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Archives 05-08-2002



Wildcats season champs of District 7-AA
LA soccer team rounds out season with win over York
LA girls tennis team claims 2nd in tourney
ENE still undefeated in 9-10 league
Girls softball league opens 2002 season
Babe Ruth league play now underway





LA Soccer Schedule 2002

Date Opponent Time Place
May 13 Regional Tournament TBA TBA



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Wildcats season champs of District 7-AA



"We are the champions!" Well, at least that's what the Livingston Academy Wildcats baseball team is hoping for going into the District 7-AA Tournament as the #1 seeded team.

LA Wildcats Coach David Looper said of the banner season, "We finished our regular season first in the district. This was a surprise to everyone in the district except for us.

"Our goal was to win 20 games, and after the tournament we should reach that mark."

The Cats finished their race to host the district tournament with a victory against Smith County on Tuesday, April 30.

The game began with Smith County coming out of the gate strongly with 2 runs in the first inning. LA did nothing offensively in the first to counter that.

In the second inning, LA warmed up and the heavy hitters came to play. The Wildcats outscored Owls 5-0 in the frame. Livingston continued to hit the ball like a ton of bricks in the third inning. The team scored 6 runs, including a stellar grand slam by Cody Campbell. The fourth inning was more of the same, except this time LA only scored 3 runs. In the fifth inning, Smith County outscored Livingston 3-1, but the game was already signed, sealed, and delivered.

LA's offensive prowess won the game. Campbell went 3 for 3, including the grand slam, drove in 6 runs, and scored 3. Jeff Aldridge went 3 for 3, with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. Josh Cravins went 3 for 3, with 3 runs scored and a run batted in. Cody King went 3 for 4, with 3 runs scored. Todd Rose went 2 for 4, with a run scored and another run driven in .

At the end of the regular season, the Cats' overall record stood at 19-13, and was 11-1 in the district. With the cancellation of the games scheduled for Monday, May 6, action was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 7 with York Institute scheduled to play Upperman at 4:30 p.m., and LA to battle Cannon County at 7 p.m.


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Wildcats sail through soccer competition


With the tournament just around the corner, as well as high expectations that the Livingston soccer team is bound to, it's a possibility that LA's final regular season game against the York Institute Dragons on Monday, April 29 was reduced to an afterthought.

LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "They were ahead of us at half-time. We didn't play well against them."

In spite of the Cats' relatively poor showing, they still pulled it together enough to register a 4-1 win. Colin Smith was hotter than a bowl of Easy Mac straight out of the microwave in this one, as he scored 3 goals, along with Joseph McGill, who scored once.

LA forced 28 shots on goal, while the Dragons shot total was limited to a meager 8.

"We played well enough to win," Sells said, "and that's what you have to do this time of year. We need to start peaking in the tournament, that's what I want to do. I want to play well in the tournament.:

Looking back on this year's soccer season, district officials rewarded some of Livingston's standout players by naming them to the All-District Team. LA players honored with the All-District title are Smith, McGill, Bo Byers, Ricky Schindler, and the All-District Goalkeeper, Matt O'Brien.

With Livingston's solid play this year, they earned the number one seed for the tournament.

Coach Sells' expectations for his team do not exceed the ability level.

"With our kids, we can't be over confident, because we have handled these teams before," he explained. "But, it's really hard to beat a team three times. Any time you play another team that many times, you're not going to play as well.

"Another thing is that teams like York, they play over their heads when they play us. Sometimes when you play a real bad team, you play at their level.

"So, we just have to make sure we're not overconfident playing these teams, that we take care of business. If we do that, we will be all right, but, if we don't, we'll be going home early, which is not what we want."

The Wildcats opened tournament play Tuesday, May 7. They will face the winner of the game between Friendship Christian School and York Institute, the fourth and fifth seeds in the tournament. The district championship game is scheduled for Thursday, May 9.



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LA girls tennis team claims 2nd in tourney


Tournament season began for Livingston Academy on Monday, April 29, with LA pitted against Celina.

Coming into the match, the Bulldogs were hoping LA would serve as their proverbial fire hydrant; however, the Lady Cats had other intentions. Livingston played a dominating match and ended Celina's season early, winning 4-0.

With the win against Celina, the LA girls advanced to the next round of the tournament. Mt. Juliet Christian School was the Lady Cats' second round opponent, and when the Saints came marching into this match, the Lady Cats had no problem winning the match with ease, by a 5-1 score.

The following day, the Lady Wildcats took on Friendship Christian School, the team who has been a thorn in the side all season long. The tournament scenario offered no remedy for LA's ailment, as they once again fell to Friendship, losing 4-0. The Lady Commanders commanded throughout the contest, allowing no set wins for the LA squad.

Tosha Cole dropped both of her sets, 6-4 and 6-2, Wrenda Curd lost hers, 6-3 and 6-4. Rachel Barlow and Kila Cope lost both of their sets by the scores of 6-3 and 6-1 respectively.

LA Tennis Coach Rick Moles said, "They were just off that day. They were out of rhythm. It just wasn't there."

The boys team played against DeKalb County on Monday, April 29. The Tigers proved the court had enough room to swing a Wildcat by the tail, as DeKalb beat up on LA, winning by a 5-1 score.

Andy Robbins played up to his potential in this contest, and took the lone set win for the boys team. That set victory allowed Robbins to compete in the individual tournament on Tuesday, May 7, while the Cats sent six members of the girls team to play in the individual tournament.

With the girls squad earning the title of district runner-up, Coach Moles has reason to be happy.

"I'm just tickled to death with them, he said. "I'm as proud as I could be, and I have told them that. They know how proud I am of them.

"They did a great job, every one of them. They have worked hard, they have come to practice, they have done everything I have asked them to. I couldn't ask for a better bunch of kids.

Despite their faults, Moles is proud of the LA boys' season.

"Andy Robbins is the only boy who played last year," he said. "So I started with four or five other boys this year who had never really played much tennis.

"We weren't ranked bottom last, we were above last, so, again, that says that the boys came out and played well too."

Individual players who won their sets in last week's matches went on to play in the indivdual tournament Tuesday, May 7.


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ENE still undefeated in 9-10 league

ENE remained undefeated with a 6-0 record at the end of last week's Overton County 9-10 year-old Little League play. Game scores and standings for last week are as follows:

Tuesday, April 30
ENE 12, Livingston Family Dentistry 2
American Bank & Trust 10, Livingston Regional Hospital 9

9-10 Little League Standings W L
ENE 6 0 Upper Cumberland Sports 3 1
Livingston Family Dentistry 3 2
American Bank & Trust 3 3
First National Bank 1 5
Livingston Regional Hospital 0 5


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Girls softball league opens 2002 season

Overton County Girls Softball League opened the 2002 season last week. Game scores and standings for last week are as follows:

Civitan 14, Union Bank 6
Livingston Regional Hospital 28, Upper Cumberland Sports 0
Livingston Ready Mix 28, First National Bank 11

First National Bank 19, Overton Restaurant 5
Speck Funeral Home 16, John Mark Windle Law Office 10
Overton Restaurant 14, Building Center 10

Standings W L
First National Bank 1 0
Speck Funeral Home 1 0
Overton Restaurant 1 1
Building Center 0 1
John Mark Windle Law Office 0 1

First National Bank 7, Union Bank 5
American Bank & Trust 11, West End Sports 10


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Babe Ruth league play now underway

Overton County Babe Ruth opened the 2002 season last week. Game scores are as follows:

Liv. Family Dentistry 5, West End Market BP 4

Mark White Tire 9, American Bank & Trust 4

Union Bank & Trust 12, Byrdstown Medical Center 2

West End Market BP 8, Byrdstown Medical Center 7

Babe Ruth Standings W L
Livingston Family Dentistry 1 0
Mark White Tire 1 0
Union Bank & Trust 1 0
West End Market BP 1 1
American Bank & Trust 0 1
Byrdstown Medical Center 0 2

Babe Ruth Top Batting Avg.
B. Scott (LFD) 1.000
J. Wright (BMC) 1.000
C. Winton (WEBP) .800
S. Livingston (MWT) .750
J. Brown (MWT) .750
J. Davidson (ABT) .667
Ty Smith (LFD) .667
C. Simpson (UBT) .667
T. Murphy (UBT) .667
J. Carwile (UBT) .667



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