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Off the Field – True bravery (Dec. 23, 2015 issue)

East Tennessee was rocked by the news last week that Fulton High School football player Zaevion Dobson lost his life in a shooting on Thursday, Dec. 17.
Dobson, a 15-year-old student at the Knox County school, was with a group of students Thursday night in Knoxville, according to a report from USA Today, before a group of men showed up at the area and started to shoot within the vicinity.
Dobson was the only individual hit during the shooting, sacrificing his body to protect the life of three girls from the gunfire.
High school is a time when teenagers should only have to worry about what’s playing at the movies, what is the newest phone coming out or when to start on homework. – no high school student should ever have to be put in that situation. But Dobson performed a feat not many would do, showing true bravery in the face of evil.
If this issue of the paper reaches west of the Valley Beautiful, my thoughts and condolences go out to the Dobson family.
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The underclassmen are staying busy this season on the hardwood.
With players and teams improving and making progress vital to the success of the Unicoi County High School basketball programs, junior varsity coaches Ben Evely and Megan Davis, and freshmen coach Drew Rice are making sure their players are getting plenty of work.
Updates on the underclassmen will continue in upcoming editions of The Erwin Record with the Lady Devils set to compete in a junior varsity tournament at Daniel Boone, beginning Monday, Dec. 28.
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The No. 13-ranked Maryville College Lady Scots used a strong effort from their bench to knock off conference rival Transylvania, 69-57, on Sunday Dec. 20.
Former Lady Blue Devil Chelsey Harness is part of the squad and asserted herself into the rotation off the bench for the team in her freshman year. Harness logged nine minutes in the win Sunday.
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The Erwin Record will present the annual top athletic moments of 2015 in the Dec. 30 issue of the paper.
Have a moment that stands out? Whether it was the Blue Devils near state tournament run in baseball, the football team reaching the postseason or Lady Blue Devils making noise on the diamond, let your opinions be heard. Email your moment that stands out to [email protected] to see if it makes the list.
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The Unicoi County Middle School varsity and junior varsity basketball teams will return to the courts in 2016 with games scheduled for Jan. 5.
Updates on the teams will return to the paper in the new year.
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Visit erwinrecordpix.com for a gallery of photos taken throughout the season for Blue Devil and Lady Blue Devil basketball players at the high school and middle school levels.
Photos on the site are available for purchase by download or print.

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From The Erwin Record sports department, we would like to wish the readers a very festive and Merry Christmas and happy holidays this week.