Wildcats baseball team takes on Bees, Lions
Lady Wildcats fight through district losses
Wildcats sweep week's play
LA tennis teams complete week with mixed results
LA track teams compete against Cookeville, York
Overton County Little League season begins
LA Softball Schedule 2002
Date Opponent Time Place
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
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
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
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 takes on Bees, Lions
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcat baseball team has been busier than
Bill Gates' secretary this week, winning three games and dropping
Last Monday, April 15, Livingston lost a rough one to Cumberland
County, KY. Cumberland County got hot in the first, scoring 7 runs
to Livingston's 0.
Coach Looper said, "That one inning really killed us, and
we just couldn't come back."
The second inning went scoreless.
LA finally began to build steam in the third inning, grabbing 4
runs and leaving Cumberland County in the dust. LA ran out of steam
in the fourth, though, scoring no runs to Cumberland County's 1.
The Cats steamed right back up in the fifth to score 2 runs and
leave the other team back at home plate. The steam ran out on LA's
game again in the sixth and seventh innings as they failed to score
any runs. Cumberland County went lackadaisical too, except for a
run in the seventh.
The Kentucky team took the 9-6 win.
On the mound, Michael Murphy pitched all 7 innings. He allowed
7 hits and no earned runs. He struck out 5 and walked 6.
Offensively, LA hitter Todd Rose was 2 for 4 with a double. Cody
King hit a home run.
The next day, the Cats kicked rear and took names avenging last
week's loss at Upperman.
The game started off with little offensive action, just an LA run
in the first. The game didn't really work for LA until the third
inning, when the bats started flying right out of the belfry and
Livingston scored 7 runs.
Livingston cooled down in the fourth, letting Upperman go up 2
runs to zip that inning, but broke even in the fifth, 1-1.
Once again, the rest of the game was silent offensively, except
for a run in the seventh. This time it was LA that went home, though,
topping a 10-3 win.
Kyle Copeland pitched all 7 innings, striking out 8 batters, walking
1, and giving up 4 earned runs.
From an offensive standpoint, LA played extremely well. Todd Rose
went 2 for 5 with a double, Josh Cravins went 1 for 5 with a run
batted in. Michael Poston went 4 for 5 with an RBI, Kyle Copeland
went 3 for 4, including a double, Jonathan Cummings went 2 for 4,
Cody Campbell went 2 for 3, including a double, and Jeff Aldridge
hit a grand slam homer.
Coach Looper said, "It's been a long time since we beat them,
so we were extremely pleased."
Then, Livingston lost a big one to Cumberland County, TN. LA was
inactive offensively in the first three innings, scoring no runs.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Cumberland County combined for 10
runs in the first two innings.
LA outscored Cumberland County 2-1 in the fifth inning, but the
Jets came back in the fifth to outscore Livingston 3-1, to finish
up a 15-2 win.
Offensively, Michael Poston went 1 for 2, including a double. Todd
Rose went 2 for 2, Josh Cravins went 2 for 3, and Jonathan Cummings
went 1 for-1 with an RBI.
The Cats moved their weary bones on to play Cannon County the next
day. Those weary bones were pretty strong, though, as they took
the win, 13-1.
Livingston started off well in the first inning, going up 3-1.
No one really got too busy offensively in the second inning, with
no runs scored. In fact, Cannon County's offensive prowess basically
went AWOL for the rest of the game. During that time, LA picked
up 10 more runs.
Hitting, Todd Rose went 2 for 4, including a home run. Jesse Wolfram
went 2 for 3 and Cody King went 3 for 3, including a double and
a home run. Josh Cravins and Jeff Aldridge both went 2 for 3, while
Cody Campbell went 3 for 3.
Livingston then played Friendship Christian Academy. This time,
LA wasn't the one getting active offensively, it was the opposing
No one really got into it early on, though, as no one scored runs.
Friendship Christian outscored LA 2 runs to 1 in the second and
4 runs to nada in the third to give them a 6-1 lead.
In the fourth, it was more of the same. FCA outscored LA 2 runs
to goose eggs. In the sixth, LA came back to get 2 more runs to
FCA's none. No one scored in the seventh and FCA took the big win,
At the bat, Michael Poston went 2 for 4, including a single. Josh
Cravins had a hit, while both Kyle Copeland and Cody Campbell went
2 for 3.
Next, LA played and lost another one, this time against White County.
Livingston only scored 1 run in the whole contest, and it came in
the second inning. White County seized the opportunity and scored
2 runs each in both the second and third innings. They picked up
3 in the fifth and 2 in the sixth inning.
Cody King, Michael Poston, Jonathan Cummings, and Jesse Wolfram
each had a hit.
LA wrapped up the eventful week with a 13-4 win against Richland
The game began with LA outscoring Richland 1-0 in the opening
inning. LA split them 1-1 in the second inning and picked up a run
on them in the third with no Raider scoring.
Then, the fur (er, balls) really started to fly. LA knocked in
8 runs to Richland's measly uno in the fourth inning.
LA split with the Raiders for the rest of the game, with Richland
getting 2 runs in the fifth and LA getting 2 runs in the sixth.
The Cats did really well offensively. Todd Rose went 3 for 4 with
2 RBI. Michael Poston and Kyle Copeland both went 3 for 4 and both
had doubles. Jonathan Cummings went 2 for 3, including 2 doubles.
Following the contest in Jackson County on Tuesday, April 23, Livingston
Academy will host DeKalb County on Thursday, April 25. The Cats
will then travel to Sparta the following day to take on White County's
Warriors. LA then gets a break until next Tuesday, April 30, when
they take on Smith County at home to close out the regular season.
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Lady Wildcats blanked
in two district outings
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Livingston Academy catcher Stasha Babb tags out a DeKalb County
runner at home plate.
After a slugfest at Upperman on Tuesday, April 16, the Livingston
Academy Lady Wildcats struggled to get the bats on target at home
against DeKalb County and in a tournament at Crossville.
LA Softball Coach Danny McCormick said, "We're just not hitting
The Lady Cats went toe-to-toe with the Lady Bees in Baxter, but
came up short 13-14.
LA outhit the district foe 13-6, but 21 walks were too much to
overcome. Livingston held the lead late in the game, but free passes
to Upperman batters made the difference.
Livingston was led in hitting by Bethany Greenwood, who went 3
for 3 with 2 runs batted in. Aspen Allen went 2 for 3, including
a long triple, and drove in 4 runs. Sarah Maynord went 2 for 4 with
2 RBI, Stasha Babb went 2 for 3 with a run driven in, Althea Allred
had a hit and an RBI, Hannah Stafford had a hit and an RBI, Andrea
Borden had a hit and an RBI, and Ashley Johnson had a hit.
Livingston Academy played host to DeKalb County on Thursday, April
18, and was treated rudely by the visitors. The Lady Tigers drove
in 12 runs against the home team's single plate appearance.
Sarah Maynord doubled, and then scored LA's lone run when Bethany
Greenwood singled. Andrea Borden also hit a long single in the game.
Freshman pitcher Ashley Howard allowed only 5 DeKalb hits in the
The Lady Cats then traveled to Crossville for a weekend tournament.
LA faced William Blount, the home Cumberland County team, Sweetwater,
"William Blount's tough. Cumberland County tough. Sweetwater.
Every team down there was tough,Ó Coach McCormick said. "We
took our lickins, but we learned a lot. We showed signs.Ó
William Blount shut out the Lady Cats 8-0.
Cumberland County defeated Livingston 8-1.
Kristen Coleman hit a solid single to right field to drive in Cassandra
Cobble for LA's run.
Sweetwater won 6-2 over the Lady Cats.
Sarah Maynord doubled in Ashley Johnson and Jamie Boles for Livingston's
2 runs. Hannah Stafford went 2 for 3, Bethany Greenwood hit a double,
and Jamie Boles hit a single. Franklin shut out LA 7-0.
"The encouraging thing is that Amanda Dodson pitched four
innings in the Sweetwater game and three against Franklin,Ó Coach
McCormick said of his pitcher who has been out with an ailment.
"She looked to be strong, but she's a little rusty."
Coach McCormick planned to start Dodson in the opener of a double
header at Jackson County on Tuesday, April 23.
Livingston Academy will host the Lady Lions of Cannon County in
a 4:30 game Thursday, April 25. The Lady Cats will then finish the
regular season in a tournament at Cookeville on Friday and Saturday,
April 26-27. The district tournament is scheduled to begin Monday,
May 6 at York Institute.
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Wildcats sweep week's
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
Becky Meredith/OCN staff
Livingston Academy's Joseph McGill scores a goal for the Wildcats
in last Thursday's overwhelming 11-1 win over Mt. Juliet Christian.
It's official. The Livingston Academy soccer team is figuratively
on fire. They played with a purpose in all three of last week's
games, and the score board proved it.
The Cats traveled to Sparta on Tuesday, April 16 to take on the
Warriors, and dominated throughout the contest. Once LA took the
lead, their defense smothered the opposing offense, giving Sparta
no chance at a comeback. The Cats took a 3-0 shutout win.
Scoring goals for LA were Robert Brady, Ricky Schindler, and Colin
Smith, who took full advantage of a penalty kick situation. The
Wildcats took 16 shots on goal in the win. Though the offense was
in gear, defense was clearly the reason for the victory.
LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "We pretty well shut them
down. Our defense really played well that game.
"Bo Byers and Joe Nigro make a difference in the middle. They
can shut offenses down."
Coming into Thursday's home game against Mt. Juliet Christian,
the Cats were as fired up as Wilford Brimley at an all-you-can-eat
buffet. Mt. Juliet, the team that had beaten the Cats three times
last season, had no chance to make a game of it, as LA flogged them
by an 11-1 score.
The game was as lopsided as the score implies, with the Wildcats
producing more than 30 shots on goal, and facing only 8 shots at
the other end.
Ricky Schindler struck early and often in this contest, scoring
3 goals. Coach Sells was especially impressed by a strong showing
from freshman Jacob Pennington.
"He had a good game in that one," he said.
Defense was a huge factor for the LA team. "Once again our
defense steps up," Sells said. "Our defense is really,
really solid." He later told more of the defensive aspect of
"That's the defense right there," he said, referring
to LA's many shutouts this season. "As long as the defense
plays the way it should, and the midfield gets back, the goalie's
got a pretty easy ride, and he had one"
On Saturday, April 20, the Cats had momentum on their side and
destroyed York 9-0. Colin Smith had one objective in this one: find
the twine. He overdelivered, scoring 3 goals, while teammates Marcel
Jones, Bo Byers, and Scott Romzek each scored twice, and Ricky Schindler
had a goal.
Just like Albanian pairs figure skating, Wildcat goaltending didn't
matter, as they faced a mere 10 shots, while LA fired 30 of their
"We shot whenever we wanted to," Coach Sells said. "The
whole second half, the freshman were playing. So, we played everybody
we had, and once again we were just stronger than they were."
The wins moved the Wildcats' district record to a perfect 4-0,
and with an 8-1 overall record, Coach Sells has reason to be pleased
with the effort displayed by his team this year.
"So far we have handled everybody in the district and we
are 7-1," he said.
"So we are looking good. We just have to keep it up."
Despite many garbage games this year, the Cats manage to still
come out to play every day.
"We can't take everyone for granted," he said. "We
have to play every game like every game is for going to the state
or something like that.
"With these boys, you don't have to say anything to them about
that. I mean, they go out there, and they are out for the win, buddy.
They're not going to mess around with them. Even if it's Boyd Christian,
or Mt. Juliet, or whoever, they want to win, and they are going
to put goals in."
After traveling to play Boyd Christian on Tuesday, April 23, the
Cats will play a home game versus Oneida at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April
26. Livingston Academy will then host York Institute in a 4:30 p.m.
game Monday, April 29.
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LA tennis teams complete
week with mixed results
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
As the Livingston Academy tennis season starts to wind down, it
appears the Lady Cats are only getting started. They had momentum
with them entering this week, and time will tell if they can retain
it come tournament time.
In the Monday, April 15 match against Friendship Christian Academy,
the girls team didn't come out swinging, and as a result, they took
a 4-3 loss on the chin. The lone singles set win for LA came courtesy
of Rachel Barlow in a 7-0 tie break.
In doubles play, Tosha Cole and Dana Ledbetter won in a 7-4 tie
break, while Wrenda Curd and Rachel Barlow teamed up for an 8-4
Of the three Wildcat boys who played, none came up with a singles
or doubles set win.
The following day was a different story altogether, as LA played
host to Van Buren County.
Both squads were ready for action, but the girls team was especially
impressive. They dominated the opposition, with Tosha Cole, Wrenda
Curd, Whitney Easterly, and Brooke Ledbetter showing no mercy, as
they each took an 8-0 set win. Dana Ledbetter and Rachel Barlow
also contributed, winning their sets 8-1 and 8-2 respectively.
In doubles play, Cole and Ledbetter whipped the competition into
shape, winning 8-0, while Barlow and Curd won their set by an 8-2
score. Brooke Ledbetter and Whitney Walker also came out on top,
Winning this week's "HUH?" Award is the LA boys tennis
team, as they beat Van Buren by a 5-2 margin. Andy Robbins took
an 8-2 set win, Daniel Sweeney won 8-1, Brandon Cooper won 8-4,
and Jonathan Gore won a 9-7 nail-biter.
Robbins once again came out on top, this time with Phillip Murphy's
help, as they won their doubles set, 8-4.
Friday, April 19 featured the Wildcats' final district game of
the regular season, as they played against Cannon County.
The girls kept up their winning ways in this contest, as they
cruised to a 7-0 win. They managed a solid win, despite a few closer
Whitney Easterly was solid and coasted to an 8-0 win, while Wrenda
Curd and Rachel Barlow both won 8-2. Tosha Cole won her set by an
8-3 score, while, in the tightest set, Dana Ledbetter came up with
a 9-7 win in a tie break.
The Lady Cats were just as effective when sharing the court, as
Cole and Ledbetter won their doubles set 8-3. Still more effective
was the Curd/Barlow team-up, who pounded the Cannon County offering
into the ground, winning 8-0.
On the boys side, a win was out of reach, and they fell, going
winless in all of their sets. The loss finalized their district
record at 1-8.
The girls team surprised the rest of the district this year, as
their district record is set at a very sound 7-2.
With the district tournament on the horizon, Wildcats Tennis Coach
Rick Moles is determined to maintain the focus of the girls team.
"They have focused on what they are trying to do," he
said. "They have played really well. I told them to just relax
and have a good time."
He told of an instance when one of his players was struggling
to perform at her best.
"We were playing the other night at Cannon County," he
said, "and Tosha (Cole) was playing, and she was doing fair.
I told her, 'You're not having fun yet, you're trying too hard.
You're not having fun. Just relax, kick back, have a good time,
play the game, and do what you know how to do.' She wound up winning
After the regular season's final match on Monday, April 22 at
Macon County, LA's tennis teams will compete in the district tournament
held at Tennessee Tech beginning Monday, April 29.
track teams compete against Cookeville, York
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The 2002 Livingston Academy track and field teams are, front row
from left, girls team members Christen Cates, Danielle Thrasher,
Brittany Ray, Alicia Melton, Noah Looper, Chelsie Stover, back row,
Coach Merl Smith, and boys team members John Wyatt, Eric Huddleston,
A.J. Jergins, Brandon Tavelin, and Josh Dial.
The upstart Livingston Academy track and field teams continue to
do well in the school's first season for the sport.
LA competitors made another good showing at Cookeville on Tuesday,
April 16 when they took on the home team and York Institute.
LA Coach Merl Smith said, "We placed in every event we entered."
In girls events, Christen Cates took 1st place in the 200 meter
run, and placed 3rd in the 100 meter.
Danielle Thrasher took the runner-up spot in the 400 meter run,
and teammate Brittany Ray took 4th place.
The 400 meter relay team finished runner-up, and the mile relay
team placed 3rd.
In boys events, Brandon Tavelin took the runner-up position in
the 200 meter run, and also finished 2nd in the 400 meter.
A.J. Jergins took 3rd in the 800 meter run, and also placed 3rd
in the mile run.
"A.J. Jergins knocked 15 seconds off his mile time,"
Coach Smith said. Josh Dial took 3rd place in the shot put.
"We're doing all right as far as the girls and boys that are
participating in certain events," Coach Smith said. "They're
placing in most cases. "I'm very pleased with them."
After traveling to Jamestown on Tuesday, April 23 to take on York
Institute and Clarkrange, LA's track teams will travel to Cookeville
on Thursday, May 2 to take on the host team along with Coffee County
and Cumberland County.
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plays through second week
Overton County 9-10 year-old Little League played through the second
week of the 2002 season with games April 16, April 19, and April
Game scores and standings are as follows:
Tuesday, April 16
AB&T 13, FNB 7
E.N.E. 26, LRH 3
Friday, April 19
Liv. Fam. Den. 6, AB&T 2
Saturday, April 20
FNB 15, LRH 11
Liv. Fam. Den. 11, UC Spo. 10
9-10 Little League Standings
E.N.E. 3 0
American Bank & Trust 2 1
Livingston Family Dentistry 2 1
Upper Cumberland Sports 1 1
First National Bank 1 3
Livingston Regional Hospital 0 3
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