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Unity High School athletic director Scott Hamilton announced Tuesday that Thursday night’s girls’ basketball games against St. Joseph-Ogden have been designated as “Pack the Gym Night” and will be played in the high school’s Osborn Gym. The junior varsity game will start at 6 p.m., with the varsity game to start approximately 20 minutes following the conclusion of the JV game.
The Unity Rocket wrestling had a rare midweek match last Tuesday night, visiting Bismarck-Henning for a contest against the Blue Devils. As has been the case throughout the season, injuries and low numbers in some weight classes forced Unity to forfeit decisions in four weight classes.
The Unity High School girls’ basketball team returned to Okaw Valley Conference action last week, with games at Maroa-Forsyth and at home against Rantoul. The Rockets split their first two league contests in December, defeating St. Joseph-Ogden on the road and losing to Monticello at the Rocket Center.
After winning two home games the previous week in cozy Osborn Gym, the Unity boys’ basketball team hit the road last week for games at Tuscola and Monticello. And as the saying goes, the road hit back, as the Rockets dropped a pair of double-digit losses to the Warriors and the Sages.
Olivet Nazarene University junior Aaron Larson, a 2012 graduate of Unity High School, scored the 1,000th point of his collegiate basketball career against Southern Illinois University-Carbondale on Nov. 29 at the SIU Arena in Carbondale. Larson, a 6-foot-7-inch guard/forward, scored 14 points against the Salukis to become the 39th player in ONU history to crack the 1,000-point barrier.
The Unity Rockets girls’ basketball team outsmarted last week’s frigid cold by scheduling just one game during the week. However, the Rockets were not as successful against the eighth-ranked team in Class 1A, the Cissna Park Timberwolves, Tuesday night at the Rocket Center. The T-Wolves broke open a close game in the second quarter and handed Unity its third straight loss, 62-26.
The Unity High School varsity wrestling team took part in the 30th annual Hawk Classic Saturday, hosted by Prairie Central High School.
A total of 17 teams, including some from the Chicago area, participated in the meet, as did several teams from central Illinois.
The Rockets finished the day in eighth place with a team total of 95 points.
The Unity boys’ basketball team has been on a bit of nostalgia kick this season. Earlier, the Rockets played Cerro Gordo-Bement and Arcola, former rivals in the long-ago version of the Okaw Valley Conference. Then last week, Unity played both their home games against Judah Christian and St. Joseph-Ogden in their former home, Osborn Gym.
By SUSAN CLER
For The County Star
The St. Thomas Catholic School fifth grade hosted a tournament Dec. 19 through 21.
They kicked off the action with a 42-18 win over Next Generation. Preston Bollman and Thomas Cler led the team in scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Unity High School senior wrestler Colton Reed recently passed a career milestone when he recorded his 100th victory. Reed hit the 100-win mark on Dec. 13, when he defeated Richard Jones of Pinckneyville by a 14-4 major decision at the Benton Duals.