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Off the Field – Staying busy (March 30, 2016 issue)

By Curtis Carden

Unicoi County High School track and field athletes are staying busy while other schools begin Spring Break. The team was scheduled to compete at Maryville on Tuesday, March 29, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline and will be back in the region on Tuesday, April 5, at Greeneville before competing at Sullivan North High School on Thursday, April 7.

A recap of the busy stretch for the athletes will appear in the upcoming issue of The Erwin Record.

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Peyton Whitson recorded a no-hitter for the Unicoi County Middle School baseball team on Tuesday, March 15, in a 1-0 contest against Greeneville Middle School.

According to the UCMS schedule, the Jr. Blue Devils are pegged to return to action at home on Thursday, March 31, against Liberty Bell at 4:30 p.m. UCMS will follow up that contest with a game against Sullivan North at home on Monday, April 4.

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Ben Peterson has been hard at work with the UCHS Blue Devil junior varsity baseball team.

The up-and-coming stars of Baxter Field returned to action on Tuesday, March 29, against Happy Valley after The Erwin Record’s press deadline. The team was scheduled to compete against Daniel Boone at home on Thursday, March 31, with game time set at 5 p.m. UCHS is scheduled to travel to David Crockett on Friday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m. and end the week with a home game against Johnson County on Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m.

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Lady Blue Devil Hannah Rice had the chance to wear the blue and white jersey one more time. Rice finished with nine points during the annual Tennessee vs Virginia Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) all-star game on Thursday, March 24.

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East Tennessee State University football head coach Carl Torbush and his staff announced on Friday, March 25, that they will be holding the third “Women’s Football 101” clinic on Saturday, April 9, inside the MSHA Athletic Center.

The clinic, presented by Appalachian Orthopaedics, will last from 8 a.m. until noon with the MSHA Spring Game set to follow at 1 p.m. at Kermit Tipton Stadium at Science Hill High School.

“We are really excited to be holding our third Women’s Clinic,” Torbush said in a press release issued by ETSU. “We have received a lot of positive feedback from those who have attended our previous two clinics and we are looking forward to another strong showing this year.”

The clinic costs $15 per person with pre-registration. ETSU faculty and staff are $10 and ETSU students receive free admission with valid ID. Day-of registration cost is set at $20 per person.

To register for the clinic, visit the football page at or call 439-8398.

Fans of ETSU football will have the opportunity to see the Buccaneers in action at Citizens Bank Stadium in Elizabethton on Thursday, March 31. The scrimmage is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be free and open to the general public.