champions of District 7-AA Tournament
Cats soccer team captures District 9 title
County Girls Softball League play underway
LA track and fielders prepare for tourney
Copeland leads Babe Ruth standings
Wildcats champions of
District 7-AA Tournament
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Livingston Academy Wildcats ace Kyle Copeland throws a full-count
strike against an Upperman Bee in Friday's semi-final win in the
District 7-AA Tournament held at LA's Wildcat Field. Copeland had
11 strikeouts on the day.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The District 7-AA Baseball Tournament looked to be a washout early
last week, with day after day of rain, but eventually the clouds
receded and baseball was played at Wildcat Field.
LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said, "After three days of
trying to get the field in shape, we were finally able to play on
The Wildcats faced the Lions of Cannon County on Thursday, May
8, and after a rocky start, won 8-4.
"We got down 3-0 early because we made five errors in the
first three innings," Coach Swallows said. "We recovered."
A big bat in the recovery belonged to the man who took the mound
"Cody Sells hit a 2-run shot that was a really big hit for
us, after Cyrus singled to lead off the bottom of the third,"
Coach Swallows said. "We scored three times to tie it up in
the bottom of the third.
"We then got one in the fourth, one in the fifth, and three
in the sixth to break it away.
"Cody did a really good job. He gave up only three hits and
no earned runs."
The win put the Cats into the winner's bracket finals.
Big Blue was set against the Upperman Bees, a team that came on
strong at the end the regular season.
The Wildcats had their ace on the mound, Kyle Copeland.
Though LA scored a run in each of the first three innings, the
Cats also left man after man on base when the inning ended. Upperman
brought a man home in the third inning to tighten the LA lead to
3-1. Going into the sixth inning, Livingston still held only a 3-1
Ryan Hartung appeared to be cruising for the Bees, but a critical
error in the sixth inning allowed the Cats to smell blood. LA capitalized
with five runs in the inning, three from a Cody Sells blast out
of the park.
Livingston Academy moved into the possible championship game of
the double-elimination tournament with an 8-1 victory.
Copeland struck out 11 Bee batters in the game, allowing only 4
hits. He also helped his own cause by going 4 for 4 at bat.
Teammate Michael Poston was 3 for 4 in the game, and Sells was
2 for 4.
Hartung took the hard luck loss for Upperman, allowing 8 runs on
8 hits, but only a single run earned.
The following day, the Cats once more faced the Bees, who had dispatched
DeKalb County's Tigers earlier in the day.
LA jumped out in front early with a 2-run first inning, but Upperman
responded with a run in the third and a couple more in the fourth
to lead briefly 3-2. Livingston tied the game in the bottom of the
The Bees grabbed the lead again with a run in the top of the fifth,
then the Cats had seen enough. LA scored 2 runs in the bottom of
the fifth, then added 4 more in the sixth.
The Baxter team pushed across a couple of runs in the seventh,
but that was it. Livingston Academy took the District 7-AA Tournament
championship with a 9-6 victory.
Michael Murphy got the win in relief.
Coach Swallows said, "He did a really good job coming in,
shutting the door when we were in trouble. He hasn't thrown a lot
this year, but when he has thrown, he's been solid."
Michael Poston threw the last inning, striking out 2, and receiving
a save for his effort.
Cody Sells hit yet another home run, this time a 2-run bomb.
The win pushed the LA overall record to 21-10-1.
Livingston Academy then hosted the region semi-final game against
Greenbrier (23-6) on Monday, May 12. Greenbrier proved too powerful
for the Cats, who were outscored 11-0.
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Cats soccer team captures
District 9 title
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Lance Ruanto eyes stealing the ball from the control of the DeKalb
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy soccer program is seeing no shortage of
tough competition as of late. Neither is it seeing any shortage
The Wildcats entered the district soccer tournament last week
seeded first. This gave them a bye in the first round and, as a
result of their win at the finish of the regular season, guaranteed
they would play at home during the tournament.
The district semi-final game was played against DeKalb County on
Thursday, May 8.
The Tigers came out roaring, as they scored the opening goal early
in the first half.
The competition was fierce. LA's players seemed to be pushing themselves
at times to keep up with the DeKalb offense. The Cats made a few
good offensive runs, but they would amount to nothing. Until, that
is, the DeKalb defense made a mistake. A big mistake.
A handball inside the 18 yardbox set LA up with a penalty kick.
Westley Burnett delivered the boot to the ball and managed to fool
the goalkeeper into diving the wrong way. The net went swish, and
the scoreboard tied up at one apiece.
Later in the game, another foul inside the box set LA up with another
penalty kick. Burnett again made good on the attempt, making the
score 2-1 in Livingston's favor.
Another DeKalb County foul in the box gave LA another penalty kick
opportunity, and again, Burnett made good on it. The score was now
With some DeKalb fans in the crowd saying something to the effect,
"They can only score on penalty kicks!Ó, Alex Gunnells proceeded
to prove such a theorem false by scoring a goal late in the second
half, upping LA's advantage and setting the score at 4-1.
Such would be the final score. Only one card was given for the
duration of the game, an ejection to a DeKalb County player whose
elbow made too close of company with Wildcat Robert Brady's face
in the later stages of the second half.
LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "In a way we're kind of fortunate
we got all the penalty kicks.
"You don't usually see where you get so many in a game."
The Cats advanced to the district championship game. The opponent
was Boyd Christian School. The field was Living-ston's. And, alas,
the first half was Boyd's.
"We were more spectators than players the first half,Ó the
coach said. "They outhustled us."
The score at the end of the first half was 1-0, in favor of BCS.
The second half would see a turnaround on the part of the Wildcats.
Sophomore Andy Gunnells drove the ball into the back of the net
on a breakaway run, albeit at the expense of getting what the coach
called "wiped out".
The game could very well have been heading for overtime, as tournament
games cannot end in a tie, if not for the game winning goal of Ben
"They're not normally goal-scorers," Coach King said
of Gunnells and Jolley, "but they stepped up, and that's what
we had to have."
Seven LA players received District 9 honors for the season's play.
Drew Randolph, Westley Burnett, and Alex Gunnels were named 1st
Cody Boles and Andy Gunnels were named 2nd Team All-District.
Jacob Pennington and Brian McDonald received Honorable Mention
LA was scheduled to play its first regional tournament game against
Springfield High School on Tuesday, May 13. If the Wildcats win
that game, LA will face either Donelson Christian Academy or Boyd
Christian School on Thursday, May 15 for the region championship.
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County Girls Softball
League play underway
Overton County Girls Softball League has begun the new season.
Game scores for recent games are as follows:
16-Under Friday, May 9
First National Bank 7, Middle Tennessee Office Supply 0 (forfeit)
Livingston Regional Hospital 12, Civitan 10
Union Bank 24, Livingston Ready Mix 7
10-Under Saturday, May 10
First National Bank 16, Union Bank 4
Overton County Medical Center 13, American Bank & Trust 2
12-Under Saturday, May 10
Speck Funeral Home 11, First National Bank 7
John Mark Windle Law Office 24, Berkline 14
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Lady Cats end softball
season in District 7-AA Tournament
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
The end of Livingston Academy's softball season was nothing but
soft as the Lady Wildcats wound up this year's campaign at the District
7-AA tournament in DeKalb County.
The team began the tournament with a game against the Lionettes
of Cannon County on Tuesday, May 6.
The first inning was sour for LA offensively, as they couldn't
manage to get any positive hits off and turn them into runs.
Cannon County, however, managed to bring in 2 runs in the first
The bats did start flying for LA in the second inning, as Sarah
Maynord, Andrea Borden, and Ashley Howard all managed to get around
the bases for the Cats. The only bad part about that was that Cannon
County also managed to get 2 more runs during the second inning.
The third inning went scoreless for both teams. The situation didn't
improve much in the fourth, as the only run scored was by Cannon
The Lionettes outscored Livingston in the fifth, 2-1, as junior
Aspen Allen was the only one to bring it around for LA. Cannon County
got a run in the sixth, and Aspen Allen got another run in the seventh
for the Lady Cats, to leave LA losing the game, 8-6.
LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "We had way too many
mistakes to win the game. We should've beaten them. We didn't play
as well as we could have."
The loss put Livingston in the loser's bracket against the number
one seeded team in the district, DeKalb County, on Thursday, May
The teams were evenly matched, if you leave DeKalb County's pitcher
out of the picture. The balls just sailed past the LA girls as DeKalb
County ran up the runs. Livingston didn't score a single run in
the first six innings. DeKalb County, however, scored a run in the
first, 2 runs in the second, and 3 runs in the fourth, to take the
win over LA, who finally managed to get a run as senior Althea Allred
scored the last run of the season in the seventh inning.
The Tigerettes won the game, 7-1.
Coach Johnson said, "Their pitcher was so dominating. We just
couldn't put anything together with her."
The season ended with a 10-17 record and many stars on the LA squad.
Senior Ashley Johnson had the only home run of the season, as she
hit two out of the park.
The best varsity batting average belonged to Sarah Maynord, who
hit .486 for the season. Ashley Johnson hit .480, Ashley Howard
hit .426, and Andrea Borden hit .421.
Sarah Maynord had 19 runs batted in. She was followed by Ashley
Johnson with 15 RBI, Ashley Howard with 9, Whitney Walker with 8,
Lisa Reeder with 6, Aspen Allen and Kristie Dillon each with 5,
Althea Allred and Bethany Greenwood each with 4, and Stasha Babb
As far as stolen bases go, Sarah Maynord led the way once again
with 19. Aspen Allen stole 17, Ashley Johnson stole 16, Althea Allred
stole 13, and Stasha Babb stole 11 bases. Aspen Allen led the way
in runs scored, with 23. Sarah Maynord and Stasha Babb each scored
At pitcher, Ashley Howard had 34 strikeouts.
Coach Johnson said of the season, "We achieved our initial
goals. We finished halfway up the district standings and got to
10 wins on the season. Next year we hope to do even better.
"We hate to lose our seniors, but our players will have another
year of experience under their belts, and we can't wait until next
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Swallows leads in Cal Ripken 11-12 League
Swallows Insurance kept the lead in Overton County's Cal Ripken
11-12 year-old league standings last week.
Game scores for recent games are as follows:
Friday, May 9
First National 6, ENE 3
Will Mullins hit a home run for First National Bank. Union Bank
9, Walthall Trucking 1
Saturday, May 10
Swallows 6, Union Bank 3
Livingston Limestone 19, ENE 0
Cal Ripken 11-12 League Standings
W L Inc.
Swallows Insurance 7 1
Livingston Limestone 5 2
First National Bank 4 1 2
Union Bank 2 4 1
Walthall Trucking 1 5
ENE 6 1
Family Dentistry leads Cal Ripken 9-10 League
Family Dentistry remains the top team in Overton County's Cal Ripken
9-10 year-old League. Game scores are as follows:
Friday, May 9
First National Bank 14, UC Sports 6
Marshall Cannon was the winning pitcher for First National. Justin
Savage had 2 hits for the winners.
Family Dentistry 8, Livingston Regional Hospital 8 LRH and Family
Dentistry fought to an 8-8 tie in Friday's late game.
LRH was led by J.W. Lee, who had 3 hits and scored 3 runs. Austin
Bledsoe led Family Dentistry with 4 runs scored.
Saturday, May 10
UC Sports 15, LRH 9
UC Sports won their first game of the season by beating LRH 15-9.
UC Sports was led by the pitching of Jonathon Melton, and 4 runs
scored by Beau Carr.
First National Bank 11, American Bank & Trust 5
FNB was led by the hitting of Marshall Cannon, Cody Sullivan,
and Justin Savage.
Cal Ripken 9-10 League Standings
W L T
Family Dentistry 5 0 2
LRH 3 3 1
First National Bank 3 4 0
American Bank & Trust 2 3 2
UC Sports 1 4 1
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Copeland leads Babe
Rain washed out all games scheduled for Overton County Babe Ruth
Copeland Trucking is the top team in Overton County's Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth League Standings
W L GB
Copeland Trucking 3 1
American Bank & Trust 2 1 0.5
Family Dentistry 2 1 0.5
Union Bank & Trust 2 1 0.5
Mark White Tire 1 2 1.5
Byrdstown Med. Ctr. 1 3 2
Dale Holl. Pow. Spt. 0 2 2
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