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Wildcats post victory over Oliver Springs
LA Soccer splits week's games
Rain wipes out Lady Cats' good start

 

Wildcats post victory over Oliver Springs

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
A scheduled district game was a washout, but the week wasn't a wash for the Livingston Academy Wildcats baseball team. The Cats played tough against a strong Grundy County team and won over Oliver Springs.

LA was scheduled to play Smith County's Owls at Carthage on Tuesday, March 30, but rain prevailed as the teams took the field.

The Cats then travelled to Coalmont to play Grundy County High School's Yellow Jackets on Thursday, April 1.

Livingston led in the game after Cody King, with 2 outs, tripled home a tying run and then scored the go-ahead run. But the home team came back in the bottom of the seventh to win the game 4-3.

LA Coach Pat Swallows said, "They're probably one of the best teams that we've played all year solid, very, very solid."

Cody Sells gave up 4 runs, only 2 earned, while striking out 13 and walking none.

"He did a great job," Coach Swallows said.

Chris Nelson also had a big hit in the game, driving in a run with 2 outs.

"We played a really good ballgame," he said. "We made some mistakes that hurt us again. You're never pleased losing a game, but we played well enough and Cody Sells pitched well enough to win."

The Cats made 3 errors in the game.

The Wildcats jumped in the bus again the following day for a two-hour ride to Oliver Springs. The Wildcats had a reversal of fortune, this time winning by a single run, 6-5, with a rally in the top of the seventh.

"They played us very well," Coach Swallows said.

Bryan Colson started the game. He went 5 innings and was touched for 5 runs, 3 earned. Tyler Thrasher relieved Colson and went the final 2 innings. He struck out 3 and gave up a hit on his way to being the winning pitcher.

"Again, we made 3 errors," Coach Swallows said, "and 2 of those led to runs."

Firepower was provided by Colson, who hit a 3-run home run in the second inning. Jon Maynard then drove him in with a single.

In that winning seventh inning, Colson was hit by a pitch, Jon Ward hit a single, and Jimmy Davidson hit a 2-out double to bring home the tying and winning runs.

The win moved the Cats to 4-5 overall. LA is still 3-0 in District 7-AA.

After a District 7-AA game at Gainesboro against the Jackson County Blue Devils on Tuesday, April 6, Livingston Academy will host the Clay County High School Bulldogs on Wednesday, April 7.

The Cats will face another district opponent when they host York Institute's Dragons the following day. The Wildcats will play in the White County Tournament on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10.

In the tournament, LA will face Red Boiling Springs at 8 a.m. on Friday, then will play Oliver Springs once again at 3:45 p.m.

The next day, LA will play the host team at 11 a.m., then the Cats will play York Institute again at 6 p.m.

"I'm a lot more encouraged after this week, the way we played, because we battled more than we've done in the past," Coach Swallows said.

He went on to say, "If we can continue to battle, and to come out of tough spots, and not just roll over when things get tough, then we're going to be in a lot better shape."

 

LA Soccer splits week's games

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Livingston Academy senior defenseman Robert Brady sprints out of the backfield as Warren County players conspire to strip the ball away from his sure feet in Livingston's first home game of the regular season on Thursday, April 1. Despite the efforts of Brady and other Wildcats, Warren was able to score the first four goals of the game before the LA squad came back with two to give the game its final score of 4-2.

By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats resumed practice Monday, running a scrimmage game in the comfortable, if breezy, weather on their home field after taking both a hard-fought victory and a tough loss in the week past.

The first of the games was the victory, with the LA squad taking a 1-0 dubya over Wilson Central.

After stepping off the field on which he had been running with his players, LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "Our defense was solid. We only had one or two breakdowns.

"(Goalkeeper) Drew Randolph made a very nice save in the second half. They had a header to the corner, and Drew dove and pushed it to the side and kept it 0-0."

It was a victory by the proverbial skin o' the teeth, however.

"We had a lot of opportunities, but we didn't put one in until the last second. Wesley Puckett scored with 8 seconds left in the game and gave us the 1-0 lead. Wilson Central did the kickoff, and about that time, the whistle blew."

Coming back to LA for their first home game of the season, the Cats would not be so lucky, losing 2-4 to the gargantuan Warren County High School.

"We made a couple of mistakes," King said in an admitting tone.

"We gave them two penalty kicks," he said, noting that half of Warren's goals came from those kicks.

"On another goal, we made a little bit of a mistake on defense, and the fourth goal was just a nice goal. I mean, give them their credit; they're a good team and they earned their penalty kicks. We made mistakes in the box and gave them to them."

The Wildcats would land a penalty kick goal of their own via a foul from behind to junior Westley Burnett, chalking their first goal of the contest. Jonathan McGill did the honors of taking the kick and now holds the distinction of scoring LA's first penalty kick goal of the 2004 season.

Another Burnett breakaway led to the second of LA's goals when the striker booted one off and found the corner of the goal.

"We were down 4-0 and came back to make it 4-2, so you know, we played well, but we made a couple of mistakes. That's one thing that we're finding that we can't make mistakes against good teams because they jump all over it. Teams are going to put one in on us unless we play smart all 80 minutes."

With the Cats' record for the regular season at 3-3-2, the team was looking forward to playing their third district game of the season against Mt. Juliet Christian Academy on Tuesday, April 6. But they are not losing sight of the big schools remaining on their schedule, including the Thursday, April 8 game at Cookeville.

"They're having a rough year," King said of the Cavaliers, "but they've been playing some really tough teams. They're better than what their record shows."

The Wildcats will play both Mt. Juliet Christian Academy and Cookeville High School on the road before heading to White County High School to face the Class AAA Warriors on Tuesday, April 13.

 

Rain wipes out Lady Cats' good start

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats' week seemed to be off to a bright start Tuesday, March 30 at Woodbury, before the rains came and wiped it all away.

The first six LA players to go to bat scored. Two more Lady Cats scored in the second inning, and another scored in the third before the game was called for rain.

LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "We scored 9 runs in 3 innings, and then they called the game.

"Cannon County only scored 3, and most of them were off of errors. We were doing great and they called the game because of rain."

Though disappointed the game couldn't continue, Coach Johnson believes the experience was still good for the team.

"That started off a pretty good week for us," he said. "This is the best week we've played so far."

Before the game was stopped, Aspen Allen and Ashley Howard had scored 2 runs, and Casey Emerton, Whitney Walker, Sarah Maynord, Andrea Borden, and Lisa Reeder had all scored a run.

The Lady Cats travelled to Celina on Thursday, April 1 to play Clay County High School. LA pounded the Lady Bulldogs 13-1.

Ashley Howard was the winning pitcher, striking out 4 and giving up a run on 5 hits in 4 innings. Tara Taylor came in for the final 2 innings and struck out 3 and gave up a hit but no runs.

Aspen Allen scored 3 runs and went 3 for 3 at bat. Sarah Maynord went 3 for 4 and scored 3 runs. Casey Emerton and Andrea Borden each went 3 for 4 and scored a run. Whittney Sells got a hit and scored a run, then walked and scored another run.

The Lady Cats then played in the Golden Corral Invitation held at Jere Whitson Field in Cookeville on Friday and Saturday, April 2-3.

Livingston Academy played Mt. Juliet Academy first on Friday, and won 6-0.

Ashley Howard was in control, throwing a 2-hitter. She had 3 strikeouts in the complete shutout.

"We did not score a run until the fifth inning," Coach Johnson said, "and in that inning we scored all 6 runs."

Scoring runs for LA were Ashley Howard, Casey Emer-ton, Sarah Maynord, Stasha Babb, Lisa Reeder, and Whit-tney Sells.

"We played great that game," Coach Johnson said.

Then LA faced the Warrior-ettes of Sparta for the third time in the young season. The first two matchups were decided by a single run, and this game would be no different.

Both teams scored a run in the first inning, Aspen Allen bringing it home for LA, and the game remained tied for subsequent innings until time ran out with Livingston at bat.

"All we had to do was get the run home," Coach Johnson said, "and they made a throwing error and we got the run home."

Lisa Reeder scored the winning run in the 2-1 game.

Ashley Howard pitched 4 innings, and gave up a run on 7 hits. Tara Taylor pitched an inning and gave up a hit.

LA opened Saturday's play against DeKalb County.

"We were missing four players due to the ACT and other factors," Coach Johnson said.

Livingston fell to the Smith-ville team 3-10.

"They have one of the best pitchers we'll see this year," Coach Johnson said. "She held us scoreless the first two innings, and they scored 10 runs in those first two innings."

The game was Tara Taylor's first start for Livingston. She walked 5 batters, hit 2 with pitches.

"She did okay for her first game," Coach Johnson said. "She settled down after a little while and started pitching better."

The Lady Cats' runs came when DeKalb brought in another pitcher. Kirstie Dillon, Jessica McDonald, and Heather Carwile all scored. Then the Tigers' starting pitcher came back in.

Last up for the Lady Wildcats was the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers.

"Cookeville is probably the best team we'll face all year," Coach Johnson said.

LA fell 0-7.

Coach Johnson kept the loss in perspective.

"Cookeville beat three straight 7-AA opponents," he said. "They played York, they played us, and they played DeKalb County back-to-back-to-back, and beat all three of us."

Andrea Borden and Jessica McDonald got the only 2 hits of the game for Livingston.

Tara Taylor walked 4 batters, and gave up the 7 runs on 9 hits.

"She did much better pitching," Coach Johnson said. "They are a really good team. We did okay the first couple of innings; we held them scoreless until the third inning. They were too powerful for us."

After travelling to Baxter to play the Upperman Lady Bees on Tuesday, April 6, the Lady Cats will travel to Gainesboro on Thursday, April 8 to take on the Jackson County Lady Blue Devils.

The Lady Wildcats will play their first home game of the season on Friday, April 9 when they take on Red Boiling Springs.

"We can't wait for that," Coach Johnson said. "We hope a lot of people come out and support us.

"We've been on a long road trip and can't wait to actually play a home game. Hopefully, it will help us have a little home field advantage with the crowd behind us."

The crowd will also need to be behind the Lady Wildcats on Monday and Tuesday, April 12-13 when they host York Institute and DeKalb County respectively in District 7-AA contests.

But should those games need to play long into the evening, the newly installed lights will be a welcomed addition.

Coach Johnson expressed appreciation to UCEMC for installing lights on the Livingston Academy field, allowing for night softball for the first time at LA.

"We'll get to use our lights for the first time," Coach Johnson said. "We'll be able to play our first extended night game."

Along with improvement of the Livingston Academy field, Coach Johnson also sees improvement of the Livingston Academy team.

"We're improving every week," he said. "We played our best week of softball, so far, last week, and, hopefully, we'll play even better in games to come."

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