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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.
The 2014 season came to a close Friday for the Unity High School soccer team in a 3-0 loss to St. Joseph-Ogden in the first round of the Class 1A regional tournament at St. Joseph. The loss was the third of the week for the Rockets, who closed out the regular season on Monday and Tuesday with a home loss to Judah Christian, 4-2, and a defeat at Urbana University High by a final score of 8-0.
The 2014 regular season for the Unity High School volleyball team is winding down to the final weeks, and the Rockets are in the midst of a tough stretch of matches against a very strong and competitive Okaw Valley Conference. Last week, the Rockets hit the road for matches at St.
The Unity Rockets rebounded from their first loss of the season Friday night by defeating Maroa-Forsyith 44-38 in overtime at Hicks Field in the Rockets’ homecoming game. Senior quarterback Taylor White passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 122 yards and three TDs, including the game winner in overtime. White also scored on a two-point conversion that forced the extra period.
The Unity High School soccer team participated in the annual St. Teresa Tournament last week, and although they ended up on the wrong side of the decisions, the Rockets came awfully close to a pair of victories.