Unity finishes with 1-2 mark in 9-/10-year-old District tourney play

The Unity 9- and 10-year-old All-Star team ended its tournament season with a 1-2 record at the Little League Baseball District 2 Tournament held in Champaign. Unity’s first-round opponent, Champaign West, used a six-run second inning to power their way to a 12-3 win on Monday, July 7. Two days later, Unity prevailed in a 15-12 slugfest over Champaign East Blue in a loser’s bracket game.

Maroa-Forsyth leaving new Okay Valley Conference

The Unity football team will host Maroa-Forysth on Sept. 26 to take on the Trojans for their homecoming game.
Unity will travel to Maroa-Forsyth in 2015.
After that, the two football teams may not play each other again.

Read the full story in the July 24 issue of The County Star.

Midstate Blaze 10U’s begin World Series play Tuesday

The Tolono-based Midstate Blaze 10-and-under softball team headed for Northwest Indiana earlier this week to play in the National Softball Association’s Class B 10U North/Central World Series, joining a field of 39 teams from Illinois, Indiana and Michigan in the quest for a championship.

Unity 11- and 12-year-olds go 2-2 at district tourney

The Unity 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars were eliminated from Little League District Tournament play on Wednesday, July 9, when they were defeated by Champaign East 13-3 in Champaign.
The Unity All-Stars finished the double-elimination tournament with a record of 2-2, picking up victories over Villa Grove and St. Joseph in between losses to Champaign East.

Wedel steps down as Unity softball coach

Unity High School head softball coach Kelley Wedel has submitted her resignation after two seasons in the position.

Spikes 16U Red drops three in Springfield tourney

After sweeping through the Gold Rings Nationals tournament in O’Fallon, Ill., the final weekend of June, the Central State Spikes 16-and-under Red team was bound to come back to earth, and they did.

Blaze 10U’s lose to Blue Ice, qualify for nationals

The Midstate Blaze 10-and-under softball team came out on the short end of the score last week when they faced Champaign Blue Ice in league play. Offense was the name of the game as Blue Ice out-slugged the Blaze by a score of 21-11. The loss dropped the Blaze’s record for the 2013-14 season to 43-20-1, but all was not lost for the Blaze.

11-/12-year-old All-Stars still alive at district tournament

The Unity 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars got off to a shaky start at the Little League District 2 Tournament in Champaign last week but have bounced back with two victories in the loser’s bracket and still have a shot to make it to the championship round.

Midstate Blaze 10U goes 5-1 at NSA state tourney

The month of July got off to a bang-up start for the MIdstate Blaze 10U girls’ softball team. In just under a week, the Blaze has played eight games and won seven of them. Five of the victories, as well as the lone defeat, came over the July 4 weekend at the National Softball Association’s state tournament at East Peoria.

Read the full story in the July 10 issue of The County Star.

Spikes 16U Red team sweeps Gold Ring Nationals

The Central State Spikes Red 16-and-under baseball team dominated its opposition during the weekend of June 28 and 29 at the Gold Rings Nationals tournament, held in the St. Louis Metro East Area. The Spikes won all four of their games over teams from Peoria and the St. Louis area by a combined score of 37-6. In three of their four games, the Spikes sent 10 or more runs across the plate.

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