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The Unity Rockets were represented by an even dozen runners on the News-Gazette’s All-Area Boys’ and Girls’ Cross-Country Teams.
The Unity boys’ basketball team was short-handed going into its non-conference games against Cerro Gordo-Bement and Chrisman last week, but the Rockets responded well to adversity to defeat the CGB Broncos 65-55 on Tuesday night, and Chrisman 44-43 on Friday to raise its record for the young season to 5-1.
Through the first five games of the season, the Unity girls’ basketball team has experienced its troubles as far as putting the ball through the hoop. The Rockets have averaged just over 36 points per game, but took a 2-3 record into its non-conference game at Clinton last Monday night.
The Unity wrestling team took on some larger schools last week, facing teams from Champaign Centennial and Danville on Thursday, then hosting Peoria Manual and Springfield Lanphier Saturday at Osborn Gym in Tolono. The Rockets lost their matches against Centennial and Danville and split their contests with Manual and Lanphier, defeating Manual and losing to Lanphier.
The Unity High School boys’ basketball team tipped off its 2014-15 season by playing at the Cornjerker Classic in Hoopeston. The five-team, round-robin tournament included Bismarck-Henning, Donovan, LeRoy and the host Hoopeston Area Cornjerkers in addition to Unity.
Unity High School senior Taylor White was honored last week for his outstanding performance on the football field during the 2014 season.
After going a few years with little senior leadership, the Unity High School wrestling team appears to be loaded with athletes in both the senior and junior classes who have been through the wars for several years. At least five wrestlers return for their senior year, including a pair who qualified for the state finals in 2014.
The Unity Rocket wrestlers opened their season last Saturday with a multi-team meet at Hoopeston, and coach Bob Case’s charges emerged with a pair of victories against Dwight and the Hoopeston Area Cornjerkers. Against Dwight, the Rockets posted a 48-12 win, and against Hoopeston Area, the final score was Unity 42, the Cornjerkers 18.
Unity High School graduate Lizzie Barnard was a key member of the Parkland College volleyball team that finished second last Saturday at the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II volleyball tournament, held in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Unity Rockets boys’ basketball team opens its 2014-15 schedule this week by playing in the Cornjerker Classic at Hoopeston, an opportunity to play four games in six days, give the players a running start on the new season and test out lineup combinations in game situations.