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Archives 8-11-99

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Outlaws Program 10 Years-Old
LA Wildcats Win Recent Scrimmages
Cheerleaders Hold Cheer Camp At LA
Shaver Plays For All-Star Team



Outlaws Program 10 Years-Old
By Howard Chandler
The 10th season in the history of the Overton County Outlaws is just around the corner as the team prepares for the 1999 football season. Although some may find it coincidental, an argument can be made that the program has contributed greatly to the recent success of the Overton County Junior Wildcats and the Livingston Academy High School Program.

Since veterans of the Outlaw program arrived on the scene, the Junior Wildcats have recorded three undefeated seasons as opposed to only one prior to its inception.

Likewise, the Livingston Academy Wildcats, who had only one TSSAA playoff victory in school history prior to 1995, have won five playoff games in the last four years, advancing to the second round each year and to the quarterfinals in 1996.

The 1999 team is under the direction of head coach Curtis Hayes, the third head coach in the programÕs history, following Mark Houser (1990-92), and Rick Coleman (1993-96). Tim Coffee serves as president of the youth football leagueÕs organization.

The program is one of the most successful in the Tri-Lakes ConferenceÕs history as well, serving as well as one of the perennial powers in the league.

The team began its journey with an 0-5 record in 1990, scoring only 2 touchdowns in its initial season, while the Junior Outlaws went 3-3, including a 12-0 loss to Algood in the Optimist Bowl held at Tennessee Tech University.

However, success came in 1991 as the senior team began a 20-game winning streak, by going 10-0, winning the league championship, and defeating the Cookeville League champ, Cookeville Capshaw, 22-19 in the Optimistic Bowl.

The Junior Outlaws won 18 straight, beginning with the 1991 campaign, winning back-to-back league titles in 1991 and 1992.

From that early success, the Outlaws have built a winning tradition that is still prevalent going into the 1999 season. The conference has grown to eight members for this season, the largest in history, and it would appear youth football is alive and well in the Upper Cumberland area.

A complete pre-season preview of the Outlaws will appear in the next weekÕs edition of the News.

 

LA Wildcats Win Recent Scrimmages
By Howard Chandler
The Livingston Academy Wildcats have begun their preparations for the 1999 football season by winning scrimmage games against Charleston, Bledsoe County, Macon County, and White County. Trying to rebound from a disappointing 5-7 season in Õ98, the Wildcats are scheduled to take on Westmoreland and Scott County this week.


Despite being picked fifth in Region 4-3A by the coaches in a pre-season coaches poll, the Livingston Academy faithful have high expectations for their Wildcats. The team has won at least one playoff game for four consecutive seasons, advancing to the quarterfinals in 1996.

The coaches picked Portland, White House, Springfield and Greenbrier to finish ahead of the Wildcats, a scenario that would leave the Wildcats out of the playoff hunt. Local fans, however, envision the Wildcats of challenging for the region title, a position the Cats have consistently been in during the 90s.

The hopes and dreams of the pre-season often hinge on the success of the August " dog days of summer" practice sessions and 1999 should prove no exception.

If the Cats pre-season progress continues, they may well keep their string of post-season appearances, currently 4 straight and 8 of the past 10 years, alive. Reports on the Westmoreland scrimmage scheduled for August 10, and the Scott County contest, scheduled for latter this week will appear in next weekÕs News followed by the preview edition in two weeks.

 

Cheerleaders Hold Cheer Camp At LA
More than 50 girls attended the 1999 Livingston Academy cheerleading clinic held August 2-6. The Livingston Academy cheerleaders gave the girls instruction in cheers, chants, dance, jumps, gymnastics, and stunts. The cheer clinic raised money for the LA cheerleading squad.

LA Cheerleaders Attend Cheer Camp
The Livingston Academy cheerleaders participated in the Universal Cheerleading Association cheer camp the week of June 8 through 11. They were evaluated each day on their performances of cheers and sidelines. Every day they received the highest ribbon possible. At the end of the week they received a Superior Squad trophy.

LA cheerleaders are Samantha Beatty, Stacie Wilson, Tosha Cole, Stacie Starnes, Tristica Coleman, Beth Brady, Kim Hibbs, Dana Strong, Stefanie Thrasher, and Brandy Dillon. Samantha Beatty, daughter of Jim and Sheryl Beatty was selected as a UCA All-Star, giving her the opportunity to perform in the London New YearÕs Day Parade or MacyÕs Thanksgiving Day Parade.

 

Shaver Plays For All-Star Team
Austin Andrew Shaver, grandson of Jimmy and Wanda Coleman of Livingston, recently played on the Murfreesboro 6-7 year-old state all-star team. The Murfreesboro Stars participated in three tournaments. They placed first in the Grassland City Tournament, runner-up in the Shelbyville All-Star Tournament, and runner-up in the Murfreesboro MBA State Championship. Team members are, front row from left, Austin Coley, Bryn Oliver, Abbie Cooper, Hunter Black, Chase Fann, Zack Taylor, second row from left, Micah Hull, Brennan Pearson, Devone Thomason, Austin Shaver, Dillon Jakes, and Jonathon Frebis, and coaches Terry Fann, Mike Hull, Lance Shaver, Tim Oliver, and Whip Pearson.

 

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