Final Stats For 2000 ‘Cats Football
'Cats Ready For New Season
‘Cats Look To Gain Experience
By Stuart Parsons
Members of the 2000-2001 Livingston Academy Wildcats basketball
team are, seated from left, managers Tyler Lancaster, Elizabeth
McGill, Ashley Ledbetter, and Rob Medley, standing from left, players
Cody King, Zach Gantt, Joseph McGill, Dustin Ferrell, Andy Allred,
Jeff Aldridge, Matt Quarles, Jamie Gurley, Kyle Copeland, Jesse
Wolfram, Andy Beechboard, Robert Richardson, and Josh Cravins.
Last year the Livingston Academy Wildcats ended the season with
a region 4-AA Tournament appearance and a 16-17 record overall,
5-7 in the district, after stealing the District Tournament title.
Last year was Coach Danny McCoin's first year in coaching basketball
at LA and the year was a learning experience for both him and the
team. Experience is needed for this year's squad.
“This years team is young in age and experience," said Coach
McCoin “We have a lot of athletic energy. We will make a lot of
mistakes early off in the season."]
Coach McCoin lost four seniors to graduation. He hopes to make
it up with his four seniors. Matt Quarles, 6'3”, is one of these
new seniors. After taking a small break. He is one of the players
expected to step up and take the place of last year's seniors.
Another player Coach McCoin has high expectations for is Andy Allred,
6'1". If he lives up to his record of 52 percentages of shots,
this will give the Wildcats a big advantage.
Other key leadership is expected out of the other two senior players.
Andy Beechboard, 5'11", and Rob Richardson, 5'10". These
two players will be a key part in leading the Wildcats to victory.
Last year the sophomore class didn't play that big of a factor
in last year's season. This year Coach McCoin has higher expectations
for them as juniors. Big things came out of junior 6'2” Jeff Aldrige
in last year's season. This year 5'9" Josh Cravins, 6'1"
Joseph McGill, and 5'10" Jesse Wolfram are expected to contribute.
And Coach McCoin will be adding six new players to the team this
year. Those players are sophomore 6'1” Dustin Ferrell, sophomore
6' Josh Walker, sophomore 6' Kyle Copeland, sophomore 5'10” Zach
Gantt, sophomore 6'2” James Gurley, and freshmen 5'9” Cody King.
These players are inexperienced and are expected to make some mistakes.
But as time goes on they will get better.
This year it looks like Jackson County will be the favorite and
Coach McCoin thinks that they may win this year's district. And
DeKalb and Cannon will be close behind. "
And the rest will be in a hat." said Coach McCoin because
they are all so closely matched.
"This year's team will be a little more aggressive. We will
be picking up the tempo," Coach McCoin said. “For the most
part we are still trying to get out of football. And all of this
will take time. We will get better as we go along.
"Hopefully we will be very competitive at the end of the
season. And possibly compete in the district tournament."
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'Cats Ready For New Season
Members of the 2000-2001 Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats
are, kneeling from left, Jessica Leach, Megan Thompson, Danielle
Thrasher, Kasey Baltimore, Chelsea Stover, Heather Walker, standing
from left, Coach Eddie Linder, Christen Cates, Jenna Baltimore,
Kellie Thurman, Stephanie Sullivan, Katrina Beechboard, and Renee
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