After 28 years - the Panther microphone passes Posted in: News For close to three decades, 28 years to be exact, the Voice of the Panthers, Judge Hershey Barnett, has enlightened Panther fans young and old by announcing QISD Panther football games. This year, Judge Barnett is retiring from the press box and has turned the microphone over to Earnest “Sonny” Upchurch.PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!