Sunday, October 27, 2019

Rockets face Clinton in 4A football postseason opener

Game time is set for 2pm at Hicks Field as the Unity Rockets make their first ever appearance in the Class 4A state football bracket this Saturday.

Nate Drennan celebrates a Rocket touchdown
Unity's Nate Drennan celebrates a touchdown on St. Joseph-Ogden during their regular season Illini Prairie Conference game back in September. The Rockets blanked the Spartans in their first meeting on the new turf at Hicks Field, 20-0. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


After dropping their opener to eventual league champions Illinois Valley Central, the Rockets went on to earn the #4 seed and will face former Okaw Valley Conference rival Clinton in the first round match up. After the loss, Unity shutout the next three opponents - Pontiac, Prairie Central and SJO - outscoring the trio 83-0.

Scott Hamilton's Rockets are the largest school in Champaign County to advance in this year's IHSA state football playoffs.

Jared Routh blocks Payton Cain in their IPC football game in September
Unity's Jared Routh blocks St. Joseph-Ogden's Payton Cain during their regular season Illini Prairie Conference game back in September. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Here is a look at the other Class 4A pairings and locations for this weekend. Official times for the games below will be available late Monday afternoon.

Game 1 — #16 Chicago (Phoenix) (3-4) at #1 Coal City (9-0), TBA
Game 2 — #9 Chicago (Agricultural Science) (6-2) at #8 Kewanee (H.S.) (6-3), TBA
Game 3 — #13 Chicago (Clark) (5-3) at #4 Wheaton (St. Francis) (8-1), TBA
Game 4 — #12 North Chicago (5-4) at #5 Genoa (G.-Kingston) (8-1), TBA

Game 5 — #15 Chicago (Urban Prep/Bronzeville) (4-5) at #2 Richmond (R.-Burton) (9-0), TBA
Game 6 — #10 Manteno (5-4) at #7 Marengo (7-2), TBA
Game 7 — #14 Chicago (Sullivan) (5-3) at #3 Elmhurst (IC Catholic) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 — #11 Dixon (H.S.) (5-4) at #6 Stillman Valley (8-1), TBA

Game 9 — #16 Taylorville (5-4) at #1 Chillicothe (Illinois Valley Central) (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #9 Murphysboro [Coop] (7-2) at #8 Bethalto (Civic Memorial) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #13 Clinton (6-3) at #4 Tolono (Unity) (8-1), 2 p.m.
Game 12 — #12 Kankakee (McNamara) (6-3) at #5 Paris (8-1), TBA

Game 13 — #15 Roxana (5-4) at #2 Columbia (9-0), TBA
Game 14 — #10 Fairbury (Prairie Central) (7-2) at #7 Olney (Richland County) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 — #14 Breese (Central) (5-4) at #3 Effingham (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 16 — #11 Salem (7-2) at #6 Benton (8-1), TBA


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Great Value brand recalled

If you recently bought Great Value brand turkey or pork sausages at Walmart, you might want to open your refrigerator or freezer and check the packages.

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a statement that more than six thousand pounds of ready-to-eat pork sausage and turkey patty products produced in George's Prepared Foods' Caryville, Tennessee facility is subject to recall after a small quantity tested positive for Salmonella.

Salmonella symptoms usually start 12 to 72 hours after the contaminate food has been eaten. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. While most people recover in four to seven days without treatment, death may occur with older people, infants, or those with compromised immune systems.

As of today there has not been any reported illness attributed to the listed products. George's issued a statement on their website confirming the recall.

The contaminated product packaged under the Great Value brand name may have been distributed to Walmart Stores after their third-party cold storage facility inadvertently shipped the meat products.

If you purchased these items you are urged not to eat them and return it to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange, or thrown away immediately.

"FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' refrigerators or freezers or both," the agency announced in Friday'statement. "Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase." Here are the packaged goods recalled :

Product Name: Great Value Original Breakfast Turkey Patties 24.92oz
UPC: 0007874212373 Best If used By Date: 10/24/2019 EST Number: 2260T

Product Name: Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties 35.6oz
UPC: 0007874203062 Best If used By Date: 11/05/19 EST Number: 2260T

Product Name: Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties 35.6oz
UPC: 0007874203062 Best If used By Date: 11/03/19 EST Number: 2260T

Product Name: Great Value Original Pork Sausage Patties 24.9oz
UPC: 0007874202095 Best If used By Date: 10/16/19 EST Number: 2260T


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Sports Wrap: Soccer team fall at home



Sports Wrap: August 27


Soccer team level record at 1-all
Junior midfielder Zach Ohlsson was credit with an assist on Unity's only goal in their 8-1 non-conference loss to St. Teresa. Jackson Biddle's second half score was all the Rockets could deliver on their new turf field on Tuesday leveling their season record at 1-1. Tomorrow Ohlsson and the Rockets travel to Oakwood for another early season non-league match at 4:30 p.m..

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Flashback Friday: Rockets Knockout Macomb Bombers In Playoffs

Kyle Negangard holds up four fingers
Rockets' Kyle Negangard holds up four fingers on each hand at the end of the third quarter during his team's home stand against Macomb on November 12. Unity went on to defeat the visiting Bombers 35-7 in their 2011 Class 3A football playoff game. The senior scored a touchdown in the second quarter in the post-season rout. See the complete gallery of 72 more great photos here ...

Dalton Flowers blocks Macomb's Nicholas Severs       Micah Johnson shows his dance moves
Left: Dalton Flowers blocks Macomb's Nicholas Severs during second quarter action. After the victory, the Flowers and the Rockets advanced to play Aurora Christian on the road. Right: With the music of the Jackson 5's ABC playing over the PA system, Rockets' Micah Johnson shows his dance moves on the sidelines after he and his fellow starters were pulled from the game with a victory well in hand. Below: Head coach Scott Hamilton starts his team's quarterfinal celebration. The Rockets advanced to play Aurora Christian on the road on the next Saturday, the last stop to a shot at a possible state title.

Head coach Scott Hamilton celebrates a playoff win

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