Unity in familiar territory

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TOLONO — The Unity Rockets are in familiar territory. After five games in 2015 the Rockets were 3-2. After five weeks this year, they’re 3-2. Of course, last season they made it all the way to the state championship game. Can they do it again?

The Unity Rockets are in a very familiar position.
 
“In the end, I think the important thing is how you finish the season not necessarily how it begins,” said head coach Scott Hamilton.
 
Unity finds itself at 3-2 in week six of the 2016 season. It’s the same record the team had last year, before making it all the way to the state championship game.
 
“You never know. It’s a different season,” Hamilton added. “I do think we have a lot of talent and a lot of skill.” 
 
So much talent that many inside the Okaw Valley saw the Rockets as the clear favorite to win the conference. That’s why a shutout loss to St. Teresa in their season opener came as a shock to everyone. 
 
“I think we thought we were just going to get handed that at first,” said Sam Thorson. “But now we’re really having to put in some work.”
 
“Some positions we were struggling in just trying to find our rhythm and stuff,” Bobby Barnard added. “We have young guys in a lot of positions. So, it’s just people getting used to playing and stuff.”
 
With a few wins under their belt, the Rockets hope to find some rhythm in their play, much like they did in last year’s postseason. 
 
“It’s like last year,” Thorson continued. “But we just have to get into the rhythm. We’ve got to start going.”
 
“We definitely know we’re still in a spot to be successful to where we want to be,” Barnard explained. “I mean, we know what we need to work on and we know what we need to change. We’re just working on that every week to get better.”
 
All that work to, hopefully, make another deep playoff run. 
 
“At some point that has to translate into wins against good people. If we continue to do the things we’ve been doing for the last three or four weeks I think we’ll start to see the results of that,” Hamilton said. 

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