Prep Sports

OVC Medal of Honor recipients announced

Former Unity High School standout cross-country runner Austin Woodard has earned the prestigious Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor for his academic efforts for the 2016-17 season.  
The Medal of Honor is awarded annually to OVC student-athletes who obtain the highest grade point averages in a conference-sponsored sport.

Unity JFL opens season Saturday vs. Arcola

The Unity Junior Football League teams will open their 2017 season this Saturday by hosting Arcola at Judah Christian School’s Gene A. Salmon Field of Dreams, located on Rising Road, north of Kirby Avenue in Champaign. The fifth- and sixth-grade team will get the evening under way at 4 p.m., with the seventh- and eighth-grade contest starting at 6 p.m.

Little Dribblers Academy coming to Unity High School

Unity High School boys’ basketball coach Matt Reed has announced that the Little Dribblers Basketball Academy will be held at the Unity High School gymnasium, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 29.

UJHS softball opens season with three victories

After a 9-2 record and a close loss to Mattoon in the regional tournament last year, the Unity Junior High School softball team is looking to go even farther in 2017. And after the first three games of the season, the Rockets appear to be on track. Unity opened their season last week by winning three games, two of them by the 10-run rule.

Unity moves up to No. 68 among Illinois’ winningest gridiron programs

There are several mileposts leading to the beginning of a new high school football season.
The first comes in late June, when the Illinois High School Association releases the schedules for the upcoming season. There are ways to get that information earlier, thanks to the Internet, but the release from the IHSA makes it official.

Elite softball wins NSA South World Series

The 2016-2017 Elite 12U softball season ended in spectacular fashion as the squad went to Chattanooga, Tenn., for the NSA South World Series and came away national champions. The Elite started the tourney against the Oakland Cobras Gold, the Michigan NSA state champions.

Charleston Power goes 1-4 at East Coast Summer Nationals

The Charleston Power, a 16U travel fast-pitch softball team that includes a pair of Unity High School students, played in the Triple Crown Sports East Coast Summer Nationals last week in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Power won their first game in pool play but lost their next four contests to finish with a 1-4 record, although three of the five games were decided by two runs or less.

5 from Unity on World Series champion

Five students from Unity Junior High School wrapped up their summer by participating in the NSA Class B 12U softball World Series in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Shelbee Taylor, Grace Renfrow, Bailey Rice, Ally England and Kaitlyn Schweighart were members of the Villa Grove Elite 12u team that won the Class B Eastern World Series last week.

A new school year set to begin

You probably wouldn’t notice by looking at a calendar (or a thermometer), but summer is almost over, at least as far as sports are concerned. Summer youth leagues, camps and travel teams have just about wrapped up their schedules, and tryouts and practices for fall sports will begin shortly, or have already started.

Pair from Unity to play in national tourney

A pair of Unity High School seniors will be participating this weekend in a national fast-pitch softball tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Haleigh Loschen and Chasey Edenburn will be playing for the Charleston Power in the Triple Crown Sports East Coast Summer Nationals, which begins Wednesday morning and continues through Sunday.

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