The following is from Bucky Dent of the Southern Illinoisan:

As season-opening wins go, Pinckneyville’s boys’ basketball team’s win over Chester on Wednesday night at home was impressive.

But the margin of victory wasn’t the story. It was the number of victories for the program that was the story. It was the 2,000th win in program history, making it the sixth school nationally to hit the milestone and the fourth in Illinois.

“When you have something that’s accumulated over 105 years, it’s bigger than any of us,” Panthers coach Bob Waggoner said Monday. “I feel fortunate to be in that position to coach this team on that night to that win.”

Few programs anywhere in the state have the chops of Pinckneyville. It got on the map during Duster Thomas’ 19-year run which saw the Panthers go 33-1 and win the state title in 1948. Dick Corn earned 708 wins in 32 seasons and captured state championships in 1994 and 2001.

And Waggoner has certainly added to the program’s rich heritage by going 337-91 over 14 years and two games of his 15th season. Included in that total is a pair of 4th-place finishes in Class 2A.

“Look at what Duster Thomas did and his influence with the program,” Waggoner said. “The gym is not only named for him, but it’s a community-based gym where people have access to it. Then you look at what coach Corn did and it’s one of those things where you more than just one person. There have been some great, influential people.”

Congratulations to Coach Waggoner, his Panthers, Pinckneyville High School and the entire community on this great achievement!