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The girls’ volleyball season has begun at Unity Junior High School. The Rockets have played three matches during the first week of the season. On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Unity opened the campaign by hosting Champaign Franklin at the Rocket Center. Franklin won the seventh-grade match by scores of 25-17, 21-25 and 25-8, while the Unity eighth-graders won 25-19, 19-25 and 25-18.
St. Thomas More came from behind in the closing seconds of regulation, then watched helplessly as Unity had a chance to send their Okaw Valley Conference boys’ basketball game into overtime with two free throws as time expired. Fortunately for the Sabers, the first free throw bounced off the rim, preserving a 61-59 victory over the Rockets in Champaign Friday night.
With the regular season winding down, the Unity girls’ basketball team is trying to find the recipe for reversing their fortunes of late. The Rockets dropped a pair of games to Okaw Valley Conference opponents last week, falling to St. Thomas More, the fourth-ranked team in the state in Class 2A, by a score of 66-39, on Monday night, and losing to St. Joseph-Ogden on Thursday, 68-40.
As the regular season comes down to the final week, the Unity Rocket wrestlers find themselves in a good place: getting wrestlers back from injury just in time for the postseason.
Unity High School athletic director Scott Hamilton announced Tuesday that Thursday night’s girls’ basketball games against St. Joseph-Ogden have been designated as “Pack the Gym Night” and will be played in the high school’s Osborn Gym. The junior varsity game will start at 6 p.m., with the varsity game to start approximately 20 minutes following the conclusion of the JV game.
The Unity Rocket wrestling had a rare midweek match last Tuesday night, visiting Bismarck-Henning for a contest against the Blue Devils. As has been the case throughout the season, injuries and low numbers in some weight classes forced Unity to forfeit decisions in four weight classes.
The Unity High School girls’ basketball team returned to Okaw Valley Conference action last week, with games at Maroa-Forsyth and at home against Rantoul. The Rockets split their first two league contests in December, defeating St. Joseph-Ogden on the road and losing to Monticello at the Rocket Center.
After winning two home games the previous week in cozy Osborn Gym, the Unity boys’ basketball team hit the road last week for games at Tuscola and Monticello. And as the saying goes, the road hit back, as the Rockets dropped a pair of double-digit losses to the Warriors and the Sages.
Olivet Nazarene University junior Aaron Larson, a 2012 graduate of Unity High School, scored the 1,000th point of his collegiate basketball career against Southern Illinois University-Carbondale on Nov. 29 at the SIU Arena in Carbondale. Larson, a 6-foot-7-inch guard/forward, scored 14 points against the Salukis to become the 39th player in ONU history to crack the 1,000-point barrier.
The Unity Rockets girls’ basketball team outsmarted last week’s frigid cold by scheduling just one game during the week. However, the Rockets were not as successful against the eighth-ranked team in Class 1A, the Cissna Park Timberwolves, Tuesday night at the Rocket Center. The T-Wolves broke open a close game in the second quarter and handed Unity its third straight loss, 62-26.