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Archives 2001 10-31-2001



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 In OT

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 shake.

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 goallee.

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 they did."

The team finished the 2001 campaign with a 15-2-1 record.

The team will lose two seniors to graduation this year 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 Conference Title

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, Coach Smith said, "but they played a lot like we did."

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 row.

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 state tournament.

"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 exception."

All the team can do is wait until next year when they might get another shot at state.


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