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Jr. Wildcats win 2003 Freedom Bowl
LA cross country runners close out season
Wildcats swat Upperman's Bees 55-14
Cats end season in regional
Lady Cats wind up season in region semi-final round


Jr. Wildcats win 2003 Freedom Bowl

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

The Overton County Junior Wildcats hold their trophy high after winning the Freedom Bowl at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 23. The team finished their season with the win, garnering an overall season record of 8-1.

The Overton County Junior Wildcats ended their season with a win in the Freedom Bowl last Thursday, Oct. 23 on their home field.

Traveling to Livingston to play the Junior Cats was Algood's Redskins.

The home team scored on its first possession of the game. Quarterback Josh Carwile pitched to Steven Morgan to net the 6 points on an 18-yard run. Morgan also made good on the 2-point conversion to make the game 8-0 in Overton County's favor early on.

The second quarter saw much the same performance repeated two-fold. Morgan scored another touchdown via a 14-yard run, albeit the conversion attempt failed. On a later drive, Carwile ran 13 yards for another Junior Wildcat TD. Allen Rudd made good on the 2-point conversion try, which gave his team the lead, 22-0 at the half.

After the halftime break, a Redskin fumble was recovered by the Junior Wildcats and resulted in another Overton County touchdown, this time thanks to Josh Coffee. The 2-point conversion wasn't converted, giving the Junior Cats a 28-0 lead over the Redskins.

In the final quarter, the team put the nail in the coffin for Algood when Justin Poston scored on a 9-yard run. The subsequent 2-point conversion try was good, giving the Junior Wildcats the win, with the end result being Overton County 36, Algood 0.

The Overton County squad wasn't only offense, though. The defense held Algood from scoring to seal the shutout victory, including holding the Redskins at the Overton County 5 yard line to keep them from scoring.

The Junior Wildcats finished the 2003 season with an overall record of 8-1.

LA cross country runners close out season

The 2003 cross country season came to a close for Livingston Academy in the Region 5 A-AA Regional Meet held Thursday, Oct. 23 at Lafayette.

Chris Looper was the top finisher for Livingston Academy, coming in 28th. Casey Ledbetter was 32nd, and Brent Thrasher finished 51st.

LA Cross Country Coach Jamie Loftis said, "Our season is over, but I'm proud of all of them."

Prior to the regional, the LA cross country runners participated in the Midstate Championships at Sharp Springs Park in Smyrna on October 15.

Chris Looper was LA's top runner, finishing 54th at 20:49. Casey Ledbetter finished 75th at 22:03, and Brent Thrasher was 89th at 22:47.

Coach Loftis said, "Everyone continued to improve on their performances from last year. We're only losing one senior, Brent Thrasher, so I hope they can improve even more next year."

Wildcats swat Upperman's Bees 55-14

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Steven Walker, Lance Holland, Cody King, Jamey Vaughn, Jon Avery, and Wesley Puckett, who constitute a portion of the Livingston Academy first string players, take a breather in the second half of play last Friday night at Upperman High School to watch their second string teammates take care of business on the field.

The Livingston Academy football squad continued to impress their naysayers and oppress the competition last Friday, defeating the Upperman Bees in Baxter 55-14.

On the first play of the first offensive drive, LA quarterback Wilson Cates made good on a 50-yard pass to Lance Holland to score the first touchdown of the game. Wesley Puckett fired in the PAT to make the score 7-0, Wildcats, early in the first quarter.

The Livingston defense held Upperman in their ensuing possession, forcing the Bees to punt. On that punt, the snap wound up going over the Upperman kicker's head. He was subsequently tackled at his own 28 yard line. LA then capitalized on the Bee bumble, scoring another 7 points in the form of a three-play drive, with Brian Colson doing the honors of scoring the touchdown. After the PAT, it was 14-0 in the Wildcats' favor.

Upperman answered this one with an impressive drive. After a short pass and a 69-yard run, the Bees saw themselves at the Livingston 1 yard line, but would be held there by the awakened Wildcats defensive line. LA took over on downs after the Bees tried four times, unsuccessfully, to push the ball over the goal line.

In the second quarter, the Wildcat "O" would again light the scoreboard with a Colson touchdown via a 36-yard run. The score: Livingston 21, Upperman 0.

On their next posession, Livingston did it again. Cates ran the keeper 39 yards to score again, though the Puckett PAT failed this time, making it 27-0, Wildcats.

But Cates was not done. Just before the end of the first half, the LA quarterback nailed a pass to Lance Holland, who went 48 yards for the TD. Puckett made good on the extra point this time, resulting in a comfy LA lead at halftime, 34-0.

After halftime, much of the LA first string got to take a breather, but the Wildcats let sophomore runningback Mike Jones out to play. In some 10 plays, he ran the ball 80 yards, capping it all off with a touchdown. After Puckett had his say about it, the Wildcats saw their score increase to 41.

Lance Holland picked off a Bee pass in Baxter territory to give Livingston good field position for the ensuing drive. As a result, second string QB Levi Holt scored the first touchdown of his young career as a Wildcat on an 8-yard run into the end zone. Upperman, still scoreless, trailed 48-0.

But not for long! The Bees made a drive late in the third quarter, the exclamation point of which was a touchdown, making the score 48-7.

In the fourth quarter, Jones scored his second TD of the contest on a 4-yard run. Upperman answered with a touchdown of its own before the final horn sounded. Result: Livingston Academy 55, Upperman High School 14.

Livingston was able to dominate the scoreboard, all the while doing it in less plays than Upperman needed to score their two touchdowns. LA totalled 45 plays, whilst Upperman had 63.

The Wildcats outpassed the Bees, netting 196 pass yards to Upperman's 137.

Leading the Cats in receiving was Holland, who caught 4 passes for 153 yards. Other receivers were Cody King (once for 27 yards), Casey Coleman (twice for 17 yards), and Colson (once for a yard).

The LA running game was what really pulverized the Bee "D". LA ran 31 times for 316 yards to Upperman's 50 for 191.

Leading LA in rush yardage was Jones, who ran 8 times for 114 yards. Cates ran thrice (or three times) for 57 yards. Jamey Vaughn ran 6 times for 38 yards, Jake Reeder ran 4 times for 29 yards, Holt ran twice for 20 yards, LaVincent Raines ran twice for 7 yards, and Brent Carr ran once for a yard.

Cates completed 8 of 13 passes on the evening.

The Wildcats return home for the final game of their regular season this week. Due to Friday being Halloween night, the game versus DeKalb County's Tigers will be played this Thursday, Oct. 30 .

Cats end season in regional

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
LA senior Natashia Melton jumps high for a spike against Greenbrier in last week's Region 5 A-AA Tournament held at Livingston Academy.

With the home court advantage, the Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball team looked to be a favorite in the Region 5 A-AA Tournament played Tuesday, Oct. 21.

But the home team was served a loss by the Greenbrier Bobcats, suddenly ending the Wildcats' season.

LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said, "We didn't play very well."

The Wildcats took a 25-20 loss in the first game, then were defeated 25-22 in the second game.

"The first game they beat us fairly well. We didn't do much at all," Coach Smith said. "The second game we came out and had them 22-16, playing great, and all of a sudden just blew up. We quit scoring points. And Greenbrier came on and did the things they had to do toward the end of the game and beat us.

"Then the third game we beat them no problem. We really played well."

LA won that third game 25-18, but it was the high point of the match.

"The fourth game we had them 21-16, and the same thing happened again that happened in the second game," Coach Smith said.

The Wildcats couldn't finish out the game, eventually losing 24-26.

"We didn't perform," Coach Smith said. "I was a little bit disappointed in that we didn't perform as well as we thought we should. And the girls were disappointed, too. They knew they didn't play up to their potential. That really hurts you, especially the last game."

The season turned out to be a good one for the Wildcats, who won the District 9 A-AA Tournament after placing 3rd in the regular season.

"We went through a stretch there about two weeks before the district tournament and during the district tournament that we played to our full potential," Coach Smith said. "We played a great match against Van Buren County before the season was over. We played a great match against Jackson County. We played some good ball against Friendship Christian down at their place.

"I felt that at that time, and during the district tournament, we were playing as well as we could possibly play. If we had done that in the regional tournament, I really feel like we would have been going to the state tournament. We didn't."

The team will lose five starting seniors to graduation Megan Thompson, Rachel Ramsey, Kellie Thurman, Natashia Melton, and Katrina Beechboard.

"Megan was a very steady player," Coach Smith said. "She didn't make many mistakes, and did a very good job of setting. If I'm not mistaken, she went through the entire district tournament and the regional tournament and played in four matches, and never missed a serve."

Of Rachel Ramsey, he said, "Through the middle of the season, she was hitting as consistently as anybody could."

He went on to say, "In one stretch, when we went down to Glencliff, she played three matches in a row down there and she never missed a spike.

"Kellie got better as the year went along. In the last couple of games before the district tournament, she was a dominating factor on the net. She was getting all of her spikes in, and cutting the ball away from the block. She did an excellent job.

"Natashia was one of the better servers we've ever had," Coach Smith said. "She was very consistent with that, and a good passer. She helped us out in every match, in every game, by having good serves."

Of District Tournament MVP Katrina Beechboard, Coach Smith said, "You could rank her as one of the hardest hitters that we've had. She lacked a little bit of consistency, but when we were going through our stretch, about a three week stretch there where we were playing good ball, she was as dominating as she could possibly be. She dominated the entire district with her net play, with hitting, with blocking, and just good smart play."

Looking to next year, Coach Smith sees a youthful team trying to fill big shoes.

"When you lose your five seniors and three of them starting for three years, you're going to have to rebuild," he said. "We've only got six girls returning from the varsity for next year, with hardly any experience. The only one that's got any experience is Kristin Hoover, and she played all the way around toward the end. We've got Krista Clinard and Amanda Gilliam with a little bit of back row experience.

"But it's going to be a challenge. We will be young. We've got some freshmen girls that's coming up. They are athletic. Hopefully, they've learned enough through this freshman year to be able to contribute also.

"So, we're going to have to work harder than we've ever worked. They're going to have to work to compete. We may not be able to compete with some of the real good teams, but we'll compete with a lot of teams."

Lady Cats wind up season in region semi-final round

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Livingston Academy's Kerri Keisling fires a shot at the Davidson Academy goal in the game played Tuesday, Oct. 21 in Livingston. LA was able to fire more than its fair share of shots on goal, especially during the second half, but only managed to slide one of those shots by the Davidson goalkeeper.

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats wound up their soccer season on Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the Region 5 A-AA semi-final game versus Davidson Academy.

Early in the game, a Davidson player managed to fire in a shot amidst a somewhat panicky LA defense to put them ahead 1-0. Such would be the case for the rest of the first half, as LA, despite its best efforts, could not answer the Davidson goal.

In the second half, the Lady Wildcats came back with a furious sum of shots on goal, and eventually scored on a kick by Allison Medley. All too late, however, to save the Lady Cats, who let two more goals slip by in the second half as Davidson caught the proverbial second wind.

End result: Davidson Academy 3, Livingston Academy 1.

Livingston Academy Soccer Coach Ethan King said of the second half heartbreaker, "We were pushing people up, trying to get the tie, and they made a couple of breakaways and scored late in the game.

"It was 3-1, but it was actually a pretty close game. We had our chances. We had not only lots of shots, we had good shots.

"To their goalie's credit, she did a good job. She was in position to make the stops. We just couldn't buy a goal. There wasn't a way...We had a good second half. We had a lot of shots, we just couldn't get any in the back of the net until it was too late."

The coach is anything but disappointed in his team, though.

"We had a good season," he said. "We've repeated as district champs.

"I'm sure the girls are a little bit disappointed in the game with Davidson, but probably because they set such high goals for themselves and they expect so much of themselves. Take any other team in our region; they would have been thrilled with our record.

"I guess the girls have come to expect a lot and have put a lot of pressure on themselves, but they have a lot to be proud of," Coach King said.


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