Prep Sports

Twin bill sweep snaps Rockets’ losing streak

Sometimes, a doubleheader sweep will go a long way to cheer up a baseball team that’s in the midst of a losing streak. Unity head baseball coach Tom Kimball certainly hopes that is the case for his Rockets after they swept a twin bill at Hoopeston Area Saturday. The Rockets hadn’t won since defeating Carbondale the previous Saturday as part of a two-game set at Southern Illinois University.


Unity boys place 4th at Monticello Invitational

The Unity boys track and field team ventured into Piatt County Friday afternoon and evening to compete in the Monticello Invitational meet. The Rockets picked up three first-place finishes on their way to 79 total points and fourth place in the team standings. Shelbyville took the team championship with 123 points, followed by Arcola with 90, St.


Rockets sixth in Unity Girls Invitational

Last Friday, the Unity Rockets hosted the Unity Girls’ Invitational Track and Field Meet at Hicks Field. A total of 18 teams competed in the meet, the only girls’ varsity home meet this season. The Rockets placed sixth in the team standings with a total of 53 points.

Rea the full story in the April 23 issue of The County Star.


Unity splits games against Maroa, Rantoul, Salt Fork

The Unity High School softball team entered last week wanting to maintain its momentum after victories the previous week over St. Thomas More and Decatur St. Teresa. The Rockets were slated to play Okaw Valley Conference games against Maroa-Forsyth and Rantoul and were hoping to make up an earlier rain-out against St. Joseph-Ogden.


Reed, Hinton, King selected for All-Area Wrestling Team

Three wrestlers from Unity High School have been named to the All-Area Team as selected by the News-Gazette.
Seniors Colton Reed and Chad Hinton and junior Daniel King were picked to represent the Rockets on the team. Reed, wrestling at 182 pounds, was named to the First Team, with the 132-pound Hinton chosen for the second team.


New coach welcomed by experienced roster

The Unity High School softball team has experienced the same ups and downs most spring sports teams have gone through in the first month of the season. Practice started in early March with snow covering the ground, forcing workouts inside for much of the two weeks leading up to the first game.


Rockets outscore opponents 43-3 during 6-0 beginning

The Unity High School baseball team has compiled a 6-0 record during the first two weeks of the 2015 season. The Rockets won all five of their contests the first week, posting victories over Downs TriValley, Salt Fork, LeRoy, Iroquois West and Dwight. Unity had only two games scheduled the second week, and one of those was called off because of the weather.


Unity takes five firsts at Illinois Top Times

Friday was a very good day for the Unity High School track and field teams. The Rocket boys and girls combined to win five events and a total of 15 medals at the Illinois Prep Top Times Meet, held at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.


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.


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