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Wildcats snag 2 wins, big one gets away
LA Soccer wins over Boyd Christian
Lady Cats close out Clay County in three

LA tennis teams play Dekalb, Cumberland
Burchett first again in shot put and discus

 

Wildcats snag 2 wins, big one gets away

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Brian Colson hit 3 home runs, while going 4 for 4, driving in 5 runs, and scoring 4 against Upperman High School.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats snagged two more District 7-AA wins last week, but the big one got away.

After rain washed away the early schedule for last week, Livingston Academy finally saw baseball on Thursday, April 15. Tax Day proved taxing for pitchers. The Wildcats pulled out the win in a 12-9 slugfest against Upperman High School.

Wildcats Coach Pat Swallows said, "We got behind 2-0 right off the bat."

Brian Colson hit a home run to make it 2-1, his first of 3 on the day.

"Johnny Cyrus had a big hit to tie it up 2-2," Coach Swallows said. "Then John Ward got a big single to put us up 4-2, it scored 2 runs. We went up on them 12-5.

"We ended up giving up 4 in the seventh, but they were all unearned."

Cody Sells came in in the seventh to strike out 2 to put the fire out. Tyler Thrasher was the winning pitcher. He allowed 8 runs on 8 hits and struck out 5.

"Overall, he did a good job," Coach Swallows said.

Brian Colson had a career day with the 3 home runs, going 4 for 4, scoring 4 runs driving in 5 runs.

"I can't remember a kid hitting three home runs in a game," Coach Swallows said of LA's past. "He had a great night at the plate."

The Wildcats travelled to Carthage on Friday, April 16 to take on the Smith County Owls in another district game. Brian Colson was the winning pitcher in an 8-2 LA win.

Colson gave up 3 hits and struck out 4.

"Cody King hit a 3-run shot in the sixth that pulled us away from them," Coach Swallows said of his team's offensive play. "He was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs."

Johnny Cyrus had 2 key hits for the Cats, and John Ward put LA on the scoreboard with a hit.

"That was a district game on the road, and we played pretty decent," Coach Swallows said. "It put us to 7-0 in the district."

Then, the Cats travelled to Smithville to make up a game rained out earlier in the week. A chance to claim sole possession of the top position in District 7-AA got away from the Wildcats.

"We went to DeKalb on Saturday, and got beat 5-2, and didn't play that poorly," Coach Swallows said.

"Cody Sells pitched a very good ballgame and got beat. He gave up 7 hits, but each one of their hits were critical, 2-out hits, 2-strike hits. DeKalb did a really good job at that."

Questionable calls are an intrinsic part of baseball, and they were an ingrained part of Saturday's game at DeKalb County. The loss placed LA in a tie with DeKalb County for the top spot in District 7-AA.

"I was really proud of them, how they battled back and stayed in the game," Coach Swallows said of his team.

Andrew Dixon and John Ward each had 2 hits, and Tyler Thrasher hit a home run.

"We're still continually hitting the ball," Coach Swallows said. "The pitching's pretty stable."

After hosting Cannon County in a district game Tuesday, April 20, Livingston Academy will host Smith County for another district game on Thursday, April 22.

"This week is pretty crucial," Coach Swallows said. "We need these two."

 

LA Soccer wins over Boyd Christian

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Westley Burnett turns toward Boyd Christian School's goal in one of several attempts during last Thursday's game that helped him land the hat trick, scoring three goals on the evening.

By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff

"Okay, everybody go get a drink!"

So went the reprieve shouted by LA Soccer Coach Ethan King during practice on Monday afternoon as he dispatched his players to the cooler to chug down some water.

Wiping sweat (which was the result of his practicing with his team) from his brow with the tail of his T-shirt, the coach took a brief break to speak about the past week's only game.

"We played Boyd," he said in reference to Boyd Christian School, noting that last year, the Wildcats won their first regular-season game against the school before tying their second, and finally defeating them in the district tournament.

"They lost, I think, five seniors from last year's team. Three of them were some of their best players."

Perhaps that would explain the dominant nature of the LA performance, with BCS scoring an early goal expeditiously answered by LA's five over the remainder of the game.

Westley Burnett handled the majority of the scoring and netted the hat trick with three goals to his credit. Wesley Puckett and Jacob Pennington brought the ratio to 5-1.

"Overall, we played really good," Coach King said. "They snuck one by us; the defense just had a little bit of a lapse. It happens from time to time.

"All of our goals were pretty good. We did a pretty good job of controlling the tempo of the game. We kind of passed it around them pretty well.

"Towards the end, they kind of got frustrated and started fouling and hacking on us. They started getting a couple of cards. It was nice to see the referees keeping control of the game."

Another game was scheduled last week for Tuesday, April 13 at White County, but was rescheduled to Friday, May 7 due to inclement weather, namely snow.

Now 4-0 in their district, the Wildcats are looking to seed well in the upcoming district tournament, tentatively scheduled to start on May 10, but the team is still taking it one game at a time, according to King.

"If we win those last two games in district play, we will be first in the district and we'll get a bye in the tournament," he said, "so we're still trying to focus on each game one at a time."

The Cats were scheduled to play district rival Friendship Christian School in Lebanon on Tuesday, April 20 before returning to the home pitch to play Lebanon High School on Thursday, April 22.

 

Lady Cats close out Clay County in three

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Casey Emerton slides home in the Lady Wildcats' 15-0 win over Clay County High School.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
After delivering a thumping to Clay County High School's Lady Bulldogs on Thursday, April 15, Livingston Academy's Lady Wildcats took a thumping with four losses in a weekend tournament at Crossville.

The Lady Cats made short work of the visitors from Celina, winning 15-0 in three innings.

Ashley Howard was the winning pitcher, allowing a single hit and striking out 2 in the shutout victory.

Offensively, LA went to the plate 26 times, and got on base 19 times. Livingston made the most of 8 hits, 9 walks, and 2 Lady Cats hit by pitches.

LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "Everybody who got to bat scored a run. That's amazing."

Some enjoyed the experience so much they had to do it more than once. Sarah Maynord and Andrea Borden scored three times each. Maynord didn't have a hit in the game; she walked three times.

Stasha Babb had 2 hits in the game.

Though well pleased with his team's execution, Coach John-son conceded that lack of experience on the mound contributed to Clay County's inability to keep LA from scoring runs. "Their regular pitcher was hurt; so they had to put somebody in who hadn't pitched much," he said. "We took advantage of their weakness. We capitalized on it and run-ruled them in three innings."

But Coach Johnson's team did execute as necessary.

"That game, we played great," he said. "Everybody did what they were supposed to do. We got them out quickly. That was a good game."

Then the good times quit rolling. The Lady Cats played in the Plateau Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17.

Livingston first took on Bledsoe County, and lost 2-4.

"They were the best team in our pool; they beat everybody in our pool," Coach Johnson said of Bledsoe. "They won all three of their games. Their closest game was our game with them."

Two back-to-back home runs surrendered by pitcher Ashley Howard took the wind out of LA's sails until the sixth inning of the time-limited game. Three straight hits by Lady Wildcats brought home a couple of runs, but they couldn't manage to score any more.

"We played well in that game," Coach Johnson said. "Defensively, we were good. We played good enough to win.

"What we're lacking right now is scoring runs. We can't seem to get the bat on the ball right now."

Ashley Howard took the loss on the mound for Livingston. She pitched the first five innings and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk, while striking out 3. Tara Taylor pitched the last inning, giving up a hit and no runs.

Aspen Allen and Ashley Howard each scored a run.

"Then we turned around and played Sale Creek," Coach Johnson said.

"We started off pretty well. We scored a run in the first inning."

Sale Creek answered with a couple of runs before the Lady Cats tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth inning, then time ran out.

"So, they started what's called 'the international tie-breaker'. They put the last person who got out on second base," Coach Johnson said. "Jessica McDonald got the third out in the sixth inning, so she started off on second base.

"We bunted her around and drove the run in with a hit."

Sale Creek responded by also plating a run.

"So, we had to go to a second tie-breaker inning," Coach Johnson said, "and in that inning we missed the bunt to move her to third and couldn't hit the ball; just basically didn't do what we were supposed to do that inning, didn't score any runs."

Tara Taylor had pitched 7 innings, giving up a walk and 11 hits, but only 3 runs. The tiring Taylor was replaced by Ashley Howard in the bottom of the inning. Howard struck out a batter, but after Sale Creek loaded the bases, a walk sent home the winning run.

"That was a real close game," Coach Johnson said. "We could have beat that team, should have beat them, had chances to beat them, but just didn't pull it off.

"Saturday morning, we played Kingston, a team we were very well matched with," Coach Johnson said. "We scored a run in the first inning, and didn't score again."

At the end of four innings, Kingston led 3-1.

"We had 10 hits in the game; we just couldn't score," Coach Johnson said. "We'd get on base, then leave them stranded."

Ashley Howard pitched four innings, gave up 3 runs on 8 hits. Tara Taylor came in to pitch the last inning and was roughed up for 7 runs on 7 hits.

Coach Johnson didn't blame his young pitcher for the disastrous final inning. Apparently, the blame could be spread around, and had more to do with attitude and fortitude than with ability or skill.

"We lost that game 10-1, and that's probably the worst game we've played in quite a while," Coach Johnson said. "We just kind of gave up at the end. I wasn't happy about that."

Next up for the Lady Cats were the Cumberland County Lady Jets, the host team.

"We played well against them," Coach Johnson said. "We played a lot better against them than against Kingston."

Though LA lost 0-6, Coach Johnson was impressed by the way his team stayed in the game against what he described as one of the top three teams in the state.

"We played real good defense in it," he said. "Tara Taylor pitched the whole game; she gave up 10 hits and 6 runs.

"For as good a team as they are, I think we played really well against them. They have really good pitchers, and we just couldn't catch up to them.

"We got one hit, and that hit was by Ashley Howard," he said. "The only other person to get on base was Stasha Babb, and she walked.

"It's good for us to see good pitching like that. It helps us out when we go play our district opponents."

The Lady Cats will face three District 7-AA opponents in four games this week. After hosting Smith County in a district game on Tuesday, April 20, a district game scheduled for early last week against York Institute that was rained out will be played at Livingston Academy at 3:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 21. Then Livingston Academy will host Cannon County's Lady Lions in a district double-header Thursday, April 22.

"This will be a big week for our district," Coach Johnson said. "We've got to play good ball. We can't play like we did against Kingston and win.

"We've got to stay in the game the whole time and not get our heads down."

 

LA tennis teams play Dekalb, Cumberland

BY MICHAEL SMITH, OCN staff
Livingston Academy's tennis teams played at DeKalb and Cumberland counties last week.

The girls team went undefeated against DeKalb County on Thursday, April 15.

Rachel Barlow, Wrenda Curd, and Leah Thomas finished with 8-0 matches. Dana Ledbetter, Ronance Jackson, and Amber Carmack also finished with strong wins at their seeds.

The girls doubles teams also established dominance with Wrenda Curd and Rachel Barlow winning 8-2, Dana Ledbetter and Ronance Jackson winning 8-3, and Danielle Ray and Lacy Carmack winning 8-2.

The girls finished with a 9-0 victory.

The boys team only took one victory against DeKalb, but were unable to play in their doubles matches. Daniel Sweeney was victorious against an opponent who had beaten him earlier this season in an 8-6 win. The boys team finished with a 1-4 loss.

LA's boys team played a tough Crossville team Friday, April 16. The overall score was 0-4.

The girls team suffered a tough loss against Crossville as well. Dana Ledbetter won 8-4, Wrenda Curd won 8-4, and Danielle Ray won 8-3 for LA's only victories. The overall score for the girls team was 3-6.

LA Tennis Coach Scott Cole said, "We were dealing with some injury issues with a couple of players last week. Overall, I was very, very pleased. We went out and competed against teams that by all rights should have beaten us.

"The girls gave everything they had; the guys played against teams that the one seed was just as good as the fourth seed."

After playing Friendship Christian at home on Monday, April 20, the LA boys and girls teams are scheduled to visit Friendship Christian on Thursday, April 22.

Burchett first again in shot put and discus

BY MICHAEL SMITH, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Track & Field teams competed against Cookeville, Coffee County, Warren County, and Clay County on Thursday, April 15.

The girls team made their mark at Thursday's meet. Heather Burchett once again took 1st place in shot put and discus for the third week in a row. Andrea Maynord took 4th place in the 100 meter hurdles and the 300 low hurdles.

The boys team showed signs of success. In the long jump, Mike Jones took 2nd, and Kalihib Lander placed 4th.

LA Coach Merl Smith said, "The boys had some tough competition. They all competed real well, and some of our times were better, but due to the stiffer competition, they didn't place.

"Most of the players are enjoying the season so far. We've just got to train a little better."

After a meet at Crossville on Tuesday, April 20, the Wildcats will then travel to Jamestown for a meet at York Institute on Friday, April 23.

 

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