LA Tennis Teams Play In Tournament
LA Soccer Season Closes In Regional
Lady 'Cats Season
Ends In Tourney
By Dewain E. Peek OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats closed the 2001 season in
the District 8-AA Tournament. LA Softball Coach Danny McCormick
said, "We lost both games, but we had a good tournament. We
got beat by two strong teams."
First up was Jackson County on Monday, May 7. The Lady Wildcats
fell short 0-2 to the neighboring Gainesboro team.
"We played a very good ballgame," Coach McCormick said.
"We didn't hit very well. Cassandra Cobble had the only two
hits we had. She had a single and a double.
"The defense played well. Amanda Dodson pitched very well."
The next day, the Lady 'Cats faced the Lady Bees of Upperman.
"We played extremely well," Coach McCormick said.
The LA bats came alive, combining for 12 hits.
Aspen Allen hit a double and a triple. Ashley Johnson went 3 for
4. Hannah Stafford hit 2 singles. Cassandra Cobble hit 2 singles.
Jamie Boles had a single and a sacrifice fly. Bethany Greenwood
hit 2 singles. Sarah Maynard had a hit.
In the end, Upperman was a run better, winning 6-5 and bringing
the Lady Wildcats season to an end.
"It's one of those times where I really hated for the season
to be over because we were beginning to click and the girls were
excited about coming back," Coach McCormick said.
The team's two juniors, Jamie Boles and Hannah Stafford, were named
to the All-Tournament Team. Receiving All-District 8-AA honors were
juniors Boles and Stafford, sophomore Ashley Johnson, and freshman
Coach McCormick indicated that the team coming back next year,
intact, is a team that not only does he believe in them, they believe
"They know the potential," he said. "If, and there's
big ifs, but if Amanda gets a little bit stronger in her pitching,
if we grow up as a team, we have some freshmen who will be sophomores
next year, if they respond like I think they are going to."
Next year's team will have two seniors in the leadership role,
Jamie Boles and Hannah Stafford.
"You are probably no stronger than your leadership,"
Coach McCormick said. "Jamie and Hannah are just two quality
kind of leaders. Very quiet, both of them, but the kind of kids
you'd follow through fire. They work hard themselves.
"I really look forward to next year."
Season Closes In Regional
By Russell Garrett OCN staff
The Livingston Academy boys soccer team concluded
a great season with a first round loss to Springfield in the Region
5 Tournament. LA finished the season with a record of 10-5 and 2
The 'Cats and Springfield were tied throughout the
first half 1-1 of the tournament first round game. Springfield picked
up the winning goal on a penalty kick late in the game.
LA took 20 shots on goal. Scoring for the 'Cats was
Silas Stoddart with one goal. Coach Rick Sells said, "We had
a lot of chances with 20 shots on goal, but they just didn't fall.
"But in looking back at our season, I'd have
to say that we had a good year. I was happy with the way we played
every game. We were in every game and always fought hard."
The Wildcats soccer team loses three seniors to graduation
- Silas Stoddart, Jacob Cobble, and Josh Krack.
When asked about next year's team, Coach Sells said,
"We should be all right next year. We have some great players
returning, Joseph McGill, Colin Smith, Ricky Schindler, and Scott
"My goal for next season is to advance farther
in the regional tournament. We have lost in the first round three
years in a row, and we are better than that. We just need to get
over that hump to advance," Coach Sells said.
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