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After a tough loss last weekend at Danville Schlarman, the Unity JFL seventh-/eighth-grade team traveled to Warrensburg on Sunday, and they came to win. The Rockets’ defense was off to a great start in the first half and held the Cardinals back. Carson Fisher, Levi Williams, Cale Johnson and Cooper Reed each had tackles.
Read the full story in the Aug. 21 issue of The County Star.
The Unity Junior Football League teams opened their fifth and sixth-grade seasons Sunday at Warrensburg and emerged with a win and a loss. The fifth-grade team dropped its opener to the Cardinals by a 12-8 score, while the sixth-graders got off to a good start with a 35-7 win.
Unity High School sports fans can get a free sneak peek at their favorite fall athletic teams this Friday during the annual Fall Sports Kickoff, to be held at Hicks Field. Members of all four Unity fall sports teams will be introduced, and demonstrations of each sport will be held. The Unity marching band and the Rockettes dance team will also perform during the evening’s activities.
When the Unity Rocket soccer team ended the 2013 season with a 7-11-1 record, head coach Michel Stringer was encouraged by the fact that despite losing three seniors, including the second-leading goal scorer and the team leader in assists, 2014 would see the return of at least seven players who contributed either in the scoring column or by playing solid defense.
The Unity Junior High School softball team earned the distinction of winning the school district’s first athletic contest of the 2014-15 school year Monday, when the Rockets defeated Mahomet-Seymour, 6-4, at the Unity High School softball field.
Unity High School football coach Scott Hamilton was a happy man Monday afternoon after the first practice of the 2014 season. The veteran coach was back in his element and on the football field.
“It feels great to be back out on the field and to get into football mode,” Hamilton said after leading the Rocket sophomores through seniors through a two-hour workout.
The Okaw Valley Conference took the first step toward replacing Maroa-Forsyth as the sixth member of the league last Monday when principals of the member schools voted unanimously to invite Paxton-Buckley-Loda to join the conference, beginning with the 2016-17 school year.
The Unity Junior Football League program will start its 2014 season Sunday afternoon with a triple-header at Warrensburg. The fifth-graders will get things started at 1 p.m., followed by the sixth-grade game at 3 p.m. and the seventh-/eighth-grade contest at 5 p.m.
By KRISTI BATTERSHELL
For The County StarYou might say football is a big deal in Tolono, home of the Unity Rockets, and it all starts with the JFL program. Tolono has an amazing program and that was apparent as the 60-member seventh-/eighth-grade players walked onto the field in their first game of the 2014 season.
Local anglers Ryan Spencer of Tolono (Unity) and Nathan Doty of Decatur (Sangamon Valley) came together as an Illinois team to represent their high schools in the 2014 High School World Finals in Russellville, Ark., on Lake Dardanelle. The anglers and their captain, Ray Spencer, took full advantage of the official three pre-fishing days to find a fishing pattern.