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The 2017 high school baseball season has passed the halfway point, at least as far as the calendar is concerned. Some teams have been able to get in most of their scheduled games to this point, but others have been victimized by bad scheduling luck, and have had many games called off due to rain and bad weather.
Count Leah Buhr among the Unity High School Class of 2017 that will be continuing her academic and athletic careers following her graduation next month. Last Wednesday, Buhr signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Lewis University in the Chicago suburb of Romeoville and participate in track and field.
The Unity High School softball team got off to a great start to the 2017 season, winning 10 of their first 12 games, including a 3-1 weekend in Murfreesboro, Tenn. But, as the second half of the season got under way, the Rockets found themselves in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Granted, the competition has been tough, with Unity playing St.
After competing together for their first two meets of the outdoor season, the Unity High School track and field teams split up for their meets last week. Thursday evening, the girls hosted their only home meet of the season, the Unity Invitational, with more almost 20 teams entered.
Monday, April 17
Junior varsity baseball HI vs. Champaign Centennial, 4:30 p.m., Rocket Field
Tuesday, April 18
Unity baseball H vs. St. Thomas More, 4:30 p.m., Rocket Field
Unity softball H vs. Monticello, 4:30 p.m., UHS softball field
Unity girls’ track and field vs. Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman, Salt Fork and St. Joseph-Ogden, at St. Joseph, 4:30 p.m.
The Unity Rockets softball team recorded its second no-hit victory of the season, as the Rockets blanked St. Thomas More, 20-0, in their Okaw Valley Conference opener at the UHS softball field.
The Unity baseball team made its annual weekend trip to southern Illinois last Friday and Saturday, playing games at Centralia on Friday and taking on Carbondale and Carterville on Saturday in Carbondale. Before the trip, though, the Rockets made up an earlier rainout against the LeRoy Panthers Tuesday at Rocket Field.
Following an indoor season of “mini-meets” and just one full-scale invitational, the Unity High School track and field teams opened the outdoor portion of their schedule with a pair of meets, including their first foray into the southern part of the state. Last Tuesday, the Rocket boys and girls got their outdoor slates under way with a meet at Clinton.
The Unity Junior High School seventh-grade volleyball team saw its dreams of winning a state championship go by the wayside Saturday afternoon when the young Rockets were swept by Toledo Cumberland 25-18, 25-22 in the first round of the Class 7 3A state tournament at Downs Tri-Valley High School.
The Unity High School girls’ track and field team competed in their first (and only) full-scale meet of the indoor season last Saturday, going to Eastern Illinois University’s Lantz Fieldhouse for the Charleston Girls’ Indoor Invitational. The Rockets placed seventh in the Class AA team standings with 32 points.