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Archives 01-12-2000


Wildcats Take Two To The Wire
Lady Cats Take Three Losses
Adult Basketball League Sign-Up Ends Saturday
A.H. Roberts School Floor Hockey Championships Held
Ten Star All-Star Basketball Camp Scheduled

This Weeks Game Highlights (Full story to be posted next Wednesday)

Friday, January 14th Games

Livingston Academy vs. Cannon County

Lady Wildcats 66
Cannon County 44
Jenna Baltimore 28 points, Stephanie Sullivan 17 points, Heather Walker 10 points, Renee Melton 12 rebounds

WIldcats 72
Cannon County 80
Jerran Allan 26 points, Andy Allred 20 points, Chris Everley 11 points, David Stockton 12 rebounds

Tuesday, January 11 Games
Livingston Academy played against Smith County Owls

LA Girls won 65 - 35
Jenna Baltimore 20 points, Andrea Brown15 points

LA Boys won 74 - 49
27 point 4th quarter put LA over the top. Jerran Allen 27 points, Andy Allred 20 points, and David Stockton 11 points.

Wildcats Take Two To The Wire
By Dewain E. Peek

LA's Jerran Allen, #21, shoots for 2 of his 19 points at Gainesboro, leading the Wildcats in scoring for the game. He also led LA earlier in the week when he scored 22 against Upperman. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)



Flirting with success in every game, the Livingston Academy Wildcats keep seeing the scales tip against them. The 'Cats lost two District 8-AA games last week, both going down to the wire.

Wildcats Coach Danny McCoin said, "We had two games kind of similar. We let both of them get away.

"We played well. We just had those moments in each game that we didn't concentrate, or maybe we got a little nervous."

Livingston Academy opened the week with a home game against the Upperman Bees on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The Wildcats led early, but the Baxter team took over to lead 14-9 at the end of the first period, but the ‘Cats responded with a 24-12 assault in the second period to take a 33-26 lead to halftime.

Even scoring marked the third period with each team dropping in 16 points, though the ‘Cats extended their lead to 13 points and watched the Bees narrow it down to 49-42 at the end of three. The Baxter team made its move in the fourth period, hacking away at the LA lead until a steal with less than 20 seconds left allowed the Bees to tie the game at 62 where it remained when regulation ended.

In the bonus round, Andy Allred scored first for LA, but Livingston fouls, including a technical, allowed Upperman to score 9 straight points on the way to outscoring LA 13-4 to take a 75-66 victory.

"We had a 12 point lead against Baxter and let them get back in the game," Coach McCoin said. "We had a chance to put them away. We have to give them a little credit for not quitting. They kept clawing and fighting. Then we got the overtime and we didn't play well at all in overtime.”

Upperman had two players score over 20 points, Nick Davis with 24 points and Jace Chaffin with 22 points. David Oaks also score in double figures for Upperman with 11 points.

LA's Jerran Allen also scored more than 20 with 22. David Stockton and Andy Allred each scored 15 points, Jeff Aldridge scored 10 points, and Chris Everley and Matthan Houser each scored 2 points. The Wildcats traveled to Gainesboro on Friday, Jan. 7 to play the Jackson County Blue Devils in another district contest.

The Wildcats scored the first 5 points of the game, but the Blue Devils came back with strong defensive play to close the gap to 8-6 at the end of the first period. LA outscored the host team 13-12 in the second and led 21-18 at halftime.

A 15-13 third period kept the 'Cats in front 36-31 at the end of the third period, but again the Wildcats allowed a double-digit lead to fall away, having led by 10 points mid-way through the quarter. The Blue Devils kept chopping away until, with less than 30 seconds to play, Brad Gaw gave Jackson County a 47-46 lead, the first of the game for the Blue Devils. With 2 seconds remaining, LA's Jeff Aldridge stole the ball. Aldridge attempted a layup and appeared to be fouled, but appearances must have been deceptive as the layup was no good and no whistle blew. The Jackson County Blue Devils had come from behind to steal the 47-46 victory.

"At Jackson County for three quarters and six minutes we had it," Coach McCoin said. "It was our game. Then in the last two minutes of the game we had a couple of turnovers and a couple of missed free throws. Jackson County's a good team and you can't do that against a good team. You have to finish the game. They kept playing hard but we came up short once again."

Brad Gaw led Jackson County in scoring with 14 points, followed closely by Danny Allen with 11.

Livingston Academy's Jerran Allen led all scorers with 19 points, followed by David Stockton with 12, Andy Beechboard with 8, Jeff Aldridge with 6, Andy Allred with 2, and Matthan Houser with 1.

The loss placed the Wildcats at 2-3 in District 8-AA, and 7-9 overall.

"The efforts been there," Coach McCoin said. "They're still playing hard. We've got to get a way to get over that little mental block that we've got right now and win the game."

The Wildcats began a four game home stretch on Tuesday, Jan. 11 against district opponent Smith County, then the 'Cats will host the Cannon County Lions on Friday, Jan. 14 in another district game. Livingston Academy will begin next week by hosting neighboring Pickett County on Monday, Jan. 17 and neighboring Celina the following night.

"We've got a chance in all four of these games to come out with a victory," Coach McCoin said. "We've got to concentrate and be mentally strong. We have to come prepared to play every night."

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Lady 'Cats Drop To Third

By Dewain E. Peek

Livingston Academy's Andrea Brown jumps for 2 of her 19 points against the Lady Blue Devils in Friday's loss, leading the Lady Wildcats in scoring for the game. She also led LA in scoring against Upperman earlier in the week with 17 points. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)




District 8-AA is now a whole new ballgame. For the first time in years, the Lady Wildcats are not one of the top two teams in their district.

Consecutive losses last week to Upperman and Jackson County dropped LA to third in the district. And with an injured Jessica Leach and at least short term loss of Stephanie Sullivan, the future is dimming for this year's team. Players with little floor time will now need to step up to fill the gap, with some learning new positions on the run.

The week's 8-AA run started at home against the Upperman Lady Bees. The Lady Wildcats kept the game close through the first half. Upperman outscored LA 17-14 in the first period. Then the Lady ‘Cats outscored the Lady Bees 17-15 in the second period to trail by only one point at 31-32 at halftime.

The Baxter team pulled away with 10 uncontested points to start the second half. The Bees led by more than 20 points in the fourth period. The Lady ‘Cats couldn't overcome the deficit and lost 60-75. The loss was only the second district loss in the Livingston Academy gymnasium since 1985.

Upperman's Amber Rose led all scorers with 27 points, including 12 free throws. Also scoring in double figures for the Lady Bees were Annie Hargis with 16 points and Emily Christian with 12 points.

The Lady Bees strengthened their number one position in the district while padding their record to 5-0, 14-0 overall.

Andrea Brown led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 17 points, followed by Stephanie Sullivan with 14, Jenna Baltimore with 13, Amanda Jackson with 6, Renee Melton with 5, Heather Walker with 3, and Joie Puckett with 2.

Next up was a trip to Gainesboro to take on the Jackson County Lady Blue Devils in a fight for second place in District 8-AA. Playing without the services of Stephanie Sullivan, the depleted Lady Wildcats were easy pickings for the talented Gainesboro squad. A game that looked to be a nailbiter when the season began became on-the-job training for LA players filling positions out of the norm.

The Lady Wildcats took the early lead at 4-0, but that was as good as it got for the LA faithful. The Lady Blue Devils tied the game at 4, then motored on with five consecutive 3-pointers to lead 19-7 at the end of the first period. Jackson County led 29-14 after a 10-7 second period.

Livingston matched Gainesboro scoring with a 16-16 third period, trailing 30-45 going into the final period. A Jackson County 17-15 fourth period secured the home team's 62-45 win.

As proof that statistics matter more than the game, the game was halted to congratulate Jackson County's JoAnna Chaffin on scoring her 1,000th point. Chaffin led Jackson County in scoring with 15 points, followed in double figures by Heather Davidson with 14, and Andrea Davidson with 11.

Livingston Academy's Andrea Brown led all scorers with 19 points. Jenna Baltimore scored 8 points, Heather Walker scored 7 points, Amanda Jackson scored 5 points, and Christen Cates, Renee Melton, and Joie Puckett each scored 2 points.

The week's play placed the Lady Wildcats District 8-AA record at 3-2, and 11-6 overall.

After hosting Smith County in another district game on Tuesday, Jan. 11, Livingston Academy will host Cannon County on Friday, Jan. 14 in a district game. The Lady Wildcats will begin next week by hosting neighboring Pickett County on Monday, Jan. 17, then host neighboring Celina the next night.

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Adult Basketball League Sign-Up Ends Saturday

Sign-ups for the 2000 season of Wilson Adult 4-on-4 Basketball League are underway. The deadline for signing-up is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at Wilson Elementary.

Cost is $125 per eight-person team roster. The league is open to ages 18 and up in both men's and women's divisions. Cash prize awards will be given to first and second place league and tournament winners. Participants are required to wear light and dark colored shirts with numbers.

All proceeds from the tournament are to be used to support Wilson Elementary School ball teams.

For more information call any of the following: Edith Key, 445-3337; Freddie Miller, 445-3900; Darrell Hoover, 445-3533; or Wilson Elementary, 445-3335.


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A.H. Roberts School Floor Hockey Championships Held
By Dewain E. Peek

The Super Idiots of Dale Keisling's fourth grade class won the A.H. Roberts Floor Hockey P.E. championship on Friday, Jan. 7. Team members are captain Aeric Gunnels, Alan Rudd, Scott Copeland, Megan Walker, Amanda Baer, and B.J. Byers.

The third grade champ Big Bears came one goal short in the A.H. Roberts championship of floor hockey. Team members are Nathan Williams, Jacob Paul, Jordan Everley, Justin Scantland, Cody Collins, and captain Andrew Maynord.

The A.H. Roberts Elementary physical education program held its third six-weeks floor hockey championships last week.

In the second grade finals, the Saber Tooth Tigers of Donna Qualls' class bested the Munsters from Barbara Dodson's home room.

The third grade finals saw Faye Franklin's Big Bears defeat the Mighty Ducks of Marshia Deck's class.

The fourth grade finals pitted the Super Idiots from Dale Keisling's room against Janie Byers' Shooting Stars. In sudden death, the Super Idiots prevailed 6-5.

This set up the school championship with the fourth grade Super Idiots versus the Big Bears, champs of the third grade. Again sudden death was required, and again 6-5 was the winning score, and again the Super Idiots reigned supreme.

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Ten Star All-Star Basketball Camp Scheduled

Applications are now being evaluated by the Ten Star All- Star Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 7-19. Players are selected by invitation only. Camp locations include Georgetown, KY, Atlanta, GA, Fort Wayne, IN, Raleigh, NC, and Boiling Springs, NC. College basketball scholarships are possible for the most advanced players. For an evaluation form call (704) 372-8610 anytime.


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