push win streek to 6
Cats continue to shut out soccer competition
Lady Cats take three wins on week
LA Tennis captures Tigers and road wins
Cats push win streek
Michael Murphy pitched LA to a 16-6 win over Jackson County last
Thursday. He struck out 8 Blue Devils.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats baseball team is hitting its stride
and hitting opposing pitching early and often. A six-game winning
streak has pushed the Cats to the top spot in District 7-AA, with
four of those in the last week.
LA Wildcats Coach Pat Swallows said, "Our hitting is really
"We're doing a lot of good things; not only just hitting the
ball. We're advancing runners, and scoring runners from third when
we need to, laying down some bunts to score some people.
"So, we're finally understanding what we've got to do, rather
than just up there swinging the bat, we've got to do what's best
for our team. And that's been pretty evident the way they've scored
The Cats started the week by being stingy with hits and runs.
LA's Brian Colson pitched a no-hitter against Monterey's Wildcats
on Monday, March 31.
"He walked the first hitter of the game, and then didn't walk
anybody else," Coach Swallows said. "He did a great job."
Colson struck out 9 in the outstanding performance.
"We didn't score a lot of runs, but we did some things that
were good enough for us to win,” Coach Swallows said. "They
played a really good ballgame against us, real scrappy. Their kid
threw a pretty good ballgame."
Michael Poston got the offense started for LA with a home run in
the 4-0 non-district victory.
Next up was DeKalb County's Tigers, the only team standing between
LA and the top spot in District 7-AA. The Cats were up to the task.
"We started off the game, the first pitch was a triple, second
pitch was another triple, third pitch was a double, then we grounded
out, and then we doubled again," Coach Swallows said. "After
8 pitches, we were up 4-0. We just absolutely wore him out, and
jumped on them in a hurry."
When the smoke cleared, Livingston had taken a 9-3 win on the Smithville
team's home field.
"Kyle again threw a great game,” Coach Swallows said of his
winning pitcher. Copeland struck out 13, allowed 8 hits and 2 earned
runs, and helped himself offensively with 4 hits.
Michael Poston hit another home run.
On the Tigers' side, Justin Hooper hit a solo home run, and Destin
Farr hit a home run and a run-scoring double.
"That was a big win for us down there," Coach Swallows
said. "The defense played okay. We're still struggling a little
bit defensively. We've just got to continue to work on that, and
try to get better."
Livingston hosted Jackson County's Blue Devils on Thursday, April
3. The Cats burned the Devils 16-6.
"We hit that ball, again, real well," Coach Swallows
said. "Again our defense cost us some opportunities to get
out of situations where they wouldn't have scored if we'd have done
a couple of things."
Michael Murphy got the win, striking out 8 and giving up 4 hits.
He also helped his own cause offensively by popping 4 hits and driving
in 3 runs.
Brian Colson had 3 hits, including a home run, and Cody Sells hit
a home run in the game.
Cannon County's Lions came to Wildcat Field on Friday night and
became the third 7-AA victim of the week for LA, who overpowered
the Woodbury team 12-2.
Cody Sells recorded the win for LA on the mound, striking out 9
and gave up 4 hits.
Colson hit another home run, and Todd Rose had 2 hits.
"We scored 9 times in the fourth," Coach Swallows said.
"So, we scored some runs this week, and played pretty well."
Saturday's scheduled game against White County and Sunday's scheduled
game against Macon County were rained out.
The week's wins pushed the Wildcats to a 7-0 record in District
7-AA, 9-6-1 overall.
After a scheduled game against Celina on Monday, April 7, and
a district game at York Institute on Tuesday, April 8, the Wildcats
will travel to Baxter on Wednesday, April 9 to take on the Bees
in another district contest. The LA Cats will then play in a tournament
in Kentucky scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April
10-12. LA will start in the tournament by taking on Pulaski, KY,
at 6 p.m. Thursday.
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Cats continue to shut
out soccer competition
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Cody Boles drives the ball downfield for Livingston Academy in
Saturday's shutout win over Sparta.
BY LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats soccer machine continued its program
of defensive dominance on the road, and, alas, finally at home during
the course of the last week.
The Cats played the fourth of their regular-season away games Tuesday,
April 1 against Friendship Christian School, the very opponent against
which they started their vicious cycle of shutout games at the season
opener March 11.
Livingston Academy Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "We played
very good, and we did good (dealing) with the large field."
The contest ended with the Wildcats handing out their fifth shutout
of the season and winning the game 4-0.
Alex Gunnels booted in 2 goals, whilst Jacob Pennington and Ben
Jolley had a goal apiece.
Andy Gunnels had 2 assists in the game.
"We kind of dominated the second half," King said of
his troops, who seem to be good at doing such.
In a game earlier in the season, the Wildcats took a mere 4 shots
on goal in the first half, then came back with a vengeance in the
second to take a mighty 24 shots.
"In the second half, we took control,” summed up the coach.
"We controlled the pace of the game.”
After that dominant performance on foreign soil, the Cats returned
home on Saturday, April 5 to play hearty rival White County High
The Cats came out on fire. A mere 30 seconds into the first half,
the scoreboard lit up in Livingston's favor, thanks to the sure
foot of Westley Burnett and a nice set-up from Jacob Pennington.
The team went on to play the rest of the first half without scoring,
as would the visiting Warriors.
During the second half, Livingston would again make the net go
swish. Jonathan McGill made a good cross from a corner kick, which
was directed, albeit unsuccessfully, toward the goal by Westley
Burnett. The ball subsequently fell back to the foot of McGill,
who directed the ball to the desired destination, post-haste.
Again, the Wildcats seemed to perform better during the second
half than in the first, but that could be at least partially laid
on a tired, frustrated White County soccer team.
"It got physical toward the end,” Coach King said. "I
think they got a little frustrated, but we held our own, and, for
the most part, kept a cool head.
"A couple of our players got yellow cards, but (White County)
had a couple of thier own."
The game would end with the Cats securing their sixth consecutive
shutout in as many games.
Coach King credited the good showing against White County to the
midfielders and, of course, the proverbial dean's list of defensemen.
"Our midfield dominated the game," Coach King said. "Cody
Boles, Robert Brady, Alex Gunnels, and Wesley Puckett dominated
in the midfield, which allowed us to play our game.
"(White County) had a couple of good challenging shots, and
Drew had a couple of good saves,” King pontificated.
Included in that "couple of good saves" was a full-on
dive to stop the ball from entering the Wildcat net.
With the season's first six games booked in the Wildcats' favor,
the team looks to play its final two away games of the regular season,
starting with Boyd Christian on Monday, April 7, and finishing up
at DeKalb County on Thursday, April 10.
Then Livingston Academy is scheduled to host the York Dragons on
Friday, April 11, then host Smith County's Owls on Tuesday, April
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Lady Cats take
three wins on week
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Stasha Babb drives the ball with a hard hit in Thursday's home
game against Jackson County. Livingston Academy won the District
7-AA contest 7-1.
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats softball team has finally
gotten the ball rolling, winning three of the four games played
Like some good things, the week started off a little rocky. The
Lady Cats took their second loss of the season to Smith County on
Monday, March 31, this time losing 5-0 in a game played at Livingston
City Park to facilitate a junior varsity game later under the lights.
The Carthage team scored a run in the second inning and 4 runs
in the fifth inning to take the 5-0 victory.
LA Coach Mike Johnson said, "Although we lost, we really improved
over our last game against the Smith County team. We got a lot of
hits, and played better defense this time."
The next day, Tuesday, April 1, LA fooled Cannon County into a
4-3 loss at Livingston City Park.
Things began a little slow for LA as they couldn't seem to get
around the bases in the first three innings. Sarah Maynord got around
the bases in the fourth inning to get Livingston started.
Both teams kicked it up a notch in the final inning, but the Lady
Cats had the Bam! working for them and Cannon County didn't as LA
outscored them 3-2 in the sixth to take a 4-3 victory.
Scoring runs for LA in that sixth inning were Aspen Allen, Ashley
Johnson, and Stasha Babb.
Coach Johnson said, "Ashley Howard got her first victory of
the season as pitcher, and we really played a lot better this time
than last time. It was a really close game, but we just wouldn't
give up and went on to get our first district win."
The Lady Wildcats played on their own home field against Jackson
County on Thursday, April 3. This time LA blew ‘em out of the park
with a 7-1 victory.
Once again, things started slowly for LA, as they were tied 1-1
with Jackson County going into the final inning. The bats flew out
of the belfry in the last frame as LA scored 6 runs.
Runs were scored by Aspen Allen, Ashley Johnson, Bethany Greenwood,
Ashley Howard, and Lisa Reeder. Andrea Borden scored two runs in
Coach Johnson said, "It wasn't an easy one to win. We started
off quietly, but came back in a loud way to win it. I'm really proud
of the girls. They played well as a team."
The next day, Friday, April 4, LA had a rematch with the White
County Warriorettes. Although the Lady Cats lost their first matchup
with White County, they won it this time, 7-4.
Aspen Allen got around the bases in the first inning to put LA
up 1-0; however, White County outscored LA 2-1 in the third inning
to tie the score up at 3 apiece.
The Warriorettes scored a run in both inning numero cuatro and
inning numero cinco, while LA scored 2 runs in the fifth, once again
tying it up, this time at 4. LA got 2 runs in the sixth and 1 run
in the seventh to take the big win, 7-4.
Scoring runs for Livingston were Aspen Allen with 2, Ashley Johnson,
Althea Allred, Sarah Maynord, Bethany Greenwood, and Casey Emerton
each with a single run.
"It was a very exciting game, and close the whole way,"
Coach Johnson said.
Following a game at DeKalb County on Tuesday, April 8 , the Lady
Cats will come back home to play Upperman on Thursday, April 10,
and Campbell County, on Friday, April 11. Following that run, the
girls travel to Byrdstown on Tuesday, April 15 or, as many know
it, tax day, to take on the Pickett County Lady Bobcats.
Coach Johnson said of the upcoming games, "We're doing pretty
well and if we play like we have been playing, then we'll win some
more ball games."
LA Tennis captures
Tigers and road wins
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
With a tough road to the district tournament creeping into view,
the Livingston Academy tennis teams continued to power through much
of the opposition during last week's schedule.
Thursday, April 4 brought a second breed of intense matches between
LA and the mostly fearsome Celina Bulldogs.
The Cats, however, displayed the higher winning capacity in the
girls matches, with Big Blue fiercely directing the Lady Bulldogs
to the Celina pound. LA claimed all but one of the day's contests,
with Wrenda Curd leading the charge, with an 8-0 blanking. Rachel
Barlow finished off her opponent in a 7-2 tie-break victory, while
Brooke Ledbetter dominated in an 8-1 set. Her sister, Dana, fell
victim to Livingston's only defeat, a 4-8 nixing by one of Celina's
In doubles, Curd and Barlow were effective with an 8-4 set win,
while the Ledbetter sisters flattened their volley partners, carving
up an 8-0 shutout.
Phillip Murphy followed the girls' lead by authoring an 8-0 Wildcats
win, but his fellow fellows failed to follow his lead, finishing
off LA's fruitful day.
On Friday, April 5, the Cats traveled to Smithville to take on
an inter-genus rival in the DeKalb County Tigers. Both LA teams
came out especially competitive, with the girls team squashing the
DeKalb offerings in the shape of a 7-1 Wildcat victory.
Dana Ledbetter squeezed by in an 8-6 tie-break victory, with Curd
and Barlow taking set wins home to adoring kinfolk, winning their
sets 8-4 and 8-6 respectively. Ronance Jackson climbed into the
fourth slot for Livingston and didn't disappoint, winning her set
by an 8-5 count.
In doubles play, Curd and Barlow delivered an 8-2 victory, while
Ledbetter and Jackson served up a 6-1 set win.
Coach Rick Moles was forced to replace Brooke Ledbetter with Jackson,
as the talented sophomore's absence prevented the familiar Ledbetter/Ledbetter
doubles pair. He believes that Jackson could challenge the younger
Ledbetter for the fourth position, as well as the spot beside Dana
Ledbetter in doubles play.
"I think there is probably a position there, if Ronance wants
to challenge Brooke," he said. "She's playing well, and
if she challenges her and beats her out for that position, she may
be playing doubles. We'll have to wait and see, that's down the
In parting with traditional preconceptions, the Wildcat boys served
up some bona fide competition for the Tigers, as they narrowly captured
a rare overall victory. Rex Dale led the Cats with an 8-5 set win,
followed by Daniel Sweeney's 8-6 victory. Dereck Neal provided a
winning 6-3 set, while David McDarby helped seal a successful Wildcats
outing with his 6-4 win.
In doubles play, Dale and Andy Sathern captured a slim 8-5 victory,
giving the Cats the edge necessary for the 5-4 win.
"They played well together, so I'm going to let them play
like that for a while and see how things work out," Moles said
of his new Sathern/Dale pairs combination.
Moles believed that this win was an important factor in determining
the successes of future boys matches.
"When they get comfortable with each other, I think they
will (elevate their play)," he said.
This week, Livingston traveled to Lebanon to take on Friendship
Christian Academy on Monday, April 7. The remainder of the week
features a Livingston Academy hosted rematch against DeKalb County
on Wednesday, April 9, followed by a trip to Van Buren County the
following day, and a Monday, April 14 match against Macon County
Leading all girls teams in District 7-AA with a spotless 7-0 record,
Friendship Christian should prove to be Livingston's primary competition
in the looming district tournament. Moles' squad sports a 6-1 record,
and needed a solid performance Monday in order to claim a tie for
the district lead.
"There's a lot riding on it," he said before the matches.
"We need to win it."
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