Win District 8-AA Tournament Title
Lady 'Cats Make Way Into Region Tourney
LMS Teams Win County Grade School Tournament
Savage Selected As Ambassador
'Cats Win District
8-AA Tournament Title
By Dewain E. Peek
of the 2000 District 9-AA Tournament Champion Livingston Academy
Wildcats are, front row from left, manager Rob Medley, Jesse Wolfram,
Rob Richardson, Chris Everley, Jerran Allen, Matthan Houser, Andy
Beechboard, Josh Cravins, back row from left, manager Brett Turner,
Coach Danny McCoin, John Thrasher, Joseph McGill, Eric Emerick,
Jeff Aldridge, David Stockton, and Andy Allred. (photo by Russell
Play the whole game. Play from the beginning to the end.
LA Wildcats Coach Danny McCoin has stressed through wins and losses
throughout the 1999-2000 season the importance of not letting up
until the final buzzer sounds. Last week, the Livingston Academy
Wildcats gave every minute of all four quarters of every game and
then some. The effort paid off.
The Wildcats are the District 8-AA Tournament Champions.
The run to the tournament title began on Tuesday, Feb. 15 against
the Smith County Owls.
Poor shooting marred the first half with the Owls shooting 22 percent
from the field and the ‘Cats shooting 19 percent. Livingston outscored
the Carthage team 7-6 in the first period, then was outscored 7-4
in the second to trail 11-13 at halftime.
The Wildcats went wild in the third period, pouring in 17 points
and keeping Smith County to 9 for a 28-22 score going into the fourth.
Both teams found the basket often in the fourth, the Owls scoring
21 points and the ‘Cats scoring 20. The close closing quarter gave
LA a 48-43 victory, and eliminated Smith County from the tournament.
Andy Allred led LA in scoring with 17 points, including 5 free
throws, followed in double figures by Jerran Allen with 11 points,
including 5 free throws. Rounding out LA scoring were Andy Beechboard
with 7 points, including a 3-pointer, David Stockton with 6 points,
including 2 free throws, Chris Everley with 4 points, including
2 free throws, Matthan Houser with 2 points, and Jeff Aldridge with
a free throw made.
Chris Everley led in assists with 6, followed by Allen with 2,
and Allred and Beechboard with 1 each.
David Stockton led in rebounds with 15, followed by Andy Allred
who completed a double-double by pulling down 11 rebounds. Everley
had 4 rebounds, Allen and Beechboard 3 each, and Houser and Aldridge
Jerran Allen blocked a shot and had 4 steals, Beechboard had 2
steals, and Houser had a steal.
Smith County was led in scoring by Adam Huff with 18 points, including
two 3-pointers and 2 free throws, followed in double figures by
Craig Williams with 11 points, including a 3-pointer and 2 free
Next up was the Jackson County Blue Devils, a problem the Wildcats
had not been able to solve in the regular season. The Thursday,
Feb. 17 semifinal game began with the ‘Cats pulling away to a 19-10
lead in the first period. The Devils outscored LA 10-8 in the second
period to narrow the Livingston lead to 27-20.
Both teams turned up the defense in the third, with LA narrowly
outscoring the Gainesboro team 9-7 to take a 36-27 lead into the
final frame. The Wildcats held off a 16 point Jackson County quarter
with 13 of their own to win 49-43 and earn a shot at the championship.
Four Livingston Academy Wildcats scored in double figures, led
by David Stockton with 14 points, including 2 free throws.
Chris Everley scored 12 points, including a 3-pointer and 5 free
throws, Jerran Allen scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers,
and Andy Allred scored 10 points, including 2 free throws. Andy
Beechboard contributed 2 free throws. Chris Everley again led LA
in assists with 6, followed by Allen and Beechboard with 2 each,
and Allred and Houser with 1 each.
David Stockton led in rebounds with 11 to complete a double-double.
Allred and Houser each had 5 rebounds, Beechboard and Allen each
had 4, Everley had 2, and Aldridge had 1.
Stockton had 3 steals, Houser and Allen 2 each, and Everley 1.
Jackson County was led by Brad Gaw with 18 points. Gaw completed
a double-double by leading the Blue Devils in rebounds with 10.
The Wildcats faced the Dragons of York Institute in the Saturday,
Feb. 19 championship game. The Jamestown team had knocked off heavily
favored Cannon County 52-49 the previous night.
The Dragons drew the lead early with a 15-13 first period. Then
the teams began swapping scoring. Both team scored 9 points in the
second, then both teams scored 10 in the third.
In the fourth period, Livingston swapped the scoring of the first
period, outscoring York 15-13 to tie the game at 47. Both teams
played strong defense in overtime, and both only scored 4 points
to push the score to 51, for both teams. In overtime number 2, defense
continued to rule, but this time the teams managed to score 7 points,
each, putting the score at 58 for both. In overtime number 3, each
team managed only 5 points, making the score 63 for both.
In overtime number 4, the ‘Cats broke through with a scoring run
to move ahead 71-67, but York wasn't through. The Dragons made a
run to take the lead 73-72.
Game on the line, first-year Coach Danny McCoin asked for a time-out.
Time to devise a strategy. Three Livingston players had already
scored in double figures. Who do you want shooting? Andy Allred
has already scored 22. Jerran Allen has already scored 20. David
Stockton has already scored 18.
The whistle blows the game back into play. The Wildcats get the
ball to Chris Everley who nails a picture perfect two-point shot
with 2.1 clicks left on the clock. Not enough time for York to make
a desperation play, not enough time to keep Livingston Academy from
claiming the District 8-AA championship.
Andy Allred's 22 points included 4 free throws, Jerran Allen's
20 points included five 3-pointers and 3 free throws, and David
Stockton's 18 points included 8 free throws. Everley ended the game
with 7 points, including a 3-pointer and a free throw, and Andy
Beechboard scored 7 points, including a 3-pointer.
Chris Everley led in assists with 11, followed by Allen with 4,
Beechboard and Houser with 3 each, and Allred with 1.
Andy Allred and David Stockton both completed double-doubles with
10 rebounds each.
Houser had 7 rebounds, Allen had 5, Jeff Aldridge 4, and Everley
3. Houser blocked a shot and had a steal, Stockton and Everley each
had 2 steals, and Allen, Allred, and Beechboard each had a steal.
York's Scott Cargile had a double-double with 13 points and 10
rebounds, and teammate Anthony Jones was named District Tournament
Most Valuable Player after his 35-point tournament high scoring
performance, with 13 rebounds to complete a double-double.
Livingston Academy players named to the District 8-AA All-Tournament
Team were David Stockton, Jerran Allen, and Andy Allred.
The rest of the All-Tournament Team was made up of York's Scott
Cargile and Travis Tate, Jackson County's Brad Gaw and Danny Allen,
Smith County's Adam Huff, and Cannon County's Allen Weeden.
Livingston Academy's overall record is 15-15 going into this week's
Region 4-AA Tournament to be played at Avery Trace Middle School
in Cookeville, the old Cookeville High School. The Wildcats began
region tournament play against Bledsoe County at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 22 in a sudden death first round game.
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Lady 'Cats Make Way Into Region Tourney
By Dewain E. Peek
the starting five get a rest in the rout of Smith County, Lady Wildcats
Coach Eddie Linder appears to be thinking of the games ahead. (photo
by Dewain E. Peek)
The Region 4-AA Tournament awaits for the Livingston
Academy Lady Wildcats, after finishing third in the District 8-AA
Tournament held last week at Tennessee Tech.
The four teams from District 8-AA are expected to
dominate this week's region tournament and continue into next week's
sectional tournament. The district is represented by defending Class
AA State Champion Livingston Academy, 1999 Class AA State Runner-Up
Jackson County, 1999 Class A State Runner-Up Upperman, and York
Institute, who is no stranger to the state tournament.
Coach Eddie Linder's Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats
opened the district tournament against Smith County on Wednesday,
Feb. 16. The LA defense allowed only 3 points in the first period
and stifled the Owlettes offense in the second period until shortly
before halftime when a basket was scored. With the Lady Wildcats
leading 24-5, the game was all but over.
LA outscored the Carthage team 13-10 in the third
period and 14-12 in the fourth to move into the semifinals with
a 51-27 win.
LA's Andrea Brown led in scoring with 15 points, including
two 3-pointers and a free throw, followed by Stephanie Sullivan
with 13 points, including 3 free throws, Jenna Baltimore with 10
points, including a 3-pointer and 3 free throws, Joie Puckett with
5 points, including a 3-pointer, Heather Walker with a 3-pointer,
Amanda Jackson and Deidra Pryor with 2 points each, and Christen
Cates with a free throw made.
Jessica Leach led in assists with 5, followed by Baltimore
with 4, Brown 2, and Walker, Jackson, and Renee Melton 1 each.
Leach and Sullivan led in rebounds with 6 each, Baltimore
with 5, Brown, 4, Puckett and Cates 3 each, and Melton and Jackson
Andrea Brown blocked 3 shots and had 4 steals, Sullivan,
Baltimore, and Puckett each had 2 steals, and Leach, Walker, Melton,
and Jackson each had a steal.
Smith County was led by April James with 10 points,
including 4 free throws.
The Lady ‘Cats next faced the Jackson County Lady
Blue Devils on Friday, Feb. 18. The Gainesboro team gained the early
advantage with a 14-11 first period. Livingston recovered in the
second, outscoring Jackson County 11-7 to take a 22-21 lead into
Then cold shooting and turnovers took their toll on
the Lady Wildcats. A tough defensive third period was led 8-5 by
the Lady Blue Devils, who retook the lead 29-27. Jackson County
pulled ahead more with an 18-11 fourth to claim a 47-38 victory.
Livingston shot only 20 percent from the field in
the second half, hitting 4 of 20. Jackson County cashed in on LA
miscues with 21 points off turnovers.
Jackson County's Andrea Davidson, the eventual District
8-AA Tournament Most Valuable Player, led all scorers with 24 points,
including a 3-pointer and 5 free throws.
Stephanie Sullivan led LA in scoring with 16 points,
including 2 free throws, followed by Andrea Brown with 10 points,
including 4 free throws, Jessica Leach with 4 points, including
2 free throws, Heather Walker and Joie Puckett each with a 3-pointer,
and Jenna Baltimore with 2 free throws made.
Joie Puckett led in assists with 4, followed by Sullivan,
Baltimore, and Leach with 2 each, and Brown and Walker with 1 each.
Andrea Brown led in rebounds with 7, followed by
Sullivan with 5, Baltimore and Leach with 3 each, Puckett 2, and
Stephanie Sullivan blocked 3 shots and had a steal,
Baltimore blocked a shot, and Brown and Leach each had a steal.
In Saturday's consolation game, Livingston faced York
The Lady Wildcats overpowered the Lady Dragons 15-7
to start the game and then held on for dear life.
York outscored LA 18-14 in the second to close the
gap to 29-25 at halftime. Livingston narrowly outscored the Jamestown
team 20-18 in the third to take a 49-42 lead into the fourth period.
The Lady Dragons made a late charge, outscoring the Lady ‘Cats 15-13,
but not enough to stop Livingston from taking third place with a
This time the turnover ratio went the Livingston's
way with the Lady Wildcats scoring 21 points off turnovers and giving
up only 4 points from turnovers.
Stephanie Sullivan led in scoring with 22 points,
including 6 of 6 from the foul line. Andrea Brown scored 15 points,
including a 3-pointer and 6 free throws, Heather Walker scored 12
points from four 3-pointers, Jenna Baltimore scored 9 points, including
two 3-pointers and a free throw, Jessica Leach hit 2 free throws,
and Renee Melton and Christen Cates each hit a free throw.
Jenna Baltimore led in assists with 8, followed by
Leach with 6, Melton with 2, and Puckett with 1.
Stephanie Sullivan led in rebounds with 7, Baltimore
had 5, Brown and Leach had 3 each, Puckett and Melton 2 each, and
Walker and Cates 1 each.
Sullivan blocked 2 shots and had 4 steals, Baltimore
blocked a shot and had a steal, Leach had 6 steals, Walker had 3
steals, and Brown had a steal.
In the championship game, the Jackson County Blue
Devils kept the Upperman Lady Bees from a perfect season by handing
them their first defeat, winning by a single point, 43-42.
Selected to the District 8-AA All-District Team were
LA's Stephanie Sullivan and Andrea Brown, Jackson County's Joanna
Chaffin and Becca Focer, York Institute's Cindy Crabtree and Christy
Cooper, and Upperman's Emily Christian, Amber Rose, and Kim Blankenship.
The Region 4-AA Tournament will be played this week
at Avery Trace Middle School, the old Cookeville High School. The
Lady Wildcats will open their tournament play at 4 p.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 23 against Sequatchie County in an opening round sudden death
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Teams Win County Grade School Tournament
LMS Teams Sweep County Tournament The Livingston Middle
School boys team defeated Wilson Elementary 54-20 in the semifinal
round of the Overton County Tournament, then defeated Rickman Elementary
45-36 in the championship game.
LMS team members are, kneeling from left, manager
Jacob Norrod, Westley Burnett, Andy Gunnels, Matt Thrasher, Eddie
Sells, Whitney Coleman, Cody Melton, standing from left, Wesley
Puckett, Alex Gunnels, Josh Gore, Cody Sells, Brian Colson, Jacob
Pennington, Brad West, Wilson Cates, and manager Sean Beccera. (photo
by Russell Garrett)
The Rickman Elementary boys team defeated Allons
Elementary 53-36 in the semifinals. Members of the county runner-up
team are, kneeling from left, Cody King, Chad Lacy, Brandon Brewer,
Kurt Gilbert, Jacob Dillon, standing from left, Mike Jones, Josh
Vaughn, Steven Walker, Luke Eldridge, Billy Tucker, and Paul Melton.
Allons Elementary defeated Wilson Elementary 56-42 for third place
in the tournament. (photo by Russell Garrett)
The Livingston Middle School girls team defeated Allons
Elementary 57-15 in the semifinal round of the Overton County Tournament,
then defeated Rickman Elementary 49-28 in championship game. LMS
team members are, kneeling from left, Whitney Hill, Haley Mitchell,
Amanda Hammock, Allison Medley, Mary Faye Maynord, Whitney Sells,
and Kristen Hoover, standing from left, managers Amber Hooks and
Brittany McDonald, Haley Mullins, Kirstie Dillon, Megan Thompson,
Katrina Beechboard, Danielle Thrasher, Kasey Baltimore, Kellie Thurman,
Rebekah Melton, and managers Samantha Hooks and Amanda Mullinix.
(photo by Russell Garrett)
The Rickman Elementary School girls team defeated
Hilham Elementary 45-19 in the semifinals. Members of the county
runner-up team are, kneeling from left, Rachel Barlow, Chelsey Franklin,
Rebekah Vaughn , Ashley Ledbetter, Brittany Ray, standing from left,
Amanda Wilhite, Emily Vaughn, Jessica Ray, Chelsie Stover, Ashley
Hall, and Tiffany Livingston. (photo by Russell Garrett)
Rickman's Rachel Barlow, #15, brings the ball down
the court in the championship game. (photo by Russell Garrett)
Livingston Middle School's Brian Colson, #11, blocks
a Rickman shot in the championship. (photo by Russell Garrett)
Rickman's Cody King, #24, puts up a shot in the county
tournament championship game. (photo by Russell Garrett)
Livingston Middle School's Katrina Beechboard goes
up for 2 of her 11 points in the championship win over Rickman Elementary
School. (photo by Russell Garrett)
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Selected As Ambassador
By Rachel Smith
Many young boys dream of playing baseball, whether
at the local level, or as some do, to make it to the pros.
That dream is coming true for one of Overton County's
residents, a freshman at Livingston Academy named Josh Savage, son
of Sandy Butler of Rickman and Donald Savage of Allons.
Savage was recently selected to play on a baseball
team for the United States' People to People Sports Ambassadors
program, which will participate in the Australia Tournament Games
to be held August 4 through August 17 in Sydney, Australia. These
games will take place prior to the Olympics, allowing the students
the opportunity to watch the Olympic competitors practice for their
Savage said, "I feel very privileged and honored
to have been chosen to represent not only my community, but also
my country, in an international competition. I also look forward
to seeing Australia and learning about the culture down-under."
The program was established in 1956 by President Dwight
D. Eisenhower who believed that if people from different cultures
could come together in peace and friendship, so eventually would
countries. The program has grown dramatically since it began, having
sent thousands of U.S. students overseas to achieve an international
experience and compete in athletic events.
Sports Ambassadors are carefully interviewed and evaluated
before their acceptance to the program. Each student selected is
expected to share their experiences with schools and civic organizations
when they return. High school and college credits for the trip are
added bonuses for the students.
Along with the honor of the nomination comes the financial
responsibility of the trip. "In order to participate in this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I need your help. I am requesting
sponsorship from individuals and businesses to help alleviate the
cost," Savage said.
Anyone wishing to help sponsor Savage or would like
further information about the trip is asked to contact Sandy Butler
at (931) 498-2478.
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