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Off the Field – Postseason action continues (Feb. 24, 2016 issue)

The Unicoi County High School basketball teams will continue postseason play after earning berths to the Region 1-AA tournaments with opening round victories in the District 1-AA tournament. Updates on district tournament action are included in this issue of the paper.
Be sure to check out The Erwin Record online this week for more information on the Blue Devils and Lady Blue Devils opponents in the region, along with a preview of both Region 1-AA quarterfinal games.
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Former Blue Devil Connor Simpson was able to put a feather in his cap against former teammates on the diamond.
The Roane State closer earned the save as the Raiders knocked off the second ranked Walters State Senators in doubleheader action on Saturday, Feb. 20, in Morristown.
The Senators, who have former Blue Devils Austin Green and Ethan Rice on their roster, picked up their first home loss in nearly two years.
The trio, who each have garnered the interest of higher level colleges and professional teams after their sophomore years at their respective schools, have kept the baseball brotherhood alive.
Walters State, coached by Erwin native David Shelton, along with Columbia State, which is coached by former Blue Devil Mike Corn, have a combined 29 players on Division I rosters as the NCAA opened their season on Saturday.
Updates on former Blue Devils and Lady Devils continuing their collegiate athletic careers will appear in future issues of The Erwin Record.
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A former Blue Devil standout saw a family member make some waves during the District 1-AAA girls tournament at Volunteer.
Courtney Whitson, a freshman at Dobyns-Bennett, earned the tournament’s most valuable player award after the Dobyns-Bennett Lady Indians defeated Daniel Boone 45-30 during their district title game.
Courtney’s father, Trey, was a multiple sport standout during his playing career at UCHS.
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The Erwin Record’s award-winning sports coverage will continue to crank up online as postseason action continues for basketball teams. As the Blue Devils and Lady Devils prepare for the Region 1-AA tournaments, follow along with updates online at The Erwin Record Sports Facebook page. Photos from events can be viewed on Instagram at (curtcarden), while live updates and photos can be viewed on Twitter at: @CurtisCarden_ER.
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East Tennessee State University announced a handful of dates for the upcoming spring season for the football program. The Buccaneers open spring practice on Thursday, Feb. 25. Practices are open to the public.
Along with the practice, the ETSU ticket office will begin the season ticket renewal process in early March; individuals can learn more information by contacting the ticket office at 439-3878.
ETSU will host a coaching and strength and conditioning clinic opportunity on March 18-19 at the Mini-Dome. A ladies clinic will also be held on April 2, prior to the Mountain States Health Alliance spring game and a youth clinic which will be held after the spring game. For more information on the clinics, contact Andrew Sims, ETSU director of football operations, at [email protected] or 439-8228.
ETSU will hold a Blue and Gold scrimmage at Elizabethton on March 24, which is open to the public and free of charge.
The MSHA spring game will be held on April 2 at Kermit-Tipton Stadium with kickoff at 1 p.m.