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LA Tennis girls post wins for young season
LA boys soccer off to slow start
Lady Wildcats lose close to Upperman
Weather hindering Wildcats





LA Tennis girls post wins for young season

By Leah Thomas, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Tennis Team played their first match of the season on Wednesday, March 22, after Monday and Tuesday's scheduled games were cancelled due to rain.

Both the girls and boys tennis teams played Friendship Christian Academy at home on Wednesday.

Danielle Ray and Rhiannon Voss won matches for the girls in singles play, 8-2 and 8-5 respectively.

In doubles, Leah Thomas and Rhiannon Voss won 8-6.

The rest of the team played very good matches, and some of them were close.

The LA boys all played tough matches, but they could not pull out a winning match.

On Thursday, March 23, the LA teams were once again at home, this time playing Cannon County.

In singles, Danielle Ray claimed her second win of the season 8-1, and Rhiannon Voss also won her second of the season 8-1. Leah Thomas and Lacy Carmack both played very hard, but lost in their matches in a tie break.

Once again Thomas and Voss played a good doubles game, but lost in tie break.

In boys doubles, David Johnson and Randy Boswell won with a score of 8-5.

Then on Friday, March 24, the LA Tennis Team played the first away match of the season at Cookeville High School.

For the girls, the games proved to be very tough, but they played very well.

The boys team had one winning match against Cookeville. Randy Boswell won 8-5 in singles.

After hitting the road to play Van Buren County on Monday, March 27, the Livingston Academy Tennis Team will travel to Smithville on Monday, April 3 to take on DeKalb County.

 

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LA boys soccer off to slow start

By BETH UNDERWOOD, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Wildcats boys soccer team is off to a stop and go season, following a first-game loss, second-game tie, and two weeks off for spring break.

The team opened its season at home against Warren County on Tuesday, March 14.

LA led at the half, 1-0, on a Jonathan McGill goal.

But Warren County shut the Hog-Eyes out in the second half, while scoring two goals of their own, before the final horn.

LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "We ran out of gas. That can be fixed."

Next up, the team traveled to play Station Camp on Saturday, March 18, to meet up with the team they've met in the regionals for the past three years.

"Both teams had opportunities," the coach said.

Station Camp missed a pick to take the lead, and the game ended with a goose egg for both sides when neither team could capitalize on those opportunities.

This year's team boasts only three returning starters, senior Jonathan McGill and juniors Blake Vaughn and Cory Cross.

"These three are the captains of the team," Coach King said. "They'll need to be the leaders."

Among the new starters are juniors Logan Huffman and Jeremy Murphy on defense.

The loss of last year's seniors has meant ample playing time for many of the young players, including 5 sophomores and a freshman.

"We have improved every scrimmage and game," Coach King said. "I hope the break doesn't set us back."

The Wildcats will travel to Jamestown to take on York Institute in a district game on Thursday, March 30, with a 6 p.m. kick-off, and will return to LA for a 6:30 p.m. home game against DeKalb County on Friday, March 31. The Cats will then travel to Monterey on Tuesday, April 4 for a district contest.

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Lady Wildcats lose close to Upperman

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
Defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory in the Lady Wildcats' sole game played last week.

After games against Monterey and DeKalb County were washed away by heavy rain, the Lady Cats hit the road for Baxter on Thursday, March 23 to take on Upperman's Lady Bees in the first District 7-AA game of the season.

Conditions deteriorated quickly during the game.

LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "It was raining, snowing, sleating, and freezing cold all at the same time. It was just miserable.

"We only played a 6-inning game instead of the regular 7-inning game because of it."

The outcome was also miserable for the Lady Cats, who lost by a single run, 8-9.

The game started out promising for the Cats, who led 7-1 at one point. But Upperman matched LA for a 7-7 tie after five innings, then the weather dictated shortening the game.

If either team gained the advantage in the sixth, the seventh inning would not be played.

LA struck first for a run in the top of the inning, but Upperman, aided by LA errors, brought home two runners to win the game.

"You've got to give them credit, because they came back and won the game," Coach Johnson said.

"Our pitching and catching just didn't work Thursday night. I used both pitchers. Katie Vaughn started the game; she pitched 2 and 2-3 of an inning, gave up 6 hits and 6 runs. Kaylie Wilson pitched 3 and 1-3 of an inning, gave up 4 hits and 3 runs.

"We made a bunch of errors, made a bunch of mental mistakes."

While the defense struggled in the adverse conditions, the Lady Cats pounded out 18 hits offensively.

Of LA's 8 runs, 6 were scored in the third inning.

Seven of the nine starters scored a run in the game.

Liz Hall scored 2 runs and went 3 for 4, with 2 doubles and a single, and she drove in 2 runs.

Amanda Roberts went 3 for 3, 2 doubles and a single, and had a sacrifice bunt.

Lisa Reeder went 2 for 4, with 2 singles.

Wilson went 2 for 3, hitting 2 singles. And she walked in her fourth plate appearance.

"We were aggressive at the plate and hit the ball well," Coach Johnson said. "Our defense just didn't play well and we gave up too many walks in that game."

After hosting York Institute on Monday, March 27 and Smith County on Tuesday, March 28, the Lady Cats will travel to Smithville for a double-header against District 7-AA foe DeKalb County on Thursday, March 30. LA will travel to Albany, KY, on Monday, April 3 to take on Clinton County, then will host new district opponent Macon County the following evening.

"If we play like we did last Thursday, we won't stand a chance in any game this week. If we turn it around and play like we know we can play, like we did in the first two games of the year, we've got a chance of being in these games and winning them," Coach Johnson said. "It just depends on what team shows up for us."

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Weather hindering Wildcats

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
Mark Barnett waits for the pitch in the Wildcats' game against White County's Warriors on Thursday, March 23.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
"The weather is killing us," a frustrated Coach Pat Swallows said after rain and snow wiped out all but one of the Wildcats' scheduled baseball games last week.

"We've lost five games to weather that we won't make up. And that's going to hurt us quite a bit because the guys need to play in order to get better."

The outcome of the one game, a non-district home game against White County, was also frustrating.

LA opened the Thursday, March 23 game with a run in the first and another in the second to take a 2-0 lead.

"We played as well as we can play for three innings," Coach Swallows said. "Tyler Thrasher was perfect through three innings - we hit the ball, made every defensive play, didn't make any mistakes."

The Warriors answered in the fourth with 2 runs to tie the game.

The Cats took the lead once more in the bottom of the fourth inning with 2 runs to go up 4-2, but the Sparta team came back in the top of the sixth to match LA at 4-4.

"We went into the seventh tied and still playing okay," Coach Swallows said.

Then bad hops and slips spelled doom for the Cats, who gave up 5 runs in the inning to trail 9-4.

"It was cold and wet," Coach Swallows said. "We made three errors in the seventh, two on one play."

The Cats did not score in the bottom of the inning and took the loss, moving their overall record to 2-2.

Tyler Thrasher took the loss, giving up 9 runs, only 3 earned, on 8 hits, including a home run, and 2 walks. He struck out 6. Of his 109 pitches, 69 were strikes.

Griffin Lee came in for a third of an inning in relief and struck out a batter.

"Tyler certainly outpitched them for 6 innings," Coach Swallows said. "His pitch count got up and he got tired in the seventh. I should have taken him out. It was my fault.

"But he's our number one, so we want to try to win with him or lose with him. Not that we don't have confidence in the other guys, it's just that he was throwing so well that I felt he deserved that opportunity."

Four LA errors didn't help his cause.

Offensively, the Cats popped 10 hits in the game.

Kurt Gilbert went 2 for 4, hitting a double and a triple, drove in 2 runs, stole a base, and scored a run.

"He really did a good job at the plate," Coach Swallows said.

Joe Reynolds also went 2 for 4, drove in a run, and stole a base.

Zach Ramsey had a hit, drove in a run, and stole a base; Josh Coffman had a hit and scored a run; Tyler Thrasher had 2 hits and walked twice; Anthony Matthews had a hit; Matthew Lee had a hit; and courtesy runner Todd Smith scored 2 runs.

"We went to Pigeon Forge and got rained out and snowed out and didn't get to play at all," Coach Swallows said of the scheduled weekend tournament. "So, that was the only game we got in this week."

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