Sports

Reed, Hinton, King selected for All-Area Wrestling Team

Three wrestlers from Unity High School have been named to the All-Area Team as selected by the News-Gazette.
Seniors Colton Reed and Chad Hinton and junior Daniel King were picked to represent the Rockets on the team. Reed, wrestling at 182 pounds, was named to the First Team, with the 132-pound Hinton chosen for the second team.


New coach welcomed by experienced roster

The Unity High School softball team has experienced the same ups and downs most spring sports teams have gone through in the first month of the season. Practice started in early March with snow covering the ground, forcing workouts inside for much of the two weeks leading up to the first game.


Rockets outscore opponents 43-3 during 6-0 beginning

The Unity High School baseball team has compiled a 6-0 record during the first two weeks of the 2015 season. The Rockets won all five of their contests the first week, posting victories over Downs TriValley, Salt Fork, LeRoy, Iroquois West and Dwight. Unity had only two games scheduled the second week, and one of those was called off because of the weather.


Unity takes five firsts at Illinois Top Times

Friday was a very good day for the Unity High School track and field teams. The Rocket boys and girls combined to win five events and a total of 15 medals at the Illinois Prep Top Times Meet, held at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.


Three Rockets named to All-Area Team in girls’ basketball

Unity High School had three members of its girls’ basketball team selected to the All-Area Team by the News-Gazette. Seniors Rebecca Maxwell and Hannah Stone were joined on the team by junior Brea Cunningham. Maxwell, a 5-9 guard, was named to the first team, while Stone, a 5-8 guard, was picked for Special Mention.

Read the full story in the March 26 issue of The County Star.


Rocket baseball to rely on pitching, defense, ‘creative’ offense

After waiting for the snow to melt, the Unity High School baseball team has finally been able to get on the field to start its 2015 season. Coach Tom Kimball’s Rockets hope to improve on a 21-12 record in 2014, against a tough schedule and a revamped Okaw Valley Conference.
Kimball welcomed three seniors when practice began early this month.


Boys’ track racks up a pair of seconds during week

The Unity High School boys’ track and field team prepared for the final weekend of the indoor season by running in a pair of meets last week and finished a close second in both of them. Wednesday night, the Rockets competed in their final “mini-meet” of the season at the University of Illinois Armory and scored 84 points, just six behind Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s total of 90.


Unity girls’ track tunes up for Illinois Top Times meet

Like their male counterparts, the Unity girls’ track and field team prepared for the final indoor meet of the season by competing in two meets last week.
Last Wednesday night, the Rockets took part in the fourth and final “mini-meet,” hosted by Urbana University High School at the University of Illinois Armory.


Area represented in postseason college tournaments

The high school basketball season is over for area teams, and the state of Illinois was shut out of the NCAA tournament. But there were still some players and teams to root for during the college postseason. Four players from the area were engaged in national tournaments at various levels.


Unity boys top Armory meet No. 3

The Unity High School boys’ track and field team has been doing well in their early indoor meets, and last week the Rockets had the points to prove it. Coach Tim Gateley’s squad participated in its third “mini-meet” at the University of Illinois Armory last Wednesday and came away as the top team in a seven-team field.


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