Wildcats move to 6-1 in district
Lady Cats tough out busy week
Wildcats soccer team tramples opponents
Wildcat tennis teams sweep week's matches
Livingston Academy Track Team off and running on
Overton County Little League season begins
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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to 6-1 in district
Becky Meredith/OCN staff
Michael Murphy goes into his windup during a pitch in Saturday's
game against DCA.
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN
Following a week of intense baseball, Livingston's record now stands
at 12-9 overall and 6-1 in District 7-AA.
Livingston played a great game Tuesday, April 9 after a slow start.
In the first inning, York went up 2 runs to zip on the Cats. In
the next inning, York scored another run, while LA scored none.
In the third, the situation was reversed, and LA was the team
scoring the run. Livingston then let the bats out of the bag in
the fourth inning and scored 4 runs. In the fifth inning, LA continued
their winning ways and scored 2 more runs. York remained scoreless.
LA scored 1 more run in the seventh and took the win, 8-3.
On the mound, Cody Sells pitched all 7 innings, had 14 strikeouts,
no walks, and allowed 3 runs.
As for LA hitting, Michael Poston had 3 RBI on 2 hits, Jonathon
Cummings had a run batted in and 2 runs scored on 3 hits, and Cody
Campbell had 3 RBI on 2 hits.
LA Baseball Coach David Looper said, "Cody pitched a great
game. This win was huge in the district. It allows me to compete
for the district championship.”
The following day, Livingston had a bout at home versus Upperman
Upperman's Bees got off to a good start, scoring 2 runs to LA's
goose egg in the first inning. The second inning went by with no
points on the board for either team.
Upperman picked up another run in the third, this time on a grounder
from Adam Asberry. LA got a run that inning, also, when Josh Cravins
hit a single to give Livingston the score.
In the fifth inning, Upperman got two more runs off a single to
give them a 6-1 lead. Livingston then scored a run later in the
inning and it wasn't much of a show until the seventh inning. Upperman's
Waller scored a home run, and then LA started to come back, scoring
2 more runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it was too late to
come back into it, and Upperman got the win, 7-4.
On the mound, LA's Kyle Copeland pitched all 7 innings, striking
out 11 and walking 3. He gave up 6 earned runs on 9 hits.
Coach Looper said, " We left too many on base. We can play
with them if we play hard. We left the bases loaded twice. Our 3-7
batters only had 2 hits in the game."
Next, the Cats traveled to Cannon County to take on the Lions.
Both teams got off to a slow start, scoring no runs in the first
inning. LA then scored 2 runs to Cannon County's 1 in the second
In the third, LA scored a run to Cannon County's zero.
In the fourth, it was the same situation, except upside-down and
backwards, leaving LA on the low end of the totem pole.
In the fifth and final inning, LA got all steamed up and plenty
of people heard them shout as they scored 9 runs.
As for pitching, Michael Poston threw for 5 innings, striking
out 3, walking none, and giving up no earned runs.
The real story was LA's heavy hitters, though. Cody King had a
home run and 3 RBI on 2 hits. Michael Poston had a double and 2
runs on 2 hits. Kyle Copeland had 3 runs on 2 hits. Cody Campbell
had a double on 2 hits. Jesse Wolfram hit a base clearing double
with the bases loaded.
Coach Looper said of the stunning victory, "Everyone on the
lineup had a hit. We hit the ball very well against a good Cannon
County team. Our defense only made 2 errors. Much better than the
To round out the week, Livingston faced a tough opponent in Donelson
Christian Academy on Saturday. The game began well enough for LA,
with each team scoring a run in the first inning. In the second,
DCA outscored LA 3-0.
In the third inning, though, DCA really ran off and left LA at
the starting stripe, scoring 6 runs to LA's 1. DCA continued to
whip LA like a bad kid in the supermarket, scoring 8 runs to LA's
2. No one scored in the fifth inning, but that didn't really matter
much, though, as DCA had ran off with it, getting the win, 18-4.
Offensively, Josh Cravins had a home run on 2 hits. Jesse Wolfram
had a double on 3 hits. Michael Poston had a double and an RBI on
2 hits. Matt Rooker had 2 RBI on a hit.
Coach Looper said of the blowout loss, "The week ended terribly.
We have to put it behind us."
Following contests on Monday, April 15 against Cumber-land County,
KY, and a visit to Upperman to get a chance to avenge last week's
loss, LA will play Cumberland County on Wednesday. Livingston Academy
will host Cannon County on Thursday, April 18, and then begin play
in the Friendship Christian Tournament on Friday, April 19. The
Cats will travel to Gainesboro on Tuesday, April 23 to take on the
Jackson County Blue Devils in a district contest.
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Lady Wildcats blanked
in two district outings
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
LA's Hannah Stafford slides in safely to second as the ball rolls
away from the Smith County secondbaseman.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Home plate became a silent void for the Livingston Academy Lady
Wildcats in district games against DeKalb County and Smith County
LA was shut out by DeKalb County's Lady Tigers 9-0, then again
failed to score against Smith County's Owlettes.
LA Softball Coach Danny McCormick said, "We're just not hitting
the ball right now."
The Lady Wildcats traveled to Smithville on Tuesday, April 9 for
the game against DeKalb County.
The Lady Cats managed only 4 scattered hits, while giving up 10.
LA's Ashley Johnson hit a triple, Jamie Boles hit a double, and
Hannah Stafford and Sarah Maynard each singled.
Freshman pitcher Ashley Howard took the loss, striking out 4 and
The team was again shut out with a 5-0 home loss to Smith County
on Thursday, April 11.
Silent bats and errors cost freshman pitcher Ashley Howard the
loss in an otherwise good outing. "She got kind of thrown into
the fire," Coach McCormick said.
"She struggled at first, but she's doing a lot better. She's
pitching strikes and that's all a coach can ask for."
Injuries caused personnel shifts at many positions last week,
adding to the likelihood of errors.
"When you having to shift people, move them here and move
them there, it's tough to get used to it," Coach McCormick
"We're 5-6 right now. The potential is still there."
After another district game against Upperman on Tuesday, April
16, the Lady Cats will host DeKalb County on Thursday, April 18
before traveling to play in the Crossville Tournament on Friday
and Saturday. The Lady Wildcats will travel to Gaines-boro on Tuesday,
April 23 for a district game against Jackson County's Lady Blue
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Wildcats soccer team
Becky Meredith/OCN staff
Marcel Jones, #11, keeps an eye on the ball as the Livingston Academy
team look on with interest in Saturday's overpowering 10-0 win over
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy soccer team had its share of challenges
last week, but with solid play, the LA players proved they were
more than up to the task.
For the first challenge of the week, the Cats took on a Crossville
team who had beaten them 4-1 in their last meeting. But, in the
rematch, LA was in control. Livingston managed to get 15 shots on
goal, but they only needed one to get past the Crossville goalie,
as they blanked the Jets 1-0.
Robert Brady scored the game's single goal.
LA Coach Rick Sells attributed his team's win to many different
"We played one of the best halves we have ever played in
the second half," he said emphatically. "We scored, we
held them, we shut them down. We played excellent defense, our team
stepped up against Crossville."
The LA squad came prepared for Mt. Juliet Christian on Thursday,
April 11, as they humbled the home team with an 8-2 win.
Both Robert Brady and Marcel Jones scored two goals, while Joseph
McGill, Jacob Pennington, Wesley Puckett, and Scott Romzek each
scored a goal.
The Cats barraged the Mt. Juliet net minder with 30 shots on goal
in their convincing victory.
This hard fought win didn't come without a price, however, as LA
midfielder Colin Smith went down with a head laceration. He sat
out the remainder of the game, but after a good report on his X-rays,
Smith was cleared to play in LA's next contest.
Saturday's game featured the Wildcats versus Boyd Christian, and
Livingston came to play, taking a 10-0 blowout win.
Livingston player Westley Burnett turned the hat trick by scoring
his third goal of the game, with Joe McGill, Colin Smith, and Scott
Romzek all scoring 2 goals each.
"We really played well," Coach Sells said. "We
had to sub more people in, and when we play like that, it's kind
of good for us. Overall, I think it's a good thing, because it allowed
some of our younger players to play who don't get to play as much.
So, I think it's a good thing."
Another bright spot in the victory was the solid performance by
Joe McGill, who had been absent in LA's previous games this year.
"Him coming back is going to make a difference," he said.
"I think it solidifies our midfield. Not only is Joe a good
player, but he's also a good person. He will do whatever it takes
for the team."
McGill's intangibles are an asset to the LA squad as well as his
"[He has shown] leadership," he said. "And he is
a good model for the younger players. Because Joe is not only a
good athelete, he is a good person, and that's what you want."
Coach Sells is very pleased with the effort shown by his boys so
far this season.
"We're just playing real well right now," he said. "And
we're playing team soccer. We aren't just one player doing everything.
We are saying, ‘OK, someone has the ball, people are moving without
the ball, they are going to zones to receive passes to shoot the
He believes that a team's defense is the most vital element of
a winning formula.
"Our defense is playing tough and aggressive, like it always
has and is supposed to," he said. "A strong defense makes
up for a lot."
As far as offense is concerned, the coach stated that a presence
in the middle of the field is the key.
"You've got to have someone in the middle, like we've got
Colin," he said. "You've got to have someone like Colin
to make it go, because if you don't, you'll be playing defense the
After playing Sparta on Tuesday, April 16, Livingston Academy will
host Mt. Juliet Christian on Thursday April 18, then travel to Jamestown
for a Saturday game versus York Institute on April 20. The Cats
will then travel to play Boyd Christian on Tuesday, April 23.
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Wildcat tennis teams
sweep week's matches
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
Livingston Academy's tennis teams played three matches last week,
the first of which was against Mt. Juliet Christian Academy on Monday,
The girls team was ready to play, and won their match by the score
of 7-2. The boys faced only two Mt. Juliet players, and won both
In the singles matches, Melissa McKay swept her set, 8-0, Wrenda
Curd came out on top, winning 8-2, Tosha Cole took an 8-3 set win,
Dana Ledbetter, Kila Cope, and Amber Carmack all won their sets
by an 8-4 score, while Whitney Walker won hers 8-5.
In doubles, the Ledbetter and Cole team won their set 8-1, and
the combo of Curd and Rachel Barlow took an 8-4 victory.
The boys team played an abbreviated match, as they played only
two sets because of a lack of Mt. Juliet boys available, with Brandon
Cooper winning his set 8-2, while Wildcat star Andy Robbins came
up with an 8-5 set win.
The doubles play produced the same result, with Robbins and Cooper
winning again, this time by the score of 8-1.
On Wednesday, April 10, the girls took on Celina, played very well,
and took home a 9-0 match victory.
Tosha Cole's match couldn't be settled in regular play, so, in
a tie break, she won the set 9-7.
Rachel Barlow and Brooke Ledbetter both held their opponents scoreless
and each won their sets 8-0. Whitney Easterly won hers at an 8-1
score, while Dana Ledbetter and Wrenda Curd both took 8-4 set victories.
The Lady Cats dominated in doubles, with the Cole/Ledbetter, and
Curd/Barlow teams both sweeping their sets 8-0, while Walker and
McKay stepped in and took an 8-2 set win.
Thursday's matches at DeKalb County featured some set blowouts,
as the Lady Cats won their match, 7-1, and the boys team snatched
their first district victory, with a 4-2 win.
LA standout Tosha Cole made sure her opponent was left with nothing
but a goose egg, as she won her set by an 8-0 score. Rachel Barlow
took an 8-1 set win, Whitney Easterly won 8-2, Whitney Walker did
her part with an 8-3 set win, Wrenda Curd came out on the winning
side in her set, as she won in a 7-4 tie breaker, while Dana Ledbetter
won hers by an 8-6 score.
The Tosha Cole and Dana Ledbetter doubles team easily won their
The boys faired well in their win against DeKalb County, thanks
in large part to the play of Andy Robbins, who won his set 8-3,
and Daniel Sweeney, who won in a tie break squeaker 8-6.
In doubles, Robbins once again helped the Wildcat cause, as he
and Phillip Murphy won their set 8-4, while Sweeney and Brandon
Cooper won in an 8-0 romp.
The girls district record is now up to 6-1, while the boys are
on the other side of the spectrum with a 1-6 district record.
LA Tennis Coach Rick Moles realizes the golden opportunity his
girls may have this season.
"If the girls team can pull out a victory against Friendship
(Christian Academy), they will be leading the district," he
said. "These girls finished near the bottom in district play
last year, and now they are tied for the lead, with every opportunity
to win the district tournament."
Despite the obvious contrast in the records of the girls and boys
team, Moles believes that the boys team still has some potential
to be a factor in this year's season.
"The boys record is 1 and 6 in district play," he said.
"But all the losses have been close, and they are not to be
counted out of the competition yet."
The season's outcome will be determined in the matches to be played
this week. After taking on Friendship Christian Academy on Monday,
April 15, and hosting Van Buren County on April 16, LA will travel
to Woodbury to take on Cannon County on Friday, April 19, then travel
to Lafayette for the regular season's final match versus Macon County
on Monday, April 22.
Academy Track Team off and running on first season
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Livingston Academy's first-ever track team is off and running in
the inaugural season and has enjoyed limited success. The limitations
on the first-year team are not attributed to lack of experience,
but lack of numbers.
LA Track Coach Merl Smith said, "We've only got six girls
and five boys, so we cannot enter every event, and we can't win
a meet. We can score a lot of points, but because of the numbers,
we can't enter every event so we're not going to score many points.
"To be able to compete in every event, you have to have close
to 40 people, and I've got 11."
Making up the team on the girls side are junior Christen Cates,
sophomores Danielle Thrasher and Chelsie Stover, and freshmen Alicia
Melton, Noah Looper, and Brittany Ray.
The boys team is made up of seniors John Wyatt, A.J. Jergins, and
Josh Dial, and juniors Brandon Tavelin and Eric Huddleston.
The limited numbers in turn limits the number of events LA can
"In the boys, we do the shot put and the discus, and we run
the mile, and the 400 meter, the 800 meter, the 300 low hurdles,
and the 200 meter,” Coach Smith said. "We don't have a boys
relay right now because we don't have enough. You have to have four."
An injury has kept the boys from having enough runners to compete
in the relay. "In the girls, we're competing in the shot, the
400 relay, the 100 meters, 200 meters, and the mile relay.
"We're competing in about half of the events. You can enter
three people in each event, I usually just enter one or at the most
two because we just don't have enough people to run all the races.
They'd be give out. So, we're just picking their best ones, the
ones we think they can score points in and do their best in."
As is the case in most startup programs, the LA track team has
practically no equipment.
"The Board gave us money to buy uniforms with, and we've got
a few of other things, we got batons, a shot put, and a discus,
things like that," Coach Smith said.
Though LA doesn't have a legitimate track, the team does have a
practice track, though not one easily recognized as a place to run.
"I've got a 400 meter track marked around the parking lot
with a white line, and I've got every 100 meters marked," Coach
Smith said. "We run our relays there, and we do all of our
running out there, and then out here in the front, we do our discus
and our shot put.
"We don't have blocks to start off with, they're doing standing
starts, and stuff like that.
"So, we're just makeshift right now. Hopefully, we'll have
more people out next year and make it grow from there."
Though also limited in practice facilities, some of the team members
are off to impressive starts.
"A few of them are very competitive," Coach Smith said.
"My shot putter, Josh Dial, played football, he's a big ol'
strong kid. He doesn't have good form yet, but he won up at York
in a scrimmage game. He's doing real well.
"Brandon Tavelin is running a good 400 and a 200.
"Right now, Thrasher and Ray are running a real good 400;
both of them are placing just about every time they run, and Cates
is running a good 100 and a good 200.
"Our 400 relay has done well.
"So they're doing well."
In a girls only meet at Cookeville on April 4, the LA girls team
took on host Cookeville and Macon County. Livingston Academy finished
second in the meet, defeating Macon County. Triangular meets such
as this are determined on a points system that awards points to
the top three positions as follows: 5 points for 1st place, 3 points
for 2nd place, and 1 point for 3rd place.
Danielle Thrasher placed 2nd and Brittany Ray took 3rd in the 400
Christen Cates placed 3rd in the 100 meter run and also placed
3rd in the 200 meter run.
The 400 meter relay team of Cates, Thrasher, Ray, and Stover placed
Livingston Academy competed in a meet for both boys and girls
on Thursday, April 11 at Crossville. LA was placed against host
Cumberland County, and Rhea County, Scott County, and Bradley Central.
The first five places earned points, assessed as follows: 8 points
for 1st, 6 points for 2nd, 4 points for 3rd, 2 points for 4th, and
1 point for 5th.
On the boys competition, Josh Dial placed 4th place in the shot
Eric Huddleston placed 4th and A.J. Jergins placed 5th in the mile
Brandon Tavelin took 5th place in the 200 meter run.
The girls relay team placed 3rd.
Danielle Thrasher once more placed 2nd in the 400 meter, with Brittany
Ray right behind her in 3rd.
Christen Cates placed 3rd in the 200 meter.
Though LA doesn't have the numbers to make a team run at the state
meet, individuals can qualify for the state competition. The top
two finishers in each event in the sectional qualifies for the state
After a scheduled meet at Cookeville on Tuesday, April 16 against
the Cookeville and York Institute, LA will travel to Jamestown on
Tuesday, April 23 to take on York Institute and Clarkrange.
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Little League season begins
The 2002 season for 9-10 year-old Little League started last weekend
with two games on Friday, April 12, and two games on Saturday.
The weekend's games were highlighted by a triple play pulled off
by E.N.E. in their win over Livingston Family Dentistry. Game scores
and standings are as follows:
Friday, April 12
E.N.E. 12, FNB 2
AB&T 37, LRH 1
Saturday, April 13
E.N.E. 6, Liv. Fam. Dent. 1
UC Sports 15, FNB 8
9-10 Little League Standings
E.N.E. 2 0
American Bank & Trust 1 0
Upper Cumberland Sports 1 0
Livingston Family Dentistry 0 1
Livingston Regional Hospital 0 1
First National Bank 0 2
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