LA Tennis ground Eagles, dethrone Lions in wins
LA baseball team wins over district opponents
LA Tennis ground Eagles,
dethrone Lions in wins
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
Rachel Barlow won her match against Van Buren County on Thursday
on the Livingston Academy home court.
With their tennis seasons fully underway, both Wildcats squads
played host to Van Buren County on Thursday, March 20. After last
week's debauching at the relentless hands of both Macon County and
Friendship Christian, the Cats were seeking vengeance in the form
of showing Van Buren who was king of the court.
The girls squad struck first blood, blasting the Lady Eagles somewhere
well into next week, winning set after dominating set. The Lady
Cats took home a 7-1 singles win, with Dana Ledbetter and Rachel
Barlow both winning their respective sets by an 8-3 margin, while
Wrenda Curd won hers 8-4, and Brooke Ledbetter blanked her opponent,
In doubles, the girls paired Wrenda Curd and Rachel Barlow for
an 8-0 flogging. The sisters Ledbetter also served up a solid performance,
winning their set 8-4.
With most people expecting the Wildcats boys to act their freshman
age and roll over for the incoming Eagles, eyebrows were raised
as the Wildcats impressed, winning 5-2. Phillip Murphy led the LA
charge in his 8-2 set win, followed by Andy Sathern and Daniel Sweeney,
who both took a brand new, shiny 8-3 victory home to their exuberant
Along with an airborne pig sighting over Livingston, Sweeney and
Rex Dale officially stopped local presses by defeating their Van
Buren antagonists 8-2 in doubles play. The team-up of Sathern and
David McDarby claimed still another LA victory, with an 8-6 doubles
LA Tennis Coach Rick Moles was very pleased with the effort shown
by his suddenly formidable players.
"We had a good match that night," he said.
Against Cannon County on Friday, March 21, the Cats stormed the
nets in hopes of conquering their second opponent in a week. But
early on, the task proved to be a difficult enough one to achieve.
In singles, the girls once again dominated, but it took a few
air-tight victories to ensure the success of another LA conquest.
Dana Ledbetter snaked her way through the pride of Lady Lions, squeaking
out a 9-7 set victory.
Her sister's match also made for some dramatic tennis, with Brooke's
8-6 set win requiring a tie-break. Livingston newcomer Ronance Jackson
decided that drama was overrated, as she slammed her opponent with
an 8-1 victory, while Barlow and Curd also took care of business
in their sets, winning 8-2 and 8-5 respectively.
The Curd/Barlow combo proved an effective one in doubles play,
smoking the Lion offering with an 8-1 win. Dana and Brooke Ledbetter
also won their doubles set by the same score. Jackson and Sebrina
Thomas led 6-0 when their set was terminated.
"It was a good, good girls match," Moles said.
The boys, on quite the other hand, failed to retain the spark of
momentum gained last week against Cannon County, as they were mauled
in a winless effort.
Coach Moles is most concerned with implementing the basics into
his boys, preparing them for the distant post-season. The future
looks brighter for the girls squad, with a potentially dominating
quintet in tow.
"I think we'll be competitive come tournament time for anybody,"
Moles said of his girls team. "I don't care who we're playing,
I think we'll be competitive. We stand as good a chance as anybody.
From what I've seen, we stand a chance at winding up number one
in the district. We sure do. With the girls especially, we can beat
anybody we've played so far."
Moles is unwavering in his confidence in his players, as he later
"On any given day, we can play with anybody," he said.
"And I'm looking forward to that."
The teams faced Celina on Monday, March 24, and were scheduled
to hos Mt. Juliet Christian the following day.
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LA baseball team wins
over district opponents
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Livingston Academy played a sloppy game against the Smith County
Owls on Thursday, March 20, but managed to pull out a District 7-AA
win. The win was the second in the district for LA on the week.
After the opening week's rocky start, the Livingston Academy baseball
team put together a two-game winning streak that placed them in
position to make a run for first place in District 7-AA. \
The Wildcats opened the week with a road trip to Franklin to play
Battle Ground Academy on Monday, March 17.
LA Coach Pat Swallows said, "We played very well, the best
game we've played all year, probably Ð against probably the best
team we've faced all year."
The game ended in a 5-5 tie, called for darkness.
"They didn't have lights, and we played a full seven,"
Coach Swallows said.
"Brian Colson pitched a really great game, and kept them off
balance. Michael Murphy came in relief and did a good job, but we
gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth that let them tie it.
"We cut down some mistakes, still made a few, but nothing
that's been a killer for us like has been in the past," he
"I was real pleased with the way we played. We had some big
hits at timely times. We had some two-strike hits and advancing
runners that we haven't been doing."
The Wildcats traveled to Baxter on Tuesday, March 18 to take on
the Upperman Bees in a District 7-AA game.
"We played another good ballgame," Coach Swallows said.
"Kyle Copeland on the mound gives us a chance."
Copeland allowed only 4 hits and no walks, and struck out 4 batters,
in the 4-2 LA win.
"We played well," Coach Swallows said. "We still
didn't have that great game, but we played a good game. We again
had some big hits.
"That's a district win, and a big win."
The home game scheduled for Wednesday, March 19 against Celina
was cancelled and has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 26.
"We played Smith County on Thursday and probably played as
bad as we can possibly play Ð and win," Coach Swallows said.
LA won the district clash against the Owls of Carthage 4-3.
"We came back in the bottom of the seventh," Coach Swallows
said. "Cody King hit an RBI double to score Todd Rose, who
had walked with two outs.
"We weren't as fired up and excited about it as we needed
to be," Coach Swallows said, expressing a bit of disappointment,
but quickly added, "It was a district win, but not a pretty
one. We'll take those."
The Wildcats went on the road once more on Friday, March 21 to
take on the Cumberland County Jets.
"We went to Crossville and really didn't make many mistakes,"
Coach Swallows said. "It was just that we could not get them
out. They just absolutely hit everybody we threw up there. I threw
four different people and they hit everybody.
"They ended up beating us 17-4."
Coach Swallows is seeing improvement in his team, and believes
the team can be much better than the showing in the early games.
"Four of our five losses have been to triple A schools,Ó Coach
Swallows said. "Once we get into the meat of our schedule,
I can't help but think that'll help us, even though we've taken
it on the chin a time or two."
At the end of the week, the LA Wildcats were undefeated in District
7-AA with a 3-0 record, and the team's overall record stood at 3-5-1.
After traveling to Sparta on Monday, March 24, and Woodbury on
Tuesday, March 25 for a district game against the Lions of Cannon
County, Livingston Academy will host the Celina Bulldogs on Wednesday,
March 26. The Wildcats will travel to Monterey on Monday, March
31, then travel to Smithville on Tuesday, April 1 for a district
contest against the DeKalb County Tigers.
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