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Archives 09-24-2003




Jr. Wildcats take two more wins
LA Cross Country team races into 2003 season
Wildcats lose close game to Trousdale Yellow Jackets
LA Wildcats Golf Team readying for tournaments
LA Soccer defeats Boyd anppond Friendship
LA Volleyball Wildcats face tough oents
Outlaws win sixth straight Saturday


Jr. Wildcats take two more wins


The Overton County Junior Wildcats football squad has seen two successive successes in the past couple of weeks.

The Jr. Cats first traveled to Baxter on Tuessday, Sept. 9. Though it was a victory, Coach Terry Melton wasn't very happy with the way his team played.

"We played poor," he said of the performance. "We played like we didn't think we were going to have much of a game."

Despite the perceived lack of enthusiasm on the part of the Jr. Cats, the team won the game at a score of 16-6 after four quarters of play.

The boys then played Smith County in Livingston on Tuesday, Sept. 16, and played much better, though the coach insists that they had to.

"They (Smith County) were a better football team than Baxter was, but our guys played pretty well.

"We ran the ball at will. We had numerous first downs. We blocked well. We had to, because they were a better team."

The Jr. Cats would go on to enjoy the fruits of their labor, winning the contest at a whopping margin of 42-20.

"It was a good game. The kids played well," Coach Melton said.

The Junior Wildcats will play Sparta on Thursday, Sept. 25 in Livingston.

"They're one of the better teams on our schedule," Melton said.

"They're huge, have a good quarterback and runningback, and a huge line. They are a good football team.

"We'll have to play better than we have before to win this game."

The contest begins at 6:30 p.m. at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium.



LA Cross Country team races into 2003 season

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Members of the 2003 Livingston Academy Wildcats Cross Country Team are, from left, Coach Jamie Loftis, juniors Chris Handy and Kayla Wilson, sophomore Chris Looper, junior Casey Ledbetter, senior Brent Thrasher, and junior Chelsey Franklin.


The Livingston Academy Wildcats Cross Country team is off and running in the 2003 season.

After a pre-season meet at Sharp Springs Park in Smyrna on September 4, the LA runners competed in the Tennessee Classic held at Steeplechase in Nashville on Saturday, Sept. 20.

LA Cross Country Coach Jamie Loftis said, "All four boys were under 22:40 in times. We need one more boy so we can score as a team."

The meet had 264 runners competing in the boys division, and 207 in the girls.

"It was a big run," Coach Loftis said.

Casey Ledbetter finished at 175 with a time of 20:21, Chris Looper was 200 with a time of 21:14, Chris Handy at 226 ran 22:20, and Brent Thrasher was two spots behind at 228 with a 22:40.

On the girls side, Chelsey Franklin was 186 with a 28:55, and Kayla Wilson was 191 with a 29:36.

"I really didn't expect them to do that well," Coach Loftis said. "They did a lot better than I expected.

"Chris Looper ran about two minutes quicker than he did the first meet of the year. They all ran quite a bit quicker."

In that first meet, Casey Ledbetter finished 74th with a 19:59, Brent Thrasher finished at 84 with a 20:13, and Chris Looper was 155 with a 23:19. The Smyrna run had 190 runners competing.

After a mid-week meet at Cookeville High School on Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Wildcats will head back to Steeplechase for the A.F. Bridges Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 27.

"Hopefully, they'll do well down there again," Coach Loftis said. "It's going to be another one of those big 260 people, if not 300 people, runs."

The Cats will compete in another mid-week event on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Lafayette.

Coach Loftis has one overwhelming need for his team before the season ends.

"If we can get one more boy and score as a team, the boys can still compete in the region."



Wildcats lose close game to Trousdale Yellow Jackets

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Livingston Academy runningback Mike Jones turns upfield just in time to meet a Trousdale County defender during Friday night's game against the Yellow Jackets. Jones rushed 16 times for 48 yards on the evening.


At the end of the first half of play on Friday, Sept. 19, the Livingston Academy Wildcats football team was feeling good, and looking good as well. Though it allowed one touchdown and a 2-point conversion, the team tallied 12 of its own points before halftime.

Too bad it wouldn't end in LA's favor. The Wildcats would go on to lose what was probably their closest game to date this season at a score of 22-19.

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets did not have an easy time making a victory of the contest, being held scoreless in the second and third quarters of the game. Several of the game's stats registered in Livingston's favor, including first downs – Livingston held Trousdale County to 8, whilst chalking up 12 of its own.

The end score favored Trousdale only because LA didn't make good on PATs as well as Trousdale did. Livingston missed one point after kick and botched a 2-point conversion try, giving the Yellow Jackets the edge at the end of the fourth quarter.

It wasn't a bad game for LA overall, though. The team beat out the competition in rushing yards, running 41 times for 228 yards to Trousdale's 41 times for 151 yards.

Leading the Cats in rushing was quarterback Wilson Cates, who ran 11 times for 111 yards. Cates was succeeded by runningback Mike Jones, who ran 16 for 48, Brian Colson, who ran 11 for 42, and Lance Holland, who ran once for 24 yards.

The passing proved much the antithesis of the usual performance from Cates, who passed for a total of 5 yards on the evening.

Lance Holland was the only receiver to see much action, catching two for 13 yards.

The improving Wildcats squad will host the 1-3 Cannon County Lions this Friday, Sept. 26 at the Livingston Academy Homecoming game.



LA Wildcats Golf Team readying for tournaments


The Livingston Academy Golf Team will enter sub-district and district tournaments in days ahead, with the sub-district held at White Plains on Friday, Sept. 25, and then the district round for boys on Monday, Sept. 29, and the district round for girls on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

LA Coach Elizabeth Woodard is pleased with the way her team has been playing, and has them working on improving for the tournaments.

"We're playing well," she said. "We've been working on our putting consistency the past several practices; and this year we've had the honor of having our home matches on some awesome greens. They're in the best shape they've been in for a while, and I think that's helped us at some of our away matches. 

"It will also help us when we get to the sub-district, district and region, because those are the better greens around, and we've been playing on good ones all year."

The sub-district tournament will be a bit of a change for the Wildcats. "The sub-district is different, in that we'll play 18 holes," Coach Woodard said. "In our season matches, with the exception of a few, we play only 9. So playing 18 holes is a good way to weed out the teams that won't be able to compete at districts and regions." 

Teams in the sub-district with LA are Pickett County, Clark-range, Monterey, Jackson County, Van Buren County, Upperman, Celina, and York. 

"In high school golf, the A and AA schools combine their tournaments at the end of the year," Coach Woodard said.

The team should be back to full strength for the tournaments. Eddie Sells has been conspicuous by his absence in recent matches. 

"Eddie Sells is back and ready," Coach Woodard said. "If you've noticed, he's not been in the scoring column for the past two matches. He has been nursing a sore elbow for the past couple of weeks, but he's taken some time off and he's ready for the tournaments."

Now the tough part for the coach is who will represent Livingston Academy in the tournaments.

"For the tournaments, we can only play five," she said. "My problem is, I have seven that have played well all year. My 5, 6, and 7 are very close in their stroke averages for the year. There's 9-10ths of a point separating 5 and 6, and my 6 and 7 guys have 1-10th of a point between them. 

"It's not a hard decision to make, because I just take the five with the lowest stroke average, but it's sure not easy to do either. 

"For those that don't make the cut, they've got all year to improve; if they want it bad enough, they will do what it takes."


LA Soccer defeats Boyd and Friendship


The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team has been on the prowl during the last week.

The team first played Boyd Christian School on the road on Thursday, Sept. 18. The game would be another shutout victory for the Lady Cats, who beat the Boyd squad 6-0.

Scoring goals for LA were Katrina Marshall, Allison Medley, and Kasey Baltimore.

"We played better," Livingston Academy Soccer Coach Ethan King said. "We passed the ball better. We played well."

After the victory at Boyd, the girls played a game at Friendship Christian School on Saturday, Sept. 20

Friendship, who LA had beaten in a contest earlier this season, was trailing LA with the second-best record in the district going into the game.

Though the Lady Commanders put up a decent fight, it was not be enough to deny the victory-ridden Livingston team, who overcame the FCS force by a score of 3-1.

Scoring goals for LA were Kasey Baltimore, Danielle Thrasher, and Kerri Keisling.

Sarah Jowers would have to step up and make some key saves at her post as starting goalkeeper, notably a one-on-one breakaway shot.

"The defense did a good job of shutting down Friendship's offense," Coach King said, noting the performances of Cassandra Cobble and MaryFaye Maynord.

It was not, obviously, just a battle of the defenses. LA recorded an impressive 15 shots on goal during the game.

Looking ahead to the contest at Mt. Juliet, Coach King said, "They beat Boyd Christian and Smith County, but got thumped by Friendship.

"They're good, but they're probably not as good as Friendship Christian is," Coach King said, noting the Lady Cat's two victories over the Lebanon school.

After the Tuesday, Sept. 23 game at Mt. Juliet Christian, the Lady Wildcats will roll on to Smith County for a contest on Thursday, Sept. 25. They will then travel to DeKalb County on Tuesday, Oct. 2 before returning home on Tuesday, Oct. 7 to face the York Institute Lady Dragons.


LA Volleyball Wildcats face tough opponents

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

LA's Megan Thompson goes up to make a kill shot against Upperman High School.


Strong teams tried Livingston Academy's

volleyball Wildcats last week, with a road trip against AAA White County and undefeated Upperman. "We were just outclassed," LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said of the Monday, Sept. 15 visit to Sparta.

The White County Warriors downed the Cats 25-14, 25-15, 25-23.

"They have a middle hitter, Brooke Sunday, who can really hit it," Coach Smith said.

Next up for the Wildcats was a trip to Monterey, which resulted in an easy win.

"We played well," Coach Smith said.

LA won 25-8, 25-7, 25-6.

Then on Thursday, Sept. 18, Livingston Academy played host to the powerful Upperman Bees and to Cannon County's Lions.

The Cats let the first game get away 17-25, then came back to win the second game 27-25. Then, Upperman proved just a little better in the final two games, winning 25-21, 25-22.

"We played well, mostly," Coach Smith said. "We were struggling toward the end of those games."

Cannon County proved to be not as tough. LA won 25-14, 25-10, 25-14. At one point Natasha Melton ruled with serve after serve after serve.

After district matches against Gordonsville and Smith County at Gordonsville on Tuesday, Sept. 23, Livingston Academy will host district foes Mt. Juliet and Van Buren County on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Of Van Buren, Coach Smith said, "They are good. It should be a good matchup."

Because of homecoming activities, the Glencliff Tournament will be held all in one day.

"We'll be playing a lot of games Saturday," Coach Smith said.

LA's scheduled games at the tournament are as follows: 8:30 a.m. Wilson Central; 9:30 a.m. Ravenwood; 10:30 a.m. Glencliff; 12:30 p.m. Hillwood; 1:30 p.m. Clarksville NE. Afterward, teams will play in either gold or silver divisions according to how they fared in the earlier games.

The Livingston Academy freshmen will travel to White County High School on Monday, Sept. 29 to play White County Middle School.

The Wildcats will travel to Gainesboro on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to take on the home team and Red Boiling Springs.


Outlaws win sixth straight Saturday

Overton County's Sr. Outlaws kept their perfect record alive by defeating the previously undefeated DeKalb County Sr. Tigers by the score of 26-22 at home on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The game had a championship air about it, with two fine football teams battling down to the final horn. In the end, the Outlaws made just a few more crucial plays than did the Tigers.

The Sr. Outlaws received the opening kickoff, and for the first time in the 2003 campaign, were forced to punt.

DeKalb's offense took the ball on their own 43 yard line, and on their second play from scrimmage, Hunter Foutch broke off a 57-yard touchdown run. With a successful conversion pass, the Tigers led 8-0.

On the Outlaws' second possession, they fumbled it back to DeKalb County at midfield. But the Outlaw defense made two consecutive big plays, with the first coming on a quarterback sack by Dylan Ashlock, and the second on a pass interception by defensive tackle Adam Wilson at the DeKalb County 32.

Five plays later, the Outlaws hit paydirt on a 4-yard run by tailback Ethan McDonald. A failed conversion left the score at 8-6 in DeKalb's favor.

The second quarter was completely dominated by the Outlaws. On their first possession of the second quarter, they drove 65 yards in 4 plays, with McDonald again running it in from 8 yards away. This time the conversion was successful on a pass from quarterback Hayden Hill to Caleb Sells, giving the Outlaws the lead at 14-8.

The Outlaws defense forced another turnover on DeKalb's next possession, with Sells recording an interception. But the Outlaws failed to capitalize.

The Outlaws defense forced their third turnover of the half when DeKalb QB Russell Ambrose fumbled and the Outlaws' Wilson recovered the fumble at the DeKalb County 30 yard line.

The Outlaws connected for the TD on the first play on a 30-yard pass from Hill to Ty Eldridge to give themselves a 20-8 halftime lead.

DeKalb County got the second half kick and things were really looking bright for the Outlaws after the Outlaws' Ethan McDonald stopped a DeKalb County reverse for a big loss as well as a DeKalb County penalty. The Tigers had a third and 32 from their own 18 when Hunter Poteete broke off tackle for 30 yards, and the Outlaws were flagged with a face mask penalty.

DeKalb finished off the drive on a Poteete 32-yard run. Another successful pass conversion made the score 20-16, still in the Outlaws' favor.

The Outlaws took the ball straight down the field again, but turned the ball over on a fumble at the DeKalb County 22 yard line. This time, the Outlaws defense held, and forced DeKalb County to punt.

On the Outlaws' first possession of the fourth quarter, McDonald took a hand-off, bounced outside, and raced 72 yards for his third touchdown of the day, giving the Outlaws a 26-16 advantage.

But DeKalb County refused to die after a good kickoff return set them up at the Outlaws 38 yard line. The game appeared to be on ice for the Outlaws when Eldridge intercepted an Ambrose pass and ran it back 75 yards for a TD. But the Outlaws were called for pass interference on the play. Three plays later, the Tigers scored on a Foutch pass, making the score 26-22.

The Outlaws recovered an onside kick, but failed to pick up a first down and had to punt the ball back to the Tigers. DeKalb County's fate was sealed when Wilson sacked Ambrose on a 4th and 10.

The Outlaws took a knee, and their mission was accomplished. Final score: Sr. Outlaws 26, DeKalb County 22.

Offensively, Ethan McDonald had a huge game, rushing for 190 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ty Eldridge had 74 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Defensively, Cody Stafford led with 17 tackles, but Adam Wilson quite possibly turned in the defensive game of the year with 6 tackles (3 for loss), an interception, and a fumble recovery.

The Sr. Outlaws will play at Baxter on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Individual Statistics
Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)

Ethan McDonald 14-190-3
Cody Stafford 5-17-0
Ty Eldridge 1-5-0
Hayden Hill 3-(-12)-0

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Hayden Hill 3-4-50-1
Ethan McDonald 1-1-24-0

Receiving (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Ty Eldridge 4-74-1

Cody Stafford 7; Adam Wilson 6; Ethan McDonald 5; Nick Robbins 5; Paul Daniels 4; Caleb Sells 4; Tracy McDonald 3; Dylan Ashlock 3; Hayden Hill 3; Ridge Harris 2; Ty Eldridge 2; Seth Kilgore 1; Corey Phillips 1.

Adam Wilson 1; Caleb Sells 1.

Fumble Recoveries
Adam Wilson 1.



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