Cats power past Devils, Tigers, Yellow Jackets
Lady Cats take tough losses in dual double
Wildcats sail through soccer competition
LA Girls Tennis upsets Macon in season finale
LA track & field teams finish well at York meet
ENE goes to 5-0 in 9-10 Little League
Men’s Softball League play underway
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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Cats power past
Devils, Tigers, Yellow Jackets
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcat baseball team went 3-0 last week,
beating the snot out of Jackson County, DeKalb County, and Trousdale
In the game against Jackson County on Tuesday, April 23, it appeared
as though Livingston was the only team there.
In the first inning, though, nobody scored at all. In the second
inning, LA started their build-up to winning. They scored a run.
In the third, Livingston got another run.
Things really heated up in the fourth inning, with Livingston scoring
5 runs. In the fifth inning, the Blue Devils offense finally showed
up to play, scoring 2 runs. Meanwhile, Livingston scored 3 in the
In the sixth inning, the bats really started to burn, with LA
getting 6 runs to complete the 16-2 victory.
On the mound, Cody Sells pitched for 5 innings, giving up 2 runs
on 3 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 3. Brian Colson pitched for
an inning, striking out 3.
Offensively, Todd Rose went 3 for 4, including a triple, with 2
runs batted in, and stole 2 bases. Jesse Wolfram went 3 for 4, including
a triple, and had 2 RBI. Cody King went 2 for 4, drove in a run
and stole a base. Michael Poston went 2 for 4, including a double,
and had 4 RBI. Josh Cravins went 4 for 5, and had 2 stolen bases.
Kyle Copeland went 2 for 5, with 3 RBI. Jonathon Cummings went 2
for 5, with 2 RBI. Cody Campbell went 2 for 4 on the afternoon.
LA Wildcats Coach David Looper said of the 16-2 blowout, "We
had a slow start, but we finished big. This was a district game
that we had to win, and we took care of it."
LA once again mopped the floor with their opponent on Thursday,
April 25. This time it happened to be DeKalb County.
Neither team had any positive offensive output in the first inning,
but LA pretty much marked one for the win column in the second inning,
scoring 8 runs.
The third inning went scoreless, but offensive output picked up
in the fourth, with the Tigers scoring their only run of the game.
Livingston still outpaced the Smithville team that inning, scoring
No one scored again for the rest of the game, and LA took the win,
LA pitching was successful, with Kyle Copeland pitching all 7 innings,
striking out 13 batters and only walking 1.
LA hitters were equally successful with good performances. Todd
Rose went 2 for 4, with 2 RBI. Michael Poston went 1 for 3, including
a double, and had 3 RBI. Josh Cravins went 2 for 3, including a
double, and drove in a run. Kyle Copeland went 3 for 3 with an RBI.
Coach Looper said, "Poston's double in the second inning with
bases loaded broke the game open. Good defense and another good
performance by Kyle also helped us to win."
The slaughtering continued as the Cats traveled to Trousdale County
to take another big victory on Saturday, April 27.
The game started off quite well offensively for the Wildcats, as
they outscored the Yellow Jackets 3-0.
Nobody put any points on the board during the second, third, and
LA stole the game in the fifth inning, though, scoring 6 runs to
Trousdale County's big goose egg.
In the sixth inning, Trousdale County kind of woke up and smelled
the coffee, outscoring LA 2-zip. Livingston quickly got those 2
runs back in the seventh inning, reversing the sixth inning scenario.
Livingston took home the win, 11-2.
LA's Michael Poston pitched all 7 innings, striking out 6, walking
1, and only giving up 2 runs on 7 hits.
Offensively, Kyle Copeland went 3 for 4, with 2 RBI. Cody King
went 2 for 4, with 2 RBI. Josh Cravins went 2 for 4, with an RBI.
Michael Murphy went 1 for 1, with 2 RBI. Brian Colson went 1 for
4, including a triple, and drove in a run.
Coach Looper said, "The underclassmen did a great job defensively
for us Saturday. We made no errors and only two seniors played"
He also spoke of the team's upcoming schedule.
"We play Tuesday against Smith County to finish our district
schedule," he said. "If we win, we will host the District
Tournament. We will finish tied for first, but we have already won
the coin toss."
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Lady Cats take tough
losses in dual double headers
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
LA pitcher Amanda Dodson tags out a Cannon County baserunner trying
to score in Thursday's double header.
With the 2002 regular season winding down, the Livingston Academy
Lady Wildcats softball team played two double headers last week.
The first twin bill of the week for the Lady Cats was on Monday,
April 24. LA dropped both ends by one run, losing the first game
1-2, then the second 2-3.
In the opener, Jamie Boles went 2 for 3, Ashley Johnson went 2
for 2, and Aspen Allen went 1 for 2.
Livingston outhit the Lady Blue Devils 5-2, but an error cost LA
2 unearned runs. Amanda Dodson went the distance on the mound for
the Lady Cats.
In the nightcap, Althea Allred went 2 for 2, Ashley Johnson went
2 for 3, and Jamie Boles, Bethany Greenwood, and Hannah Stafford
each had a hit.
LA once more outhit the Gainesboro team, but baserunning errors
and fielding errors cost another district win.
Freshman Ashley Howard pitched 2 2-3 innings and left with a 3-2
lead. Sophomore hurler Amanda Dodson was tagged with the loss. She
allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Livingston Academy hosted Cannon County on Thursday, April 25.
The Lady Cats put together a big inning to overcome an early deficit
and win the first game 4-3.
Bethany Greenwood went 1 for 1 and drove in a run, and Jamie Boles,
Hannah Stafford, and Aspen Allen each had a hit.
Pitcher Amanda Dodson went the distance, striking out 3, walking
3, and surrendering 3 hits and 3 earned runs.
After an early lead in the second game, the wheels fell off late
for the Lady Cats in the closing game of the evening. LA went from
an almost sure 5-3 win to a 6-9 loss in the seeming blink of an
Ashley Johnson had a hit and drove in a run. Hannah Stafford, Bethany
Greenwood, Sarah Maynord, and Aspen Allen all drove in runs. Jamie
Boles and Stasha Babb each had a hit.
Looking at the season to this point, Lady Cats Coach Danny McCormick
said, "At this point in the season, with one game from having
the season over with, we're probably a lot better than we were last
year, but not nearly as good as we should be.
"We've lost a lot of one-run ballgames. Balls bounce the wrong
way, but you make your own luck. We're learning that.
"We played a tournament this weekend, and we played some awfully
tough teams – Warren County, Hunter's Lane, Clinton County, KY,
and wound up with Blackman out of Murfreesboro. Realistically, we're
just not strong enough to compete with teams like that. We're struggling
in the district. We're a team that's growing up.
"This is a team that has a lot of heart,” he said. "We've
just struggled up and down the line. At times, we don't bunch our
hits together. At times, we get good pitching, and we don't get
good hitting. If we get good hitting, we don't get good pitching.
We'll get both hitting and pitching and we'll make more errors.
We're finding ways to lose. Little by little, they're understanding
you've got to find ways to win. We're just right there."
Senior Jamie Boles also believes the team is on the cusp of finding
"I think we're getting back what we had at the first of the
season,” she said. "We got in a slump, but I think we're getting
back working as a team."
Though many have had to change positions because of injuries to
other players, the transition hasn't been as hard for some as might
be expected. Senior Hannah Stafford moved from behind the plate
to third base. The move hasn't affected her attitude detrimentally
"Actually it's been fun,” she said. "It's not really
been that big of a difference. It's more action at third, but I
still love the plate. I'm more apt to help the team on third than
I am behind the plate because I can't really make that many defensive
plays back there."
The Lady Cats will travel to Celina on Wednesday, May 1 for the
regular season's final game. Then, LA will travel to Jamestown on
Monday, May 6 to play in the District 7-AA Tournament at York Institute.
Senior Kristen Coleman believes the Lady Cats have a fighting chance
in the tournament.
"We're doing pretty good right now. We're not winning much,
but the team cares," she said. "I think we'll do good
as long as we keep our heads in it and don't get down on ourselves."
Fellow senior Boles concurred, "If we can all get our bats
together at the same time that's when it'll start clicking."
Of the team's attitude, Coach McCormick said, "I don't think
they're satisfied. I think they're very disappointed in the way
the season's gone so far."
He is impressed with the resiliency his players have shown through
the recent adversity.
"I like these kids a lot," he said. "They're bruised
and scraped and beat up. We've already played close to 30 ballgames,
and we're talking about only 12 kids to do it. Most of these kids
are playing every day. They're going to be awfully pretty for prom
because most of them have strawberries on their legs and skins on
their shins and knees and elbows. They never stop trying. They are
giving everything they possibly can give to win.
"That's all a coach can ask."
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Wildcats sail through
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
Becky Meredith/OCN staff
Joseph McGill kicks the ball into play for LA in last week's home
win over Oneida.
At the conclusion of last week's games, the Livingston Academy
soccer team is still sitting high atop the district standings, and
they aren't showing any signs of giving up their hard fought for
LA's first action was a game on the road Tuesday, April 23 against
Boyd Christian, a team seeking to avenge the 10-0 beating they received
at the hands of the Wildcats earlier this month. In that contest,
most of the Boyd Christian fans would probably have rather sat through
The John McCain Variety Hour than be forced to see the hopeless
destruction of their team. The rematch would be a different game
as far as style of play, but would eventually yield the same result.
Despite mustering only half of the offensive firepower they displayed
in the first game against this foe, LA still won the rematch, this
time winning by a 5-0 score.
The Wildcat twine ticklers were Colin Smith, who scored twice,
Ricky Schindler, also scoring 2 goals, and Joseph McGill, who got
one shot past the Boyd goal tender.
LA won the shots battle by a landslide, gracing the stat sheet
with 26 shots on goal. LA goalie Matt O'Brien easily kept another
shutout intact, as he faced all of 5 Boyd Christian shots.
On Friday, April 26, the Cats hosted Oneida, and despite the unusual
occurrence of a goal against Matt O'Brien, LA still came out on
the winning side of things. The Cats booted the Indians off the
reservation, and shot their buffalo too, as they won 4-1.
Scoring for the red-hot Wildcats were Colin Smith, who scored a
pair of goals, as well as two freshmen, Andy Gunnels and Jacob Pennington,
who each scored once.
The Cats forced 18 shots on goal, while Oneida had but half the
The victories moved the Cats to a dominant 10-1 overall record,
with a 6-0 record in the district.
Wildcats Soccer Coach Rick Sells believes his team has what it
takes to win this year's district tournament. "We should be
coasting the whole way through," he said.
"We should have the number one seed."
He said of the upcoming regional tournament.
"In the regionals it will be like Portland and Springfield,”
he said. "Springfield is really tough. They are rated like
number 3 or something like that. So, it's gonna get a lot tougher
when we get to the regionals, but we know that. (Springfield) beat
us last year, 2-1. We want to get back to them, we want to beat
them. So, the boys have a big incentive to get to play them again."
As this season creeps closer to its ending, Coach Sells is pleased
with the play of his team. Though he believes the team has no specific
most valuable player, he considers the defensive play of Bo Byers
deserving of MVP status.
"On the defensive side," he said, "Bo Byers has
really played well this past year. He's really a good defensive
On the other side of the ball, the coach is equally happy with
the offensive output by two of his team's great talents.
"On offense, Colin Smith (has been valuable),”" he said,
"and Ricky Schindler has had a good year.
"It's been more of a team effort this year than it has been
in the past, and I think that all of these boys deserve it, because
they have played so well, they have played together."
After hosting York Institute on Monday, April 29, Livingston Academy
will host Friendship Christian Academy in the regular season's final
game Thursday, May 2.
The district tournament will begin Monday, May 6.
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LA Girls Tennis upsets
Macon in season finale
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
The regular season finale for Livingston Academy tennis was played
at Macon County on Monday, April 22.
The Lady Cats were looking to improve their already impressive
7-3 overall record, while the boys were trying their best to scrape
together any momentum they could for this week's district tournament.
In Monday's contest, this season's trend continued, as the girls
team took a victory, while the boys team fell short. Though Macon
County is not a district opponent, this win was significant considering
Macon's previously flawless 15-0 record coming into the day's match.
The LA girls struggled early on as Macon County won the first two
sets, and it appeared that the Lady Tigers were merging onto the
exit ramp for 16-0 City. But, LA battled back, and somehow forced
them into a U-turn, defeating Macon County 6-3. After singles play,
the score was all knotted up at three sets apiece, but LA took control
in doubles competition, winning all three sets.
Lady Cat set winners were Brooke Ledbetter, winning 8-2, Rachel
Barlow, who took an 8-6 set win, and Wrenda Curd, who came out on
top in an extremely tight set, winning by a 9-8 score.
LA gained the victory in doubles, and they did so with Tosha Cole
and Dana Ledbetter winning their set, 8-5, Curd and Barlow, topped
their opponents by an 8-4 score, while teammates Whitney Easterly
and Melissa McKay did one better, winning their set 8-3. The victory
brings the Lady Cats to an 8-3 record.
The boys squad would not play the role of the Tiger spoiler as
did their female counterparts, but would instead be themselves spoiled
by a 0-6 loss. Of the four singles sets, none were the least bit
close. The doubles pair of Andy Robbins and Phillip Murphy managed
to steal five games, but that wasn't enough to silence the roaring
With the defeat, the Wildcats entered the tournament with a disappointing
2-8 overall record.
The district tournament began Monday, April 29 at Tennessee Tech.
track & field teams finish well at York
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Three 1st place finishes were brought home by the Livingston Academy
track & field teams after they competed against York Institute and
Scott County at Jamestown on Tuesday, April 23.
LA Track & Field Coach Merl Smith said, "Three firsts, they
did a pretty good job."
Two 1sts were won by girls team members. Danielle Thrasher placed
1st in the 400 meter run, and Christen Cates took 1st place in the
200 meter run.
"Danielle hadn't got first until that 400,” Coach Smith said.
"She's knocked about five and a half to six seconds off her
time in the 400 meter.
"Christen Cates is running the same race every time,” he
said. "She's improved a little bit on some of her times, but
her times are real steady. She's the type that if you get head-to-head
with her and you're close, she won't let you beat her."
Cates also placed 3rd in the 100 meter run.
The LA girls relay team took the runner-up spot in the 400 meter
relay and also was runner-up in the mile relay.
In the boys competition, A.J. Jergins grabbed 1st in the mile run.
"A.J. Jergins has come on and done a very fine job in the
mile," Coach Smith said. "He's trained real hard"
Jergins also placed runner-up in the 800 meter run.
Brandon Tavelin finished runner-up in the 400 meter run and also
placed 2nd in the 200 meter.
"Tavelin is running a steady race every time," Coach
Smith said. "He's running a good 400 meter. He's trying to
get down to 54 or 55 seconds in the 400. He's right at 56 right
Eric Huddleston placed 3rd in the mile run.
Josh Dial placed 3rd in the shot put.
"They are all competing pretty well," Coach Smith said.
"When we compete against single A and double A schools, we're
holding our own. It's when we you get against the triple A schools
that have the people, that we are not able to compete.
"Nobody's doing exceptionally well, but everybody's just doing
a real good job."
The LA track & fielders will face three schools from Class AAA
on Thursday, May 2 at Cookeville when they take on the home team
along with Coffee County and Cumberland County.
"We're going to have all we want there with Cookeville, and
Crossville's real good," Coach Smith said.
Crossville presents a particularly significant challenge, according
to Coach Smith.
"We've run them before, and they are tough," he said.
"They've got the best shot putter that I've seen. He throws
over 50. Josh throws 38 to 40, somewhere in there. Josh competed
well against everybody else, but this guy throws over 50.
"Also, they've got one of the better 400 guys, and also the
mile boy. He's running the fastest mile I've seen. He's run about
a 4.54 mile, and A.J.'s run about a 5.23 as his fastest.
"So it's going to be tough. Crossville is real solid.”
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ENE goes to
5-0 in 9-10 Little League
ENE goes to 5-0 in 9-10 Little League ENE held an undefeated 5-0
record at the end of last week's Overton County 9-10 year-old Little
Game scores and standings for last week are as follows:
Tuesday, April 23
Liv. Fam. Den. 13, FNB 7
UC Sports 15, LRH 0
Friday, April 26
E.N.E. 25, AB&T 0
Liv. Fam. Den. 16, LRH 8
Saturday, April 27
UC Sports 6, AB&T 5
ENE 21, FNB 1 9-10
Little League Standings
E.N.E. 5 0
Livingston Family Dentistry 3 1
Upper Cumberland Sports 3 1
American Bank & Trust 2 3
First National Bank 1 5
Livingston Regional Hospital 0 4
Men's Softball League
Overton County Men's Softball League play is underway. Game scores
for last week are as follows:
Wednesday, April 24
Thursday, April 25
Huckeby Construction 22,
Pug's Tanks 4
Huckeby Construction – Andy Parsons 3 for 4, including 2 home runs,
James Parsons 3 for 4, Curt Huckeby 3 for 4, and Chris Story hit
a home run.
Pug's Tanks – John Brooks 1 for 2, Gerald Clark 1 for 2, Jeff Flowers
1 for 2, and Steve Boles 1 for 2.
He-Jo Boat Storage 20,
Livingston Jaycees 8
He-Jo Boat Storage – Denny Pryor 3 for 3, Jacob Cummings 2 for
3, Cris Pryor 2 for 4, and Kelly Taylor 2 for 4.
Livingston Jaycees – Matt Huddleston 2 for 3, and Mike Johnson
2 for 3.
Watsons Boys 14,
Watsons Boys – Chad Watson 3 for 3, and Gary Watson hit a home
Roadmasters – Brad Carr 2 for 2, Derek McDonald 2 for 3, and Rick
Stover 2 for 3.
Jamestown Reds 27,
Lawns Unlimited 2
Jamestown Reds – B. Burchett 4 for 4, including a home run, John
Reagan 3 for 4, including a home run, Rat Westmoreland hit 2 home
runs, and Eddie Gipson 2 for 3.
Lawns Unlimited – Jonathan Stevens 1 for 1, Steve Hellen 1 for
2, and Brian Smith 1 for 2.
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