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Archives 2003



Cats close successful baseball season
Cats place runner-up in soccer regional

County Girls Softball League play underway
K&J Inc. holds lead in Men's Softball League
Copeland holds lead in Babe Ruth
Cal Ripken


Cats close successful baseball season

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Senior Todd Rose batted .402 on the 2003 season, with 6 home runs, and stole 15 bases. He was named All-District.



The Livingston Academy Wildcats' baseball season came to an abrupt end Monday, May 12 in the region semifinals, ending a very successful season for the team.

The 11-0 loss to Greenbrier gave the Cats a 21-11-1 overall record for the 2003 season.

LA Wildcats Coach Pat Swallows said of Greenbrier, "We ran into a very good ballclub. They were solid up and down the lineup.

"They threw a kid that threw hard, and we hadn't seen a kid throw that hard since White County. So, we had a hard time catching up with him.

"They got some breaks and we didn't. We made some mistakes that cost us.

"We had a great year, but we would certainly have liked to have played better the last game."

Looking back at the season, Coach Swallows said, "I'm real proud of the way they kept battling all year long, and we had our ups and downs.

"In review of the season, I couldn't ask for any better kids. They did everything that we asked of them, and more. They worked hard. We played some really good people.

"I guess everyone measures 20-win seasons as the benchmark," he said.

"We accomplished that. "We accomplished winning the regular season district championship, a goal that we set for ourselves. We accomplished winning the district tournament championship.

"And of course, we wanted to continue, but, as I told them, unless you win the state championship, you always end the year with a loss."

Though still a solid team, the Wildcats will have to fill the shoes of three departing seniors who provided measurable leadership on the field – Kyle Copeland, Todd Rose, and Michael Poston.

"We had three seniors who are going to be really hard to replace. They just led us all year long in everything that we did, with home runs, and wins on the mound, and defense, and stolen bases.

"All of our awards are pretty much going to go to the seniors because of the year that they had."

On the mound, Copeland posted a 9-1 record with a 1.80 earned run average and 81 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched. He also hit .423. Those stats were good for garnering the District 7-AA Most Valuable Player Award.

Rose batted .402 on the season, with 6 home runs, and stole 15 bases.

Poston batted .374 while driving in 25 runs and hitting 6 home runs. He also won a couple of games on the mound.

The two were named to the All-District Team, as were teammates Cody King, a junior, and sophomores Cody Sells and Brian Colson.

Looking to next year, Coach Swallows believes the team will still be a contender.

"We've got a solid pitching staff coming back, and a starting catcher,” he said. "We are returning six starters.

"I'm very optimistic about how we will do next year."

One of the standout surprises of the 2003 season was the aforementioned catcher, sophomore Chris Nelson.

"We had a lot of people who improved from the start of the year to the end of the year," Coach Swallows said, "but I honestly think Chris is one of the better ones. He just did a great job behind the plate.

"We struggled early in the year with a lot of passed balls. He stepped in and did just a great job blocking the ball, framing the ball.

"In the tournament game against Cannon, he threw out four in that one game."

In summary, Coach Swallows said, "We've got a chance to continue to be good."

He has good reason to be confident in this team. The Cats were 11-2 at Wildcat Field this year, and played so well their coach was named District 7-AA Coach of the Year in his first year back at the helm of the Big Blue machine.

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Cats place runner-up in soccer regional

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Cody Boles clears the ball out for Livingston Academy.



The Livingston Academy Wildcats finished the soccer season as runners-up in Region 5 tournament play last week, playing the first of its tourney games at home last Thursday, May 15 against Davidson Academy for the Region 5 title.

The competing teams were very well matched, according to Livingston Coach Ethan King.

"We matched up well with them; both teams were about equally matched skill-wise.

"It was a very close game," he said, "it was tied 0-0 at halftime."

A tie-breaking goal incident came as a result of a foul committed just outside the 18 about 20 minutes into the second half. Unfortunately for the LA faithful, the foul was committed by the Wildcats.

"They (Davidson Academy) served it, crossed it over, and got a head on it," said the coach, "which set it into the goal.

"During the game, momentum would kind of switch from one team to the other. They would possess the ball for a while, and we would do the same. They were just fortunate enough to get the ball in."

Because of the peculiarities of tournament play from the region level upwards, the Cats were not eliminated from playing further up the ladder just yet. The boys in blue loaded up and traveled to face Region 6 champions Franklin Road Academy on Saturday, May 17.

Coach King said of the fearsome footy foes from Franklin, "They were, at the time, ranked number four in the state.

"They are the best team by far we have seen this year."

The Livingston troops were not about to let that scare them off the field, though. They had come to put up a fight.

Try as they might, the Cats had the wind knocked out of their collective sail after 80 minutes of play, and would go home with a 4-0 loss.

Coach King sounded enthusiastic about the atmosphere of the game, however.

"It was a good experience for us. We got to play in a stadium under lights.

"It was a good experience for our young players; everybody got a chance to get in and see what it was like. So, even though we lost, it was good for us."

The Wildcats finished the season with an impressive record of 14-3-2.

"I'm very pleased, overall, with how we did this year. I've enjoyed it thoroughly and appreciate all the fans who came out and supported us. It's always nice to have parents and people in the community come out and support the team."

Among the season's standout players was junior goalkeeper Drew Randolph, who had "an outstanding season," to quote the coach.

He went on to say Randolph saved his best game of the season for last, at FRA.

"They probably had the most powerful shots that we've seen all year, but Drew did a good job handling the ball."

Coach King said sophomore strikers Jacob Pennington and Westley Burnett had "an exceptional year, getting a little stronger, a little faster, and having more success."

Coach King prospected that next year the defense will need the most work, with four of five starting defensemen graduating this year.

The offensive end of things is quite a different story, though, with the returning Pennington, Burnett, Ruanto, and Brady probably leading the charge.

"Ruanto will be dangerous if he learns to run as fast with the ball as he does without it," King said. "It's been his first year out, and he's got all the potential to be a great player. He's learned so much, but he's still a little bit behind.

"Hopefully, this summer he'll come along, and by next spring, he'll be ready to go."

That said, the Cats will not take the summer to just laze around. They will hold a camp in July with the Nashville Metrostars, a team comprised of several college-level players, to improve upon their skills as a whole.

The Cats will also hold a summer camp for players in grades 5 and 8, to help them work at becoming more familiar with the game or improve upon skills they already have.

But that's in the future. Meanwhile, the team can rest.

"We have two goals," the coach said. "The first goal is to have fun. The second is to win some games. But we don't want to sacrifice the first goal to reach the second one.

"I think we accomplished the first one. And we won a couple of games, so we're happy."


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K&J Inc. holds lead in Men's Softball League

K&J Inc. holds the lead in Overton County Men's Softball League after last week's play. Game scores for last week are as follows:

Wednesday, May 14
Pug's Tanks 20, Miller Lite 10
Pug's Tanks – Josh Parsons 3 for 4 with a home run, Matt Jolley 3 for 4 with a home run, James Parsons 3 for 4, Keith Parker 3 for 4, Mark "Tanker" Lee 2 for 2, and Steve Thompson hit a home run.

Miller Lite – Todd Radford 2 for 3 with a home run, Barry Webb 2 for 3 with a home run, Brad Carr 2 for 2, Chris Everly 2 for 3, and Jade McDonald 2 for 3.

K&J Inc. 20, Huckeby Construction 17
K&J Inc. – Scott Hughes 5 for 5 with a home run, Chris Story 5 for 5 with 2 home runs, Jerran Allen hit 2 home runs, and Jason Trent hit a home run.

Huckeby Construction – Ladell Medley 5 for 5 with 4 home runs, Mark Neely 3 for 4 with a home run, Andy Parsons hit a home run, and Greg Parsons hit a home run.

T.K.M. Construction 15, Livingston Label 11
T.K.M. Construciton – James Baxter 3 for 3, Thad Huff 2 for 3, Tracy Story 2 for 3, and Nathaniel Meadows 2 for 3.

Livingston Label – Brandon Mullins 3 for 4, and Mike Mullins 2 for 3.

Medlin Motor Sports 21, Jaycees 11
Medlin Motor Sports – Phil Hastings 3 for 4, Al Hastings 2 for 3, David Jackson 2 for 3 with a home run, and Scott Stowe 2 for 3.

Jaycees – Scotty Cole 2 for 2, Leon Harris 2 for 2, Josh Coffman 2 for 3, and J.J. Jones 2 for 3.

Thursday, May 15
All games rained out.

Home Run Leaders
Ladell Medley, Huckeby 7
Derek Boles, Jaycees 5
Matt Jolley, Pug's Tanks 4
Perry Kingery, Berkline 4
Gerald Clark, K&J 3
Jason Trent, K&J 3
Chris Story, K&J 3
James Parsons, Pug's Tanks 3
Josh Parsons, Pug's Tanks 3
Larry Watson, Anderson 3
Brooks Cherry, TKM 3
Bobby McDougal, Byrd. DQ 3

Men's League Standings W L
K & J Inc. 4 0
Pug's Tanks 3 0
Anderson Exp. Mkt. 2 1
T.K.M. Construction 2 1
Huckeby Construction 2 2
Medlin Motor Sports 2 2
Berkline 2 2
Byrdstown Dairy Queen 1 2
Jaycees 1 3
Livingston Label 1 4
Miller Lite 0 3



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Copeland holds lead in Babe Ruth

Copeland holds lead in Babe Ruth
Copeland Trucking held onto the lead in Overton County Babe Ruth last week with a 5-0 Tuesday night win over an improving Dale Hollow Power Sports team.

The week's play began on a cool Monday night when the Livingston Family Dentistry bats were hot, as they scored in every inning to beat Dale Hollow Power Sports 17-1.

Copeland Trucking improved to 4-1 with a win over Mark White Tire. Jacob Brown hit a long grand slam home run to give Mark White Tire a 5-4 lead, but Copeland Trucking came back to win by a final score of 9-5.

On Tuesday night, Byrdstown Medical Center defeated Union Bank & Trust 7-3.

Rain won again on Saturday, washing out all games.

Babe Ruth League Standings W L
GB Copeland Trucking 5 1
Family Dentistry 3 1 1
American Bank & Trust 2 1 1.5
Union Bank & Trust 2 2 2
Byrdstown Med. Ctr. 2 3 2.5
Mark White Tire 1 3 3
Dale Holl. Pow. Spt. 0 4 4


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Cal Ripken

Swallows keeps lead in Cal Ripken 11-12 Swallows Insurance continued to lead in Overton County's Cal Ripken 11-12 year-old league standings last week.

Game scores for recent games are as follows:

Monday, May 12
First National 6, ENE 2
Union Bank 9, Walthall Trucking 3

Tuesday, May 13
Walthall Trucking won 6-0 over First National who forfeited.
Union Bank 12, ENE 2

Friday, May 16
First National 3, Livingston Limestone 0
Swallows 6, Walthall Trucking 1

Cal Ripken 11-12
League Standings W L Inc.
Swallows Insurance 8 1
First National Bank 6 2 1 Livingston Limestone 5 3
Union Bank 4 4 1
Walthall Trucking 2 7 ENE 0 8


Family Dentistry holds leads in Cal Ripken 9-10

Family Dentistry remains the top team in Overton County's Cal Ripken 9-10 year-old League. Game scores are as follows:

Tuesday, May 13
Livingston Regional Hospital 13, First National Bank 10

LRH broke the game open in the first inning with 7 runs. J.W. Lee led LRH.

Family Dentistry 18, American Bank & Trust 9

Livingston Family Dentistry remained undefeated with the win.

Friday, May 16
AB&T 16, FNB 11
AB&T was led by Brandon Anderson who had 3 hits.

LRH 15, UC Sports 6

Jim Officer, Justin Timmons, and Colby Reeder each scored 3 runs for LRH.

Cal Ripken 9-10 League Standings W L T
Family Dentistry 6 0 2
LRH 5 3 1
American Bank & Trust 3 4 2
First National Bank 3 6
UC Sports 1 5 1


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