Overton County News Overton County News - An Award Winning Newspaper - Livingston, Tennessee
homeabout ussubscriptionskids cornerlocal linkscontact us
News
Events
Society
80 Years Ago
Obituaries
Sports
Weather
Classifieds
Archives

Archives 04-10-2002

Sports

 

Schedules
Wildcats roll through fast paced week of baseball
Lady Cats tough out busy week
Wildcat soccer team victorious over Sparta
Wildcat tennis girls prevail, boys falter

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

 

 

top of page

 

Wildcats roll through fast paced week of baseball

By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN Staff

LA's Josh Cravins makes solid contact in the opening game of the Wildcat Classic held Friday, April 5 against Bledsoe County High School.

 

 

Livingston Academy Wildcats baseball continues to roll on like Puff Daddy's Mercedes. In a big week for LA baseball, the team played 7 games and moved the season record to 10-7.

In the Monday, April 1 bout against Cookeville, both teams got off to an okay start, with each team scoring a run in the first inning.

The second inning was quiet, with both teams going scoreless. In the third inning, LA scored a run to Cookeville's zero. The fourth inning also went scoreless.

In the fifth inning, things really heated up for Cookeville as they scored 3 runs to LA's zero. If things were heated up in the fifth inning, the bats really started to boil in the sixth, as Cookeville went on to score 5 runs.

Each team committed an error in the 2-9 LA loss.

On the mound, Michael Murphy pitched for 4 innings, giving up 4 runs and 6 hits. He struck out 2, walked 5, and gave up 3 earned runs. Cody Sells pitched for 1 1-3 innings, also giving up 4 runs. He struck out 3, walked 5, and gave up 3 earned runs. Kyle Copeland pitched for 2-3 innings, giving up a run and 2 hits. He also gave up an earned run.

As for hitting, Todd Rose was 1 for 3 with 2 runs and a single. Cody King went 2 for 3 with a run batted in and 2 singles. Jeff Aldridge went 2 for 3, with a single and a double.

LA Baseball Coach David Looper said, "We were really fired up for this game. We won the first 4 innings, but didn't finish the game."

In the game against DeKalb County on Tuesday, April 2, LA started off slow, but got pumped up and won in the end.

In the first inning, DeKalb scored 4 runs to LA's single run. In the second inning, DCHS once again outscored LA, this time just 2-1. The third inning went scoreless.

LA picked up 2 runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, leaving DeKalb County scoreless. Neither team scored in the sixth and seventh innings, sending the game into extended play.

In the extra inning, LA scored 2 runs and DeKalb County's bats were silent.

LA's Michael Poston pitched 6 innings, giving up 6 runs and 5 hits. He struck out 8 batters, walked 2, and gave up 5 earned runs. Cody Sells picked up the win in relief, pitching 2 innings, striking out 4 batters.

Josh Cravins went 2 for 4 with 2 runs. Jesse Wolfram went 3-for-5 and Michael Poston went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI. Poston scored the game-winning hit in the eighth inning.

Coach Looper said, "Great come-from-behind win after the Destin Farr grand slam in first."

On Thursday, April 4, LA played an offensively uneventful one against Smith County. No one scored a run for the first 6 innings. Then, LA scored a run in both the sixth and seventh innings. Smith County never managed to score any runs.

On the mound, Kyle Copeland pitched all 7 innings, throwing a shutout, striking out 7 batters.

Offensively, Cody King was 2 for 3, with a double and 2 stolen bases. Michael Poston went 1 for 3 with an RBI and another game-winning hit.

Coach Looper said, "Kyle pitched another great game in a district win."

The following day, Livingston Academy kicked off the Wildcat Classic with a close loss to Bledsoe County.

In the first inning, both teams were held scoreless. LA turned up the heat in the second and third innings to score a combined total of 5 runs. Bledsoe County came back to outscore LA 4-1 in the fourth inning, tying the score.

In the fifth inning, Bledsoe County scored a run to LA's zero. The sixth inning went scoreless.

LA's Jeff Adridge pitched for 4 innings, giving up 4 runs and 4 hits. He struck out 7 and walked 8. Cody Sells pitched for 2 innings, giving up a run on a hit. He struck out 3 and walked a batter.

Jesse Wolfram went 2 for 3, with an RBI. Cody King went 2 for 3 also, with a run and a double. Michael Poston went 1 for 3, with a run and an RBI.

Coach Looper said, "Aldridge pitched well in his first start."

In LA's next game, they lost yet another close one, this time to Red Boiling Springs.

LA outscored Red Boiling Springs 1-0 in the first inning, but RBS came back to outscore LA 2-0 in the second inning. The two teams each scored a run in the third. Neither team scored in the fourth inning.

LA scored a run in the fifth to tie it up, but Red Boiling Springs got a run in the sixth to take the win.

Michael Poston pitched all 6 innings, giving up 4 runs and 4 hits. He struck out 7, walked a batter, and gave up 3 earned runs.

Brian Colson went 3 for 4, including a home run, with 2 RBI. Johnny Cyrus went 2 for 4, with an RBI. Cody King went 2 for 3, including a double, with 3 RBI, and a stolen base. Matt Rooker went 1 for 2, including a double, with 2 RBI. Cody Sells went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Coach Looper said, "Colson hit the longest home run that I've seen in Livingston."

On Saturday, April 6, Livingston hosted Mogadore, OH. LA really wasn't in this game, scoring zero runs in the entire contest. Mogadore scored 4 runs in the first inning, 2 in the second, 1 in the third, 2 in the fourth, and 1 in the fifth.

Jesse Wolfram pitched for 2 innings, giving up 6 runs and 2 hits. He struck out 1, walked 3, and gave up 3 earned runs. Todd Rose pitched for 2-3 inning, giving up a run, walking 3, and giving up 3 earned runs. Brad Butler pitched for 1 1-3 innings, giving up 3 runs and 4 hits. He struck out 1, walked 3, and gave up 3 earned runs.

Jesse Wolfram went 2 for 3. Whitney Coleman went 1 for 1, with a double and a stolen base.

Coach Looper said, "This was a terrible Saturday morning game. Many players were taking the ACT test."

LA then lost another one, this time to Monterey. LA started off with a bang, outscoring Monterey 2-0 in the first inning. Then, Monterey kicked it up a notch to outscore LA 5-0 in the second inning.

The LA Wildcats outscored the MHS Wildcats 1-0 in the third inning. Then, Monterey had another 5-0 run in the fourth. They also outscored LA 1-0 in the fifth inning.

LA committed 8 errors to Monterey's 4.

Michael Murphy pitched all 5 innings for LA, giving up 4 runs and 4 hits. He struck out 6, walked 5, and was charged with 4 earned runs.

From an offensive standpoint, Cody King was 1 for-3, with a run scored. Michael Poston went also 1 for 3 with an RBI. Josh Cravins went 1 for 3, with a run scored.

Coach Looper said, "It was the worst defensive game that we have played in two years."

Following Tuesday's game at York Institute, LA moves on to play at Trousdale County on Friday, April 12. They then will host Donelson Christian Academy on Saturday, April 13.

After that, Livingston Academy will host Cumberland County, KY, on Monday, April 15. The Cats will travel to Baxter on Tuesday, April 16 to take on district foe Upperman.

 

 

top of page

 

Lady Cats tough out busy week

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff

Sarah Maynord heads for home with a Lady Cats run in Thursday's game against Upperman.

 

A packed week awaited the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats when they returned to the regular season schedule last week after Spring Break.

First up for the Lady Cats was the Smith County Owlettes on Monday, April 1.

The Livingston Academy softball team looked a little rusty, committing 6 errors and managing only 4 hits in a loss to the district leader.

Freshman pitcher Ashley Howard allowed only 5 hits, but a defensive breakdown cost her the loss in her debut.

Cassandra Cobble, Althea Allred, and Aspen Allen chipped in singles for the Lady Cats, while hot hitting sophomore Sarah Maynord hit a long triple to right field to account for the only Livingston run.

The following day, Livingston Academy took two games from Byrdstown to move to 4-1 on the season.

Ashley Howard allowed a solitary hit in the two games, while striking out 11 to notch her first victories of the year.

Livingston pounded out 26 hits, seeing every starter chip in with at least one hit. Junior Ashley Johnson continued to do damage, going 7 for 7 and raising her average to .750. Sophomore slugger Bethany Greenwood finally got on track, going 6 for 7 with 3 singles and 3 doubles and 6 runs batted in.

Senior shortstop Jamie Boles went 4 for 8, driving in 5 runs while anchoring a young infield with her solid defensive play. Senior catcher Hannah Stafford began to find her stroke with 3 solid hits. Freshman Andrea Borden closed out the nightcap with a 2 for 2 performance.

Livingston Academy lost a tough one to district rival Upperman on Thursday, April 4, dropping the contest by one run in the late innings. LA outhit the visiting Lady Bees 8-5, but errors in the sixth inning cost the Cats a district victory.

Leadoff hitter Ashley Johnson chipped in a single and was flawless in the field on 7 chances, highlighted by throwing out a runner at the plate with the bases loaded early in the game.

Sarah Maynord went 2 for 4, and her sophomore teammate, cleanup hitter Bethany Greenwood, went 2 for 3, including a one-hopper over the fence, and drove in 2 runs. Seniors Jamie Boles and Hannah Stafford and junior Althea Allred each had a hit.

Freshman pitcher Ashley Howard deserved a better fate, according to LA Softball Coach Danny McCormick.

She scattered 5 hits and all of her runs were unearned as she saw her record go to 2-2.

The following evening, the Lady Cats took their third loss of the season to a very strong Sparta team.

LA was outhit 13-5, and, although the Livingston defense was flawless, the White County Warriorette bats proved too much for freshman Howard, who was charged with the 2-9 loss.

Leadoff hitter Jamie Boles had 2 hits, and Sarah Maynord, Cassandra Cobble, and Aspen Allen rounded out the hitting with a hit each.

The Lady Wildcats split a twin bill with district foe York Institute on Monday, April 8, losing the first game 6-0, but bouncing back to take the nightcap 4-1.

LA was held to a lone hit in the opener, a long double by senior Jamie Boles.

Ashley Howard struggled on the mound, walking 8 in five innings, and giving up 5 hits.

In the second game, LA made the most of 4 hits, 2 of them by junior Althea Allred, including a long triple to drive in 2 runs. Jamie Boles continued her hot hitting with a 2-run single. Stasha Babb chipped in a single.

Howard took charge in the second game, walking a single Lady Dragon, while allowing only 2 York hits.

After a trip to Smithville on Tuesday, April 9 to play the DeKalb County Lady Tigers, Livingston Academy will host the Smith County Owlettes in a 4:30 p.m. game Thursday, April 11.

LA will host Red Boiling Springs in a double-header starting at 4 p.m. Monday, April 15, then will travel to Baxter on Tuesday, April 16 to play Upperman's Lady Bees.

 

Wildcat soccer team victorious over Sparta

By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff

In the lone game for LA soccer last week, the Wildcats played well at home and came up with a 3-0 win over Sparta. Scoring goals were Colin Smith, Marcell Jones, and Wesley Puckett.

Although LA put 15 shots on goal, Coach Rick Sells believes they missed some scoring opportunities. "We had our chances to score more goals than we did," he said, "Especially in the first half, we couldn't finish. We would be right in front of the goal, and shooting it over the goal, beside the goal, and everywhere else."

The Wilcats' performance was improved in the second frame.

"In the second half we executed better, in every phase we executed better," Coach Sells said.

Defense is always key, and according to Coach Sells, that is the strength of his team.

"Our defense has always played tough for the whole game," he said.

The coach is pleased with the experience of his younger players as well.

"They come in and it's an immediate impact on the team, and I've never had that from freshmen before," he said.

Coach Sells' main concern at this point of the year is to keep his boys healthy, and so far they have suffered no injuries, though even better play would be a plus.

"I just want to maintain," he said. "I want us to get better at shooting the ball, better at finishing, better at making passes. We are playing really well right now, and I just want to keep it up."

After traveling to Crossville on Tuesday, April 9, the next scheduled games for this talented Livingston team are at McMinnville on Thursday, April 11, at home versus Boyd Christian on Saturday, April 13, and at Sparta on Tuesday, April 16.

 

Wildcat tennis girls prevail, boys falter

By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff

This year's LA tennis program has passed its midway point, and the Lady Cats have given their fans something to cheer about.

"They have done way better than I expected, LA Tennis Coach Rick Moles said.

At a 4-2 record, they ripped up the opposition last week, winning all three of their games in convincing fashion.

In the Monday, April 1 game against Mt. Juliet, LA won 7-1.

Melissa McKay swept her set 8-0, while LA star Tosha Cole came out on top in her set 9-7. Dana Ledbetter and Kila Cope both took theirs by an 8-1 margin. Wrenda Curd won hers 8-4, with Brooke Ledbetter and Whitney Walker winning their sets 8-2 and 8-4, respectively.

In doubles play, Cole and Dana Ledbetter won 9-7, along with an 8-5 victory courtesy of the Wrenda Curd and Rachel Barlow team.

The boys squad, on the other hand, took a loss at the hands of Mt. Juliet. Wildcat sophomore Phillip Murphy won his set 9-7 in the losing effort.

The next day, Livingston took on DeKalb County and found the same result as the previous matches, with the girls getting it done and the boys falling just short.

The LA girls, coming off Monday's strong win, proceeded to spank the Lady Tigers, winning 8-0. Tosha Cole prevailed once more with an 8-0 set win, while teammates Dana Ledbetter, Whitney Easterly, Wrenda Curd, Rachel Barlow, and Whitney Walker all won their sets with relative ease.

The doubles tandems of Cole and Ledbetter, and Curd and Barlow also won.

The Wildcat boys couldn't come up with a win, as they recorded a 2-5 loss. But, in their defeat, Andy Robbins succeeded with an 8-4 set win. Robbins also helped secure a doubles set victory, as he and Brandon Cooper won 8-6.

In the Thursday, April 4 match, the Lady Cats completed their perfect week, winning against Celina 5-1. Wrenda Curd and Rachel Barlow swept their sets 8-0, and Dana Ledbetter took an 8-1 win.

Celina's luck wasn't any better in doubles, as the Cole/Ledbetter team won 8-1, paired with an 8-2 set win by Wrenda Curd and Rachel Barlow.

The boys team remained in their rut, taking a 0-7 loss, the second time in the week the Wildcats were overtaken by Celina.

Despite a winless season for the boys so far, everything is not lost. Joseph McGill will possibly be added to the team if the TSSAA deems him eligible for competition. Coach Moles considers McGill to be a possible number one or two player for his team.

"That would significantly add to our capabilities," Moles said.

Coach Moles is confident the boys squad will improve.

"I think they are not doing as well as they could," he said.

"I think the boys could do better, and I think they will. They just have to get a couple of wins under their belt.

"They all are winning some, but we just need to put it all together."

He is hopeful for a good showing in the individual tournament at the close of the year.

"I think that Andy Robbins has a significant chance of going far in the district tournament," he said.

He further said of Robbins, "If he has a good day, and plays like he should, he could beat anybody in the district."

As for the girls, Moles is very pleased with their performance this year.

"We should wind up with a good winning season this year, and do well in the district tournaments," he said. "Teamwise, we could probably win, or at least come in second, in the tournament. Our only competition would be Friendship (Christian Academy). I think our girls can win the district this year, if they play their best."

After hosting Mt. Juliet on Monday, April 8, the LA teams will travel to Smithville for a match Thursday, April 11 against DeKalb County, then travel to play Friendship Christian Academy on Monday, April 15 before returning home to host Van Buren County the following day.

 

 

 

 

top of page

 

 

Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570
tel 931.823.6485
fax 931.823.6486
ocnews@usit.net

top of page

 

   
Printing Supplies Graphic Design Custom Printing Advertising