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Off the Field – Making things official (July 15, 2015 issue)

Recent Unicoi County High School graduate and baseball standout Will Hubbard made things official this week.
The Blue Devil will be continuing his baseball career after high school by signing with Walters State Community College on Tuesday, July 14, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline.
Hubbard joins a handful of Erwin natives, including head coach Dave Shelton and former teammate Austin Green at Walters State.
A look back at the signing with interviews and photos will appear in an upcoming issue.
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After years of anticipation, dreams by student athletes in the county are becoming a reality.
With the fall athletics approaching, Unicoi County High School will be having head coach Bettina Chirica running the show for the girls’ soccer team.
The Blue Devils will also have a soccer team this season. Boys soccer opens up in the spring and while no coach has been named yet, the school system has an adequate timeline to work with before making a selection.
Bright skies are ahead for the athletes in the area. The addition of soccer in Unicoi County is nothing but positive.
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A former Unicoi County High School track and field standout knew how to keep the athletic spirit alive after graduation.
CJ Wells, a 2015 grad, competed in the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games held in Linville, N.C., this weekend and went the distance by securing first place in the triple jump, long jump and 100-meter. Wells also pole-vaulted 9’6’’ during the event.
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The Unicoi County Little League 9-10 all-star teams deserve a tip-of-the-cap for making history by competing in the state tournament in Tullahoma.
A bright future awaits at Baxter Field for head coach Chad Gillis. The development of the Little League program means that success for the Blue Devils on the diamond is set to continue for the years to come.
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Adam Schefter made a journalism “no-no” recently.
The ESPN reporter is always on the top of his game when it comes to the details around the National Football League, but his act of posting medical information about New York Giant Jason Pierre Paul was a little much.
“Shefty” went the full distance by posting a leaked X-Ray on Twitter for millions of his followers to see.
There’s always that invisible line reporters shouldn’t cross, and posting medical records of an injury to a public forum for millions to see isn’t exactly the best thing to do.
The man is a reporting-guru, but some respect points were lost last week.
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Visit for a gallery of Unicoi County athletic photos. Any artwork from the site is available for purchase by print or download.
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