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Archives 05-17-2000



'Cats Baseball Season Ends In Tourney
Lady Wildcats Bow Out In District Tournamen
LA Boys Soccer Team Wins District Tournament
County Little League Season Continues
Huckeby, Lynn's Lead Men's League
Holt's Leads In Minor League Race
Girls Softball Season Continues



'Cats Baseball Season Ends In Tourney
By Dewain E. Peek

The Livingston Academy Wildcats closed out the 2000 baseball season playing in the District 8-AA Tournament. The 'Cats posted one overwhelming win in the post-season, but lost twice to DeKalb County, ending the season.

LA Wildcats Baseball Coach Steve Robbins said, "We didn't reach the goals that we wanted, didn't go as far as we'd liked to have. We didn't win as many games as we wanted to.

"At times we played really, really well. Consistency was a problem. Defensively was where our struggles were this year, there's no question. Offensively we had some good numbers. The pitching staff did a good job. We just had too many errors that hurt us at times."

The ‘Cats opened the tournament on Monday, May 8 against DeKalb County. DeKalb scored 4 runs in the first inning. LA was undeterred, scoring a run in the second then holding DeKalb while adding 2 runs in the fifth and 2 runs in the sixth, and another run in the top of the seventh to take a 6-4 lead to the bottom of the seventh inning.

Then DeKalb put 3 runs on the board to win 7-6.

Shea Stout took the loss for LA, giving up 7 earned runs on 9 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5.

Offensively for LA, Stout helped his own cause by hitting 2 singles and a home run. James Parsons hit a home run and drove in 2 runs, Derek Knappenberger doubled and drove in a run, Matthan Houser hit 2 singles, drove in a run, and was hit by a pitch, Josh Parsons walked, singled and drove in a run, Eric Johnson was hit by a pitch and scored a run, Matt Poston singled and scored a run, Jerran Allen singled and scored a run, Jonathan Cummings scored 2 runs, and Robert Richardson was hit by a pitch.

The next day the Wildcats took on the Smith County Owls. Livingston Academy put across 6 runs in the first and never looked back, winning 12-0.

Winning pitcher Bryant Harmon allowed only 2 hits and struck out 3.

On offense, Harmon singled and drove in a run. Derek Knappenberger was hit by a pitch, singled, drove in a run, and scored 2 runs, Matthan Houser walked, singled, and doubled, drove in 2 runs, and scored a run, Jerran Allen walked, sacrificed, and drove in a run, James Parsons walked, hit 2 singles, and scored 3 runs, Josh Parsons walked, singled, drove in a run, and scored a run, Eric Johnson was hit by a pitch, walked, drove in a run, and scored 2 runs, Rob Richardson walked and singled, Matt Poston walked twice, drove in 2 runs and scored a run, and Jonathan Cummings scored 2 runs.

The win once more matched the ‘Cats against the DeKalb County Tigers on Wednesday, May 10. DeKalb scored 3 in the first, 3 in the third, and 3 in the fourth to put LA under. LA managed 5 runs on 5 hits.

Josh Parsons hit a 2-run homer, James Parsons singled and homered, Matthan Houser was hit by a pitch twice, singled, and scored a run, Eric Johnson doubled, drove in a run, and scored 2 runs, and Derek Knappenberger drove in a run.

The Wildcats closed out the 2000 season with a 13-12 overall record.

"Overall, I was pleased with our efforts," Coach Robbins said. "I think we all learned some things. I know it's my first year, I'm sure we've made some mistakes that maybe in the future we won't make, but that's part of growing I guess.

"Next year we'll have a good crew coming back." The team will probably have 11 seniors next year, after losing four to graduation this year.

"We're losing two that have been with us four years. They had great runs here - Matthan and Jerran," Robbins said. "And the other two who came out for their first year, Chris Everley and Derek Knappenberger, and I really appreciate those guys because they came here, didn't know if they were going to get to play, and they both contributed, did well. I was really proud of those two.

"We had some guys that had some great years, Matthan and Jerran, and James Parsons. A lot of kids contributed in a lot of ways."

Junior James Parsons had an unbelievable year, closing out the season with a .500 batting average, 11 home runs, 34 RBI, 43 hits, and 32 runs scored.

Senior Matthan Houser batted .393, scored 27 runs, had 24 hits, 5 home runs, 14 RBI, 8 stolen bases, and 15 bases on balls.

Senior Jerran Allen batted .333, scored 17 runs, had 23 hits, 18 RBI, and 4 home runs.

Junior Eric Johnson batted .319, scored 23 runs, had 23 hits, 17 RBI, 3 home runs, and 10 bases on balls. Junior catcher Robert Richardson batted .324, had 22 hits and 15 RBI.

Senior Chris Everley had 12 hits, 19 RBI, and 4 home runs. Senior Derek Knappenberger had 11 hits, 12 RBI, and scored 8 runs.

Jonathan Cummings, a sophomore, scored 15 runs and had 10 hits and 7 bases on balls.

Junior Bryant Harmon was the ace of the pitching staff, posting a 5-1 record with a 2.67 earned run average. "We always want to go to the region and the state quarterfinals and go on, but it just didn't happen that way," Coach Robbins said. "We were disappointed with that.

"We had a good season. I'm proud of the guys and the efforts they gave us this year.

"The future looks pretty good. We just need to get back working, do a better job defensively next year and I think we'll be okay."


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Lady Wildcats Bow Out In District

By Dewain E. Peek

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats softball team closed out the 2000 season in the District 8-AA Tournament. Grit and determination were not enough to overcome untimely errors for the Lady ‘Cats.

LA began tournament play on Tuesday, May 9 as the number one seed facing a tough Upperman Lady Bees team who had taken the Lady 'Cats to overtime twice in the regular season before succumbing. This time Upperman got the upper hand and held on for a 4-1 win.

Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Coach Danny McCormick said, "Two errors, back-to-back just killed us. We ended up with 5 errors in the game, but those two just broke our back."

LA pitcher Courtney Curtis struck out 5 Lady Bees and gave up only 4 hits, but was tagged with the loss. Offensively, the Lady 'Cats managed three singles, those from sophomore Hannah Stafford, junior Letrice Smith, and junior Lauren Linder.

Next up was a Jackson County Lady Blue Devils team that had lost twice to the Lady Wildcats in the regular season, though only through fortuitous hitting. The Wednesday, May 10 district tournament game would not be so kind to LA.

" We had them down 2-0," Coach McCormick said. "They tied it 2-2. We come back and go ahead 3-2 in the sixth. Then they scored 5 runs.

"We had chance after chance after chance to break each game open, and we couldn't do it. We had the bases loaded a couple of times, got nothing out of it. We had runners at second and third, nobody out, and got nothing out of it. It was just one of those games that everything that has gone right for us went wrong."

Senior Courtney Curtis struck out 5 and gave up only 5 hits in the loss.

Senior Julie Boles went 2 for 4 with a run batted in, Hannah Stafford had a hit, Letrice Smith hit a single, Curtis hit a single, and junior Cory Parsons hit a single and drove in a run.

"We had 5 hits, they had 5 hits, but we had 3 errors in a row that just killed us in the seventh inning. Then they went single, single, triple, and that was the ballgame.

"We made some critical errors in both games."

The 2000 Lady Wildcats closed the season with a 16-5 overall record, 13-3 in District 8-AA, and as the regular season champions.

"It's been a real good season," Coach McCormick said. "It's been a case where we got probably the most from our kids. I don't measure the season by whether we won the tournament or how far we've gone.

"This has been an easy year to coach. These kids have given me everything that they have and then some."

The team loses three seniors to graduation - Courtney Curtis, Julie Boles, and Melissa Prichard.

Of the departing seniors, McCormick said, "Courtney Curtis, how do you replace somebody that's pitched as well as she's pitched for four years?

"Julie Boles ranks up there with the top second basemen I've ever coached.

"Melissa Prichard really didn't blossom until this year. She hit over .300 all year long. She was flawless in the outfield. She brought a lot of heart to the team.

"Overall it has been a real pleasure to coach this bunch."


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LA Boys Soccer Team Wins District Tournament
By Dewain E. Peek

It wasn't the Earps against the Clantons, but the District 9 A-AA Soccer Tournament championship game between Livingston Academy and Mt. Juliet Christian on Wednesday, May 10 came down to a shootout.

"They played us to a tie," LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said. "We went into overtime and had two 10-minute periods. We were still tied.

"Then we went into a 5-minute sudden death. Still tied.

"Then we went into a shootout. In a shootout, you pick five from your team, they pick five from their team, and the goalies."

After the smoke cleared, LA stood victorious with a 3-1 win.

"Matt O'Brien made two great saves," Coach Sells said. "Marc Smith, Colin Smith, and Anthony Ognibene hit their shots. "It was hard though. That was a hard game. "We played tough the whole game."

The overtime came after a 3-3 regulation play. Colin Smith, Silas Stoddart, and Peter Beasley each scored goals for LA during regulation. "We'd go up on them, and they would come back," Coach Sells said. "We had 30 or 40 shots, we were shooting, but they just wouldn't go in.

"Matt O'Brien played a great game. I can't give enough credit to him. He really played well. The shots they got weren't really his fault. They would outrun our defense.

"I don't want to go through another one like that. That was too close. It was too stressful."

Earlier in the week, Livingston defeated Friendship Christian 10-0 in the first round of the district tournament. Peter Beasley scored 3 goals, Joseph McGill and Anthony Ognibene each scored 2 goals, and Marc Smith, Colin Smith, and Cody Boles each scored a goal.

Peter Beasley was named the District 9 A-AA Most Valuable Player. He has signed a soccer scholarship with Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY, who won Division II last year.

Marc Smith, Colin Smith, and Joseph McGill were all named All-District 9 A-AA.

Next up is the region tournament.

"We're good enough that we could win," Coach Sells said. "We've got enough talent that we can beat anybody. The thing of it is whether we play well that day or not."


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County Little League Season Continues

Overton County Little League play continued last week. Scores in games played were as follows:

9-10 Little League
Birman 21, ASB 8
FNB 6, Woodmen 5
Union Bank 14, Birman 2
Union Bank 12, KMA 11
First National 11, ASB 4 |
LRH 12, Woodmen 5
Birman 8, KMA 6

11-12 Little League
Union Bank 10, Walthall 9
Gantt 5, Union Bank 3
FNB 5, Liv. Limestone 4
Swallows 7, Walthall 5
FNB 9, Union Bank 4
Walthall 10, Liv. Limestone 0
Gantt 5, Swallows 4

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Huckeby, Lynn's Lead Men's League

Huckeby Construction and Witt's now stand tied atop the Overton County Men's Softball League. Last week's scores are as follows:

Wednesday, May 10
D&R Paving 16, Huckeby Construction 13
D&R Paving - Jason "Worm" Vaughn 4 for 4 with 3 home runs, Josh Coffman 4 for 4, Scott Stowe 3 for 4, and Robbie Berta 3 for 4. Huckeby Construction - Andy Parsons 3 for 3 with a home run, Waylon Ledbetter 3 for 4 with a home run, and Chris Story hit a home run.

Witt's 14, West End Sports 2
Witt's - Terry Kingery 4 for 4, Steve Timmons 3 for 3, Shane Nivens 3 for 4 with a home run, and Rat Westmoreland hit a home run. West End Sports - Steve Boles went 2 for 2.

Highways Inc. 12, Crossville Ford 7
Highways Inc. - Bobby McDougal 4 for 4, Chris Hunter 3 for 4 with 2 home runs, Mike Sidwell 3 for 4, and Richard Panker 3 for 4. Crossville Ford - Jeff Kennedy 3 for 3, Steve Mosley 2 for 3, Tim Mountain 2 for 3, and Andy Smith 2 for 3.

Wednesday, May 10
Huckeby Construction 25, Witt's 9
Huckeby Construction - Andy Parsons 5 for 5, Shane Welch 4 for 4 with a home run, Tracy Welch 4 for 4, Mark Neely 3 for 3, and Waylon Ledbetter hit 2 home runs. Witt's - Terry Kingery 2 for 3, Billy Witt 2 for 3, Russell Wattenbarger 2 for 3, Jeff Hammock 2 for 3, and Chris Bullock 2 for 3.

D&R Paving 23, West End Sports 13
D&R Paving - Jason Vaughn 4 for 5 with a home run, Scotty Cole 4 for 5, Keith Miller 3 for 4, and Bill Phipps hit a home run. West End Sports - Randy Wilson 3 for 3, Mike Matthews 3 for 4, and Steve Boles 3 for 4.

Lynn's Footwear 18, Highways Inc. 10
Lynn's Footwear - Johnny Painter 4 for 4 with a home run, Derrick Anderson 3 for 3 with a home run, Steve Arms hit a home run, and Matt Jolley hit a home run. Highways Inc. - Bobby McDougal 4 for 4 with a home run, Rodney Padgett 3 for 3, Mike Sidwell 3 for 4, and Chris Hunter hit 2 home runs.

Top 10 Batting Avg. (20 or more at-bats)
Johnny Painter, Lynn's .844
Andy Parsons, Huckeby .759
Jason Vaughn, D&R .750
John Reagan, Lynn's .719
Steve Arms, Lynn's .700
Chris Hunter, Highways .692
Terry Kingery, Witt's .682
Ray Lee, D&R .667
Jerry Arms, Lynn's .667
Josh Coffman, D&R .654

Home Run Leaders (4 or more)
Chris Hunter, Highways 7
Jason Vaughn, D&R 7
Waylon Ledbetter, Huckeby 6
Kenny Tayes, Huckeby 4
Andy Parsons, Huckeby 4
Shane Nivens, Witt's 4
Steve Arms, Lynn's 4
Eric Mitchell, Lynn's 4

Men's Standings W L
Huckeby Construction 5 2
Lynn's Footwear 5 2
Highways Inc. 3 3
West End Sports 3 3
Witt's 3 3
D&R Paving 3 4
Crossville Ford 0 5

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Holt's Leads In Minor League Race

Holt's stands alone atop Overton County Minor League after play last week. Scores in games played were as follows:

Tuesday, May 9
Holt's 17, Co-op 8

Thursday, May 11
Phys. Med. 8, Berkline 3

Friday, May 12
FNB 15, Phys. Med. 6
Holt's 11, U.C. Sports 1

Saturday, May 13
Co-op 13, First National 3
U.C. Sports 8, Berkline 4

Minor League Standings W L
Holt's Pharmacy 6 0
Co-op 5 1
First National Bank 3 3
Physical Medicine 2 4
Berkline 1 5
U.C. Sports 1 5

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Girls Softball Season Continues

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

Girls 8-Under
Thursday, May 11
FNB 10, Parsons 8
KFC 17, LRH 0

Saturday, May 13
Parsons 19, KFC 15
FNB 18, LRH 5

Standings W L
First National Bank 7 0
Parsons 4 3
LRH 3 5
KFC 1 7

Girls 10-Under
Tuesday, May 9
Build. Ctr. 16, W.E. Sports 3
FNB 15, Union Bank 10
ASB 12, Lil Hustlers 11

Saturday, May 13
Build.Ctr. 14, U.B. 8
Lil Hustlers 20, FNB 8
ASB 18, West End Sports 2

Standings W L
ASB 6 0
Building Center 5 1
Lil Hustlers 3 3
First National Bank 2 4
Union Bank 2 4
West End Sports 0 6

Girls 12-Under
Monday, May 8
Speck's 7, FNB 6
Overton Rest. 15, Sears 14
Speck's 9, FNB 4

Thursday, May 11
FNB 12, Overton Rest. 11
Sears 18, Speck's 10

Standings W L
First National Bank 4 2
Sears 3 2
Overton Restaurant 2 3
Speck Funeral Home 2 4

Girls 16-Under
Monday, May 8
Civitan 17, Union Bank 10
Farm Bur. 31, L.R.Mix 7
U.C. Sports 21, FNB 13

Friday, May 12
L.R.Mix 23, U.C. Sports 19
U.B. 14, FNB 13 F
F arm Bureau 19, Civitan 10

Standings W L
Upper Cumberland Sports 3 1
Farm Bureau 3 1 Civitan 2 2
Livingston Ready Mix 2 2
First National Bank 1 3
Union Bank 1 3

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