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Off the Field – Making Headlines (Aug. 20, 2014 issue)

Unicoi County knows how to produce athletic talent. It can also produces folks who know how to cover it.
Jack Stallard, a native of Erwin, recently recorded a national top honor by receiving the Outstanding Media Service Award from the Sports Information Directors of the American Southwest Conference. The news was released on Aug. 8 and featured on the ASC website. Stallard, the current sports editor of the Longview News Journal, has covered athletics for 29 years in East Texas, according to the release, and received the honor due to the coverage of LeTourneau University. LeTourneau joined the ASC in 1998.
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High school football in Tennessee continues to make headlines with the TSSAA vote for playoff classifications being held Monday, Aug. 11, in the evening after The Erwin Record’s sports deadline. Information on how the vote swung was posted online following the vote and can be viewed by checking out The Erwin Record Sports Facebook page. A more thorough analysis on the shift and how it will affect the Blue Devils will be featured in the Aug. 20 print edition of the paper.
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Unicoi County High School golf will have two matches this week. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, the squad participated in play at Buffalo Valley and will make the trip to Elizabethton on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
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Kickoff for the regular season is nearing the climax for Unicoi County High School football team with next week ringing in the head coach Robert McElwee-era for the Blue Devils. The Blue Devils will open the season at home against Hampton on Friday, Aug. 22.
For those that need the extra fix of some helmets cracking, the Blue Devils will compete in the Three Rivers Conference jamboree on Friday, Aug. 15, held at Sullivan South High School.
The Blue Devils will duke it out with the Rebels in the fourth quarter of the jamboree, tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are set at $5.
The Erwin Record will feature the annual Blue Devil preview section on Aug. 20 with a full look at the upcoming season, coaching staff changes and a comprehensive look at the league heading into the 2014 season.
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Free Hunting Day across Tennessee will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
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I want to wish a special thanks to Chuck Ray and Jim Crawford for all fun times shared working alongside them at WEMB during the past three and a half years covering Unicoi County athletics.
They were a joy to work with, helped put Unicoi County athletics on the map and I wish them the best of luck in future endeavors. From trips to Gatlinburg-Pittman and Knoxville to helping some during their broadcasts, the guys were able to add some fun to my experience in Erwin.
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For daily updates on Unicoi County athletics, readers can view The Erwin Record Sports Facebook page and can follow me on Twitter: @CurtisCarden_ER.