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Off the Field – Basketball season arrives (Nov. 12, 2014 issue)

It is basketball time for Unicoi County High School.
After a busy preseason, the Blue Devils and Lady Devils will play in “Hall of Champions” action on Thursday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 15, with several games on the docket, including bouts with Volunteer, North Buncombe, Science Hill and Cocke County.
During the basketball season, be sure to follow along online and in each print edition for breaking news and up-to-date coverage on what will be in store this season for head coaches John English and Kerri King.
The Erwin Record will feature its annual basketball preview supplement in the Nov. 19 issue of the paper.
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Unicoi County native Dustin Walden made his professional return to the octagon during the weekend after a 4-year hiatus.
Walden competed in the Evolution Combat Series #2 held at Evolution Sports Gym in Elizabethton on Saturday and scored a first round submission win over Latral Perdue.
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Two former Blue Devil players turned coaches are still alive in the TSSAA 5A football playoff race.
South Doyle High School, coached by Clark Duncan, scored an opening round win, 32-21, over Gibbs. South Doyle, who was the top seed from region one, will play Campbell County this week. Campbell County advanced to face South Doyle with a 26-25 victory over Morristown West.
Down in Chattanooga, the Ooltewah Owls, along with defensive coach and former Blue Devil Chris Brown, scored a 31-0 shutout over Stone Memorial.
Things don’t get easier for the Owls, who were seeded third, as Rhea County, the second seed, waits in the wings.
Only one team remains from the Three Rivers Conference in the 4A playoffs. Sullivan South, the TRC regular season champ, will meet Greeneville this week after disposing of Sullivan East in the opening round of the postseason.
East, Elizabethton and Johnson County were knocked out of the playoffs with losses in their respective opening round games.
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The UCHS swim team opened its season on Nov. 10. Look for a recap on the inaugural meet for head coach Jonathan Kenney and company in a future edition of the paper.
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