Young Cats dominate week's play
Lady Wildcats fall to Lady Dragons
LA relay teams win at York track meet
LA Tennis Teams play well in three matches
Young Cats dominate
Dewain E. Peek/OCN file photo
John Ward's red-hot bat broke open the District 7-AA game against
Upperman's Bees last week when he hit a 2-run home run to begin
Livingston Academy's run scoring.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
With or without seniors, the Wildcats won last week.
The Livingston Academy baseball team opened the week hosting District
7-AA opponent Upperman on Monday, April 18. LA got off to a rocky
start, giving up 3 runs in the first inning.
LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said, "We made an error on
the first hitter."
After Upperman's Alan Asberry reached on the error, teammate Jordan
LA pitcher Cody Sells then walked Trey Gilliam to load the bases.
Bee Brandon Hanus hit a sacrifice fly to bring Asberry home, then
Jeremy Collins hit a double to drive in the remaining baserunners.
The Wildcats loaded the bases in the bottom of the first, but,
unlike Upperman, failed to bring anyone home.
After that shaky first inning, Sells took control, allowing only
1 hit in the following six innings and striking out 14 Bees.
"He settled down and pitched a great game," Coach Swallows
With Sells swatting the Bees stepping up to the plate, the LA offense
began to swat a few of the pitches of Bees' pitcher Jared Clouse.
Still trailing 0-3 in the bottom of the third, LA's Tyler Thrasher
drew a walk, and after an out, John Ward crushed a Clouse pitch
for a 2-run homer.
With the Cats down by a run in the fourth inning, Shane Livingston
tripled and Jimmy Davidson brought him home with a sacrifice fly
to tie the game.
LA's Joe Reynolds hit a fielder's choice in the fifth inning,
then stole second. An Upperman error advanced him to third, and
Chris Nelson brought him home with a single, giving the Cats a 4-3
"We only got 5 hits that night, but we made the most of them,"
Coach Swallows said. "We played some solid defense after the
first inning, and Cody did a great job on the mound.
"That was a big district win for us, made us 6-2 in the district.
Upperman is 7-2, we're 6-2, but we have beaten them twice. If we
win out, we will win the district. So, this week is big for us."
After a scheduled district game against Jackson County on Tuesday,
April 26, the Cats will travel to Carthage to play Smith County
in another district game the following day. Livingston Academy will
host York Institute in another district contest on Thursday, April
28, then will host DeKalb County on Monday, May 2 to close out the
regular season in a game that may determine the champion of District
"That should be a big game, hopefully, if we continue to do
what we've been doing," Coach Swallows said.
After the district win over Upperman, the seniors left for their
senior trip, leaving the underclassmen to take over on Tuesday,
April 19 against Clinton County, KY.
"It gave the young guys a chance to get in a varsity game,"
Coach Swallows said.
"The first couple of innings, I don't know if they were a
little nervous or if the guy wasn't throwing as hard as some of
the people they've faced and we weren't adjusting real well,"
he said. "We didn't score in the first two innings, and then
we scored 14 in the third. Then we scored 8 in the fourth, and we
Of the young guns, Anthony Matthews went 3 for 3, including a grand
slam, Joe Reynolds went 2 for 2 and scored 3 runs, Kurt Gilbert
went 3 for 4, and Mark Barnett went 2 for 4.
"Those are all guys who haven't had a chance to play a lot
this year," Coach Swallows said. "When they got their
opportunity, they made the most of it. They did a great job."
Regulars who also contributed included Tyler Thrasher with 2 hits
and AndrewDixon and Josh Coffman, who each had a hit.
LA had 15 hits in the game.
Tyler Thrasher was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats, giving
up 3 hits and no runs while striking out 6 in 4 innings. Andrew
Neff relieved Thrasher in the fifth and struck out the side.
"We actually played a game that we did not make an error,
the first one this year," Coach Swallows said.
Livingston Academy hosted a junior varsity tournament over the
weekend. The JV Cats defeated York 13-4, and won 10-1 over Jackson
"So this was a good week for the young guys," Coach Swallows
said. "They got a chance to play, and get a little consistency."
Coach Swallows said the good hitting and defensive play is a result
of the younger players' hard work. The varsity and junior varsity
players go through the same practice.
"Hopefully, our future will be bright for the next few years."
After a forfeit on Monday, April 25 by Clarkrange because the Buffaloes
have only 7 healthy players, the Wildcats' overall record stood
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Lady Wildcats fall
to Lady Dragons
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
Before the senior trip suspended play for the rest of the week,
the Lady Wildcats softball team travelled to Jamestown to take on
York Institute in a District 7-AA showdown Monday, April 18.
York's Lady Dragons jumped ahead early, leading 4-0 before LA got
in the game.
LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "You could tell York
was more into the game, they were more fired up to play.
"About the second or third inning of the game, I said, 'Look,
York's going to win the game if you'all don't start playing like
you want to win.' They were kind of lethargic and just didn't play
"They fired up there for a couple of innings and scored some
In the third inning, Kirstie Dillon doubled, and Jessica Lee hit
a double to drive her home and get LA on the scoreboard.
Down 1-4 going into the sixth inning, Brittany McDonald drove in
Jessica McDonald. Brittany then scored on an error, making the score
"I thought we had a chance then," Coach Johnson said.
In the bottom of the sixth, York scored a run to go ahead 5-3.
"In the seventh inning, we went three-up and three-down, and
that was it," Coach Johnson said.
"They wanted to win more than we did, and that's what happened,"
Coach Johnson said. "They won.
"They played good defense against us. We put the bat on the
ball, but we struck out 6 times. That's a little too much.
"When we put the bat on the ball, we hit it where they were.
We hit it right to them, and they made the plays."
Tara Taylor was the losing pitcher for LA, giving up 5 runs on
Others contributing offensively were Stasha Babb, who drew 3 walks
in 4 plate appearances, and Jessica McDonald and Lisa Reeder, who
each had a hit.
The loss dropped LA's District 7-AA record to 3-2.
"That put us tied with York for second place in the district,
and we've beat each other," Coach Johnson said. "Smith
County is first, they haven't lost any.
"So, we're still sitting okay. We still have a chance to be
first or second in the district. If York and us could both beat
Smith, we will all be tied for first. Smith is the team to beat.
"We've still got to beat Jackson and DeKalb who we've not
played yet. We still have two weeks ahead of us, and we have to
win some games.
"We've got three important district games this week,"
Coach Johnson said before the Monday, April 25 district game at
After a scheduled game at Clinton County, KY, on Tuesday, April
26, the Lady Wildcats will travel to Baxter on Thursday, April 28
to take on Upperman's Lady Bees in a District 7-AA game, then will
travel to Carthage on Saturday, April 30 to play another district
game against the Smith County Owlettes.
LA will travel to Gainesboro on Tuesday, May 3 to take on the Jackson
County Lady Blue Devils in another district game.
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LA relay teams win
at York track meet
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy relay team brought home two 1st place wins
at York Institute on Thursday, April 21.
Competing against York and Clarkrange, the LA team of Mike Jones,
Kalihib Lander, Kyle Carter, and Dewayne Woodruff won the 4 by 100-meter
and 4 by 200-meter relay events.
Those great performances did not necessarily translate into a great
amount of points for the LA Track & Field Team for the entire meet.
LA Coach Merl Smith said, "We were a little bit shorthanded
this past week because our seniors were on the class trip. If you
don't run all of your relays, you can't score a whole lot of points,
and we only ran two out of four.
"We didn't have anybody in our 400-meters and our 800-meters
because they were gone to Florida. We'll get those people back this
week and we should do well."
Lander also had a big day individually. He placed 1st in the long
jump, and 1st in the 200-meter run.
"Nobody was close to him in that race," Coach Smith said.
Mike Jones placed 3rd in the long jump.
Dewayne Woodruff placed 1st in the 100-meter run, and Jones was
Chris Looper placed 2nd in the mile run.
Dustin Looper placed 4th in the discus.
In the girls events, Heather Burchett took 1st in the shot put
and 1st in the discus throw.
"She set a new school record in the discus at 92 feet,"
Coach Smith said.
Anda Whittenburg placed 3rd in the 200-meter run and 4th in the
Tabatha Campbell placed 2nd in the 100-meter run.
Overall, Coach Smith was pleased with the outcome of the meet.
"We won a few 1st places and did very well," he said.
Earlier in the week, LA's track & fielders travelled to Cookeville
to take on the home team along with Warren County, Cumberland County,
and Clay County.
Heather Burchett took 1st in the discus toss, and placed 2nd in
the shot put.
"She did very well," Coach Smith said.
The LA coach received a pleasant surprise in the girls 200-meter
"Alison West ran a new race she hasn't been running before,"
he said. "She placed 2nd in the 400-meters, and did a very
good job in that.
"So, we're going to start training her a little bit more for
that race because she's got some speed and some endurance too."
In the boys events, Kalihib Lander placed 2nd in the long jump,
and placed 3rd in the 200-meter run.
Chris Looper placed 3rd in the mile run.
The LA 4 by 100 relay team placed 3rd.
"We ran a real good race in the 4 by 200 relay," Coach
Smith said. "We knocked 5 seconds off our best time. We ran
1:37 and placed 2nd in a really close race with Cookeville."
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LA Tennis Teams play
well in three matches
By LEAH THOMAS, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Tennis Team played Mt. Juliet Christian Academy
on Monday, April 18.
The girls won 4-3. Leah Thomas won 8-1, Danielle Ray won 8-0, and
Chelsea Sevier won 8-0 in singles. The doubles team of Leah Thomas
and Lacy Carmack won 8-5.
Brad Ledbetter won 8-2 in singles play for the boys.
LA Tennis took on Van Buren County the following day.
The girls won 6-4. In singles, Leah Thomas won 8-5, Lacy Carmack
won 8-3, Rhiannon Voss won 8-6, and Ashley Taylor won 8-3.
In doubles, Leah Thomas and Chelsea Sevier won 8-4, and Rhiannon
Voss and Chelsea Taylor won 8-5.
The boys won 4-0. Andy Sathern won his first match of the season
8-6, David Johnson won 8-5, and Randy Boswell won 8-6 in singles.
The team of Sathern and Johnson won 8-6 in doubles.
LA took on Clay County on Friday, April 22.
The girls won 7-1. In singles, Leah Thomas won 8-0, Lacy Carmack
won 8-5, Danielle Ray won 8-2, Chelsea Sevier won 8-4, Rhiannon
Voss won 8-1, and Ashley Taylor won 8-5.
In doubles, the team of Danielle Ray and Lacy Carmack won 8-5,
but the team of Leah Thomas and Chelsea Sevier came up short with
a 7-9 loss.
After a scheduled match against Cannon County on Tuesday, April
26, the LA Tennis Team will play Clay County on Thursday, April
28. The district tournament will be played at Tennessee Tech on
Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3.
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