Sports

Rockets place four players on All-Area and All-Okaw teams

The Unity Rockets baseball program had four players named to postseason honor squads recently. Senior Robby Crouse was selected to the Second Team on the News-Gazette’s All-Area team, while junior Zach Gadbury and sophomores Bobby Barnard and Zach Spencer were picked to receive Honorable Mention.
The quartet was also selected to the Okaw Valley Conference’s All-Conference team.


Porter selected as Unity High School’s new coach

Hall of Fame coach Tom Porter has been hired to be the new wrestling coach at Unity High School, succeeding Bob Case, who resigned in April after 25 years, the longest tenure of any wrestling coach at the school. Porter’s appointment was announced at last Wednesday’s Unit 7 school board meeting.


Mid State Blaze 14u loses pair against Mt. Zion, Effingham

The Mid State Blaze 14u softball team had a rough night last Wednesday in games against Effingham and Mt. Zion. Playing in Mattoon, the Blaze lost a 9-1 decision to the Effingham Flames, then fell behind to Mt. Zion by a 12-1 count before losing 12-7.


Unity Rebels 10u team qualifies for World Series

The Unity Rebels 10u softball team has qualified for the National Softball Association’s Class B World Series, scheduled for July 20 through 26 in Hamilton County, Ind., just north of Indianapolis. The Rebels punched their ticket to the World Series by placing fourth at a tournament in Charleston.


Youth football camp

The Unity Youth Football Camp was held June 15 through 17 at Unity High School. Sessions were held for incoming fifth- and sixth-graders, seventh- and eighth-graders and for ninth-graders.


Mid State Blaze 14U softball off to 5-4-1 start

The summer softball season is well under way, and the Mid State Blaze 14-and-under squad has been busy during the first month of the campaign. The Blaze have played in tournaments in Bloomington-Normal and in Mattoon and have also participated in league action at Hartman Park in Pesotum and at Witt Park in Sidney.


Rockets post second-most victories in school history

The Unity Rockets’ baseball team had a notable 2015 season in two ways. First, the Rockets started the campaign with 13 consecutive victories before losing to Carterville at Carbondale on April 11. Secondly, Unity’s 25 wins during the season was the second-highest victory total in school history.

Read the full story in the June 18 issue of The County Star.


Elementary track meet

The annual elementary track meet was held on May 6 at Unity High School.


Rocket volleyball camp scheduled for June 22-25

Unity High School volleyball coach Kylie McCulley announces that the Rocket Volleyball Camp will be held June 22 through 25, with members of the coaching staff and current and former volleyball players introducing skills and games with match scenarios. Campers will have the opportunity to practice at each position and receive an overview of the Unity volleyball program.


Maxwell named to play in IBCA all-star game Saturday

A 2015 Unity High School graduate has been selected to play in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game this Saturday in Pontiac. Rebecca Maxwell will be a member of the Class 1A/2A South All-Stars that will take the North All-Stars at 1 p.m.
Saturday at the Pontiac High School gym, the first of four games that will feature the top graduating seniors in the state.


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