Seniors To Graduate From '99 'Cats
LA Cross Country Team Runs
Lady 'Cats Basketball
By Dewain E. Peek
Two years at the helm and two years in the state finals, once coming
home a runner-up and the next as the Class AA state champion, Livingston
Academy Lady Wildcats Coach Eddie Linder could get used to this.
He could, if he weren't coaching in one of the toughest districts
in the state.
"The district is about as good as I've seen
it in a while," Coach Linder said. "I think we're going
to have a good ballteam, I don't know how good. Sometimes the problem
is that the competition is awful good too. This is one of those
At the top of the list is Jackson County, a team
that accounted for four of LA's six losses in last year's 33-6 championship
season. The Lady Blue Devils are the defending District 9-AA champions,
defending Region 5-AA champions, Mid-State Sectional champions,
and TSSAA Class AA State Runner-Up.
"Jackson County will be returning three starters,"
Coach Linder said. "They're going to have a very, very polished
basketball team. They're going to be as good as anybody around the
state again. They'll be tough to deal with."
Macon County, a tough opponent the last two years,
has now returned to their old district. With Macon County's departure
a dark horse enters the district. A dark horse by the name of the
Upperman Lady Bees. Upperman closed last season in the TSSAA Class
A championship game.
"Upperman has come into our district from single
A last year," Coach Linder said. "They only lost one starter.
They've got a very talented, good shooting ballclub coming back.
They're really going to cause a lot of people problems."
The rest of the district are no pushovers.
"York didn't lose a player. They return five
starters," Coach Linder said. "At the end of the year,
they were playing exceptionally good basketball.
"Cannon County is traditionally good.
"Smith County returns several players. They're
going to be tough.
"DeKalb County is used to playing the competition
in our league. You have to show up every night to win a game,"
Coach Linder said. "Our district is going to be real strong.
It's just going to be a war for anybody to win the district this
"It will be very tough."
The team Coach Linder will take into that war this
year will have a different look than the past two years.
"We'll be a little bit bigger this year in the
post area and maybe can be a little more post oriented than we've
been in the last couple of years and we should be able to rebound
with some teams," Coach Linder said.
"We're excited about the upcoming season. We
did lose four players, four seniors. We lost three starters and
we've got big shoes to fill there, but we feel like we've got some
capable people that's coming up, probably young as far as age goes,
and young with experience and I feel like they might be able to
fill those shoes maybe.
"We're just looking forward to it and seeing
how good we might can be. I think we'll be pretty good, it may take
us a little while. We're just ready to get going and meet the challenge."
The 1999-2000 team has only two seniors - Andrea Brown
and Christy Hastings. Brown led LA in shooting percentage last year,
hitting 60 percent from the field and 85 percent on free throws,
and was second in scoring with 557 points, averaging 14.3 points
per game, and was second in rebounds with 207, averaging 5.3 per
game. Hastings led LA last year in rebounds with 230, averaging
5.9 per game and set the school 3-point shooting record for a game.
"They're great leaders," Coach Linder said.
"They've been around the game a lot and they've both played
a bunch over the past several years. We're going to have to lean
toward them for leadership, not only leadership but production on
the floor. We know they're both capable of doing that.
"Andrea is a post player for us, and we'll have
to depend on her heavily for scoring and rebounding and defense.
Andrea's had a good career and the girl's look up to her a lot,
so we're going to depend on her a lot for leadership also.
"Christy is going to be in kind of a new position
this year. Last year she had to play a little out of position, she
had to play the four spot, this year she's going to be moved out
to the three on the wing area, which is really her normal, comfortable
position, so I think she's excited about that standpoint of it.
She'll get to handle the ball more for us this year.
"Of course, she will be one of our 3-point shooters.
Hopefully, she has a great year shooting. Again, we'll look for
leadership out of her.
Her and Andrea both have played a lot of basketball
and won a lot of games and they know what it takes to win."
The team also has only two juniors - Amanda Jackson
and Heather Walker.
"Amanda and Heather are both perimeter players,"
Coach Linder said. "I'm hoping that they will really work hard
this year and produce some good minutes for us. This is going to
be a year that some of these people that haven't got a lot of playing
time, such as Amanda and Heather, are going to have to really work
hard and maybe produce for us at the right time in the right games
and help us out some along the line. Neither one of them has got
a lot of playing experience, maybe this can be the year they can
help us out some."
The majority of the team is in the sophomore class.
"We have five sophomores this year, and three
of them are probably going to get a starting role. Stephanie Sullivan
is going to be a post player for us. She got some backup minutes
last year, so we're expecting a lot of things out of her, get some
points from her and get some rebounds from her."
Sullivan averaged a block per game last year and hit
free throws at a 75 percent clip. "Jenna Baltimore is going
to be our point guard this year," Coach Linder said.
"Jenna got some backup minutes last year and
we're hoping for some big things from Jenna and we're going to have
to have some big things from her if we want to be a successful team.
"We expect a lot of ballhandling leadership out
of her. She's a good 3-point shooter, a good penetrater. We feel
like she can step in and hold down that spot and perform well for
"Jessica Leach is one of the five that's going
to get to start. Jessica didn't get a lot of backup minutes last
year, so it's going to be a test for her.
"I feel like she can do the job. She's just going
to have to do her best to produce for us.
"Joie Puckett is also a guard, along with Renee
Melton. We're looking for them, along with some other girls, to
hopefully give us some great minutes coming off the bench. In this
day and time, you can't win with five players alone. Right now we're
searching for some role players to come off the bench. And right
now Joie Puckett and Renee Melton have got a great chance to fill
"We've got one freshman on the team this year,
Christen Cates. We're looking for Christen to just work hard and
blend into the game. She is kind of in between a post player and
a perimeter player. We're really not sure where she's going to fit
in yet. She's a hard worker, athletic. We feel like if she continues
to work hard maybe some day she can help us here at Livingston Academy."
The team will open its season play in the Pickett
County Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-27 at
Pickett County High School.
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Derward Vaughn Classic Plays Through Nov. 20
Elementary basketball scores for last week for the Derward Vaughn
Classic are as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 9
Macon County 42, Wilson 26
Pickett County 35, Pine Haven 29
Clarkrange 48, Wilson 44 (OT)
Pickett County 69, Pine Haven 34
Saturday, Nov. 13
Avery Trace 69, Macon Co. 27
White Co. 38, Pickett Co. 30
Rickman 47, Albany 19
LMS 70, Allons 22
Avery Trace 65, Clarkrange 21
White Co. 48, Pickett Co. 43
Rickman 75, Albany 64
LMS 60, Allons 32
Monday, Nov. 15
Wilson 39, Allons 27
Pine Haven 57, Rickman 48
Allons 69, Wilson 53
Rickman 63, Pine Haven 54
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Eight Seniors To
Graduate From '99 'Cats
By Howard Chandler
The Livingston Academy Wildcats drew the curtain on the 1999 football
season with a 36-35 loss to Chattanooga-Brainerd in the first round
of the TSSAA playoffs. The Wildcats finished the season 8-3 and
ranked 10th in the final AP poll for Class 3A.
The eight-member senior class completes their football careers
with a record of 33-15, tied for the second most wins in a four-year
period, one short of the record set by last year's graduating class.
The squad advanced to the playoffs in each of their four years,
finishing with a 4-4 record in the post-season.
While post season awards have not yet been announced, here is a
look at the careers of the eight members of the Class of 2000.
Matthan Houser (WR-DB-KR-P): Houser set career school records for
total yards (7,104), receiving yards (2,078), kickoff return yards
(1,540) and punt return yards (922). He also threw for 1,733 yards,
had 677 yards rushing, and never had a punt blocked in 89 attempts.
He scored 191 points, had 31 touchdowns and threw for 13 more. Defensively,
he had 156 tackles, 7 interceptions that he returned for 294 yards,
and blocked 2 kicks. Career receiving stats: 116 catches, 2,078
yards, and 17 touchdowns.
Chris Everley (WR-DB): Everley concluded a brilliant senior season
just one interception shy of the school's single season record with
8. In his career, he had 10 interceptions and 53 catches. He finished
with 1,011 total yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, in addition
to his interception total, he had 47 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries.
Career receiving stats: 53 catches, 829 yards, and 10 touchdowns.
Jeremy McDonald (OL-DL): McDonald was the team's co-leader in tackles
for 1999 with 80. In his career, he had 210 tackles, 9 sacks, 27
tackles for a loss, 2 passes broken up, 3 fumble recoveries, and
1 interception. The former tight end ended his career with 264 total
yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 two-point conversions. He caught 17 passes
for 242 yards. An outstanding blocker on the offensive side of the
ball, he was a major reason the Wildcats rushed for over 2,000 yards
David Stockton (C-DE): Stockton was another reason the Wildcats
offensive line was so dominant in 1999. The 6'5Ó center gave the
blocking calls throughout his career and also served as the team's
long snapper. Defensively, he had 58 carer tackles, 5 for lost yardage,
1 pass break up, and recovered 1 fumble that he returned for 5 yards.
Matt Copeland (OL-DL): Copeland was a consistent performer in the
interior line throughout his career. He had 104 tackles, 4.5 sacks,
12 tackles for a loss, and 1 fumble recovered in his career. He
was a two-year starter at defensive tackle and also contributed
in the offensive line during a solid high school career.
Derek Knappenberger (FB-LB): Knappenberger was a versatile player
who saw action in the offensive line as well as at fullback in his
career. He had 13 carries for 28 yards and 1 kickoff return for
3. Defensively, he played inside and outside linebacker collecting
88 tackles, 7 for lost yardage, 1 sack, 1 pass break up, and recovered
1 fumble in his career.
Josh Young (OL-DL): Josh Young was an important member of the
Livingston Academy Wildcats during his 4-year career. He completed
his career with 1 tackle, but earned some starting time as a senior
and played on both sides of the ball during his career. Statistics
do not measure the value of this hard-working member of the senior
Danny Webb (OL-DL): Like Young, Danny Webb's contributions to the
Wildcats are not measured in statistics. He also earned some starting
time with his hard work and dedication and completed his career
with 3 tackles and 1 assist. His work ethic paid off in his senior
season as he became a valuable member of the team.
These graduating seniors will be missed next year, but their influences
will live on in the players that return for the 2000 season. Season
statistics for the 1999 Wildcats will be published in next week's
LA Cross Country
Team Runs At State
By Russell Garrett
The Livingston Academy Girls Cross Country Team competed in the
TSSAA State Cross Country Meet at Percy Warner Park on Saturday,
LA Cross Country Coach Shane Qualls summed up the season by saying,
"Both teams did well this year. We improved every race. I am
proud of everyone who worked to get better and the work they will
do to keep getting better."
Coach Qualls has a positive outlook for next year as the team loses
only two seniors, Stephanie Thrasher and Mark Smith. Both will be
greatly missed, according to Coach Qualls.
The girls team placed 12 overall. Placing for the girl's, Heather
Petry finished 44 with a time of 22:03, Deidra Pryor placed 52 with
a time of 22:21, Heather Walker finished 83 with a time of 23:25,
Stephanie Thrasher finished 88 with a time of 23:35, Brook Thompson
placed 97 with a time of 23:47, Rachel Tollet placed 144 with a
time of 28:02, and Bridget Wilborn also ran for LA in the race.
Representing the Livingston Academy boys team, Josh Krack ran as
an individual. He finished 47 overall out of approximately 175 runners.
The Midstate Coaches Association recently announced the All-Midstate
teams. Making the teams for LA were, for the girls, Deidra Pryor
and Heather Petry, and for the boys, Josh Krack was named to the
All-Midstate boys team.
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