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A pair of Unity High School student-athletes have received All-Conference and All-Area recognition from the Okaw Valley Conference and the News-Gazette for their performance on the soccer field during the 2016 season.
A new chapter in Unity boys’ basketball will begin Friday night when the Rockets host the Chrisman Cardinals at the Rocket Center. Matt Reed will begin his tenure as head coach of the Rockets after being hired last spring to replace Bill Ipsen, who resigned after posting a 95-68 record in six seasons at the helm.
The Unity Junior High School eighth-grade boys’ basketball team is nearing the midway point of its 2016-17 season and so far has managed to play above .500 ball, going 6-5 at this point.
The young Rockets have been striving to be consistent but so far have not won or lost more than two games in a row.
Unity started their season with a round-robin tournament at Mahomet-Seymour.
The Unity Rockets raised their record to 4-1 for the young season by defeating the LeRoy Panthers 67-43 in the home opening girls’ basketball game at the Rocket Center.
Trailing by four points at the end of the first period, Unity outscored the Panthers 15-2 in the second quarter to take a lead they would continue to increase in the second half.
gh School football team has been named to the Class 3A All-State Team by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association. Senior offensive lineman Jacob Terven has been selected to the All-State squad and will be introduced with other members of the team prior to the Class 3A state championship game between Carlinville and Elmhurst IC Prep at 4 p.m.
The Unity High School wrestling team begins its second season under the leadership of veteran coach Tom Porter this Saturday when the Rockets host Rantoul, Dwight and Hoopeston Area at 11 a.m. at the high school’s Osborn Gym.
The Unity HIgh School girls’ basketball team got their season off to a good start by placing second at the Lady Falcon/Lady Bunnies Tip-Off Classic, hosted by Fisher and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High Schools. The Rockets were in the Bunnie Pool at Fisher against Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Villa Grove/Heritage and the host Bunnies, and Unity won the pool with a 3-0 record.
Last season, the Unity Rockets girls’ basketball team lost its first nine games on its way to a 9-19 record. This year, the Rockets hope the experience gained from the previous season will propel them to better things during the 2016-17 campaign under third-year coach Braden Heil.
The Champaign-Urbana Elks Lodge No. 2497 annual Hoop Shoot free throw contest will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Brookens Gym in Urbana.
Registration starts at 1:30 pm., and shooting starts at 2 p.m.
The contest is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 13.
Read the full story in the Nov. 17 issue of The County Star.
A pair of Unity High School seniors have made their decisions regarding their academic and athletic futures by signing letters of intent last week at the high school.