Prep Sports Notebook: Bachert scores for Rockets, SJO soccer notches another victory

Saunders makes 10 saves for Rockets

Unity Keeper Cole Saunders had 10 saves during his team's home match on Saturday against Abington/Avon. Teammate Brendan Bachert scored the team's only goal in the Rockets' 3-1 loss.

Unity plays at home again on Tuesday hosting St. Joseph-Ogden at 4:30p.

Christie Clinic Shootout schedule released today

The St. Joseph-Ogden athletic department released the schedule for the next Christie Clinic Shootout on Saturday, January 7, 2023. Fourteen varsity teams will square off in the main gym starting at 11:00 am. The final game of the day, a matchup between Peoria Notre Dame and the Kays of Kankakee, will tipoff at 8:00 pm.

The Shootout will feature three Illini Prairie Conference programs, with Monticello, Unity, and SJO hitting the hardwood one right after the other starting at 3:30p.

2023 Schedule

11:00 AM - Beecher vs. BHRA
12:30 PM - Addison Trail vs. Champaign Centennial
2:00 PM - Mt. Zion vs. Bloomington
3:30 PM - Newton vs. Monticello
5:00 PM - Normal U-High vs. Unity
6:30 PM - Nashville vs. St. Joseph-Ogden
8:00 PM - Peoria Notre Dame vs. Kankakee

Junior varsity action for all 14 teams will start at 9 am, on Saturday in the high school's practice gym.

Spartans post shutout on Senior Day

The St. Joseph-Ogden soccer team scored two first-half goals and got a third from sophomore Alex Acosta in the second half.

Senior Jackson Greer delivered the first goal of the game courtesy of an assist from Collin Thomey for the Spartans. Thomey added another goal on the scoreboard via a feed from Aiden Cromwell to give SJO a 2-0 lead at the half.

Hunter Ketchum needed to make only six saves, while backup keeper Carter Mabry came in to make a pair of saves of his own in the program's 7th win of the season.

The Spartans honored the accomplishments and contributions of 12 senior players. This senior class includes Olivia Baltzell, Will Childers, Aiden Cromwell, Zach Dahman, Emily Elsbernd, Jackson Greer, Hunter Ketchum, Aaron Lane, Carter Mabry, Teagan Miller, Garrett Siems, and Will Page.

Attention area high school coaches

If you are a coach at Unity, Urbana Uni-High, Urbana High School or St. Joseph-Ogden, send us your box scores, statistical leaders for each game, and other info via email to or

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