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Archives 04-24-2002

Sports

 

Schedules
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

Schedules

 

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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Wildcats baseball 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 four.

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 squad.

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, 9-3.

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 High School.

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 ball."

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 loss.

The Lady Cats then traveled to Crossville for a weekend tournament. LA faced William Blount, the home Cumberland County team, Sweetwater, and Franklin.

"William Blount's tough. Cumberland County tough. Sweetwater. Every team down there was tough, Coach McCormick said. "We took our lickins, but we learned a lot. We showed signs.

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, 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 play

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 his team.

"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 own.

"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 set win.

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 8-1.

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 sets.

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 it 8-3."

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.

 

 

 

LA 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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Little League 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 20.

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
W L
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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