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FBCA Volleyball Team Wraps Up Season


THE FIRST BAPTIST Christian Academy Falcons volleyball team recently ended their 2014 season with a loss at the regional game playing Marquette Manor Baptist Academy, Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Members of the team are, in front from left, Hannah Hopper, Christyanne Wheeler and Cheyenne Gleason.

In back, Coach William Hopper, Lauren Bailey,  Ivy Fry, Rebekah Brookens, Lacey Simpson.

The team will have their Awards Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the school in Rosamond.

First Baptist Defeats Faith Baptist:Tournament This Weekend

FIRST BAPTIST Christian Academy traveled to Pekin Tuesday, Sept. 2, to take on the Warriors of Faith Baptist.

After a sluggish start, the Falcons won the match in two sets.

The Warriors clipped the Falcons 25-23 in the first set as the Falcons struggled with consistent serving and court errors.

The second set went back and forth with the Falcons up 13-12. They went on a 10-point rally, led by Hannah Hopper’s solid serves and effective setting for Cheyenne Gleason and by the hard hitting of Christyanne Wheeler. The Falcons cruised to a 25-12 win. Lacey Simpson, Lauren Bailey and Ivy Fry contributed by making several plays to keep the rally alive.

Rebekah Brookens and Christyanne Wheeler each had four service points in the third set and the Falcons brought home the victory, 15-7.

From left, back to net, Lauren Bailey,  Hannah Hopper,  Lacey Simpson, Ivy Fry, Cheyenne Gleason and Christyanne Wheeler. 

The Falcons will be hosting their yearly volleyball tournament this weekend, Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13, on the Rosamond campus. The first game begins at noon on Friday.

Pana 3-On-3 Soccer Tourney July 20

The Pana Soccer League will be hosting its 9th annual 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament on Saturday, July 20, at Tanner Sports Complex in Pana.

This tournament is open to all girls and boys, up to age 18. A team may consist of up to five players.

There is a $125 entry fee per team, a portion of which is donated to Pana Midfielders Club to help fund varsity soccer in Pana. Trophies are awarded to first and second places in each age divisions.

Teams must be registered in advance for the tournament. In order to guarantee a place in the tournament, entry forms must be postmarked no later than July 13.

Entry forms may be downloaded at

For more information, email, or call Tim Karbach, 217-562-4073.


FBCA Places 3rd in Home Volleyball Tournament

THE FALCONS VOLLEYBALL team of First Baptist Christian Academy were third in an invitational volleyball tournament they hosted Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10.

On Friday and Saturday, Sept, 9 and 10, First Baptist Christian Academy hosted the 2011 FBCA Invitational Volleyball Tournament. The Falcons took third place in the event.

Six varsity teams competed including Westfair Christian of Jacksonville, Quincy Christian School, Somonauk Christian School, Arthur-Okaw Christian School, MAPS of Herrick and FBCA of Pana.

The teams competed in Pool Play on Friday, which determined bracket play for Saturday.

During pool play Friday, FBCA placed first in their group. They won in 2 games against MAPS of Herrick:,25-11,  25-7. Next ,they played Quincy, where they won in two games as well, 25-15, 25-13.

In the semi-finals on Saturday, FBCA played Somonauk, and were defeated, 19-25, 6-25.

They went to the third place match, where they defeated Quincy, 25-9, 25-13.

Arthur-Okaw won the tournament and Somonauk placed second. Somonauk also received the Sportsmanship Trophy.

Twelve girls were voted to the All-Tournament team, including three from FBCA – Katie Hopper, senior; Aubrie Wheeler, junior; and Heather White, senior.


FBCA Volleyball Match

First Baptist Christian Academy played their first volleyball match of the season on Tuesday, Aug. 23, as they hosted Faith Bapstist Christian School from Pekin.

The junior varsity team lost in two games. The scores were 6-25, 21-25:

The varsity team won in three games, 22-25, 25-20, 25-12.

Katie Hopper had 5 aces with Heather White getting a kill. Tessa White had a kill and 3 aces while Crystal Hubbartt had 100% serves and 4 aces.

FBCA Basketball Awards Night

The Basketball Awards Banquet was held at First Baptist Christian Academy in Rosamond on Tuesday, Mar. 8.

A catered meal was served to the guests. Pastor Dick Wheeler from Ramsey was the guest speaker.

Pastor Larry Gruis presented Pep Squad participation awards to Hannah Hopper, 6th; Ivy Fry, 7th; Crystal Hubbartt, 10th; Katie Hopper, 11th; Lauren Bailey, 7th; Tessa White, 9th; Leah Warren, 9th; and Heather White, 11th.

Coach Bill Hopper presented the basketball awards. Receiving Certificates of Participation for the Junior High team were: Camden Kessler, 3rd; Kobe Meek, 3rd; Tyler Cameron, 4th; Andrew Martin, 6th; Johnny Hopper, 8th; David Martin, 8th; and Ben Sims, 8th.

Lettering for the first time for the Varsity were: Andrew Martin, 6th; Johnny Hopper, 8th; Ben Sims, 8th; and Ivan Fry, 9th. Returning Varsity lettermen receiving a basketball pin were David Martin, 8th and  Caleb Wheeler, 12th.

Special recognition was given for: Most Rebounds, Caleb Wheeler, 12th; Most Points, Free Throw, Points Average, Caleb Wheeler, 12th; Two Point Percentange, Shooting Percentage, Assist-Turnover Ratio, David Martin, 8th; Three Point Percentage, Most Assists, Johnny Hopper, 8th; Most Three Point Shots, Andrew Martin, 6th; Most Blocks, Deflections, and Jump Balls, Caleb Wheeler, 12th; Most Steals, David Martin, 8th; and Most Forced Turnovers, Johnny Hopper, 8th.

Defensive Player of the Year Trophy went to David Martin, 8th. The Offensive Player of the Year was Caleb Wheeler and the Most Valuable Play of the Year Trophy went to Caleb Wheeler.

The basketball players presented their coach with a gift at the end of the program.


FBCA Wrestlers Honored

ON FRIDAY, FEB. 25, the wrestlers from First Baptist Christian Academy were honored at an Awards Night.

Timmy Warren received a Junior High Participation certificate. Emmanuel Beetem, Allen Kuhnert, and Willy Warren received Varsity pins. Emmanuel Beetem received the Most Improved Wrestler award. Willy Warren received the Most Valuable Wrestler award. He had a season record of 23-1.

From left are, Allen Kuhnert, Willy Warren Emmanuel Beetem, Timmy Warren and Coach Rick Warren.


Falcons Overwhelm Mt. Vernon

SENIOR CALEB WHEELER, center, was honored on Senior Night, Friday, Feb. 11, at First Baptist Christian Academy. He is flanked by his parents, Dick and Debbie Wheeler of Ramsey.

The First Baptist Christian Academy Falcons celebrated Senior Night on Friday, Feb. 11, with a 108-60 win over Mt. Vernon Christian School. It was the final home game of the season for senior Caleb Wheeler of the Falcons.

FBCA had a 30-16 lead after one period and it was 59-27 by the half. After three quarters, the Falcons were on top, 83-41.

David Martin poured in 36 points for the Falcons and senior Caleb Wheeler had 30. Ben Sims added 21 points and Johnny Hopper chipped in a dozen. Andrew Martin scored 5 points and Ivan Fry, 4 points.

The Falcons have a Regional Game Friday, Feb. 18.

Volleyball Awards Night held at First Baptist Christian Academy

MEMBERS OF THE First Baptist Christian Academy 2010 volleyball team was honored at the annual volleyball awards ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Those honored were, in front from left, Heather White; Leah Warren; Natalie Hill; Lauren Bailey and Katie Hopper.

In back, Barb Warren, Coach; Courtney Cole; Tessa White; Anna Brookens; Naomi Brookens; Aubrie and Christyanne Wheeler.

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the awards night for volleyball was held at First Baptist Christian Academy in Rosamond.

The following awards were presented by Mrs. Barbara Warren, coach:

Certificates – Lauren Bailey, 7th; Leah Warren, 9th; Courtney Cole, 9th; Anna Brookens, 9th; Christyanne Wheeler, 7th.

Lettering for the first time – Tessa White, 9th grade.

Returning varsity players receiving pins – Katie Hopper, 11th; Naomi Brookens, 12th; Aubrie Wheeler, 10th; and Heather White, 11th.

The following trophies were presented – JV Hustle: Leah Warren; JV Most Improved: Lauren Bailey; Varsity Hustle: Heather White; Varsity Most Improved: Tessa White; MVP: Natalie Hill; and Coach’s Awards: Naomi Brookens and Katie Hopper.

The players and their guests enjoyed a dessert fellowship time following the awards.

Falcons Defeat Herrick MAPS

The First Baptist Christian Academy Falcons hosted Mid America Preparatory School from Herrick on Tuesday, Oct. 5. The Falcons won in two games, 25-23, 25-18.

Tessa White had a kill and 100% serving. Aubrie Wheeler had 2 kills and 3 aces while Heather White had a kill. Katie Hopper had 13 assists and 100% serving and Naomi Brookens had 2 aces. Natalie Hill had 13 assists with Leah Warren and Lauren Bailey having 100% serving.

The Falcons will be traveling to Mississippi Valley Christian School in Alton on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 and 9 for a tournament.