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Off the Field – JV teams keeping players busy (Jan. 14, 2015 issue)

The underclassmen have been staying busy for the Unicoi County High School basketball programs.
A developing feeder program is vital for success at the varsity level. Coaches Jordan Simmons and Megan Davis have been keeping the Lady Blue Devils busy during the year, as have Blue Devil coaches Ben Evely and Drew Rice in their own portion of the season.
The UCHS Blue Devil junior varsity team is comprised of Brett Lemmon, Clay Simpson, Ethan Godsey, Hunter Hensley, Michael Howell, Chase McNabb, Brandon Caldwell, Noah Worley and Troy Podvin.
The junior varsity girls team includes Ashlie Padgett, Ashley Edwards, Kenedy King, Kaitlyn Tilson, Katie Crain, Stephanie Wisse, Rachel Lynch and Neelee Griffith.
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Milligan College finished as national runner-up on Saturday, Jan. 10, in the 2015 cyclocross national championships, at the two-day event held in Austin, Texas.
Nolan Tankersley, the first cyclist signee from UCHS, finished 10th on the men’s side to help the team. Nolan’s brother, Connor, is also part of the program.
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King University senior Logan Lyle netted a team-high 21 points in his team’s win over North Greeneville on Jan. 10 in men’s basketball action.
King was sitting with a 12-2 record on the season before The Erwin Record’s press deadline, awaiting a game against Southern Wesleyan, S.C., on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
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Dustin Walden, a Unicoi County native, is now coaching mixed-martial arts circuit in the area.
Walden assists at Evolution Sports Gym, based in Elizabethton, and is a coach for the D-Evil fight team.
D-Evil features two of the premier local professional MMA fighters, Adam “Prime Time” Townsend and Dustin “All Day” Long.
The duo kept their records on the positive side during the Apex Fights 4, sponsored by Valor Fights, on Saturday night in Bluff City.
Townsend (12-3) and Long (6-1) each used the ground game to score wins in the third and second rounds, respectively.
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From the Three Rivers Conference football realm, Sullivan South’s Dylan Wieger and Elizabethton’s Ethan Thomas and Logan Birchfield took part in the eighth annual National Guard Kentucky/Tennessee Border Bowl all-star football game.
Wieger earned the Tennessee offensive MVP honor following the conclusion of the contest.
Kentucky held the 21-12 advantage at halftime and had to hang on late to secure a 33-32 win.
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The Erwin Knights semi-professional football team is seeking players, primarily linemen, to shore up a few roster spots for the upcoming season.
For more information, contact the Knights by visiting the Erwin Knights Facebook page.
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There has been a shakeup for Happy Valley’s football program.
Last week, CarterCountySports.com reported that Larry Shively stepped down from his position as head coach. Shively cited spending more time with his family as the reasoning for his resignation.
The Warriors and Unicoi County will meet next year on the gridiron, but in non-conference action.
Both teams were separated from league play due to reclassification at the end of this past season.
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