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Blue Devils, Lady Devils earn awards

By Keeli Parkey

Several Unicoi County High School athletes were recently recognized for their performances during the 2017 spring sports season.

For the Blue Devil baseball team, senior Shaddon Peavyhouse was named the Three Rivers Conference player of the year. He was also named to the District 1-AA all-tournament team.

Seniors Nick Fender and Dylan Putman, as well as juniors Troy Podvin, Owen Nicholson and Clay Simpson were awarded all-conference honors.

Head coach Chad Gillis was named coach of the year.

The Blue Devil baseball team won the Three Rivers Conference regular season title and finished with an overall record of 18-15 and a conference record of 9-3. The season came to an end in the district tournament.

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From the Lady Devil softball team, senior Neelee Griffith was chosen as the Three Rivers Conference player of the year. Junior pitcher Halie Padgett was chosen as the conference’s co-pitcher of the year.

Named to the all-conference team were seniors Keelie Hall and Savannah Lafever, juniors Rylie Stiltner and Tanya Chavez and sophomore Halie Hawkins.

Senior Hannah Bowen joined Hawkins, Griffith and Padgett on the District 1-AA all-tournament team.

The Lady Devils won the conference regular season championship, finished in second place in the district tournament and second in the Region 1-AA tournament. Their season came to an end with a loss to Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) in the substate round.

The UCHS softball team finished the season with an overall record of 33-14 and a conference record of 12-1.

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The Blue Devil soccer team was well-represented on the All-District 1-A/AA team.

Senior Jose Ortiz was named the league’s offensive player of the year and senior Christian Leon was the league’s defensive player of the year.

Joining Ortiz and Leon on the all-district team was senior Sam Murillo and juniors Daniel Meza and Chris Andrade.

The Blue Devils posted an overall record of 12-7-1 and a league record of 7-2-1. In just its second season in existence, the team won the District 1-A/AA championship and finished in second place in the Region 1-A/AA tournament. The season came to an end with a loss to CAK in the substate round.

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For the UCHS track and field program, senior Stephanie Wisse earned the Three Rivers Conference most valuable runner award thanks to her first-place finishes in four events –  the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash.

Wisse competed at the TSSAA state meet and won four medals – second place in the pentathlon, third place in the 100-meter hurdles, fourth in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.

Also representing UCHS at the state meet were senior pole vaulter Andrew Bowen and sophomore pole vaulter Halie Hawkins, who pulled double-duty this spring, competing with the track and softball programs.

Bowen won sixth and Hawkins finished in a tie for fourth place in the state pole vault.