Prep Sports

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.


Unity well represented on Top Times leaderboards

As the indoor season winds down in high school track and field, Unity High School sees many of its athletes among the best in the state, according to the website Illinois Prep Top Times. After last Wednesday’s third “mini-meet” at the University of Illinois Armory, the Rockets have a pair of individuals and a relay team atop the Class 1A leaderboard.


Unity girls place fourth at UI, seventh at EIU meets

After competing in two meets over a four-week period, the Unity girls’ track and field team had a busy week last week, with two meets in four days. Wednesday, the Rockets went to Champaign-Urbana for the third “mini-meet” held at the University of Illinois Armory.


Unity eighth-graders to face Mattoon in regional semis

The Unity Junior High School eighth-grade volleyball team opened its postseason journey Saturday with a victory over Charleston in the first round of the Effingham Class 8-4A Regional Tournament. The Rockets’ 2-1 win over the Little Trojans moved Unity into the regional semifinals, where they will meet top-seeded Mattoon on Wednesday afternoon.


Unity seventh-graders stopped short of state berth

The Unity Junior High School seventh-grade volleyball team had an opportunity to advance to the Illinois Elementary School Association’s state tournament Monday night. The Rockets hosted Champaign Edison in the Class 7-4A sectional playoff at the Rocket Center, and a victory would have placed Unity in Saturday’s quarterfinal round.


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