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Off the Field – ETSU announces 2015 football schedule (Dec. 24, 2014 issue)

Saturdays in the fall won’t just be about the ‘Big Orange’ in 2015.
On Thursday, Dec. 18, East Tennessee State University officially announced its schedule for the revamped Buccaneers’ football team.
The Bucs will add an extra element to the collegiate football scene in Tennessee on Saturdays, but they will play their season opener on a Thursday night (Sept. 3) at Kermit-Tipton Stadium against Kennesaw State in the battle of new programs.
ETSU will have back-to-back home games by welcoming Maryville College into Johnson City on Sept. 10. The remaining eight games will be played on Saturdays. The games are scheduled to be played at different times than the University of Tennessee football team to allow fans to enjoy both programs each weekend.
ETSU will have contests with NCAA Division I FCS opponents Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb and Mercer.
The Bucs have landed their ship a few times in Erwin with former Blue Devils playing at the school before the program’s death at the end of the 2003 season.
Unicoi County High School currently has its own man on this first-year team with 2014 graduate Bodhi Bradford taking his all-conference ability to the defensive side as a lineman.
Bradford’s the first, but most certainly won’t be the last, player to come from Gentry Stadium with a future with the ‘Blue and Gold.’
Now if we can just get the ETSU/Chattanooga game going, then things will be set – for me, anyways.
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UCHS Lady Blue Devil softball senior infielder Cierra Jackson announced last week on Instagram that she committed to Chattanooga State Community College for the 2015-2016 softball season.
The Lady Tigers softball program are no slouches, coming off a third-place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament during the 2013-2014 season. CSCC rattled off an impressive 55-8 record last year.
A signing ceremony will be announced at a later date. With Jackson’s commitment, UCHS will have two players off to the college ranks next year – Jackson and Tiffany Laughren, who recently signed with ETSU.
With the firepower Grady Lingerfelt’s squad will bring this year, don’t expect these two to be the last college signees from the team.
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UCHS basketball fans will get their fix of action at the end of the week with the Lady Blue Devils competing at Daniel Boone while the Blue Devils will head off to Knox Bearden.
Updates on the teams’ tournament play heading into the new year with be featured online and a full recap of the events will be featured in the next issue of The Erwin Record.
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We’re just one week away from The Erwin Record’s annual “Top 10” moments of the past year. In 2014, we saw state champions, district title domination, substate games and everything in-between.
Have a moment that stands out? From the high school, middle school and across Unicoi County, readers can email the moment that stands out the most to them to [email protected] for consideration.
The list will be featured in the Dec. 31 issue.
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Unicoi County’s own Carroll Mumpower will get a chance to see some of the West Coast in 2015. The veteran umpire will call the 2015 Junior League Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash.
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Photos taken throughout the years of Blue Devil and Lady Blue Devil athletics can be viewed and purchased on The Erwin Record’s online photostore: erwinrecordpix.com.
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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to the readers of The Erwin Record!
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