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Archives 04-25-2001

Sports

 

Wildcats Lose To Owls, Take Victory Over Tigers
Lady Wildcats Play District Opponents
LA Tennis Teams Endure Tough Week
LA Soccer Team Takes Two Wins

Sports Schedules

 

 

Wildcats Lose To Owls, Take Victory Over Tigers
By Russell Garrett OCN staff

 

Russell Garrett/OCN staff

LA's Jesse Wolfram takes a cut as teammate Jonathan Cummings waits on deck in last week's home game against the 2001 regular season champion Smith County Owls.

 

 

The Livingston Academy Wildcats met the number one team in the district when they hosted theSmith County Owls on Monday, April 16.

Smith County came out on top early, scoring a run both in the first and second innings. The 'Cats would answer with one run in the third inning.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Smith County put two runs on the board in the fifth inning to lead 4-1. LA tried to stage a comeback, scoring a run in the sixth inning, but did not succeed. The 'Cats fell to Smith County by a score of 4-2.

Bryant Harmon (2-2) started on the mound for the 'Cats. He pitched 7 strong innings striking out 10 batters, but giving up 4 runs, 9 hits, and a walk.

LA struggled from the batter's box, only getting four hits. Jonathan Cummings went 1 for 3 with 1 run scored, Matt Poston went 1 for 3 with a double, Bryant Harmon went 1 for 3, and Jesse Wolfram also went 1 for 3.

LA Wildcats Coach David Looper said, "It was a close game and we had several opportunities to win, but we just didn't hit enough to get on top."

The 'Cats then traveled to Smithville to face the DeKalb County Tigers on Friday, April 20. Coming off of the Monday loss, the 'Cats were ready to play and were looking for a win.

The Wildcats pounced early, leading 3-0 after a 3-run home run in the first inning. The 'Cats would pick up three more in the third inning, with their second 3-run shot of the evening.

The Tigers attempted a comeback, but could not quite get there. They scored three runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth, and one in the seventh that cut it to a 1-run difference, but they wouldn't get any closer.

The 'Cats took home the win by a score of 6-5, moving LA's record to 14-8 overall, 6-4 in the district, and put Livingston Academy third in the district.

Matt Poston (4-1) was the starting pitcher for the 'Cats. After throwing 4 and 2/3 innings, he had given up 4 runs, 5 hits, thrown 6 strikeouts, and walked 4 batters. Shea Stout (1-2) relieved him in the fifth inning. Stout pitched 2 and 1/3 innings, gave up 1 run, 2 hits, threw 5 strikeouts, and walked 3 batters in picking up his third save of the season.

The 'Cats had 6 hits in the game, with runs coming from James Parsons who was 2 for 3 with a 3-run home run, and Matt Poston who went 1 for 4 with a 3-run home run.

"Two 3-run home runs put us ahead and our pitching staff was able to hold on to the victory," Coach Looper said.

The 'Cats will compete in the Friendship Christian Tournament on April 27-29. Livingston Academy will host the Pickett County Bobcats on Monday, April 30, then close the regular season playing against the Cannon County Lions on Tuesday, May 1.

 

Lady Wildcats Play District Opponents
By Dewain E. Peek

Three district games last week were unkind to the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats softball team.

LA lost to DeKalb County 10-0 on Tuesday, April 17, lost 14-4 to Cannon County the following day, then lost 12-2 to Smith County on Thursday, April 19.

LA Softball Coach Danny McCormick said, "You look for bright spots, and there are some. The young players are hitting the ball.

"I've got some young kids that just get up there and poke at the ball. They don't make it fancy. They do exactly our philosophy; they see it and hit it. So that's the bright spots we've looked for in these last few weeks."

The younger players who will man next year's squad are optimistic about the future.

Junior Jamie Boles said she believes the team is heading in a good direction for a better next year.

Fellow junior Hannah Stafford said, "I think next year we'll be stronger because the pitcher will have more experience and everybody here has seen what it's like."

Freshman pitcher Amanda Dodson seconded that emotion saying, "I think I'll be better next year after the experience of this year."

The hitting is also expected to improve next year.

Sophomore Althea Allred said, "I think we'll get better, just by practicing we'll get better," Though not giving up on this year's team's prospects for the tournament run, Coach McCor-mick is already looking toward next year's team.

"There's a lot of talent right here," Coach McCormick said during a practice with his younger players. "If we get some incoming freshmen next year to add to it, they can be pretty tough.

"Our pitcher will have a year of experience. That always makes a big difference, to get that under her belt."

In the week that was, Hannah Stafford, Bethany Greenwood, and Lacey White each had a hit against DeKalb County. LA gave up 15 walks and made 3 errors in the game.

Cory Parsons had 3 hits against Cannon County, and Letrice Smith, Lauren Linder, and Stacey Bishop each had a hit. LA gave up 6 walks and made 6 errors.

The Lady 'Cats scattered 4 hits against Smith County. Jamie Boles, Letrice Smith, Brook Thompson, and Lacey White each had a hit.

Amanda Dodson came out sharp on the mound, but was hit by a line drive off the bat of the Lady Owls' second batter. She recovered to throw the runner out at first, but swelling in her knee took her out of the game. Jamie Boles and Cory Parsons combined to pitch the remainder of the game. Smith County had 12 hits.

LA's record stands at 2-8.

Livingston Academy will host Upperman at 5 p.m. Monday, April 30, then host Cannon County at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. The Lady Wildcats will close the regular season at Macon County on Wednesday, May 2.

 

LA Tennis Teams Endure Tough Week
By Dewain E. Peek OCN staff

Livingston Academy's tennis teams endured a tough run last week, losing to Friendship Christian, Celina, and Cannon County.

"Last week wasn't a good week as far as tennis was concerned," LA Coach Rick Moles said.

Though the matches were ultimately losses, Coach Moles found good in each outing.

Livingston Academy hosted Friendship Christian on Tuesday, April 17. The LA girls lost 0-7, and the LA boys lost 0-6. Of the opponent, Coach Moles said, "They're tough. They're really good."

On the girls side, LA's best effort came from Rachel Barlow, who lost 4-6.

On the boys side, Casey Hunter also lost 4-6, though against one of the district's best.

"Casey Hunter was playing a foreign exchange student from Germany, Luca Doernbach," Coach Moles said. "They were even up 4-4 at one time. So Casey stayed with him.

"The way he played complimented the way Casey played and they played right into each others hands. It was a good match, even though Casey lost."

The LA teams traveled to Celina on Thursday, April 19. The girls team lost 0-7; the boys came up just shy, 3-4.

For the boys team, Andy Robbins won 8-3. Casey Hunter lost in a 6-8 tie break.

"We won both doubles," Coach Moles said.

The partnership of Bryce Easterly and Casey Hunter won 8-4, and the partnership of Andy Robbins and Ryan Steele won 8-5.

"Those were good matches," Coach Moles said. Livingston Academy hosted Cannon County on Friday, April 20, coming up short 0-7 in both boys and girls competition. Rachel Barlow had the best outing for the girls with a narrow 7-9 loss, and Wrenda Curd lost by the same margin 6-8.

The partnership of Whitney Easterly and Mechelle Speck lost 5-7 in a tie break. The boys side had three tie breaks.

"That's how close they were," Coach Moles said. In the singles tie breaks, Ryan Steele lost 3-7, and Andy Robbins lost 3-7.

In doubles, Silas Stoddart and Andy Robbins lost 5-7 in a tie break.

"They're playing good," Coach Moles said of both teams' efforts. "The kids are having a good time."

After Monday's match against Celina, and a girls match at Mt. Juliet Christian on Tuesday, April 24, the Livingston Academy tennis teams will play in the district tournament at Tennessee Tech on Monday, April 30.

 

LA Soccer Team Takes Two Wins
By Russell Garrett OCN staff

 

Russell Garrett/OCN staff

LA's Scott Romzek takes a shot on goal in Saturday's home win over Boyd Christian.


The Livingston Academy Soccer Team won two games last week.

To open the week's play, the Wildcats faced Friendship Christian on Tuesday, April 17. LA defeated Friendship Christian 5-1.

The 'Cats controlled the offensive game with 18 shots on goal, with 5 of those falling for the ‘Cats. Scoring goals for the Livingston were Colin Smith who scored two goals, and Ricky Schindler, Silas Stoddart, and Joseph McGill who each scored a goal.

LA also played well on the defensive end allowing Friendship Christian only nine shots on goal.

LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "We started off slow, which seems to have been the pattern for the last few games, but we played well in the second half, and our defense really stepped up and played well."

The Wildcats hosted Boyd Christian on Saturday, April 21, and won 7-1.

Scoring for LA came from Colin Smith with four goals, and Joseph McGill, Silas Stoddart, and Ricky Schindler each with a goal. LA had 19 shots on goal in the game, and smothered Boyd Christian, who had only 6 shots on goal.

The wins moved Livingston Academy to 5-1 in district play.

After playing at Cookeville on Monday, April 23, Livingston Academy will host Friendship Christian at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and then host York Institute at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 30.

The 'Cats will then travel to face district undefeated Mt. Juliet Christian on Tuesday, May 1. LA's only district loss was 0-2 to Mt. Juliet Christian.

"Next Tuesday's a big game for us," Coach Sells said. "We have to beat them.

"We need to beat them more than 2-0. We need to beat them by more than two goals."

A more than 2-goal win would give LA the top seeding in the district tournament, and a first-round bye.

 

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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