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Off the Field – Local cyclist chosen for pro team (Jan. 20, 2016)

Nolan Tankersley continues to stay busy on roadways across the United States.
It was announced last week that Tankersley, a native of Unicoi County and a cyclist at ETSU, had been chosen for a 15 member, multi-national professional cycling team.
The Lupus Racing Team, a UCI Continental team, confirmed the roster of 15 cyclists on Thursday, Jan. 14. Tankersley is one of eight new racers to join the team for the 2016 professional cycling season.
An illustrious career has come naturally for Tankersley since graduating from Unicoi County High School. He helped Milligan College to their first cycling championship during his time with the program. He has also had success competing in the U.S. and Canada.
The Lupus Racing Team is owned and operated by Cycle Culture, Inc., a 501(c)3 Georgia business with offices in Atlanta and New York. This year marks the fourth year Cycle Culture has operated a cycling team and the second consecutive year the team will compete internationally. The squad partners with the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America to raise awareness and raise funds for an illness that affects around 55,000 Georgians and 1.5 million Americans.
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Walters State Community College baseball is right around the bend.
The Senators blazed their way to a successful 2015 season under the direction of head coach and former Blue Devil standout Dave Shelton.
WSCC finished 2015 as TCCAA regular season, Region VI and East Central District champions and finished third place in the JUCO College World Series in Colorado. The team also put together a 27-game winning streak and concluded the season with a No. 2 ranking in the nation.
Ethan Rice and Austin Green, former diamond dandies from Baxter Field, will look to continue to make an impact this season after seeing the field last year in their first years with the program.
Shelton assumed the reins of the program and continued the tradition started by hall of fame head coach Ken Campbell. Shelton was named the American Baseball Coaches Association/East Central Region Central Regional Coach of the Year after guiding the team to a 57-12 record to go along with their trip to the World Series.
WSCC opens their season on Tuesday, Jan. 29, with a three-game series on the road against USC Salkahatchie.
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Mike Hunter, a retired educator from UCHS, will be making an upcoming trip to Florida worthwhile.
With the assistance of the Richard Petty Enterprise, Hunter will be racing eight laps during the Daytona 500 week in February.
A look into his trip during the race week will appear in a future issue of The Erwin Record.
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