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The Unity Junior High School boys’ basketball team played its first games in 2017 last Thursday at Monticello, but the results resembled a New Year’s resolution gone bad.
The seventh-graders lost to the Sages 45-9, and the eighth-graders fell 43-33.
In the seventh-grade game, Monticello held Unity to just two points in the first half.
The Unity Rockets placed wrestlers in the top four in six weight classes Saturday at the Rockets placed fifth at the 32nd Annual Hawk Classic, hosted by Prairie Central High School in Fairbury. As a team, Unity placed fifth in the field of 15 teams, recording 122 points.
The host Prairie Central Hawks won the team title with 220.5 points, followed by Clifton Central with 176.
The Unity Rockets boys’ basketball team returned from their holiday break last week with a pair of tough games against St. Joseph-Ogden and Decatur St. Teresa. Friday’s game against SJO featured an appearance by the Spartans’ Brandon Trimble, who averaged 40 points per game during the State Farm Classic, while the St.
The Unity High School girls’ basketball team closed out the 2016 portion of their schedule by winning five out of six games and placing second in the Okaw Valley Holiday Tournament.
The Unity Rockets boys’ basketball team is still in a position to win the consolation championship at the Williamsville Holiday Tournament after splitting their first two games this week. Monday night, Unity lost to East Peoria, 57-48, in their first-round contest. The loss dropped the Rockets into the Consolation Bracket, where they met the Havana Ducks on Tuesday afternoon.
The Unity High School cross-country teams had a total of 11 runners named to the News-Gazette’s All-Area Teams for the 2016 season.
For the second time this season, the Unity girls’ basketball team had an opportunity to win a tournament championship. The first chance came in the finals of the Lady Falcon/Lady Bunnies Tip-Off Classic during the first week of the season, but Unity lost to Iroquois West, 40-36.
Saturday’s Unity Invitational wrestling tournament was called off due to the hazardous weather conditions that hit the area over the weekend. As of Monday, attempts were being made to reschedule the meet for this Friday at the Rocket Center, however there has been no definite announcement on those attempts as this story goes to press.
Four members of the Unity High School football team were named to the News-Gazette’s All-Area team for 2016. Senior offensive lineman Jacob Terven was named to the First Team, senior linebacker Toby Traxler was selected to the Second Team, and junior quarterback Steven Migut and senior defensive lineman Sam Thorson received Honorable Mention.
If nothing else happens this basketball season for the Unity High School girls’ team, the Rockets could lay claim to the unofficial championship of the Little Okaw Valley Conference.