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Off the Field – Thinking spring (March 4, 2015 issue)

It seems hard to believe that after the amount of wintry weather we have had over the past two weeks, spring sports seasons are upon us. I don't know about you, but I am happy to be thinking spring.
The Unicoi County High School Lady Devil softball team is scheduled to start its season March 9 at home against Science Hill.
Head coach Grady Lingerfelt and his varsity squad also has contests with Sullivan North at home on March 10 and will travel to Johnson County on March 12 during opening week.
The Blue Devil baseball team will also open its season on March 9. The Blue Devils and first-year head coach Chad Gillis are scheduled to travel to Sullivan North for a Three Rivers Conference game.
Also during the opening week, the Blue Devils are scheduled to host conference foe Elizabethton on March 10 and travel to Daniel Boone on March 13.
In addition to taking to the diamonds next week, UCHS athletes will also take to the courts.
Head coach Jonathan Kenney and the Blue Devil and Lady Devil tennis teams are scheduled to open their season on March 10 against Sullivan North. The match will be played at Fishery Park in Erwin. The teams are also scheduled to play at Elizabethton on March 12.
The Blue Devil and Lady Devil track and field teams will also open their season next week. Their first meet is scheduled for March 10 in Greeneville.
The Erwin Record will feature all of these teams in our spring sports preview scheduled to appear in a future March issue.
For updates on high school and middle school athletics throughout this season, visit, the paper’s multiple social media accounts or check out each Wednesday issue of the paper for recaps and photos.
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I would like to tip my cap to the senior Blue Devil and Lady Devil basketball players for their efforts this season. The 2014-2015 season was another enjoyable one from my seat.
I would also like to wish the seniors the best of luck in their future endeavors.
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UCHS Lady Blue Devil senior Chelsey Harness announced on Saturday, Feb. 28, via social media that she committed to Maryville College to continue her basketball career with the Lady Scots.
At the paper’s press deadline, the Lady Scots were at 25-3 on the season.
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It wasn’t pretty, but the King University men’s basketball team got the job done.
The Tornado defeated Limestone, 37-34, after a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Johnson City-native, Hunter LeVeau.
Unicoi County’s Logan Lyle led the effort for King with a game-high 14 points.
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Have a special sports moment to share? The Erwin Record sports department is always in search to spotlight any community member with a story.
Whether it’s from the hiking trails, to snowboarding and anywhere in between, you could be featured in an upcoming edition of the paper.
Contact the department at [email protected] to send information on a story.
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The Erwin Record features photos taken from this year’s high school and middle school basketball seasons on its online photo store. Visit to view and purchase photos from this season – and seasons past.
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