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Some coaches — regardless of the sport — like the postseason because it gives their team an opportunity to play teams they don’t normally face during the regular season.
But if you’re Unity girls’ basketball coach Braden Heil, your team won’t get a chance to play an unfamiliar foe. The Rockets will open postseason play against their arch rivals, the St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans.
The up-and-down season of the Unity boys’ basketball team continued last week, with the Rockets managing to keep their heads above the .500 mark after games at Clinton and Rantoul.
The 2015-16 regular season comes down to the final week for the Unity Rockets girls’ basketball team, which is hoping to build some momentum heading into the Class 2A regional tournament next week at St. Joseph. The problem is, the Rockets entered the final four games facing three teams that defeated them handily the first time through the Okaw Valley Conference schedule.
The Unity Rockettes won first place at their IHSA sectional competition on Saturday in Mascoutah.
They will now move on to compete for the IHSA Competitive Dance State Championship Friday in Bloomington.
There were 13 teams in the sectional.
Read the full story in the Jan. 28 issue of The County Star.
The Unity High School girls’ basketball team had a rare week, during which they played three games. The week began with a loss at St. Thomas More on Monday, then continued with a road game at St. Joseph-Ogden on Thursday and concluded with a nonconference home game against Uni High of Urbana.
The Unity High School boys’ basketball team played just one game last week but it had enough excitement for several contests. For the third straight meeting the Rockets and the St. Thomas More Sabers decided their game Friday night on the final shot.
With the regional meet approaching, the Unity High School wrestling team is wrapping up its regular-season schedule. Last week, the Rockets took part in the opening round of the Okaw Valley Conference Duals by taking on the Rantoul Eagles and the St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans.
Unity split those two matches, defeating Rantoul 48-30 but losing a close, 38-34 decision to SJO.
Unity High School boys’ track and field coach Tim Gateley was recently nominated by the Illinois High School Association for national Coach of the Year recognition by the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches Association for the 2014-15 school year.
The Unity girls’ basketball team completed its first time through its Okaw Valley Conference schedule, and things don’t get any easier for the Rockets. After picking up their first league victory last Monday against Maroa-Forsyth, Unity took to the road to face Rantoul on Thursday and St. Thomas More Monday night, and they results were not good.
The Unity boys’ basketball team continued its longest home stand of the season last week with a nonconference game against the Tuscola Warriors and an Okaw Valley Conference tilt against the Monticello Sages. Tuesday night, the Rockets got off to a great start and led the Warriors 33-11 at halftime but had to hold on in the second half to preserve a 54-41 victory at the Rocket Center.