Softball Season Awaits Lady Wildcats
LA Wildcats Endure Tough Stretch
Phipps Hits Hole-In-One
Basektball Tournament To Be Held
New Softball Season Awaits Lady Wildcats
By Dewain E. Peek
Members of the 2000 Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Softball Team
are, standing from left, manager Rachel Meadows, Britany Smith,
Ashley Johnson, Jamie Boles, Lacey White, Lauren Linder, Stacey
Bishop, Julie Boles, Melissa Prichard, Courtney Curtis, Cory Parsons,
Letrice Smith, Brook Thompson, Hannah Stafford, Althea Allred, manager
Rachel Cyphers, and kneeling, Assistant Coach Michael McCormick
and Coach Danny McCormick.
The 2000 high school softball season will begin for
the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats at home on Monday, April 3
when they take on District 8-AA opponent Cannon County. Practice
will end and the time will come to show what kind of team they will
"To be honest, I don't know yet," Lady Wildcats
Coach Danny McCormick said. "We start three seniors and no
freshmen, so we're an older team. The jury's still out. I don't
know. I won't know probably until we get a week or two into our
"I don't know how strong everyone else is. I
don't know what the opposition is going to look like. I think our
district will be tough top to bottom, but that's what makes it fun.
"It's one of those year's where I think we could
be good if everybody steps up and does their job. If they don't,
we could be pretty weak."
The senior leadership will come from pitcher Courtney
Curtis, outfielder Melissa Prichard, and second baseman Julie Boles.
Curtis said, "I've worked really hard and I'm
older, so I'll be able to do better this year than I have in the
Of his main pitcher, Coach McCormick said, "She's
throwing the ball better than she ever has.
"Cory Parsons will probably do a little pitching
for us this year, which will help a whole lot because Courtney had
to take the whole season last year. It will let her rest ever once
in a while, especially on double headers."
The pitching will also depend on good defense.
Center fielder Melissa Prichard said, "I think
that our defense is really good this year. It's better than it probably
has been for a little while because we're pretty sound because we've
haven't changed that much. We lost one player."
The outfield lost Maggie White to graduation, but
the infield has not changed. Infielder Julie Boles said, "I
feel very good about the infield because we haven't changed at all
since last year. We really depend on each other."
Confidence in the fielding is one area Coach McCormick
feels certain of.
"Defense is probably going to be our strong suit.
I hope it will be," he said. "Most everybody's back. Hannah
(Stafford) at catcher, where she played last year, and Jamie Boles
at third, Letrice (Smith) at short, Julie Boles at second, and Cory
(Parsons) playing first; then an outfield that's basically the same,
Brook Thompson playing left, Melissa Prichard was playing left,
but she's now playing center, and right field will probably be divided
between Lauren Linder and Stacey Bishop."
Junior Lacey White will be playing for the Lady Wildcats
for the first time this year. Coach McCormick said she has some
pop in her bat that will be needed.
"We've never been a powerful team. If we get
some timely hitting, we can win some ball games.
"We have the experience. I can't claim that we're
This is a team that looks good in practice. Our defense
is solid, pitching's solid, catching's solid, we're strong up the
middle. It's all there. It's up to them."
The Lady Wildcats got in a warm-up for the new season
by taking on the Livingston Academy faculty in a spring break kick-off
on Friday, March 24. The faculty was outmatched, losing 11-1 and
giving Michael McCormick, who coached the Lady Wildcats for the
game, his first win.
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Endure Tough Stretch
By Dewain E. Peek
LA's James Parsons makes hard contact with a Monterey pitch as
teammates Jonathan Cummings and Robert Richardson look on. (photo
by Dewain E. Peek)
The Livingston Academy Wildcats played four games
last week, winning one and losing three.
The Wildcats opened the week's play by hosting the
Monterey Wildcats on Wednesday, March 22.
Bryant Harmon started for Livingston and was touched
for 5 runs, but LA came back and tied the game in the regulation
seven innings, forcing bonus innings. Shea Stout pitched four strong
innings, striking out 7, but took the loss as Livingston fell 6-8
Offensively, James Parsons went 2 for 5, hitting his
first home run of the season. Senior Derek Knappenberger also hit
his first home run of the season. Matthan Houser was on base four
times, getting a hit and walking three times. Rob Richardson went
2 for 4.
The following day LA hosted Clinton County, KY, and
took care of business early. The Wildcats overpowered their guest
15-4, ending the game in five innings.
Matt Quarles was the winning pitcher for Livingston.
Wildcats Coach Steve Robbins said, "He did a
Home runs were hit by James Parsons, Jerran Allen,
Bryant Harmon, and Chris Everley.
"We hit the ball that day," Coach Robbins
The Wildcats traveled to Kingston on Friday, March
24. Despite a good day hitting, the 'Cats took an 8-12 loss.
Jerran Allen was charged with the loss for LA.
James Parsons went 4 for 5 with a homer, 2 doubles,
and a single. Matthan Houser hit a home run and scored 3 runs, and
Chris Everley hit a home run. Eric Johnson went 3 for 3, and Jerran
Allen went 2 for 5. Bryant Harmon hit a double and scored a run.
The 'Cats traveled to play Lebanon the following day.
LA fell 1-6.
"Their pitcher was the best we've seen this year,"
Coach Robbins said.
Matthan Houser was charged with the loss.
"He did a good job and deserved to win,Ó Coach
Robbins said. "We hit the ball okay, but we hit right at them.
They made some good defensive plays."
Rob Richardson, Eric Johnson, and James Parsons mustered
the only hits for LA, and Jerran Allen sacrificed Livingston's only
The 'Cats committed four errors in each of the three
losses, and issued more walks than Coach Robbins cared to see.
"Our pitching hasn't been as good as I'd hoped,
but I still think it will come around," he said.
After opening district play at Gainesboro on Monday,
March 27, the Wildcats will play another District 9-AA opponent
at Jamestown on Wednesday, March 29 when they take on the York Institute
Livingston Academy will host Mogadore High School
of Akron, OH, in a 1 p.m. game on Monday, April 3, followed later
in the day by a 6 p.m. game against district rival Cannon County.
The next day, the 'Cats will travel to Carthage to play the Smith
County Owls in another district game.
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By Russell Garrett
Bill Phipps hit a hole-in-one on number 8 at Hidden
Valley Golf and Country Club Saturday, March 25 at approximately
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Tournament To Be Held
Mid America Youth Basketball (MAYB) will hold a regional
tournament at RCC Sports-Plex in Cookeville.
Divisions for small schools, large schools, traveling
teams, and AAU elite teams will be made available.
The entry deadline is May 1. For more information
call Leonard Jolley at (931) 432-1414 days or (931) 432-6342 nights.
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