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Off the Field – Crunch time ahead (Feb. 4, 2015 issue)

The District 1-AA basketball tournament is right around the bend for the Unicoi County High School basketball programs.
While nothing was set in stone before The Erwin Record’s press deadline, it is fair to say the Lady Blue Devils will head into the postseason as the Three Rivers Conference’s number-three seed. The Blue Devils will mostly likely be the fourth seed in the tournament.
In regards to matchups in the first round of the tournament, which will be played at Sullivan East High School in Bluff City, the Lady Blue Devils will likely face Sullivan North or Sullivan South. The Blue Devils will likely square off against Johnson County.
The 2014-2015 regular season will come to a close in the coming days. After The Erwin Record’s press deadline for the Feb. 4 issue, the Blue Devils and Lady Devils hosted conference foe Johnson County in Erwin.
Everything culminates this week with a tough non-conference schedule that will prepare the teams for what awaits in the future. The teams are scheduled to travel to David Crockett on Friday, Feb. 6, to Cloudland on Saturday, Feb. 7, and Hampton on Monday, Feb. 9.
For the Lady Devils, it is about staying the course and staying relaxed. The team is on a bit of a roll as of late and were just a Happy Valley win over Sullivan East shy from securing the second seed in the tournament.
The Blue Devils have shown they have talent during this season. For this team, it boils down to keeping a consistent effort on the court and withstanding any scoring runs presented by opposition.
It looks to be an exciting time next week, but the end of the regular season won’t be a slouch, either.
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King University men’s basketball player Logan Lyle was selected the Tennessee Sports Writers Association player of the week on Jan. 27. King won two of its three games that week. Lyle averaged 20 points and 5.3 boards during these contests.
Lyle, who is the active leader for three-pointers in the NCAA, has his Tornado squad currently sitting 17-4 on the year an 11-2 mark inside the Conference Carolinas.
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The Erwin Knights minor league football team is still looking for a few good men, according to head coach Andy Slagle.
With schedule preparation nearly complete, the team is allowing any interested players to take part in the inaugural year with the World Class Football League.
For more information, visits the Knights’ website ( or contact coach Slagle at [email protected]
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