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.

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.

Rockets ready to take next step

The Unity Rocket baseball team registered its third consecutive 20-win season in 2016 and came within a pitch of winning its first regional championship since 1993, and only its second in school history.

Regional title eludes Unity in extra-inning loss

On at least two occasions Saturday afternoon, the Unity Rockets were one out away from winning their first regional baseball championship since 1993.

Two wins push Rockets to 20-victory mark

As with most teams in the area recently, the rains have had an effect on high school sports, especially baseball and softball, and the Unity Rockets have not been immune to the problem. The Rockets have had to juggle the schedule quite a bit, canceling nonconference games in order to make up conference contests. Last week, Unity took their third stab at playing Okaw Valley Conference foe St.

Unity High School to host Spring Baseball Camp

The Unity High School baseball program will host a Spring Baseball Camp on Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, at Rocket Field on the campus of Unity High School. The camp will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 23, and from 1 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.

Rockets take 2 of 3 on southern Illinois swing

The Unity Rockets baseball team was busy last week, playing five games, including three during a weekend road trip to the southern part of the state. The Rockets began the week on Monday afternoon with an 11-0, six-inning victory over St. Teresa in Decatur. The next day, Unity opened Okaw Valley Conference play at home against Maroa-Forsyth.

Rockets sweep Marshall during 3-0 week

The Unity Rockets baseball team returned to the friendly confines of the state of Illinois after its spring trip to Tennessee, and although a pair of games were called off because of the weather, the Rockets won all three contests they were able to get in, defeating Fisher 4-0 and taking a pair from the Marshall Lions by scores of 9-1 and 12-1.

Rockets go 1-2-1 on southern swing

The Unity Rockets baseball team headed to Chattanooga, Tenn., last week for four games during their spring trip. The Rockets played some larger schools during their sojourn to Dixie but came away with a 1-2-1 record. Unity started the week by playing host to the Westville Tigers at Rocket Field and won their fourth consecutive by a score of 11-1.

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