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At the beginning of the season, the Unity High School volleyball team was getting used to a new coach and hoping to win its first regional championship in five years. By the end of the 2013 campaign, the Rockets had 23 wins and were just a few points away from a regional crown.
The 2013 cross-country season is almost four weeks into the memory banks for the Unity High School boys and girls teams, and that’s usually enough time for athletes, coaches and fans to take in all that the Rockets accomplished during the season. Both placed fifth at their respective state meets.
The Unity Rockets wrestling team got its 2013-14 season under way Saturday with a quadrangular meet at Dwight. Coach Bob Case’s squad emerged from its opener with a 1-2 record, defeating the host Trojans 36-29 but losing to Hoopeston Area 42-36, and Rantoul 39-32.
They were as disparate as victories could be: A 66-point blowout followed by a squeaker decided by one single, solitary point. But in the eyes of Unity girls’ basketball coach Kelly Gallick, the two wins were exactly that a pair of “W’s” to open the season.
The Unity High School wrestling team will open its season Saturday with a quadrangular meet at Dwight against Rantoul, Hoopeston Area and the host Trojans. The meet is the first of what promises to be a busy campaign for coach Bob Case and his wrestlers, not only from the standpoint of the number of matches, but also by the amount of mileage that will be racked up on the team bus.
The Unity Junior High School seventh-grade girls basketball team has been seeded fourth in the Illinois Elementary School Association’s Class 4A regional tournament to be held at Mattoon Junior High School.
Read the full story in the Nov. 21 issue of The County Star.
When analyzing the 2013 Unity Rockets’ soccer season, you could pretty much divide the season in the following fashion: Before Sept. 14 and after Sept. 14.
A Texas high school senior with connections to the local area has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth on a baseball scholarship. Drew Gooch, a left-handed pitcher at Argyle High School in Argyle, Texas, signed his letter to attend TCU last Wednesday in a ceremony at Argyle High.
The Unity High School girls’ basketball team opens its 2013-14 season this week with a home game Tuesday against Uni High of Urbana and a road game Thursday at LeRoy. Rocket head coach Kelly Gallick welcomes four returning starters from last year’s 16-13 squad that went 9-3 after New Year’s and graduated All-Okaw Valley second-teamer Kennedy Hartman.
Just like we did last year, Matt Daniels of the News-Gazette, Andrew Helregel of the Piatt County Journal-Republican, Bob Bajek of the Rantoul Press, Christine Walsh of The County Star, Nora Maberry-Daniels of The Leader and Andrew Rosten of the Paxton Record, are here to give you their prediction for teams still alive in the playoffs.