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Archives 11-19-2003





Wildcats defeat Warriors in Upperman Bowl
Wildcats nucleus returns for 2003-2004 campaign
Megan Thompson signs with Freed-Hardeman


Wildcats defeat Warriors in Upperman Bowl

Katrina Beechboard signs to play at UT-C

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Livingston Academy senior Katrina Beechboard signed full basketball scholarship papers with University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Attending the signing of the national letter of intent are, standing from left, LA Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith, her AAU coach, Mark Odom, her aunt, Joyce Linder, her parents, Carolyn and Kenneth Beechboard, LA Lady Wildcats Assistant Coach Elizabeth Woodard, and her grade school coach, Bobby Gore.


Wildcats nucleus returns for 2003-2004 campaign

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Members of the 2003 Livingston Academy Wildcats basketball team are, seated from left, manager A.J. Price, Brad West, Brandon Matthews, Coach Danny McCoin, Wesley Puckett, Wilson Cates, manager Shawn Becerra, standing, manager Elizabeth McGill, Tyler Smith, Tyler Livingston, Luke Eldridge, Shawn Gray, Assistant Coach Dusty Whiteaker, Matt Reeder, Brian Colson, Lance Ruble, manager Eddie Sells, and manager Ferran Stephens.

The squeak of shoes on freshly-shined wood. The thud of a new leather ball on the floor. The swish of the net. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for basketball season.

The Livingston Academy Wildcats are set to take their best run at it again this year, hoping to at least repeat their last year's performance and standing.

LA Boys Basketball Coach Danny McCoin said, "We got to the regionals and made a pretty good showing, but this year, we want to go just a little bit further than that we're not going to be content with just the first round of the region.

"We're expecting to contend for the district championship.

"We lost a couple of seniors, but we got the majority of our team back, and everybody's going to be better. We started two freshmen last year, Wilson Cates and Brandon Matthews, and we've got the nucleus Matt Reeder, Brad West, Shawn Gray we got them all back, so we're hoping to contend for the district championship and get in the region and do some damage.

"Of course, the state tournament is what we all shoot for."

The Cats will have a fairly long season ahead of them, playing every team in their district twice, with the usual tournament and hall-of-fame games added in. They were scheduled to start on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Oliver Springs with the Oliver Springs Hall of Fame game, and they will wind up the regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 17 versus Cookeville at LA, playing some 21 games in between, not counting tournaments such as the Jaycees Tournament held from Dec. 19-23.

Coach McCoin looks for Baxter's Upperman High School to be a very strong source of competition in the upcoming season, noting that they lost only one player to graduation last year. Much the same are the Wildcats, though, who lost but three at the end of last season Jamie Gurley, Dustin Ferrell, and Kyle Copeland.

"Of course, Jamie did a lot of scoring for us, but these other kids are a little bit older, a little bit stronger, so I think they'll pick up the slack as far as scoring goes," added McCoin.

"They (Upperman) beat us out for first place," McCoin said of last year's district tournament play.

"That's going to be the team we have to beat."

Coach McCoin seemed anxious to start the action.

"I'm looking forward to watching our team. We've got kids that people have been watching since they were in fifth grade. We're expecting big things out of them. It's their time now.

"It's gonna be fun, it's gonna be exciting, and we're looking forward to it," McCoin said.

The Wildcats will travel to Celina on Thursday, Nov. 20 to play in the Celina Hall of Fame game, then will travel to Byrdstown on Tuesday, Nov. 25 to take on the Pickett County Bobcats.


Megan Thompson signs with Freed-Hardeman

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Livingston Academy senior Megan Thompson signed scholarship papers with Freed-Hardeman on Thursday, Nov. 13. The Lady Wildcats point guard will receive a partial academic scholarship and partial basketball scholarship for a full scholarship to the school in Henderson. Attending the signing are, standing from left, her grade school coach Bobby Gore, LA Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith, Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions Coach Dale Neal, her parents Denise and Steve Thompson, and Lady Wildcats Assistant Coach Elizabeth Woodard.


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