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The Unity Rockets scored the first two touchdowns of the game and never looked back as they chalked up a 56-44 non-conference win over Illini West Friday night at Fuzz Berges Field in Carthage, Ill.
The Unity Rockets begin playoff football action Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. against Peru St. Bede at Hicks Field in Tolono. Unity was seeded second in its eight-team quadrant of the Class 3A playoffs, which includes top-seeded Wilmington, third-seeded St. Joseph-Ogden, fourth-seeded Elmwood-Brimfield, fifth-seed Monticello, sixth-seeded Erie-Prophetstown, seventh-seed St.
On an almost-perfect day, the Unity cross-country teams advanced to the Class 1A sectional meet by virtue of their performances at the regional hosted by St. Thomas More in Champaign. Sophomore Nicole Bagwell and junior Andrew Warnes finished third overall in their respective races, and the Rockets as a team placed second in the boys’ team standings, while the girls finished fourth.
The Unity Rocket volleyball team concluded its regular season schedule last week with a pair of Okaw Valley Conference matches and continued its preparation for postseason play.
The Unity Junior High School cross-country teams concluded another outstanding season Saturday at the Illinois Elementary School Association’s State Meet in Normal. The young Rockets, coached by Jeff Kyle, recorded top-15 finishes in the team competition, and three Unity runners were named All-Staters by virtue of Top 25 performances at the state meet.
The Unity Rockets and two of their Okaw Valley Conference mates strutted their stuff on the state’s biggest stage last Saturday at the Patriot Invitational cross-country meet, hosted by Peoria Heights High School, and held at Detwiler Park, home of the Illinois High School Association’s state championships.
The Unity Rocket volleyball team continued its preparation for the postseason with a pair of matches against the upper echelon of the Okaw Valley Conference, as well as a tournament in northern Illinois. Coach Kylie McCulley’s squad did not fare well in their matches against St.
d St. Joseph-Ogden at Hicks Field in Tolono had all the trappings of a “big game.” The crowd started arriving about two hours before the gates opened in hope of finding a good parking space. SJO coach Dick Duval presented Unity’s Scott Hamilton with a plaque commemorating Hamilton’s 200th career coaching victory the week before.
By Kristi Battershell
For The County Star
Some people might want to tell you that taking a 2 1/2-week break from competition in the heat of a season is not a good thing. Don’t include Unity girls’ cross-country coach Gary Wieneke among those people. His Rocket girls had been idle since the Tuscola Classic on Sept. 20, going into last Tuesday’s Okaw Valley Conference meet at Monticello.