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.
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.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
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 Ð 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 Ð Matt Reeder, Brad West, Shawn Gray Ð 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 Ð 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
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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