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Archives 03-13-2002

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Schedules
Lady Wildcats enter 2002 season with high hopes
LA Soccer ready for another run at district title
Youth movement drives LA baseball into new seasonI
mproved LA tennis teams ready to play

Schedules

 

LA Softball Schedule 2002

Date Opponent Time Place
Mon., March 18 Celina 5:00 p.m. Away
Thur., March 21 Celina 4:00 p.m. Home
Thur., March 28 *Jackson Co. 4:00 p.m. Home
Mon., April 1 *Smith Co. 4:30 p.m. Away
Tues., April 2 Byrdstown 4:30 p.m. Away
Thur., April 4 *Upperman 4:30 p.m. Home
Fri., April 5 Sparta 5:00 p.m. Home
Mon., April 8 *York (DH) 4:00 p.m. Home
Tues., April 9 *DeKalb Co. 4:30 p.m. Away
Thur., April 11 *Smith Co. 4:30 p.m. Home
Mon., April 15 Red Boiling Springs (DH) 4:00 p.m. Home
Tues., April 16 *Upperman 4:30 p.m. Away
Thur., April 18 *DeKalb Co. 4:30 p.m. Home
Fri., April 19 Crossville Tourn. TBA Away
Sat., April 20 Crossville Tourn. TBA Away
Tues., April 23 *Jackson Co. 4:00 p.m. Away
Thur., April 25 *Cannon Co. (DH) 4:30 p.m. Home
Fri., April 26 Cookeville Tourn. TBA Away
Sat., April 27 Cookeville Tourn. TBA Away

 

LA Soccer Schedule 2002

Date Opponent Time Place
March 14 Crossville Home 3:30 p.m.
March 18 York Away 4:30 p.m.
March 22 Oneida Home 4:30 p.m.
April 2 Sparta Home 4:00 p.m.
April 4 Mt. Juliet Christian Away 6:00 p.m.
April 9 Crossville Away 4:30 p.m.
April 11 McMinnville Away 6:00 p.m.
April 13 Boyd Christian Home 12:00 p.m.
April 16 Sparta Away 4:30 p.m.
April 18 Mt. Juliet Christian Home 4:30 p.m.
April 23 Boyd Christian Away 5:00 p.m.
April 29 York Home 4:30 p.m.
May 2 Friendship Christian Home 4:30 p.m.
May 6 District Tournament TBA TBA
May 13 Regional Tournament TBA TBA

 

LA Tennis Schedule 2002

Date Opponent Time Place
March 13 Macon Co. (Boys) 3:00 p.m. Home
March 19 Friendship Acad. 4:00 p.m. Home
March 20 Celina (Boys) 3:00 p.m. Away
March 21 Cannon Co. 4:00 p.m. Home
April 1 Mt. Juliet 3:00 p.m. Away
April 2 DeKalb Co. 3:30 p.m. Home
April 4 Celina 3:00 p.m. Home
April 8 Mt. Juliet 3:00 p.m. Home
April 11 DeKalb Co. 3:00 p.m. Away
April 15 Friendship Acad. 3:00 p.m. Away
April 16 Van Buren 3:30 p.m. Home
April 19 Cannon Co. 3:00 p.m. Away
April 22 Macon Co. 3:00 p.m. Away

 

LA Baseball Schedule 2002

Date Opponent Varsity J. Varsity Place
March 14 *York Institute 4:30 p.m. TBA Home
March 15 Kingston 5:00 p.m. Home
March 16 White Co. 12-DH Home
March 18 White Co. 6:00 p.m. Home
March 19 Cumberland Co., TN 6:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Home
March 21 *Upperman 5:30 p.m. Home
March 22 Kingston 4:00 p.m. Away
March 26 *Cannon Co. 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Away
March 27 Cookeville J.V. 5-DH Home
March 28 *Jackson Co. 4:00 p.m. Home
March 29-30 Macon Co. Tournament TBA
April 1 Cookeville 7:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Away
April 2 *DeKalb Co. 6:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Away
April 4 *Smith Co. 4:00 p.m. TBA Away
April 5-6 Wildcat Classic TBA Home
April 9 *York Institute 4:30 p.m. TBA Away
April 12 Trousdale Co. 4:00 p.m. TBA Away
April 13 Donelson Christian Acad. 9:00 a.m. Home
April 15 Cumberland Co., KY 5:00 p.m. Home
April 16 *Upperman 5:00 p.m. Away
April 18 *Cannon Co. 5:00 p.m. TBA Home
April 19-20 Commander Classic TBA Friendship Christian School
April 23 *Jackson Co. 6:00 p.m. Away
April 25 *DeKalb Co. 6:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Home
April 26 White Co. 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Away
April 30 *Smith Co. 5:00 p.m. TBA Home

 

 

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Lady Wildcats enter 2002 season with high hopes

By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff

Members of the 2002 Lady Wildcats softball team are, kneeling from left, Cassandra Cobble, Sarah Maynord, Aspen Allen, Hannah Stafford, Jamie Boles, Amanda Dodson, Katrina Beechboard, Bethany Greenwood, standing from left, managers Michelle Speck and Jessica Ford, Stasha Babb, Ashley Howard, Ashley Johnson, Coach Danny McCormick, Kristen Coleman, Althea Allred, Andrea Borden, and managers Amanda Kennedy and Alea Wilson.

 

"Young and inexperienced, but a lot of potential, is how Coach Danny McCormick sums up his 2002 Lady Wildcats softball team.

With three seniors, only two with three years' experience, the young team will be expected to build confidence on the field as the year progresses.

"It's all going to depend on if the younger players can step up, including the pitching and defense, but high expectations. We've got some good young kids, so I feel good about it.

Co-captains Hannah Stafford and Jamie Boles, the two experienced seniors, echo the sentiment.

Catcher Stafford said, "Like coach says, our expectations are really high for this year. Everybody's got a little bit of experience, but not much.

"We've got a pitcher, who, last year, she was a little rough. This year, she's going to be a lot better. She's practiced and worked hard, and I think everybody on the team's worked really hard for this year.

Amanda Dodson carried the pitching load for the Lady Cats last year, her freshman year. This year, freshman Ashley Howard is expected to help out.

Coach McCormick said, "She's going to help us a little bit. At least, rest Amanda.

"And we'll look at Katrina Beechboard to help us a little bit too. Anything will take a little pressure off Amanda.

"She was it last year, period. We had to live and die with her. She did a great job, but you get tired when you pitch 20-something ballgames.

Coach McCormick hopes improved hitting will also help out his youthful pitcher.

"Expectations are very high, he said. "If we can get some runs scored for her, it should take a lot of pressure off of her. I think she'll be a different pitcher.

Though new players anchor many positions, Coach McCormick sees the fielding as a cornerstone for this year's success.

"They have some experience, but not really at any position, he said describing the defensive side. "You have to be strong up the middle, and we are.

"Hannah's an all-district catcher. Jamie's an awesome shortstop.

"Bethany Greenwood plays second, and she's doing a great job.

"Ashley Johnson is playing center.

"Defensively, they could be as good as any we've ever had. They're very smooth. They want the ball to come their way. There's no fear in their eyes when it comes to them, and they enjoy it.

"They really play well as a team. They seem to like each other. They get along, and pull for each other."

Co-captain Jamie Boles verified that sentiment.

"We get along great. All of us get along really well. We play well as a team, like we've been playing together forever."

The 2002 team is made up seniors Boles, Stafford, and Kristen Coleman, juniors Althea Allred and Ashley Johnson, sophomores Aspen Allen, Katrina Beechboard, Cassandra Cobble, Amanda Dodson, Bethany Greenwood, and Sarah Maynord, and freshmen Stasha Babb, Andrea Borden, and Ashley Howard.

The Lady Cats opened the season with a 5-2 win Monday, March 11 at Sparta.

Pitcher Amanda Dodson scattered 5 hits in going the distance for the win.

Ashley Johnson and Sarah Maynord each had 2 hits for the Lady Wildcats, and Jamie Boles, Hannah Stafford, Katrina Beechboard, and Stasha Babb chipped in key hits to seal the deal.

The Lady Cats will travel to Celina to play the Lady Bulldogs at 5 p.m. Monday, March 18.

 

 

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LA Soccer ready for another run at district title

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff

Members of the 2002 Livingston Academy Wildcats soccer team are, kneeling from left, Wesley Puckett, Westley Burnett, Robert Brady, Andy Gunnels, Marcel Jones, Cody Boles, Scott Romzek, Brian McDonald, Ricky Schindler, standing from left, manager Perry Lunsford, Bo Byers, Chris Dingwall, Drew Randolph, Jacob Pennington, Matt O'Brien, Colin Smith, Graham Goodman, Jeffrey Cummings, and Alex Gunnels.

 

Last year's Livingston Academy Wildcats soccer team was the District 9A/AA runner-up. This year, LA Coach Rick Sells expects the team to be better.

"We should be good. We should be better than we were last year," he said. "With who we've got and with the freshmen coming in, I think we'll be solid."

Defense will be a strong suit for this year's team.

"We'll be quick," Coach Sells said. "We'll be quicker than we were last year.

"Andy Gunnels, a freshman, he is quick.

"Jeffrey Cummings is another freshman who will probably get a lot of playing time.

"I've got Bo (Byers) anchoring the middle. Bo's really quick.

"I think we'll be all right on defense."

The goal will be tended once more by All-District player Matt O'Brien.

Scoring may depend on how aggressively the team tries to score from areas other than their likely go-to guy, Colin Smith, another All-District selection last year.

"Colin will get his shots," Coach Sells said. "I just hope the others will help him out.

"He'll be the man. I'm just afraid he's too much the man. They'll be looking for him.

"If the others will just shoot, instead of trying to pass all the time, I think we'll be all right."

Another player expected to help the offense is sophomore Robert Brady.

"He's much stronger, Coach Sells said. "I think he'll be a hoss at forward."

The many freshmen on the team are also expected to contribute as the season progresses. According to Coach Sells, almost all of the LA freshmen have YMCA league experience.

"That's another good thing," Coach Sells said. "This is probably the first freshman class that I've gotten where every one of them have played soccer before."

With experience not being a major factor for success, Coach Sells is now concentrating on placement.

"We just have to be able to play as a team. I've got to get people in the right spots," he said. "That's the big thing right now, making sure I've got everybody where they need to be.

"We still ought to be competitive. I think we'll be good."

After opening the season on Tuesday, March 12 at Friendship Christian, Livingston Academy will host Cumberland County at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14. The Wildcats will travel to Jamestown on Monday, March 18 to play the Dragons of York Institute.

 

 

Youth movement drives LA baseball into new season

By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff

Members of the 2002 Livingston Academy Wildcats baseball team are, sitting from left, Johnny Cyrus, Cody Melton, Jimmy Davidson, Josh Cravins, Ben Jolley, Chad Moody, Shane Livingston, Whitney Coleman, Jonathan Maynard, kneeling from left, Brian Colson, Cody Sells, Michael Murphy, Chris Nelson, Nathanael Rich, Lance Holland, Jesse Wolfram, Todd Rose, Matt Rooker, standing from left, Coach David Looper, Brad Butler, Michael Poston, Jeff Aldridge, Cody Campbell, Jonathon Cummings, Kyle Copeland, and Assistant Coach Jamie Loftis. Not pictured are Cody King and Assistant Coach Bill Phipps.

 

The 2002 Livingston Academy Wildcat baseball season opens this week and once again promises to be exciting and action-packed.

Although this year many new faces will be seen in the lineup due to the loss of 10 graduating seniors, a few familiar faces are still around for the new season. LA Coach David Looper returns for his second season at the controls for the Wildcats.

He said of the upcoming season, "We are a very young team this year, but we have some very talented players on this year's squad."

Livingston has only two returning starters for this season, leftfielder Jonathon Cummings and shortstop Jesse Wolfram. Other returning seniors include catcher Cody Campbell and outfielder and second baseman Josh Cravins.

This year, LA was also fortunate enough to pick up two new seniors, Jeff Aldridge and Nathanael Rich. They are expected to see quite a bit of playing time.

Livingston also has several juniors returning for another season. Third baseman Kyle Copeland, first baseman Michael Poston, leftfielder Todd Rose, designated hitter Matt Rooker, and outfielder Brad Butler will probably see some minutes in the Wildcats lineup.

Some underclassmen will be getting time in as well. Sophomores in this group are rightfielder Cody King and second baseman Michael Murphy.

Freshmen garnering innings will be Brian Colson, Cody Sells, and Johnny Cyrus.

This year's pitching staff is quite diverse, with several players sharing the mound. Pitchers are Kyle Copeland, Michael Poston, Cody Sells, Michael Murphy, Jonathon Cummings, Jesse Wolfram, and Jeff Aldridge.

"Pitching is our greatest worry," Coach Looper said. "They're not proven in high school games, but they have pitched many innings in junior varsity games and summer leagues."

Assistant Coach Jamie Loftis said of the team's offensive standpoint, "The offense will get better as the season moves along. We have many basketball players on our team that need to get some at-bats."

This year's defense is expected to be solid up the middle with seniors Cody Campbell, Josh Cravins, Jesse Wolfram, and Jonathon Cummings. These players combined for only four errors last season.

Coach Looper said of this year's squad, "Our youthful Wildcat team is quite excited about the new season and believes that it can compete with any team in District 7-AA, but considering that a lot of our players will be playing in a high school level game for the first time, they are also nervous."

After playing Monterey on Monday, March 11 and Cumber-land County on Tuesday, March 12, the Wildcats take on York Institute's Dragons on Thursday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m., and play again on Friday against Kingston. Then, they will play a pair of games against White County on Saturday, March 16 and on Sunday, March 18.

 

Improved LA tennis teams ready to play

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff

Members of the 2002 Livingston Academy Girls tennis team are, kneeling from left, Amber Carmack, Kila Cope, Rachel Barlow, Tosha Cole, Bridgette Wilborn, Dana Looper, standing from left, Melissa McKay, Wrenda Curd, Whitney Easterly, Whitney Walker, Brooke Ledbetter, and Dana Ledbetter.

 

Not new, but much improved, the Livingston Academy tennis teams begin the 2002 season this week.

Coach Rick Moles enters the season with experienced players and players who took it upon themselves to step up their game for this year.

"I'm really excited about the prospects for this year,"

Coach Moles said. The Lady Wildcats team, in particular, could cause a major ripple in the district this year.

"We've got several girls returning who have played before," Coach Moles said. "Dana Ledbetter played number one several times last year. Kila Cope is back; she played one and two last year"

Wrenda Curd took lessons in the off season.

"She's much improved," Coach Moles said. "They've all improved."

The girls team will also receive a boost from the return of Tosha Cole to the team after a year's absence. She was considered one of the best players in the state when she last played for LA. Though she may have to shake off a little rust, she is expected to become a force to be reckoned with.

"Tosha's always been a good tennis player and good competitor," Coach Moles said. "By the end of the season, she'll be tough to handle."

The girls team is made up of seniors Cope and Cole, junior Bridgette Wilborn, sophomores Curd, Rachel Barlow, Whitney Easterly, Dana Ledbetter, Whitney Walker, and freshmen Amber Carmack, Brooke Ledbetter, Dana Looper, and Melissa McKay.

Good things are also expected on the boys side of the net.

"We've got Andy Robbins coming back, who has played before," Coach Moles said. "Andy will be about as good of a player as will be in our district this year."

Robbins is another who wasn't satisfied with his game.

"He's picked up a backspin that he has fantastic control over, Coach Moles said. "He's even blended it into his serve."

The rest of the Wildcats team has potential, according to Coach Moles.

"We've got a couple of other boys who have never played a lot, but they have some natural ability.

"I feel good about them."

The boys team is made up of seniors Brandon Cooper and Colin Smith, juniors Andy Robbins and Brandon Tavalin, sophomores Jonathan Gore, Phillip Murphy, and Daniel Sweeney, and freshman Josh Gore.

The district was reconfigured for 2002, with Macon County and Trousdale County leaving. The district is now represented by LA, Celina, Friendship Christian, Mt. Juliet, DeKalb County, Cannon County, and Van Buren County.

After the LA girls games against Macon County on Monday, March 11, and Celina on Tuesday, March 12, Livingston Academy will host Macon County for a boys match Wednesday, March 13 at 3 p.m. Livingston Academy will then host Friendship Christian Academy at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 to open district play.

 

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