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No one said playing the game would be easy, especially on homecoming night. On a brisk, cool night, the 1-5 Rantoul Eagles took on the 5-1 Unity Rockets. It would not be an easy match-up for the Eagles as the Rockets looked to bring home another win.
Read the full story in the Oct. 16 issue of The County Star.
The girls’ volleyball season has begun at Unity Junior High School. The Rockets have played three matches during the first week of the season. On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Unity opened the campaign by hosting Champaign Franklin at the Rocket Center. Franklin won the seventh-grade match by scores of 25-17, 21-25 and 25-8, while the Unity eighth-graders won 25-19, 19-25 and 25-18.
St. Thomas More came from behind in the closing seconds of regulation, then watched helplessly as Unity had a chance to send their Okaw Valley Conference boys’ basketball game into overtime with two free throws as time expired. Fortunately for the Sabers, the first free throw bounced off the rim, preserving a 61-59 victory over the Rockets in Champaign Friday night.
With the regular season winding down, the Unity girls’ basketball team is trying to find the recipe for reversing their fortunes of late. The Rockets dropped a pair of games to Okaw Valley Conference opponents last week, falling to St. Thomas More, the fourth-ranked team in the state in Class 2A, by a score of 66-39, on Monday night, and losing to St. Joseph-Ogden on Thursday, 68-40.
As the regular season comes down to the final week, the Unity Rocket wrestlers find themselves in a good place: getting wrestlers back from injury just in time for the postseason.
Unity High School’s Teen Titans hosted their first Cancer Survivor Breakfast on Jan. 17 in the school’s cafeteria.
Teen Titans is a student group with about 20 members who raise funds for cancer research.
“It (membership numbers) varies every month because of sports,” President Jada Burr said.
Read the full story in the Jan. 29 issue of The County Star.
Unity High School athletic director Scott Hamilton announced Tuesday that Thursday night’s girls’ basketball games against St. Joseph-Ogden have been designated as “Pack the Gym Night” and will be played in the high school’s Osborn Gym. The junior varsity game will start at 6 p.m., with the varsity game to start approximately 20 minutes following the conclusion of the JV game.
The Unity Rocket wrestling had a rare midweek match last Tuesday night, visiting Bismarck-Henning for a contest against the Blue Devils. As has been the case throughout the season, injuries and low numbers in some weight classes forced Unity to forfeit decisions in four weight classes.
The Unity High School girls’ basketball team returned to Okaw Valley Conference action last week, with games at Maroa-Forsyth and at home against Rantoul. The Rockets split their first two league contests in December, defeating St. Joseph-Ogden on the road and losing to Monticello at the Rocket Center.
Olivet Nazarene University junior Aaron Larson, a 2012 graduate of Unity High School, scored the 1,000th point of his collegiate basketball career against Southern Illinois University-Carbondale on Nov. 29 at the SIU Arena in Carbondale. Larson, a 6-foot-7-inch guard/forward, scored 14 points against the Salukis to become the 39th player in ONU history to crack the 1,000-point barrier.