (while supplies last)

All registered players will receive a practice shirt so do not order your player one unless you want an extra!

Note: Practice shirts that players receive will have our verse for this year on the back but the ones ordered here will not because they only do front printing. If you want one with a verse, please order one when the coach orders the team shirts. You will need to give a check for $16/shirt if you want to be included with the team order. You will not be able to request and pay later. Make check out to PAC.

Verse of the year: II Corinthians 16:13 Keep Alert, Stand firm in your faith, Be courageous, Be Strong!

The order will arrive three weeks after the store closes and will be posted on the website. You will need to contact to arrange to pick up your order.

PAC All Sport Picnic is CANCELED

The PAC All Sport Picnic is canceled for Monday due to weather predictions of 70% thunderstorms. I know this may seem early to cancel but I don’t want to wait until the last minute and some people miss the notification. We will NOT reschedule this year but the date for next year is May 21, 2022!

Reminder to Sign Up for the PAC All Sport Picnic

All PAC participants and their families are invited to celebrate the end of the 2020-2021 sports year with us at the All Sport Picnic!
It will be held at Saluda Shoals Park Paw Paw Shelter. 
You are welcome to come at 2:00 and stay until 8:00 or anytime in between.

Date- June 7, 2021; 2:00-8:00

Entrance fee-$3/carLocation- Paw Paw Shelter

Dinner-6:00-7:00 or whenever the food runs out

Food-PAC will provide hamburgers and hotdogs, bottled water, and the paper products.Everyone is asked to bring one of the following:  side dish, pre-cut fruit plate, salad, chips, dessert (please have a cover for your food, a serving spoon, an extension cord if needed, or a cooling plate if needed)

All need to bring their sports chairs for extra seating.

Activities:Free- volleyball, soccer tennis, there are walking trails, biking trails, fishing (you must have a license if over 16, bring your own fishing items), playground. You can bring your own canoe or kayak.  Please bring volleyballs, soccer balls, footballs, baseballs, frizbees, etc.

Activities with a fee- Tubing $15, Kayaking/canoeing $25/hr $35/2 hrs and return, Bike rental $5, the splash pad will be open from 3:30 to 5:30 (the first 15 to ask for a wrist band are free, everyone else pays $3)  The last tube, kayak or canoe must be in the water by 4:00.

Click on the link below to sign up to come.  Please indicate how many are coming with you, what food you will bring, and if you can bring one of the needed items like table, coolers, etc.