Barnard, Parkland place 2nd at NJCAA volleyball finals

Unity High School graduate Lizzie Barnard was a key member of the Parkland College volleyball team that finished second last Saturday at the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II volleyball tournament, held in Phoenix, Ariz.

Rockets to blend experience and newcomers

The Unity Rockets boys’ basketball team opens its 2014-15 schedule this week by playing in the Cornjerker Classic at Hoopeston, an opportunity to play four games in six days, give the players a running start on the new season and test out lineup combinations in game situations.

Unity rebounds to finish 2-2 at Fisher/GCMS tournament

The Unity Rockets girls’ basketball team dropped the first two games of the Barden Heil tenure at the Lady Bunnies/Lady Falcons season-opening tournament at Fisher and Gibson Ctiy-Melvin-Sibley high schools but bouced back later in the week to win their last two games and bring home the seventh-place trophy. The Rockets opened tournament play on Monday, Nov.

Rockets drop home opener to LeRoy, 58-46

Coming off a 2-2 week at the Lady Bunnies/Lady Falcons Tournament last week, the Unity Rockets girls’ basketball team played their home opener against LeRoy Monday night at the Rocket Center. The good news for the Rockets: they scored their highest point total of the season. The bad news: they also allowed the most points they’ve given up this season in a 58-46 loss to the Panthers.

Rocket girls open season with new coach

The Unity Rockets girls’ basketball team opens its 2014-15 season this week at the Lady Bunnies/Lady Falcons Tournament at Fisher and Gibson City/Melvin-Sibley high schools. The Rockets are playing in the Bunnies pool at Fisher against Iroquois West, Salt Fork and the host Bunnies.

Krutsinger signs with Florida Tech

Unity High School senior Mckenzie Krutsinger made her college choice official Tuesday morning, signing a letter of intent to attend the Florida Institute of Technology and to play softball for the Panthers. Krutsinger signed her letter of intent surrounded by friends, classmates and family in the media center at the high school.

Unity volleyball hits 20-victory mark for 2nd year in row

For the second consecutive season under head coach Kylie McCulley, the Unity Rocket volleyball program reached the 20-win milestone in 2014. The Rockets concluded their season when they were defeated by Maroa-Forsyth in the championship match of the Class 2A regional tournament hosted by Unity High School.

Rockets fall to SJO in second-round matchup

The Unity Rockets’ dream of advancing in the Class 3A football playoffs came to an end Saturday at Hicks Field in Tolono, as the St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans played inspired football and forced six Rocket turnovers in a 41-14 Spartan victory in a contest between Champaign County and Okaw Valley Conference rivals. SJO got revenge for a 35-7 loss on Oct.

Unity teams to start seasons in tourneys

The fall sports seasons at Unity High School officially ended last Saturday, but the winter seasons will get under way in less than a week. Both the Rockets’ girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will begin their seasons by playing in opening-week tournaments, a bit of a departure from the usual routine of the past few years.

Unity boys 4th, girls 10th at state cross-country meet

For the second year in a row, the Unity High School cross-country teams have placed in the top 10 of their respective state meets. Saturday morning in Peoria, the Rocket boys’ team finished fourth in the team standings during the Illinois High School Association’s Class 1A state meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

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