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Archives 05-10-2000



Wildcats Win Two Of Three In District
Lady 'Cats Take District Regular Season Title
LA Soccer Team Takes Season Title
Huckeby Leads Close Men's Softball Race
Girls Softball Season Continues
Two Teams Top Minor League Play
Little League Season In Full Swing



Wildcats Win Two Of Three In District
By Dewain E. Peek

The Livingston Academy Wildcats baseball team closed out the regular season with three District 8-AA games. The 'Cats won two and dropped one, to finish third in the regular season.

Livingston Academy hosted the Cannon County Lions on Saturday, April 29 and took a heart-rending 9-11 loss.

Cannon County jumped on the board first with 8 runs in the second inning and another in the third to lead 9-0. LA got on the board in the bottom of the third to put the score at 1-9. LA added two more in the fourth inning, then broke down the walls for 6 runs in the fifth inning to tie the game at 9. But the ‘Cats could not hold down the Lions. Cannon put across 2 in the sixth, and LA could not respond.

Cannon County had 8 hits in the game to the Wildcats' 11, but scored the runs necessary to win.

Wildcats Coach Steve Robbins said, "We fought back hard, did a good job of coming back. Then we let them score 2 more late and we just couldn't get anything going the last couple of innings."

For LA, Robert Richardson hit a home run and a single, drove in 4 runs, was hit by a pitch, and scored 2 runs. James Parsons hit a home run and 2 singles, drove in 3 runs, and scored 2 runs. Pitcher Shea Stout helped his own cause with a 2 RBI single. Eric Johnson singled twice and scored a run, Josh Parsons was hit by a pitch and scored a run, Jonathan Cummings singled and scored a run, Josh Cravins scored a run, Jerran Allen and Chris Everley each singled, and Matthan Houser drew a walk.

The Wildcats again faced the Lions on Monday, May 1 at Woodbury. This time the ‘Cats got fewer hits, but won 8-3.

Coach Robbins said, "We played real well. Matthan hit the first pitch of the game out, and that set the tone. Josh Parsons hit a 3-run homer to give us a little breathing room at 5-1. Then Eric Johnson hit a 2-run homer later to make it 7-2."

Jerran Allen was the winning pitcher for LA, striking out 4 and allowing only 4 hits. Along with his 3-run homer, Josh Parsons also singled.

Along with his home run, Matthan Houser walked twice and scored another run. Josh Cravins scored 2 runs, James Parsons walked twice, singled, and scored a run, Matt Poston doubled, singled, and scored a run, Jerran Allen doubled, and Robert Richardson hit 2 singles.

The ‘Cats closed the week and the regular season with a game against the York Institute Dragons. LA overpowered the Jamestown team 14-2. Matthan Houser was the winning pitcher, striking out 8 York batters.

Coach Robbins said, "We played well. We hit the ball. Matthan pitched really well. He threw a complete game.

"Defensively we played well and that kind of carried over ."

Jerran Allen homered and singled, drove in 4 runs, and scored 2 runs. Matt Poston hit 2 singles, drove in 3 runs, and scored a run. James Parsons singled, doubled, drew 2 walks, drove in 2 runs, and scored 3 runs. Chris Everley singled and drove in 2 runs. Eric Johnson singled, doubled, drove in a run, and scored 2 runs. Derek Knappenberger singled, walked twice, drove in a run, and scored a run. Matthan Houser had a hit, was hit by a pitch, and scored 3 runs. Josh Parsons walked and scored a run, Josh Cravins scored a run, and Robert Richardson was hit by a pitch.

With the regular season concluded, the All-District 8-AA Team was announced. Wildcats Jerran Allen, Matthan Houser, Bryant Harmon, and James Parsons were all named to the team. Wildcats receiving honorable mention were Josh Parsons, Eric Johnson, and Robert Richardson.

The District 8-AA Tournament was scheduled to be held Monday, May 8 at Upperman High School. The tournament is double-elimination. The region tournament is scheduled to begin Monday, May 15, with the single-elimination tournament to play through Wednesday, May 17.


Lady 'Cats Take District Regular Season Title

By Dewain E. Peek

Sophomore catcher Hannah Stafford has been a reliable backstop for LA pitching this year. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)



The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats closed the regular season as the District 8-AA champions. The Lady 'Cats finished with an 11-1 regular season record in the district.

Lady 'Cats Coach Danny McCormick said, "A coach couldn't be prouder of a bunch of girls than I am them. We had three games we needed to win and we won all three."

The Lady Wildcats opened last week's play hosting the DeKalb County Lady Tigers. LA won 3-1.

The Lady 'Cats were led in hitting by Melissa Prichard, who went 2 for 3 and batted in a run. Julie Boles, Hannah Stafford, and Letrice Smith each contributed singles to provide the runs needed to win.

Senior standout Courtney Curtis scattered 4 hits and struck out 2.

Coach McCormick said, "DeKalb was the only team in the district with a chance to tie us."

A home win over the York Institute Lady Dragons on Wednesday, May 3 would move LA firmly into the district driver's seat. The Lady 'Cats took care of business with a 5-0 victory.

Eight different Lady 'Cats had hits to provide the offense necessary to secure victory. Julie Boles singled, Hannah Stafford doubled and drove in a run, Melissa Prichard tripled and drove in a run, Jamie Boles doubled and drove in 2 runs, Cory Parsons singled, Lacey White singled, Brook Thompson singled, and Lauren Linder came off the bench to double.

Courtney Curtis turned in another sparkling performance, striking out 6, while giving up only 2 hits. She was helped on defense by a Julie Boles' backhand stab of a ground ball headed for right field, which she picked up clean and continued running over the second base bag to make a smooth end to a potential York rally. Stacey Bishop made two excellent catches in right field to keep York off the bases, and Melissa Prichard tracked down an almost sure hit for York to turn it into a fly ball out.

Livingston Academy finished the regular season in style, defeating a tough Jackson County squad on their home turf by a score of 3-0.

Cory Parsons exploded for 3 hits, and Courtney Curtis and Julie Boles drove in big runs to secure a win for LA. Curtis also turned up the heat on defense, striking out 13 Lady Blue Devils, while scattering 5 hits. The 13 strikeouts put Curtis over the 100 mark for the season.

Coach McCormick said, "Defense also made its impact, as usual, with sterling play from a tough outfield, and timely plays from an infield that has been stingy all year.

"Jackson County has been tough this year. We got enough runs to win.

"We do one thing, we execute. So many times this year when we've struggled a little bit we'll put down a bunt and run or a suicide squeeze, and we do it all. They've just executed all year long."

The win pushed the Lady Wildcats' overall record to 13-1.

"I don't know that I've ever had a more enjoyable year or coached a better bunch of girls," Coach McCormick said. "I've just loved every minute of it.

"They've worked hard. They worked weights, they've ran, had a good attitude. They put it all into practice. "We've not blown anybody away, but we've played our game," he said.

"We have probably 10 shutouts this year where Courtney's absolutely pitched brilliantly, and I think she'd be the first to say that she's had a perfect cast behind her. They have played great defense.

"Everybody on this team have absolutely done their job. Our outfield has made every play this year except one. We've made one error in the outfield. They've just been tremendous."


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LA Soccer Team Takes Season Title
By Dewain E. Peek

Silas Stoddart, #2, controls the ball while the LA offense gets in position to score in the win over Friendship Christian. Stoddart scored 3 goals in the game. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)



The Livingston Academy Wildcats Boys Soccer Team is the regular season champions of District 9 A-AA.

The Wildcats won all three of last week's games, defeating York Institute twice, as well as defeating Friendship Christian.

LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "We're doing real well. We've just got to keep it up."

The ‘Cats opened the week on the road at Jamestown on Monday, May 1. Livingston defeated the home team 4-1. Colin Smith and Peter Beasley each scored 2 goals for LA, with Smith breaking the Livingston Academy season scoring record. Jordan Watkins held the previous season record at 23. The game moved Smith to 25 on the season.

Livingston Academy hosted Friendship Christian on Thursday, May 4 and took a 6-0 victory. Matt O'Brien preserved the shutout at goalie for LA.

Silas Stoddart scored the first 3 goals for the ‘Cats, then Joseph McGill, Bo Byers, and Ricky Schindler each scored a goal.

The Wildcats closed out the regular season at home on Friday, May 5 when they hosted the York Institute Dragons. LA won 7-0 to run the table on the district, finishing a perfect 8-0 in District 9 A-AA games.

Colin Smith, Peter Beasley, and Joseph McGill each scored 2 goals, and Silas Stoddart scored a goal. O'Brien and the LA defensive game once more were perfect at protecting the goal.

After a district tournament first round game against Friendship Christian on Monday, the Wildcats are destined to face Mt. Juliet Christian in the district final at Livingston on Wednesday, May 10 at 4 p.m.

Though short on the bench, Mt. Juliet is a team Coach Sells has much respect for.

"If we're not careful against Mt. Juliet, they'll beat us, because they've got real quick forwards.

"We've had that mentality that we've just got to show up and we can win. We can't do that against Mt. Juliet, they'll beat us because they're good."

Win or lose against Mt. Juliet, an appearance in the district championship game guarantees a slot in the region tournament. The difference being the winner hosts, the loser travels.


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Huckeby Leads Close Men's Softball Race

Huckby Construction holds the lead in Overton County Men's Softball, but narrowly. Game scores for last week are as follows:

Wednesday, May 3
West End Sports 18, Crossville Ford 3
West End Sports - Roger Ledbetter 4 for 4, Randy Wilson 3 for 4, Mark Meadows 3 for 4, John Brooks 3 for 4, and David Moore 3 for 4. Crossville Ford - Chris Ledbetter 2 for 2.

Highways Inc. 17, Witt's 6
Highways Inc. - Bobby McDougle 3 for 3, Brad Carr 3 for 4, Tator Tayes 3 for 4 with 2 home runs, Chris Hunter 3 for 4, and Cliff Pugh 3 for 4 with a home run. Witt's - Wayne Dishman 2 for 2 and Terry Conner 2 for 2.

Huckeby Construction 28, Lynn's Footwear 26
Huckeby Construction - Andy Parsons 5 for 6 with a home run, Mark Neely 4 for 5, Chris Story 4 for 5, Kenny Tayes 4 for 6, and and Waylon Ledbetter 4 for 6 with a home run. Lynn's Footwear - Johnny Painter 4 for 4 with a home run, Brandon Thomas 3 for 5 with a home run, and Eric Mitchell 3 for 5 with a home run.

Thursday, May 4
Lynn's Footwear 29 Crossville Ford 7
Lynn's Footwear - Steve Arms 5 for 5, John Reagan 4 for 4, Matt Jolley 4 for 5 with 2 home runs, Johnny Painter 4 for 5, Eric Mitchell 4 for 5, Brandon Thomas 4 for 5, and James Robbins hit a home run. Crossville Ford - Greg McDonald 3 for 3 with a home run, Jim Thompson 2 for 2, and Tim Mountain 2 for 2.

Witt's 23, D&R Paving 6
Witt's - Russell Wattenbarger 4 for 4 with a home run, Gary Watson 4 for 4 with a home run, Terry Kingery 4 for 4, and Randy Gore hit a home run. D&R Paving - Jason Vaughn 3 for 3 with a home run, Keith Miller 2 for 2, Perry Morgan 2 for 2, Matt Compton 2 for 2.

West End Sports 14, Huckeby Construction 10
West End Sports - Eddie Dailey 4 for 4, Michael Matthews 4 for 4, Mark Meadows 3 for 3, David Moore 3 for 4 with a home run, Steve Boles 3 for 4, and Mark "Hammer" Lee 3 for 4. Huckeby Construction - Andy Parsons 3 for 4, Chris Story 3 for 4 with a home run, and Tracy Welch hit a home run.

Men's Softball Standings W L
Huckeby Construction 4 1
West End Sports 3 1
Lynn's Footwear 4 2
Highways Inc. 2 2
Witt's 2 2
D&R Paving 1 4
Crossville Ford 0 4

Top 10 Batting Avg.

Gary Watson, Witt's .900
Matt Compton, D&R .900
Eddie Dailey, W.E. S ports .846
Johnny Painter, Lynn's .821
Rat Westmoreland, Witt's .786
Ray Lee, D&R .769
John Reagan, Lynn's .750
Steve Arms, Lynn's .731
Chris Hunter, Highways .706
Bruce Dixon, Huckeby .700

Home Run Leaders (3 or more)
Tator Tayes, Highways 5
Kenny Tayes, Huckeby 4
Chris Story, Huckeby 4
Eric Mitchell, Lynn's 4
Brandon Thomas, Lynn's 3
Chris Hunter, Highways 3
Steve Arms, Lynn's 3
Andy Parsons, Huckeby 3
Waylon Ledbetter, Huckeby 3
Jason Vaughn, D&R 3
Gary Watson, Witt's 3

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Girls Softball Season Continues

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

Girls 10-Under
Tuesday, May 2
Lil Hustlers 17, W.E. Sports 3
ASB 15, Union Bank 3
Build. Ctr. 15, FNB 11

Saturday, May 6
U.B. 13, Lil Hustlers 7
ASB 15, Build.Ctr. 5
FNB 22, West End Sports 9

Standings W L
ASB 4 0
Building Center 3 1
Union Bank 2 2
Lil Hustlers 2 2
First National Bank 1 3
West End Sports 0 4

Girls 12-Under
Monday, May 1
Sears 16, Speck's 4
FNB 12, Overton Rest. 9

Friday, May 5
FNB 12, Sears 11
Overton Rest. 14, Speck's 8

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Two Teams Top Minor League Play

Co-op and Holt's find themselves tied for the top spot in Overton County Minor League after play last week. Scores in games played were as follows:

Tuesday, May 2
Co-op 16, Berkline 0

Thursday, May 4
FNB 16, U.C. Sports 4

Friday, May 5
Phys. Med. 12, U.C. Sports 9
Holt's 22, Berkline 0

Saturday, May 6
Holt's 15, First National 2
Co-op 22, Phys. Med. 10

Minor League Standings W L
Co-op 4 0
Holt's Pharmacy 4 0
First National Bank 2 2
Berkline 1 3
Physical Medicine 1 3
U.C. Sports 0 4

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Little League Season In Full Swing

Overton County Little League play is underway. Scores in games played were as follows:

9-10 Little League
Monday, May 1
LRH 9, Union Bank 8

Tuesday, May 2
LRH 6, First National 5

Friday, May 5
Woodmen 6, Union Bank 1
FNB 6, Birman 5

Saturday, May 6
KMA 16, ASB 10
Birman 14, Woodmen 7

11-12 Little League
Monday, May 1
FNB 9, Walthall Truck. 6

Tuesday, May 2
Union Bank 10, Swallows 6
Gantt 9, Liv. Limestone 6

Thursday, May 4
FNB 8, Gantt 0

Friday, May 5
Swallows 13, Liv. Lime. 8

Saturday, May 6
Walthall 4, Union Bank 3
Liv. Limestone 12, Gantt 10

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