Cats Season Comes To A Close
LA Soccer Team Loses Sectional In OT
Junior Outlaws Take Conference Title
LA Competes At State Level, Falls Short To Eaglevillee
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Cats Season Comes
To A Close
By Ashley Hunter, OCN Staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
LA's monster of the midway, Josh Dial, #62, clears a path for the
Wildcat ballcarrier in Friday's game.
The Livingston Academy Wildcats closed out their season last Friday,
Oct. 26, losing to the York Agricultural Institute Dragons 14-7.
LA Head Coach Matt Eldridge said, "We worked hard and played
pretty well, especially with several of our players injured."
Livingston got off to a great start, scoring a touchdown on their
first series of play. York was tacked with a 15-yard penalty for
having too many men on the field and from that Livingston ran away
with it and scored on a 12-yard run by James Clouse. The extra point
attempt was successful, thus putting Livingston up 7-0.
After that, defensive play ruled the field. Then, just before the
halftime break, LA fullback James Clouse was struck with a major
shoulder injury. This, coupled with Jonathon Cummings being out
with an injury from last week's game against Portland, led to the
breakdown and subsequent loss of the game.
The second half started off with a bang, putting Nick Stiver into
the game for the Dragons. Stiver did not play the first half due
to a previous injury. He ran 41 yards on 6 carries to score a touchdown
and tie the score at 7-7 after the kick for the extra point.
Everyone still wanted to play defense, though, so no major offensive
prowess was evident through most of the half. Then, with 5:25 left
to play in the fourth quarter York's Robert Cravens hit Daniel Hicks
with a 50-yard pass for a touchdown. The extra point attempt was
successful, putting the score to its final 14-7.
Livingston tried to come back and managed to move the ball to York's
14-yard line, but the final pass was intercepted, giving York the
win and the playoff berth.
The loss brought LA's overall season record to 5-5 and their region
record to 5-2.
Statistically, Livingston had 217 yards of total offense, compared
to York's 305.
James Clouse had 78 yards rushing before being injured, to lead
all Livingston Academy players. Josh Cravins and Whitney Coleman
had 31 and 30 yards respectively, and Josh Walker ran for 28 yards.
Coach Eldridge said of the past season, "We played well and
had a lot of close games, especially considering the injuries this
season. Of course, we always want to be better, but we played hard
and I'm proud of the team."
Livingston will lose several quality players this year to graduation.
Those players are Josh Cravins, Joseph McGill, Lance Smith, Jonathon
Cummings, James Clouse, Matt Huddleston, Ben Gore, James Speck,
Matt Mahaney, Josh Dial, Jacob Henson, and Jesse Wofram.
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LA Soccer Team Loses Sectional
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team gathers together
to prepare for the second half in last week's state sectional played
on LA's home field.
The state sectional pitting Livingston Academy against Franklin
Road Academy was a game so good they didn't want it to end, but
end it did, and with it the Lady Wildcats' successful season.
The Lady Cats had home field Tuesday, Oct. 23 when they took on
FRA for a trip to the State Quarterfinals in Chattanooga.
The Panthers struck first with an early goal, but LA wouldn't
Christen Cates found an opening and found the net for a goal to
tie the game.
But FRA was just as tenacious and came back with a goal before
halftime to retake the lead.
Shortly before the half, LA appeared to lose a key play when Danielle
Thrasher twisted her ankle. The trainer went to work mummifying
the ankle with a tight tape job and Thrasher was ready to go back
into the game in the second half.
LA came out in the second half refusing to let up. A Kasey Baltimore
scoring attempt ricocheted off the crossbar and down to the feet
of Lora Brady, who promptly booted it in for a tying goal.
The Panthers had a chance to win the game late with a penalty kick,
but LA goalkeeper Sarah Jowers stared down the attempt and snagged
the ball short of the goal, preserving the tie.
Livingston Academy had a scoring chance early in overtime with
a penalty kick, but the Lora Brady attempt was caught by the FRA
The defensive battle continued until FRA scored a goal to bring
the battle to a close.
LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "I am real proud of those
girls. The whole year, game after game after game they never quit.
They always hustled.
"This is the most fun I've ever had coaching soccer, and it's
not just because we win, it's because those girls are such good
kids, such good people.
"I just give them all the credit. I'm just so proud of what
The team finished the 2001 campaign with a 15-2-1 record.
The team will lose two seniors to graduation this year Ð Lora Brady
and Tabitha Robbins.
"Lora Brady and Tabitha Robbins were the captains this year,"
Coach Sells said. "They got along, and they like each other.
They just played really well."
Looking to next year, Coach Sells sees a bright future.
"I'm hoping that success will breed success so we can get
more people into the game and get some more athletes to come out,"
he said. "I look for us to just get better.
"Katrina (Marshall) will have a year under her belt. And
Allison (Medley) should be better. And I've got Leslie (Poston)
and Mary Faye (Maynord) coming back.
"I think we'll be all right." he said. "I don't
know if it'll be a run like it was this year. We were just two games
away from the state championship.
"Think of all the teams in the state that have played soccer
for like 15 years, and we're at that point. They deserve a lot of
credit for what they've accomplished in a limited amount of time.
"Coach Sells also is quick to give credit to the families
of his players.
"I appreciate the parents because not only are the girls good
soccer players, they're good people. You know, that's the parents
right there," he said.
"As far as the parents go, they never give me anything but
support. So, I really appreciate that."
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Junior Outlaws Take
The Overton County Junior Outlaws completed an undefeated season
by taking the Middle Tennessee Youth Conference championship Saturday,
Oct. 27, defeating Monterey 13-6 for the title. With the win, the
Jr. Outlaws finished with a 10-0 record.
The Jr. Outlaws had played Monterey only three weeks ago at Tom
Davis Memorial Field and won 12-6. So the Jr. Outlaws were well
aware of the task at hand, especially with the championship game
being played at Monterey.
The Jr. Outlaws got on the scoreboard first following an Antheny
Ward fumble recovery at the Monterey 40 yard line. The Jr. Outlaws
covered the 40 yards in three plays, with quarterback Hayden Hill
going the final 6 yards for a touchdown. The conversion attempt
failed, making the score 6-0.
Monterey wasted no time in tying the game up, driving 70 yards
in 6 plays, capped by quarterback Matthew Howard rambling the last
22 yards for the TD. The conversion failed, making the score 6-6.
After an exchange of punts in the third quarter, the Jr. Outlaws
took over on their own 20 yard line. A couple of first downs were
picked up on the hard running of fullback Cody Stafford, then the
Jr. Outlaws hit the big play on a brilliant 48-yard touchdown run
by tailback Adam Wilson. Wilson broke five tackles en route to scoring
the go-ahead touchdown. Hill ran in the conversion to put the Jr.
Outlaws up 13-6.
The Jr. Outlaw defense held Monterey's offense in check the entire
second half, spearheaded by linebacker Lucas Cole and defensive
tackle Tracy McDonald. A last ditch effort by Monterey was thwarted
when Hill intercepted a Howard pass with 27 seconds left to play.
The Jr. Outlaws ran out the clock, securing the 13-6 victory.
One impressive statistic for the Jr. Outlaws is the scoring differential
for the season. The Jr. Outlaws outscored their opponents 203-37.
Adam Wilson led in rushing with 136 yards on 8 carries, and scored
a touchdown. Cody Stafford rushed for 62 yards on 10 carries, Hayden
Hill ran for 30 yards on 10 carries, and scored a touchdown, and
Ethan McDonald ran for 11 yards on 4 carries.
Hayden Hill passed for 21 yards on 3 completions of 7 attempts.
Adam Wilson received for 18 yards on 2 catches, and Antheny Ward
caught a pass for 3 yards.
Tracy McDonald led the Jr. Outlaws in tackles with 7, followed
by Lucas Cole with 6, Antheny Ward with 5, Trey Thomas with 4, Cody
Stafford, Hayden Hill, Adam Wilson, and Caleb Sells with 2 each,
and Nick Robbins, Paul Daniels, and Seth Beaty with 1 each.
Logan Beaty and Hayden Hill each made an interception, and Antheny
Ward recovered a fumble.
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LA Competes At State
Level, Falls Short To Eagleville
By Becky Meredith, OCN staff
The volleyball season at Livingston Academy wrapped up last week
for 2001-2002, after the team impressively made it to the state
competition, but just could not win over the title.
The tournament began for the girls Wednesday morning at MTSU's
Murphy Center, where they were placed in a pool with Fred J. Page
High School, Anderson County High School, and Covington High School.
The girls were to face each team in their pool before the single
elimination tournament on Friday.
Anderson County was first in line for the Lady Cats to play. LA
scored low in the match, 15-5 and 15-4.
Next was a match against Page, what seemed to be almost a replay
of the previous match as the girls lost 15-4, 15-3.
Coach Merl Smith said, "We never could get anything going
against them, both teams were better than us. That's just the way
it was, I can't say anything else. They played well."
LA faced Covington on Thursday morning and played exceptionally.
Covington fell to LA 15-6 and 15-4, placing Livingston at third
in their pool.
The single elimination tournament began later on in the afternoon
and LA was to play a match with the second placed team in the other
pool, Eagle-ville High School.
"I'd seen Eagleville play and they weren't as strong as Anderson
County or Page,Ó Coach Smith said, "but they played a lot like
Eagleville had no problem defeating LA in the first game of the
match, crushing the Livingston team's game, but not their spirits.
LA managed a 3-0 gain on the Lady Eagles, but were soon left in
the dust as their competitors scored 15 straight points.
The second game started off a little brighter for LA, who got a
4-1 lead on their foe before the Eagleville team scored 11 in a
Livingston continued to make mistakes and fumble, losing the match,
therefore, losing the tournament and state title.
"We couldn't do anything about it," Coach Smith commented.
"We made a lot of mistakes.
"I just felt like in that game we should have played a lot
better. That was the only thing I was disappointed about in the
"We played well against Covington, but we were just outclassed
against the other two teams. Against Eagleville, I feel like we
just made too many mistakes."
The team to take out every other team at the state and win the
title was Page High School, a team who has a reputation of volleyball
know-how. Widely-feared Anderson County placed runner-up.
"I really couldn't say where we ended up. We got beat in the
quarter finals of the tournament. I feel like we were maybe the
fifth best team there."
Even though the Lady Cats did not win the tournament, they know
their capabilities and achievements. And the girls do not have to
possess a trophy do be outstanding.
"The girls took the loss pretty well," Coach Smith said.
"They knew that a couple of the teams were pretty strong. They
were a little bit disappointed in the way they played against Eagleville.
They felt like they should have played better, but they knew they
had accomplished quite a bit getting there.
"We ended up 39-16, I think, which was the second most victories
that any team has had in our volleyball history at Livingston Academy
and they feel good about that.
"They feel good about going to the state tournament. They
had a good time. They got to see a lot of good volleyball, a lot
of great volleyball players. They had an experience.
"We've been there before and have lost before, so it's no
All the team can do is wait until next year when they might get
another shot at state.
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