Lady Cats ready to open new basketball season
Wildcats basketball set to launch season
Lady Cats ready
to open new basketball season
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Members of the 2002-2003 Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats basketball
team are, front row from left, manager Samantha Sidwell, April Handy,
Whitney Sells, Brittany Ray, Kristin Hoover, Krista Clinard, Allison
Medley, Whitney Hill, manager Whitney Looper, back row from left,
manager Tiffany Livingston, Kellie Thurman, Katrina Beechboard,
Danielle Thrasher, Megan Thompson, Kasey Baltimore, Christen Cates,
and manager Tabitha Crabtree.
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Members of the Lady Wildcats junior varsity team are, front row
from left, manager Tiffany Livingston, Haley Mullins, Megan Brown,
Kirstie Dillon, Whitney Hill, manager Samantha Sidwell, back row
from left, Whitney Sells, Brittany Ray, Kristin Hoover, April Handy,
Allison Medley, and Krista Clinard.
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
It's that time of year again. No, not turkey time. It's time for
another great season of Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats basketball.
This year's group of players are ready and rearing to go into a
great new season. The action begins in Martin at the Thanksgiving
Last year's Lady Wildcats team was very much senior-led, with 4
of 5 starters being seniors. This year the Wildcats only have one
starter left, if you do the math, Katrina Beechboard. Beechboard
is likely to be the team's best scorer this year.
The team returns only one senior, Christen Cates. According to
Lady Cats Head Coach Lesley Smith, though, she's a good one to have
for a leader.
She said, "She's a very vocal leader and so far she's done
a really good job."
When about goals for the season, Coach Smith said with a determined
look on her face, "We always have the same expectation, to
go to Murfreesboro at that state tournament and win."
And win they do. In her first season at the helm, the team posted
a 28-6 record, placing third in the 7-AA district tournament, just
missing the substate.
This year's Wildcats may have a new look, but they have the same
drive and determination they've possessed in the past.
Coach Smith said of the team, "We are young and inexperienced
and our goal is to get better every single day. We are reloading
Senior Christen Cates, as well as juniors Katrina Beechboard, Megan
Thompson, Kellie Thurman, Kasey Baltimore, and Danielle Thrasher
are likely to be seeing a lot of action this season. Sophomores
Whitney Sells and April Handy are also likely to see some playing
As usual, the district favorite is Jackson County. Other competition
will be thrown from perennial heavy hitters Upperman, York, and
According to Coach Smith, "The district is all pretty balanced,
we won't really know the outcome of any of the games until we play
Although the Lady Cats may appear to have lost some leadership
with the loss of so many seniors, they still possess the road map
It's probably best stated by Assistant Coach Elizabeth Woodard,
"Our main goal is just to go out there and have fun."
Wildcats basketball set
to launch season
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Members of the 2002-2003 Livingston Academy Wildcats basketball
team are, seated from left, manager Eddie Sells, Wilson Cates, Brandon
Matthews, Brad West, Shawn Gray, Wesley Puckett, Cody Sells, Cody
King, manager A.J. Price, standing from left, Assistant Coach Dusty
Whitaker, Luke Eldridge, Dustin Ferrell, Jamie Gurley, Matt Reeder,
Kyle Copeland, Brian Colson, and Coach Danny McCoin. Not pictured
are managers Rob Medley and Shawn Becerra.
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats are set to kick off the 2002-2003
basketball season this week, and on display will be an abundance
of youthful players, which, according to Head Coach Danny McCoin,
will translate into a very exciting season for the players and fans
Coach McCoin has seen many of his players improve drastically
right before his eyes, which has led him to set up superlative goals
for his young team.
"They are getting higher every day,Ó he said of his expectations
for this year's team. "We're young, we are getting better every
day. My expectations are to be in the top three in the district
by the end of the year."
Coach McCoin then cited the many reasons behind his high expectations.
"Our young kids, along with a couple of our older kids, are
just getting better," he said. "They're playing better
together, they have a great attitude, they're working hard, and
everything's starting to click. When everything clicks, you think
you can do well."
This year's team features all of eight sophomores or freshmen,
which is sure to bring boatloads of a hustle-happy and exciting
brand of basketball.
"We're going to be fun to watch," McCoin said. "We're
going to be energetic and exciting, but we're going to make some
silly mistakes sometimes because we're young, because we're playing
"But these kids have a great attitude. They're just fun to
watch, and I think they will be fun for the people to just sit back
The Wildcats will tip off the 2002-2003 season with an exhibition
game in the Celina Hall of Fame game at Livingston Academy on Thursday,
Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
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