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'Cats 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

Members 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 Garrett)




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 2 each.

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 throws.

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

As 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 1 each.

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 halftime.

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 Walker 1.

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 Institute.

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 62-57 win.

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 game.

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LMS 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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Savage 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 events.

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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