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The Unity boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams both placed four runners in the top eight Saturday at the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Invitational. The boys returned home with the team trophy, while the girls brought back the second-place hardware.
In the girls’ race, runners from Unity and St. Joseph-Ogden dominated the top 10 places in the individual standings.
The search continues for the Unity Rocket soccer team. The Rockets had perhaps their best chances to record that elusive first victory of the season when the hosted Decatur Christian on Tuesday and traveled to St. Joseph on Thursday to face the SJO Spartans.
The Rockets started the week by losing to Monticello by a score of 7-0.
The Unity Rocket volleyball team completed a successful week Saturday by taking the championship of the Decatur Lutheran tournament. The Rockets avenged a loss to Warrensburg-Latham during pool play by defeating the Cardinals 27-25, 16-25, 25-18 for the title. Earlier in the week, Unity swept Clinton 25-15, 25-17 in a non-conference match Tuesday at the Rocket Center.
Senior running back Colton Reed rushed for 108 yards and four touchdowns, and senior safety Chris Branson picked off four passes to help lead the Unity Rockets to their third victory of the season, a 48-8 non-conference win over Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Friday night at Hicks Field.
The Tolono United Methodist Church's new mission building will have an open house from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20, during Tolono's community-wide garage sales.
The building at the southwest corner of Holen and Bourne streets last housed CJ Dane's.
The first mission that the building will house will be a food pantry.
They had to wait overnight to do it, but the Unity Rocket football team ran its record to 2-0 Saturday with a 42-16, non-conference victory over Monmouth-Roseville at Hicks Field. A thunder and lightning delay that began about 10 minutes before game time and continued until the contest was postponed at 9:30 p.m. Friday was the reason for the postponement. The game was rescheduled for 2:30 p.m.
The Unity High School soccer team has seen its share of struggles during the opening two weeks of the season. The Rockets have found the going tough, and the ability to score goals even tougher, as Coach Michel Stringer’s team has managed to put the ball in the net just four times in matches that have been played to completion.
The Unity High School volleyball team opened the month of September with a pair of non-conference matches against Mahomet-Seymour and Tuscola, as well as their first tournament of the season at Casey-Westfield. The Rockets dropped their first match of the season Tuesday at Mahomet, but bounced back on Thursday to win their home opener against the Tuscola Warriors.
The Unity High School cross-country teams opened their 2014 seasons last week with a pair of meets. The Rockets saw their first action last Tuesday at the Kickapoo Kickoff Klassic, hosted by St. Joseph-Ogden at Kickapoo State Park. The Unity boys took the team championship of the seven-team field with a total of 26 points, far outdistancing the host Spartans, who scored 61 points.
A 13-year-old presented over $1,500 to Community Blood Services of Illinois last Thursday.
Adam Munds collected a total of $1,537.10 through his fourth annual RC Fest in July. The event in which radio control cars and trucks competed also included a blood drive that collected 24 units of blood.
Read the full story in the Sept. 11 issue of The County Star.