Wildcats baseball team breaks even on week
LA soccer team loses opener to Crossville
Youth movement drives LA baseball into new seasonI
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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team breaks even on week
ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcat baseball team kicked off the 2002
season last week, breaking even with a 2-2 record.
On Monday, March 11, the Cats played their first game of the season
against Monterey High School. The game went scoreless until the
fourth inning, when Monterey picked up 2 runs. Livingston didn't
score until the seventh and final inning when Jeff Aldridge drove
in LA's only run.
On the pitcher's mound, LA's Michael Poston threw for 4 innings,
giving up 6 hits and a walk. He had 5 strikeouts.
Relief pitcher Cody Sells closed out the game, giving up no hits
and a walk. He also had 5 strikeouts.
Monterey pitcher Michael Peters had 11 strikeouts, while giving
up a run and a walk.
LA Coach David Looper said, "My brother, John, used his best
pitcher against us and beat us this year, revenging last year's
Following Monday's loss and Tuesday's rain-out of the Cumberland
County game, Livingston played a district game against York Institute
on Thursday, March 14.
Livingston scored the game's only run in the fourth inning. Once
again, Jeff Aldridge drove in Cody Campbell for LA's only run.
LA pitcher Kyle Copeland threw a shutout, getting 15 strikeouts
and giving up only 3 hits.
Coach Looper said, "We got an awesome pitching performance
from Kyle Copeland in a huge district win. York has the best team
they've had in a long time."
The next day, LA won another, this time against Kingston High
School. Each team scored 2 runs in the first inning while the second
inning went scoreless.
The third inning was active for both teams, with LA scoring 4 runs
and Kingston getting 3 runs.
LA blew by Kingston in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring a
combined 5 runs.
The sixth and seventh innings went scoreless, giving LA the big
Todd Rose, Jeff Aldridge, and Jonathon Cummings combined for a
total of 8 runs batted in. Bases were stolen by Todd Rose, Jesse
Wolfram, and Cody King.
Starting pitcher Cody Sells threw for 3 innings, giving up 5 runs,
3 hits, and 5 walks. He also got 6 strikeouts.
Relief pitcher Michael Murphy finished the game for LA, giving
up no runs, a hit, and 4 walks. He threw 8 strikeouts.
Coach Looper said of the victory, "We finally started hitting
the ball. We had only scored 2 runs in 2 games. Michael Murphy came
in for relief and pitched very well.Ó
After Friday's win, the Wildcats made up for last Tuesday's rain-out
against Cumberland County on Saturday, March 16.
The first inning was dominated by Cumberland County, scoring 2
runs to LA's 0.
The second inning was quiet, with no scoring for either team.
Cumberland County out-scored LA 6-1 in the third inning. The rest
of the game went scoreless, except for an LA run during the sixth
Jonathon Cummings and Todd Rose each had 1 RBI in the loss.
Starting pitcher Jesse Wolfram pitched for 3 innings, giving up
Relief pitcher Michael Poston threw for 3 innings, giving up no
runs. He had 3 strikeouts. Relief pitcher Brad Butler threw for
an inning and gave up a hit and a walk.
LA committed 3 errors to Cumberland County's 0 in the loss.
LA Assistant Coach Jamie Loftis said of Saturday's 8-2 loss, "We
hit the ball well, but right at them. They didn't make any errors
and we did. That was a big difference.Ó
Following games at home against White County and Cumberland County
on Monday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 19, LA will battle Upperman
at home on Thursday.
Coach Looper said, "We are looking forward to Thursday for
a district game with Upperman. They're always at the top of the
district, and we can judge ourselves by that game.Ó
Following the Upperman game, the Wildcats will travel to Kingston
on Friday, March 22, then travel to Woodbury to play Cannon County's
Lions on Tuesday, March 26.
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LA soccer team loses
opener to Crossville
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Becky Meredith/OCN staff
LA's Ricky Schindler, #20, fights for control of the ball during
last week's home game against Cumberland County's Jets.
The 2002 high school soccer season began for the Livingston Academy
Wildcats with a home loss to Cumberland County's Jets.
LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "We had our opportunities.
A couple of breaks and it would have been a different game.
"As far as playing, I thought we were every bit as good as
they are. We played well. Our defense was good."
Crossville defeated the host team 4-1. Marcel Jones scored Livingston
LA goalkeeper Matt O'Brien successfully defended 10 shots on goal.
"In the middle, they were more physical than we were,Ó Coach
Sells said. "We need to do a better job at midfield, controlling
the field. We let them control our half of the field, and we shouldn't
have done that. That's where they got us is in the middle.
"It's not any one person's fault. Midfielders have just got
to do a better job. They've got to be more aggressive. We've got
to make better passes.
"Overall we played pretty well for our first game," he
said. "It's good to play those tough teams like that. It's
going to help us."
LA was to begin the season at Friendship Christian, but rain washed
the game away. The game has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 26.
Rain struck again on Monday, March 18, flooding York Institute's
Livingston Academy will host Oneida at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March
"They are always good,"Coach Sells said of Oneida. "They've
got a real good feeder program up there."
Despite starting with a loss, Coach Sells is confident in his team's
ability to win.
"Everybody that we play this year, I think we can play with,Ó
"I think when we go to Crossville, we'll give them a good
game. I don't think they are 4-1 better than we are. "I think
we'll do all right against Oneida. Oneida'll be tough though.Ó
LA tennis teams
fall to Macon in season's start
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
Entering this season, Livingston Academy Tennis Coach Rick Moles
had one primary goal for both his boys and girls teams: to benefit
his players in as many ways as possible. He has done this by stressing
that all his kids have fun.
Through his relaxed approach to coaching, he believes that each
player has developed good sportsmanship, improved grades, and has
gained a better attitude about life.
Despite all these positive aspects of the current season, winning
is still important to Coach Moles.
"Everybody wants to win," he said. "We only won
three matches last year, but we had a great time. It was a wonderful
season. The kids learned a lot."
He went on to say, " Overall, I would say that last season
was a huge success, and this year will be, too."
Of the two girls matches scheduled, only one was played, a loss
to Macon County on March 11. The contest against Celina scheduled
for the following day was postponed because of rain.
The boys team also took on Macon County, but they shared the same
fate as the girls squad with a tough loss. But Coach Moles was pleased
with both efforts.
"It was a respectable showing. They did well." he said.
He has been especially glad to see the progress of a few of his
"There are a couple that I am really proud of,Ó he said. "From
where they were at one point and time last year, I had trouble getting
them to come to school, could have been on the border line of a
problem student, to where they are now, and tennis has been part
The Wildcat tennis program is not without its weaknesses. "We
have got to do a lot of work on strategy,Ó said the coach. "When
to advance, when to retreat, when to play the base, when to play
the line; it's the things like this that we have to work on."
Moles is also optimistic about the remainder of the young season.
"The kids have some more to learn and some more practice to
do. We will win some matches this year."
After hosting Friendship Academy on Tuesday, March 19, the LA boys
team will travel to Celina for a 3 p.m. match Wednesday, March 20.
Livingston Academy will host Cannon County on Thursday, March 21
for both boys and girls teams.
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