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Archives 05-03-2000



'Cats Defeat Tigers In District Contest
Lady 'Cats Take District Lead
LA Soccer Team Wins Two, Ties One
Men's Softball Plays Second Week
State B-B Gun Championship Held At LA
Girls Softball
Minor League
Curtis Signs With Cumberland University



'Cats Defeat Tigers In District Contest
By Dewain E. Peek

James Parsons hit a double and a home run, driving in three runs, in the Wildcats district win over DeKalb County on Friday, April 29. Teammate Chris Everley went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs in the game. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)

Matthan Houser relieved starter Eric Johnson and pitched the Wildcats to a win over district foe DeKalb County on Friday, April 28. Houser stabbed a line drive in the first inning to key an inning-ending double play, and also hit a home run in the game. The ‘Cats needed the win to boost their confidence after losing both games of a double-header against Upperman on Tuesday, April 25. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)

Lady 'Cats Take District Lead

By Dewain E. Peek

Hannah Stafford slides home with a run for the Lady Wildcats against district rival Smith County in the 5-1 win on Wednesday, April 26. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)

With the regular season winding down, the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats moved one step closer to securing a regular season district championship when they defeated the Smith County Lady Owls on Wednesday, May 26.

The teams seemed evenly matched in the early going, but after Smith County gained a 1-0 lead, the Lady 'Cats pounced and didn't let up until they had defeated the District 8-AA opponent 5-1. The win avenged Livingston Academy's only district loss of the season.

Lady 'Cats Coach Danny McCormick said, "I was real proud of them. We played great defensively. Courtney (Curtis) pitched pretty good.

"Smith County is a tough team. We just absolutely went out and hit the ball. When we had a chance to make a difference, we did. As a team, we're not overpowering anybody. But we're making our hits count. We're doing all the little things necessary to win, and that's all you can ask for."

According to McCormick, Hannah Stafford was business as usual at the plate, going 2 for 3 and driving in 2 runs. Jamie Boles also showed signs of coming out of a mild slump to hit a double and a single and drive in a run. Juniors Brook Thompson, Lauren Linder, and Letrice Smith contributed a hit.

"Melissa Prichard kept getting things done with a sacrifice bunt to drive in a big run," Coach McCormick said.

Courtney Curtis and her defense proved to be stingy again, according to Coach McCormick. Curtis allowed only one hit and one unearned run, while striking out 7. The win was her 12th of the season.

"We played real well. It put us first place in the district, which now we have to fight to hold onto."

The win moved the Lady ‘Cats to 8-1 in District 8-AA, with three games remaining on the schedule, DeKalb on Monday, May 1, A 4:30 p.m. home game against the York Institute Lady Dragons on Wednesday, May 3, and an away game at Gainesboro against the Jackson County Lady Blue Devils.

The Lady ‘Cats participated in the Cookeville Tournament on Friday and Saturday, April 28-29. They faced Houston County on Friday evening and came away with a 3-1 win.

"Again an errorless night and some nifty pitching by Courtney Curtis turned the trick," Coach McCormick said.

According to McCormick, LA made the most of some timely hitting to take advantage of their only 4 hits, junior Lacey White getting 2 to drive in 2 of LA's 3 runs. Sisters Julie and Jamie Boles provided the other 2 hits.

Curtis struck out 5 and was backed by flawless defense.

"We played great defensively," Coach McCormick said. "We didn't kill the ball, but we put some hits together."

Next on the evening was Morristown West. Same score, different winner.

"We played well. We stayed with them," Coach McCormick said. "They beat us 3-1, but we had opportunities. In the last inning, we had runners at second and third, so we had the tying runs on. We just couldn't get that hit we needed."

On Saturday morning, Coffee County had the Lady ‘Cats for breakfast. LA lost 10-1 to the perennial state championship contender. Coffee County pounded out 11 hits, scoring 10 runs, while allowing LA only a single hit.

"Coffee County is just tough," Coach McCormick said.

"We've come out of it, I hope, tougher."

The Lady Wildcats will get to test their toughness next week when the District 8-AA Tournament begins on Monday, May 8 at Carthage.

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Soccer Team Wins Two, Ties One
By Dewain E. Peek

On the Livingston Academy Wildcats Soccer Team's list of things to do in the 2000 season, winning over neighboring Cookeville was high on the list. Check it off.

Livingston Academy hosted and toasted the more experienced Cookeville Cavaliers on Tuesday, April 25, winning narrowly at 2-1, but a win no less. "

It was the best game of the year," LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said. "Talk about an exciting game, that was an exciting game.

"That made my year."

Seniors Marc Smith and Jeremy Crabtree scored goals for Livingston Academy.

Sophomore goalkeeper Matt O'Brien had 8 saves in the game to secure the victory for LA.

"That's the best we've ever played against Cookeville," Coach Sells said. "We made passes. We played like a team."

The ‘Cats traveled to play Mt. Juliet Christian on Thursday, April 27. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie in the pouring rain.

"They played well," Coach Sells said. "Their forwards are really fast. But everything they did, we did too.”

LA took the road show to Boyd Christian on Friday, April 28 and pounded the undermanned team 8-0.

Senior Peter Beasley scored 4 goals, freshman Donovan Reid scored 2 goals, and sophomore Colin Smith and senior Marc Smith each scored a goal.

After traveling to Jamestown to play York Institute on Monday, May 1, Livingston Academy will host Friendship Christian on Thursday, May 4 at 4 p.m. The following day, Livingston Academy will host the York Institute Dragons at 4 p.m. for the final game of the regular season.

The district tournament will begin Monday, May 8.


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Men's Softball Plays Second Week

Overton County Men's Softball went into its second week of the 2000 season last week. Game scores are as follows:

Wednesday, April 26
D&R Paving 25, Crossville Ford 13
D&R Paving - Ray Lee 4 for 4, Scotty Beaty 4 for 5, Jason Vaughn 4 for 5 with a home run, and Randy Campbell hit a home run. Crossville Ford - Michael Melton 3 for 4, Jason Thompson 2 for 3, Greg McDonald 2 for 3 with a home run, and Andy Smith 2 for 3.

Huckeby Construction 15, Highways Inc. 11
Huckeby Construction - Kenny Tayes 3 for 4 with 2 home runs, including a game-winning grand slam, Gerald Ferrell 3 for 4, and Greg Parsons hit a home run. Highways Inc. - Tator Tayes 3 for 4 with a home run, Chris Hunter 3 for 4 with a home run, Cliff Pugh 3 for 4 with a home run, Richard Panker 3 for 4, Mike Sidwell 3 for 4, and Ken Gore 3 for 4.

Lynn's Footwear 22, West End Sports 12
Lynn's Footwear - Eric Mitchell 5 for 5 with a home run, Jerry Arms 4 for 5, Johnny Painter 4 for 5, Brandon Thomas 4 for 5 with a home run, and James Robbins hit a home run.

Thursday, April 27
Witt's 14, Lynn's Footwear 13
Witt's - Gary Watson 4 for 4 with 2 home runs, Rat Westmoreland 4 for 4, Terry Conner 3 for 3, and Shane Nivens hit a home run. Lynn's Footwear - Steve Arms 4 for 4 with a home run, Jerry Arms 4 for 4, Brandon Thomas 3 for 4 with a home run, Johnny Painter 3 for 4, John Reagan 3 for 4, and Jason Trent hit a home run.

Highways Inc. 18, D&R Paving 15
Highways Inc. - John Looper 4 for 5, Billy Hammons 3 for 4, Kelly Hill 3 for 4, Mike Sidwell 3 for 4, Coy Padgett 3 for 4, and Tator Tayes, Chris Hunter, and Bobby McDougal each hit a home. D&R Paving - Matt Compton 4 for 4 with 2 home runs, Brian Everett 4 for 4, Randy Campbell 4 for 4, Josh Coffman 3 for 4, and Bill Phipps 3 for 4.

Huckeby Construction 25, Crossville Ford 4
Huckeby Construction - Curt Huckeby 3 for 3, Gerald Ferrell 3 for 3, Bruce Dixon 3 for 3, Kenny Tayes 3 for 4 with a home run, Waylon Ledbetter 3 for 4 with 2 home runs, Mickey Huckeby 3 for 4, Mark Neely 3 for 4, and Andy Parsons hit a home run. Crossville Ford - Chris Ledbetter 2 for 2, and Greg Arnold 2 for 2.

Men's Softball Standings W L
Huckeby Construction 3 0
Lynn's Footwear 3 1
Witt's 1 1
West End Sports 1 1
Highways Inc. 1 2
D&R Paving 1 3
Crossville Ford 0 2

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State B-B Gun Championship Held At LA

The Tennessee State B-B Gun Championship was held Saturday, April 29 in the Livingston Academy gymnasium. The event was hosted by the Livingston Jaycees.

The top shooters overall in the State B-B Gun Championship held Saturday at Livingston Academy were, 1st place - Elena Lee, center, 2nd place - Jonathan Lee, left, and 3rd place - Dustin Johnson, right.

Bend of the River "Possums" took the Tennessee State B-B Gun Championship for 2000. Team members are Mark Dean, Marie Murray, Elena Lee, Jonathan Lee, Dustin Johnson, Bekim Haliti, Brenda Violet, Steve Violet, Coach Charlie Pardue, and Coach Howard and Coach Lee.

Livingston Silver Bullets took the runner-up spot in the State B-B Gun Championship. Team members are, front row, Amanda Hargis, Emily Looper, David Brown, back row, Coty Hargis, Joshua Alsip, Lucas Holt, and Levi Holt.

Murfreesboro Sharpshooter took third place. Members are, in no particular order, Coach Mark Davis, Jarrod Romero, Katrina Hall, Matthew Robichaud, and Candice Hall. Championship Held At LA

The Livingston Jaycees were honored for hosting the state championship shoot. Accepting the award are, from left, Leon Harris, Kim Curd, Josh Beasley, and Mike Johnson.

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Babe Ruth Babe Ruth League Opens County Play

Overton County Babe Ruth League opened play last week. Scores in games played were as follows:

Friday, April 28
Byrdstown Medical Center 11, Overton County Cable TV 1
Lake Times News 7, Kelly Williams Law Office 1

Saturday, April 29
Lake Times News won by forfeit over Overton County Cable TV
Union Bank 14, Byrdstown Medical Center 5

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Girls Softball Season Begins Play

Overton County Girls Softball began league play last week. Scores in games played were as follows:

Girls 10-Under
Tuesday, April 25
Build. Ctr. 15, Union Bank 8
ASB 21, West End Sports 2
Lil Hustlers 14, FNB 10

Saturday, April 29
Union Bank 20, W.E.
Sports 5 ASB 14, FNB 3
Build.Ctr. 12, Lil Hustlers 11

Standings W L
ASB 2 0
Building Center 2 0
Union Bank 1 1
Lil Hustlers 1 1
First National Bank 0 2
West End Sports 0 2

Girls 12-Under
Thursday, April 27
Sears 12, Overton Rest. 10
FNB 15, Speck's 8

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Minor League Season Opens At Ballpark
Overton County Minor League began play last week. Scores in games played were as follows:

Tuesday, April 25
Co-op 15, First National 6

Thursday, April 27
Holt's 11, Phys. Med. 1

Friday, April 28
Co-op 17, U.C. Sports 1
FNB 10, Berkline 3

Saturday, April 29
Berkline 9, Phys. Med. 6
Holt's 17, U.C. Sports 3

Minor League Standings W L
Co-op 2 0
Holt's Pharmacy 2 0
First National Bank 1 1
Berkline 1 1
Physical Medicine 0 2
U.C. Sports 0 2

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Curtis Signs With Cumberland University
Livingston Academy senior Courtney Curtis signed a softball scholarship with Cumberland University, located in Lebanon, on Friday, April 28. Present at the signing were, seated Sharon Curtis, her mother, Courtney Curtis, and Charles Curtis, her father, standing from left, Livingston Academy Athletic Director Howard Miller, Cumberland University Lady Dawgs Coach Jr. Hawkins, and Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Coach Danny McCormick. Curtis is the primary pitcher for the District 8-AA leading Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)

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