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SHS Honors Team on 8th Grade Night


THE EIGHTH GRADE girls of Sacred Heart School’s basketball team were honored on Thursday, Nov. 20, as they wrapped up the regular season in the Tower Hill gym.

Members of the team are, kneeling from left, Abby Copley,  Olive Decker, Elizabeth Epley, Kaylee Holland, Emily Kuhn, Hannah LeDuc, Josie Pauley, Shania Schoonover and Jeannine Swenny.

Behind them are their parents, Jeff and Shelia Copley; Chuck and LeAnn Decker; Luke Epley and Debbie Holthaus; Jeff and Shawn Holland; Brad and Gina Kuhn; Dave LeDuc and Stephanie LeDuc; Jamie and Sandy Pauley; Amy and Shannon Schoonover; Rhonda and Paul Swenny.

The eighth grade girls basketball team of Pana Sacred Heart School were honored on “8th Grade Night,” Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Tower Hill gym. Nine girls and their parents were introduced prior to the start of the game with Vandalia in which St. Pat’s was a 42-20 winner.

The girls are 17-1 entering this week’s IESA Regional Tournament.

St. Pat’s jumped out to a 15-5 first quarter lead, and made the advantage 20 by halftime, 27-7. Pana was up, 40-11, by the end of three.

Shania Schoonover led the way with 13 points while Abby Copley finished with 8. Kaylee Holland added 7 points with Lizzie Epley and Jeannine Swenny both scoring 6 points apiece. Swenny was 2-for-2 at the free throw line. Josie Pauley rounded out the scoring with 2 points.

The IESA Class 1A Regional is being played at Pocahontas. St. Pat’s has the number 1 seed and plays the winner of tonight’s, Monday, Dec. 1, game between Ramsey and Mulberry Grove on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 6:00 p.m. Mt. Olive plays Pocahontas in the other semi-final at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The winners will meet at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, for the championship.

Sacred Heart Eighth Grade Split Games

The eighth grade girls of Pana Sacred Heart School lost for the first time this season as they fell to defending IESA state champion Hillsboro, 46-16, at Hillsboro on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Hillsboro jumped out to an 11-4 first quarter lead and were still down by 7 at halftime, 18-11. After three quarters, Hillsboro made it a 27-16 lead. St. Pat’s didn’t score in the fourth quarter.

Shania Schoonover led the way for St. Pat’s with 10 points. She had a 3-pointer and was 1-of-2 from the free throw line. Kaylee Holland chipped in with 4 points and Abby Copley had a basket for 2 points.

At Sangamon Valley-

It took an overtime session, but St. Pat’s got a 39-35 win in Illiopolis against Sangamon Valley on Monday, Nov. 17.

For St. Pat’s, Shania Schoonover led Pana scorers with 15 points, 4 of them in the overtime. She was 4-for-9 at the free throw line. Kaylee Holland ended up with 11 points and Lizzie Epley finished with 6. Jeannine Swenny added 3 points and Abby Copley and Josie Pauley each finished with 2 points.

This was St. Pat’s first game having Emily Kuhn back.

There was no report on the 7th grade games.

The Sacred Heart 8th grade is 16-1 with the regular season coming to a close tonight, Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Tower Hill gym. It is 8th Grade Night as St. Pat’s hosts Vandalia.

Sacred Heart Stays Undefeated

The 8th grade girls asketball team of Pana Sacred Heart School stayed unbeaten Tuesday night, Nov. 4, with a 40-17 win over Beecher City in the Tower Hill gym.

Kaylee Holland poured in 20 points and Shania Schoonover added 10 points in the win. Schoonover was 2-for-6 at the free throw line. Lizzie Epley and Jeannine Swenny each tallied 4 points and Kacey Swisher chipped in with 2.

St. Pat’s had a 10-4 lead after one period and it was 19-6, St. Pat’s, at the half. After 3 quarters, they were up 34-12.

St. Pat’s is 14-0 and will be in Ramsey this evening, Thursday, Nov. 6, for a game. They will play following the seventh grade game which begins at 6:00 p.m. There was no report on the seventh grade game with Beecher City.

Then, the girls are off a week before returning to action on Monday, Nov. 17, at Illiopolis for a game with Sangamon Valley.

Sacred Heart Get Wins

The junior high school girls basketball teams of Pana Sacred Heart School picked up wins over Nokomis and Pocahontas in their most recent games.

8th Grade–

St. Pat’s hosted Nokomis in Tower Hill on Thursday, Oct. 23. They were 33-20 winners.

The girls took a 12-1 lead after the first quarter, then made it a 16-8 game at the half. After three quarters, the lead was 27-20.

Shania Schoonover put in a dozen points and was 2-for-2 at the free throw line. Kaylee Holland also finished in double figures with 10 points. Abby Copley put in 6 points and Lizzie Epley added 5.

In another home contest on Monday, Oct. 27, the 8th grade was a 34-24 winner over Pocahontas.

After taking a 10-2 first quarter lead, it was 20-6 when halftime rolled around. At the end of three, it was 24-12.

St. Pat’s was led in scoring by Kaylee Holland with 16 points. She made 2-of-4 free throws. Shania Schoonover added 10 with Jeannine Swenny picking up 4 points. Both Abby Copley and Josie Pauley scored 2 points apiece.

The 8th grade team improves to 13-0 on the season.

7th Grade–

The seventh grade girls also picked up wins over Nokomis and Pocahontas.

It was a close game with Nokomis as St. Pat’s got a 1-point, 17-16 win.

The game was a scoreless tie after a period before the seventh grade took a 6-4 lead at the half. Each team scored 4 points in the third frame to keep the margin at 2, 10-8. Nokomis did out-score SHS, 8-7 in the fourth, but they were unable to hang on.

Top scorer was Kacey Swisher with 7 points while Rachel Holthaus added 3. Natalie Stauder, Daniele Bieber and Emma McFarland each scored 2 points and Olivia Schmitz had 1 point.

In the game with Pocahontas  Monday, St. Pat’s was a 36-27winner.

It was 10-5, St. Pat’s after the first and 21-13 at the break. After three, St. Pat’s was up, 28-16.

Leading the way was Kacey Swisher and Natalie Stauder with 18 and 14 points, respectively. Olivia Schmitz and Jillian Hamilton  each scored 2 points.

The 7th grade is now 8-5 on the season.

In the coming week, the girls have 2 games. They are home on Tuesday, Nov. 4, with games against Beecher City in the Tower Hill gym. Tip-off is at 6:15 for the 7th grade game. On Thursday, Nov. 6, it is off to Ramsey for games. The 7th grade game begins at 6:00 with the 8th grade game to follow.

8th Grade St. Pat’s Gets Win

The eighth grade girls basketball team of Sacred Heart School in Pana came back from an early deficit to defeat Effingham St. Anthony, 38-32, on Monday, Oct. 13, in Effingham.

St. Pat’s fell behind after a period, 12-6, but out-scored the hosts 14-5 in the second frame for a 20-17 halftime lead. After 3 quarters, St. Pat’s had a 28-23 lead.

Shania Schoonover led the way with 17 for St. Pat’s. Kaylee Holland added 11 while Abby Copley scored 8 points. Lizzie Epley rounded out the scoring with 2 points.

There was no report on the 7th grade game.

Next action for St. Pat’s is today, Thursday, Oct. 16, when they host Stewardson-Strasburg in the Tower Hill gym. Tip time for the 7th grade game is 6:15 p.m. Then on Monday, Oct. 20, the girls will entertain Ramsey at Tower Hill. The 7th grade opens the action at 6:00 p.m.

St. Pat’s Wins Games

The eighth grade Pana St. Pat’s girls junior high school basketball team continues its winning ways. They are 7-0 this season.

On Monday, Sept. 29, at Blue Mound, they defeated Meridian, 35-16.

Shania Schoonover scored 13 points and was 3-for-8 at the free throw line to lead her team. Kaylee Holland and Abby Copley each scored 10 points and Josie Pauley had 2 points.

St. Pat’s led at all the breaks – 13-2 after 1 and 25-6 at halftime. After 3, the score was 33-12, St. Pats.

Taking on South Fork at Kincaid on Tuesday, Sept. 30, St. Pat’s ran over the hosts, 51-14.

They led 20-4 after the first period and 33-10 at halftime. The lead was 45-12 entering the fourth quarter.

Leading the way was Shania Schoonover with 18 points. Both Abby Copley and Jeannine Swenny scored 8 points apiece. Kaylee Holland had 7 points  including a 3 pointer. Lizzie Epley scored 6 followed by Josie Pauley and Olivia Schmitz with 2 points each.

Going back  to Decatur to take on Our Lady of Lourdes on Thursday, Oct. 2, St. Pat’s returned home with a 45-25 win.

It was a close first half with St. Pat’s ahead 9-8 after 1 and up 25-13 at the break. Pana out-scored the Decatur team 20-12 in the second half.

Once again, Shania Schoonover was the leading scorer with 16 points. She put in a pair of 3-pointers. Kaylee Holland was right behind with 15 points and also had a 3-pointer. Josie Pauley chipped in with 6 while Abby Copley added 4 points. Lizzy Epley rounded out the scoring with 3 points.

There were no reports on the seventh grade games.

This week, Pana St. Pat’s has games at Tower Hill. They will host Shelbyville on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and on Thursday, Oct. 9, they will host Pocahontas. Both games will start with seventh grade action at 6:00 p.m.

Fourth Place Trophy For St. Pat’s


2014 ST. PAT’S SEVENTH GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM – FOURTH IN STATE – Make more room in the trophy case – another Sacred Heart School in Pana team has brought home another state trophy.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, the seventh grade girls basketball team of Pana St. Pat’s received the fourth place trophy in the Illinois Elementary School Association’s Class 7-1A State Basketball Tournament.

The girls lost to Springfield Christian, 30-23, in the Normal Chiddix Junior High School gym.

Wearing their medallions and with the fourth place trophy are, in front from left, Emily Kuhn, Abby Copley, Shania Schoonover,  Kaylee Holland and Josie Pauley.

In back, Coach Jeff Holland, Olive Decker, Lizzie Epley, Hannah LeDuc, Jeannine Swenny and Assistant Coach Jeff Copley.

(Rhonda Swenny Photo)

The ball didn’t bounce just the way the seventh grade girls basketball team of Pana Sacred Heart School wanted it to Thursday evening, Dec. 12, as they fell to Springfield Christian in the third place game of the Illinois Elementary School Association’s Class 1-7A Basketball Tournament. The game was played in Chiddix Junior High School in Normal.

Early on, it was the defense of Springfield which appeared to throw St. Pat’s off their game. The Wildcats had a 7-3 first quarter lead. Springfield’s Maddie Manker carried her team in the first half, scoring 9 points, and at halftime, the Wildcats had a 15-8 advantage.

Springfield’s defense kept St. Pat’s off its game most of the night. The taller Springfield team posted a 25-16 lead when the third quarter ended.

But in the fourth quarter, St. Pat’s offense finally came alive, aided by some quick turnovers by the Wildcats. Back-to-back buckets by Kaylee Holland and Shania Schoonover cut the Wildcat lead to just 6 with 2:30 minutes to play. It wasn’t to be, however, as the Pana offense stalled down the stretch.

Shania Schoonover put in 13 points to lead St. Pat’s. She scored 10 of those points in the second half. Abby Copley and Josie Pauley each had 4 points and Kaylee Holland added 2 points.

Maddie Manker of Springfield was the game’s leading scorer with 16 points.

Pana St. Pat’s was 38% at the free throw line, making 9-of-24. Springfield, who wraps up the season 23-2, was 10-of-21, 48%.

Pana St. Pat’s finishes the season with a fine 16-3 record.

The team which beat Sacred Heart in the semi-finals, Bartonville Monroe, lost in the championship game to Danville Schlarman, 44-40. Schlarman, state champs, finished with a 21-0 record. Bartonville ended up 21-3.

This is the fifth St. Pat’s team to take fourth place in the IESA Tournament. In 2012, the 7th grade boys were fourth and in 2011, the 8th grade girls got the fourth place trophy. The 8th grade boys in 2008 and the 1997 7th grade girls were also fourth place winners.

The 2007 7th grade boys were state runner’s up.

St. Pat’s has a pair of championship trophies in 8th grade girls basketball. The 1991 and the 2006 teams claimed those first place trophies.


Sacred Heart Wraps Up Regular Season

Sacred Heart School in Pana wrapped up the regular season in junior high girls basketball on Thursday, Nov. 21.

The 8th grade finished with a 15-2 mark as they traveled to Vandalia and picked up a 36-2 win.

Vandalia got both points from the free throw line as they went 2-for-8.

Claire Holthaus had 12 points in the win and Brenna Dameris added 9. Danielle Epley got 7 points and Kaylee Holland had 5 points. Hannah LeDuc scored 2 and Shania Schoonover got a free throw.

It was 11-1, St. Pat’s after a quarter and at halftime, they led 28-1.

There was no report on the seventh grade game.

Hosting Sangamon Valley on Monday, Nov. 18, the eighth grade trailed 10-8 at halftime, then blanked the visitors in the third quarter and held in the fourth frame for a 20-18 win.

Danielle Epley scored 9 points to lead St. Pat’s and Brenna Dameris had 4. Claire Holthaus added 3 points and Shania Schoonover and Kaylee Holland each had 2 points.

The game was tied 2-2 after a period and Sangamon Valley had a 10-8 lead going into the third quarter. St. Pat’s scored 8 unanswered points in the third quarter while holding Sangamon Valley scoreless to take a 14-10 lead. Sangamon Valley out-scored Sacred Heart 8-6 in the last period. Each team had a 3- and 2-point basket in the frame. The difference was at the line where St. Pat’s was 1-of-6 while Sangamon Valley was 4-of-5.

The seventh grade had little trouble with Sangamon Valley as they raced out to a 13-1 lead after one period and went on to cruise, 37-4.

Kaylee Holland and Shania Schoonover led the way with 8 points apiece. Jeannine Swenny added 5 points and Lizzie Epley dropped in 4. Josie Pauley and Emily Kuhn each scored 2 points.

Hillsboro was the guest on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for Eighth Grade Night. It was the final regular season game for Sacred Heart eighth grade team members Claire Holthaus, Danielle Epley, Brenna Dameris and Madolyn Hackler. They did not disappoint the home crowd as they took the game, 22-18.

Danielle Epley led the way with 12 points. She had all St. Pat’s free throw attempts in the game and went 4-for-6. Brenna Dameris had 4 points and Claire Holthaus, Madolyn Hackler and Shania Schoonover each scored 2 points.

St. Pat’s had a 4-2 lead after a period and it was 13-6 at halftime. St. Pat’s lead was 20-14 entering the fourth quarter.

The seventh grade stumbled in their game with Hillsboro, 31-24. The Dragons jumped out to a 10-2 lead and they trailed, 17-11, at halftime. St. Pat’s got just 2 points in the third period and they trailed, 25-13.

Abby Copley led the way with 8 points, followed by Shania Schoonover with 7. Kaylee Holland chipped in with 4 points while Emily Kuhn and Josie Pauley scored 3 and 2 points, respectively.

Late Game–

In a game which was not reported at the time, the eighth grade girls beat Sorento at Tower Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 47-15.

St. Pat’s was led by Brenna Dameris and Danielle Epley who each poured in 16 points. Claire Holthaus added 9 with Madolyn Hackler getting 4 points. Kaylee Holland scored 2 points.

Sacred Heart took a 10-6 first quarter lead, then expanded it to 21-8 at halftime. It was 36-11, St. Pat’s, entering the fourth quarter.


It will be the number one seed Pana St. Pat’s facing Sorento tonight, Monday, Nov. 25, in the semi-finals of the IESA Class 7-1A Ramsey Regional in the Ramsey High School gym at 6:00 p.m. The winner advances to the championship game on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 6:30 p.m., also in the RHS gym.

Sorento got to the semi-finals with a 30-6 win Saturday, Nov. 23, over Mulberry Grove.

In the other regional semi-final tonight, number 2 Pocahontas takes on third seed and host Ramsey at 7:15 p.m. with the winner advancing to the championship.

The Ramsey Regional winner will play in the Sectional contest to be hosted by Pana Sacred Heart on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Tower Hill Jefferson Middle School gym at  6:00 p.m.

Eighth grade regionals for St. Pat’s begins next week at Mulberry Grove.


Sacred Heart Girls Defeat Beecher City

At Beecher City on Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Pana Sacred Heart School junior high school girls basketball teams defeated the hosts in both games.

The eighth grade was a 39-19 winner and the seventh grade won, 41-20.

For the eighth grade, Danielle Epley scored 13 points and Shania Schoonover added 10 to lead St. Pat’s to the win.

Brenna Dameris added 6 points with Madolyn Hackler and Claire Holthaus getting 4 points apiece. Kaylee Holland rounded out the scoring with 2 points.

St. Pat’s had a 13-2 lead after one quarter, then led at halftime, 25-10. It was 31-18 going into the fourth quarter.

The eighth grade is 12-2 this season.

7th Grade–

The seventh grade rushed out to a 16-3 first quarter lead and never looked back.

They went up 28-10 at halftime and made the lead 36-18 after three quarters.

Leading the way for St. Pat’s in a balanced scoring attack was Kaylee Holland with 14 points and Shania Schoonover added 8. Hannah Leduc put in 6 points and Lizzie Epley had 5 points. Josie Pauley chipped in with 4 and Emily Kuhn and Jeannine Swenny each scored 2 points.

The seventh grade record is 11-1.

Tonight, Thursday, Nov. 7, the girls play host to Riverton. The games will be played in the Pana High School gym instead of at Tower Hill.

The seventh grade game tips off at 6:15 p.m., followed by the eighth grade game.


St. Pat’s Girls Record Wins

The Pana St. Pat’s seventh and eighth grade girls basketball team have recorded 4 wins between them recently. Both teams have defeated Ramsey and Stewardson-Strasburg.

8th Grade–

On Monday, Oct. 21, St. Pat’s was a 44-4 winner at Ramsey.

St. Pat’s held Ramsey scoreless in the first half, taking a 25-0 lead. It was 36-4 after three periods.

At Windsor on Thursday, Oct. 17, facing Stew-Stras, St. Pat’s used a balanced scoring attack to defeat the hosts, 36-6.

Windsor was held scoreless in the first quarter and St. Pat’s led 21-4 at halftime. At the end of three, St. Pat’s was up, 28-6.

7th Grade–

The seventh grade was also successful at Ramsey with a 42-8 win.

St. Pat’s took a 17-2 first quarter lead, then made it 25-17 at the half. By the end of the third quarter, it was a 34-8 game.

In their game with Stew-Stras, St. Pat’s was a 23-18 winner.

It was a 9-2 lead for St. Pat’s after a period, then they went up 13-4 at the break. The gap was 15-10 at the end of the third period.

Both teams head to Nokomis for games today, Thursday, Oct. 24. On Monday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 29, the girls play in Tower Hill taking on Effingham St. Anthony and Sorento, respectively. All of the games start with seventh grade action at 6:00 p.m.