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Lady Cats take soccer season title
Cats fall to Anderson County 12-27
Cats take tourney runner-up spot
Kickball championship held at Livingston Middle School



Lady Cats take soccer season title

courtesy of Laurie Marshall
Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Soccer seniors Whitney Allred, Megan Harris, Danielle Ray, and Mallie Stephens were honored during the Senior Night ceremony.

By BETH UNDERWOOD, OCN staff
Senior Night for Livingston Academy's Lady Wildcats soccer team was held Tuesday, Oct. 10, and it also proved a victorious night for the team as they shut out rival York Institute 5-0.

In her last season with the Hog-Eye squad, Mallie Stephens scored two goals in the one-sided contest, while Heather Marshall netted 3 goals.

The four seniors, in addition to Stephens, who were recognized at that game on Tuesday, Oct. 10, were Danielle Ray, Whitney Allred, and Megan Harris.

The win gave the Cats an undefeated regular season in district play, finishing in first place.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, play continued in Warren County, as the team fell behind 1-0 early on. But a direct kick from Heather Marshall tied the score, ultimately resulting in the team's first tie of the season.

The game was also marred by the injury of goalie Breanna Colson, which brought in Megan Harris who played the entire second half.

The Lady Cats ended the season at 8-4-1 and move on to play the winner of the Jackson County/DeKalb County game in tournament play.

Danielle Ray, Mallie Stephens, Megan Harris, and Heather Marshall were named to the All-District 1st Team, and Devin Thompson, Breanna Colson, and McKenzie McConaha, were named to the All-District 2nd Team. Sara Jane Maynord received honorable mention.

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Cats fall to Anderson County 12-27

Dewain E. Peek/OCN file
Steven Morgan gained valuable yardage for the Wildcats.

Dewain E. Peek/OCN file
Levi Holt ran for a touchdown against Anderson County.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
A case of "official confusion" helped turn a close game into a big win for Anderson County, and add another loss to Livingston Academy's 2006 penthouse to the cellar season.

Both teams came into the game with identical 1-6 overall records an no wins in 4 tries in Region 2-3A. The teams proved to be evenly matched early in the game played at Clinton on Friday, Oct. 13.

The Wildcats took the opening kickoff, but were forced to punt after three plays.

On Anderson County's opening drive, the Mavericks made three first downs and scored on a 3-yard run by Zeke Rogers. A Ryan Farmer kick gave the home team a 7-0 lead.

The Mavericks stripped the ball away from the Cats on the ensuing kickoff, but that drive ended when LA's Dustin Looper recovered a Rogers fumble at the Livingston Academy 20.

The Wildcats went three and out, punting to the Anderson County 49. The Mavericks' drive continued from the first quarter into the second, but ultimately was for naught when they turned over the ball on downs at the LA 31.

Mixing the offensive plays among Steven Morgan, Drew Cannon, Jordan Bailey, and Jake Reeder, with a short quarterback change from Levi Holt to Brannon McCoin, Coach Danny McCoin's team clicked off four first downs and scored when Holt faked to Morgan and ran in from 6 yards out.

The point-after try was blocked, but LA had closed the gap to 6-7 with the 70-yard drive.

The Mavericks then went out in three downs, punting to the LA 34. But the Cats ran out of time on time on their drive as the half-time buzzer blew.

When play resumed in the third quarter, Anderson County again failed to make a first down and punted to the LA 6.

On LA's first play, Holt's pass was intercepted by Bryson Henson at the 36.

The Mavericks moved the ball to the 20, then Andrew Skinner caught a 20-yard pass for a touchdown. The Farmer PAT gave Anderson County a 14-6 lead over LA.

On LA's following possession, Anderson County safety John Phillips intercepted a third down pass and ran it in 28 yards for a touchdown.

The Wildcats blocked the point-after kick, keeping the deficit to 6-20. The Wildcats then set out on a drive that continued from the third quarter into the fourth quarter. After making four first downs, Livingston Academy had the ball at the Anderson County 23. The drive appeared to end with a nowhere run by Morgan.

But Anderson County was flagged for a facemask penalty. The penalty was of the inadvertent variety, good for only 5 yards, not enough to give LA the first down but normally coming with a replay of the down, which would have kept the Cats' hopes alive.

Yet, in a case of Friday the 13th weirdness, the officials inexplicably handed the ball over to Anderson County.

On the first play of the unexplainable possession, Rogers took off on an 83-yard run that ended with another Anderson County touchdown. The Farmer PAT was good and the home squad now led 27-6.

The ensuing LA drive garnered a first down, but Holt was forced to punt the ball back to Anderson County.

The LA defense kept the Mavericks in check in three downs, and Livingston got the ball back.

Brannon McCoin came in to run the offense, and four first downs and a 6-yard Jamie Cravens run later, LA had pushed the scored to 12-27.

A 2-point conversion pass fell incomplete.

With 7 seconds left in the game, LA kicked off to the Mavericks, who muffed the catch. LA's Cody Brewer picked up the loose ball with 1 tick left on the clock.

Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to Carthage to face Coach Jimmy Maynord's Smith County Owls.

The Yardstick
1st Downs: LA-14, AC-6
Total Yards: LA-221, AC-222
Yds. Rushing: LA-180, AC-198
Yds. Passing: LA-41, AC-24
Pass Att./Com.: LA-19/4, AC-5/2
Passes Int. By: LA-0, AC-2
Fumbles Lost: LA-1, AC-2

Score By Quarter
LA 0-6-0-6 - 12
AC 7-0-13-7 - 27

Scoring
AC-Rogers, 3 yard run. Farmer kick.
LA-Holt, 6 yard run. Kick blocked.
AC-Quinn pass to Skinner, 20 yards. Farmer kick.
AC-Phillips interception, 28 yards. Kick blocked.
AC-Rogers, 83 run. Farmer kick.
LA-McCoin pass to Cravens, 6 yards. Conversion failed.

 

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Cats take tourney runner-up spot

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy's Wildcats took the runner-up spot in the District 7-A/AA Tournament. Team members are, kneeling from left, #34 Brittany McCoin, #3 Alison West, #15 Jada Ledbetter, #11 Jessica Norrod, back row, #12 Cassie Sullivan, #54 Kendra Kilgore, #40 Chelsea Carr, #23 Alissa Sells, #10 Kristen Williams, #24 Megan Cantrell, #4 Betsy Wright, and #44 Adrian West.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
In a 5-game deciding match, Livingston Academy's Wildcats relinquished the District 7-A/AA Tournament title to the Upperman Bees on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Baxter, but both teams knew they had been in a battle.

"It was a great ballgame," LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said. "Both teams played extremely well."

The Cats jumped ahead early in the first game, but succumbed to the Bees 24-26, an indicator of how hard it would be to win this championship.

LA came back strong in the second game, winning convincingly 25-16.

The pendulum swung back Upperman's way in the third game, with the Bees taking an equally convincing 25-15 win.

Then the two teams locked up for a match of wills, LA refusing to lose, and Upperman determined to put an end to it. The game was continually tied and continued past the 25-points necessary all the way up 28 when the Wildcats finally broke away for the 2 points needed to defeat the host team, 30-28.

The fifth and final game for the championship went to the 15-point wire with Upperman triumphant at 15-13.

"I was happy with the way we played, though not the final result," Coach Smith said.

"We made some really big plays, and we played hard through those five games.

"It was great for the fans."

Senior Jada Ledbetter and sophomore Chelsea Carr were named All-Tournament.

The runner-up finish placed the Wildcats in the Region 4-A/AA Tournament against Greenbrier, the host school, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. A win would give LA a shot at the championship at 7 p.m. later in the evening. A championship win would bring the Cats home to LA for the sectional at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.

Before the game with Upperman, Livingston faced Gordonsville in the semifinal round and won 25-13, 26-24, and 25-18.

Three Wildcats players were named to the All-District 7-A/AA Team - Jada Ledbetter, Brittany McCoin, and Alison West.

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Kickball championship held at Livingston Middle School

photo courtesy of LMS
The first nine-weeks grading period at Livingston Middle School featured a kickball season during P.E. classes, which concluded with a tournament. Coaches Flatt and Maynord took the champions of each grade to Dairy Queen and presented trophies to homerooms. Winners in the 5th grade were Mrs. Grimes' "Pink Bobbleheads". Team members are, front row from left, Hallie Thompson, Dusty Cantrell, Rachel Huddleston, Levi Ledbetter, Allie Brown, Leah Neely, back row, Matthew Fish, Trent Hull, Dalton Copeland, and Savannah King. Not pictured are Josh Lipovsky and John Lisi.

 

photo courtesy of LMS
Champions in the 6th grade were Mr. Smith's "Kickers". Team members are, front row from left, Cole Presley, Dakkota Cantrell, MacKenzie Allred, Samantha Campbell, Nathaniel Strong, Todd Brown, back row, Cory Hamilton, Jacob Wilson, Emma Stamps, Hunter Sells, Stormy Nigro, and Megan Martin.

 

photo courtesy of LMS
The 7th grade winners were Ms. Vaughn's "Major Pains". They are, front row from left, Chelsea Blakely, Shyla Brown, Courtney Smith, Cassondra Gore, Shelby Grimsley, back row, Zach Castle, M.J. Lockhart, Chris Brown, Dustin Long, and Trisha Wade. Not pictured are Jacob Kirkpatrick and Coty Parsons.

 

photo courtesy of LMS
Taking 8th grade 1st place honors were Mrs. Garrett's "PDAs". They are, front row from left, Daniel Robinson, Kyrua Beaty, Hannah Buck, Cody Cole, Tyler Smith, Colin Ledbetter, back row, Skylar Chaffins, Hunter Garrett, James Ferrell, Jacob Brinkley, and T.J. Reagan. Not pictured is Carl Sanders.

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