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Archives 04-11-2001

Sports

 

LA Wins Brother Vs. Brother, Wildcats Vs. Wildcats Game
Lady 'Cats Defeat Upperman, Split With York
LA Soccer Team Takes Two Wins

Sports Schedules

 

 

LA Wins Brother Vs. Brother, Wildcats Vs. Wildcats Game
By Russell Garret

 

Russell Garrett/OCN staff

Matt Quarles goes into his windup in last week's game against White County.

 

The Livingston Academy Wildcats traveled to Jackson County to take on the Jackson County Blue Devils in a district game Thursday, April 2.

Jackson County went up on LA early, scoring 3 runs in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. LA picked up 2 runs in the third inning. The 'Cats were able to tie the game with a run in the fourth, but Jackson County answered with 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to put the score at 5-3 heading into the fifth inning with the Blue Devils on top.

The 'Cats chipped away at the Jackson County lead, scoring a run in the fifth inning to pull within a run. After a scoreless sixth inning the 'Cats came to life, picking up 6 runs in the seventh inning. This was enough to put Jackson County away.

The Blue Devils put one more run on the board but could not stage a rally. The Wildcats took home a 10-6 victory.

Shea Stout (1-1) was LA's starting pitcher. He pitched all 7 innings, giving up 6 runs, striking out 9 batters and walking 3.

LA Wildcats Baseball Coach David Looper said, "Shea gave up three in the first inning, but after that he settled down and pitched a good game."

The 'Cats had 9 hits in the game. Big hitters for LA included, James Parsons who went 2 for 4 with 2 runs batted in, Jonathan Cummings who went 2 for 4 scoring 2 runs and hitting a triple, and Josh Cravins who went 1 for 2, including a double, drove in a run and scored 2 runs.

"We started off slow, but were able to finish with a bang scoring 6 runs in the last inning," Coach Looper said.

Livingston Academy then hosted the White County Warriors on Thursday, April 5.

The 'Cats were shut out by Sparta 7-0. The frames were scoreless for LA, but Sparta picked up 4 runs in the second inning, 2 in the third, and 1 run in the fifth.

Matt Quarles (2-1) started on the mound for the 'Cats. He pitched 7 innings gave up 7 runs, struck out 6, walked 1, and hit 4 batters.

LA had only 2 hits in the game. Josh Parsons went 1 for 3, and Eric Johnson went 1 for 1 and was hit by 2 pitches.

"We just simply did not hit. It's that simple," Coach Looper said. "You have to hit to win games and we did not do that."

Livingston Academy then hosted the DeKalb County Tigers on Friday, April 6.

LA went up on DeKalb County in the second inning, picking up 2 runs to lead 2-0 after two innings. LA picked up another run in the fourth inning. The Tigers tried to make a comeback but were only able to pick up 2 runs in the fourth. The score remained there with the 'Cats getting the win by a score of 3-2.

Matt Poston (2-1) was the starting pitcher. He pitched 6 innings, giving up 2 runs, throwing 9 strikeouts, and walking 3 batters. Shea Stout took over the mound in the seventh inning. Stout got his second save of the year when he came in and struck out 3 batters to send the Tigers home.

The 'Cats had 7 hits in the game. Hitting for LA included, Matt Quarles who went 2 for 3, Robert Richardson who went 1 for 2 with 2 RBI, and Jesse Wolfram who went 1 for 3 and knocked in the winning run.

"We played well on defense, and our pitching staff played great," Coach Looper said. "Poston did a great job and pitched a good game, then Shea came in and shut it down just like your supposed to."

Coach David Looper then took his team to Monterey on Saturday, April 7 for a sibling rivalry with his brother, John Looper, who is the head coach of the Monterey Wildcats. A crowd of near 500 was in attendance for the game.

The lead went back and forth, with LA picking up a run in the first and third innings, and Monterey picking up a run in the second and fourth innings to tie the game at 2-2 after four innings.

The game would remain scoreless through regulation and went into extra innings. Both teams were looking for a run and Monterey almost found one in the bottom of the ninth. LA pitcher Eric Johnson had walked the bases loaded with no outs. The first batter popped up to first to give the 'Cats their first out. The next batter attempted a squeeze bunt and popped it up to Matt Quarles on first base who then hurled the ball to Kyle Copeland on third to complete the double play and end the inning.

Tension between the coaching brothers was high at this point, and after seeing that play Monterey's Coach John Looper kicked his hat over the fence. This inning took the wind out of Monterey's sail and the ‘Cats took over in the tenth and scored 6 runs to take the win 8-2.

Bryant Harmon (1-1) started on the mound for the 'Cats. He threw 8 innings, giving up 2 runs, 7 hits, 1 walk, throwing 3 strike outs, and hitting one batter. Eric Johnson (2-1) got the win. He pitched 2 innings, giving up 1 hit, and walked 3 batters.

"Bryant Harmon pitched a great game. He showed a lot of heart throwing for eight innings and had great control," Coach Looper said.

The Wildcats had 9 hits with 6 of those in the 10th inning. Hitters for LA included Matt Poston who went 2 for 3 and scored the winning run, Jonathan Cummings who went 2 for 5 and scored 2 runs, James Parsons who went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and scored a run.

"We didn't hit anything until the 10th inning and then it seemed like we could hit anything for a base hit," Coach Looper said. "Our defense and pitching staff both played very well."

After traveling to Baxter to face the Upperman Bees on Monday, April 9, the Wildcats will travel to Jamestown to face the York Dragons on Tuesday, April 10. LA will then play in a Macon County Tournament April 12-14, and will host Smith County on Monday, April 16.

Lady 'Cats Defeat Upperman, Split With York
By Dewain E. Peek

 

Coach Danny McCormick has a conference with his Lady Wildcats softball team during the Wednesday, April 4 game against the DeKalb County Lady Tigers.

 

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats softball team took their first win of the 2001 softball season against Upperman on Monday, April 2. LA won 7-6 in seven innings.

Lady Wildcats Coach Danny McCormick said, "It was a big win, our first win of the year."

LA jumped ahead first with five runs in the first inning, topped by Cory Parsons with a 3-run double.

"Every time they would come back at us, we would manage to find a way to go ahead.

"That shows, I think, what we are like. Upperman was counted on as being one of the strongest teams in the district. They are tough, but we played well.

"Amanda pitched well," Coach McCormick said. "She struggled at times, but our defense would come through and make a big play behind her. We got timely hitting when we needed it."

Freshman pitcher Amanda Dodson held the Lady Bees to 4 hits and 5 walks, while striking out 4.

Offensively for LA, Jamie Boles went 2 for 4, Hannah Stafford went 2 for 4, Ashley Johnson went 2 for 4, and Cory Parsons hit a 3-run double.

The defense also played a starring role in the win, featuring outstanding play by senior Stacey Bishop.

"Stacey didn't have a hit, but she made at least three catches that were unbelievable," Coach McCormick said. "One was incredible. The girl drove it to the wall and Stacey circled it twice and still made the catch. That was when they had runners at second and third. She was something else."

Livingston Academy next played host to the DeKalb County Lady Tigers on Wednesday, April 4.

"DeKalb smoked us 15-2," Coach McCormick said. "We were up 2-1, it was 2-2 after three, 4-2 after four, and then the roof fell in.

"That shows the downside. When we're good, we're good, and when we're bad, we're awful.

"We made seven errors. You have seven errors behind a young pitcher and you're not going to get it done."

DeKalb had only 3 base hits, but drew 12 walks. "We held strong for a while, then they got a couple of runs and we started pressing, a couple of errors and it is basically over," Coach McCormick said.

Jamie Boles drove in Brook Thompson and Lauren Linder in the second inning for all of LA's scoring. Thompson, Linder, and Hannah Stafford each hit a single, and Boles and Bethany Greenwood each hit a double.

The Lady Wildcats traveled to Jamestown on Thursday, April 5 to play a double-header against the Lady Dragons of York Institute.

The first game started out well for Livingston, then went south.

"We had the lead," Coach McCormick said. "Walks came back to haunt us."

Eight walks to be exact for the extra-inning game. The Lady Wildcats pushed across the go-ahead run in the top of the extra inning, only to see the home team pull out a 7-6 win.

Though the loss was disappointing, Coach McCormick was encouraged by his team's play.

"What I liked about it was that it was one of those games where you lose but you feel like you walk away with something out of it," Coach McCormick said.

"York had the tying run at third base and hit a shallow fly ball to left field and Stacey Bishop comes in, makes a great catch, throws strong to the plate, and hits the runner in the back. Their coach was trying to hold her and she didn't hear him. She would have been out by 10 feet, but the ball hit her in the back and they scored the tying run.

"The runner moved up the third. They had runners at first and third with two out. A ground ball was hit in the hole and Letrice (Smith) made a major league play, backhands the ball from her knees and throws to Cory and almost gets the out.

"So, we're getting closer."

Hitting for LA was provided by Jamie Boles, Hannah Stafford, and Ashley Johnson who each hit a double. Cory Parsons went 2 for 3 with a single and a double.

"We really hit the ball,” Coach McCormick said.

The LA defense made only one error and pitcher Amanda Dodson allowed 5 hits.

The Lady Wildcats took the nightcap 5-0.

"Good pitching, good defense," Coach McCormick said. "They had one hit, a single."

Amanda Dodson threw allowed only 1 hit, walked 4, and struck out 2.

Offensively, Hannah Stafford doubled and had a sacrifice bunt, Letrice Smith singled, Bethany Greenwood tripled to drive in a run, Brooke Thompson put down an RBI bunt single, Cory Parsons drove in a run, and Lauren Linder singled.

Coach McCormick said Lauren Linder has been a key in the team's improvement with her defensive play at various positions around the field.

"The seniors are beginning to step up," Coach McCormick said.

After a week off for spring break, the Lady Wildcats will next play Tuesday, April 17 at Smithville in a 5 p.m. game against DeKalb County.

 

LA Soccer Team Takes Two Wins
By Russell Garrett

 

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Robert Brady uses his head in redirecting the ball for his team during Friday's split squad co-ed game.

 

The Livingston Academy soccer team continued their season on Monday, April 2 when they hosted Scott County. The 'Cats were looking for their first win of the season, and they found it.

The 'Cats attacked offensively taking 27 shots on goal, and defeated Scott County 6-1.

Scoring goals for LA, Colin Smith had 2 goals, Joseph McGill had 2 goals, Silas Stoddart had 1 goal, and Ricky Schindler had 1 goal.

Livingston Academy Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "We did a better job against Scott County passing the ball, moving the ball, and setting up than anyone we have played all year."

"And, our defense is always tough. We have not played a game where they haven't been.

"If we could play like this all of the time we would not have any trouble in the district."

LA then faced Boyd Christian on Thursday, April 5. The 'Cats were able to take a 4-0 win from Boyd Christian to run their overall record to 2-2, and 2-1 in district 9-A/AA.

The 'Cats had 23 shots on goal. Scoring goals for the 'Cats, Joseph McGill had 2 goals, Colin Smith had 1 goal, and Brian McDonald had 1 goal. Goal keeper Matt O'brien got the shutout.

"Our defense played really well again," Coach Sells said. "Boyd Christian didn't hardly get the ball on our end of the field in the second half.

"My defensive crew, led by Josh Krack, Bo Byers and Jacob Cobble, played well and were a key factor in our win."

LA soccer players saw more action on Friday, April 6, but of a different kind. LA' s boys and girls teams were able to resolve some rivalries and prove their abilities against each other in a split team co-ed game. LA students and faculty were dismissed early to witness the event. They lined the soccer field looking on as boys and girls were divided evenly into two teams, then played a full game.

When asked about the game, Coach Sells said laughingly "It was a mess, but the kids had a good time, and I think the rest of the students and faculty enjoyed it. It was fun."

The 'Cats will resume play when they host Sparta on Thursday, April 12 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Schedules

Livingston Academy Softball Schedule 2001
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 Schedule 2001
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 Schedule 2001
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: Howard Miller

Livingston Academy Tennis Schedule 2001
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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