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Wildcats win at home over Jackson County
LA Girls Tennis Team wins at home
Records fall as LA Track Team begins season

 

Wildcats win at home over Jackson County

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
Oh, those bases on balls. The Livingston Academy Wildcats received 10 free passes on their way to scoring 10 runs against Jackson County on Thursday, March 31.

After rain prevented games against Macon County and Smith County, LA started the game against Jackson County later in the evening than scheduled in an effort to allow the field to dry just a bit more.

LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said, "We were very lucky to get Jackson in on Thursday. It was a mess."

The Wildcats overpowered the Blue Devils from the beginning.

"We started out hot and we scored 4 times in the first inning without any outs. Brian Colson hit a 3-run bomb into the parking lot," Coach Swallows said.

When that first inning was done, LA had scored 5 runs on 2 hits.

"We were getting ready to absolutely blow them away," Coach Swallows said, "and we just kind of set back and thought they would roll over."

But the Blue Devils didn't roll over and play dead. They scored 2 runs in the second inning, and added another in the fourth. In the fifth inning, Jackson County loaded the bases.

"All of a sudden, it's 5-3 with the bases loaded and Jackson County with a chance to come back and take the lead," Coach Swallows said. "We did tighten down and get out of that situation. We played well defensively to get out of it.

"Then we came back and scored 5 in the sixth to blow it open."

The Blue Devils added a run to make LA's winning score 10-4.

"They were a scrappy bunch," Coach Swallows said of the District 7-AA opponent. "They kept hanging in there, and making defensive plays. They changed pitchers three times, and every one of them would get out of a situation."

Though his team showed patience in drawing 10 walks, along with 3 Wildcats getting hit by pitches, Coach Swallows was a bit disappointed in the low hit total for the game. LA had only 4 hits in the game.

"They were patient enough to wait on it and take a walk," he said. "We were on base a lot. We just again could not get that hit we needed to break it wide open early."

Along with his long-ball contribution, Brian Colson was the winning pitcher, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 3 hits while striking out 6 in his five innings pitched.

Tyler Thrasher relieved Colson and pitched the last two innings and gave up a run on a hit.

Jon Maynard and Johnny Cyrus drove in 2 runs each.

Earlier in the week, Livingston Academy hosted district foe Cannon County, with a less favorable outcome.

"It was a tough loss for us," Coach Swallows said. "We played well enough to win, and just didn't get those key hits."

Cody Sells, despite a 9-strikeout performance, took his first loss of the season. Sells gave up 4 singles, 2 of them bunts.

The Wildcats brought Jimmy Davidson home in the bottom of the first inning, then brought him home again the third to lead 2-0.

Cannon County scored a run in the top of the fourth inning, then in the fifth, the Lions took chances that paid off.

Sells hit a batter, and Cannon County moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt. A single up the middle put runners at first and third for the Lions.

Sells induced the ground ball needed to start a double-play, but the ball was dropped. The tying run scored and Cannon County had runners at first and second.

What Assistant Coach Grant Swallows described as a flare over first baseman Brian Colson's head subsequently loaded the bases for the Lions.

The Lions gamble on a squeeze play, and it works. The runner at third scored, and the batter arrived safely at first.

Coach Pat Swallows said, "It was a great bunt, a perfect bunt."

LA then got a much needed strikeout.

The Lions gambled one more time and attempted to steal home. This time, the Wildcats put an end to it.

Of Cannon County's 4 hits in the game, 3 came in the fifth inning.

The Wildcats failed to score in the rest of the game and lost 2-3.

"We just could not get the hit. We left men on base all day," Coach Swallows said. "We couldn't get the hit when we needed to."

Coach Swallows also noted the nearly flawless defensive play of Cannon County in deciding the game.

"Cannon made one error," he said. "They played the way they needed to play. Their kid did a good job on the mound."

The loss dropped LA's District 7-AA record to 2-1, and the overall record to 4-6.

After travelling to Monterey on Monday, April 4 and going to Jamestown on Tuesday, April 5 to play York Institute, the Wildcats will travel to Smithville on Friday, April 8 to take on DeKalb County in another big District 7-AA matchup.

"DeKalb got beat by Smith. So, everybody had a loss in the district," Coach Swallows said. "We're right back where we wanted to be, tied, even though we've got that loss to Cannon.

"But we just have to start putting things together. I honestly feel like we still have the best team in the district. As I said before, we've just got to prove that. We haven't done it yet."

Livingston Academy will host Macon County in a 3 p.m. game Saturday, April 9.

 

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LA Girls Tennis Team wins at home

By LEAH THOMAS, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Tennis Team played DeKalb County at home on Thursday March 31.

The LA girls team played well overall, finishing with a team score of 4-3.

In singles, Amber Carmack won 8-4, Lacy Carmack won 8-6, and Danielle Ray won 8-4.

In doubles, Amber Carmack and Ray won 8-3, and Leah Thomas and Lacy Carmack lost by a close score of 6-8.

The LA boys team played hard and is improving, with Dereck Neal winning 9-7 and Randy Boswell taking a close 5-8 loss.

The match scheduled for Friday, April 1 was cancelled due to rain.

After two away games on Monday, April 4 against Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, and Tuesday, April 5 against DeKalb County, the Livingston Academy Tennis Team will play away matches against Friendship Christian Academy on Monday, April 11.

 

Records fall as LA Track Team begins season

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Track & Field Team is off and running in the 2005 season with more players than ever before.

LA Coach Merl Smith is happy to see the turnout for this year's team.

"We are getting numbers, and you can't go to a meet and compete unless you have numbers," he said. "If you go with five or six people, you might score a few points, but you're not going to win any meets.

"We still don't have hardly enough to field a complete team and have somebody in every event, but we're getting close to that point.

"With us not having a track, and having to run in the parking lot and run in the field, and in the gym, and this type of stuff, I feel like we're doing pretty good.

"We're going up in numbers, which is good."

An influx of youth has helped build those numbers.

"We've got some freshmen who are coming in and trying their hand at it to see if they can compete," Coach Smith said. "All of the kids who come out for track are going to get to compete in something."

Along with welcome newcomers, the team has experienced players returning for 2005.

"We've got some of the same kids back from last year," Coach Smith said. "I've got all of my sprinters back, and my long jumpers.

"Mike Jones is back, a sprinter, he ran the 100 and the 200 meters. Kalihib Lander, who ran the 100 and 200, and competed in the long jump, is back. He and Jones scored points just about every time in the long jump last year.

"Chris Looper is back for the 800 and the mile.

"Josh Gore, a senior, does a lot of training on his own. He can run the mile and the 2-mile. He's a good distance runner. So, we're looking pretty good in that.

"Vincent Woodard has transferred from Cookeville. He looks to be good in the 100 and 200.

"D.J. Allred is back. He runs a good 400."

Turning to the girls events, Coach Smith expects a good season for Alison West and Krista Clinard.

"Clinard ran in her sophomore year, but did not run last year. She holds the record for the long jump," he said. "She's jumped 14 feet 1 inch.

"West placed a few times last year and got some points in the long jump. Both of them are good sprinters and long jumpers. And we have a few more girls we're adding in there to try to get some relay teams."

A late addition to this year's girls competitors is Heather Burchett, who had a knee operation.

"She always won 1st or 2nd in the discus or the shot put," Coach Smith said of the senior who was just cleared to compete on Wednesday, March 30. "She won't be doing any running; she'll just be doing the shot and the discus. She placed 7th in the Mid-State last year."

The LA Track & Field Team competed in its first meet of the season on Tuesday, March 29 at Cookeville against the host team as well as Lebanon and Cumberland County.

"We played some tough competition," Coach Smith said, "but we had some individuals that did well in certain events."

Kalihib Lander broke the school record in the long jump.

"He jumped 19 feet 4 inches, the previous record was 19 feet 1 inches," Coach Smith said. "He placed 2nd in the long jump against a lot of competition.

"He also did well in the 200."

Lander tied the LA record in the 200, running a 24.52 for 4th place.

"Vincent Woodruff ran a real good 100 and got 4th place out of about 23 boys," Coach Smith said. "He did a real good job."

Dustin Looper broke the Livingston Academy record in the discus, and placed 5th.

Mike Jones placed 5th in the long jump.

Josh Gore tied the LA record in the mile, and placed 4th. Of the LA girls, Krista Clinard took 3rd place in the long jump, and placed 5th place in the 100-meter run.

"Our relay teams didn't do as well as I think they will in the future," Coach Smith said. "We need to maybe change the order and that sort of thing to tweak those teams to be a little bit better. They scored points, but they were either 3rd or 4th."

Cookeville, Lebanon, and Cumberland County are Class AAA schools, a higher level than what Livingston Academy will be competing in when the sectional meets begin.

"We go to David Lipscomb High School for our sectional meet," Coach Smith said. "We are in a Class AA sectional, and we compete with all the schools in AA from here to Nashville. We compete with Greenbrier, Macon County, York, Springfield, then on into Nashville for David Lipscomb, Hume-Fogg, Martin Luther King, Franklin Road Academy. All those schools are considered A/AA in track.

"When you get down there, you run into pretty tough competition because a lot of those schools specialize in some of these events. So when we go to the sectional, it's rare that we have anybody even place for a medal.

"We've had 3 or 4 place for medals. Jones placed last year, 7th in the 100. Heather Burchett got 7th. You have to place number 1 or 2 to go on to the state tournament."

After travelling to Crossville to compete against Cumberland County, Sequatchie County, Walker Valley, and Clarkrange on Tuesday, April 5, Livingston Academy will travel to Baxter on Tuesday, April 12 to compete against Upperman, York Institute, and Clarkrange.

Coach Smith is optimistic going into the rest of the season.

"We'll get better as it goes along," he said. "We've got a few more kids and we'll pick up a few more points. I don't think we'll run up against any tougher competition than what we just had."

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