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The 2015-16 winter sports season officially gets started this week as the Unity girls’ basketball team opens its season at the Lady Bunnie/Lady Falcon Tournament at Fisher and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley high schools. The Rockets opened the tourney with games against Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Monday and Iroquois West on Tuesday at GCMS. Unity will conclude pool play at 7 p.m.
A lot has been made about the Unity boys’ cross-country team’s unbeaten record during the 2015 season. The Rockets placed first in the team standings of all 12 meets in which they competed, sometimes by ridiculously large margins. But the girls’ squad exerted their own brand of dominance en route to a state championship.
Read the full story in the Nov. 19 issue of The County Star.
Over the years, fans of the Unity Rockets and the St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans have come to expect their favorite teams will meet in the playoffs, where one team will win and move on, while the other will pack up the helmets and shoulder pads and get ready for basketball or wrestling.
The Unity Rockets twice overcame two-touchdown deficits Saturday and scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 17 seconds remaining to defeat Monticello 41-34 in a Class 3A quarterfinal football game at Monticello. The victory moved the Rockets into the semifinals for the first time since 2012 and will pit Unity against St.
The Unity Rockets’ march through the Class 3A football playoffs will continue this Saturday afternoon when the Rockets face off against a familiar foe.
Unity travels to Monticello for a second meeting this season against their longtime Okaw Valley Conference rival, the Sages.
Unity High School recognized its two most recent state championship teams Monday afternoon when the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams were honored at Osborn Gym.
A crowd of high school students, family members and residents of the Unit 7 district were on hand to welcome the athletes and coaches after the Rockets won the Illinois High School Association’s Class 1A state championships.
The Unity High School cross-country teams pulled off one of the most impressive daily doubles ever last Saturday, winning both the Class 1A boys’ and girls’ state championships at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
The St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans clinched the Okaw Valley Conference football championship in Coach Dick Duval’s final regular-season home game, as the Spartans downed the Unity Rockets 34-14 at St. Joseph Friday night. The Spartans overcame a slow start offensively by scoring 23 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a lead they would not give up.
The Unity Rockets volleyball team had a busy week as the regular season comes down to its final week. The Rockets played a pair of Okaw Valley Conference matches, then traveled north to compete in the Plano Invitational Tournament. Tuesday, Unity went to Champaign to face the Sabers of St. Thomas More but were swept by the Sabers, 25-22 and 25-16.
The Unity High School boys’ cross-country team wrapped up their regular season Saturday at the Patriot Invitational, hosted by Peoria Heights High School and held at Detweiller Park, site of the Illinois High School Association’s state cross-country finals.