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Off the Field – Not a bad idea (Feb. 25, 2015 issue)

Wintry weather is a buzzkill. Plain and simple.
It throws off a routine, hampers driving and cancels events. Mother Nature knows how to throw a monkey wrench into plans and basketball district tournament schedules.
The TSSAA announced in a conference call on Friday, Feb. 20, that teams battling through inclement weather had two options to finish their tournaments: either cancel and name the four teams based on higher seeds in semifinals or play on Sunday, which they discouraged, according to their statement posted on the TSSAA website.
While some tournaments were able to finish on Sunday, some school systems were unable to finish, including District 2-AA, with different school officials balking at the idea of a Sunday play day.
It is a horrible situation when you look at it simply for the senior players set to play in the title games. You work your way into a chance for gold, to simply have it called off in the end.
And what about teams that were in the contention for an upset? Chuckey-Doak’s Lady Black Knights entered the title game as a three seed, having knocked off Greeneville, but didn’t have a chance for a potential crown due to their tournament getting an ax.
While this instance serves a cruel reminder that Mother Nature knows how to throw things off, hopefully this will allow the schools and TSSAA to go back to the drawing board and plan ahead for the future.
It is the winter season, after all. Areas will receive snow and ice. A backup plan before the regular season starts, not the week of the postseason, wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
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King University’s men’s basketball team has returned to familiar territory.
The Tornado were ranked seventh in the first NCAA Regional Rankings, presented Feb. 20.
According to the university, this is the first time the team made it into the rankings since the 2011-2012 season.
One of the key factors is a well-known name from the area – Logan Lyle.
The senior member of the team is averaging 17 points and leads the team with a 42.8 percent from three-point range. Lyle is also the active leader in three-pointers for the NCAA.
King sat at 22-5 at The Erwin Record’s press deadline with a pair of makeup games awaiting them the start of the postseason tournament.
The Tornado secured the second seed in the league.
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Due to the ice and snow that settled into the area last week, the Unicoi County Little League organization extended their registration for one more day.
The league will allow individuals to register on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Fees to sign up include: T-Ball – $35; Minor – $40; and Major – $45. A volunteer application fee is also set at $5.
Three proofs of residency are required for the registration.
UCLL also announced that the coaches’ clinic, planned for Feb. 26, has been rescheduled to a later date.
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Former Blue Devil Scott Gibson has been staying busy behind home plate for Tusculum College.
The baseball team recently had a contest on Feb. 17 against Lenoir Rhyne. The Pioneers fell in the game, but Gibson was able to find paydirt from the batter’s box. He finished 2-4 at the plate.
The Pioneers will be back in action at a later date due to postponements from wintry weather.
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