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Archives 10-08-2003





Jr. Wildcats take victory over DeKalb
LA runners compete at Sharp Springs
LA football takes win in Jackson County
Lady Wildcats to be top seed in tournament
Volleyball Wildcats win 3 as season heads to tourney time
Outlaws win over visiting Gordonsville


Jr. Wildcats take victory over DeKalb

The sun was bright and sinking in the west, the wind was chilly, and a voice cut across the practice field at Livingston Middle School. Overton County Junior Wildcats Coach Terry Melton was giving his offensive line pointers on what to do to improve their game. And he was firing them up.

"The offensive line played well enough to win," Melton said of their performance at the Tuesday, Sept. 30 game against DeKalb County, "but not well enough to satisfy me. It wasn't a let down from the Sparta game, but it wasn't as good a game as I'd like to see out of them.

"I'm trying to get them to play as well as they can because I know they've got it in them. I don't want them loafing around and thinking that the next two or three games are going to be easy."

Overall, the Jr. Cats did exactly as Melton said; they played good enough to win against the opposing DeKalb team, scoring four touchdowns and two conversions to beat the DeKalb County team by a score of 28-12.

Overton County's Steven Morgan scored all four touchdowns in the game, with Johnathan Sullivan and Josh Coffee running in the two conversions.

After the game on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at York, the Junior Wildcats finish off their regular season with a home game versus Jackson County.

Coach Melton sounded optimistic that the team would be considered for a bowl game at the end of the season.

"We're certainly being considered for a bowl game, and hopefully that happens. I think there will be one if we play well these next couple of games."


LA runners compete at Sharp Springs

Livingston Academy's cross country runners travelled to Smyrna on Saturday, Oct. 4 to compete in the Sharp Springs Invitational.

LA's Casey Ledbetter finished 53rd at 21:04, and teammate Brent Thrasher finished 72nd at 23:14.

Livingston Academy Cross Country Coach Jamie Loftis said, "Both boys ran pretty well. Warmer conditions than we've had in the last few weeks affected everyone's performance; the winning time was in the 16:30s, about a minute slower than any other winning time this year."

Next up for the Livingston Academy runners is the Burnett Memorial Invitational in Cookeville on Saturday, Oct. 11.

"I hope they can perform well enough to possibly medal," Coach Loftis said. "We're just using this race as another stepping stone in order to improve times and possibly place in the top 10 at the region so we can get to the state meet."

The Midstate Championships will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Sharp Springs Park in Smyrna, followed by the TSSAA Regional Meet at Lafayette on Thursday, Oct. 23.


LA football takes win in Jackson County

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Whitney Coleman, D.J. Allred, and several other members of the Livingston Academy defense take down a Jackson County runner in the Friday, Oct. 3 game. The defense helped set up several key scores for LA by intercepting passes and recovering fumbles on the part of the Blue Devils.

The Livingston Academy Wildcats seem to be making it a habit to break the 40-point mark during football games.

On Friday, Oct. 3, the team traveled to Jackson County to play the Blue Devils.

It would not be the best of games for Livingston, who allowed the Blue Devils to score first, and led the game by a slim margin of 15-13 at the half.

The first half touchdowns were scored by sophomore runningback Mike Jones on both occasions. The first touchdown of the evening was followed up by a PAT kick, the second would be succeded by a Whitney Coleman 2-point conversion.

The second half began with the Wildcats in a much more ferocious mood. The Cats were now short their star runningback Jones during the second half, who had an injury to his arm.

Turnovers plagued the Blue Devils much during the second half. A turnover at the Jackson County 25 yard line resulted in Jamey Vaughn running through the crowd to score another touchdown for LA, followed by another PAT kick.

After that, the Blue Devils fumbled early in their possession, turning the ball over at their own 11. The folly resulted in a touchdown from LA quarterback Wilson Cates to Lance Holland to make the score 29-13.

The very first play of the next Blue Devil posession saw Wesley Puckett intercept a pass from the Jackson County quarterback and return it 27 yards for another touchdown. Followed by a 2-point conversion at the hands of Lance Holland, this score made it 37-13.

With but two minutes to play in the game, LA continued to add to the score. Jamey Vaughn gave the final push on a drive to make the score 44-13.

Jackson County would not be denied one last hurrah, though. The ensuing kickoff saw the Blue Devils return the ball all the way to the endzone and follow that up with a 2-point conversion in the last moments of the game to set the final score of 44-21 in the favor of Livingston Academy.

LA had 275 rushing yards, the majority of which were tallied by Jamey Vaughn, who had 64. Three other Livingstonians garnered over 40 yards rushing: Cates had 56, followed by Casey Coleman with 51, and Jones with 44.

Cates passed 7 for 11, netting 105 yards and a touchdown. Leading receiver Holland caught 6 passes for 108 yards, including the Cates touchdown pass.

The Livingston defense had quite the performance, stopping many of Jackson's advances in a very short time. The Blue Devils had 149 yards, though they only managed to get 20 of those in the second half. The LA "D” intercepted a couple of passes and picked up a few fumbles, which led the offense to capitalize on the mistakes of the Jackson Countians.

This week, the Wildcats return home to face age-old rival York Institute's Dragons on Friday, Oct. 10. After that, it's off to the land of the train whistle in Portland on Friday, Oct. 17, where LA will try to recreate the upset victory they handed out last year.


Lady Wildcats to be top seed in tournament

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team was victorious in the one game it had to play last week, a feat that has now officially seeded them at the top of the ladder for the quickly approaching district tournament.

The Lady Cats had to make do with some odd conditions at DeKalb County, where last week's game was played.

The game, originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2, was moved up to Tuesday, Sept. 30 on short notice. Then, to top that, the game was moved from the regular field to DeKalb's practice football field, which was, according to LA Soccer Coach Ethan King, "in bad condition”.

Despite adverse conditions and happenings of the strange persuasion, the Lady Cats managed a strong victory of 8-0 over the DeKalb Lady Tigers.

Katrina Marshall led the Lady Cats in goals with 2. Danielle Thrasher, Ferran Stephens, Kasey Baltimore, Allison Medley, and MaryFaye Maynord also had goals, while Brittany Ray scored her first goal ever during the contest.

Kasey Baltimore had the hat trick in assists, giving the second-to-last touch three times.

Junior Michelle Allen played a majority of the game at goalkeeper in lieu of the usually ever-present Sarah Jowers.

This week, Livingston Academy plays two games on its own pitch. The first, against York Institute on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and the second against Mt. Juliet Christian on Thursday, Oct. 9.

No matter the outcome of those two games, which finish out the remainder of the Lady Cats' regular season, the team is already seeded number one in the upcoming district tournament.

"With the win over DeKalb," Coach King said, "we secured first place in the district. We are number one seed going into the district tournament.

"That means we will more than likely get a ‘bye' in the first round."

Schedules for the tournament have not been tabulated as of press time.


Volleyball Wildcats win 3 as season heads to tourney time

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Livingston Academy's senior volleyball players were honored on Monday, Oct. 6. Recognized for having won 129 matches in their four years are, from left, Rachel Ramsey, Natashia Melton, Kellie Thurman, Megan Thompson, and Katrina Beechboard, congratulated by LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith.

With the 2003 season heading toward tournament time, the Livingston Academy Wildcats scored three more volleyball wins last week.

The Cats opened the week at Gainesboro taking on the home squad and Red Boiling Springs on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said, "We played very well, made very few mistakes."

The Wildcats downed the powerful Blue Devils, who were missing their middle blocker to a knee injury, 25-15, 25-17, 25-18.

Livingston then defeated Red Boiling Springs 25-12, 25-15, 25-17.

"We got to play everyone on our team," Coach Smith said. "We had a good day.

"Most of the girls hit the ball very well. They made good passes.

"Megan (Thompson) was setting the ball again well," he said. "(Katrina) Beechboard went through three games with only one hitting mistake."

Livingston Academy hosted Monterey on Thursday, Oct. 2.

Natashia Melton opened the first game with eight straight serves, including 3 aces. LA was up 8-0 before Monterey got on the board. Livingston won 25-4.

Monterey kept it close in the early going of the second game, but ultimately fell further behind. LA won 25-8.

The Monterey Wildcats jumped ahead early in the third game, moving the score to 5-1 before the Livingston Academy Wildcats got busy. LA started chipping away at the lead until the game was tied at 9-9, then Livingston took control to win 25-13.

After a match at Friendship Christian School on Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Wildcats will travel to Clarkrange on Thursday, Oct. 9 to finish regular season play for 2003. The district tournament will be held Monday through Thursday, Oct. 13-16.


Outlaws win over visiting Gordonsville

Overton County's Sr. Outlaws kept their undefeated season alive with a 23-6 win over the Gordonsville Blue Wave. The victory, which made the Outlaws record 8-0, came on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 4 at Tom Davis Memorial Field.

In a game that the old saying "Good teams win even when they don't play their best" rang true, the Outlaws played a superb second quarter to secure the victory.

Neither team scored in the first quarter, but the Sr. Outlaws scored the game's first touchdown early in the second quarter on a 17-yard pass from Hayden Hill to Ty Eldridge. The conversion was successful on an Ethan McDonald run, making the score 7-0.

After a defensive stop, the Outlaws went to the pass again, this time on a hookup from Hill to Cody Stafford in which Stafford made a brilliant catch wrestling the ball away from the Gordonsville defensive back. The touchdown play covered 30 yards. The conversion was successful on a pass from Hill to McDonald, giving the Outlaws a 15-0 lead.

The Sr. Outlaws quickly got the ball back on a fumble recovery by defensive tackle Nick Robbins. Aided by two pass interference penalties against the Blue Wave, the Sr. Outlaws hit paydirt again, this time on Hill's third touchdown pass of the half. This time he hit McDonald from 11 yards away. The conversion was successful on a pass from Hill to Caleb Sells, giving the Outlaws a 23-0 halftime advantage.

The second half was uneventful as the Outlaws, going into a strong wind, kept their attack almost exclusively on the ground.

Gordonsville scored with 1:08 to play in the game, making the final score 23-6 in the Outlaws' favor.

Offensively, the Sr. Outlaws were led by Hayden Hill's 65 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. Ethan McDonald had 53 yards rushing.

Defensively, the Sr. Outlaws were led by Adam Wilson, Ethan McDonald, and Ty Eldridge with 4 tackles each. Nick Robbins and Cody Stafford pitched in with fumble recoveries. The Sr. Outlaws wind up regular season play Saturday, Oct. 11 at home against Monterey.

Individual Statistics

Ethan McDonald 10-53-0
Cody Stafford 6-21-0
Kyle Lee 3-3-0 Ty Eldridge 1-1-0
Paul Daniels 3-0-0
Hayden Hill 2-(-5)-0

Hayden Hill 5-11-65-3

Ty Eldridge 2-21-1
Ethan McDonald 2-14-1
Cody Stafford 1-30-0
Ethan McDonald 4; Adam Wilson 4; Ty Eldridge 4; Cody Stafford 3; Trey Thomas 2; Paul Daniels 1; Tracy McDonald 1; Sean Bell 1; Dylan Ashlock 1; Caleb Sells 1; Corey Phillips 1; Justin Ledbetter 1; Seth Kilgore 1.
Fumble Recoveries
Nick Robbins 1; Cody Stafford 1.



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