Prep Sports

Thorson named graduate assistant for Olivet Nazarene men’s basketball

A 2012 graduate of Unity High School has been named as a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Alex Thorson of Philo graduated from ONU this spring with a Bachelor of Sport Management degree and will be working toward a Master of Business Administration degree in addition to his duties with the Tigers’ basketball program.

Aaron Larson chosen to play in Worldwide Invitational Camp

A graduate of Unity High School was recently selected to participate in an invitational camp that could give him an opportunity to play professional basketball.

Unity Rebels 10u wins 3 at Braggin’ Rights tourney

The Unity Rebels 10-and-under girls’ softball team crossed the Mighty Mississippi last weekend to play in the Braggin’ Rights Tournament in Fenton, Mo. And the Rebels returned home with a positive record against teams from the Show-Me State, winning three of five games over two days of action.

Philo Dark Knights wins minors league championship

The Philo 1 Dark Knights team won their 9-/10-age minors Little League championship last Saturday, June 25, in Tuscola.
The league was made up of 16 teams from Tolono, Philo, Sidney, St. Joseph, Tuscola and Shiloh areas.
The Dark Knights played the Tolono 3 team and beat them 6-0 in a six-inning championship game.

Read the full story in the July 7 issue of The County Star.

Rebels win 2 games at Springfield tourney

The Unity Rebels 10-and-under girls’ softball team had a busy week to get the month of July under way.
The Rebels closed out June by playing the Danville Bomb Squad at Sidney in their end-of-season league tournament, then on Friday and Saturday, they went to Springfield to compete in a tournament in the Capital City.

Unity Athletes of the Year, 2015-16

The 2015-16 school year brought several pieces of new hardware for the trophy cases at Unity High School. Two more state championship trophies to join the one that was won by boys’ track in May 2015. A fifth runner-up trophy from the football team. And the first regional championship by the softball team since 2007.

Read the full story in the July 7 issue of The County Star.

Unity girls’ track building on youthful foundation

Although the 2016 season did not end with a high finish at the state Class 2A meet, the Unity girls’ track and field team did experience some memorable moments, Including a bunch of new school records, and 145 points and a third-place finish at the Okaw Valley Conference meet, just five points behind champion Monticello.

Unity Rebels 10U sweep Monticello Magic

On a day that would have better spent sipping lemonade by the pool, or perhaps staying inside with the air conditioning, the Unity Rebels 10-and-under softball team soldiered on and played a double-header against the Monticello Magic at the Sadorus Ball Park.

Barnard, Gadbury named to All-Area Baseball Team

A pair of Unity Rockets have been named to the News-Gazette’s All-Area Baseball Team.
Junior catcher/pitcher Bobby Barnard and senior first baseman/pitcher Zach Gadbury were selected to represent Unity on the newspaper’s 27th All-Area team. Barnard was picked for the Second Team, while Gadbury received Honorable Mention.

Read the full story in the June 30 issue of The County Star.

Gateley repeats as area boys’ track Coach of the Year

For the first time since the award was started in 2012, an area coach has repeated as the News-Gazette’s All-Area Boys’ Track and Field Coach of the Year. Unity High School’s Tim Gateley is also the first multiple winner of the award.

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