LA Wildcats Preparing For Season
Golf Team Prepares For New Season
'Cats Honored In Other State
Wildcats Preparing For Season
By Howard Chandler
The Livingston Academy Wildcats ran into hard times last week,
falling in scrimmages against Westmoreland and Scott County.
The Wildcats fell 5 touchdowns to 3 against Class 2A Westmoreland
on Tuesday, Aug. 10, and played better againt Scott County on Friday
as each team scored 3 times. The Highlanders added a field goal,
however, to edge past the Cats.
The Wildcats junior varsity looked good in both scrimmages.
A complete preview of the 1999 Wildcats will appear in next weeks
edition of the NEWS.
By Howard Chandler
The Overton County Outlaws embark on the 10th season in the program's
history, beginning with a Jamboree this Saturday in Livingston.
All conference teams, including Celina, Jamestown, Gordonsville,
Baxter, Smithville, Carthage, Monterey and Overton County, will
play, with the action starting at 10 a.m.
The Junior Outlaws will meet Monterey at 2:30 p.m., followed by
the Outlaws-Monterey contest at 3:15 p.m.
The Outlaws program enters its third year under the direction of
head coach Curtis Hayes. Last season the senior team finished 8-2
losing in the championship game to Smithville, while the Junior
Outlaws won the championship, finishing a 7-1 season with a win
over Carthage in the title game.
The senior team will have their eyes on the championship in 1999
trying to win the conference for the first time since 1993. Also,
this season the Junior team will be split between a varsity team
and junior varsity, consisting mainly of 7-year olds.
A complete preview of the Ô99 Outlaws:
Senior Team Ages 10-11
Quarterbacks: Andrew Dixon is set to handle the signal caller's
chores for the Outlaws. Dixon, a 95 lb. 11 year-old, has the tools
to direct the attack. Kurt Gilbert, who throws the ball well, could
see some action here as well. He is the team's starting wide receiver.
Runningbacks: Jamey Vaughn, 11, returns to the tailback position,
while Jake Reeder, 10, is listed as the starter at fullback. Vaughn
has outstanding speed and will be a vital part of the offense.
Josh Carwile, 10, who had a big year for the Junior Outlaws a
year ago will back up Vaughn as will fellow 10 year-old Josh Von
Levi Holt, 10, is listed at fullback and should see significant
Wide Receivers: Kurt Gilbert, 11, will lead the way at the wideout
position, and will be joined by John Stephens, 10, in the starting
lineup. Adding depth is a group of 10 year-olds, including Alan
Rudd, Jordan Bailey, Justin Moody, and Rusty Hammock.
Tight End: The tight end position will be manned by Beau Massengille,
11, who will be used as a blocker and a pass receiver. Tyler Sells,
11, Curtis Beaty, 10, and Jamie Emerton, 10, will also see action
at tight end.
Offensive Line: The offense line will consist of Nick Shelton,
11, and Cody Prestwood, 10, at tackles; Brian Scott, 11, at center;
and the trio of Jacob Coffee, Dustin Rush, and Anthony Matthews,
all 11, manning to two guard slots.
Depth will come from David Ledbetter, Robert Holt, Devin Gentry,
Tyler Sullivan, John Florea, Brent Carr, and Tyler Kesty.
Defensive Line: Jacob Coffee, 11, and Dustin Rush, 11, will man
the defensive end positions while Tyler Sullivan, 11, Brian Scott,
11, and Anthony Matthews, 11, will play the tackle positions. Depth
will come from Nick Shelton, Robert Holt, David Ledbetter, Cody
Prestwood, Brent Carr, Tyler Kesty, and Jamie Emerton.
Linebackers: Jamey Vaughn, Kurt Gilbert, and Tyler Sells will be
the starting linebackers, with Beau Massengille, Josh Carwile, Levi
Holt, Jake Reeder and Curtis Beaty expected to see action.
Defensive Backs: The cornerbacks and safety positions will include
three of the following, Andrew Dixon, John Stephens, Josh Von Hoene,
Justin Moody, Alan Rudd, Jordan Bailey, and Rusty Hammock.
Junior Outlaws Ages 8-9
Quarterbacks: James Williams, 9, will be the starting quarterback
and will be backed up by Brannon McCoin, 8. Both players will see
some action during the Ô99 campaign.
Runningbacks: Two 9 year- olds, Jordan Everley and Gary Massengille,
will man the tailback and fullback positions, respectively. These
two will see the bulk of the action and will be backed up by Justin
Langford, Josh Espey and Steve Heard.
Wide Receivers: Jonathan Sullivan, 9, and Will Peterman, 9, will
line up at the wide receiver positions. Depth will be provided by
Cody Cox, Cody Brown, Joe Stansberry, Cory Prestwood and Kyle Schlachta.
Tight End: Steve Morgan, 8, is listed as the starter at the tight
Offensive Line:The offensive line will consist of Jesse Cole, 9,
at right tackle; Josh Coffee, 9, at right guard; Lucas Holt, 9,
at center; Lee Gatts, 8, at left guard; and Drake Dow, 8, at left
tackle. Depth will include guards, T.J. Pendergrass, Nathan Ellis,
Ethan Livingston, Jesse Eldridge, Sam Florea, Aaron Roysden, Jacob
Parsons, Matthew Rich, Truman Masters, and Joshua Beaty; and tackles,
Deven Ramsey, Justin Cobble, Jackson White, and Caleb Tinch.
Defensive Line: The Junior Outlaws will employ a 6-2 defense with
Will Peterman, 9, and Steven Morgan, 8, lining up as defensive ends
and Josh Coffee, Lucas Holt, Deven Ramsey and Jesse Cole, all 9,
lining up inside. Depth is provided by T.J. Pendergrass, Nathan
Ellis, Jessie Eldridge, Ethan Livingston, Justin Cobble, Sam Florea,
Jacob Parsons, Matthew Rich, Jackson White, Truman Masters, Lee
Gatts, Joshua Beaty, Caleb Tinch, and Drake Dow.
Linebackers: Jordan Everley and Gary Massengille will be the starting
Defensive Backs: Brannon McCoin, 8, and Jonathan Sullivan, 9,
will be the cornerbacks, while Joe Stansberry, 9, will play safety.
Depth will come from Cory Prestwood, Josh Espey, Kyle Schlachta,
Brandon Poindexter, Cody Cox, Cody Brown and James Williams.
7-Year Old Outlaws
Quarterbacks: Hayden Hill will line up under center for the
7-year old team. He will be backed up by starting running-back Adam
Runningbacks: A trio of players will be rotated between fullback
and tailback including Adam Wilson, Ty Eldridge, and Anthony Ward.
Wide Receivers: Anthony Ward and Dalton Sells will be the wideouts.
Tight end: Trey Thomas will be the tight end. Providing depth
will be Dylan Ashlock, Caleb Lynn, and Scottie Keisling.
Offensive Line: The tackles will be Nicholas Cox and Dylan Harris,
Nick Robbins, Brandon Pincheon, and Caleb Lynn providing depth.
The guards will be Nick Robbins and Scotty Keisling with Caleb
Lynn, Tony Heard, and Dylan Harris also seeing playing time.
The center will be Brandon Pincheon with Nick Robbins backing him
Defensive Line: The defensive ends will be composed of Scottie
Keisling and Caleb Lynn, while the tackles are Nick Robbins and
Nicholas Cox, and the nose tackle is Brandon Pincheon.
Depth will come from Trey Thomas, Dylan Harris and Tony Heard.
Linebackers: The linebackers will come from a group consisting
of Dylan Ashlock, Ty Eldridge, Anthony Ward, Adam Wilson, Caleb
Lynn and Nick Robbins.
Defensive Backs: The secondary will be manned by Dalton Sells and
Hayden Hill with depth provided by Adam Wilson and Ty Eldridge.
LA Golf Team Prepares
For New Season
By Dewain E. Peek
A team devoid of seniors, with a new coach, will begin defending
its district champion title this week. The 1999 Livingston Academy
Wildcats golf team enters the new season with pressure to win not
of its own making.
New LA Golf Coach Eddie Linder is quick to point out how unlikely
it would be for this year's team to ascend to the heights of last
year's team that finished 1998 as the Region 5-A/AA champs and third
in the state tournament.
"LA had a great team last year," he said. "Those
graduating seniors were outstanding."
Not that he expects this year's team to be subpar. The youth of
the team is the major question mark. Who will step up?
"It's a young team," Linder said. "We have one junior,
Andy Ledbetter. His leadership will be a big asset to the team.
"These players have capabilities to be good golfers."
The players for this year, along with the aforementioned Andy Ledbetter,
are sophomores Colin Smith, Anthony Ognibene, Matt Crawford, Joseph
McGill, Chuck Mitchell, Matt O'Brien, and Stuart Parsons, and freshmen
Matt Barefoot, Charles Hammer, Michael Poston, and Josh Whalen.
"This team can grow and learn," Coach Linder said. "We
just need lots of practice."
Linder takes over the reins this year from former coach Pat Swallows,
who directed the team to back-to-back state tournament appearances.
Linder is no stranger to state tournament pressure, having guided
the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats to the TSSAA Class AA state
championship, but because of the team's youth estimates this team
to be a state contender a year or two down the road.
Though new to coaching golf, Linder said he has played golf for
six or seven years.
"I enjoy golf," he said. "I play every chance I
get." But this year will be a learning experience for him,
"There's not a lot similar," Coach Linder said when
asked to compare coaching basketball and golf.
Where basketball is a team sport where each player on the court
works as a unit to score and defend, golf is a team sport determined
by individual effort. The opponent is more the course and the elements
than the humans participating in the match.
The players were to put that individual effort to use in the team's
first match on Monday, Aug. 16 when they were to travel to Lafayette
to take on Macon County in the season opener. The following night,
LA was scheduled to travel to Mt. Juliet to play Friendship Christian
and Smith County. Results were not available at press time.
The team will host Monterey and Clarkrange at Hidden Valley Golf
Course on Thursday, Aug. 19, then host Celina and Jackson County
on Monday, Aug. 23 and Smith County on Tuesday, Aug. 24.
Lady 'Cats Honored
In Other State
Paige Smith, a member of the 1999 TSSAA Class AA State Champion
Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats, recently visited her grandparents
in Connecticut and she and her family traveled to Springfield, MA,
to tour the Basketball Hall of Fame. She was surprised and honored
to see a large map of the United States displaying the names of
all the high school state champs, including Livingston Academy.
She thought the people of Overton County would be proud to know
that LA's name is on the wall in the Hall of Fame for all to see
until a new state champ is crowned. She wishes her former teammates
the best of luck in the coming year, while she begins her college
basketball future at Austin Peay in Clarksville.
Overton County News
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P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570