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LA Volleyball moves to 5-0
LA Girls Soccer turns the beat around
LA Golf Team wins in home course matches
Jr. Cats lose and win against Kentucky teams

 

LA Volleyball moves to 5-0

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Livingston Academy senior Katrina Beechboard, #3, makes a scoring strike against Macon County in Monday's home win for the Wildcats.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff

The Wildcats volleyball team extended the season opening win streak to five games last week, but Coach Merl Smith still sees room for improvement.

"We had good spots and bad spots," Coach Smith said. "We made way too many errors.

"We had some good hits and good digs. But we're self-destructing at times.

"I feel like when we cut those mistakes down, we'll be in pretty good shape. We've got the athletes, we've got the hitters. So, we need to do a little bit better job of passing the ball, and cut down the mistakes.

"Other than that, I thought we did pretty well."

The team opened last week's play at home Monday, Aug. 25 against Macon County.

The Wildcats downed the Tigers in three straight, 25-22, 25-8, 25-12.

"After the first match, we played pretty well," Coach Smith said.

The following night, LA hosted Gordonsville and Jackson County in district play.

The Cats needed four rounds to defeat the Gordonsville Tigers. LA won the first match 25-21, but Gordonsville took the second 22-25. The Wildcats then put the Tigers away 25-12 and 25-15 for the victory.

Jackson County jumped on the Cats early with a 25-22 win. The home team recovered and won the next three, 25-18, 25-16, 25-15.

"I thought Jackson County and Gordonsville both were pretty decent," Coach Smith said. "When they got the ball back, they didn't make too many mistakes."

The Wildcats travelled to Red Boiling Springs on Thursday, Aug. 28 to play the home team and Cannon County in two more district games.

Livingston defeated the Woodbury team 25-18, 25-15, 25-16.

The Cats also won over the home squad, posting 25-18, 25-8, and 25-12 scores.

A new adjustment for this season is the TSSAA mandated best three-out-of-five format, an adjustment that makes for longer nights on the court.

"I don't know that I like this three-out-of-five or not," Coach Smith said.

This change in format has trickled down from the upper levels.

"Colleges have been playing this way for four or five years. They have been playing three-out-of-five to 30, with the rally points. It's the way the Olympics play.

"The National High School Federation was going to require us, next year, to go to this format. So, the TSSAA decided to go ahead and go to it a year earlier."

According to Coach Smith, the new format works well if two evenly matched teams are playing, and they are the only ones playing that night. Triangular matches such as that played by the Wildcats last Thursday can make for a tiring evening.

"The Jackson County girls played nine straight games, and so did the Gordonsville girls.

"It took us from 5 o'clock to 9:48. It took us 4 hours and 48 minutes to complete a triangular match, whereas it used to take us about three hours.

"So, if you have a triangular match, then you're going to be here an hour and a half to two hours longer than you normally are."

The extra time can wear on more than the players; the fans also have a longer time sitting in the bleachers.

"They're tired. People don't want to be there that long to watch it. It's hard on the scorekeepers; it's hard on your linesmen to stand out there for five hours."

The solution could be to stop scheduling triangular matches, but Coach Smith also sees the fans losing out in that scenario. If the one-on-one matchup is lopsided, then the game is over too soon.

"You hate to bring the fans out for a 50-minute game."

Coach Smith, like many other high school volleyball coaches, looks for the format to be changed again in the future.

"I would be in favor of doing the same format except go to two-out-of-three rather than the three-out-of-five."

Whether that comes about will be up to the TSSAA, and would not be done this year.

After hosting Friendship Christian School on Tuesday, Sept. 2, Livingston Academy will host a matchup for the freshmen against White County Middle School on Thursday, Sept. 4.

The Livingston Academy Playday will be held Saturday, Sept. 6. Admission is $6 for the day of volleyball. The format for the playday is best two-out-of-three.

The LA first team will take on Bledsoe County at 9 a.m., Upperman at 10 a.m., White County at 2 p.m., and Macon County at 4 p.m.

The LA second team will take on Macon County at 10 a.m., White County at 11 a.m., Bledsoe County at noon, and Upperman at 3 p.m.

The Wildcats will travel to Carthage on Tuesday, Sept. 9 to take on the Smith County Owls.

LA Girls Soccer turns the beat around

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

LA striker and new player Kerri Keisling makes like the Great Bambino and calls her shot before firing in one of 13 goals scored by the Lady Cats against visiting Boyd Christian School. The shot was Keisling's only goal of the game and her first of the season.

By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team pulled a Gloria Estefan in their contest on Thursday, Aug. 28 against Boyd Christian School of McMinnville by turning the beat around.

After the two tough losses on the road at the season's start, the Lady Cats returned home to face BCS to the cheers of an enthusiastic home crowd.

Things fired up early on. The game's first goal was scored at a mere 40 seconds into the first half.

The Lady Cats were pumped. The fans were cheering. The BCS net was growing tired of constant attacks from a hard round object.

Eighty minutes of offensive LA dominance later, the tally stood 13-1 in Livingston's favor.

Senior player and veteran striker Kasey Baltimore had a whopping five goals, leading the LA offensive, while Katrina Marshall and Danielle Thrasher both scored two goals. Also scoring for LA were Kerri Keisling, Ronance Jackson, Ferran Stephens, and Jessica Smith, all with one apiece.

Livingston Academy Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "Boyd is very young this year. They have a lot of ninth and eighth graders playing for them. They are going through growing pains right now.

"The big thing is, after playing them, we had to tell the girls that not everybody in our district is going to be like that. We are going to face tougher teams."

LA senior goalkeeper Sarah Jowers let one ball slip by her, something that could be easily credited to the inexperienced defense that was serving at the time.

"We had our second team defense in. The shot hit the far post and went in, Coach King said. "There really wasn't anything Sarah could've done at that point.

"We were up by a lot, so we put them in to give them a chance to play and get into a varsity game. Hopefully, next time they get in, they won't let that kind of thing happen. That is a part of being a young player."

On the injury update, only Michelle Allen and Allison Medley had to sit out play on Thursday's game.

"We still don't have our entire midfield together." Coach King said. "But, we went through this game with no serious injuries, just a couple of bruises and bangs."

Medley is expected to return to active duty for the team's next contest, a home game against Friendship Christian School of Lebanon. Allen might need another week, according to the coach.

"She's got a pretty bad bruise on her ankle," he said.

The new recruits, by all accounts, did an impressive job during the victory over Boyd. Though the new defensive players and midfielders looked weak at times, the coach said he hopes they will be competing on the level of their tougher opponents when district tourney time comes.

"That's what they have to do," he said. "That's the challenge to the girls. They have to step up their game to the next level. I think they can. And they will."

The team will see if it can make winning a consecutive affair with this Thursday's game, to be played on home soil against visiting Friendship Christian School. After that, it's off to Fentress County for the girls, who will play district rival York Institute on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

LA Golf Team wins in home course matches

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff

The home course of Hidden Valley was very good to the Wildcats golf team last week, producing wins in two matches.

LA Golf Coach Elizabeth Woodard said, "We shot a 150 on Monday, and Thursday we shot a 152.

"In the weeks prior, we shot in the 160s, so, we're taking some shots off, which is good.

"We're just preparing for the tournaments. The more we play, the more experience we get. We're just playing better."

The Monday, Aug. 25 match placed LA against Cumberland County, KY, Red Boiling Springs, and Hidden Valley Golf Course playing partner Pickett County.

Livingston's 150 came from the play of 1st medalist Justin Monday, at 34, and 2nd medalist Eddie Sells, at 37, along with Brandon Matthews, at 38, and Rex Dale, at 41.

Pickett County's Bobcats placed 2nd with a 168. Scoring for the Byrdstown-based squad were Lance Mason, at 39, Nathan Groce, at 42, Luke Mason, at 43, and Drue Jolley, at 44.

Red Boiling Springs placed 3rd with a 187, followed by a single stroke by Cumberland County's 188.

Livingston Academy's winning 152 score on Thursday, Aug. 28 was provided by 2nd medalist Eddie Sells with a 35, along with Justin Monday, Rex Dale, Marshal White, and Josh Crawford, all with an identical 39.

Pickett County's Lance Mason tied for 1st medalist with Smith County's Greyson Painter at 34. Sells didn't own 2nd medalist alone either. Smith County's Jeremy Vaughn also shot a 35.

Pickett County was again the 2nd place team. Along with Lance Mason's 34, Dustin Mitchell shot a 39, Nathan Groce shot a 41, and Luke Mason shot a 42.

Smith County placed 3rd at 162, and York Institute scored 165.

The good play up and down the Wildcats' lineup last week is giving Coach Woodard a pleasant dilemma.

"The hardest thing that we're going to have going into the tournaments is everybody's playing so close, deciding who's the five that's going to go," she said. "Everybody's competing against each other. It's just a matter of who's playing best at that time."

The Wildcats will host Cumberland County, KY, and Pickett County on Friday, Sept. 5, then will host Upperman and Pickett County on Monday, Sept. 8.

 

Jr. Cats lose and win against Kentucky teams

By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff

Overton County Junior Wildcats started off their 2003 season with contests of the Kentuckian variety.

The Jr. Cats first played a game at a football jamboree in Tompkinsville, KY, on Saturday, Aug. 23 versus Glasgow, KY, where they lost 20-14.

The team then made another trip to Tompkinsville to play that town's team on Thursday, Aug. 28, where they won 26-12.

Junior Wildcats Head Coach Terry Melton said, "We played well. If I was grading us, we'd be a B'.

"The defense didn't play as well as I expected. We expect a lot more from them. They (Tompkinsville) had, I think, six first downs.

"Offensviely, we played pretty well. I can't complain too much about the offense. We did have one fumble, which we got back, and a couple of dropped passes, but I thought we ran the ball pretty well." Offensive highlights of the game include a touchdown pass by quarterback Josh Carwile, caught by Johnathon Sullivan.

Next on the Junior Wildcats' schedule was rival Macon County on Tuesday, Sept. 2, a game the team (as well as the coaching staff) seemed to be looking forward to.

"Macon County's big," Melton said. "They've got a good tight end that we're very concerned with. We feel like he's going to handle the ball a lot. They're going to run the ball quite a bit and try to overpower us. And they've got a pretty good quarterback."

"Overall, the coaches are pretty well pleased. Of course, we need to get better. You can always get better. But so far, I'd give them a B' and expect more out of them next week."

The next game for the Jr. Cats will be Tuesday, Sept. 9 game at Baxter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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