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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It would not be fair to say Saturday’s second-round playoff game between Unity and St. Joseph-Ogden was a matchup between two of the best teams in the state that have not won a championship. For one thing, it wouldn’t be fair unless the evidence backed up such a claim.
Secondly, it’s not fair to demean either program just because they didn’t win one football game.
The Unity Rockets took their first step on the path that leads to Memorial Stadium and the state championship game last Saturday when they defeated Peru St. Bede 34-18 Saturday at
Hicks Field. The victory in the Class 3A first-round playoff game sets up a rematch against St. Joseph-Ogden at 1 p.m. this Saturday afternoon in Tolono.
The Unity High School cross-country teams accomplished what they wanted to do at the Class 1A sectional meet Saturday: Advance to the state meet in Peoria this Saturday. The boys placed third in the team standings with 83 points, after Monticello’s 48 and Shelbyville’s 73 took first and second, respectively.
The Unity volleyball team met Maroa-Forsyth for the third time this season in the championship match of the regional tournament hosted by the Rockets. Unfortunately for coach Kylie McCulley’s crew, the outcome Thursday was the same as the first two meetings: a two-set sweep for the Trojans, who picked up the regional championship plaque for their efforts.