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Off the Field – Milligan wins cycling crown (May 13, 2015 issue)

Unicoi County is known during this time of the year for having natives making waves on the baseball and softball diamonds at regional colleges.
While former Blue Nation diamond dandies are causing ripples for their respective teams, Nolan Tankersley continues to help build a cycling tradition at Milligan College.
The Buffaloes came away with the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships this past weekend with Tankersley taking the runner-up spot in the omnium of the event. Nolan also added a runner-up finish in the crit and fourth place in the road race.
The championship was Milligan’s first national crown. Milligan secured a 14th-place finish nationally along with two national runner-up honors. The Buffaloes are also coming off a Southeastern Cycling Conference title.
Nolan, and brother Connor, Tankersley are two products from Unicoi County that helped set the cycling standard locally. Another product, Adam Anderson, experienced success at Virginia Intermont before taking his talents to East Tennessee State University.
A special congratulations goes out to the Tankersleys on the recent achievement and helping bring a new interest for athletics in Unicoi County.
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The Walters State baseball team will compete for a bid to the JUCO World Series in Colorado this week in the NJCAA East Central District tournament that will be held in Morristown.
Four teams make up the pool with the winner positioned to compete for a national championship in Colorado.
This isn’t new territory for second-year head coach Dave Shelton. While sending a team to the JUCO World Series would be the first as a head coach, the Erwin native was part of different Senator teams’ berths to the big dance as an assistant with hall of fame coach Ken Campbell.
Also part of the Senators this season are freshmen Austin Green and Ethan Rice, recent Unicoi County High School graduates.
The JUCO World Series has also had another local product, Mike Corn, participate as a coach. Corn is the current head coach at Columbia State, a league rival with Walters State.
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Spring Fling tickets are looking to be punched this week and The Erwin Record will be around to document the journeys.
During the week, readers can visit The Erwin Record Sports Facebook page online to keep up to date with UCHS baseball, softball and track teams as they compete for postseason success.
Recaps from this week’s slate of athletics will be featured in the May 20 edition of The Erwin Record.
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The UCHS football team will compete in their final spring football scrimmage this week in Roan Mountain against Cloudland on Thursday, May 14, at 5 p.m.
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