Monticello ousts Unity 9 in regional opener

The Unity High School baseball team went into regional tournament play last week hoping that all the talk about how difficult it is to beat a team three times in a season was true. After all, the Rockets had lost twice to Monticello this season by a total of three runs, and the Sages were the Rockets’ opponent in the semifinals of the Class 2A St. Thomas More Regional in Champaign.

Rockets drop 2 close games to Monticello

The Unity Rocket baseball team has been busy dodging raindrops for most of the past two weeks, playing just one game each week since April 25. And, like most of their games this season, the Rockets’ contests have been close, although the outcome has often not been to coach Tom Kimball’s liking. Take the Rockets’ two-game Okaw Valley Conference series with the Monticello Sages, please.

Rockets struggle during 5-game losing streak

The 2017 high school baseball season has passed the halfway point, at least as far as the calendar is concerned. Some teams have been able to get in most of their scheduled games to this point, but others have been victimized by bad scheduling luck, and have had many games called off due to rain and bad weather.

Unit 7 sports calendar for April 16-22

Monday, April 17
Junior varsity baseball HI vs. Champaign Centennial, 4:30 p.m., Rocket Field

Tuesday, April 18
Unity baseball H vs. St. Thomas More, 4:30 p.m., Rocket Field
Unity softball H vs. Monticello, 4:30 p.m., UHS softball field
Unity girls’ track and field vs. Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman, Salt Fork and St. Joseph-Ogden, at St. Joseph, 4:30 p.m.

Rocket baseball wins three of four contests

The Unity baseball team made its annual weekend trip to southern Illinois last Friday and Saturday, playing games at Centralia on Friday and taking on Carbondale and Carterville on Saturday in Carbondale. Before the trip, though, the Rockets made up an earlier rainout against the LeRoy Panthers Tuesday at Rocket Field.

Unity Little League fundraiser to be held July 30

The Unity Little League will be holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, July 30, at the Applebee’s restaurant in Savoy. Serving will be from 8 until 10 a.m. The public is invited to come out and support the Unity Little League and visit with the 9- and 10-year-old district champions and hear about their amazing run.

Unity Major League All-Stars go 1-2 in district tournament

The Unity Major League All-Stars won their first game in the Little League Baseball District 2 tournament for 11- and 12-year-olds at Champaign but ran into some tough competition, losing their next two contests and being eliminated from the tournament. Unity defeated the team representing the Red Bland Little League in Taylorville 4-2 in their first game on Saturday, July 9.

Unity Minor League All-Stars win district tourney, advance to sectional

For the first time in 10 years, a Unity Little League All-Star baseball team advanced to a sectional tournament when the Minor League All-Stars won the District 2 tourney for 9- and 10-year-olds at Paris.
Unity had won its first three games in the double-elimination tournament and had to win one game out of two against the host Paris team to win the district.

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.

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.

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