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Off the Field – Rain, rain go away (July 8, 2015 issue)

The sports lovers across the area had their own jingle to sing during the Fourth of July weekend: “Rain, rain, go away, that’s what all the baseball and softball fans say.”
Fireworks erupted across the nation, but inclement weather did some work of its own in the skies of Tennessee as rain hampered efforts from individuals across the area to take part in different events.
From postponements of Little League all-star action, to rain throwing a monkey wrench into different minor league baseball affiliates across the area, it was hit and miss to take in some of America’s past time.
Perhaps we can get the umpires to stand with the fans. Give Mother Nature the good, ol-fashioned “you’re outta here!” and keep things nice and dry for the remainder of July.
All tongue-and-cheek aside, any information on schedule changes on contests will be featured online at The Erwin Record Sports Facebook page or in an issue of the paper.
To report any schedule changes, whether it be from the schools or else, contact the sports department by email at [email protected] or by contacting the online page.
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The U.S. women’s national soccer team provided their own set of fireworks just a day late of Independence Day. The squad used four consecutive goals in under 20 minutes to take a decisive 5-2 win over Japan for the team’s first World Cup title since 1999.
You cannot beat a moment when America pride can flow through the country. With social media sites catching fire during the game, futbol controlled the headlines.
It is an important moment in the country’s athletic history. With recent support for the men’s soccer team carrying over to the women’s team, the sport continues to pick up traction across the country.
The traction can even be felt locally. In the region, Happy Valley was one of the recent programs to implement a soccer program for high school students.
Unicoi County has been a popular hotbed for soccer over the years with athletes playing independently, but a steadfast effort from new Unicoi County Director of Schools John English, Athletic Director Michael Smith and Principal Chris Bogart, UCHS will be storming the fields this fall with the inaugural year of soccer.
A busy fall is set for UCHS with the new program joining cross country, football, golf and volleyball on the docket. Be sure to check out future issues of The Erwin Record for updates on the program.
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The UCHS volleyball team will host a general skills camp from July 20-24. Each day’s activities last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a $50 registration fee. Payment includes camp tuition, instruction, a camp T-shirt and lunch.
The camp is designed for girls currently in fourth to seventh grades who have a love for volleyball and desire to become better players.
LeAnn Lane will be the guest instructor for the event. Lane played volleyball at Montreat College and earned first-team all-state honors in 2000 with Sullivan North High School. The former Golden Raider is the coach at Church Hill Middle School with nine years of middle school coaching experience and 10 years with the Kingsport Volleyball Club.
Early registration is encouraged as the camp may fill up. For more information, contact the high school at 743-1632.
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Visit for a variety of photos taken over the years. Included on the site are recent photos taken from the Unicoi County Little League all-star games and team photo. Photos on the site are available for purchase by either download or print.
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Be sure to checkout The Erwin Record Sports Facebook page online for photos and information on sporting news throughout the week. Unicoi County athletics can also be followed on Twitter at: @CurtisCarden_ER.