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

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

What is the magic number?

Guest Commentary
Terrorists proved on September 11, 2001 that guns are not necessary to kill 2,753 people.

Timothy McVeigh proved that a truck load of explosives can kill 168 people and injure 680 more as well as destroy one-third of building and damaging many others in Oklahoma City.

A man with a knife killed four people and wounded two others in Los Angeles last week.

A weapon of mass destruction can be a plane, an automobile, a knife, a gun or whatever an evil person chooses to utilize at a certain moment.

By and large the weapon of choice has been an automatic weapon capable of holding a high-capacity magazine.

Whether it was Las Vegas, Columbine, Charleston, El Paso, Dayton or sadly too many other locations to name, the weapon of choice has been an automatic rifle with high-capacity bullet magazines.

A truck can kill people but normally you can hear and see a truck coming. A knife can kill people but not as many as a rifle with a magazine clip holding 70 or more bullets.

An evil person can walk into a church, theatre, Walmart or school and immediately have a couple of hundred people huddled together as a target. He doesn’t have to aim. He just points the weapon and pulls the trigger. The gun acts like a sprayer of bullets hitting people so fast that running or dodging is almost impossible.

The shooter looks for scenarios where people are trapped with limited escape door opportunities. Thus a shooter with a bullet clip of 50, 70 or more has a potential of killing many people in just a minute or less.

This is why Congress must enact background checks, strict licensing for high-powered rifles and limit the number of bullets a clip can hold at one time.

However, here is the problem: What is the magic number? My ordinary pistols hold six shells and my automatic ones hold more, so what is the magic number of bullets that Americans will be limited to in one clip?

Will it be 10 or 15 or 20? Honestly, there is no right number because a skilled marksman will still be able to kill.

The hope is that maybe the ending of one clip or emptying of one pistol would give someone a chance to tackle the monster if anyone is still alive. Hopefully, someone in the room will have a gun and be able to stop the shooter.

I’m for limiting magazine capacity but it won’t eliminate terrorism and mass shootings. It’s a Hail Mary and our Congress has to do something, but we have to do more.

Hollywood and network television has to change.

Universal Studios/NBC television is the biggest hypocrite of all. They constantly bark gun control and are negative toward the National Rifle Association yet coming out with a movie titled "The Hunt", which is supposedly about liberals hunting deplorables and killing them. This kind of junk is a huge part of the problem.

Hollywood, the music industry and video games makers must dramatically change their tone. Barney Fife in the Andy Griffith show carried a gun but he never made any of us want to kill anyone or hate people.

Guns, knives, trucks and airplanes can all kill. There are many other weapons that will kill massive numbers of people. We can’t eliminate them all. Our greatest need is a culture change.

Dr. Glenn Mollette

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Memory Monday: Rockets jet past Reapers to state

Back on November 19 in 2005, Unity rolled to a 31-20 state semifinal victory over Plano. The Rockets went on to play for the Class 3A state title at Memorial Stadium. Here are four memorable photos from that game. If you want to see more, check out the gallery in the PhotoNews Media archives here.

Above: Unity High School senior Nick Hiles is pumped as he shows Rocket muscle during the 4th quarter.
Unity head football coach Scott Hamilton
Left: Dane Paul rolls out looking for an open receiver deep in the Plano secondary. Right: Unity head coach Scott Hamilton displays his joy celebrating as the last seconds roll of the game clock. Hamilton's Rockets advanced to the Class 3A state championship game against Bureau Valley on November 25.

Cody Stunkard
Cody Stunkard carries the ball for a short gain. See 16 more photos of Stunkard from the 2005 season here . . .

Eight area college students named to SIU Deans List

Unity graduate Leah Gateley and Heritage alum Cole Mohr were recognized for their exceptional academic performance at Southern Illinois University. Gatelely, a sophomore, and Mohr, a senior, earned a perfect 4.0 grade point this past spring semester and honored with Deans List recognition.

Unity's Ryan Spencer blocks Monmouth-Roseville's Nick Garrett during their game on September 6, 2014. Spencer, now a senior at SIU-Carbondale, earned Deans List recognition this past semester. The Rockets went on that day to pick up their second win of the season after cruising past the Titans, 42-16. The game was played on Saturday after inclement weather postponed the originally scheduled Friday night contest.

Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Full-time udergraduate students at SIU who meets or exceeds the minimum established GPA by the University are recognized each semester on the Deans List.

Other area high school graduates who earned a 3.5 or better GPA in the spring of 2019 include Heritage's Dakota McClellan from Allerton, who is a senior at the Carbondale campus, and six students who attended Unity High School.

Seniors Emma Deedrick (Sadorus), Adam Hartman (Sidney), Tyler Bates (Tolono) and Ryan Spencer (Tolono) along with junior Jada Burr (Sidney) were recognized on the list.

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