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LA Girls Soccer undefeated in district
Cats defeat Dragons for first win
LA seeks to secure 2nd place in 7-A/AA
Jr. Cats win twice in one week

 



LA Girls Soccer undefeated in district

courtesy of Laurie Marshall
Kelsy Sottis and Allie Baltimore strip the ball from York.

By BETH UNDERWOOD, OCN Sports
Livingston Academy Girls Soccer came away with back-to-back wins last week, boosting their overall record to 5-4, and remaining undefeated in district play at 5-0.

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the team shut out DeKalb County, with Devin Thompson setting the tone after Allie Baltimore set her up for the goal.

Heather Marshall added another point to the board on an assist by Mallie Stephens.

SaraJane Maynard rounded out the scoring after knocking a penalty kick in.

The Lady Wildcats continued its rout two days later when they faced York.

"It was a big game," said Coach Ethan King. "York beat us last year three times. The team remembered and wanted the opportunity to make up for it."

Mallie Stephens and Heather Marshall were good for 2 points each as LA handed York a 4-2 loss.

"We came into the game a little banged up in defense," Coach King said. "We had some young players that had to step up, and they got the job done.

"Mallie and Heather really came through for the team. We have players from seniors to freshman contributing and making us a better team. We are starting to play more like a team every week.

LA Girls Soccer continues at at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 as the team hosts Scott High School.

 

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Cats defeat Dragons for first win

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
The Wildcats celebrate after securing a win Friday.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
Longtime rival York Institute entered Tom Davis Memorial Stadium on September 22 with a winning 4-1 record in their favor, and the Wildcats without a win after 4 games.

On paper, everything appeared to be in the Dragons' favor to defeat the Wildcats, but the game is played on the field, not on paper.

LA won 13-12 over the Dragons, giving the Cats a much needed boost.

"I'm happy for the boys," Coach Danny McCoin said. "They needed it worse than anybody. They are the ones that play and practice and do all the hard work. So, I was tickled for them."

Preparation for the game was the same as it had been in previous weeks against such state powers as Knox-Catholic, the No. 2 team in the state, and Station Camp, the No. 8 team in the state. Coach McCoin didn't make any big changes.

"We might've tweaked the defense, but not enough to notice a big difference," he said.

"We just talked about playing tough and playing hard, and trying to play for four quarters. And that's basically what we did."

The Livingston Academy defense never let up throughout the game, forcing fumbles and putting pressure on the York quarterback, ultimately resulting in a final slip by the Dragons QB that gave the game to the Cats.

"We just kept playing," Coach McCoin said. "York got going in the second half, but our guys got on track and a couple of turnovers went our way.

"We never just fell apart. We bent a little bit, but we never did quite break."

Not breaking has been a concern for Coach McCoin. The team's heart needed the win.

"It keeps us alive," he said. "I was afraid that if we lost to York, you know, there's only so much kids can take. You work hard and you work hard, but you feel like you're not climbing the hill, you just keep getting knocked back down. "If we had lost, there's no telling. We might have lost them for the rest of the season. It's just hard to keep working hard and to continue to lose.

"It gave them life. It gave them a reason to keep on pushing through the season, to keep practicing hard, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel."

The light at the end of the tunnel came with less than half-a-minute left in the game and York on the LA 12 when quarterback Dakota Jones dropped back for a pass and his foot slipped on the wet turf, slickened by rains earlier in the day. His knee went to the ground and LA's cheers went up around the stadium.

The Wildcats took the field and quarterback Levi Holt kneeled down to secure the LA win.

Scoring had been sparce in the game.

LA drew first blood in the first quarter on a 48-yard drive that began when Jake Reeder recovered a York fumble and ended when Steven Morgan ran in from the 11.

The extra-point attempt failed, but Livingston Academy led 6-0.

York Institute responded in the early minutes of the second quarter on a Jones touchdown run.

LA's Dustin Looper blocked the low kick on the extra-point attempt, to keep the Dragons even with the Cats at 6-6.

The Wildcats scored on their next drive on a reverse to Jordan Bailey, who took it to the house on a 63-yard run.

Blake Vaughn's extra-point kick was good and LA was up 13-6.

No one scored in the next 7:24 of the first half, but when the second half began, York was fired up. The Dragons mounted a 69-yard drive that ended on a Kyle Payne touchdown run from just outside the goal line.

York attempted a 2-point conversion pass, but it was dropped in the endzone.

Livingston Academy held the lead with a 13-12 advantage.

The LA offense ate up the clock for most of the third quarter, and when York went back on offense near the end of the period, the LA defense then went to work.

In the fourth quarter, Dustin Looper ended a Dragons drive with a fumble recovery, and Cody Shokoui ended another York drive with a recovery of a fumbled snap.

York made a final drive with just over 2 minutes left in the game, but the "bend but don't break" mentality contained and pressured the Dragons until Jones' knee hit the ground on 4th down.

Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to Knoxville to take on Austin East High School. "They're loaded, Coach McCoin said.

"They've got two losses, to Fulton and Catholic who're number 1 and number 2 in the state. Big, fast, very good.

"We've got our work cut out for us. We've got to go play about a perfect game. Maybe Austin East will make a few mistakes. You never know.

"I always tell them, when you play teams like this and Catholic, that's why you play the game because there are such things as upsets. You always play the game to see what happens."

LA will still be without the services of John Michael Stephens, who has a broken foot, and tight end Joe Reynolds, who has a sprained or pulled ACL.

But quarterback Levi Holt appears to be healthy again.

"He's pretty much 100%," Coach McCoin said. "He'd have to be. He took some shots. If he hadn't been 100%, he wouldn't have got up.

"Last week against Catholic was Levi's first game back. We got to do everything we wanted to do, it's just hard to play Catholic to begin with. When your first game back is after a few weeks layoff, it's tough.

"With Levi back in the game, and getting his feet back wet again, it helps us out tremendously."

The Yardstick
1st Downs LA 9, YI 13
Total Yards LA 207, YI 247
Yds. Rushing LA 159, YI 173
Yds. Passing LA 48, YI 74
Pass Att./Com. LA 6/4, YI 11/6
Passes Int. By LA 0, YI 1
Fumbles Lost LA 0, YI 3

Score By Quarter
LA 6 7 0 0 -13 YI 0 6 6 0 -12

Scoring
LA-Morgan, 11 run. Kick failed.
YI-Jones, 10 run. Kick failed.
LA-Bailey, 63 run. Vaughn kick.
YI-Payne, 1 run. Conversion failed.

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
The tenacious Wildcats defense stops a York run.

 

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LA seeks to secure 2nd place in 7-A/AA

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
When Livingston Academy hosts Upperman High School on Thursday, Sept. 28, the Wildcats will be playing for the No. 2 seeding in the District 7-A/AA Tournament in October.

"That's a big district match, our last district match," LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said.

"We need to show them that we are competitive with them."

Going into the Tuesday, Sept. 26 game against Macon County at Lafayette, the Wildcats had only two district losses, one to Upperman and one to Gordonsville.

The loss to Gordonsville came at Woodbury on Tuesday, Sept. 12, when LA also played and defeated the host Cannon County team.

"We lost to Gordonsville in a close three-game match when we went to Cannon County," Coach Smith said.

"They've improved. We didn't play very well that day, but Gordonsville had a lot to do with it because they did play a very good ballgame. And we made a lot of unforced errors. Hopefully, we will get better. We seem to be up and down, we're cold and hot right now. We're not very consistent.

"We're really working on trying to do away with our unforced errors. That's what's killing us right now, he said. "We're a pretty decent ballclub if we'll just take those unforced errors and cut them down. It doesn't take many to make the score completely different.

"It just seems like that if one girl makes a mistake, then we're going to follow it up with two or three more girls making a mistake. It's just the nature of the game."

After the Cannon County trip, the Wildcats went to Red Boiling Springs to play the host team and Monterey.

"Red Boiling is much improved this year," Coach Smith said. "That was probably the best match we've played in a while."

LA won 25-11, 25-14.

"We were clicking on all cylinders that game," Coach Smith said. "Everybody was doing well. We had some great hits. Alison West hit the ball well in that one, and so did Jessica Norrod."

The Cats took out Monterey 25-8, 25-4.

Before heading into the Glencliff Tournament in Nashville on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, the Wildcats took a road trip to Carthage to play Smith County and Jackson County.

LA defeated the host team 25-14, then lost 24-26 before coming back with a 25-19 decisive victory.

The Wildcats won 25-19, 15-18 over Jackson County.

"Against Smith County and Jackson County, Jada Ledbetter was really on as far as her hitting was concerned," Coach Smith said. "The sets were great and she was really putting it down. She was hitting the ball very hard in the court."

The coach was also impressed with the play of another of his seniors.

"Brittany McCoin is scoring a lot of points," he said. "When she goes back to serve, we seem to be scoring quite a few points because she does keep the other team off balance quite a bit right now."

The wins moved LA to 11-2 in the district.

The previous night, LA had defeated Cumberland County in three straight, 26-24, 25-8, and 25-11.

"We played really well those last two matches. We had a lot of hits," Coach Smith said. "We had some good serves. Brittany McCoin and Jada Ledbetter served the ball extremely well, and scored a lot of points for us."

The Upperman game on Thursday will begin a 3-game home stand for the Wildcats. Livingston Academy will host White County on Monday, Oct. 2, then will host Stone Memorial High School the following night.

 

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Jr. Cats win twice in one week

Overton County's Jr. Wildcats football team was on double duty last week and won both games on the road.

Behind a solid defense, led by Lucas Cole, the Jr. Cats defeated White County 20-6 on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at Sparta.

White County scored first with 3:21 left in the first quarter on a pass from B. Armstrong to C. Sparkman covering 24 yards. The conversion attempt failed, giving the Warriors a 6-0 lead.

With the Jr. Cats offense again struggling, the defense came up with a big play when Paxton Eldridge intercepted an Armstrong pass and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. Hayden Hill ran in the conversion to give the Jr. Cats an 8-6 lead.

Following a Cole fumble recovery in the second quarter, the Jr. Cats added to their lead when tailback Dylan Roberts' fumble was recovered in the endzone by Cole for a touchdown. The conversion failed, but the Jr. Cats had a 14-6 edge at halftime.

In the second half, the Jr. Cats defense held the Warriors in check, with Cole seemingly being all over the field.

The Jr. Cats recorded their final score, with 7 seconds left, on a 26-yard run by Paul Daniels. The conversion failed, making the final score of 20-6.

Offensively, the Jr. Cats were led by Kyle Lee with 60 rushing yards.

Defensively, Lucas Cole turned in a brilliant effort of 17 tackles, recovering a fumble, and forcing a fumble, along with the offensive fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Individual Statistics
Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-Int.)
Hayden Hill 0-1-0-1

Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TDs)
Kyle Lee 12-60-0
Dylan Roberts 7-53-0
Paul Daniels 3-36-1
Hayden Hill 6-29-0
Paxton Eldridge 1-16-0

Lead Tacklers
Lucas Cole 17; Jonathan Bull 6; Kyle Lee 4; Zach Green 4; Tyler Peek 3; Paul Daniels 3; J.W. Lee 2; Dustin Wylie 2; Paxton Eldridge 2; Jake Huitt 1; and Jacob Thorn 1.

Interceptions
Paxton Eldridge 1.

Fumble Recoveries
Lucas Cole 1; Jake Huitt 1.

Next up for Jr. Wildcats was a trip to Gainesboro on Thursday, Sept. 21, where they shut out the host Blue Devils 16-0, and improved their season record to 4-3.

The Jr. Cats jumped on the board first with 2:52 to play in the 1st quarter on a 26-yard touchdown run by Hayden Hill. The TD capped a 39-yard, 3 play drive. The conversion was successful on a run by Kyle Lee, giving the Jr. Cats an 8-0 lead.

Their second score came on the first play after a Hill interception. Hill hit Jake Huitt on a 40-yard touchdown pass. Dylan Roberts ran in the 2-point conversion, giving the Jr. Cats a 16-0 halftime lead.

Though never in jeopardy of losing, the Jr. Cats sputtered offensively in the second half thanks in part to penalties.

Jackson County never got closer than the Overton County 30 yard line, and the Jr. Cats secured a 16-0 win.

Offensively, Hayden Hill rushed for a touchdown and passed for another.

Defensively, Kyle Lee led the way with 7 tackles.

Individual Statistics
Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Hayden Hill 3-7-67-1

Receiving (Catches-Yds.-TDs)
Jake Huitt 2-54-1
Justin Savage 1-13-0

Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TDs)
Dylan Roberts 10-46-1
Hayden Hill 4-29-1
Kyle Lee 11-29-0

Lead Tacklers
Kyle Lee 7; Zach Green 6; Jonathan Bull 5; Lucas Cole 4; Tyler Peek 3; Jake Huitt 3; Dustin Wylie 2; J.W. Lee 2; Paul Daniels 2; Matthew Allred 1; Jacob Thorn 1; and Hayden Hill 1.

Interceptions
Dustin Wylie 1; Hayden Hill 1.

Fumble Recoveries
Paxton Eldridge 1.

 

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Crossville Raceway to host national event

The StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series had added an event to its 2006 National Touring schedule with a $2,500-to-win race at Crossville Raceway on Friday night, Sept. 29.

Crossville Raceway has recently undergone an ownership change. The new ownership group at Crossville Raceway includes StormPay.com CEO Steve Girsky, StormPay.com President John McConnell, and Al Varnadore, part of the ownership group at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL.

Dirt Late Model Series President of Operations and Communications Roby Helm said, "Crossville Raceway is already one of the nicest racing facilities in the country, and under the leadership of Steve Girsky, John McConnell, and Al Varnadore, I know the track will only get better.

"This is going to be a race that will highlight some of the best dirt late model drivers in the Southeast," Helm said. "Out of the 14 national events we have run this season, 12 of them have been won by Tennessee drivers."

The Crossville Raceway gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Friday night, with the drivers meeting at 6 p.m., and hot laps scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

For more information about Crossville Raceway call (931) 456-5000, or go to the site at www.crossvilleracewayusa.com. For more information about the StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series visit the series website at www.stormpayracing.com.

 

Blue Chip girls shootout set for Sept. 30

 

 

 

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