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The Unity Rockets begin the 2014 football season Friday night against a familiar foe, the St. Teresa Bulldogs in Decatur. While exact records aren’t available, recent history suggests that the Rockets and Bulldogs have been off and on rivals in various incarnations of the Okaw Valley Conference since the early 1970s.
After finishing in the top five of their respective state meets last November, the Unity High School cross-country teams are preparing for another shot at a Class 1A state title. The Rocket boys, coached by veteran Dike Stirrett, return their top four runners from a year ago and are looking for that elusive fifth runner to fill out their scoring quintet.
The Unity High School volleyball team kicks off its 2014 season this week when the Rockets visit LeRoy on Tuesday evening. The Rockets want to improve on their 23-11 record of a year ago, and to make one more step along the postseason trail after losing to St. Joseph-Ogden in the championship game of the regional tournament in Gibson City.
You can see it around Unity High School. On signs, banners and T-shirts. “A New Beginning” is the motto for Rocket athletics in general, and the football team in particular. After seven years in a 12-team Okaw Valley Conference, Unity is about to launch the 2014-15 school year as a member of a six-team Okaw.
Read the full story in the Aug. 28 issue of The County Star.
After a tough loss last weekend at Danville Schlarman, the Unity JFL seventh-/eighth-grade team traveled to Warrensburg on Sunday, and they came to win. The Rockets’ defense was off to a great start in the first half and held the Cardinals back. Carson Fisher, Levi Williams, Cale Johnson and Cooper Reed each had tackles.
Read the full story in the Aug. 21 issue of The County Star.
The Unity Junior Football League teams opened their fifth and sixth-grade seasons Sunday at Warrensburg and emerged with a win and a loss. The fifth-grade team dropped its opener to the Cardinals by a 12-8 score, while the sixth-graders got off to a good start with a 35-7 win.
Unity High School sports fans can get a free sneak peek at their favorite fall athletic teams this Friday during the annual Fall Sports Kickoff, to be held at Hicks Field. Members of all four Unity fall sports teams will be introduced, and demonstrations of each sport will be held. The Unity marching band and the Rockettes dance team will also perform during the evening’s activities.
When the Unity Rocket soccer team ended the 2013 season with a 7-11-1 record, head coach Michel Stringer was encouraged by the fact that despite losing three seniors, including the second-leading goal scorer and the team leader in assists, 2014 would see the return of at least seven players who contributed either in the scoring column or by playing solid defense.
The Unity Junior High School softball team earned the distinction of winning the school district’s first athletic contest of the 2014-15 school year Monday, when the Rockets defeated Mahomet-Seymour, 6-4, at the Unity High School softball field.
Unity High School football coach Scott Hamilton was a happy man Monday afternoon after the first practice of the 2014 season. The veteran coach was back in his element and on the football field.
“It feels great to be back out on the field and to get into football mode,” Hamilton said after leading the Rocket sophomores through seniors through a two-hour workout.