Lady Cats strong
on experience, depth
strike down Pioneers 42-7
Outlaws take dominating win over Cards
Lady Cats soccer team takes two tough losses
LA golf team plays through second week
Jr. Cats set to take on all comers in upcoming
Lady Cats strong
on experience, depth
Members of the 2003 LA Lady Wildcats Volleyball Team are, front
row from left, #3 Katrina Beechboard, #15 Natashia Melton, #24 Rachel
Ramsey, #11 Megan Thompson, #54 Kellie Thurman, back row, #12 Amanda
Gilliam, #5 Krista Clinard, #34 Kristin Hoover, #4 Ashley McDonald,
#23 April Handy, #40 Tiffany Livingston, and #33 Ashley Morgan.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Experience and depth characterize the 2003 version of the Livingston
Academy Lady Wildcats Volleyball Team.
Coach Merl Smith said, "We've got four starters returning,
with a 39-13 record from last year, the second most victories we've
"We have five seniors on the team, so we've got plenty of
Those seniors are Megan Thompson, Rachel Ramsey, Kellie Thurman,
Natashia Melton, and Katrina Beechboard.
The key positions look to be about solidified for the season's
campaign. "We've got our setter, and we've got our hitters
back," Coach Smith said.
"We've got to fill in with a middle blocker. I've moved Beechboard
from strong side hitter over to middle blocker, and I think that's
helped our team.
"Right now we're still not settled completely on a lineup,
but we're getting pretty close."
The rest of the team is made up of three juniors, four sophomores,
and five freshmen. The balanced class breakdown is by design.
"I usually try keep about four of each class," Coach
The three juniors are Kristin Hoover, April Handy, and Krista Clinard.
The four sophomores are Ashley Morgan, Amanda Gilliam, Tiffany
Livingston, and Ashley McDonald.
The freshman squad is made up of Jessica Norrod, Ashley White,
Brittany McCoin, Jada Ledbetter, and Allison West.
"We're probably going to be playing a few more girls this
time," Coach Smith said.
"We've got some girls who are going to be playing back row-front
row, front row-back row. We've got about 9 or 10 girls I'm going
to play. "We've got some depth this time."
Looking at the district opponents, Coach Smith named two teams
who are expected to be the top rivals.
"Jackson County's going to be strong again, and so will Upperman.
"I think it will be a fight between the three of us. "I
think we've got as good a shot as anybody. We haven't gelled yet,
but we will."
The Lady Cats played in the White County Tournament on Friday
and Saturday, Aug. 22-23 as a warm-up for the season. LA defeated
Crossville, Warren County, Upperman, and Seigle, a new team from
Murfreesboro. Livingston lost to Glencliff and Portland, but placed
second in pool play, falling to Anderson County 24-26, 21-25.
After hosting Macon County on Monday, Aug. 25, and Jackson County
and Gordonsville on Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Lady Cats will travel
to Red Boiling Springs on Thursday, Aug. 28 to take on the host
school and Cannon County.
Livingston Academy will then host Friendship Christian on Tuesday,
LA Wildcats strike
down Pioneers 42-7
Livingston Acacemy newcomer Mike Jones, #34, cuts through the Warren
County Pioneers' defense on a drive Friday night in McMinnville.
Jones finished the game with 60 yards rushing and 55 receiving.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
Livingston Academy's football season kicked off with a flash Ð of
The Wildcats' first game was played on Friday, Aug. 22. Lightning
threatened on the horizon all through Friday night's gameplay, but
it also came down on the field in the form of LA's offensive charge.
Early on, quarterback Wilson Cates threw a masterfully-placed
pass to Lance Holland, who dove a perfect dive to make a nice catch
in the endzone.
It was a sign of things to come, though they would come the next
day. Play was suspended Friday night due to inclement weather, to
be resumed Saturday.
Saturday came, and the offensive pummelling continued. LA played
some very good football, managing to tally up 42 points before even
allowing the Division 5 Warren County Pioneers to score.
LA would hold the Pioneers to that one touchdown for the remainder
of game play and defeat them 42-7.
Livingston Academy Coach Matt Eldridge said, "Defense played
exceptional... I think it was the fourth quarter before they even
allowed a first down."
The defense did indeed play exceptional football, holding Warren
County to 141 yards total, 70 rushing and 71 passing. All Pioneer
pass yardage came on one play.
The offense was none too shabby, either. Cates completed 9 of 15,
garnering 180 pass yards. He also scrambled to lead the Cats in
rushing, running 8 times for 65 yards.
Closely following Cates in rushing yardage was newcomer Mike Jones.
The sophomore Monterey transfer ran 8 times for 60 yards in his
first appearance with Livingston Academy.
"He had a good showing," Coach Eldridge said of Jones.
"He did a good job." Jones led LA in receiving yards,
making one reception for 55 yards.
Jones was closely followed by Wesley Puckett, who caught 2 for
54 yards, scoring a touchdown in the process. Lance Holland doubled
Puckett's point total, but fell short of the yardage, catching 4
for 47 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Also scoring points for LA was Jamie Vaughn, rushing 6 times for
11 yards and a touchdown, and returning a fumble recovery 45 yards
Whitney Coleman gave the final push on a drive, rushing once for
a yard and a touchdown.
"We did a pretty good job of shutting them down," Coach
"For them to be a 5A school, we didn't do bad. We've got to
get better yet; hopefully, we won't be satisfied."
LA's Wildcats look get a week off this week, and will return to
revered Tom Davis Memorial Stadium to play their first home game
of the season against the Smith County Owls on Friday, Sept. 5,
barring any severe thunderstorms.
Outlaws take dominating
win over Cards
Using a big play offense and a dominating defense, Overton County's
Senior Outlaws ran their season record to 2-0 with a 35-0 victory
over the Clay County Senior Cardinals on Saturday, Aug. 23. The
game, which was played at Celina, was also the second game of the
year for the Cardinals, who were coming off an opening week win
The Outlaws rolled the dice on the game's first play by kicking
an onsides kick, recovering it at the Celina 48 yard line.
The big play offense hit quick. after a quarterback sack, the Outlaws
hit a halfback pass from Ethan McDonald to flanker Ty Eldridge for
a 55-yard touchdown. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful, making
the score 6-0.
On Clay County's initial possession, Eldridge picked up a Cardinal
fumble, and, led by a wave of Outlaws, scampered 57 yards for his
second TD of the game. Again the conversion failed, making the score
On Clay County's next possession, the Outlaws' defense held them
three and out.
After the Cardinal punt, the Outlaws took possession at the Cardinals'
36. In five plays the Outlaws covered the 36 yards, with the touchdown
coming from McDonald from 12 yards out. This time the conversion
was successful on a pass from quarterback Hayden Hill to Eldridge,
making it 20-0 Outlaws.
The Outlaws' defense quickly gave the ball back to the offense
after a fumble recovery by defensive tackle Nick Robbins at the
Clay County 40.
This time, only four plays were needed to cover the 40 yards, with
fullback Cody Stafford rumbling in from 7 yards out. Another successful
pass from Hill to Eldridge for the conversion made the halftime
The third quarter was time for many of the Outlaws' reserves to
have an opportunity to gain some valuable game experience. No one
scored in quarter number three.
The Outlaws' last touchdown came on an impressive 65-yard run
by McDonald. For the third time, the conversion was successful on
a Hill to Eldridge combination, to push the final score to 35-0.
Offensively, the Outlaws were led by McDonald with 81 rushing yards
and 2 touchdowns, and he also threw a touchdown pass. Eldridge had
71 receiving yards for a touchdown, a fumble return for a touchdown,
and caught three conversion passes.
Defensively, Caleb Sells and Stafford led the way with 4 tackles
each. Nick Robbins pitched in a fumble recovery.
Ethan McDonald 4-81-2
Paul Daniels 2-17-0
Cody Stafford 3-11-1
Ty Eldridge 1-12-0
Kyle Lee 1-4-0
Hayden Hill 1-(-7)-0
Hayden Hill 4-5-36-0
Ethan McDonald 1-1-55-1
Paul Daniels 0-1-0-0
Ty Eldridge 0-1-0-0
Ty Eldridge 2-71-1
Cody Stafford 1-9-0
Josh Patterson 1-6-0
Dylan Ashlock 1-5-0
Caleb Sells 4; Cody Stafford 4; Ethan McDonald 3; Dylan Ashlock
3; Paul Daniels 3; Adam Wilson 2; Sean Bell 2; Trey Thomas 2; Tracy
McDonald 1; Ty Eldridge 1; Cory Phillips 1; Matthew Allred 1; Jordan
Danner 1; Chad Copeland 1; Josh Patterson 1.
Nick Robbins 1; Ty Eldridge 1.
Lady Cats soccer
team takes two tough losses
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats have been licking their wounds
this week, after two hard losses on the road at Tullahoma and Warren
First was the game at Tullahoma, played on Tuesday, Aug. 19. The
Lady Cats came out of the gate to a seemingly never-ending barrage
of shots on goal from a very ready Tullahoma team.
The Tullahoman squad, which just happens to call itself Wildcats
as well, beat Livingston Academy 12-0.
LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "Tullahoma's an excellent
"They're currently ranked fifth in the state, and second
in the 3A division. They're a division above us, so we were playing
a little bit bigger school, and a really good team."
Coach King wasn't too depressed about the loss. Always one to
see the good side of things, King said "It was a good experience
for us to play a team at that level; to see what our goal should
be and what level we are trying to reach.There's chances that we're
going to see teams that good when we get going around the region."
The Lady Cats then moved on to play alongside the LA football
team at Warren County, as both soccer and football games were played
Saturday, Aug. 23.
Livingston Academy performed much better against the Pioneers,
who are not in Livingston's district.
"I really felt like we had a chance to win it," King
said of the contest in McMinnville.
The Lady Pioneers managed to shoot one by the LA defense and goalie
Sarah Jowers. Though LA would not go down without a fight, it would
not score, either, and the game would end as a loss for the Lady
"We had our opportunities to score, but we couldn't get it
in the back of the net."
Besides having to cope with the fact that half of the team is new
to the LA soccer program (some even new to soccer altogether), the
Lady Cats also were missing a few key players, and others were playing
with what the coach called "nagging injuries".
Allison Medley played in Tullahoma, but aggravated a previous injury
at Warren County. Brittany Ray missed both of the week's games due
"There were also a couple of other girls that couldn't play,
but we were missing some of our starters," Coach King said.
Though the team took two tough losses, it was not without its standout
"Danielle Thrasher in the middle has been, despite the losses,
a standout," King said. "Her hustle all over the field,
offensively, defensively, makes her stand out as a bright point.
"Jessica Smith, Ferran Stephens, and in the last game, Kerri
Kiesling and Katrina Marshall hustled very hard.
"The girls are putting forth a lot of effort; it's just hard
to do when you're missing a couple of players that you need. But
at the same time, with the injuries, the younger girls are getting
Coach King said the team will be working hard on improving the
basic fundamentals, preparing for their first district game, which
will be at home against Boyd Christian on Thursday, Aug. 28.
"We're wanting to bring the intensity and the fight we had
to have in those (first) two games and bring it into district play,"
Starting with Thursday's game against Boyd Christian, the Lady
Cats play all district opponents for the remainder of the season.
"We've played two really good teams, and now we're ready to
take care of business."
LA golf team plays
through second week
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Golf Team played through the second week
of the season with one win and four losses.
LA Golf Coach Elizabeth Woodard said of the recent struggle, "We're
just working on getting more consistent. We're just having trouble
scoring right now."
LA opened the week at Mt. Ridge Golf Course on Tuesday, Aug. 19
against York Institute and Clarkrange. York shot a 165, Clarkrange
shot a 166, and LA closed with a 169.
Travis Ramsey of Clarkrange was the low medalist, with a 36.
Scoring for LA came from Eddie Sells and Brandon Matthews at 41
each, Marshal White at 42, and Josh Crawford at 45.
LA hosted Jackson County and Celina at Hidden Valley Golf Course
on Thursday, Aug. 21. The Wildcats shot a 156 to defeat Celina,
at 216, but fell to Jackson County's 152.
LA's Samantha Williams was low medalist for the girls, with a
Scoring for the LA team came from Eddie Sells with a 36, Justin
Monday with a 39, Josh Crawford with a 40, and Marshal White with
The following day, the Cats traveled to White Plains Golf Course
to take on Cookeville. LA fell a stroke short of Cookeville, 319
to 318, in an 18-hole match.
LA's Brandon Matthews was low medalist at 70, and teammate Eddie
Sells was 2nd low medalist with a 75. Rounding out the LA scorecard
were Rex Dale with an 80, and Marshal White with an 84.
Samantha Williams was 2nd low medalist for the girls.
Cookeville scoring came from Gryson Bernard at 75, Tyler Reeder
and Tyler Richardson at 77 each, and Jim Childress at 79.
Of the losses, Coach Woodard considers the season's games as preparation
for tournament time.
"These matches in the season are just practice for the sub-district
and the district," she said. "Last year we had a wonderful
season. We only lost one match. We won the sub-district, then got
to the district and we went home.
"So, its just practice for the district. The district's at
Ironwood this year, and we've got some guys that like to play there."
After hosting Pickett County, Red Boiling Springs, and Cumberland
County at Hidden Valley on Monday, Aug. 25, the Wildcats will play
in the TSSAA High School Series at Deer Creek on Wednesday, Aug.
27, another 18-hole match.
"We're anxious to see who will be there," Coach Woodard
said. "Deer Creek's got a wonderful course. So, we're looking
forward to playing there."
The Livingston Academy team returns to playing at the home course
at Hidden Valley on Thursday, Aug. 28 to play York Institute, Clarkrange,
Pickett County, and Smith County.
Though the competition will be stiff, Coach Woodard maintains that
her golfers shouldn't worry about who they will be playing against.
"When you play golf, it's kind of different, because you're
not playing the other person, you're playing yourself," she
said. "Every hole, every shot, you're playing against yourself.
"So, it really doesn't matter who's coming to play. We've
just got to work on ourselves, and work on our shots and our putts."
Jr. Cats set to take
on all comers in upcoming season
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Overton County Junior Wildcats football team members for the 2003
season are, front row from left, Charles McRaney, Johnathon Sullivan,
Allen Rudd, Jamie Cravens, Josh Carwile, Brannon McCoin, Justin
Owens, Brad Jolley, Kyle Carter, Stenson Smith, Steven Morgan, and
Justin Poston, second row, Cody Brown, Blake Moon, John Burkett,
Cody Wright, Gary Massengille, Josh Coffee, Billy Ledbetter, Chris
McDonald, Chris Melton, Timmy Ledbetter, Terrence Melton, and Josh
Norris, third row, Brad Pendergraft, Josh Beaty, Josh Looper, Jacob
Parsons, John Willeford, Tyler Kesty, Cody Cox, Lucas Holt, Jacob
Collins, Jesse Cole, Justin Langford, and Lucas Simcox, back row,
manager James Walden, Assistant Coach David Peterman, Assistant
Coach Curtis Hayes, Assistant Coach Nickey Franklin, and manager
Ronnie King. Coach Terry Melton is not pictured.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The 2003 Overton County Junior Wildcats football season is just
about ready to kick off, and with about 40 players on the roster,
the team looks to make like the small army it is and march over
Marshalling the offensive drives (and filling the shoes of now
high-schooler Levi Holt) will be Josh Carwile (an eighth grader)
and Brannon McCoin (a sixth grader), who both will probably see
stints at quarterback through the course of the season.
It's no secret that football teams like to run the ball based on
the increased security, especially in younger age divisions.
Junior Wildcats Coach Terry Melton said, "We feel like the
running game will be our number one strength."
Backs, being the majority of the offense, will include Steven Morgan,
Josh Coffee,Cody Brewer, Gary Massengille, and Jamie Cravens.
Perhaps as an indication of the old adage about "hindsight
being 20/20Ó, Coach Melton indicated his team would "throw
some, but not as much as we have in the past.Ó
The defense will hold the charge of opponents, with a secondary
including Josh Carwile, Johnathan Sullivan, and Brad Jolley, and
a defensive line with the likes of John Willeford, weighing in at
a mighty 225 pounds, and Josh Coffee, weighing in at 185.
"In junior high football, most people are not going to throw
the ball," explained Melton.
"In this age group, it's not so much passing as it is running,
and of all the teams we play, unless they've got an exceptional
quarterback, we'll have to stop the run before anything else.
"We're going to have to run the football this year to be
successful, and I think most of the teams we'll be playing will
be doing the same thing."
The Junior Wildcats have a pretty tough season to look forward
to, with a new conference having been devised that sets area teams
up in much the same manner as the local high school teams.
The team will play Macon County, Baxter, Smith County, DeKalb County,
York, and Jackson County during the course of the regular season,
which kicks off Thursday, Aug. 28 at Tompkinsville, KY.
"We don't really rely on a big play or anything like that,"
Melton said. "We don't try to bring anything out of a hat.
We feel like we go into games well-prepared, and that what we do,
we do best. And if we can do that better than the team we're playing,
we're going to win 99 percent of the time.
"We go out there and play hard-nosed football, and if we're
better than that team that night, we're going to win."
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