Unity girls’ track building on youthful foundation

Although the 2016 season did not end with a high finish at the state Class 2A meet, the Unity girls’ track and field team did experience some memorable moments, Including a bunch of new school records, and 145 points and a third-place finish at the Okaw Valley Conference meet, just five points behind champion Monticello.

Unity Rebels 10U sweep Monticello Magic

On a day that would have better spent sipping lemonade by the pool, or perhaps staying inside with the air conditioning, the Unity Rebels 10-and-under softball team soldiered on and played a double-header against the Monticello Magic at the Sadorus Ball Park.

Barnard, Gadbury named to All-Area Baseball Team

A pair of Unity Rockets have been named to the News-Gazette’s All-Area Baseball Team.
Junior catcher/pitcher Bobby Barnard and senior first baseman/pitcher Zach Gadbury were selected to represent Unity on the newspaper’s 27th All-Area team. Barnard was picked for the Second Team, while Gadbury received Honorable Mention.

Read the full story in the June 30 issue of The County Star.

Gateley repeats as area boys’ track Coach of the Year

For the first time since the award was started in 2012, an area coach has repeated as the News-Gazette’s All-Area Boys’ Track and Field Coach of the Year. Unity High School’s Tim Gateley is also the first multiple winner of the award.

Routh, Schweighart make All-Area First Team

A pair of recent Unity High School graduates who will continue to be teammates in college have been selected to the First Team on the News-Gazette’s All-Area Girls’ Softball Team.

Rebels drop pair to Villa Grove Elite, Blue Ice

The Unity Rebels 10-and-under girls’ softball team took on a pair of familiar opponents last Wednesday in league play at Witt Park in Sidney.

Shepherd included on East squad for Eastern Star All-Star game

An additional former Unity football player has been named to the roster of the East All-Stars for the Order of the Eastern Star Central Illinois All-Star Football Game that will be played this Saturday evening at Maroa-Forsyth High School.

Unity softball hopes to build on title

After three straight years of disappointment in the regional championship game, the Unity High School softball team finally broke down the door, and almost made it to the Elite Eight during the 2016 season. Coach Aimee Davis’ Rockets posted a 23-12 record, just one win shy of tying the school record for victories.

Athletes triumph at Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games

About 4,000 athletes from across the state competed in the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games June 10 through 12 at Illinois State University and Normal Community West High School, both in Normal. Athletes competed in one of six sports: aquatics, athletics (track and field), bocce, gymnastics, powerlifting and soccer.

Cousins, Jayden Kaiser picked for Eastern Star All-Star football game

Two more May graduates from Unity High School have been selected to participate in an all-star football game this month.

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