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Off the Field – Recipe for success (April 8, 2015 issue)

High octane offense and stout defense tend to make up the recipe for success and maybe an undefeated season.
A case in point is the Unicoi County High School Lady Blue Devil softball program.
Before The Erwin Record’s press deadline, the Lady Blue Devils were 13-0. The ladies have outscored their opponents 149-31 during this 13 games stretch – five of which were shutouts.
Head coach Grady Lingerfelt and the rest of his coaching staff have their team primed for the postseason just one month into the season and the ladies have responded in a positive way, including an exciting East Tennessee Championship contest against Boiling Springs, S.C., at Winged Deer Park.
The team is getting success all across the board. It is always rare when you can dig into the bench of a 20-plus roster and not skip a beat. Led by a group of eight seniors, the team will look to continue their successful ways heading into this week’s Eastman Tournament in Kingsport.
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A former Blue Devil was part of his coach’s career accomplishment with a regional college last week.
Tusculum College skipper Doug Jones recorded his 600th career victory during a doubleheader sweep against Lincoln Memorial on Monday, March 30.
Senior Pioneer Scott Gibson is starting catcher/infield with the program and currently bats .240 on the season. The former Blue Devil is wrapping up his career with the Pioneers after a two-year stint with Columbia State Community College, coached by Erwin native Mike Corn.
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The Erwin Knights semi-professional football team will be back in action in Erwin on Saturday, April 11, with a WCFL contest with the West Carolina Knight scheduled for noon, according to the league’s website.
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The Johnson City Press’ Jeff Birchfield broke the news last week that Scottie Whaley was named the new head basketball coach for the Science Hill Lady Hilltoppers.
Whaley has a tie-in with the Blue Devils, after serving with the boys’ basketball program as an assistant then for one year as a head coach, according to the report.
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East Tennessee State University football alumni from UCHS were able to take in the sights and sounds during the Bucs’ spring scrimmage at Gentry Stadium last week.
Held in conjunction with the support of the high school, the ETSU football team will look to play a pivotal role in the local football scene in northeast Tennessee, allowing students a chance to strive for a university that is always in search of local athletes.
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