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Off the Field – Future diamond dandies (July 1, 2015 issue)

Unicoi County’s future diamond dandies at Baxter Field and Lady Devil Diamond know how to put on a show.
The Unicoi County Little League all-stars opened up the all-star season last week and will continue tournament play in the coming weeks.
UCLL officials spent the weekend hosting the 11- and 12-year-old baseball tournament with a packed house while the 7- and 8-year-old softball girls saw their tournament get delayed, thanks to a curveball from Mother Nature.
With all the dips and dives during this postseason, be sure to check the upcoming editions of The Erwin Record for photos of each all-star team as they make their case for an opportunity at a state championship.
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On behalf of the sports department, we’d like to wish the readers a happy and safe Independence Day.
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Conference deregulation is expected to make things a bit interesting in the college football landscape.
According to a report from ESPN, a proposal to deregulate each conference championship game is expected to be approved in January.
The upcoming year already shows changes for NCAA teams with the addition of the College Football Playoffs to take over the BCS system used for determining teams’ spots in the postseason.
Deregulation will only add another bit of a swerve for programs, including those in the “Power 5” conferences, especially the SEC.
As it stands now, the SEC has the winner of the East and the West divisions square off for a championship, and almost nine times out of 10 over the years, a spot in the national championship.
That would not be the case if the new measure passes since conferences would dictate how they determine their conference champions.
It would not matter if Alabama is ranked the number one team in the nation and LSU is at number two. Both teams are part of the West division, but could meet each other in the new proposal.
The issue also puts the Big 12 in the same situation if the proposal passes. Last year, it was argued that either TCU or Baylor could have had an opportunity to take the spot of eventual-champion, Ohio State, had the league allowed a conference title game for the teams to meet in.
ESPN also included that if things continue on track and deregulation is given a green light, changes could be on the horizon for as early as the 2016 season.
And here we were thinking the TSSAA was the only group having fun with football conferences.
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The UCHS volleyball team will host a general skills camp from July 20-24. Each day’s activities last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a $50 registration fee. Payment includes camp tuition, instruction, a camp T-shirt and lunch.
The camp is designed for girls currently in fourth to seventh grades who have a love for volleyball and desire to become better players.
LeAnn Lane will be the guest instructor for the event. Lane played volleyball at Montreat College and earned first-team all-state honors in 2000 with Sullivan North High School. The former Golden Raider is the coach at Church Hill Middle School with nine years of middle school coaching experience and 10 years with the Kingsport Volleyball Club.
Early registration is encouraged as the camp may fill up. For more information, contact the high school at 743-1632.
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