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Archives 2001 09-26-2001



Jr. Wildcats Lose Home Opener 8-14
Lady Cats Defeat Mt. Juliet Christian
Outlaws Defeat Fentress 20-6, Junior Outlaws Win Big 41-0
LA Volleyball Snatches 5 District Wins
LA Cross Country Begins 2001 Season



Livingston Academy Volleyball Schedule 2001

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 2001

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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Jr. Wildcats Lose Home Opener 8-14

By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff

The Junior Wildcats' home opener was spoiled by Sparta Thursday, Sept. 20.

Sparta jumped on the board first with a touchdown and 2-point conversion in the first quarter.

The Junior Cats came back with an 8-yard touchdown run from Jamey Vaughn, then made the conversion to tie the game at 8-8, where it remained into the second half.

Sparta again jumped on the board with a touchdown in the third quarter, but failed to make the conversion. Sparta held onto the 14-8 lead throughout the rest of the game.

Quarterback Wilson Cates turned into the leading rusher for Overton County with 71 yards. Jamey Vaughn ran for 57 yards and the sole touchdown, and Brandon Brewer accounted for 30 of the Jr. Cats 126 ground yards.

QB Cates threw for 47 yards, with 5 of 10 passes completed. Vaughn caught for 20 yards, John Lucas White and Brewer caught for 13 yards, and Kurt Gilbert had a 1-yard catch.

The Jr. Cats had 173 total yards on offense.

Cates led the Jr. Cats in tackles with 10, followed by Johnathan Preece and Brewer with 4 each, Chris Keisling, Jacob Coffee, and Jake Reeder with 3 each, Levi Holt and Beau Massengale with 2 each, and Garvin Davis with 1.

Next up for the Jr. Cats is a trip to Jamestown to play York at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.


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Lady Cats Defeat Mt. Juliet Christian

By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff

Katrina Marshall, #55, controls the ball for the Lady Wildcats as teammates Heather Petry, Christen Cates, and Jessica Smith take their positions.


First place in District 9A/AA would be secured if the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats could defeat Mt. Juliet Christian on Friday, Sept. 21.

The Lady Cats had home field and a 4-0 district record, having defeated every other district rival. Mt. Juliet always presents a physical challenge for LA, and this game would be no different.

Early into the contest neither team could gain an advantage, though Livingston kept the ball on the visitor's side the majority of the time.

Livingston's Allison Medley broke through in the first half with a goal to put the Lady Wildcats ahead 1-0.

After that initial goal, the Lady Cats confidence continued to grow. Kasey Baltimore set up a Danielle Thrasher goal, then Baltimore caught fire and scored three consecutive goals for LA to bury the stunned Saints of Mt. Juliet 5-0.

LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "We played much better. They finally got where they're finishing.

"We're doing good. We've just got to keep it up."

The Lady Wildcats had played White County to a 1-1 tie in Sparta the previous day. Lora Brady scored LA's lone goal.

The week's play moved Livingston Academy to 5-0 in District 9A/AA and 7-1-1 overall.

The Lady Cats won't have much time to celebrate the win over Mt. Juliet. After hosting Scott County on Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Lady Wildcats will travel to Mt. Juliet on Thursday, Sept. 27 for a rematch with the Saints.

Livingston Academy will host York Institute in a 4:30 p.m. game Tuesday, Oct. 2.


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Outlaws Defeat Fentress 20-6, Junior Outlaws Win Big 41-0

Injuries forced the Outlaws to make changes in the offense for the Saturday, Sept. 22 game at Fentress County, and those changes paid off.

Steven Morgan was moved from quarterback to tailback and ended up rushing for 182 yards on 11 carries, with 2 touchdowns.

Again the Outlaws seemed to wait until the second half before starting to play. The score at the half was 7-6 in Overton County's favor, but in the second half, the Outlaws offense started out by scoring on the first possession and then put in an insurance touchdown late in the fourth quarter to win 20-6.

Outlaws Coach J.J. Jones stated, "The defense did a good job only allowing 65 yards of total offense. The problem was where we let them start from. Special teams did a poor job of stopping the return man from Fentress County until he was deep in Overton County territory."

Fentress County scored in the second quarter after Overton County fumbled the ball at their own 10 yard line.

"We have to learn how to come out and play hard from the start of the game," Coach Jones said. "We cannot continue to wait until the half to start playing hard."

The win moved the Outlaws to 4-1 and into a tie for second place with Baxter, also 4-1, and a game behind DeKalb County, 5-0.

The Outlaws will host Gordonsville, who are 1-4, Saturday at Tom Davis Memorial Field at Livingston Academy.

Individual Statistics Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Steven Morgan 11-182-2
Cody Brown 11-64-1
Brannon McCoin 3-6
Gary Massengille 2-1

Total yards 243

Passing (Comp.-Att.-Yds.)
Brannon McCoin 1-3-19
Steven Morgan 0-2-0

Total offense 262 yards

Gary Massengille 5
Steven Morgan 5
Thorn Walthall 4
Josh Coffee 3
Jesse Cole 3
Josh Norris 2
Brad Pendergraft 2
Terrence Melton 2
Josh Beaty 1
Robbie Hart 1
Brannon McCoin 1
Jackson White 1
Colton Hummel 1
Timmy Ledbetter 1

Jr. Outlaws

The Junior Outlaws dominated Fentress County from the start.

Overton County went on offense first and took the ball 70 yards in a few plays to score. Two plays later the Jr. Outlaws took the ball back and scored again. Overton County led 12-0 at the end of the first quarter.

At the start of the second quarter, the Jr. Outlaws again got the ball back and scored once more.

Coach J.J. Jones stated, "We started making substitutions in the second quarter, and we let the Junior B-team take over in the fourth quarter. The Junior B-team even scored a touchdown."

Defensively, the Jr. Outlaws held the home team to 4 yards total offense.

Overton County led 28-0 at halftime, 34-0 at the end of the third, and went on to win 41-0.

"It was good to see our boys come out playing hard," Coach Jones stated. "That has been a problem this year and we challenged our boys to step up and bring it to them from the first snap and they did.

"I just hope we can carry this intensity into the next four games.

The win moved the undefeated Jr. Outlaws to 5-0 as they sit atop the Junior Division tied with Monterey. The Jr. Outlaws next opponent will be Gordonsville, 2-3, at home.

Individual Statistics

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Ethan McDonald 5-90-1
Lucas Cole 3-87-1 Cody Stafford 5-46-1
Paul Daniels 6-25-0
Adam Wilson 4-16-0
Hayden Hill 1-14-1
Carson Bailey 3-13-1
Lucas Dailey 1-3-0

Total yards 294

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Hayden Hill 5-5-66-1

Receiving (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Adam Wilson 1-42-1
Antheny Ward 2-15-0
Caleb Sells 1-7-0
Ty Eldridge 1-2-0

Total offense 360 yards

Caleb Sells 4
Tracy McDonald 4
Antheny Ward 3
Dylan Ashlock 2
Lucas Cole 2
Lucas Dailey 2
Kyle Lee 1
Adam Wilson 1
Hunter Garrett 1
Carson Bailey 1


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LA Snatches 5 District Wins

By Becky Meredith, OCN staff

LA's Tosha Melton makes a spike on Smith County's Lady Owls during Tuesday night action September 18.


The volleyball team at Livingston Academy was sparking with fire this past week as the girls defeated five district foes.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, teams from Pickett, Smith, and Jackson counties travelled to LA only to lose to one of the most feared teams in the 9A/AA district.

The Lady Cats were not playing 100 percent, but they did, however, meet the necessary requirements to rack up three wins, according to Coach Merl Smith.

He said, "That was the day of the funeral (Tyler Lancaster's). We had a rough time getting started, getting everybody there. I had some of the girls go out to the grave site.

"But we finally got the games in and got through it with three victories, which I felt really good about."

Jackson County, the strongest team Livingston faced Tuesday night, forced the Lady Cats team to go to three games.

Though LA struggled with the Lady Blue Devils and lost 11-15, they squeezed out a 15-11 and 15-10 win.

Neither Pickett nor Smith counties' teams put up much of a fight; both scored low and were easy wins for the Lady Cats.

Clarkrange and Gordonsville were the scheduled opponents for LA for Thursday night, Sept. 21.

Gordonsville High School proved to be no match for LA. The Lady Tigers gave a two-game match to Livingston, 15-0 and 15-5.

Clarkrange's Lady Buffaloes lost 15-6, 15-10, but they were a more aggressive team, taking the scores to 15-6, 15-10. Coach Smith said the team had improved much since their last meet with LA.

The Lady Cats travelled to Cookeville September 24 to face the Lady Cavaliers, another difficult team to conquer.

Coach Smith expected the Cookeville team to be a good match and much tougher and relaxed on their home turf.

"We played Cookeville at the Sparta tournament and had them 8-1 in the third game, then let them come back and beat us 15-12. I thought we really had a good chance to beat them. I believe we had them 13-11, if I'm not mistaken, and they came back and beat us 15-13."

With several games hitting the Lady Cats in the next few weeks, the girls are going to have to give more heart and show more determination.

"We had improved so much and were playing really well before the plane crashes and Tyler's death," Coach Smith said. "A lot of my girls are really close to him."

The tragedies have set the team back, but according to the coach, the Lady Cats will be back in shape in no time.

LA competed against rivals Red Boiling Springs and Monterey on September 25. Coach Smith was fairly confident the Overton girls would overcome both.

In the forecast, LA has the Glencliff Tournament to anticipate, where 12 teams will compete against each other at the Nashville school.

Coach Smith felt LA will be good competition against any of them.

"I don't know if we can beat them all or not, but I don't think anybody will dominate us off the court or anything like that."

LA faced Glencliff High School in its scrimmage game, where the Lady Cats beat the Lady Colts in a three-game match.

"They've improved a bit, Coach Smith said, "but so have we."

White County will appear also at Glencliff, along with Mt. Juliet and Hillsboro, so LA might sweat it a little.

"Kind of the top 5 teams out of the 12 are going to be down there," Smith commented.

LA's volleyball team has several members who have put forth a lot of effort lately but remain in the shadows.

Two girls who have really shown their capabilities recently are Mallory Sells and Tosha Melton.

Sells is a backcourt specialist for the Lady Cats.

"She comes in, she's good at serving, she hardly ever misses a serve," Coach Smith said. "She's been doing a really steady job. Nothing outstanding, but she doesn't make many mistakes, either.

Melton is also quite the athlete.

"When all the girls were hurt, she was playing quite a bit. She got to where she was missing a lot of her serves, but she can play. I guess you might say she's our substitute who can take just about anybody's place. If I need someone who can take someone's place, I can call on Tosha. She can do a little bit of everything."

Before the Cookeville game on Monday night and the games on Tuesday, LA's record stood 14-1 in the district, tied with Upperman High School's Lady Bees.


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LA Cross Country Begins 2001 Season

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Livingston Academy Cross Country Team members are, front row from left, Coach Jamie Loftis, Brittany McDonald, Deidra Garrett, Amanda Hammock, back row from left, Brandon Tavalin, Eric Huddleston, Colin Smith, Bo Byers, and, not pictured, Josh Gore and Heather Petry.

The 2001 high school cross country season is underway and the Livingston Academy Cross Country team is understaffed.

Scoring at cross country meets is determined by the top five runners on a school's team. LA has only five runners on the boys team, so everyone counts every time. An injury cuts the running Cats out of the team running.

LA Cross Country Coach Jamie Loftis is depending on seniors Colin Smith and Bo Byers, juniors Eric Huddleston and Brandon Tavalin, and freshman Josh Gore to stay healthy through the season.

Coach Loftis has high hopes for the boys team.

"The boys, I expect them to go to the state," Coach Loftis said. "They'll be close, as far as going to the state. As well as everybody is running right now."

The girls team is not officially a team.

"We just don't have enough girls to make a team," Coach Loftis said.

LA has only four girls, so they are running for individual honors. Livingston's girls are senior Heather Petry, junior Deidra Garrett, and freshmen Amanda Hammock and Brittany McDonald.

Coach Loftis believes Petry and Garrett have a shot at going to the state.

"Heather and Deidra were good last year," he said.

Livingston Academy's cross country squad traveled to Nashville on Saturday, Sept. 22 for the A.F. Bridges Invitational held at Steeplechase. Approximately 350 runners competed in each division.

In the boys competition, Eric Huddleston placed 159 with an 18:47 time for the 3-mile event. Josh Gore finished at 182 with a 19:02, Colin Smith was 199 with a 19:12, Brandon Tavalin was 206 with a 19:23, and Bo Byers was off his usual time with a 268 at 20:25.

"The boys did pretty well, all things considered. It was hot down there Saturday," Coach Loftis said.

"For Gore, it was the first time he had ever run in his life. He'll be good if he stays with it."

On the girls side, Deidra Garrett placed 96 with a 22:36, and Heather Petry placed 120 with a 23:06.

Three of the boys ran earlier in the month at the Tennessee Classic held at Steeplechase on September 15. Brandon Tavalin placed 47 with a 17:59, Eric Huddleston was 75 with an 18:32, and Colin Smith placed 103 with a 19:18.

After a Mid-Week meet at Cookeville High School on Tuesday, Sept. 25, the LA squad will travel to Tompkins Farm in Gallatin for the Gallatin Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29.

"It's a whole lot different," Coach Loftis said. "It's really cross country because it goes up and down, up and down, where at Steeplechase it's sort of like running at the fairgrounds, you just go flat all the way around. It's harder. Everybody's time will go down quite a bit on this one."


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