Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Deb Palmer, the longtime Panama Central School girls volleyball and softball coach. Palmer, who also taught elementary physical education during her time at Panama, was honored by Section 6 with its Chautauqua County Sportsmanship award for the 2012-13 school year. Palmer coached the varsity volleyball team last season and resigned after more of 30 years of coaching. In volleyball she recorded 12 division championships, four sectional titles and one regional title. In softball, Palmer equaled her division championships with 12, but also won six sectional titles. Even more important than the wins and losses was the impact Palmer made for decades in the lives of Panama youth whether she coached them in athletics or not. She is the epitome of what a high school coach should be.

Thumbs up to Jake Sisson, Jamestown High School quarterback and the Western New York recordholder for most passing yards in a game with 508. Sisson set the new mark during a game Sept. 21 against Kenmore West in which the senior completed 21 of his 40 passes for 508 yards and six touchdowns. The performance also ranks fourth in state history.

Thumbs up as well to a reunion performance Sunday of Maurice Brown and the Mountain Railroad Band. The country and old-time gospel band still performs occasionally at local churches, concerts in the park series and recently performed at “The Natural” anniversary celebration in South Dayton. But, it is still perhaps best known for lively Sunday afternoon concerts at the Grandview back when it was still known as the Mountain Depot. The show is from 2-7 p.m. and sure to be a treat for those looking for a country-flavored blast from the past.