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
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
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
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,
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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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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