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LA Soccer Team kicks off new season
LA Softball off to winning start
Cats win over Jackson County, Monterey





LA Soccer Team kicks off new season

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
Members of the 2006 Livingston Academy Wildcats Soccer Team are, kneeling from left, Hunter Burnett, Brandon Colson, Luke Huffman, Aeric Gunnels, James Dellapace, Gregory Walker, B.J. Byers, Josh Foster, Cody Penticuff, Josh Huitt, Joey Green, standing, Matt Myers, Patrick Letner, Jordan Bailey, Corey Cross, Daniel Elder, Blake Vaughn, David Brady, John Lucas White, Jonathan Emrick, Jeremy Murphy, Logan Huffman, and Jonathan McGill.

 

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LA Softball off to winning start

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy catcher Liz Hall has the ball in plenty of time to tag out the Red Boiling Springs runner in last Friday's 6-1 home win.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
Two wins to begin the season gave a promising start for the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats softball team last week.

LA Coach Mike Johnson said, "We were starting a lot of new people. They responded well."

After a scheduled game at Clay County was rained out and rescheduled for April 11, the Lady Cats went to Sparta for a game against White County's Warriorettes on Thursday, March 16.

LA won 4-0.

Kaylie Wilson was the winning pitcher. In a complete game performance, the junior struck out 8 and allowed only 2 hits.

Offensively, Kirstie Dillon hit 2 doubles and drove in 4 runs, Liz Hall had 2 hits, Wilson had a hit, Lisa Reeder scored 2 runs, and Kayla Ferrell and Katie Vaughn each scored a run.

Livingston Academy's home opener was on Friday, March 17 against Red Boiling Springs. LA won 6-1.

Katie Vaughn was the winning pitcher, with another LA complete game performance. Vaughn struck out 5 and allowed a run on 4 hits.

The Lady Cats had 5 hits in the game. Jessica McDonald hit a triple and had 2 runs batted in, Ashley Mitchell had a hit and 2 RBI, Amanda Roberts hit a double, and Dillon and Wilson each had a hit.

McDonald and Roberts each scored 2 runs, and Reeder and Hall each scored a run.

In the two wins, LA committed only one error.

"If we play like we played last week, we should be able to beat some people," Coach Johnson said.

A double-header against Monterey was rained out on Monday, March 20.

The Lady Cats will move into the heart of district play this week. Livingston Academy is scheduled to host DeKalb County on Wednesday, March 22, then the Lady Cats will travel to Baxter on Thursday, March 23 to take on the Lady Bees of Upperman.

Livingston Academy will host York Institute on Monday, March 27, then will host Smith County on Tuesday, March 28.

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Cats win over Jackson County, Monterey

courtesy of Livingston Academy
Baseball Members of the 2006 Livingston Academy Wildcats Baseball Team are, sitting from left, Clint Durham, Colby Boykin, Jacob Lee, Allen Bilbrey, Cody Matthews, Lee Gatts, Clint West, Andrew Maynard, Todd Smith, middle row, Andrew Neff, Anthony Matthews, Josh Coffman, Andrew Dixon, Mark Barnett, Joe Reynolds, Griffin Lee, back row, Cody Winton, Matthew Lee, Zack Ramsey, Tyler Thrasher, and Kurt Gilbert.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
Replacing 8 starters won't be easy for Livingston Academy Baseball Coach Pat Swallows, but he is confident the 2006 team will grow into the roles asked of them.

"That was a big concern," Coach Swallows said. "These kids have stepped up and worked hard all winter, and now it's time for them to fill those shoes.

"We've started off a little slow. Our pitching hasn't come around as well as I'd hoped that it would. But it will. They're all young.

"Besides Tyler Thrasher, about everybody we're throwing are freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. So, it'll take a little while, especially for the really young guys to see the different level of competition they will face in high school."

The team has seven freshmen - Alan Bilbrey, Colby Boykin, Lee Gatts, Jacob Lee, Andrew Maynord, Cody Matthews, and Clint West.

Sophomore players are Clint Durham, Todd Smith, and Cody Winton.

Five juniors are on the squad - Griffen Lee, Matthew Lee, Andrew Neff, Zack Ramsey, and Joe Reynolds.

Senior leadership will come from Mark Barnett, Josh Coffman, Andrew Dixon, Kurt Gilbert, Anthony Matthews, and Tyler Thrasher.

"Our seniors are showing really good leadership skills and working hard," Coach Swallows said. "I'm proud of the way they're taking over. That'll be a big plus for us."

After the season-opener at Red Boiling Springs was rained out on Monday, March 13, the LA field was too wet to host Lebanon the following day, so the Cats hit the road to Lebanon. LA fell 1-11.

Griffin Lee was the losing pitcher.

"He just couldn't find the plate," Coach Swallows said. "He got a little down on himself and started pressing some. I had to change and put in Andrew Neff, and he did a good job there for a while.

"We were down 10-1 after two innings. It's hard to battle yourself out of a hole like that."

On the upside, LA made just a single error in the game.

Offensively, LA had 4 hits - 2 from Andrew Dixon, and the others from Cody Winton and Matt Lee.

The Cats went to Gainesboro on Thursday, March 16 for a now non-district game against Jackson County. In a reversal of the previous game's score, LA won 11-1.

Tyler Thrasher threw a 3-hitter in defeating the Blue Devils.

At bat, LA pounded out 11 hits. Kurt Gilbert went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI, and Andrew Dixon and Josh Coffman each had 2 hits, with Dixon driving in 2 runs. Cody Winton, Tyler Thrasher, Mark Barnett, and Joe Reynolds each had a hit.

The Livingston Academy field was ready Friday evening, March 17 to host Monterey. LA won 12-2.

"Monterey's a pretty decent club," Coach Swallows said. "So, I was pleased."

Clint Durham, a sophomore, pitched.

"He did a good job," Coach Swallows said. "Then Griffin came in for relief and threw a good inning to get himself back on track.

"We've got to have those young guys step up on the mound for us to be successful."

Durham gave up 3 hits, 2 runs, and struck out 8.

LA smacked Monterey pitching for 12 hits. Tyler Thrasher had 3 hits, Zach Ramsey had 3 hits, Joe Reynolds had 2, and Andrew Dixon, Matt Lee, Mark Barnett, and Josh Coffman each had a hit.

A trip to play Station Camp on Monday, March 20 was rained out.

The Wildcats are scheduled to host Pickett County on Wednesday, March 22 and White County the following evening.

The Cats will play in the Pigeon Forge Tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25. At the tournament LA will face high quality teams such as state championship contender Pigeon Forge, along with McMinn Central, and Morristown West.

"We're playing very, very good competition there," Coach Swallows said.

The Cats will travel to Woodbury on Monday, March 27 to play Cannon County in a District 7-AA matchup, then will host the same team the following evening.

Cannon County is perhaps the weakest team in the district this year.

"Smith County probably has more people coming back than anybody," Coach Swallows said.

DeKalb County is believed to be strong again, and Macon County has been added to the district with the departure of Jackson County.

"Macon's pretty solid," Coach Swallows said, "and York's better this year.

"It will be a pretty exciting race, especially with the format we're using. We're playing our district games back-to-back."

The new format forces a team to have more than one ace pitcher on the team.

"I like it. I think it will be good," Coach Swallows said. "You can't win the district tournament with just one pitcher anyway.

"We've just got to play ourselves into the position we want to be in, and that's to win the district championship again for the fourth straight year."

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