LA Baseball Team Takes Two Close
Wildcats Lose To Smith Co. Owlettes
LA Tennis Teams Play Cannon County
LA Soccer Team Defeats York Institute
Wildcats Hit Winning
By Russell Garret
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Matt Poston sends the Pickett County pitch out of the park and
onto the top of the team bus.
The Livingston Academy Wildcats picked up their first win of the
2001 season on Monday, March 26 against district rival Jackson County.
The 'Cats took the lead in the first inning, and by the end of
the second inning were up 2-0. The Blue Devils answered in the fourth
inning with a run of their own, but LA would add two more runs in
the bottom of the fourth and led 4-1 heading into the fifth. The
'Cats then finished with a strong sixth inning scoring seven runs
to end the game early at 11-1.
Matt Poston was the starting pitcher for the 'Cats. Poston (1-1)
pitched 6 innings, and gave up 3 hits, 1 run, and threw 10 strike
LA Coach David Looper, said, "Matt Poston pitched a great
game, and we hit the ball like I knew we could.”
The 'Cats also out-hit the Blue Devils. LA had 14 hits, and Jackson
County had 3. Getting hits for LA, James Parsons went 3 for 3 with
2 runs batted in and a home run, Jonathan Cummings went 1 for 3
with a home run, Robert Richardson went 3 for 4, Josh Parsons went
2 for 4 with 2 RBI, and Eric Johnson went 1 for 2 with 2 RBI.
"I am very proud of the team,” Coach Looper said. "This
is our first win of the 2001 season.”
The Wildcats next faced York Institute on Tuesday, March 27 and
banged out a 6-4 win. Matt Quarles was the winning pitcher for LA,
and Shea Stout got a save.
The ‘Cats then traveled to Byrdstown to face the Pickett County
Bobcats on Wednesday, March 28. Pickett County took the lead 1-0
in the first inning. After a scoreless second, the ‘Cats added five
runs to the score board in the third inning, and the Bobcats answered
with one run of their own in the bottom of the third.
The ‘Cats then picked up five more runs in the fifth inning to
put them up 10-2 on the Bobcats. LA would finish the job in the
top of the seventh scoring eight more runs. Pickett County scored
1 run in the bottom of the seventh, but fell short. Livingston took
a second straight win by a score of 18-3.
Bryant Harmon (1-1) started on the mound for the ‘Cats. After pitching
six innings he had given up 4 hits, 2 runs, walked 2 batters, and
struck out 8 batters. Kyle Copeland took over the pitching duties
in the sixth and gave up a hit, a run, had an error, and struck
out a batter.
The 'Cats dominated the offensive dimension of the game with a
whopping 21 hits to Pickett Counties' 5. Matt Quarles went 3 for
3, including a home run, with 4 RBI, and scored 2 runs. Matt Poston
went 2 for 3, including a home run, with 3 RBI. Jesse Wolfram went
3 for 3 and scored 2 runs.
Also getting hits for LA, James Parsons went 2 for 6 with 3 RBI,
and scored a run, Kyle Copeland went 2 for 6 with 2 RBI, and Josh
Cravins went 2 for 3 and scored a run.
"It was a very sloppy game that ended in a big victory for
us," Coach Looper said. "I was happy that everyone got
The Wildcats then hosted Kingston on Friday, March 30. LA went
into the game with a 2-4 record, 2-2 in the district.
The game remained scoreless through the first three innings until
Micheal Poston hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third to
put LA up 1-0. Kingston tied the game with a run of their own in
the top of the fifth inning, but the 'Cats answered in the bottom
of the fifth with a Josh Parsons 3-run homer. Kingston failed to
score in the top of the seventh, which ended the game with the ‘Cats
on top 4-1.
Eric Johnson (1-1) started on the mound for the 'Cats. After pitching
7 innings he gave up 3 hits, a run, and threw 7 strike outs. He
also walked a batter and hit two.
"Eric Johnson pitched the entire game and pitched the best
game we've had all year," Coach Looper said.
The 'Cats had 9 hits in the game, Kingston only had 3. Getting
hits for the 'Cats, James Parsons went 2 for 4, Robert Richardson
went 2 for 3 and scored a run, Josh Parsons went 1 for 3 with 3
RBI and a home run, and Micheal Poston went 1 for 2, hitting a home
run, and drove in a run.
"It was Eric's pitching combined with error-free defense,
and clutch hitting which allowed us to win the game," Coach
The Wildcats then hosted Mogadore, OH, on Saturday, March 31.
Mogadore took the lead in the first inning, scoring one run. Mogadore
picked up another run in the top of the third to put them up 2-0;
however, the ‘Cats scored three runs in the third inning, led by
a two-run shot by Michael Poston.
Mogadore came right back with three runs in the top of the fourth.
LA would pick up a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth to tie
the game at 5-5. After a scoreless seventh inning, the game was
forced into extra innings. The game would not be decided until the
ninth inning when Micheal Poston sent Josh Cravins to the plate
with a sacrifice fly to win the game 6-5.
Kyle Copeland was the starting pitcher for the 'Cats. After pitching
five innings he had given up 8 hits, 5 runs, walked 4 batters and
thrown 8 strike outs. Matt Quarles came in as a relief pitcher in
the sixth inning. After pitching four innings he gave up a hit and
threw 3 strikeouts.
Hitting for the two teams was even, both having 9 hits. For the
'Cats, Josh Cravins went 2 for 2, scoring 3 runs and stealing 3
bases, Jesse Wolfram went 2 for 5, stealing 2 bases, Jonathan Cummings
went 2 for 4 with a run batted in, scoring a run and stealing 2
bases, Michael Poston went 1 for 4, including a home run, with 3
RBI, and Daniel Christensen went 2 for 4, including a home run.
"We played an excellent job without our usual starters,"
Coach Looper said. "We made no errors, our pitching was good,
and we had some big hits. It was a tremendous team performance."
After facing Jackson County Monday, April 2, the 'Cats will host
the White County Warriors Thursday, April 5, the DeKalb County Tigers
Friday, April 6, and will travel to play Monterey Saturday, April
7, and then to Upperman on Monday, April 9.
Wildcats Shut Out Two Times
By Dewain E. Peek
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats were shut out
by the White County Warriorettes at Sparta on Wednesday, March 28,
and by the Jackson County Lady Blue Devils at Gainesboro on Thursday,
"We are struggling," LA Coach Danny McCormick
said. "It's just hard to put a finger on it."
"We played Sparta, and Sparta's a respectable
team, but we just could not get the bats to going, then we let down
a little on defense.
"We're probably a hit or two away from being
a pretty decent team. We had a chance a couple of times to do some
damage against Sparta and just didn't do it."
The downward spiral continued the following day at
"We went to Jackson County, and you know if you're
winning and everything is going right, it builds, and when you're
losing like we are right now, and playing the way we're playing,
you go in the opposite direction," Coach McCormick said.
"We've got to find a way to stop it. "We
played horribly against Jackson County. Jackson County is a good
team, but we did everything you could do wrong." A bad start
doesn't doom a season though. The season past can be thrown out
the window when the district tournament begins.
"I'm just not going to panic," Coach McCormick
said. "I've got some talent. If we lose every game, the main
thing is to have them clicking by the time the tournament starts."
The preparation for the district tournament continues
this week. After traveling to Baxter to play the Upperman Lady Bees
on Monday, April 2, and hosting the Jackson County Lady Blue Devils
on Tuesday, April 3, Livingston Academy will host the DeKalb County
Lady Tigers on Wednesday, April 4. The Lady Wildcats will then travel
to Jamestown on Thursday, April 5 for a double header against the
York Lady Dragons.
Teams Play Celina And Trousdale
By Russell Garrett
The Livingston Academy Tennis Teams hosted the Celina
Bulldogs on Monday, March 26.
The girls lost their match in a very close one, 4-5.
Winning sets for LA, Rachel Barlow won her set 8-3, Wrenda Curd
won her set 8-4, and Chasity Rhoton won her set 8-0.
In the doubles competition Whitney Walker and Whitney
Easterly won their set 8-4.
The Bulldogs also defeated the LA boys. Winning for
LA, Andy Robbins won his set 8-5, and Silas Stoddart won his set
Coach Rick Moles said, "We are showing steady
improvement, and we should beat Celina the next time we play them.
I think we should fare pretty well by the end of the season."
The 'Cats then traveled to Trousdale County on Thursday,
The girls picked up their first win of the 2001 season
defeating Trousdale County by a score of 7-4. Winning sets for LA,
Kila Cope won her set 8-5, Wrenda Curd won her set 8-4, Chasity
Rhoton won her set 7-5 in a tie breaker, Whitney Easterly won her
set 8-5, Whitney Walker won her set 8-3, and Ashley Young won her
In the doubles competition, Dana Ledbetter and Wrenda
Curd won their set 8-4.
The boys were looking for their first win, but could
not find it. Trousdale County defeated LA 6-1. Bryce Easterly and
Casey Hunter won their set in the doubles competition 7-1.
"It was an off day for the boys, but the girls
played great and got their first win of the season," Coach
After hosting Van Buren County on Tuesday, April 3,
the 'Cats will host Macon County on Thursday, April 5.
Team Falls To Mt. Juliet Christian
By Russell Garrett
The Livingston Academy Soccer Team hosted Mount Juliet
Christian on Saturday, March 31. Mount Juliet Christian defeated
LA 2-0. This runs the 'Cats' record to 1-2 overall, 1-1 in the district.
LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "We took twice
as many shots as they did, but theirs fell and ours didn't. I remember
one instance when we took four shots right in front of the goal
that were either blocked or missed."
LA struggled both offensively and defensively against
Mount Juliet Christian. The 'Cats were unable to score in the game
despite taking 20 shots on goal.
"We have to finish on offense, Coach Sells said.
"We get the ball down the field and then lose it on the dribble,
make a bad pass, or miss a shot. "But, we are still improving
and getting better each game. We'll get there."
After facing Scott County on Monday, April 2, the
'Cats will travel to play Boyd Christian on Wednesday, April 4.
Livingston Academy Softball
Date Opponent Site Time
Thurs., March 1 Macon Co. (Scrimmage) Home 4:00
Fri., March 16 Hendersonville Tourn. Away TBA
Sat., March 17 Hendersonville Tourn. Away TBA
Tues., March 20 *Cannon Co. Away 5:00
Thurs., March 22 *Smith Co. Away 5:00
Mon., March 26 *York Home 4:00
Wed., March 28 Sparta Away 4:30
Thurs., March 29 *Jackson Co. Away 5:30
Mon., April 2 *Upperman Away 5:00
Tues., April 3 *Jackson Co. Home 5:00
Wed., April 4 *Dekalb Co. Home 4:30
Thurs., April 5 *York Away 5:00
Tues., April 17 *Dekalb Co. Away 5:00
Thurs., April 19 *Smith Co. Home 4:30
Mon., April 30 *Upperman Home 5:00
Tues., May 1 *Cannon Co. Home 5:00
Wed., May 2 Macon Co. Away 5:00
*District Tournament May 7 - May 11
Livingston Academy Baseball
Date Opponent Site Time J.V Time
March 15 York Institute Home 6:00 4:00
March 16 Kingston Away 4:00 TBA
March 19 *Upperman Home 4:30 TBA
March 20 *Cannon County Away 5:00 TBA
March 22 *Smith County Away 6:00 4:00
March 23 White County Away 4:30
March 26 *Jackson County Home 4:30 TBA
March 28 Pickett County Away 4:00 TBA
March 30 Kingston Home 4:00
March 30 Mogadore v. Kingston 6:00
March 31 Mogadore v. Monterey 2:00
March 31 Monterey Home 4:00
April 2 *Jackson County Away 6:00 TBA
April 5 White County Home 6:30
April 6 *Dekalb County Home 6:00 TBA
April 7 Monterey Away 2:00 4:00
April 9 *Upperman Away 4:30 TBA
April 10 *York Away 6:30 4:30
April 12-14 Macon County Tournament TBA
April 16 *Smith County Home 6:00 4:00
April 17 Clinton County, KY Away 4:30
April 18 Cookeville J.V. Home 5:00
April 20 *Dekalb County Away 6:00 TBA
April 21 Red Boiling Springs Away 12:00
April 23 Cookeville J.V. Away 5:00
April 27-29 Friendship Christian Tourn. TBA
April 30 Pickett County Home 4:00 TBA
May 1 *Cannon County Home 5:00 TBA
May 5-11 District Tournament TBA
May 14-16 Regional Tournament TBA
May 18 Sectionals TBA May 22-25
State Tournament Engel Stadium TBA
Livingston Academy Men's Soccer
Date Opponent Site Time
March 13 Oneida Home 6:30 EST
March 19 York Away 4:30
March 23 MJC Home 4:00
March 27 BBC Home 4:30
March 29 MJC Home 4:00
April 4 BCC Away 5:00
April 17 FCC Away 4:30
April 19 Sparta Home 4:30
April 21 BCC Home 12:00
April 23 Cookeville Away 4:00
April 26 FCC Home 4:30
April 30 York Home 4:30
May 1 MJC Away 5:30
May 3 Cookeville Home 4:00
May 7 Sparta Away 5:00
Coach: Rick Sells, Principal: Gary Ledbetter, Athletic Director:
Livingston Academy Tennis
Date Opponent Site Time
March 12 Macon Co. Away 3:00 p.m.
March 14 Celina Away 3:30 p.m.
March 15 Mt. Juliet Chr. (Girls Only) Home 4:00 p.m.
March 20 Friendship Christian Away 3:00 p.m.
March 22 Cannon Co. Away 3:30 p.m.
March 26 Celina Home 3:30 p.m.
March 28 Trousdale Co. Away 3:00 p.m.
April 3 Van Buren Co. Home ?
April 5 Macon Co. Home 4:00 p.m.
April 17 Friendship Christian Home 3:00 p.m.
April 19 Celina Away 3:00 p.m.
April 20 Cannon Co. Home 4:00 p.m.
April 23 Celina Home 3:30 p.m.
April 24 Mt. Juliet Chr. (Girls Only) Away 3:00 p.m.
April 30 District Tournaments TN Tech
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