After regrouping from watching the devastating loss the United States Men’s National Team had to Portugal (so what it was a draw… felt worse than a loss) in the World Cup, In Overtime is back with another installment of ‘In The Bleachers’ – a series featured to spotlight things locally and nationally with a little bit of fun thrown in between.
Catch this week’s Erwin Record? You know where I’m going with the first topic.
Gillis’ experience going to be key heading forward as baseball coach
Chad Gills was named head coach of UCHS last week
The Erwin Record broke the news Thursday afternoon that assistant coach Chad Gillis would be promoted within the ranks to take over the helm for retired head coach Charlie Baxter. We’ve spent time online and in the paper talking about what Gillis will bring to the program, the talent coming back… but what about that Three Rivers Conference? Where do the Blue Devils look to head when the season starts?
Graduation hits hard with six seniors gone from the 2014 team but first things are first – a team isn’t about one guy but upcoming sophomore Brandon Garland has the Blue Devils in the mix just from being the anchor in the bullpen. In regards to the ‘pen, that will look to be a sweet spot for 2015. Will Hubbard, a rising senior, made tremendous stride on the hill for the Blue Devils last season while Sam McInturff, another up-and-coming senior, has the stuff but was in a limited role serving as the Blue Devils’ catcher. A pair of sophomores also control the headlines with Garland. Gabe Thomas made stride during the offseason, per Gillis, including a dominat showing a couple of weeks ago in a win over Dobyns-Bennett. Multi-sport athlete Dylan Putman is another. Putman actually recorded the final regular season win last year against Elizabethton and provided some versatility at first base with Adam Hensley down due to a shoulder injury.
Way to0 early to make predictions – but UCHS has to be in the talk as a front-runner with Sullivan South and Sullivan East… and you can’t forget about ‘Betsy and Happy Valley coming around the corner with young talent
Gillis, Andy Baxter and Keith Greer won’t miss a beat next season.
In regards to other coaching searches – the Unicoi County High School volleyball head coach will be filled as soon as possible, from Director of Schools Denise Brown. We’ll keep you updated on who’ll get the nod and how they’ll fare with the squad and on any other breaking news from the coaches.
Unicoi County athletes! Have any pictures from preparing for the upcoming 2014-2015 athletic seasons? Feel free to send them over via Twitter or Facebook and we’ll feature you online and maybe in an edition of The Erwin Record?
I will personally ban duckfaces though. We gotta get that gone from society… as soon as possible.
7-on-7 awaits UCHS Blue Devils in July
The dead period is on the local athletics for the next two weeks but things will be lively at Hampton for the Unicoi County High School football team in July.
The Blue Devils will compete in the 7-on-7 camp held at Hampton High School beginning July 18 against a bevy of local teams. As far of the tenative schedule goes – the Blue Devils will make a trek to Mosheim to face the West Greene Buffaloes in August before the TRC Jamboree set for August 15.
Listed is the 2014 schedule for the UCHS Blue Devil Football Program
- August 22nd at home against Hampton
August 29th at David Crockett
September 5th at Sullivan North
September 12th at Gatlinburg-Pittman
September 19th at Sullivan South
September 26 OPEN
October 3 at home against Sullivan East
October 10 at home against Johnson County (Homecoming)
October 17 at Happy Valley
October 24 at home against Elizabethton (Breast Cancer Awareness Night/Pinkout Night)
October 31 at home against Sullivan Central (Senior Night)
The TSSAA Class 4A playoffs will begin the first week of November. Information on the TSSAA plans on football playoffs being reclassified, booster club events, schedules updates and more – be sure to check each Wednesday edition of The Erwin Record or online on our multiple sites.
USA, USA, USA
Social media bandwagoning at it’s finest. While the Twitterverse, Facebookland, and other online avenues have seen their fair share of people that complain about the country start to rally behind a soccer team that they couldn’t probably name three members for – an interesting arguement was brought up by the national talking heads on futbol.
It was released that last week’s US-Portugal 2-2 average 18.6 million viewers and was the highest-ever rated soccer contest watch in the states, surpassing 1999’s Women’s World Cup final (USA v. China). Could soccer be on the rise nationally? There’s been constant pushes to get it towards the mecca of broadcasting with the likes of the NFL, MLB, NFL and even NCAA’s now-forgone BCS system for football and the March Madness.
If the US keeps up their hot straight – they can potentially break through and get this sport some national consideration. Why? Twitter and Faceook junkies of course.
The spike of social media has made postivies – and negatives of course with the pyschos – and with the popularity of sites like Twitter and Facebook could bend the popularity factor of the sport like Beckham. Seeing the US get through the ‘group of death’ can potentially get to the younger folks of wanting to get that level.
Bandwagoning should be frowned upon (cough some Heat and Seahawk fans cough) but if anyone gives you grief for hopping on the US soccer team – give them the Luis ‘Chewy Louy’ Suarez treament and walk away with Toby Keith playing in the background.
We featured the opening round of the UCLL all-stars in this week’s paper. For up to date coverage on the little tikes storming the fields in the Tri-Cities, be sure to stay up to date with The Erwin Record. We’ll be featuring game coverage and photos on each team in each edition of upcoming papers.
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And for a nod to our USMNT squaring off against Germany tomorrow
"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts" – Edward R. Murrow—
Curtis Carden (@CurtisCarden_ER) June 25, 2014
Curtis is an award-winning sportswriter for The Erwin Record. Along with coverage in Unicoi County, he is a writer for The Cardinal Nation and the Elizabethton Star.