Livingston Academy '99 Preview
Youth Football League Jamboree
'Cats Volleyball Readies For New Season
Girls Soccer Season Opens Saturday
LA Golf Team Tees Off 1999
Plays On Winning Golf Team
Named To OVC Honor Roll
Player And Coach Win With East All-Stars
Academy '99 Preview
By Howard Chandler
The 1990s have been the most successful decade in the history
of Livingston Academy football. The challenge is to end the decade
with yet another playoff season, which would be the Wildcats fifth
straight appearance and ninth in the last 11 years.
The season opener at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium, on the campus
of Livingston Academy, is set for this Friday night as Class A Moore
County comes to town. The Wildcat faithful are expected to turn
out in large numbers to see their first regular season glimpse of
A complete preview of the 1999 Wildcats:
Robert Richardson (5'10", 150, Jr.) takes over at the signal
calling position after seeing limited action over the previous two
seasons. Richardson, who has completed 5 of 13 passes for 99 yards,
0 TDs, and 2 interceptions, takes over after Matthan Houser's move
back to wide receiver.
Houser may see some action at quarterback after completing 116
of 243 for 1,571 yards a year ago. Waiting in the wings is highly
talented freshman Josh Walker (6'0", 155) who has looked good
in pre-season scrimmages.
The twin tandem, literally speaking, returns for their junior years.
Josh Parsons (5'5", 155) and James Parsons (5'7", 170)
will find themselves lining up in the same backfield after splitting
time at tailback last season. Josh will stay at tailback where he
led the team in rushing a year ago with 573 yards on 107 carries.
James, who was leading the team until an injury sidelined him
late in the year, will move to fullback. He had 358 yards on 78
attempts last year.
Depth at tailback comes from sophomore Jonathan Cummings (5'11",
175) who had 12 carries for 82 yards a year ago, and a pair of freshmen,
Jared Rudd (5'9", 145) and John Daniels (5'7", 130).
Fullbacks will include Derek Knappenberger (5'10",185, Sr.)
who rushed 9 times for 28 yards last year and will see significent
action, along with sophomore James Clouse (5'10", 185) and
sophomore Chris Hammock (5'10", 185).
Matthan Houser (6'0", 170, Sr.) who caught 48 passes for 1,007
yards and 9 TDs in 1997 returns to his natural position after playing
quarterback last year. Houser, ranked as the state's #14 prospect
by SuperPrep and in the USA Today's Top 24 in Tennessee, will be
joined by Chris Everley (6'1", 185, Sr.) who is the returning
leading receiver from a year ago with 22 catches for 318 yards and
The two should compliment each other well.
Expected to see action, particularly in the Cats multi-wideout
set are Jordan Looper (5'5", 130, Jr.) and Andy Beechboard
(5'11", 160, Jr.).
Also expected to contribute are Bryant Harmon (6'2", 165,
Jr.), Nathan Randolph (5'9", 140, Jr.), Matt Poston (5'11",
145, Jr.), Josh Cravins (5'6", 140, So.), Jessie Wolfram (5'8",
145, So.), Troy Pennington (5'4", 135, Jr.) and Steven Smith
(5'8", 150, So.).
Last season's starting tight end Jeremy McDonald, who caught 15
for 217 yards and a touchdown, has moved to the offensive line,
leaving the position to Andy Allred (6'2", 185, Jr.) who caught
2 for 12 yards a year ago.
Depth will be provided by Ryan Ledbetter (5'10", 170, Jr.),
Derek Worley (5'11", 175, Jr.), Jacob Henson (6'3", 245,
So.), Shauz Daniels (5'10", 170, Fr.) and David Lynall (6'0",
The offensive line, almost depleted by graduation a year ago, includes
one returning starter, center David Stockton (6'4", 235). The
guards include Clint Melton (5'9", 260, Jr.) and former fullback
Brandon Smith (5'8", 175, Jr.) who last year rushed 7 times
for 35 yards. This year he'll be trying to open holes.
The tackles will be Jeremy McDonald (6'4", 265, Sr.) moving
from tight end and Matt Copeland (5'11", 240, Sr.). Expected
to see much playing time are Andrew Looper (6'0", 275, Jr.),
Daniel Christensen (6'2", 195, Jr.) and, when healthy after
an auto accident, Steven Barlow (6'2", 245, Jr.).
Additional depth comes from; seniors, Danny Webb (6'1", 240)
and Josh Young (5'10", 280); juniors, Elliot Vaughn (5'11",
230), Joey Stephens (6'1", 265), Joseph Smith (6'1", 250),
and Blake Peterman (6'4", 280).
Younger Wildcats include; sophomores, Ben Gore (5'9", 220),
Matt Mahaney (5'10", 215), Josh Dial (6'3", 255), Dustin
Henry (6'1", 235), James Cox (5'9", 185), Matt Huddleston
(5'10", 170), Josh Tinch (5'11", 190), Eric Brown (6'1",
225) and Thomas Smith (5'10", 220); and freshmen, Michael Hayes
(5'10", 275), Matt Rooker (5'8", 225), Jacob Masters (5'11",
245), Brandon Austill (5'11", 220), Bruce Wilson (5'9",
175), and Rob Medley (5'8", 230).
Jeremy McDonald, who had 57 primary, and 13 assists, for 70 total
tackles, returns to lead the defensive line. He could play end of
tackle. Also returning is Matt Copeland who had 43 tackles a year
ago, from his tackle position.
The rest of the defensive front is unsettled with David Stockton,
if he's not at linebacker, Elliot Vaughn, Jacob Henson, Andrew Looper,
Clint Melton, and Steven Barlow expected to see action.
Depth comes from seniors, Danny Webb and Josh Young; juniors, Daniel
Christensen, Joey Stephens, Joseph Smith, Elliot Vaughn, and Blake
Peterman; sophomores, Dustin Henry, James Cox, Ben Gore, Matt Huddleston,
Josh Tinch, Matt Mahaney, Eric Brown, Thomas Smith, and Josh Dial;
and freshmen, Bruce Wilson, Michael Hayes, Brandon Austill, Rob
Medley, Jacob Masters, Matt Rooker, and David Lynall.
Derek Knappenberger had 53 tackles last season and returns to anchor
the linebacking corps.
The rest of the linebackers will come from a group consisting of
James Parsons, 22 tackles a year ago; Josh Parsons, 31 stops; James
Clouse, 22 stops; Brandon Smith, 45 tackles; and Andy Allred and
Jonathan Cummings, both of whom played sparingly a year ago. David
Stockton and Jeremy McDonald could play some at linebacker as well
as on the defensive line.
Depth will come from Ryan Ledbetter, Chris Hammock and Shauz Daniels.
Chris Everley, 26 tackles and 1 interception a year ago returns
at one corner while Matthan Houser, 68 tackles and 2 picks, returns
at free safety. Josh Parsons, last year's other starting corner
will play linebacker in ‘99 but could see some action at corner
Competing to join the starting line-up are junior Nathan Randolph
and sophomore Josh Cravins.
Additional depth comes from Jordan Looper, Bryant Harmon, Matt
Poston, Andy Beechboard, Robert Richardson, Troy Pennington, Jessie
Wolfram, Steven South, Josh Walker, Jared Rudd, and John Daniels.
Matthan Houser, who is the school's record holder in the return
yardage with 1,991 combined punt and kickoff return yards among
his 5,349 career total yards returns.
Chris Everley who also handled returns a year ago is back and should
make the return game a big part of the Cats game.
Houser also returns as punter, and David Stockton returns to long
Kicking off will most likely be freshman Shauz Daniels, while the
place kicker for field goals and extra points is likely to be Joseph
McGill, a sophomore who comes over to help out from the soccer team.
The Wildcats have a lot of question marks and a rugged region schedule
but are expected to compete for yet another playoff spot. The senior
class is small but players like Houser, McDonald, Everley, Stockton,
Knappenberger and Copeland have seen a lot of playing time in their
careers and should lead a talented group of underclassmen.
This could be an interesting year at LA.
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Outlaws Play In Youth
Football League Jamboree
By Howard Chandler
The Overton County Outlaws opened their 1999 pre-season with a 15-0
win over Monterey, while the Junior Outlaws won 19-7 over the same
opponent in the Youth Football Jamboree held at Livingston Academy
The Outlaws scored first on a 67-yard touchdown run by Josh Carwile
with 6:02 left in the opening quarter. Jamey Vaughn ran in the 1-point
conversion to make it 7-0 Outlaws.
In the second quarter, Andrew Dixon hit Beau Massengille with a
1-yard touchdown pass with 7:30 left. Dixon then threw a 2-point
conversion pass to Kurt Gilbert to make the final score 15-0.
The Junior Outlaws got started quickly as Jordan Everley broke
a 70-yard touchdown with 7:51 left in the first quarter. Everley
added the conversion run to make it 7-0.
Will Petermen added two touchdowns, the first a 41-yard run with
4:33 left in the first, and then a 45-yard touchdown run in the
second, to make it 19-0.
Monterey added a late touchdown to make the final score 19-7. The
Outlaws play their regular season opener this week.
In others games played during the Jamboree, Fentress Co. 13, Clay
Co. 7 (Junior); Fentress Co. 6, Clay Co. 6 (Senior); Baxter 0, Gordonsville
0 (Junior); Baxter 7, Gordonsville 6 (Senior); Dekalb Co. 13, Carthage
0 (Junior); and Dekalb Co. 12, Carthage 6 (Senior).
Senior Team Statistics
Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-Ints.) Andrew Dixon 2-2-4-1-0.
Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs) Josh Carwile 3-72-1; Jamey Vaughn 6-32-0.
Receiving (No.-Yds.-TDs) Beau Massengille 1-1-1; Kurt Gilbert 1-3-0.
Defensive stats not available.
Junior Team Statistics
Passing (Comp.- Atts-Yds.- TDs) James Williams 0-1-0-0-0; Brannon
Rushing (Atts.- Yds.-TDs) Will Peterman 2-86-2; Jordan Everley
2-71-1; Gary Massengille 1-1-0; Cody Brown 1-32-00; Adam Wilson
1-30-0; Hayden Hill 2-7-0
Receiving (No.- Yds.-TDs) None
Tackles Lucas Holt 3; James Williams 2; Joe Stansberry 1; Devin
Ramsey 1; Gary Massengille 1; Jordan Everley.
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Lady 'Cats Volleyball
Readies For New Season
By Dewain E. Peek
Members of the 1999 Lady Wildcats Volleyball Team are Adrianne
Dial, April Fletcher, Christy Hastings, Cayce Parsons, Kara Masters,
Brandy Dillon, Latrice Smith, Jessica Leach, Renee Melton, Jenna
Baltimore, Corey Parsons, Hannah Stafford, and Coach Merl Smith.
Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Volleyball Coach Merl Smith begins
the new volleyball season much the same as he did last season, needing
a steady setter and someone to step up offensively.
The graduation of setter Sharon Smith and District Player of the
Year Paige Smith has left a void on the team that finished last
season in the Sub-State with a 28-13 record, losing in the Sub-State
to eventual state champion Hume-Fogg.
"I'm pretty well pleased with how we look," Coach Smith
said. "We are good on court play, but we need more power. We
don't have as much power as we had last year."
Despite Coach Smith's perception of having a weakness, the team
enters the season picked as the favorite in the district.
The Lady 'Cats enter this season with five seniors - Adrianne
Dial, 5'11", Kara Masters, 5'10", Christy Hastings, 5'11",
April Fletcher, 5'5", and Cayce Parsons, 5'5".
The team has three juniors - Corey Parsons, Latrice Smith, and
Brandy Dillon, and four sophomores - Hannah Stafford, Jessica Leach,
Renee Melton, and Jenna Baltimore, who is expected to fill the setter
The team is scheduled to participate in the White County Playday
on Saturday, Aug. 28, then begin the regular season at Spencer on
Tuesday, Aug. 31 when the Lady ‘Cats will take on host Van Buren
County along with Jackson County and Clarkrange.
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LA Girls Soccer Season
By Dewain Peek
Members of the 1999 Livingston Academy Girls Soccer Team are Jenna
McCormick, Chasity Bilbrey, Stephanie Morgan, Tara Watkins, April
Colson, Tiffany McDonald, Amber Miller, Mandy Maynord, Kristi Walker,
Rachel Romzek, Lacey White, Jodi Morgan, Tabatha Crabtree, Ashley
Wright, Sarah Goodman, Katie Linder, Meghan Garrett, Coach Rick
Sells, Kim Dillon, Tabitha Robbins, Christen Cates, Melissa Reeder,
LaShaun Livingston, Heather Petry, Morgan Gantt, Samantha Copeland,
Lora Brady, and April Krack.
The Livingston Academy Girls Soccer Team prepared for the 1999
season by playing in the Sparta Jamboree on Saturday, Aug. 14, where
they played Cookeville, White County, Middle Tennessee Christian,
LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said of the jamboree, "We played
with everybody except Cooke-ville. Cookeville is going to be really
good this year."
This year's team will boast many upperclassmen, but that doesn't
mean the team will have an edge, according to Coach Sells.
"We have a lot of seniors this year, but those seniors have
about three years of experience and we will be playing some teams
with girls who have played since they were little."
Seniors on this year's squad are Tiffany McDonald, Amber Miller,
Stephanie Morgan, Kristi Walker, Tara Watkins, Chasity Bilbrey,
April Colson, Morgan Gantt, LaShaun Livingston, and Mandy Maynord.
The team has four juniors - Heather Petry, Lacey White, Ashley
Wright, and Samantha Copeland, six sophomores - Lora Brady, Kim
Dillon, Meghan Garrett, Sarah Goodman, April Krack, and Tabitha
Robbins, and seven freshmen - Christen Cates, Tabatha Crabtree,
Katie Linder, Jenna McCormick, Jodi Morgan, Melissa Reeder, and
"We're better than last year," Coach Sells said. "Heather
Petry will help us on defense. She can kick. Christen Cates is going
to be a tremendous player for us."
The team will open its regular season on Saturday, Aug. 28 at Lebanon
in a noon game.
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LA Golf Team Tees
Off 1999 Season
By Dewain E. Peek
The Livingston Academy Golf Team teed off the 1999 season with
three matches last week.
The team opened the season on Monday, Aug. 16 at Lafayette where
they played against host Macon County and Red Boiling Springs. LA
was defeated by both, shooting a 185 to winner Macon County's 160
and Red Boiling Springs' 180.
Livingston Academy Golf Coach Eddie Linder said, "We went
to Macon County and kind of showed our age a little bit. We hit
the ball well, but we didn't putt the ball well, and I think that
come from being freshmen and sophomores."
Scoring for LA came from Andy Ledbetter with a 44, Charles Hammer
with a 45, Matt Barefoot with a 47, and Joseph McGill with a 49.
"We came back Tuesday and played just about the same way,"
Coach Linder said. "We hit the ball well off the tee box and
second shots, we struggled again on the greens putting it. Again
I think that's the age factor and that's something we're talking
about now some."
LA did register a win in the Tuesday, Aug. 17 match at Mount Juliet.
Livingston shot a 181, good for a win over Friendship Christian,
but a loss to Smith County's 160.
Scoring for LA were Anthony Ognibene with a 44, Matt Barefoot with
a 45, and Andy Ledbetter and Charles Hammer each with a 46. Livingston
Academy hosted the last match of the week at Hidden Valley Golf
Course on Thursday, Aug. 19. LA shot a 172 to tie Monterey and defeat
Clarkrange, moving Living-ston's record at 2-4-1 on the young season.
"We made a goal that we needed to get in the 170s as a starting
point," Coach Linder said.
"We did a much better job, of course we were on our home
course and that makes a big difference in golf.
"We were playing nothing but freshmen and sophomores and they
did a really good job.
"Our putting has been struggling a little bit, but I think
we improved some during the week," he said. "I'm hoping
we improve as the year goes on.
"The boys are playing hard, they want to get better, they
have good attitudes about the game, and they are trying. We're taking
this each day at a time. It's early in the season, maybe by the
end of the year we'll be playing a little bit better."
After hosting Celina and Jackson County on Monday, Aug. 23 and
Smith County on Tuesday, Aug. 24, Livingston Academy will travel
to Jamestown on Thursday, Aug. 26 to play York Institute and Clarkrange.
Livingston will host Upperman and Macon County on Monday, Aug. 30,
then travel to Smithville on Tuesday, Aug. 31 to play DeKalb County
and Cannon County.
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Raines Plays On Winning
Area golfer Andrea Raines displays the Tri-State Challenge Cup which
was won by Team Tennessee, of which Raines was a member in the recent
tournament. Eight of the top girl golfers age 18 and under from
each state were chosen to participate in the tournament. Players
from Tennessee, Indiana, and Kentucky met at the Legends Club in
Franklin for the tournament.
Former Wildcat Named
To OVC Honor Roll
Livingston Academy graduate Grant Swallows was recently named to
the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for 1998-99.
Swallows was named both as a baseball player and as a football
To be listed in the Commissioner's Honor Roll, an athlete must
have a 3.0 or better grade point average for the year.
Local Player And
Coach Win With East All-Stars
Former Livingston Academy Lady Wildcat Paige Smith and Lady 'Cats
Coach Eddie Linder were part of the winning combination for the
East All-Stars in the East-West All Star Basketball Game held July
23 at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. Coach Linder and Girls
Preparatory School Coach Ken Henry guided the East All-Stars to
a 62-49 victory over the West All-Stars in the game for 1998-99
high school seniors. Paige Smith, who will play college basketball
for Austin Peay in Clarksville, led all scorers with 19 points.
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