LA baseball season ends in district tourney
Lady Cats bow out in tournament
LA Soccer Advances To Final With Win
LA tennis players fare well in individuals tournament
team leads 12-under girls softball
Mark White Tire leads
in Babe Ruth league
ENE stays undefeated in 9-10 league
Three teams hold Men's League lead
LA Soccer Schedule 2002
Date Opponent Time Place
May 13 Regional Tournament TBA TBA
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season ends in district tourney
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
"We are not the champions." That's the disappointing
cry from the Livingston Academy baseball team after last week's
District 7-AA Tournament.
Wildcats Coach David Looper said of the season, "As a young
team we had a good year. Our record was 20-15 after finishing first
during the regular season and third in the tournament.
"We had a few surprises and surprised a few teams this year.
We were picked fourth or fifth preseason, but finished first."
Livingston came out of the gate rather well, especially considering
the Wildcats had to be uprooted out of their District Tournament
host position due to rain. The tournament was then moved to Upperman
High School, home of the team who originally lost the coin toss
to host the tourney.
On Wednesday, May 8, the Cats opened tournament play versus Cannon
County. The game got off to a slow offensive start, as only a single
run was scored in the first two innings, LA picking up the lone
Things were just getting warmed up for the Cats in the third, as
they scored 2 runs. In the next inning, the balls might as well
have been hot potatoes the way LA was scoring runs. In the fourth
inning alone, Livingston outscored Cannon County 7-1.
No one scored in the fifth inning and the Wildcats outscored the
Lions 2 to zip in the sixth.
LA pitcher Cody Sells threw for 6 innings, striking out 6, and
allowing only a run.
Offensive punch was a strong factor in the game, and punch they
did – better than all five Rocky movies combined.
Cody King went 1 for 3, with 2 runs batted in on a huge home run.
LA player Michael Poston said, "Cody King's home run disappeared
into the night. Everybody lost sight of it, it went so far."
Todd Rose went 2 for 4, with an RBI and 3 runs scored. Kyle Copeland
went 3 for 4, with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Josh Cravins went 2
for 3, with an RBI and a run scored. Jonathon Cummings also went
2 for 3, with an RBI and a run scored.
That same day, Upperman defeated York, 8-3. LA moved on to play
Upperman, with a game that was made on the mound.
Pitching was the story of the day, as both LA pitcher Kyle Copeland
and Upperman hurler Matt West both had phenom-onal games.
The only offensive output came from Upperman, with a run in both
the fifth and seventh innings.
Livingston only had one real offensive chance, in the first inning
when LA had its first two hitters, Rose and Wolfram, on second and
third with no outs. West then promptly struck out the next three
West threw 96 pitches, 65 of those were strikes. To top it all
off, he was also responsible for Upperman's run in the fifth inning.
In total, West struck out 15 LA batters in the shutout victory.
He was also awarded District Player of the Year honors.
Despite the loss, LA pitcher Kyle Copeland had an excellent game
that shouldn't be tossed under the rug. He threw a fastball that
was clocked at 86 miles per hour, and before Upperman's run in the
fifth, he had walked only one and given up just a single.
The Wildcats then faced York Institute on Friday, May 10, and lost
The game started off slower than molasses offensively, with LA
scoring a run in the second. York put LA away, scoring a run in
the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. The seventh inning went scoreless.
On the mound, Michael Poston pitched for 5 1-3 innings, striking
out 8 and giving up 3 runs. Cody Sells pitched for 1 2-3 innings,
striking out 2 and giving up no runs.
LA's offensive output wasn't pretty, as Cody Campbell had the only
RBI when he plated Josh Cravins with a single to left field. Cravins
had the only other LA hit.
York's Dragons went on to defeat Upperman 10-8 later in the evening
to force a second championship game. The "if” game was played
on Saturday, and Upperman won the championship 6-3. York will now
travel to Macon County and Upperman will host Portland.
Looking to next year, Coach Looper said, "We return 18 of
our 20 wins to the pitching staff, including Cody Sells, who went
6-0 and Kyle Copeland, who went 7-2."
Coach Looper is thankful for those who helped throughout this season.
"The coaching staff and players appreciate all the hard work
of the parents. Without their efforts, this season would not have
Lady Cats bow
out in tournament
Livingston Academy's Lady Wildcats softball team ended the 2002
season in the District 7-AA Tournament last week at York Institute.
LA opened the tournament strong, winning the first game against
Jackson County 7-6 on Monday, May 6. Lady Wildcats Coach Danny McCormick
said, "We came out and played Jackson County like I thought
we would play all year. "We really took it to Jackson County.
They were a good team."
The Lady Cats had 19 hits. Senior Jamie Boles went 4 for 5 and
drove in a run, senior Hannah Stafford went 3 for 4 with an RBI,
and fellow senior Kristen Coleman had a hit. Junior Ashley Johnson
was a perfect 5 for 5, and drove in 2 runs, Sarah Maynord went 2
for 5, with 2 RBI, Bethany Greenwood went 2 for 4, with an RBI,
and Althea Allred and Aspen Allen each had a hit.
"These were solid base hits,” Coach McCormick said. "We
just wore the ball out."
The game was tight to the very end. The Lady Blue Devils loaded
the bases and one out in the seventh inning, with the Lady Cats
clinging to a 1-run lead.
"Sophomore Sarah Maynord made a sensational catch on a sinking
fly ball in short left field, then turned and made a perfect throw
to home plate, where freshman catcher Stasha Babb put the tag on
the runner to end the game,” Coach McCormick said.
Freshman pitcher Ashley Howard allowed 5 hits.
"Defensively, we played awfully well,” Coach McCormick said.
"Our pitching was better than it had been. She really pitched
a good ballgame."
A rainout on Tuesday moved the next round against DeKalb County
to Wednesday, May 8.
"We had the day off because of the rain and when we came back
we weren't the same team," Coach McCormick said. "We didn't
hit, and we didn't field, and we didn't pitch much. Those three
things will get you beat. At one time or another, one of those three
areas has gotten us beat all year."
DeKalb County defeated LA 10-0, placing LA into the losers bracket.
Upperman then defeated the Lady Cats 4-0, ending their season.
"So we bowed out, not the way we wanted to bow out,"
Coach McCormick said.
The 2002 season was summed up in two words by the coach:
"We went in with very high expectations. We lost all the close
games, where once upon a time we would have won all the close games.
"Nothing really you can point a finger at. It would be easy
to say, well, maybe our pitching let us down, or maybe our defense
at times let us down, our hitting let us down. And all those would
be true at one time or another.
"It's one of those things where we never really could get
all three elements going at the same time. If we hit well, we didn't
pitch. If we pitched well, we didn't play defense.
"So, it was disappointing in the way it came out. They did
the best they could."
Coach McCormick sees the possibility of better days ahead for the
"They are good kids – a lot of potential. There are so many
good ones on that team, people like Sarah Maynord, who's just a
terrific little fielder and hitter. Unbelievable are my two juniors,
exceptional ballplayers, Althea (Allred) and Ashley (Johnson). They'll
both be back.
"There's a lot of potential on this team."
Missing from the lineup next year will be this year's seniors Hannah
Stafford, Jamie Boles, and Kristen Coleman.
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LA Soccer Advances
To Final With Win
The Livingston Academy Wildcats soccer team kicked off the district
tournament in an afternoon contest Thursday, May 9 against Friendship
Christian School. In light of their season's fruitfulness, it is
not entirely surprising that the Cats would come into the game with
an air of cockiness.
Wildcats Coach Rick Sells said, "The reason that we started
so slow was because we were a little bit overconfident.”
With the wrong attitude plaguing them, LA was unable to garner
much of anything in the way of offense, scoring only twice in the
Evidently, Coach Sells delivered an effective halftime speech to
his boys, as they turned it around and scored six goals in the second
"In the second half," he said, "our defense just
shut them down, which we have been doing to these teams all year
in the district."
Entering the second half, Robert Brady proceeded to get his schwerve
on, scoring twice in the last frame of the tournament opener. Adding
a pair of goals was Colin Smith, along with single goal scorers,
Brian McDonald, Cody Boles, and freshmen Marcel Jones and Wesley
The Wildcats forced 23 shots on goal, while the Commanders folded
under the defensive pressure laid on thick by LA. Friendship completed
only five chicken scratches on the scorecard's shot column.
"We dominated them defensively," Coach Sells said. "They
had trouble getting the ball past mid-field, especially in the second
Coach Sells later shared his tournament concerns for the team.
"We have handled these teams in the regular season,” he said.
"We don't want to go out there and think that we can just
step on the field and beat these teams, because anything can happen,
especially in this time of year with the tournament."
On Friday, May 10, Sells' bunch stormed into the district finals,
ready to take this year's district crown, and only Boyd Christian
School stood in the way.
The Cats came out firing, as they recorded 30 shots on goal, while
the Broncos buckled, being shut out on 12 shots. The Cats won 7-0.
Both Colin Smith and Marcel Jones scored twice, while Bo Byers,
Robert Brady, and Wesley Puckett all scored a goal. Coach Sells
was proud of the team's district championship.
"We are real happy to win the district," he said. "We
just have to start reaching in that single elimination. If we don't
win tomorrow (Tuesday, May 14), we are out of it. We have got to
be ready for Portland."
With a win, they would advance to the regional tournament finals
Thursday, May 16.
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LA tennis players
fare well in individuals tournament
KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
The individuals tournament began Tuesday, May 7 for Livingston
Academy's tennis players.
Andy Robbins took on Celina's Lee Owens in the tournament semi-final.
Robbins had a tough assignment in playing against Owens, whom LA
Tennis Coach Rick Moles called, "A tough, tough tennis player.
He's a good little player."
The assignment turned out to be more than Robbins could handle,
as Owens took the victory, winning 7-5, 6-3.
The girls represented Livingston Academy very well in the tournament.
Lady Cat Dana Ledbetter was dominated in her singles match by Charlotte
Clayburn of Celina, as she lost by a 6-1, 6-3 score.
Tosha Cole played in a very close semi-final match, but managed
to advance to the finals, claiming the win by the score of 7-6,
6-4, with the last set win coming in the form of a 7-5 tie-break.
In the finals, Tosha Cole was given a golden opportunity to avenge
her teammate's earlier loss to Charlotte Clayburn. The two competitors
went back and forth throughout the match, with each player looking
to claim the district championship. In a match that was tighter
than The Rock's leotard, only one player could win, and that player
was Charlotte Clayburn. The final score was as close as they come,
with Clayburn having the edge by a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, with the final
set being decided in a 7-5 tie-break.
"They were both winners," Moles said of Cole and Clayburn.
"You just have one that had to go on and one who had to stay
In doubles semi-final action, Wrenda Curd and Rachel Barlow took
on Friendship Christian School's Amanda Smith and Kristin Tuggle.
The pair of LA girls blasted their opposition, winning their set,
8-1, thus advancing to the doubles final.
LA had an opportunity to capitalize in the tournament, with Curd
and Barlow in the doubles final. They faced Casi Ray and Brittany
Johnson of Friendship Christian School, but were thumped, losing
Five members of the Wildcat tennis team were named to the All-District
team. Andy Robbins was the only LA boy named to the team. Four LA
girls were named to the All-District team – Tosha Cole, Dana Ledbetter,
Rachel Barlow, and Kila Cope.
Three of the Lady Cats were scheduled to compete in the next round
of the tournament on Monday, May 13. Tosha Cole was to play in a
singles match against Springfield High School, while Wrenda Curd
and Rachel Barlow were to face a pair of Macon County girls in doubles
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leads 12-under girls softball
Speck Funeral Home leads Overton County Girls Softball League with
a 2-0 record. Game scores and standings for last week are as follows:
Saturday, May 11
Speck Funeral Home 14, First National Bank 8
Overton Restaurant 13, John Mark Windle Law Office 12
Building Center 20, First National Bank 4
Standings W L
Speck Funeral Home 2 0
Overton Restaurant 2 1
Building Center 1 1
First National Bank 1 2
John Mark Windle Law Office 0 2
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Mark White Tire
leads in Babe Ruth league
The Mark White Tire team leads Overton County Babe Ruth with a
2-0 record. Game scores from last week are as follows:
Mark White Tire 6, West End Market BP 4
American Bank & Trust 4, Byrdstown Medical Center 4 – game suspended
Other games were rained out.
Babe Ruth Standings W L
Mark White Tire 2 0
Livingston Family Dentistry 1 0
Union Bank & Trust 1 0
West End Market BP 1 2
American Bank & Trust 0 1
Byrdstown Medical Center 0 2
Babe Ruth Top Batting Avg.
B. Scott (LFD) 1.000
J. Wright (BMC) .714
Ty Smith (LFD) .667
C. Simpson (UBT) .667
T. Murphy (UBT) .667
J. Carwile (UBT) .667
C. Winton (WEBP) .625
J. Brown (MWT) .571
J. Maynard (ABT) .500
J. Sells (ABT) .500
T. Sells (LFD) .500
J. Smith (UBT) .500
ENE stays undefeated
in 9-10 league
ENE is still 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:
Saturday, May 11
Livingston Regional Hospital 22, Upper Cumberland Sports 5 Livingston
Family Dentistry 5, First National Bank 3
9-10 Little League
Standings W L
ENE 6 0
Livingston Family Dentistry 4 2
Upper Cumberland Sports 3 2
American Bank & Trust 3 3
Livingston Regional Hospital 1 5
First National Bank 1 6
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Three teams hold Men's
Three teams lead Overton County Men's Softball League. Huckeby
Construction, Watsons Boys, and Jamestown Reds each have a 2-0 record.
Game scores for last week are as follows:
Wednesday, May 8
Huckeby Construction 29,
Livingston Jaycees 1
Huckeby Construction – James Parsons 4 for 4, Tracy Welch 3 for
4, Waylon Ledbetter 3 for 4, Greg Parsons hit a home run, and Chris
Story was 3 for 4 with 3 home runs.
Livingston Jaycees – Michael Johnson 2 for 2, Scotty Walker 2 for
2, and Joel Garrett 2 for 2.
Jamestown Reds 16,
Pug's Tanks 5
Jamestown Reds – Johnny Painter 3 for 4 with 2 home runs, Derrek
Anderson 2 for 3 with 2 home runs, Lee Linder 2 for 3, and Steve
Arms hit a home run.
Pug's Tanks – Elliot Poston 2 for 2, Steve Thompson 2 for 2, and
Markenheimer Lee 2 for 3.
Hutchinson – Derek Boles 2 for 2 with 2 home runs, Bobby McDougal
3 for 3 with a home run, and Scott Stowe 3 for 4.
Roadmasters – Jason Trent 2 for 2 with a home run, David Ledbetter
2 for 4, and Michael Melton 2 for 4.
Watsons Boys 21,
He-Jo Boat Storage 12,
Watsons Boys – Gary Watson 3 for 4 with a home run, Chad Watson
3 for 4 with a home run, Rickey Melton 3 for 4, and Kelly Spivey
hit 2 home runs.
He-Jo Boat Storage – Randy Pryor 3 for 3, Lee Ammonette 2 for 3,
Jacob Cummings hit a home run, and Brad Flowers hit a home run.
Thursday, May 9 rained out
Men's League Standings W L
Huckeby Construction 2 0
Jamestown Reds 2 0
Watsons Boys 2 0
Hutchinson 1 0
He-Jo Boat Storage 1 1
Lawns Unlimited 0 1
Livingston Jaycees 0 2
Pug's Tanks 0 2
Roadmasters 0 2
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