Unkind To 'Cats
Lady Cats Take Three Losses
LA Football Players
Lady Wildcats Wins Tournament
Tuesday, January 4th Game
Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats
lost against Upperman Lady Bees 60 - 75. This was only the second
district loss in the Livingston Academy gym in the last 15 years.
Upperman - Amber Rose 27 points.
LA - Andrea Brown 17 points.
Livingston Academy Wildcats was
defeated by Upperman Bees 75 - 66.
Upperman - Nick Davis 24 points, Jace Chaffin 22 points
LA - Jerran Allen 22 points
Tourney Unkind To
By Dewain E. Peek
Allen looks for an opening. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)
By Dewain E. Peek
The Livingston Jaycees Invitational Tournament proved
unkind to the Livingston Academy Wildcats. After losing their opening
game to Celina, LA then lost the next two.
The Wildcats faced Chattanooga Christian on Tuesday,
Dec. 28. The Chattanooga team pulled away from the start, leading
15-9 at the end of the first period, then outscored Livingston 24-16
in the second to lead 39-25 at halftime.
LA outscored Chattanooga Christian 20-18 in the third
to close the gap to 45-57, but close scoring in the fourth quarter
sealed the ‘Cats fate. Livingston took a 68-79 loss.
Jason Holwerda went into NBA land with 40 points for
Chattanooga Christian, including 10 treys and 12 free throws.
Livingston Academy was led by David Stockton with
15 points, including 5 free throws. Also scoring in double figures
were Jerran Allen and Chris Everley with 11 points each, Allen with
three 3-pointers, and Everley with three 3-pointers and 2 free throws,
and Andy Allred scored 10 points.
Andy Beechboard hit three 3-pointers, Jeff Aldridge
hit a 3-pointer and a free throw, Robert Richardson and Josh Cravins
each hit a 3-pointer, and Matthan Houser scored 2 points.
Chris Everley led LA in assists with 6, and Allen
and Houser made 4 assists, and Allred, Beechboard, Aldridge, and
Cravins each made an assist. David Stockton led in rebounds with
8, and Allred had 7 rebounds, Everley 5, Josh McGill 4, Houser and
Aldridge 2 each, and Richardson 1.
Jerran Allen led LA in steals with 4, and Stockton
had 3 steals and blocked a shot, Houser had 3 steals, Everley, Beechboard,
and McGill each had 2 steals, and Allred, Aldridge, and Cravins
each had a steal.
The following night, the Wildcats took on the June
LA pulled ahead in the first period, and led 19-15
going into the second. The Crusaders narrowed the LA lead with an
18-16 period for a 33-35 score at halftime.
The Crusaders edged the 'Cats at the end of the third
period, taking a 52-51 lead after outscoring Livingston 19-16. The
'Cats couldn't keep pace with the Crusaders in the last quarter,
being outscored 15-20, for a 66-72 loss. Jerran Allen led LA in
scoring with 21 points, including four 3-pointers and 3 free throws.
David Stockton also scored in double figures with
17 points, including 5 free throws. Jeff Aldridge scored 7 points,
including a free throw, Andy Beechboard hit two 3-pointers, Chris
Everley scored 5 points, including a 3-pointer, Matthan Houser and
Andy Allred each scored 4 points, and Robert Richardson scored 2
Matthan Houser led LA in assists with 6, followed
by Everley with 5, Allen with 4, Aldridge with 3, and Beechboard
David Stockton completed a double-double by leading
in rebounds with 11. Allen, Houser, and Allred each had 4 rebounds,
and Everley, Beechboard, and Aldridge each had a rebound.
Matthan Houser had 3 steals and blocked 2 shots, Aldridge
had 3 steals and blocked a shot, Beechboard had 2 steals and blocked
2 shots, Allred had a steal and blocked a shot, and Stockton, Everley,
and Allen each had a steal.
The losses dropped the Wildcats overall record to
6-7 for the season.
Neighboring Pickett County fought its way into the
Jaycees Tournament Championship game with a 59-57 win over Anderson
County, a team coached by Overton County native Mark Eldridge.
In the championship game, Pickett County posted a
25-18 lead over Chattanooga Christian at halftime, then fought off
a second-half surge to win the Jaycees Invitational Tournament championship
54-48. Pickett County was led in scoring by John Crouch with 15
points, Nathan Aaron with 14 points, and Andy Asberry and Adam Asberry
with 11 points each.
Chattanooga Christian's Jason Holwerda led all scorers
with 23 points.
After taking on Class AA newcomer Upperman Bees on
Tuesday, Jan. 4, the Wildcats will travel to Jackson County on Friday,
Jan. 7 to take on the Blue Devils in a district game. Livingston
Academy will host the Smith County Owls on Tuesday, Jan. 11 in another
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Lady ‘Cats Take Three Losses
By Dewain E. Peek
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats hit tough times
in a tournament played last week in Pickerington, OH.
Lady Wildcats Coach Eddie Linder said, "Hopefully,
Ohio was a learning experience for us. We lost three ballgames to
three good ballteams. They were probably more athletic than we were
and probably older and stronger, and that hurt us all week long."
First up was Franklin County, KY. The Lady Wildcats
overpowered the Kentucky team with a 22-10 first period, then followed
with a 16-11 second to lead 38-21 at halftime.
"We had a 17-point halftime lead," Coach
Linder said. "We really, really, really played well the first
half, probably as good a half as we could play. We came out in the
second half and, I guess you would say we just stalled. We couldn't
get any offense going. They forced a bunch of turnovers."
Franklin stunned the Lady Wildcats with a 20-9 drive
in the third period to wrest the lead from Livingston, leading 47-41
going into the fourth period. Then, the Kentucky team wiped out
the Lady ‘Cats with a 30-9 onslaught in the final round, for a 71-56
To add injury to insult, Jessica Leach was lost for
the tournament with a turned ankle suffered midway through the game's
"We're not hardly as deep without her,"
Coach Linder said. "We couldn't rest people as much. That put
us in a little bind, but that is no excuse for blowing that big
Franklin County's Allison Story led all scorers with
20 points, including 10 from the free throw line. She also completed
a double-double by leading in rebounds with 16. Teammate Summer
Campbell also scored in double figures with 16, including two 3-pointers
and 6 free throws.
Jenna Baltimore and Andrea Brown led LA in scoring
with 17 points each, Baltimore hitting four 3-pointers and a free
throw, and Brown making 5 free throws. Stephanie Sullivan also scored
in double figures for LA with 13 points, including a free throw.
Amanda Jackson scored 6 points, Renee Melton scored 2, and Joie
Puckett hit a free throw.
Jenna Baltimore led LA in assists with 5, followed
by Puckett and Jackson with 2 each, and Melton and Brown with 1
Andrea Brown recorded a double-double by leading LA
in rebounds with 11.
Sullivan had 5 rebounds, Melton 3, Baltimore and Puckett
2 each, and Jackson 1. Sullivan had 3 steals, Brown had 2 steals,
and Baltimore, Jackson, and Heather Walker each had a steal.
“The second night we played a talented team from Anchorage,
Alaska,” Coach Linder said. “Unlike the first night, the effort
was there. The girls tried to turn it up a notch.”
Again Livingston took the lead early, outscoring East
Anchorage 20-13. Anchorage responded with a strong
defensive showing in the second, limiting the Lady Wildcats to 6
points while putting in 10 of their own to narrow the LA lead to
26-23 at halftime. Anchorage kept up the defensive pressure in the
third period and took the lead 37-35 with a 14-9 period. The Lady
‘Cats turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth period, holding
Anchorage to 8 points, but could only manage 10 points of their
own, not enough to win, but enough to force overtime.
“About a minute into overtime, Jenna Baltimore and
Andrea Brown both fouled out,” Coach Linder said. “That left us
pretty thin. We had some people playing out of position.”
In the overtime, LA scored only 2 points to East
Anchorage's 6 for a 47-51 loss.
East Anchorage was led in scoring by Tenecia Macon
with 13 points, including 5 free throws, and Natalie Jones with
11 points, including 7 free throws.
LA's Stephanie Sullivan led all scorers with 23 points,
including a free throw. Jenna Baltimore also scored in double figures
for LA with 10 points, including 6 free throws. Andrea Brown scored
7 points, including a 3-pointer, Amanda Jackson hit a 3-pointer,
Renee Melton scored 2 points, and Joie Puckett hit 2 free throws.
Baltimore and Jackson made 4 assists, Puckett made
2, and Brown made an assist.
Sullivan led LA in rebounds with 7, followed by Brown
with 6, Puckett 4, Melton 3, and Jackson 2.
Brown blocked 3 shots, Sullivan blocked 2 shots and
had 2 steals, Jackson had 3 steals, Baltimore and Puckett had 2
steals each, and Melton had a steal.
“I was pleased with the effort,” Coach Linder said.
“The last night we played a team from Washington,
D.C., a good athletic team. We struggled shooting the ball that
The two teams locked up for an 11-10 first period
with Howard D. Woodson High School having the advantage. The Lady
Wildcats moved ahead in the second period with a 13-11 quarter to
lead 23-22 at halftime. Then things changed.
"We had a chance to win, but again late in the
game we seemed to sputter," Coach Linder said.
The D.C. high school scored 14 points in both the
third and fourth quarters while limiting LA to 9 and 8 respectively,
to take a 50-40 win.
Shanda Holmes led Woodson with 20 points, including
10 free throws and two 3-pointers. Also scoring in double figures
for Woodson were Crystal Champion with 17 points and Antionette
Reese with 11 points.
LA's Andrea Brown led all scorers with 21 points,
including three 3-pointers. Jenna Baltimore and Stephanie Sullivan
each scored 8 points,
Baltimore with a 3-pointer and 3 free throws and Sullivan
with 4 free throws, and Amanda Jackson hit a 3-pointer. Baltimore
and Puckett made 4 assists, Jackson 3, and Sullivan and Brown 1
Brown led LA with 6 rebounds, Puckett and Sullivan
had 5 each, Baltimore 4, and Melton 1. Brown blocked a shot.
Baltimore and Puckett had 2 steals each, and Jackson
had a steal.
The losses lowered LA's season record to 11-4 overall.
"It was disappointing to go up there and lose
three games, but we knew before we went that it's one of the better
tournaments around the U.S., and we knew we would have a tough time
winning games," Coach Linder said. "We're going to use
it as a learning experience. The teams that we played were physical
and athletic, they were big and quality teams. We hope that can
help us on down our own schedule."
The Lady Wildcats will need everything they can muster
in games played this week. After taking on Class AA and district
newcomer Upperman Lady Bees on Tuesday, Jan. 4, last year's Class
A runner-up, the Lady Wildcats will travel to Jackson County on
Friday, Jan. 7 for a rematch of last year's Class AA state tournament
"Jackson County returns a quality ballteam,"
Coach Linder said. "They lost two starters from last year.
They return the Davidson girl, who is one of the better players
in the state, and they return two more seniors out on the perimeter.
Jackson County has a very polished team.
"We're going to have to come out and perform
one of our better games, and it being at Jackson County doesn't
make it any easier." Livingston Academy will host the Smith
County Owlettes on Tuesday, Jan. 11 in another district game.
"Anybody you play in this district, you've got
to show up and perform well. Right now we're searching for consistency.
We've been inconsistent."
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By Howard Chandler
Six members of the 1999 Livingston Academy Wildcats
football team have received various post-season honors. The Wildcats,
who finished 8-3, had three players named 1st Team All-State - Matthan
Houser, Jeremy McDonald, and Chris Everley.
Houser was selected for the fourth consecutive year,
including a state record tying three times by the Associated Press.
A list of honors and awards, by individual, listed
Chris Everley: AP 1st Team All-State (defensive back); Tennessee
Sportwriters Association 1st Team All-State (defensive back); Nashville
Tennessean 1st Team All-Midstate (defensive back); Region 4-3A MVP
(defensive backs); Coaches' 1st Team All-Region.
Matthan Houser: AP 1st Team All-State (kick returner); Tennessee
Sportswriter Association 1st Team All-State (defensive back); Tennessee
Football Writers 1st Team All-State (wide receiver); Nashville Tennessean
1st Team All-Midstate (wide receiver); Coaches' 1st Team All-Region;
Super Prep All-Dixie Team (#14 in Tennessee, Wide Receiver); Prep
Star All-Southeast U. S. Region (wide receiver); USA Today's Tennessee
Top 24; Pigskin Preps Dixie Bluechips (#19 athlete in south); Gridiron
Greats All-Southeast Elite Team (wide receiver); Prep America All-American
(#18 in Tennessee, wide receiver); Football Time in Tennessee Top
Players List (wide receiver); Chattanooga Times Free-Press Top 25
prospects in Tennessee.
Jeremy McDonald: Tennessee Sportswriters 1st Team
All-State (offensive lineman); Tennessee Football Writers 1st Team
All-State (offensive lineman); AP Honorable Mention All-State (defensive
lineman); Nashville Tennessean 1st Team All-Midstate (offensive
lineman); Region 4-3A MVP (offensive lineman); Coaches' 1st Team
All-Region; Prep Star honorable mention All-Southeast U. S. Region
(offensive lineman); Pigskin Preps Dixie Bluechip; Gridiron Greats
All-Southeast Elite Team (offensive lineman); Chattanooga Times-Free
Press Top 25 prospects in Tennessee.
David Stockton: Coaches' Region 4-3A 1st Team All-Region
(offensive lineman); Nashville Tennessean 2nd Team All-Midstate
James Parsons: Nashville Tennessean 2nd Team All-Midstate
Josh Parsons: Coaches' 1st Team All-Region; Nashville
Tennessean 2nd Team All-Midstate (runningback). yers Receive Honors
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Lady Wildcats Win
By Dewain E. Peek
Volleyball Tournament To Be Held The Upper Cumberland Volleyball
Association will host an open volleyball tournament January 7, 8,
14, and 15 at RCC Sports-Plex. Entry fees will vary between $30
- $45 depending on the division. Admission is $1 for all players
and spectators. The admission gate opens at 5 p.m. For more information
contact Melissa Mayberry at (931) 528-1388 (home), or call (931)
529-0200 (work). The RCC Sports-Plex is located at 1550 Holladay
Road in Cookeville.
Basketball Tournament To Be Held A basketball tournament will be
held at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29 at RCC Sports-Plex.
The tournament will offer divisions for girls and boys, training
league, junior varsity, and varsity divisions. The entry fee is
$40 per team. Admission is $2 per person. For more information contact
RCC Sports-Plex located at 1550 Holladay Road, Cookeville. The telephone
number is (931) 432-1414. The fax number is (931) 432-1420.
Adult 3 on 3 Tournament To Be Held A three on three men's, women's,
and senior men's basketball tournament is scheduled to be held at
4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at RCC Sports-Plex. The entry fee is $40
per team. Admission is $2 per person. For more information, or to
register teams call RCC Sports-Plex at (931) 432-1414. RCC Sports-Plex
is located at 1550 Holladay Road in Cookeville.
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