2017-2018 Unity Sports in Review

Another school year has gone by the boards, and Unity High School sports results are in the books. For those who may have missed some of the outcomes, here’s a rundown of how each Rocket team fared this past year.

Boys’ Cross-Country

Another young squad that showed improvement during the season. Junior Cameron Woodard finished second at the regional and qualified for state, where he placed 58th overall.

Girls’ Cross-Country: Won their second state championship in three seasons, never finishing worse than second place in any meet. Junior Jordan Harmon dominated, winning six races in a row before an injury forced her out for three meets, including the regional and sectional. Harmon recovered and led the Rockets with a 21st-place finish at the state meet.

Baseball

The Rockets struggled to get on the field early in the season, thanks to the weather, then struggled on the field, hurting themselves with defensive lapses during a 6-17 season.

Softball

Unity saw its string of consecutive regional championships end at two in a 13-18 campaign. Extra-inning losses to St. Joseph-Ogden and Class 2A fourth-place Williamsville show promise even with graduation of four seniors.

Girls’ Track & Field: Highlights included third-place finishes at the Chatham Glenwood Invitational and Illini Prairie Conference meets. Senior Taylor Millsap placed seventh in the pole vault at her fourth straight state meet.

Boys’ Track & Field

 Rockets won Monticello and Unity Invitationals, the Spartan Classic and the IPC conference meets, tied for first at Mahomet-Seymour, and finished second at the sectional by ½ point. Individually, Steven Migut closed out his high school track career with a first in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and a second in the 110-meter high hurdles; Jonathan Decker placed seventh in the high jump at the Class 2A state meet.

Football

The Rockets won their first eight games before losing the regular season finale at Bloomington Central Catholic to finish in a three-way tie with BCC and Monticello for the inaugural championship of the Illini Prairie Conference. Unity qualified for the playoffs for the 24th consecutive season and defeated Pontiac before losing to Herrin in the second round to close with a 9-2 record.

Girls’ Basketball

A 9-3 start before the holidays gave hope to an out-manned team, but a 12-game losing streak sent the Rockets to an 11-17 mark, 3-6 in conference play.

Soccer

Rockets had their best record in several years, finishing 10-6-2 overall, 4-3 in the conference. Unity lost a heartbreaker on penalty kicks to Judah Christian in the regional as darkness gathered at St. Thomas More.

Volleyball

A young Rocket squad, with only three seniors finished with a 19-17 record overall, 4-5 in the Illini Prairie. Unity won the Decatur Lutheran tournament for the second straight year.

Boys’ Basketball

Rockets won their first six games en route to an 11-1 start to the season, but a 4-8 second half led to a 15-9 record, including a 3-6 mark in the IPC, and a first-round loss to Effingham in the Class 3A regional, the first time Unity has played in that class.

Wrestling

The wrestling resurgence continued this season under first-year coach Logan Patton, with a 24-12 record in dual meets, a 5-0 sweep of the Benton Duals, a first-place finish at the Unity Invitational, and three representatives at the state meet. Equally good news, just two seniors graduated.

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