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The value of leadership cannot be underestimated. Because of their invaluable role on the team, it’s hard to imagine how Unity wrestling might have fared this season without their three senior leaders.
Taylor Black was on a mission last week.
After missing the end of the season last year due to suspension — including Unity’s regional loss to St. Thomas More — the senior has just one goal: Be there for his team as they won a regional.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Unity v. Teutopolis
Record: 25-2 (#5 in IL AP poll)
Losses: Madison (62-48 on Feb. 17) and Effingham (79-75 on Dec. 13)
Last 5 games: WWLWW
Shoes have never been scarier.
Success in sports is a funny thing to measure. Your successes are emphemeral; they wax and wane over the course of a season or the course of several seasons.
Two wins last week made Unity the first team in Okaw Valley Conference history to win the conference tournament and regular season double two years in a row. The team did not allow either Tuscola or Shelbyville even a chance to derail their title ambitions, closing out the regular season with a record of 22-3.
The Rockets know well the danger of being the top seed in an IHSA regional. After last year’s conference double (tournament and regular season) winning triumph, Unity’s splendid season was honored with a No. 1 seed in the Monticello regional.
In their first game the Rockets were dealt a shocking loss by Alex Thorson and eventual regional champions St. Thomas More.
When Unity gets out in transition there is almost no team who can keep up with the boys. They used that advantage twice last week to get the best of their opponents.
A second-half surge from Sullivan helped them top Unity, 48-30, in the semifinals of the Macon Meridian Class 2A regional tournament. The loss ended Unity’s season with a record of 12-16.
Unity’s wrestlers had a rough weekend at the Robinson sectional. Friday losses bounced both senior Troy Welch and freshman Colton Reed to wrestle-backs, and neither was able to advance out of that group. Unity wrestling’s season ended on Saturday just before the state meet.
On Feb. 18, Unity High School will host an Illinois Drill Team Association (IDTA) regional dance competition starting at 10 a.m. at the Rocket Center.
The public is invited to attend the event, which will feature about 65 performances in categories like hip hop and jazz. Over 200 dancers on 21 teams from throughout the state will compete.