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The Unity High School soccer team traveled to Decatur last week to compete in the annual St. Teresa Tournament. The Rockets opened tournament play on Tuesday afternoon against the Meridian Hawks and emerged with their second consecutive victory, a 2-0 shutout over the Hawks. That win put the Rockets up against the host Bulldogs, but the outcome was not as good for Unity.
The Unity boys’ cross-country team made it five-for-five last Saturday morning, winning the Spartan Classic in St. Joseph for their fifth team championship in as many starts this season.
After losing their first two Okaw Valley Conference games this season, and being shut out for the first time since Week Five of the 2004 season, the Unity Rockets look forward to returning to Hicks Field this Friday night and taking on the Sabers of The High School of St. Thomas More.
After a nonconference schedule that saw them compile a record of 11 wins and four losses, the Unity Rockets volleyball team began its Okaw Valley Conference slate last week with matches at Monticello on Tuesday night and at the Rocket Center against St. Thomas More on Thursday. Monticello had a bit of a subpar season in 2014; however, the Sages were competitive.
By KRISTI BATTERSHELL
For The County Star
Even as the fall sports season gets under way this week, one man will be working hard to build interest in a winter sport at Unity High School. Tom Porter, a veteran coach on the high school and college levels, was hired in June as the new wrestling coach at Unity, succeeding Bob Case, who resigned in April after 25 years as head coach.
The Unity All-Stars were defeated in their first two games at the Little League 9-and-10-year-old District Tournament last week in Champaign. On Monday evening, July 6, Unity lost its opening round game to Paris, which dropped them down to the loser’s bracket. On Tuesday, July 7, Unity took on Tuscola and was eliminated from the district tourney.
A pair of softball teams based in Tolono will be participating in the National Softball Association’s Class B North/Central World Series next week in Hamilton County, Ind. The Midstate Blaze 8-and-under team and the Unity Rebels 10u squad have both qualified for the tournament, which gets under way on Monday, July 20, and will continue through Sunday, July 26.
The Unity Rebels age 10 and under softball team put themselves on quite a roll going into the National Softball Association’s 10u World Series. The Rebels started last week with a doubleheader sweep of the Monticello Magic on Tuesday evening by scores of 9-4 and 13-1 at Sadorus.
The Midstate Blaze 8 and under girls’ softball team captured a state championship over the July Fourth weekend, winning the National Softball Association’s Class B South State Tournament at East Peoria.
The victory qualified the Blaze for the NSA 8u World Series that will be held in Hamilton County, Ind., next week.