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Lady Cats strong on experience, depth
LA Wildcats 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 season

 

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 ever had.

"We have five seniors on the team, so we've got plenty of experience."

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 Smith said.

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, Sept. 2.

 

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 of lightning.

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 for another.

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 Eldridge said.

"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 over Baxter.

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 12-0.

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 score 27-0.

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.

Individual Statistics

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
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
Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Hayden Hill 4-5-36-0
Ethan McDonald 1-1-55-1
Paul Daniels 0-1-0-0
Ty Eldridge 0-1-0-0
Receiving (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Ty Eldridge 2-71-1
Cody Stafford 1-9-0
Josh Patterson 1-6-0
Dylan Ashlock 1-5-0
Tackles
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.
Fumble Recoveries
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 County.

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 team.

"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 Wildcats, 1-0.

"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 to injury.

"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 players.

"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 experience."

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," King said.

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 46.

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 a 41.

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 the competition.

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 20/20, Coach Melton indicated his team would "throw some, but not as much as we have in the past.

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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