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The Unity Junior High School seventh-grade volleyball team saw its dreams of winning a state championship go by the wayside Saturday afternoon when the young Rockets were swept by Toledo Cumberland 25-18, 25-22 in the first round of the Class 7 3A state tournament at Downs Tri-Valley High School.
The Unity High School girls’ track and field team competed in their first (and only) full-scale meet of the indoor season last Saturday, going to Eastern Illinois University’s Lantz Fieldhouse for the Charleston Girls’ Indoor Invitational. The Rockets placed seventh in the Class AA team standings with 32 points.
For just the third time in school history, the Unity Junior High School eighth-grade volleyball team has advanced to the state tournament.
This time, however, the Rockets will be playing on their home court.
The Unity Junior High School volleyball teams have some things in common as they enter postseason play this week. Both the seventh-grade and the eighth-grade squads go into regional tournament action with identical 18-3 records, closing out their regular season schedules with 2-1 marks. Both teams received the top seed in their respective regionals, and both drew first-round byes.
Unity junior Dawson Kaiser won two events, and the Rockets picked up eight first-place finishes during their second indoor “mini-meet”, held at the University of Illinois Armory. The Rocket boys won five events in the unscored meet, while the Unity girls claimed three firsts.
The Unity Rockets almost “shocked the world” last Wednesday night when they played Monticello in the semi-finals of the Tolono Class 2A boys’ regional basketball tournament at the Rocket Center. Facing the top-seeded Sages for the third time this season after losing by margins of 12 points on Jan. 28, and by 29 points on Feb.
In a sign that’s just as reliable as the groundhog, the Unity High School track and field teams heralded the impending arrival of spring by participating in their first “mini-meet” at the University of Illinois Armory last Wednesday evening.
No one knows for sure how long it has been, but for the first time in a long time Unity High School will have multiple representatives at the Illinois High School Association’s Individual State Wrestling Finals this weekend at the University of Illinois’ State Farm Center.
The Unity High School girls’ basketball team saw its 2016-17 season come to a close last Thursday night when the Rockets lost to Monticello, 55-15, in the championship game of the Argenta-Oreana Class 2A Regional Tournament. It was the Rockets’ third loss to the Sages this season, all by margins of 35-plus points.
The atmosphere at last Friday night’s Unity-St. Thomas More boys’ basketball game reminded many in attendance of the “good old days” of high school basketball.