'Cats Win Season Opener
LA Tennis Teams Begin New Season
Livingston Academy Soccer Team Opens 2000 Season
Poindexter Wins Red Man Bass Tournament
LMS Girls Undefeated
By Dewain E. Peek
athletics, a team sometimes has the opportunity to accomplish something
really special. The 1999-2000 Livingston Middle School girls basketball
team had such an opportunity and made the most of it.
The Tigers finished the regular season without a blemish
on their record. In regular season action, LMS faced out-of-county
teams Avery Trace, Fox, White County, Pine Haven, York and Pickett
County. They also faced county rivals Rickman, Allons, Hilham, and
Wilson. The LMS team compiled an overall season record of 14-0.
Livingston also played in three tournaments. In the
annual Derward Vaughn Classic hosted in November by LMS, the Tigers
played six games with victories over Wilson, Allons, Avery Trace,
Macon County, Pickett County, and White County. Livingston defeated
White County in the finals 62-29, with Megan Thompson tying a school
record for most 3-pointers in a single game with five.
In the Overton County Tournament, LMS received a first
round bye and met Allons in the semi-finals. Livingston defeated
the Hawks 57-15, and moved into the championship round to play Rickman.
In the finals, the LMS Tiger team took a 23-4 lead at the end of
the first quarter and never trailed in the game. Livingston won
the Overton County Championship, defeating Rickman 49-28.
In the first round of state tournament play, the 5A
division of the T-N-T State Tournament in Springfield, the LMS Tigers
were matched against David Lipscomb.
The game proved to be a close one until early in the
third quarter when Lipscomb took a seven point lead, 32-35. The
Tigers responded at this point by outscoring the Lipscomb Mustang
team 22-11 and were eventually victorious with the final score 47-43.
Katrina Beechboard scored 17 points and Kasey Baltimore
added 12 points. Kellie Thurman scored 8 points and played well
defensively against Lipscomb's big post players, as did Rebekah
In the semi-final match-up, Livingston met an old
rival, the White County Warriorettes. LMS jumped out to an early
lead, 14-4, at the end of the first quarter, and never trailed in
the game, winning 42-39.
Danielle Thrasher led the Tigers in scoring with 15
In the championship game, the Tigers played Avery
Trace, a team they had already defeated twice in the season. The
Tigers faced the task of proving the old adage wrong that it is
not easy to beat a good team three times.
The first half saw little scoring with Avery Trace
leading 13-12 at halftime; however, the second half belonged to
the Livingston defense. The Tigers were able to force turnovers
and outscored the Raiders 34-18 in the second half to win the 5A
state title 46-31.
The 1999-2000 Livingston Middle School Tigers took
the opportunity to accomplish something special, they finished the
season undefeated at 25-0.
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Win Season Opener
By Dewain E. Peek
The baseball season got off to a winning start for
the Livingston Academy Wildcats in the home season opener against
Monticello, KY. The 'Cats gave new coach Steve Robbins a 12-0 win
in five innings.
Coach Robbins said, "Even though I don't know
how good Monticello is going to be this year, I thought we played
"We made one error and that's acceptable. That's
not bad at all for the first night out.
"I was pretty pleased."
LA scored three runs in the first inning, three more
in the second, five in the third, and one in the fourth, while pitcher
Eric Johnson blanked the visiting team.
"Eric Johnson, on the mound, he did a good job," Coach
Robbins said. "Through five innings he had eight strikeouts.
He really had a good day. He was on."
Johnson allowed only one hit and two bases on balls.
"If we have a lot of performances like that we'll
have a good year."
The LA bats struck for 11 hits and 12 runs.
"We hit the ball well," Coach Robbins said.
"We got a lot of two out hits, which helped a lot."
"Our seniors, Houser and Allen did a good job.
They both scored three runs. Jerran had a big night. He hit a triple,
a double, and a single and drove in three and scored three. He had
a real good night."
Jerran Allen went 3 for 3 and Matthan Houser went
2 for 3 with three runs scored. Rob Richardson went 2 for 3. James
Parsons drove in two runs, and Johnson also helped his own cause
by driving in two runs. Josh Parsons scored a run.
"We ran the bases well and our defense was good,"
Coach Robbins said.
The LA Wildcats will host the Monterey Wildcats at
5 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. LA will make up Tuesday's rain-out on
Thursday, March 23, a 4 p.m. home game against Clinton County, KY.
Then, Livingston will take on two strong teams in away games, first
at Kingston on Friday, March 24, then playing Lebanon at Cumberland
University on Saturday, March 25.
The 'Cats will begin district play on Monday, March
27 at Gainesboro when they take on the Jackson County Blue Devils.
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Teams Begin New Season
By Russell Garrett
The Livingston Academy tennis teams opened the 2000
season in White County on March 13.
Suiting up for the girls this year are Tosha Cole,
LaShaun Livingston, Candice Barker, Kila Cope, and Megan Masters.
For the boys are Joey White, Casey Hunter, Bryce Easterly,
Josh Krack, and Eric Ragland.
New coach Danny McCoin said, "We are improving
and getting better each week."
In the girls competition Tosha Cole won over Jensen
Swindell 8-4. In the doubles competition Tosha Cole and LaShaun
Livingston lost a close one to Kendra Cole and Rebecca West 5-8.
In boys doubles competition, Joey White and Casey
Hunter lost to Mark Sims and Kevin Weldon 7-9 and Bryce Easterly
and Josh Krack lost to Jason Ryder and Lee Hitchcock 8-6.
After hosting Celina on Tuesday March 21 the Cats
will travel to Macon county on March 23, then will host Friendship
Christian the following day.
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Academy Soccer Team Opens 2000 Season
Members of the Livingston Academy Wildcats soccer
team are, kneeling from left, Chris Dingwall, Anthony Ognibene,
Brian McDonald, Ricky Schindler, Silas Stoddart, Tim Bilbrey, Josh
Krack, Cody Boles, Bo Byers, standing from left, Eric Huddleston,
Scott Romzek, Colin Smith, Joseph McGill, Jeremy Crabtree, Marc
Smith, Matt O'Brien, Peter Beasley, Jeremy Bilbrey, Jonathan Beaty,
Jacob Cobble, and Coach Rick Sells. Team members not pictured are
Donovan Reid and Josh Young. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)
By Dewain E. Peek
Coach Rick Sells has no lack of confidence in his
2000 Livingston Academy Wildcats boys soccer team.
Of the district, Coach Sells said, "We ought
to win it. We shouldn't have a problem with the district. The only
team I was worried about was Mt. Juliet. We ought to win it, no
Mt. Juliet Christian apparently presented no problem
on Friday, March 17 when they came to Livingston Academy and lost
to the home team.
The ‘Cats scored two goals in the first few minutes
of the game, then settled in, scoring two more goals and allowing
one. LA goals were scored by Colin Smith, Silas Stoddart, Marc Smith,
and Josh Krack.
"We gave them a goal we shouldn't have,"
Coach Sells said. "We should have had a lot more goals. We
just got soft on them. I think we got a little tired. I'm going
to have to work on getting the midfield in and out more.
"I was pleased. Overall, I think we played well.
"Mt. Juliet beat Friendship Christian something like 7-1, and
I was a little worried about them. "I don't see anybody in
the district that can handle us." In addition to Mt. Juliet,
the district is made up of York Institute, Friendship Christian,
and Boyd Christian. The team opened the season with a non-district
game at Scott County on Tuesday, March 14. LA took a 1-2 loss.
"We didn't play well," Coach Sells said.
"The first half they got a cheap goal. The second half we had
about 20 shots on goal. We got a goal with about three minutes to
go, then they scored on us again with about a minute to go. It was
like the parting of the Red Sea, it just opened up and those people
just came through and shot a goal on us."
The Wildcats will travel to take on Cookeville High
School on Thursday, March 23 in a 4 p.m. game. "Cookeville
is always tough," Coach Sells said.
"Cookeville's always got a good team. I think
we'll give them a good game. I think we'll be competitive.
"I don't think there's anybody on our schedule
we can't beat, that includes White House. We're just that much better
than we were last year.” Last year came to an end in a triple-overtime
region game against White House hosted by Livingston Academy.
"We've got White House scheduled this year in
the regular season," Coach Sells said. "We'll be able
to tell how far we can go after we play them. They're upper level
as far as soccer goes."
Senior leadership for the 2000 Wildcats soccer team
will come from Peter Beasley, Marc Smith, Jeremy Crabtree, Jeremy
Bilbrey, and Josh Young.
The team has four juniors - Silas Stoddart, Jacob
Cobble, Josh Krack, and Jonathan Beaty.
The bulk of the team is sophomore, nine in all - Matt
O'Brien, Colin Smith, Joseph McGill, Scott Romzek, Anthony Ognibene,
Ricky Schindler, Chris Dingwall, Tim Bilbrey, and Bo Byers.
Four freshmen join LA this season - Brian McDonald,
Cody Boles, Eric Huddleston, and Donovan Reid.
After this week's play, the team will take spring
break off, then return to play with a home game against York Institute
at 4 p.m. Monday, April 3 and host Cookeville at 4 p.m. Tuesday,
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Wins Red Man Bass Tournament
Jack Poindexter of Livingston outfished 137 competitors
Saturday, March 18 to earn $4,682 and 50 CITGO Challenge Points
on the boater side of the Red Man Tournament Trail Mountain Division
opener on Dale Hollow Lake.
Poindexter caught five bass weighing 13 pounds, 14
ounces during the one-day event to edge out Robert Regan of Byrdstown,
who finished with a four-bass catch of 13-0, worth $2,341. Poindexter
caught his limit slow rolling a white spinnerbait over stumps in
less than 10 feet of water.
James King of Monroe took third place and collected
$1,171 for four bass weighing 11-7. Kirby Thacker of Shelbyanna,
KY, placed fourth and earned $1,015 for four bass weighing 11-1,
while Keith Monson of Burgin, KY, placed fifth and earned $937 for
five bass weighing 10-12.
Gary Bowens of Byrdstown won the Abu Garcia Big Bass
Award in the Pro Division and collected $685 for a 4 pound, 15 ounce
bass that he caught on jig with a black frog trailer.
First place in the Co-Angler Division and $2,341 went
to Bob Taylor of Pikeville, KY, who topped 137 competitors with
four bass weighing 12-3. Second place in the Co-Angler Division
and $1,171 went to Kevin Hewitt of Somerset, KY, for two bass weighing
7-10, while Robert Liebert of Cincinnati, OH, took third place and
$585 with two bass weighing 6-3.
Glen Rowe of Louisa, KY, won the co-angler Abu Garcia
Big Bass Award of $342 for a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass he caught on
a black and blue spinnerbait.
Todd McKnight of London, KY, won the Berkley Power
Bait award, a package of baits valued at $200, for the heaviest
overall catch on Power Bait or Frenzy lures in either division.
His catch weighed 10-1.
On April 15, the Red Man Tournament Trail will visit
Lake Cumberland for the second of five events in the Mountain Division.
The boater with the most CITGO Challenge points after the division's
season finale, a two-day Super Tournament September 23-24 on the
Barren River, is declared the Divisional Points Champion and awarded
$1,000. The co-angler amassing the most points by the end of the
season receives $500.
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