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Archives 2001 10-10-2001



Hot LA Wildcats Burn Blue Devils 7-0
Jr. Cats Take 14-21 Loss At Cookeville
Lady Cats Go Undefeated In District

Cross Country Members Place In Invitational
LA Number One Seed In District



Livingston Academy Volleyball Schedule 2001
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
Oct. 19 Portland Home 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 26 York Away 7:00 p.m.

Outlaw Football Schedule 2001
Oct. 20 DeKalb Co. Home 11:00 a.m. 10
Oct. 27 Championship Monterey TBA

Livingston Academy Ladies' Soccer Schedule 2001
Oct. 15 Regional Tournament TBA
TBA Coach: Rick Sells, Principal: Gary Ledbetter, AD: Howard Miller


Reserved Seats Available For Basketball Reserved seats for Livingston Academy’s upcoming basketball games are currently available at the high school. Those interested in season tickets should see Coach Danny McCoin.


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Hot LA Wildcats Burn Blue Devils 7-0

By Ashley Hunter, OCN Staff


Amanda Harris Sports Photography

Livingston Academy's Jonathon Cummings makes a big catch for the Wildcats late in Friday's Homecoming game against the Jackson County Blue Devils.


The Livingston Academy Wildcats faced an uphill battle last Friday, beating the Jackson County Blue Devils 7-0.

The game, which was played entirely in the rain, was this year's homecoming game for the Wildcats.

LA Head Coach Matt Eldridge said, "We are very happy to have won the game, considering the muddy and sloppy conditions. We had a few chances to score that we didn't utilize fully.

"I was extremely pleased with our defensive effort. Overall, we played pretty well."

The first half was primarily spent slogging through the sloppy, muddy mess of the football field. Every time the offense was close to scoring, a door was slammed in their face.

The first Wildcat series with the football was halted at the Jackson County 1-yard line. This happened to the Wildcats three times before the end of the night.

Livingston had great field position and Jackson County made several defensive errors, but the Wildcats were unable to capitalize on that offensively. The wet conditions made it almost impossible to see the football, much less take it all the way to the endzone.

Livingston played very well defensively in the second half. The Cats took possession of the ball away from the Blue Devils several times throughout the half. Two interceptions were made by Livingston in the third quarter alone. Those interceptions were made by Jesse Wolfram and James Clouse. Every time they took possession of the football, though, they couldn't get anywhere with it offensively.

The best chance to score in the third quarter came on a drive to the Jackson County 18-yard line. Rather than try to score a touchdown in the sludge on the fourth down play, LA called on kicker Joseph McGill to attempt a 35-yard field goal, which veered to the right and missed.

Neither team put any points on the board until the fourth quarter. Starting at the Jackson County 26-yard line, the Wildcats had excellent field position.

The score came from a 15-yard pass from LA quarterback Josh Walker to Jonathon Cummings, with 8:48 to play in the game. The extra point attempt was successful, running the score to its final 7-0.

The win brings LA's region record to 4-0 and their overall record to 4-3. LA remains in first place in their pool of Class 3A Region 4.

Livingston had 187 yards of total offense. James Clouse led all Livingston players in yards rushing, with 99 yards in the game. Jonathon Cummings also ran for 69 yards.

Next week the Wildcats travel to Smithville to take on the DeKalb County Tigers.

Coach Eldridge said of the upcoming bout, "They're a big, strong team that just keeps getting better.

"We've been getting better and hope to play well."

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Jr. Cats Take 14-21 Loss At Cookeville

The Junior Wildcats took on Cookeville in a clash of the undefeateds Thursday, Oct. 4. Someone would leave with a spotless record, and someone would go home tarnished.

Cookeville drew first blood early, going up 7-0 in the first quarter.

The Jr. Cats responded with two touchdowns in the second quarter. With 7:04 to play in the second, Wilson Cates ran 65 yards for a touchdown. Cates then passed to Seth Melton for a 2-point conversion, putting the Overton County team ahead 8-7.

With just 22 seconds left in the first half, Cates caught a 5-yard pass for another Jr. Cats touchdown, to go up 14-7 at half-time after the conversion failed.

The score remained 14-7 into the fourth quarter, when Cookeville struck TD paydirt twice to move ahead 21-14. The Jr. Cats couldn't score again and took their first loss of the season.

Wilson Cates led the Jr. Cats in rushing with 92 yards, followed by Brandon Brewer with 49, and Jamey Vaughn with 18. On the defensive side, Cates made a couple of interceptions, and Levi Holt made an interception.

Wilson Cates led the Jr. Wildcats in tackles with 11, followed by Jamey Vaughn with 6, Jake Reeder and Beau Massengale with 4 each, Levi Holt with 3, Seth Melton with 2, and Johnathan Preece, Brandon Brewer, Garvin Davis, Wade Ford, and Robert Holt each with a tackle.

After traveling to play Wayne County, KY, on Monday, Oct. 8, the Junior Wildcats will close out the regular season with a home game against Warren County on Thursday, Oct. 16.


Lady Cats Go Undefeated In District


By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff

Tabatha Crabtree, #15, moves the ball back into LA control against York Institute.


Perfect. The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team completed the District 9-A/AA regular season with a perfect 8-0 record after defeating York Institute and Friendship Christian last week.

First up on the week was a visit from the Lady Dragons of York Institute on Tuesday, Oct. 2. York struck first with an early goal, but that only made the Lady Cats angry. LA pounded in 7 goals to send the Jamestown team home with a loss.

LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "York tried to physical us that game, but we didn't back off of them.

"They came out like they were going to push us around and we beat them 7-1."

Scoring for the Lady Cats came from Lora Brady with 2 goals, Kasey Baltimore with 2 goals, Christen Cates with 2 goals, and Danielle Thrasher with a goal.

Livingston Academy closed out the regular season by hosting Friendship Christian. LA led 2-1 at the half, then fired in 4 more goals in the second half for a 6-1 win.

Kasey Baltimore scored 2 goals, Lora Brady scored 2, Danielle Thrasher scored a goal, and Ferran Stephens scored a goal.

"These girls can play," Coach Sells said. "We kept the ball on their end of the field. We kept taking shots, making good passes in front of the goal.

"When they set their heads to it, they're not going to be denied.

I was really happy the way we came out in the second half, real aggressive. That's what we've got to do.”

The win pushed the Lady Cats overall record to 11-1-1 on the regular season.

Livingston Academy has home field for the District 9-A/AA Tournament, which began Monday, Oct. 8. The Lady Cats were scheduled play on Tuesday, Oct. 9 against the winner of the Boyd Christian-York game. A win would place LA in the championship game to be played at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 against the winner of the Friendship Christian-Mt. Juliet Christian contest.

"If we keep our heads right, if we keep playing the way we can play," Coach Sells said, "we ought to do what we've been doing all season."

What the Lady Cats have done all season in District 9-A/AA is dominate.


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Cross Country Members Place In Invitational

By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff

The Livingston Academy Cross Country squad recently competed in three events making up the bulk of the season.

The most recent event for LA was the Burnett Memorial Invitational held Saturday, Oct. 6 at Cookeville.

Deidra Garrett placed 9th with a 22:54, and Heather Petry finished 11th with a 23:14. Approximately 40 girls competed.

On the boys side, Eric Huddleston was number 21 with an 18:59, followed by Brandon Tavalin at 22 with a 19:06, and Colin Smith at 23 with a 19:08. Bo Byers placed 26th with a 19:35. Approximately 60 boys competed.

LA Cross Country Coach Jamie Loftis said, "They did really well. The boys keep getting better and better. "Huddleston is getting stronger all the time."

The LA runners traveled to Tompkins Farm for the Gallatin Invitational on September 29. Deidra Garrett placed 6th with a 22:38, and Heather Petry placed 15th with a 22:53.

For the boys, Brandon Tavalin placed 23rd with a 19:23, Colin Smith placed 25th with a 19:29, Eric Huddleston placed 27th with a 19:33, and Bo Byers finished 45th with a 20:28.

On September 25, the Livingston Academy runners participated in a Mid-Week meet at Cookeville.

Deidra Garrett placed 5th with a 22:38, Heather Petry placed 8th with a 23:50, and Amanda Hammock finished 19th with a 30:56.

Brandon Tavalin placed 7th with a 19:08, with teammate Eric Huddleston one second behind in 8th place. Bo Byers closed out the top 10 with a 19:19. Colin Smith finished 14th with a 19:41.

The next meet for the Livingston Academy cross country Wildcats will be the Midstate Championship at Tompkins Farm in Gallatin on Wednesday, Oct. 17.


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LA Number One Seed In District

By Becky Meredith, OCN staff

The October 1 game Livingston Academy played against Van Buren High School and Friendship Christian School fared quite wonderfully for Livingston Academy.

The Lady Cats once again managed to strut their stuff and prove they were the finest in the 9A-AA district.

According to Coach Merl Smith, the team had a good day.

Going into the games, LA would be the number one seed in the district if the Livingston girls defeated both teams, so the pressure was undoubtedly on.

Friendship fell at the feet of the Lady Cats and handed over an easy 15-11, 15-4 match. The Lady Cats played well in the match, exceptionally well in game two.

Van Buren's team was next in line for Livingston Academy to pound, the one team standing in the way of LA's district lead.

"We had to beat Van Buren to win it," Coach Smith said. "If we lost, we'd be at a tie and would have to flip."

No flipping was necessary, however, as the Van Buren Lady Eagles were beat down by Livingston's all-too-aggressive team.

The first game was stolen by LA 15-10, but the second game was very close – nail-bitingly close at 16-14.

The Overton County girls were joyous to say the least. Tuesday, Oct. 2 marked the Lady Wildcats' games against Mt. Juliet Christian Academy and Nashville Christian School.

Nashville lost to LA in low-scored games, and Mt. Juliet Christian could only give eight points in the first game, seven in the next.

At 21-1 in the district and number one in the seed, the girls were set for the district tournament in Jackson County.

The final home game of the season at LA was a non-district game played against White County.

"We had a super match with them. We played well and so did they," the coach said.

The first game of three had LA down 6-15, but up again in the second 15-13.

The third game was a definite whammy to LA, though, as the girls were knocked out of White County's orbit 17-15. That put the team at 34-11 overall in their record.

At press time, the team was scheduled to play in district tournament action Tuesday evening, Oct. 9.

Before tournament play, Coach Smith said, "I can't make any predictions just yet; there will be four teams there that I think can possibly win the district.

"We got Jackson, Van Buren, Upperman, and us. I think it could be any of those four because Jackson County has beaten Van Buren, Van Buren has beaten Upperman twice, Upperman has beaten us. Everybody's beaten each other."

The district tournament looked to be action-packed, and one of four deserving teams would surely walk away and begin preparing for regions.


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