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New 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 be.

"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 schedule.

"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 past."

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 young anymore.

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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LA Wildcats 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 to Monterey.

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 good job."

Home runs were hit by James Parsons, Jerran Allen, Bryant Harmon, and Chris Everley.

"We hit the ball that day," Coach Robbins said.

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, 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 run in.

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 Dragons.

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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Phipps Hits Hole-In-One
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 5 p.m.

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Basektball 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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