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The Unity High School volleyball team completed its first time through the Okaw Valley Conference and started its second trip through the league last week, with differing results.
The Unity High School cross-country program continued its dominance of east central Illinois last week as the Rocket boys and girls won team championships at the Okaw Valley Conference meets held at Kickapoo State Park on Tuesday, then got a first place from the boys and a second by the girls at the Cumberland Invitational on Saturday.
The Unity Rockets took an important step toward their 22nd consecutive playoff berth Friday night by defeating the Rantoul Eagles 42-6 in Okaw Valley Conference action at Hicks Field in Tolono.
The Rockets got the Homecoming crowd fired up early by scoring on six of their first seven possessions to take a 42-0 lead at halftime.
After a nonconference schedule that saw them compile a record of 11 wins and four losses, the Unity Rockets volleyball team began its Okaw Valley Conference slate last week with matches at Monticello on Tuesday night and at the Rocket Center against St. Thomas More on Thursday. Monticello had a bit of a subpar season in 2014; however, the Sages were competitive.
By KRISTI BATTERSHELL
For The County Star
Even as the fall sports season gets under way this week, one man will be working hard to build interest in a winter sport at Unity High School. Tom Porter, a veteran coach on the high school and college levels, was hired in June as the new wrestling coach at Unity, succeeding Bob Case, who resigned in April after 25 years as head coach.
The Unity All-Stars were defeated in their first two games at the Little League 9-and-10-year-old District Tournament last week in Champaign. On Monday evening, July 6, Unity lost its opening round game to Paris, which dropped them down to the loser’s bracket. On Tuesday, July 7, Unity took on Tuscola and was eliminated from the district tourney.
A pair of softball teams based in Tolono will be participating in the National Softball Association’s Class B North/Central World Series next week in Hamilton County, Ind. The Midstate Blaze 8-and-under team and the Unity Rebels 10u squad have both qualified for the tournament, which gets under way on Monday, July 20, and will continue through Sunday, July 26.
The Unity Rebels age 10 and under softball team put themselves on quite a roll going into the National Softball Association’s 10u World Series. The Rebels started last week with a doubleheader sweep of the Monticello Magic on Tuesday evening by scores of 9-4 and 13-1 at Sadorus.
The Midstate Blaze 8 and under girls’ softball team captured a state championship over the July Fourth weekend, winning the National Softball Association’s Class B South State Tournament at East Peoria.
The victory qualified the Blaze for the NSA 8u World Series that will be held in Hamilton County, Ind., next week.