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Archives 2001 10-03-2001



LA Wildcats Swat Upperman Bees 34-13
Jr. Cats Pound York 38-14
Lady Cats Stay Undefeated In Distric
Outlaws Win Over Gordonsville
LA Golf Bow Out In Tourney
Lady Wildcats Team Moves To 18-1



Livingston Academy Volleyball Schedule 2001

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
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
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
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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LA Wildcats Swat Upperman Bees 34-13

By Ashley Hunter, OCN Staff

Amanda Harris Sports Photography

Jonathon Cummings, #32, receives a block from teammate Josh Dial on his way to a rushing gain for LA.


The Livingston Academy Wildcats won their third game of the season last Friday night, beating the Bees of Upperman High School 34-13. The win ran Livingston's record to 3-3 overall and 3-0 in region play, good for first place in the division.

Wildcats Head Coach Matt Eldridge said, "We made a few adjustments and played pretty well in the second half. Offensively, we looked well."

In the first quarter, Upperman showcased stellar play. The first scoring action came with a touchdown pass from Upperman quarterback Josh Wilson to Clark Robinson with 50 seconds to play in the first quarter. They proved successful in their extra point attempt, running the score to 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was a little more balanced. Early in the second quarter, Upperman was hit with a personal foul and a face mask penalty. Livingston capitalized on this and scored a touchdown with a pass from Josh Walker to Josh Cravins with 8:32 to play in the half. LA kicker Joseph McGill then made the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

Upperman fired back with a touchdown of their own with 5:46 to play in the half, putting the score back in favor of the Bees.

Livingston wouldn't give up, though, and scored again right before halftime, thanks in part to superb passing from LA quarterback Josh Walker. Walker hit James Clouse two yards in front of the endzone and Clouse took it in for the touchdown. McGill missed the extra point attempt, once again tying the score, running it to 13-13 at halftime.

The second half was controlled by LA. The third quarter primarily consisted of defensive action, with no scoring.

The Cats ran off and left the Bees in the dust in the fourth quarter. Livingston once again capitalized on Upperman penalties when an excellent play by the Wildcats drew the Bees offsides.

Josh Walker scored a touchdown from a yard out. Joseph McGill scored the extra point, putting the game in favor of LA, 20-13.

Like the Energizer Bunny, Livingston kept right on going with a Jonathon Cummings touchdown with 2:13 to play in the game. The extra point attempt was successful, moving LA up 27-13.

Livingston still wasn't finished, though. Cummings intercepted an Upperman pass, giving the Cats possession. James Clouse ran 53 yards for another LA touchdown, and Joseph McGill kicked the extra point, moving the score to its final 34-13.

Statistically, LA had 457 yards of total offense, 272 rushing and 185 passing.

In rushing, James Clouse and Jonathon Cummings had153 and 101 yards, respectively.

LA quarterback Josh Walker went 12-19 for171 yards and a touchdown passing. Jesse Wolfram caught for 95 yards, Josh Cravins had 31 passing yards, James Clouse 29 yards, and Whitney Coleman 27 yards.

Next week, Livingston Academy will host Jackson County for their homecoming game.

Coach Eldridge said of the upcoming bout, "They're a good football team. They run the Wing T offense, but with a lot of misdirection."

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Jr. Cats Pound York 38-14

The Overton County Junior Wildcats traveled to York Institute on Thursday, Sept. 27 and came home with a 38-14 victory.

On the opening kickoff, Jr. Wildcat Wilson Cates put the ball out of the endzone, giving York the ball on the 20 yard line. Three downs later, York punted to Cates who scampered 25 yards. Brandon Brewer then ran the ball 21 yards to set up the first Jr. Cats score of the game. On the next play, with 5:15 left in the quarter, Cates ran 16 yards for a touchdown. Seth Melton caught the 2-point conversion.

The Jr. Cats kicked off to York, who returned for 18 yards. Once more York went three and out, punting out of bounds.

Kurt Gilbert caught a 1-yard pass, then Jake Reeder had an 11 yard run followed by a Brewer 9-yard run around the end for a touchdown with 1:07 left in the quarter. Cates ran in the 2-point conversion.

With 5:11 left in the second quarter, Cates connected with Beau Massengale for a 12-yard touchdown pass.

York put together several first downs in the second quarter and passed for a touchdown. The conversion failed, leaving the score at 24-6.

Jamie Vaughn had a 15-yard run for the Jr. Cats, followed by a 29-yard run for another Overton County touchdown. Cates passed to Gilbert for the conversion. At halftime the score stood at 30-6.

The Jr. Cats had 24 tackles in the first half. The Jr. Wildcats continued to control the tempo in the second half, giving many of the players to get on the field.

In the fourth quarter, Levi Holt took the quarterback position and passed to Tyler Sells for a touchdown. Curtis Beaty ran in the conversion to bring the score to 38-6.

York managed a touchdown in the final minutes of the game and made the conversion to bring the final score to 38-14.

The 6-0 Junior Wildcats will host unbeaten Avery Trace Middle School in a 6:30 p.m. game Thursday, Oct. 4.

Individual Statistics
Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Brandon Brewer 6-92-1
Jamey Vaughn 4-47-1
Wilson Cates 3-36-1
Jake Reeder 5-24-0
Levi Holt 3-14-0
Beau Massengale 1-4-0
Josh Carwile 1-1-0

Total yards 212

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Wilson Cates 2-5-13-1
Levi Holt 1-2-11-1

Receiving (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Beau Massengale 1-12-1
Tyler Sells 1-11-1
Kurt Gilbert 1-1-0


Total offense 236 yards

Johnathan Preece 5
Wilson Cates 4
Beau Massengale 3
Jamey Vaughn 3
Garvin Davis 3
Jacob Coffee 2
Brandon Brewer 2
Levi Holt 2
Josh Carwile 2
Ryan Bowman 2
Matt Fletcher 2
Jake Reeder 2
John Michael Stephens 1
Wade Ford 1
Bob Rogers 1
Chris Keisling 1

Lady Cats Stay Undefeated In District

By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff

Danielle Thrasher leaps to block a Scott County goal attempt in Tuesday's 4-1 LA win.


Two more down and two to go. Going into the Tuesday, Oct. 2 game against York Institute, the Lady Wildcats had only York's Lady Dragons and Institute and Friendship Christian's Lady Commanders standing in the way of a clean sweep in District 9-A/AA for the 2001 regular season.

Mt. Juliet Christian has been a strong rival for LA in the past, but the Thursday, Sept. 27 game was dominated by the Lady Cats. The visiting Livingston team scored 5 goals and allowed nothing.

LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "Our defense played another good game.

"Sarah Jowers did a good job as the goalkeeper.

"The first half we played better than we have in the past because we had two goals in the first half and we had a lot of shots, and Mt. Juliet didn't have anything. They may have got five or six shots on goal the whole game.

"We were much better than them," Coach Sells said. Scoring for LA were Lora Brady with 3 goals, and Kasey Baltimore with 2.

The win came despite unforeseen changes in the lineup.

"We didn't have Allison Medley," Coach Sells said. "We had Tabatha Crabtree in her place."

Medley was out with an illness, but another change in the starting roster was permanent and took Coach Sells by surprise. Heather Petry quit the team to concentrate on cross country, opening a spot for Rachel Romzek, who took over at Petry's position.

"Rachel did a good job," Coach Sells said.

Changes to the lineup have been a constant from the starting roster of the beginning of the season, so Coach Sells takes it in stride.

"I think we'll be all right. We've got York Tuesday and Friendship Christian on Thursday. If we win those two games we'll be undefeated in the district.

"The girls are playing really good soccer. I just want them to keep it up."

Earlier in the week, Livingston Academy played host to the Lady Highlanders of Scott County on Tuesday, Sept. 25. After falling behind 0-1, the Lady Cats went to work on the visitors and went on to win 4-1. Scoring for LA came from Kasey Baltimore with 2, and Danielle Thrasher and Ferran Stephens with a goal each.

LA took 28 shots on goal in the game.

"We were shooting all the time," Coach Sells said.

The week's play moved the Lady Cats to 6-0 in District 9-A/AA and to 9-1-1 overall.

Coach Sells credited much of the recent LA dominance to the exceptional play of Christen Cates.

"Christen Cates is a hustler," he said. "She never stops running. I never have to say anything to her about hustling.

"She won't back off those girls. She'll get right up there and challenge the ball every time. She's really valuable in the middle. She makes a difference in the middle.

"She don't get to score the goals as much, but she's a player."


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Outlaws Win Over Gordonsville

The Outlaws were ready to play when they welcomed Gordonsville to Livingston on Saturday, Sept. 29.

From the first possession the Outlaws offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage. The running backs were getting 8 yards or more with each carry. Then it happened, a fumble.

The defense held on three plays and the Outlaws got the ball back, and fumbled again. Then the defense had a problem stopping the counterplay and Gordonsville marched the ball down the field and scored the first points of the game.

On the ensuing kickoff, Steven Morgan returned the ball back to the Gordonsville 33 yard line. Two plays later, Morgan carried the ball into the endzone from 23 yards out to tie the game at 6, where it remained to halftime.

In the second half, the defense was able to shut the counterplay down and the offense continued to run up the field at-will, only getting stopped by their mistakes.

The fourth quarter started with Morgan running the ball in from 2 yards out for his second touchdown of the game.

On the next offensive series, Morgan threw a 56-yard bomb to Thorn Walthall for the third TD of the game, putting the Outlaws up 19-6.

After a Colton Hummel interception, Justin Poston iced the game when he raced around the left end for a 38-yard touchdown, putting the Outlaws up 26-6 with only 3 minutes left in the game. Gordonsville added a late touchdown to finish the game 26-12.

Outlaws Coach J.J. Jones stated, "Defensively we had a good game except for that one drive in the second quarter where they scored.

"Cody Brown did a good job coming up for run support and cutting off the outside while Jesse Cole sealed up the inside. Overall, a good effort by the entire defense to shut down the counterplay after they scored.

"Overall we had a good game, Coach Jones said. "We finally started the game at the beginning. Our line was doing a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage. We now have to concentrate on doing the little things right, like handing off the football, holding on with both hands and so on."

Next up for the Outlaws is their Homecoming game against Monterey (4-2) on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. The 5-1 Outlaws are tied for second place with Baxter, and are a game behind frontrunning DeKalb County.

"Next week we have another tough game against Monterey," Coach Jones said. "They are much improved from previous years, and if we don't execute our game plan we could have a long day.

Individual Statistics Rushing
Steven Morgan 11-91-2
Cody Brown 7-52-0
Justin Poston 2-40-1
Jamie Cravens 1-2-0

Total yards 185

Passing (Comp.-Att.-Yds.-TDs)
Brannon McCoin 0-1-0-0
Steven Morgan 1-2-56-1


Total offense 241 yards

Cody Brown 6
Jesse Cole 5
Josh Norris 4
Thorn Walthall 3
Gary Massengille 2
Steven Morgan 2
Josh Beaty 2
Brandon Clayton 2
Josh Coffee 1
Jackson White 1
Brad Pendergraft 1
Jamie Cravens 1
Justin Poston 1
Clint Warren 1

Jr. Outlaws
The Jr. Outlaws defeated Gordonsville 6-0 in overtime Saturday, Sept. 29.

"This was a game that wasn't as close as the score lets on," Coach J.J. Jones said. "The Outlaws would move the ball up and down the field and then self-destruct."

On the first drive, quarterback Hayden Hill threw an interception. On the second drive the Jr. Outlaws fumbled the ball. On the next possession penalties made it impossible to make a first down. Then in the second half, the offensive line could not move the Gordonsville defense.

"When we did move it down the field, we would make mistakes and give Gordonsville the ball. One time we had the ball first and goal on the 8 yard line and ended up fumbling the ball in the endzone."

In overtime, after getting a penalty to push the Jr. Outlaws into a third and 15 situation, Hayden Hill threw a strike to Antheny Ward for the winning touchdown.

Coach Kelly Hill stated, "The Outlaws are going to have to do a much better job if they want to win against Monterey next week."

The Jr. Outlaws defense played a great game, holding the Gordonsville offense to minus-16 yards total offense.

Coach Jones said, "Coach Jolley and Coach Lee have done an outstanding job in preparing the defense. The first string defense has had only 6 points scored on them all year.

Next week the Jr. Outlaws will face the 6-0 Monterey Wildcats. The game will be for the conference lead and almost assuredly a spot in the championship game October 27.

Individual Statistics Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Ethan McDonald 12-47-0
Lucas Cole 1-4-0
Hayden Hill 6-4-0
Adam Wilson 6-3-0
Total yards 60

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-INT)
Hayden Hill 4-11-90-1-2

Receiving (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Antheny Ward 2-32-1
Caleb Sells 1-32-0
Adam Wilson 1-22-0

Total offense 150 yards

Antheny Ward 3
Caleb Sells 2
Nick Robbins 2
Logan Beaty 2
Trey Thomas 2
Adam Wilson 2
Tracy McDonald 1
Lucas Cole 1


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LA Golf Bows Out In Tourney

By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff

The 2001 high school golf season came to an abrupt halt for the Livingston Academy Wildcats on Monday, Sept. 24 in the District 9-A/AA Tournament held at Ironwood in Cookeville.

LA Golf Coach Danny McCoin said, "We missed out from advancing by 13 strokes.

"We had a horrible day. It was rainy wet and cold. We just played bad.

"If we had played just 'a little bit bad', we would have went on. We just had a tough time, just didn't show up."

Livingston Academy shot a 368 in the 18-hole tournament. Ahead of LA, and advancing to the next round are Monterey with a 303, Jackson County with a 337, Red Boiling Springs at 355, and Smith County at 357.

Scoring for Livingston Academy were Eddie Sells with an 88, Charles Hammer with a 92, Anthony Ognibene at 93, and Marshall White at 95.

The LA Wildcats had advanced into the district tournament by placing in the top four of the District 9-A/AA Eastern Division Playoff at White Plains on Thursday, Sept. 20. LA shot a 317, to tie with Clarkrange and finish behind Jackson County's 314 and Monterey's 311.

Top scorer for LA was Anthony Ognibene with a 74, one stroke behind the playoff's best of 73 shot by York Institute's Travis Tate.

"Anthony Ognibene had a good score," Coach McCoin said. "I thought we played well the first round, especially the freshmen came in there and shot well Marshall White and Brad West.

"Overall it was a good day.

"I guess it was a pretty good year. They were young. "We need to learn to play on the road a little bit next year, then we will be all right."

The team will lose seniors Anthony Ognibene and Matt Crawford to graduation, otherwise the team will come back intact.

"I expect to be better next year, especially with all these young kids coming back," Coach McCoin said.


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Lady Wildcats Team Moves To 18-1

By Becky Meredith, OCN staff

Livingston Academy's volleyball girls fell short to Cookeville, Hillsboro, and Glencliff this past week in games Coach Merl Smith predicted would be tough.

The Lady Cats travelled to Putnam County on Monday, Sept. 24 to try and diminish the Lady Cavaliers in a non-district game; however, the Cookeville team once again proved to be good competitors, defeating LA 15-6 and 15-10. The Lady Cavs have presented difficult matches to Livingston all season.

"We didn't play very well," Coach Smith said. "Cookeville played great. We missed many serves against Cookeville. They were better than we were and we just missed too many serves. We didn't have any fire at all."

The Lady Cats might not have had any fire to them, but they had not lost all their heat as they smoked Red Boiling Springs and Monterey on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

According to Coach Smith, neither team posed a threat to LA as both teams lost with low scores.

Coach Smith did take another opportunity to put some members of the B team on the court throughout the night, and in one game, he allowed the sophomores to compete against and defeat Red Boiling Springs.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, Livingston Academy's gymnasium was the site for action against Clarkrange and Upperman.

Clarkrange's Lady Buffaloes handed over a 15-2 and 15-5 match.

While the Clarkrange games were not very competitive, the Upperman Lady Bees' match had spectators on the edge of their seats.

Upperman is the only team in the district that has defeated LA this season, so LA took the chance by all means to deliver a little vengeance.

"We had a real good game against them. We beat them 15-7 in the first game and 15-13 in the second game," Coach Smith said.

One of Upperman's best hitters was absent with a sprained ankle Thursday night, but the Lady Bees had two losses in the district already, so Coach Smith believed LA stood a chance anyway.

The Glencliff Tournament was held this past weekend.

The Lady Cats ruled the roost during their first four matches with no problems at all.

The girls then faced Glencliff High School, one of the best volleyball teams in Nashville.

Before play, both teams were tied at 4-0, so whichever team won the match would win the pool.

Glencliff whipped out a 15-6 win in the first game, then LA came back with a 15-11 win. But the third game, the Livingston ladies just could not hack it; they were forced to give the game away 15-11.

The Glencliff loss put LA second in their pool, leaving them to play the number one team in the other pool Hillsboro.

Hillsboro had not lost a game during the Glencliff Tourney, so the sky looked gray to LA. "We played really well for about 11 points. We were ahead of them 11 points, then they beat us 15-11.

"They were really good. They had a good front row and some tough servers."

In the second game against Hillsboro's Lady Burros, LA played very well, but still lost 15-7.

Hillsboro walked away champions of the tournament and Livingston Academy walked away in a tie for third place, having finished 4-2.

The delayed games against Van Buren High School and Friendship Christian School from September 11 were made up Monday, Oct. 1. These games would determine which team held the district lead.

Before Monday evening's games, Coach Smith said, "Van Buren has two losses, we have one. If we beat them tonight, we're in first place. If they beat us, it's a tie; we'd have to flip the coin.

"Friendship has a good ball club, too, so they could beat either one of us.

"We could go anywhere tonight from first place to third place (in district)."

Tuesday, Oct. 2 was the scheduled night for LA to play Mount Juliet Christian School and Nashville Christian School.

At press time, the results of the October 1 and 2 games were not available.

The junior varsity and freshman games scheduled for October 1 against Cookeville were rescheduled until this afternoon, Wednesday, Oct. 3.

And to wrap up their district matches, LA will compete against White County on Senior Night, Thursday, Oct. 4.

The loss of the seniors, in Coach Smith's opinion, will deeply impact the team.

"Leach is one of the very few freshmen who has ever started in play; she played the back row when she was a freshman. Baltimore has been setting for me ever since she was a sophomore, and Melton has started for two years at middle block."

Another absence Coach Smith will feel is that of senior Jamie Thurman, the team's manager and score keeper.

Coach Smith believes the shoes of these girls will be very hard to fill, that the team will suffer from the loss.

District tournaments are scheduled for October 8-11 at Jackson County High School.

As of Monday afternoon, Oct. 1, Livingston Academy was 18-1 in district and 30-10 overall.


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