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With their season past the halfway mark, the Unity Junior High School girls’ basketball teams are both sporting winning records. The seventh-graders, coached by Samantha Stone, got off to a 3-1 start to their season and have continued their winning ways by taking six of eight games to compile a 9-3 record through Oct. 17.
Unity sophomore Jordan Harmon was the girls’ individual winner, and both the boys’ and girls’ teams advanced to the sectional last Saturday at the Illinois High School Association’s Class 1A Regional cross-country meet held at Tuscola’s Wimple Park. The girls compiled a total of 49 points to take second place in the battle for the team championship behind St. Joseph-Ogden.
The Unity Rockets volleyball team wrapped up its regular season schedule with a road match at Rantoul on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and their Senior Night home finale against St. Joseph-Ogden on Thursday, Oct. 20. The Rockets prepared for the last week before the regional tournament by winning four of five matches at the Plano Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 15.
After starting the season with a 2-2 record, the Unity Rockets have reeled off five straight wins to finish the regular season with a 7-2 mark and their 23rd consecutive appearance in the Illinois High School Association’s football playoffs. The Rockets won their fifth game in a row in come-from-behind fashion Friday night, edging Bloomington Central Catholic, 24-23, at Hicks Field in Tolono.
The schedule may have said that the Unity volleyball team had a light schedule last week, but in reality, the last three days of the week were fairly busy.
For the third consecutive year, Unity High School will have representation at an Illinois High School Association boys’ regional golf tournament. But unlike the past two years, only one Rocket will be among the field in the Class 2A regional, which will be held at the Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington.
The Unity cross-country teams had some of their best showings of the season last Thursday afternoon at the Robinson Invitational. The girls had the overall individual winner and came away with the team title, while the boys posted their best finish of the campaign by placing sixth. The girls won their second team championship of the season, outpointing Mattoon, 38-68 to claim the victory.
The Unity Rockets took one step closer to playoff eligibility while handing St. Thomas More its first loss of the season Friday night at Henneman Field in Champaign. The Rockets fought through a steady rain to defeat the Sabers 26-12 in an Okaw Valley Conference football game.
The regular season is coming down to the final week for the Unity High School soccer team, and the Rockets are searching for ways to snap an eight-match losing streak. Last Tuesday, Unity played Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in the first round of the St. Teresa tournament in Decatur, and the Knights edged the Rockets, 1-0.
The Unity High School volleyball team has been playing its best ball of the season lately, winning eight straight matches, including going 5-0 to win the championship of the Decatur Lutheran Tournament. Last week, the Rockets opened Okaw Valley Conference play by hosting Monticello on Tuesday night, followed by a road contest Thursday at St. Thomas More in Champaign.