Sports

Monticello ousts Unity 9 in regional opener

The Unity High School baseball team went into regional tournament play last week hoping that all the talk about how difficult it is to beat a team three times in a season was true. After all, the Rockets had lost twice to Monticello this season by a total of three runs, and the Sages were the Rockets’ opponent in the semifinals of the Class 2A St. Thomas More Regional in Champaign.


Rockets repeat as regional softball champs

The Unity High School softball team captured its fifth regional tournament championship in program history Friday afternoon when the Rockets defeated Villa Grove/Heritage 14-4 in five innings in the title game of the Hoopeston Area Class 2A Regional. The Rockets broke open a 4-4 tie by scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game via the 10-run rule.


Migut sweeps hurdles at sectional meet

Unity High School junior Steven Migut won both hurdle races and placed second in the 200-meter dash to lead the Rockets to a third-place finish at the Class 2A sectional track and field meet, held last Thursday in Mahomet. The Rockets finished with 76 points to trail only host Mahomet-Seymour’s 97 points and runner-up Mattoon’s 90 in the team standings.


Bagwell, Millsap break school pole vault record at state meet

Unity High School pole vaulters Nicole Bagwell and Taylor Millsap made history last Saturday at the Class 2A state track and field meet at Charleston.
The Rockets’ dynamic duo both cleared 11 feet, 9 inches in the finals of the pole vault to break the old record of 11 feet, 7 inches set last year by Bagwell.


Unity pole vaulter signs letter of intent with Illinois State University

Unity High School track and field team member Nicole Bagwell on Friday signed her national letter of intent to attend Illinois State University in the fall.
“I was looking into ISU and Northern Iowa,” Bagwell said. “I went to both, and ISU felt a little more like home.

Read the full story in the May 11 issue of The County Star.


Unity places 3rd in final Okaw Valley girls’ track meet

The Unity Rockets closed out their regular season schedule last Tuesday evening by placing third in the Okaw Valley Conference girls’ track and field meet. The meet, the final one in the current history of the Okaw Valley Conference, was originally scheduled to be held at St. Thomas More in Champaign, was move to Hicks Field in Tolono.


Rocket softball’s struggles continue on diamond

In addition to having trouble getting on the field because of the recent rains, the Unity High School softball team has been scuffling to finish the regular season on a high note. After senior pitcher, infielder and all-around good player Harlie Duncan was sidelined by an injury in late April, the Rockets have gone 1-4, losing the last four games in a row.


Rockets drop 2 close games to Monticello

The Unity Rocket baseball team has been busy dodging raindrops for most of the past two weeks, playing just one game each week since April 25. And, like most of their games this season, the Rockets’ contests have been close, although the outcome has often not been to coach Tom Kimball’s liking. Take the Rockets’ two-game Okaw Valley Conference series with the Monticello Sages, please.


Rockets capture Unity Boys Invitational title

The Unity High School boys’ track and field team picked up a big victory Friday night, winning their own Unity Invitational at Hicks Field. The Rockets compiled a team score of 139 points to outdistance runner-up Rantoul’s 97. Prairie Central placed third, with Watseka and Paxton-Buckley-Loda rounding out the top five.

Read the full story in the April 27 issue of The County Star.


Rockets struggle during 5-game losing streak

The 2017 high school baseball season has passed the halfway point, at least as far as the calendar is concerned. Some teams have been able to get in most of their scheduled games to this point, but others have been victimized by bad scheduling luck, and have had many games called off due to rain and bad weather.


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