By Keeli Parkey
I always hate to see summer disappear. But, what consoles me each year is knowing that with the cooler temperatures comes an amazing time of year – basketball season!
The Unicoi County High School Blue Devil and Lady Devil basketball teams are participating in preseason workouts and conditioning in preparation for the 2016-17 season, which begins next month.
The UCHS programs will give fans a preview of what they can expect to see on the court this season when the teams host their annual Blue and White games on Friday, Nov. 11, at UCHS. The Lady Devils will open play that evening, with the Blue Devils to follow. Game times have yet to be announced.
Thursday, Nov. 17, will be a busy one for both teams. The varsity Blue Devils will face off against Volunteer in Hall of Champions play at 1 p.m. in Erwin. The varsity Lady Devils will take on Volunteer at 2:30 p.m. that day.
Neither team will get much rest as they will return to the Devils’ Den that same day to face Greeneville. The Blue Devils will face Greeneville at 6:30 p.m., with the Lady Devils to follow.
Hall of Champions action will continue on Saturday, Nov. 19, when the UCHS teams host Cherokee. The Lady Devil junior varsity squad will play their first game at 11 a.m., followed by the first Blue Devil junior varsity game at 12:30 p.m. The varsity squads will get their chance to face Cherokee with the Lady Devils tipping off at 2 p.m. and the Blue Devils at 3:30 p.m.