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Archives 05-22-2002



Two LA runners qualify for Area 3 Sectional finals
Wildcats soccer season ends in regional contest
LA tennis season ends in tournament
Speck team keeps lead in 12-under
LFD takes lead in Babe Ruth league standings
ENE remains undefeated in 9-10 league
Jamestown Reds hold lead in Men's League







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Two LA runners qualify for Area 3 Sectional finals


The 2002 track & field season came to a close for Livingston Academy last week, with two LA runners competing in the sectional finals.

LA participated in the Area 3 Sectional meet at David Lipscomb University on Monday, May 13.

LA Track & Field Coach Merl Smith said, "We competed with all the Upper Cumberland and Nashville area."

Brandon Tavelin qualified in the 200 meter run and the 400 meter run. Teammate Eric Huddleston qualified in the 800 meter run.

"We didn't have any girls qualify for the finals," Coach Smith said.

Tavelin and Huddleston returned to David Lipscomb University on Thursday, May 16 to run in the finals.

"Brandon ran the best time that he's had in the 400," Coach Smith said. "He knocked over a second off of what he's normally run."

The finish was good for sixth. "Then he ran in the 200 and he ran the second best time he'd ever run," Coach Smith said. That finish was good for eighth.

Tavelin was awarded medals for both finishes. The top eight finishers received medals, and the top two advanced on to the state meet.

"He ran exceptionally well," Coach Smith said.

Huddleston also finished well, but did not medal.

"Eric, his fastest time in the 800 up to that time was 2 minutes and 33 seconds. He was qualified with a 2:19. He knocked off 14 seconds.

"Then, he ran a 2:16 on the day of the main race.

His time was good for 11th.

"He ran really well," Coach Smith said.

Looking back at the first season for a track & field team at LA, Coach Smith said, "We did well. We just have to get more people involved.

"Everybody bettered their times all year long they just kept getting better and better, and that's what we're looking for.

"So, maybe if we can get more people, we'll start competing not just as individuals, but competing as a team."

The team loses three seniors from this season's inaugural team: shotput competitor Josh Dial, mile and 800 meter runner A.J. Jergins, and 400 meter runner John Wyatt.


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Wildcats soccer season ends in regional contest


After an undefeated regular season, the Livingston Academy Wildcats soccer team had a bad break in the regional game against Portland on Tuesday, May 14.

LA started strong, scoring a goal in the first 5 minutes of the game. Portland came back and tied the game 1-1 before halftime.

Joseph McGill powered in a shot to put the Cats ahead 2-1. Portland came back again to tie the game at 2-2.

LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "O'Brien made some outstanding saves. He played a really good game.

"Then, with about 7 minutes to go in the game, he went out to make a save and he collided with this kid, and O'Brien broke his leg."

With about 2 minutes to go in regulation, Portland got a corner kick.

"The guy hit it in with a perfect kick," Coach Sells said. "It didn't make any difference that Graham (Goodman) was in there instead of O'Brien. Neither one of them could have got it. It was just a perfect shot."

The goal ended LA's soccer season with a 2-3 loss. Coach Sells is pleased with the effort of his team this year. "I'm real happy with the season, and that we went undefeated in the district," he said. "I was disappointed that we don't go further in the region. I mean, that's the third time we've got put out in the first round. But, you know, things happen like that.

"I think we were every bit as good as Portland. Portland is a good team. Portland's just a real solid team. They're real solid at midfield. They can handle the ball real well. They move the ball from one end of the field to the other really well. They know where to go in the passing lanes. They're just excellent ball-handlers."

Portland went on to defeat Davidson Academy 6-0 to continue on their quest for a state title. "We had a chance," Coach Sells said. "It was just not our day."

The soccer team will enter next year with a much different lineup.

"We're losing eight starters," Coach Sells said. "It's going to be rebuilding next year. Seven seniors and Marcel (Jones). Marcel's going back to Germany.

"Marcel was a good player. I wish he was coming back." Despite having to fill spots with new faces next year, Coach Sells said the process won't be too painful.

"We've got some good players coming back, he said. "Joe Nigro's good. Those freshman who played this year will be better.

"It won't be that bad, but we'll have to rebuild. You lose eight starters, that's a killer. But I look forward for us to be there next year."



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LA tennis season ends in tournament


With this year's Livingston Academy tennis season closing up quicker than a disgruntled automatic door, a handful of Lady Cats still had one last opportunity to play their sport beyond the regular season's end.

On Monday, May 13, two Lady Cats, Wrenda Curd and Rachel Barlow, took on a pair of Macon County girls in LA's final doubles tournament match. Both teams fought through a tornado warning, which delayed the start of the match for three hours, but once all was said and done, the Tigers proved to be the kings of the jungle, as they mangled the two Wildcats, defeating LA by a 6-1, 6-0 score.

They didn't play their best match of the season, but LA Tennis Coach Rick Moles insists that wasn't what the game was about.

"Rachel and Wrenda lost the match, but did well anyway," Coach Moles said. "We are proud of them, they did a great job. They learned a lot, they gained a lot of valuable information from this. We are proud of them."

Tosha Cole had planned to participate in her individual match versus a Springfield High School player, but was unable to catch her flight back from Orlando, FL, where she was on the LA senior trip. Although the match was forfeited, Cole was most likely able to offset her absence by attaining photos of Mickey Mouse. Thus endeth the Livingston Academy tennis season, and Coach Moles is pleased with the results brought forth. This LA season has been like chocolate gravy on a biscuit; it's all good.

"I couldn't be happier," he said. "Last year, I told the newspaper guy that our philosophy is to go out and have a good time, and if we win a couple of matches, then we will be tickled to death.

"I'm more than excited," he later said, "I'm elated!"



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Speck team keeps lead in 12-under

Speck Funeral Home kept the lead in Overton County Girls Softball League through last week with a 3-0 record. Game scores and standings for last week are as follows:

Tuesday, May 14
Speck Funeral Home 12, Building Center 11
First National Bank 17, John Mark Windle Law Office 5
Building Center 20, Overton Restaurant 0

Standings W L
Speck Funeral Home 3 0
Building Center 2 2
First National Bank 2 2
Overton Restaurant 2 2
John Mark Windle Law Office 0 3



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LFD takes lead in Babe Ruth league standings

Livingston Family Dentistry took the lead in Overton County Babe Ruth standings last week with two wins to move to 3-0. Game scores from last week are as follows:

Union Bank & Trust 7, American Bank & Trust 6

Liv. Family Dentistry 7, Byrdstown Medical Center 6

American Bank & Trust 9, Mark White Tire 5

Liv. Family Dentistry 11, West End Market BP 1

Babe Ruth Standings W L
Livingston Family Dentistry 3 0
Union Bank & Trust 2 0
Mark White Tire 2 1
American Bank & Trust 1 2
West End Market BP 1 3
Byrdstown Medical Center 0 3

Babe Ruth Top Batting Avg.
J. Cyrus (ABT) .750
R. Holt (LFD) .667
B. Matthews (LFD) .625
T. Murphy (UBT) .600
J. Wright (BMC) .600
J. Sells (ABT) .500
J. Brown (MWT) .500
B. Scott (LFD) .500
C. Simpson (UBT) .500
C. Winton (WEBP) .500



ENE remains 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, May 14
Liv. Regional Hospital 12, Liv. Family Dentistry 10
Upper Cumberland Sports 4, American Bank & Trust 3 9-10

Little League Standings W L
ENE 6 0
Upper Cumberland Sports 4 2
Livingston Family Dentistry 5 3
American Bank & Trust 3 4
Livingston Regional Hospital 2 6
First National Bank 1 6



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Jamestown Reds hold lead in Men's League

Jamestown Reds hold the lead in Overton County Men's Softball League with a 4-0 record. Game scores for last week are as follows:

Wednesday, May 15
Roadmasters 21, Livingston Jaycees 18

Roadmasters Brad Carr 3 for 3, David Ledbetter 2 for 3, Derek McDonald 2 for 3, Terry Pigg 2 for 3, and Jeremy McDonald hit a home run.

Livingston Jaycees J.J. Jones 4 for 4, Leon Harris 2 for 2, and Jeremy Carr 2 for 2.

Jamestown Reds 22, Huckeby Construction 10

Jamestown Reds Rat Westmoreland 4 for 4 with 2 home runs, Brian Burchett 3 for 4 with a home run, Johnny Painter 2 for 3 with a home run, and Derek Anderson 2 for 3 with a home run.

Huckeby Construction Waylon Ledbetter 3 for 3, Chris Story 2 for 2 with a home run, and Mickey Huckeby 2 for 2.

Watsons Boys 20, Hutchinson 0

Watsons Boys Kelly Spivey 3 for 3 with a home run, Chad Watson 3 for 3, Michael Adams 3 for 3, Larry Watson 2 for 3 with a home run, Gary Watson 2 for 3, Mark Jenkins 2 for 3, Jason Huff 2 for 3, Dusty Adams 2 for 3, and Nick Melton 2 for 3.

Hutchinson Brian McCann 2 for 2, David Johnson 1 for 1, Tom McCann 1 for 2, and Keith Miller 1 for 2.

Pug's Tanks 21, Lawns Unlimited 5

Pug's Tanks Jerran Allen 3 for 3 with 2 home runs, Gerald Clark 3 for 3 with a home run, Billy Witt 3 for 3 with a home run, Matt Jolley 3 for 3 with a home run, Steve Thompson 2 for 3 with a home run, and Elliot Poston 2 for 3.

Lawns Unlimited Jed Stevens 1 for 1, Roy Geesling 1 for 1, Jonathan Stevens 1 for 1, and Brian Smith 1 for 1.

Thursday, May 16
Lawns Unlimited 19, Hutchinson 18

Lawns Unlimited Chuck Cooper 3 for 4 with a home run, Jeff Smith 3 for 4, Steve Herron 3 for 4, and Bobby Corley 3 for 3.

Hutchinson Jeff Hammock 3 for 3 with a home run, Tom McCann 3 for 3, Gene Vaughn 3 for 3, and Bobby McDougal hit a home run.

Pug's Tanks 15, Watsons Boys 5

Pug's Tanks Matt Jolley 3 for 3 with a home run, Mark "Tanker" Lee 3 for 3, Billy Witt hit a home run, and Steve Thompson hit a home run.

Watsons Boys Nick Melton 2 for 2, Mark Jenkins 2 for 3, and Thad Huff 2 for 3.

Jamestown Reds 20, Livingston Jaycees 2

Jamestown Reds Derek Anderson 4 for 4 with 2 home runs, Eddie Gibson 3 for 3, Lee Linder 3 for 3, Brian Burchett 2 for 2, Jerry Arms 3 for 4, and Steve Arms 3 for 4.

Livingston Jaycees David Nimmo 2 for 2, Josh Coffman 2 for 2, and Darius Barlow 2 for 2.

Huckeby Construction 15, He-Jo Boat Storage 2

Huckeby Construction Tracy Welch 3 for 3 with a home run, Waylon Ledbetter 3 for 3, Chris Story 2 for 3 with a home run, Greg Parsons 2 for 3 with a home run, Andy Parsons 2 for 3, and Curt Huckeby 2 for 3.

He-Jo Boat Storage Jacob Cummings 2 for 2, Denny Pryor 1 for 2, and Brad Flowers 1 for 2.

Men's League Standings W L
Jamestown Reds 4 0
Huckeby Construction 3 1
Watsons Boys 3 1
Pug's Tanks 2 2
Hutchinson 1 2
He-Jo Boat Storage 1 2
Lawns Unlimited 1 2
Roadmasters 1 2
Livingston Jaycees 0 4



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