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Off the Field – Programs announce camps for children

By Curtis Carden

High school basketball programs are gearing up for their annual camps for children in the area. In an email provided by the Lady Devil program, the UCHS girls will host their camp from May 30 to June 3, beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until 1 p.m. each day.

The boys will host their camp the following week, from June 6-10.

The week long camps will be available for any boys and girls between the ages of five and 14 years old and will be under the direction of head coaches Michael Smith and Kerri King, along with former players.

Interested individuals can contact the school to preregister. Girls may also register on May 30 between 8-9 a.m. Boys may also register on June 6.

The camps will cost $50 per child and include a T-shirt and trophies for younger players. Pizza, for $1 a slice, and drinks will be available for purchase during the camp, but campers can bring their own lunch.

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Several members of the Unicoi County High School softball team received Three Rivers Conference accolades following the conclusion of the District 1-AA tournament last week in Colonial Heights.

Pitcher/third baseman Abby Hensley, first baseman Neelee Griffith and outfielders Ashlie Padgett and Tanya Chavez were named to the Three Rivers All-Conference Team. Freshman catcher Halie Hawkins and sophomores, pitcher Halie Padgett and shortstop Rylee Stiltner, received conference honorable mentions.

The Blue Devil baseball team will wait to announce its members on the all-conference baseball teams until all conference teams have been eliminated from postseason play.

The Blue Devil and Lady Devils that received all-tournament honors are mentioned in the baseball and softball articles featured in this week’s edition of The Erwin Record.

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Best of luck to Unicoi County Middle School track and field athletes Kaitlin Bailey, Kody Lewis and Michael Harrington as they represent Blue Nation in the inaugural TMSAA state competition to be held Saturday, May 21, in Clarksville.

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ETSU Buccaneer and former Lady Devil softball standout Tiffany Laughren added another notch in her belt of accomplishments on the diamond.

Laughren was named to the All-SoCon Freshman Team by conference coaches on Tuesday, May 10. Laughren became the third Lady Buc in the past two seasons to receive the accolade

The Erwin native leads all freshmen in hits with 19, extra-base hits (5) and walks (14). While adding a presence at the plate, Laughren posted a 2-2 record with a 2.00 ERA in the circle during the regular season. Her first career victory came in February against Butler..

ETSU returns to action on Wednesday, May 18, in the SoCon tournament as the fifth seed. The team will square off against UNCG in North Carolina at 10 a.m.

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Walters State Community College softball will represent the state at a national level this week. The No. 13-ranked Lady Senators won two in the TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII tournament championship series against Chattanooga State to punch their ticket to the national tournament set for Wednesday, May 18, in Utah. The Lady Senators have sophomore Brooke Strother, from Unicoi County, on their roster.

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The WSCC baseball team, under the direction of former Blue Devil Dave Shelton, saw their 21-game win streak come to a close in the championship of the TCCAA/NJCAA tournament last week to Dyersburg State.

The Senators, ranked fifth in the nation as prior to The Erwin Record’s press deadline, moved their record to 46-14 on the year and will be the No. 2 seed out of Tennessee for the upcoming East-Central tournament as the squad looks to make a return for the second consecutive year to the NJCAA World Series.