Wildcats Shot Down By Cumberland County Jets
Lady 'Cats Soccer Opens New Season
LA Volleyball Team Gets Ready To
Outlaws Teams Open Season Saturday
Livingston Academy Volleyball Schedule
Tues., Aug. 21 Cumberland Co., J.V. LA 5:30 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 23 Jackson Co., J.V. Jackson Co. 5:00 p.m.
Fri.-Sat., Aug. 24-25 White Co. Tourney White Co. TBA
Tues., Aug. 28 Upperman, Smith Co. Upperman 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 30 Friendship Ch., Van Buren Co. Friendship 6:00 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 4 Mt. Juliet Ch., Monterey, Pickett Co. LA 5:15 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 6 Red Boiling, Gordonsville Red Boiling 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 8 LA Playday LA TBA
Tues., Sept. 11 Van Buren Co., Friendship Ch. Van Buren 6:00 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 13 Macon Co., J.V., Fresh LA 5:00 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 18 Pickett Co., Smith Co., Jackson Co. LA 5:15 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 20 Clarkrange, Gordonsville Clarkrange 6:00 p.m.
Fri.-Sat., Sept. 21-22 Glencliff Tourney Glencliff TBA
Mon., Sept. 24 Cookeville, J.V., Fresh Cookeville 5:30 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 25 Red Boiling, Monterey LA 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 27 Clarkrange, Upperman LA 5:00 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 1 Cookeville, J.V., Fresh LA 5:30 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 2 Mt. Juliet Ch. Mt. Juliet 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 4 White Co., J.V., Fresh LA 5:30 p.m.
Mon.-Thurs., Oct. 8-11 District Tourney Jackson Co. TBA
Tues., Oct. 16 Region TBA TBA
Sat., Oct. 20 Sub-State TBA TBA
Wed.-Fri., Oct. 24-26 State MTSU TBA
Livingston Academy Football Schedule 2001
Date Opponent Site Time
Aug. 17 Crossville Home 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 24 DCA Home 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 31 Macon Away 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 7 White Co. Away 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 14 Cannon Co. Home 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 21 Open Sept. 28 Upperman Away 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 5 Jackson Co. Home 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 12 Dekalb Co. Away 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 19 Portland Home 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 26 York Away 7:00 p.m.
Outlaw Football Schedule 2001
Week Date Opponent Site Time
Aug. 18 Jamboree Jamestown
Weigh In 8:30 a.m.
Clay 8&9 Game 9:30 a.m.
Clay 10&11 Game 10:15 a.m. 1
Aug. 25 Pickett Co. Away 4:00 p.m. 2
Sept. 1 Clay Co. Away 11:00 a.m. 3
Sept. 8 Carthage Home 11:00 a.m. 4
Sept. 15 Jackson Co. Away 4:00 p.m. 5
Sept. 22 Fentress Co. Away 4:00 p.m. 6
Sept. 29 Gordonsville Home 11:00 a.m. 7
Oct. 6 Monterey (Homecoming) Home 11:00 a.m. 8
Oct. 13 Baxter Away 11:00 a.m. 9
Oct. 20 DeKalb Co. Home 11:00 a.m. 10
Oct. 27 Championship Monterey TBA
These teams will have a Junior B team. If the opposing team has
a Junior B team, their game will begin at 10:00 a.m. for the 11:00
a.m. games and 4:00 p.m. for the 4:00 p.m. games.
Head Coach: J.J. Jones 498-3122, President: Curtis Hayes 823-7637
Livingston Academy Ladies' Soccer Schedule
Date Opponent Site Time
Aug. 11 Sparta Jamboree Away TBA
Aug. 21 Sparta Home 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 23 FCS Away 4:00 p.m.
Aug. 28 BCS Away 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 30 Warren County Home 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 4 Scott County Away 5:00 p.m. cst.
Sept. 7 BCS Home 5:00 p.m.
Sept. 11 FCS Home 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 13 York Away 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 Cookeville Home 12:00 p.m.
Sept. 20 Sparta Away 5:00 p.m.
Sept. 21 MJC Home 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 25 Scott County Home 5:00 p.m.
Sept. 27 MJC Away 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 2 York Home 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 Cookeville Away 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 8 District Tournament TBA TBA
Oct. 15 Regional Tournament TBA
TBA Coach: Rick Sells, Principal: Gary Ledbetter, AD: Howard Miller
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Wildcats Shot Down By Cumberland
By Ashley Hunter, OCN staff
James Clouse, #44, turns the corner on the Jets defense on a run
for the Wildcats during Friday night's contest.
The Livingston Academy Wildcats opened the 2001 season with a loss
on Friday night against Cumberland County. The win was Cumberland
County's second against LA in two years.
LA 'Cats Head Coach Matt Eldridge said "We had chances to
score that we didn't cash in on and complete.
"They are a bigger and more athletic team."
The first quarter proved to be eventful, as star runningback Jonathon
Cummings was taken down early in the game. Cummings' left ankle
was apparently injured and had to be attended. Cummings didn't return
to the game. He finished with 18 yards on the night. After Cummings'
injury, the quarter was uneventful with no scoring for either team
at the quarter's end.
In the second quarter, scoring finally occurred with a 19-yard
field goal from Livingston Academy kicker Joseph McGill.
Cumberland County then scored a touchdown. Cumber-land County's
kicker made the extra point, pushing the score to 7-3 in favor of
Cumberland County's Jets. No more scoring was present in the half.
The third quarter was bursting with action as Cumberland County
scored another touchdown, making the score 14-3 in favor of Cumberland
County. Livingston refused to give up the fight, though. LA Quarterback
Josh Walker connected with receiver Josh Cravins for an 85-yard
pass play touchdown, which is possibly the longest in school history.
Then, Whitney Coleman made the catch for the 2-point conversion,
making the score 14-11.
The fourth quarter, like the first, passed with no score, but an
injury. James Clouse was also sidelined with an injury. Toward the
end of the game, Livingston failed on a 44-yard field-goal attempt.
With all time outs exhausted, it was too little, too late for the
Wildcats as time ran out on their hopes of winning the game.
Livingston led in total yardage, with 275 for the game. The injured
Clouse and Cummings had 20 and 18 yards, respectively. Quarterback
Walker ended with 1 touchdown pass and 1 interception.
Coach Eldridge said, "Overall, though, we played pretty well.
"We just didn't make the necessary plays."
This Friday the ‘Cats take on the Donelson Christian Academy Wildcats
at home in Tom Davis Memorial Stadium.
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Lady 'Cats Soccer Opens
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
Dewain E. Peek/OCN
Members of the 2001 Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats girls soccer
team are, front row from left, #4 Leslie Poston, #55 Katrina Marshall,
#30, MaryFaye Maynord, #16, Allison Medley, #17 Jenna McCormick,
#25 Ferran Stephens, second row from left, #21 Kasey Baltimore,
#15 Tabatha Crabtree, #12 Lora Brady, #28 Cassandra Cobble, #32
Jessica Smith, #18 Rachel Romzek, back row from left, #3 Danielle
Thrasher, #9 Deidra Garrett, goalkeeper Tabitha Robbins, #11 Sarah
Jowers, #13 April Krack, Coach Rick Sells, and, not pictured, #5
Jodi Morgan, #14 Christen Cates, #23 Lyndsey Johnson, and #35 Heather
Livingston Academy's Lady Wildcats soccer team begins the defense
of last year's district championship with games this week.
LA was scheduled to open the season at home against Sparta on Tuesday,
Aug. 21, then travel to play Friendship Christian School on Thursday,
Aug. 23, followed on Tuesday, Aug. 28 with a road trip to play Boyd
The Lady ‘Cats participated in a jamboree at Sparta on Saturday,
Aug. 11, with less than thrilling results.
LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "Playing in that jamboree
in Sparta, we didn't look too good. I hope we play better than we
looked in that."
This year's team is almost intact from last season's district champion
team, which went undefeated in the district, 10-0, winning the district
"We've got everybody coming back except Lacey White. She is
the main one we lost."
White was named District Most Valuable Player, as well as All-Region,
last year. "We should be okay," Coach Sells said.
"We've got four freshmen coming in that will help us, especially
Allison Medley and Katrina Marshall. They ought to help us right
"I think I'm going to put Christen (Cates) in the middle
where Lacey was last year, and either use Allison or Katrina at
The freshmen help adds to a team with a large talent pool. Coach
Sells takes 21 players into this season.
"I've got enough depth that we shouldn't get too tired,"
he said. "I can run them in and out."
Senior leadership will come from goalkeeper Tabitha Robbins, forward
Lora Brady, and fullbacks April Krack, Heather Petry and Lyndsey
Johnson. Robbins and Brady were All-District last year.
Juniors on the team are fullback Jodi Morgan, and midfielders Deidra
Garrett, Rachel Romzek, Tabatha Crabtree, Jenna McCormick, and Christen
Cates, an All-District selection last year.
Sophomores are goalkeeper Sarah Jowers, midfielders Danielle Thrasher,
Kasey Baltimore, Ferran Stephens, and fullbacks Jessica Smith and
Cassandra Cobble. Thrasher and Baltimore were All-District last
As for the freshmen, Medley plays midfield, Marshall is a forward,
and Poston and Maynord are fullbacks.
The district will be stronger this year, according to Coach Sells.
"York should be better," he said. "I think all the
teams will be better than they were last year. Of course that means
stiffer competition for us.
"Last year we were 10-0 in the district, nobody could come
close on us. I think it should be us and
Mt. Juliet again. You can't ever tell. "York is always tough.
"Mt. Juliet and York should be our toughest ones."
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Team Gets Ready To Pound
By Becky Meredith, OCN staff
Becky Meredith/OCN staff
Members of the 2001-2002 Livingston Academy volleyball team are,
front row from left, sophomore Kelly Thurman, sophomore Aspen Allen,
sophomore Tosha Melton, junior Mallory Sells, senior Jessica Leach,
middle row, junior Althea Allred, sophomore Megan Thompson, senior
Renee Melton, sophomore Rachel Ramsey, back row, sophomore Katrina
Beechboard, and senior Jenna Baltimore.
With volleyball season opening this week, members of the Livingston
Academy team have prepped hard to assure they are the best they
can be. With practice every day since July 30, the girls are raring
and ready to go – almost.
Last week, during practice, Coach Merl Smith said, "Our strong
point is hitting, but our weak point right now is passing, being
able to get the ball to the setter."
The girls had until Tuesday evening, Aug. 21 to get in gear as
they faced Cumberland County for their season opener.
This week the Lady Wildcats will also face teams from Jackson and
White counties, but the winning teams are anyone's guess as the
makeup of some of the teams is brand new and each team is feeling
out its capabilities.
"Cumberland County had a really good team last year and I
think they got most of the girls back," Coach Smith said. "Jackson
County has all their girls back, so both of them will be tough competition...really
Coach Smith has no doubts about the capabilities of White County's
"White County is always tough," he said.
While Livingston's team had three players graduate in May, seniors
Jenna Baltimore, Jessica Leach, and Renee Melton will likely smooth
out that wrinkle.
Coach Smith has every faith the three will increase the number
"Jessica is kind of my go-to girl. If she is hot, we want
her to have the ball. She is the best passer on the team and we
want her to handle the ball as much as possible."
Leach was named the district's most valuable player last year.
"Baltimore has been my setter for two years. We're expecting
a lot out of her to get the ball to the right people.
"Renee Melton, the other senior, started middle blocker last
year so we're expecting a lot out of her also."
Three players have been added to the team this year with no playing
experience, according to Coach Smith.
"We still have quite a bit to learn. We should be as good
as we were last year at this time, but we don't have that "killer"
instinct just yet and we don't have all of our players set in their
"We're still experimenting. I've got quite a few girls who
can play a lot of different positions and I'm trying to find their
right combination, right rotation."
It is too early in the year for the team to have given Coach Smith
the impression as to whether they will make it to state.
"They have the athletic ability to go to state competition.
I think we have a group of really good athletes. And we like to
win. We kind of have a winning tradition here at Livingston Academy
as far as volleyball is concerned."
While the sport is meant for fun, a certain amount of seriousness
and ambition is required.
"Most of these girls, not all, but most of them, play basketball.
That's a pressure-packed game so we try not to put as much pressure
on them. We tell them to have fun, but still prepare themselves
to have a winning tradition at the same time."
And after 21 years of instructing volleyball, Coach Smith has developed
his own methods of teaching.
"I'm really calm. I talk to them in a calm manner and talk
to them about what they can do. I try to be as positive as possible,
but sometimes that's not possible. I try to take the positive and
work on that and build from that."
Coach Smith introduced Livingston Academy to a volleyball program
in 1976 and has coached eight teams that competed at state tournaments.
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Outlaws Teams Open
The Overton County Outlaws 2001 season will begin this Saturday,
Aug. 25 when they travel to Pickett County. Team members are, in
no particular order, #1 Brannon McCoin, #3 Sean Barnett, #5 Jordan
Everley, #9 Steven Morgan, #20 Brandon Clayton, #21 Jonathan Sullivan,
#23 Cody Brown, #28 Chase Dunn, #30 Gary Massengille, #36 Aeric
Gunnels, #42 Cody Brewer, #44 Cody Matthews, #48 Terrence Melton,
#50 Cody Adkins, #53 Josh Norris, #55 Terry Flowers, #56 Jamie Cravens,
#57 Matt Dillon, #60 Brad Pendergraft, #61 Josh Beaty, #63 Jackson
White, #64 Devin Ramsey, #68 Josh Coffee, #69 Lucas Holt, #73 T.J.
Kerr, #80 Justin Poston, #81 Chris Melton, #82 Clint Warren, #84
Timmy Ledbetter, #88 Thorn Walthall, #89 Stenson Smith, #90 Jacob
Parsons, and #98 Jesse Cole.
Overton County Junior Outlaws will begin the 2001 season at Pickett
County this Saturday, Aug. 25. Team members are, in no particular
order, #2 Carson Bailey, #4 Seth Beaty, #6 Kyle Lee, #7 Cody Wright,
#8 Dalton Daniels, #12 Hayden Hill, #13 Cody Coleman, #14 Antheny
Ward, #17 Ethan McDonald, #18 Adam Wilson, #22 Paul Daniels, #24
Lucas Cole, #25 Caleb Sells, #27 Dylan Ashlock, #31 Trey Thomas,
#32 Hunter Garrett, #33 Tyler McCullar, #34 Heath Thompson, #35
Justin Ledbetter, #37 Jordan Simmons, #38 Nathan Neal, #39 Logan
Ramsey, #41 Dustin Harris, #43 Josh Patterson, #45 Cody Stafford,
#47 Dakota Cooper, #49 Ridge Harris, #51 Caleb Robertson, #52 Tracy
McDonald, #53 Lucas Dailey, #54 Tyler Collins, #58 T.J. Walker,
#59 Tyler Cronk, #64 Kyle Wright, #65 Austin Reed, #70 Logan Beaty,
#74 Nick Robbins, #75 Ethan Walls, #76 Justin Davis, #83 Tyler Cates,
#91 Logan Hull, #96 Jordan Danner, and #99 J.W. Lee.
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