Close Regular Season Vs. Blue Devils
Lady 'Cats Pounce On Lady Blue Devils
County Bantam Tournament Held
Homecoming Ceremonies Held
'Cats Close Regular
Season Vs. Blue Devils
By Dewain E. Peek
through the Jackson County defense is Livingston Academy's Jeff
Aldridge. (photo by Lucas Oliver)
A record-breaking performance was not enough to stave off defeat
for the Livingston Academy Wildcats in their last home game of the
season on the last night of the regular season against District
8-AA rival Jackson County.
The visiting Blue Devils controlled the tempo from the beginning
of the Friday, Feb. 11 game, overpowering the 'Cats 22-13 in the
first period. The Gainesboro team was unrelenting in the second
period, pouring in 24 points to LA's 10 for a 46-23 half-time lead.
The Wildcats came out stronger in the second half, scoring 16 points
in the third period to Jackson County's 19, and 11 in the fourth
period to the guest's 15. The 80-50 win placed the Jackson County
Blue Devils as the top seed in this week's District 8-AA Tournament
played at Tennessee Tech's Hooper-Eblen Center.
Four Jackson County players scored in double figures. Chas Heady
led with 18 points, followed by Jon Bray with 16 points, Danny Allen
with 15 points, including two 3-pointers, and Brad Gaw with 13 points.
Bray completed a double-double by leading in rebounds with 12.
The Blue Devils scored 23 points off of Livingston turnovers.
Livingston Academy was led by a record-breaking game by Jerran
Allen. Allen nailed nine 3-pointers to break the school record for
treys in a game, on his way to leading in scoring with 30 points,
which also included a free throw made.
Andy Beechboard scored 7 points, including a 3-pointer and 2 free
throws, Chris Everley scored 4 points, an ailing David Stockton
scored 3 points, including a free throw, and Andy Allred, Matthan
Houser, and Josh Cravins each scored 2 points.
Everley led LA in assists with 4, followed by Allred with 3, Beechboard
with 2, and Allen, Stockton, Houser, and Emerick with 1 each.
Andy Beechboard led LA in rebounds with 7, followed by Everley
with 4, Allred, Houser, Robert Richardson, and Jesse Wolfram 3 each,
and Jeff Aldridge, Stockton, and Joseph McGill 2 each, and Allen,
Erik Emerick, and Cravins 1 each.
Beechboard blocked 2 shots, and Allen, Everley, Allred, and Aldridge
each had a steal. The loss put LA's final regular season record
at 5-7 in District 8-AA and 12-15 overall.
The loss also placed Livingston Academy as the number 4 seed in
the District Tournament. The Wildcats would face the Smith County
Owls at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the first round sudden death
Cannon County, the number 2 seeded team, eliminated number 7 seed
DeKalb County with a 67-58 tournament opening round game on Monday,
The All-District Team was announced last week with LA senior Jerran
Allen named 1st Team All-District. LA's top scorer, Allen hit more
than 50 percent from the field, hitting 72 3-pointers along the
way, and hit 76 percent on free throws. He averaged 17.3 points
per game in the regular season. He also averaged 2.6 steals a game.
Senior David Stockton was named 2nd Team All-District. Stockton
led LA in rebounds, averaging 10.5 per game. He averaged 13.1 points
per game in the regular season, hitting 58 percent from the field
and 56 percent on free throws.
Junior Andy Allred received Honorable Mention. Allred hit 52 percent
from the field and 76 percent on free throws, and averaged 10.8
points per game. He also average 7.2 rebounds per game.
Jackson County's Brad Gaw was named District MVP, and District
8-AA Coach of the Year went to Upperman Bees Coach Bobby McWilliams.
The rest of the District 8-AA 1st Team is made up of Upperman's
Nick Davis, DeKalb County's Jeremy Davis, Smith County's Craig Williams,
and Cannon County's Allen Weeden.
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Lady 'Cats Pounce On Lady Blue Devils
By Dewain E. Peek
in her last home game, LA's lone senior, Andrea Brown, #52, shoots
one of 12 free throws she hit in the game without a miss. She led
LA in scoring with 23 points in Friday's win. (photo by Russell
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats prepared for this week's District
8-AA Tournament by taking care of unfinished business in their last
home game on the last night of the regular season.
The Jackson County Lady Blue Devils had easily defeated
a depleted Lady Wildcats team in Gainesboro earlier in the season.
The Lady ‘Cats came in and proved that would not happen when the
team is healthy.
The Friday, Feb. 11 game began with the Lady 'Cats
burying the Blue Devils with a 26-point first period barrage, while
allowing 10 points from the opposition. LA kept up the pressure
in the second period, scoring 18 and allowing 11 to lead 44-21 at
The Gainesboro team came out of the gate hot in the
third period, outscoring the host team 15-8 to tighten the LA lead.
The Lady Wildcats held tough in the fourth period, scoring 16 and
allowing 20 to take a 68-56 District 8-AA victory.
LA was led in scoring by Andrea Brown with 23 points,
including 3 for 3 on 3-pointers and a perfect 12 of 12 on free throws.
Jenna Baltimore also scored in double figures with 20 points, including
2 of 2 on 3-pointers and 8 of 9 on free throws.
LA scoring was rounded out by Stephanie Sullivan and
Joie Puckett with 6 points each, Sullivan including 2 of 2 on free
throws, and Puckett including 4 of 6 on free throws, Heather Walker
with 5 points, including a 3-pointer, and Renee Melton and Jessica
Leach with 4 points each, Leach hitting a 3-pointer and a free throw.
Leach led LA in assists with 5, followed by Brown
and Baltimore with 2 each, and Sullivan and Walker with 1 each.
Brown led LA in rebounds with 8, followed by Sullivan
with 6, Baltimore and Melton with 4 each, Walker with 3, and Leach
and Puckett with 2 each.
Sullivan blocked 2 shots, Baltimore blocked a shot
and had 2 steals, Brown blocked a shot and had a steal, Melton blocked
a shot, and Walker had a steal.
Jackson County was led by Joanna Chaffin with 23
points, including a 3-pointer and 8 of 8 on free throws, and Andrea
Davidson with 12 points, including a 3-pointer and 3 of 5 on free
The win pushed the Lady Wildcats to 8-4 in the district
for the regular season and 20-8 overall. The win also sealed Livingston
Academy as the number 3 seed in the District Tournament played this
week at Tennessee Tech's Hooper-Eblen Center. The Lady 'Cats will
open play at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 against the Smith County
Jackson County, the number 2 seed opened play on
Monday, Feb. 14 against the DeKalb County Lady Tigers. The Lady
Blue Devils eliminated the Smithville team with an 82-28 rout. Jackson
County will next face the winner of the LA-Smith County game.
The All-District 8-AA Team was announced last week
with LA senior Andrea Brown named the District Most Valuable Player.
Brown led LA in scoring in the regular season, averaging 15.4 points
per game, 53 percent from the field, with 43 percent on 3-point
shots, and 86 percent on free throws. Brown led LA in rebounds,
averaging 6.6 per game. She averaged 2 steals per game and a block
LA sophomores Jenna Baltimore and Stephanie Sullivan
were named 2nd Team All-District.
Baltimore averaged 13.1 points per game in the regular
season, averaging 52 percent from the field, with 43 percent on
3-point shots, and 70 percent on free throws. She averaged 3.7 assists
per game and 1.9 steals per game.
Sullivan averaged 12.5 points per game in the regular
season, averaging 60 percent from the field and 63 percent on free
throws. She averaged 4.7 rebounds per game, 2.7 blocks per game,
and 1.2 steals per game.
The rest of the 1st Team All-District was made up
of Jackson County's Andrea Davidson and Joanna Chaffin, Upper-man's
Emily Christian, Kim Blankenship, and Annie Hargis, and York's Cindy
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Bantam Tournament Held
In the boys championship game, Rickman Elementary
School took first place with a 40-31 win over the host school team
of Allons Elementary. Rickman was led by Mike Jones with 19 points.
The Allons Elementary boys team took the runner-up
spot in the Overton County Bantam Tournament. The team was led by
Jake Peterman with 10 points.
In the girls championship game, Wilson Elementary
School won over LMS 31-20. Wilson was led in scoring by Sarah Key
with 8 points.
The Livingston Middle School girls team took the runner-up
spot in the Overton County Bantam Tournament. LMS's Whittney Hill
led all scorers with 12 points.
The Livingston Middle School boys team placed third
with a 57-48 win over Hilham Elementary. Wilson Cates led LMS with
The Hilham Elementary School boys team placed fourth
in the tournament. Hilham was led by Brian Scott with 21 points.
The Rickman Elementary School girls team placed third
with a 34-24 win over Hilham Elementary. Rickman was led by Amanda
Gillian with 12 points.
The Hilham Elementary School girls team place fourth
in the tournament. Hilham was led in scoring by Ashley Morgan with
The Livingston Academy Basketball Homecoming Queen and Court were
presented in ceremonies held Friday, Feb. 11. Presented were, from
left, Freshman Attendant Mallory Sells, daughter of David and Joanne
Sells of Livingston, escorted by Robert Richardson, Junior Attendant
Sarah Allen, daughter of Kenneth and Libby Allen of Rickman, escorted
by Matthan Houser, 2000 Basketball Homecoming Queen Andrea Brown,
daughter of Wayne and Winnie Brown of Livingston, escorted by David
Stockton and Chris Everley, Senior Attendant Holli Franklin, daughter
of Nicky and Faye Franklin of Livingston, escorted by Jerran Allen,
and Sophomore Attendant Jenna Baltimore, daughter of Allen and Karen
Baltimore of Livingston, escorted by Andy Allred. (photo by Russell
Senior Night was observed on Friday, Feb. 11. Seniors
honored included, from left, cheerleader Stephanie Thrasher, daughter
of Lisa and Joe Lee Thrasher of Independence, manager and score
keeper Nicole Thrasher, daughter of Mechelle Thrasher of Livingston
and David Thrasher of Rickman, cheerleader Dana Strong, daughter
of Debbie Strong of Livingston and Steve Strong of Celina, David
Stockton, son of Donald and Betsy Stockton of Livingston, and Matthan
Houser, son of Tanya Stephens of Virginia and Mark Houser of Livingston.
(photo by Russell Garrett)
Senior Night was observed on Friday, Feb. 11. Seniors honored included,
from left, Chris Everley, son of Monte and Rachel Everley of Livingston,
Andrea Brown, daughter of Wayne and Winnie Brown of Livingston,
cheerleader Beth Brady, daughter of Herman and Dianne Brady of Livingston
and Lisa Brady of Rickman, cheerleader Samantha Beatty, daughter
of Jimmy and Cheryl Beatty of Livingston, and Jerran Allen, son
of Carla Gardner of Livingston and Rick Allen of Livingston. (photo
by Russell Garrett)
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