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Archives 05-15-2002

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Schedules
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
Speck 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

Schedules

 

 

 

LA Soccer Schedule 2002

Date Opponent Time Place
May 13 Regional Tournament TBA TBA

 

 

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LA baseball 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 run.

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 Wildcat batters.

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 3-1.

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 been successful."

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:

"Very disappointing.

"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 Lady Wildcats.

"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 first half.

Evidently, Coach Sells delivered an effective halftime speech to his boys, as they turned it around and scored six goals in the second frame.

"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 Puckett.

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 half."

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 behind."

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 8-2.

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 play.

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Speck team 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 League lead

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 19,
Roadmasters 14

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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