Sports

Rockets close out seasons on winning notes

The Unity Junior High School volleyball teams wrapped up their regular seasons last week and gave themselves some momentum heading into regional tournament play by winning two of their final three matches.


Unity falls under barrage of treys by VG/Heritage

Tuesday, Feb. 24, was not a good day if you happened to be one of the top two seeds at the Tuscola Class 2A Regional boys’ basketball tournament. First, the top-seeded Tuscola Warriors fell to the fourth-seed Westville Tigers, 46-39, in the first semi-final contest of the night.


Unity seeded fourth at eighth-grade regional

The Unity Junior High School eighth-grade volleyball team was seeded fourth in their regional tournament, which begins Saturday in Effingham. The Rockets, 10-10 in the regular season, will face fifth-seed Charleston in their postseason opener at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Saturday’s winner will move on to the semi-finals against Mattoon, the top seed in the regional, at 4:30 p.m.


Unity tops state in seven events indoors

The names of Unity High School track and field athletes are liberally sprinkled throughout the listings of the top performances in the state of Illinois, according to the website IllinoisTopTimes.com. The website features a leaderboard that lists the best times and distances in Class 1A during the indoor track season, and Rockets are No. 1 in seven events, as of Monday.


Unity takes eight firsts at Mini-Meet No. 2

The Unity boys’ and girls’ track teams racked up eight first-place finishes at last Wednesday’s “mini-meet” held at the University of Illinois Armory.


Seventh-graders seeded second at regional

The Unity Junior High School seventh-grade volleyball team has been seeded second in the Illinois Elementary School Association’s Class 4A regional tournament hosted by Mattoon Junior High School. The Rockets, along with top-seeded Charleston, received first-round byes in the six-team regional.
The tournament begins Saturday morning with two games.


Colton Reed finishes career with 2-2 record at IHSA state tournament

Unity senior Colton Reed concluded his high school wrestling career last weekend with a 2-2 mark at the Illinois High School Association’s Class 1A Individual State Finals in Champaign.


Rockets defeat Trojans to go into regional with momentum

The Unity Rockets boys’ basketball team continued its pattern of alternating wins and losses right down to the final week of the regular season. The Rockets wrapped up the regular campaign last week by visiting Rantoul on Tuesday and hosting Maroa-Forsyth on Friday, and the results were consistent with what they have done during the second half of the season.


Track season begins at Uni Mini-Meet

Forget the groundhog. The best indicator that spring is near comes on the second Wednesday of February, when the first University High School mini track and field meet is held at the University of Illinois Armory. The “mini-meets” are series of informal, unscored meets held every other week.

Read the full story in the Feb. 19 issue of The County Star.


Rockets defeat Westville, lose to STM in Unity Regional

The Unity Rockets girls’ basketball team assured itself of a winning season Monday night by downing Westville 63-25 in the first round of the Tolono Class 2A Regional Tournament, held at the Rocket Center. However, the season came to a close a couple of nights later when St. Thomas More eliminated the Rockets in the semifinals, 52-35, to advance to the championship game against St.


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