LA Sports Report
LA Sports Report
Lady Wildcats Volleyball
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Volleyball Team will open the
2000 season at Lafayette on Tuesday, Aug. 22 when they take on Macon
County at 5:30 p.m.
LA Coach Merl Smith looks to keep last season in the past and
make this season a winning one.
"Last year we didn't get out of the district. Of my 19 years
of coaching that was only the second time we hadn't been to the
sub state. "We're going to get back. We're going to get back.
"We're going to try to win the district. Get to at least
the sub state and see what we can do. When you get to the sub state,
you've got a chance. Play one good match and you're in the state.
That's our goal right now."
The team is made up of three seniors - Letrice Smith, Cory Parsons,
and Brandi Dillon; four juniors - Jessica Leach, Renee Melton, Hannah
Stafford, and Jenna Baltimore; two sophomores - Althea Allred and
Mallory Sells; and three freshmen - Megan Thompson, Kelly Thurman,
and Katrina Beechboard.
"We lost five seniors, but we're a little more athletic than
we have been," Coach Smith said.
The Lady 'Cats will not be the district favorite as in years past,
and will not have an easy run through a strong district. Coach Smith
named four teams in particular that will have to be reckoned with
in any attempt at district domination.
"Upperman is real strong. They got most of their players back,"
he said. "Van Buren County got all their players back. Macon
County's going to be strong. Jackson County will be."
The Lady 'Cats have been playing preseason games as a tune-up for
the regular season, playing the likes of White County, Portland,
Upperman, and Brentwood Academy.
"We've been playing pretty well, better than I thought we
would," Coach Smith said.
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By Howard Chandler
The Overton County Outlaws are set to open the 2000 campaign in
hopes of defending their championship in the Middle Tennessee Youth
Football Conference. The Outlaws are coming off an 11-0 season that
concluded with a win over Macon County in the Blue Devil Bowl.
The Outlaws, under the direction of Head Coach Curtis Hayes, will
attempt to repeat their championship in a league that has now grown
to 10 teams, including Overton County, Carthage, Gordonsville, Dekalb
County, Jackson County, Pickett County, York, Monterey, Baxter and
A preview of the Outlaws and the Junior Outlaws is as follows:
Quarterbacks - The signal calling duties will be handled by either
Levi Holt or Daniel Elder. Both players have performed well in pre-season
drills according to Coach Hayes.
Runningbacks - Josh Carwile will man the tailback spot while Jake
Reeder will be the fullback. Both players will be pushed by a number
of other players including tailbacks Jordan Everley and Cody Brown
and fullbacks Gary Massengille and Jesse Cole. Also listed as runningbacks
are Sam Nelson, Landon Amonette, Sam Garner, and Paul Ragland.
Receivers - John Lucas White and Jonathan Sullivan head a deep
list of wide receivers that includes Joe Stansberry, Michael Ledford,
Blake Vaughn, Josh Danner, Dustin Cooper, Jordan Bailey, Paul Adkins,
Cody Penticuff, and John Michael Stephens.
At tight end, the Outlaws have Anthony Hill and Matt Fletcher.
Offensive Linemen - Several positions are still being contested
in the offensive line. Brent Carr and T.J. Kerr are battling for
the center position, while Josh Coffee, Devon Ramsey, Brad Pendgraft,
and Curtis Beaty are battling for guard positions. The tackle spots
are between Ryan Bowman, Cody Prestwood, Tyler Kesty, and Ben Dillon.
Also up front are Justin Cobble, David Petry, Cody Adkins, Cody
Warren, Matt Dillon, Scott Copeland, Daniel Crabtree, John Willeford,
Brett Danner, and Josh Cummings.
Defensive Linemen - The defensive line will feature Jesse Cole
at nose tackle, backed by Curtis Beaty and Cody Adkins. the defensive
tackles include Ryan Bowman, Tyler Kesty, Cody Prestwood, Brent
Carr and Brad Pendgraft, with Devon Ramsey and Josh Coffee also
expected to see action, along with Justin Cobble.
Linebackers - Josh Carwile and Jake Reeder are penciled in as the
middle linebackers with Jordan Everley, Levi Holt, Paul Ragland,
Anthony Hill, and Jonathan Sullivan manning the outside posts.
Secondary - The secondary positions are still up for grabs with
safeties Daniel Elder, Sam Nelson, John Michael Stephens, Cody Penticuff,
and John Lucas White vying for playing time along with cornerbacks
Cody Brown, Jordan Bailey and Landon Amonett.
Quarterbacks - 9 year-old Brannon McCoin and 8 year-old Hayden Hill
may each see action at quarterback with the other splitting time
at wide receivers.
Runningbacks - Steven Morgan will be the tailback with Adam Wilson
likely lining up at fullback. Expected to see playing time as well
are Chase Dunn and Ty Eldridge.
Receivers - Josh Espey is expected to line up at one wide receiver
position while Hill and McCoin possibilities at the other. Also
expected to play wide receivers are Truman Masters, Seth Beaty,
Patrick Letner, Kyle Schlachta, and Dylan Ashlock. Anthony Ward
will be the tight end.
Offensive Linemen - Lee Gatts will play center and will be flanked
by Josh Beaty at right guard, Jacob Parsons at right tackle, and
Cory Prestwood at left tackle. Also expected to play up front are
Trey Thomas, Josh Norris, Jackson White, Kyle Wright, Josh Long,
and Jordan Danner.
Defensive Linemen - The defensive line will include Adam Wilson
at one defensive end and Lee Gatts at one tackle. The others hoping
for playing time are Josh Norris, Jacob Parsons, Jackson White,
Trevor Taylor, Trey Thomas, Cody Barlow, Cody Brewer, Ian Robbins,
Dillon Petry, Logan Herran, Nick Cox, and Brandon Pincheon.
Linebackers - The middle linebacker will be Steven Morgan with
Chase Dunn and Anthony Ward on the outside. Backups include Ty Eldridge,
Lucas Cole, Cory Prestwood, Clint Warren, Lucas Simcox, and J.R.
Defensive Backs - A number of players are listed in the secondary,
including Josh Espey, Kyle Schlachta, Hayden Hill, Brannon McCoin,
Truman Masters, Seth Beaty, Ethan McDonald, Caleb Sells, Stenson
Smith, Caleb Robertson, Shawn Barnett, J.R. Wilson, Chris Melton,
and Colton Hummel.
7 Year-Olds - Eleven 7 year - olds are members of the squad including
Paul Daniels, quarterback; Logan Beaty, runningback; Logan Ramsey,
tight end; J.W. Lee, offensive lineman; and wide receivers Carson
Bailey, Hunter Dailey, Jordan Simmons, Dustin Harris, Tayler Thompson,
Kyle Lee, and Paxton Eldridge.
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