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Off the Field – One sport or two or three? (Jan. 28, 2015 issue)

A recent chart presented by Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer has picked up traction in the debate regarding multi-sport athletes.
Ohio State recently won the NCAA College Football Playoffs’ National Championship against Oregon, 42-20, on Jan. 12.
According to the chart that went viral online, 42 of OSU’s 47 recruits played more than one sport in high school.
The chart spurred debate online and raised a good point: Is focusing on one sport in high school going to ultimately get you to the next level?
Arguments on each side of the argument are valid. There’s a risk of injury on the gridiron if you’re looking to pursue collegiate career on the hardwood of baseball diamond. The same holds true for female athletes – a bad strain or dislocation that occurs while playing softball or basketball could limit an athlete in volleyball, for example.
The scenarios are endless, but the risk comes with the territory; bumps and bruises come with the territory.
But the chart erases a misconception that coaches at the collegiate level, from Division I for the NCAA to junior colleges, don’t mind their athletes having the versatility of playing different sports.
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After a letdown against Mt. Olive the night before, the King University men’s basketball rallied in a big way to score a 100-81 victory against Barton on Saturday, Jan. 24.
Logan Lyle, the current career leader for three-pointers in the NCAA, led the Tornadoes with 25 points (10-of-12 from the charity stripe) and eight rebounds in the win.
King (16-3, CC 11-1) returns to the hardwood on Wednesday, Jan. 27, with a home contest with Pfeiffer. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
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The Erwin Knights are nearly set for their opening season in the World Class Football League. The minor league football team, which is based in Unicoi County, features a bevy of local athletes.
Head coach Andy Slagle said the team is still in search for a few extra players, primarily lineman. For more information on the team, visit ErwinKnights.com or contact coach Slagle at [email protected]
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A tip-of-the-cap goes out to each of the coaches and players of the Unicoi County Middle School basketball teams.
The programs went through a growth process this season and while their records weren’t the best in the area, the teams grew during the season and are primed to make their debuts and careers at Unicoi County High School be worthwhile for the years to come for the Blue Nation.
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Happy Valley High School promoted assistant coach Jason Jarrett to the head coach of their football team last week. Jarrett replaces Larry Shively, who resigned the week prior after serving five years as the Warriors’ head coach.
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Photo galleries from past and current sporting events are featured on The Erwin Record’s online photo store. To view or purchase photos, visit erwinrecordpix.com.
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