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While winter appears be unwilling to let go of its grip on central Illinois, at least one spring sport is getting under way in the area. The Unity High School boys’ and girls’ track teams have begun their preseason by participating in a pair of indoor meets held at the University of Illinois Armory.
The Unity Rockets started strong, but the Monticello Sages had what it took to finish the job in the first round of the Paris Class 2A Regional Tournament. The Sages overcame a 14-point Unity lead in the second quarter to defeat the Rockets 60-54 on Monday, Feb. 24, to advance to the regional semifinals.
It was parents versus players during a special basketball game Feb. 16 at St. Thomas Catholic School.
The idea came about as a way to wrap up the season. Like many area teams, the junior high boys’ basketball team had a couple of games canceled due to weather, including Eighth Grade Recognition Night, which was never made up.
The recently-concluded 2012-14 basketball season was one loaded with ups and downs for the Unity High School girls’ basketball team. The ups came in the first half of the season, when the Rockets posted a 7-3 mark. The downs seemed to start just before Christmas, when the Rockets lost to St. Thomas More, 60-22.
Read the full story in the Feb. 27 issue of The County Star.
The final two weeks of the regular season saw the Unity High School boys’ basketball team face probably the four toughest games on its schedule. The Rockets took to the road on Feb. 11 to face Okaw Valley Conference Tournament champion Sullivan, and the Rockets almost pulled off an upset in a 71-69 overtime loss to the Redskins.
Unity High School junior Colton Reed took fifth place in the Class 1A 182-pound weight class Saturday at the Illinois High School Association Individual State Wrestling Finals at the State Farm Center in Champaign. Reed, making his first appearance at the state meet, won three matches and lost two during the meet, which began Thursday morning and continued through Saturday night.
The Unity High School girls’ basketball team almost made it two-for-two in the comeback department at last week’s Class 2A regional tournament hosted by Cerro Gordo High School. Wednesday, the Rockets rallied from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter and held on in the final seconds to defeat St. Teresa, 39-38, in a game played at Bement because of a broken water main at Cerro Gordo.
The Unity High School boys’ basketball team continues to struggle with getting more than one game in per week because of the weather. During the Okaw Valley Conference tournament, the Rockets played its first-round and quarterfinal games back-to-back on Friday and Saturday nights, but then had to wait almost a week to play its next game. Last week was more of the same.
Before the 2013-14 wrestling season got under way, Unity High School coach Bob Case said that one of the goals for the season was to “get somebody to state. We haven’t had anybody qualify for state for two or three years, and we’re tired of watching other people wrestle.”
A girls’ softball team featuring three members of the Unity High School squad recently won a three-day, seven-game, three-state, 16-team, around-the-clock indoor softball tournament. The Champaign Blue Ice Elite 15-and-under fastpitch team took first place Jan. 10-12 at the Rumble in Rosemont tournament at The Dome in Rosemont.