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Outlaws teams advance in playoffs
Wildcats fall to Greenbrier in regionals
LA wins District Tourney
LA Wildcats defeated by Smith Co. Owls
LA runners compete in Midstate Championships
Misty Garrett joins Tech basketball staff



Outlaws teams advance in playoffs

Kassie Hunley/OCN Sports
Logan Clark breaks loose on a touchdown run for the Jr. Outlaws in Saturday's win.

Both Overton County Outlaws teams won in the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference Quarterfinals held at Livingston Academy on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The Sr. Outlaws defeated Jackson County 35-13.

Quarterback Creed Hayes threw for 3 touchdowns and ripped off a 50-yard touchdown run.

The Sr. Outlaws will next face Smith County in the semifinals at Jackson County High School in Gainesboro at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

The Jr. Outlaws defeated Cannon County 24-7. They will next face Smith County in a 1 p.m. semifinal game at Gainesboro.

Junior Outlaws game
Outlaws 24, Cannon Co. 7
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TDs)

Jordan Savage 6-129-1
Jacob Masters 1-38-1
Kaleb Qualls 5-32-1
Ethan Hammock 4-24-0
Dylan Linder 2-20-0
Logan Clark 4-19-1
Seth Parker 1-8-0
Chase Meadows 1-4-0
Ethan England 1-1-0
Total 25-275-4

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds)
Kaleb Qualls 2-5-22

Receiving (Catches-Yds.)
Jacob Masters 1-14
Mason Jolley 1-8
Total 2-22

Lead Tacklers
Logan Clark 5; Dalton Gore 4; Jewayne Robinson 4; Jacob Masters 4; Peter Hollars 3; Kaleb Qualls 2; James Owens 2; John Michael Ferrell 2; Darion Davis 2; Seth Parker 1; Daniel Flatt 1; Hunter White 1; Ethan England 1; Chase Meadows 1; Drew Gore 1; Dylan Young 1; Andrew York 1.

Scoring
OCÊ-Clark 4-yard TD run. Conversion failed.
OC -Savage 52-yard TD run. Conversion failed.
OC -Qualls 4-yard TD run. Conversion failed.
OC -Masters 38-yard TD run. Conversion failed.
CC -TD. 1-pt. conversion.

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Wildcats fall to Greenbrier in regionals


Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy Volleyball Coach Merl Smith and his 2006 Wildcats squad walk off the court after finishing as runner-up in the District 7-A/AA Tournament.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN
Sports A seemingly unstoppable Greenbrier team ended the Livingston Academy Wildcats 2006 volleyball season Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the Region 4-A/AA Tournament played on the Bobcats' home court.

LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said, "We didn't play badly, it's just that Greenbrier played a lot better."

Greenbrier put away LA 25-16, 25-15, 25-17, then defeated Portland 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 for the region championship. Portland had eliminated Upperman to move into the finals.

"Greenbrier is the real deal," Coach Smith said. "They're very strong. They've got hitters, tall athletic girls all the way across the front, and they've got a tremendous setter. She put the ball wherever she wanted to. And they placed it anywhere they wanted to.

"We couldn't get the block to the ball because of their setter. She was very deceptive about what she wanted to do with it. "We would get really close, like 8-8, 9-9, then all of a sudden they'd run off 7 or 8 straight points."

Greenbrier's Bobcats defeated East Ridge, the defending state champs, in the sub-state, and are now in the state tournament.

"We were just a little bit outclassed. That's all there was to it," Coach Smith said.

"The girls played well. They held their heads up and gave 100% all the way to the end.

"I was proud of them for doing that."

The 2006 Wildcats season ended with a 23-19 overall record.

The team will lose four seniors to graduation this year - Jada Ledbetter, Brittany McCoin, Jessica Norrod, and Alison West.

"Jada Ledbetter was an excellent middle blocker, one of the better middle blockers as far as getting to the ball and blocking, and knowing how to block," Coach Smith said. "She was a 3-year starter and did a good job.

"Brittany McCoin ended up being an excellent passer, and a very good server. I counted on her to serve a lot of points. She was a strong server and did a real good job at strong side hitter.

"Jessica Norrod scored a lot of points as my first server. She didn't miss many serves.

"In the last game, she probably played as well as anybody did as far as the entire floor and hitting the ball," he said. "She also turned into a real good strong side hitter.

"Alison West turned into the most improved player over the years, and really came on toward the end, not only as a middle blocker but she was also a good pull player too. She turned into a very good passer.

"So, all four of the girls did an excellent job," Coach Smith said. "They made a lot of improvement over the four years."

Coach Smith believes his returning players will take advantage of this year's experience.

"We're going to have our setters back with a year's experience. That will help," he said.

"Then we've got some players besides the setters who played quite a bit. I think that will help them.

"And we've got a few sophomores who may be able to help us."

Rumors have circulated that Coach Smith may not be back next year, that he may retire. He said he hasn't decided.

"I'm not 100% sure what I'm going to do yet," he remarked. "I haven't fully made up my mind. We'll just have to wait and see.

"I'm not going to make a decision until a little later on in the year.

"But everybody's been asking me. You know, I kinda had my mind made up that I wasn't going to come back, and that this was my last year. But I'm just going to wait."

Coach Smith's overall record stands at 705 wins against 222 losses. To him, the number shows that many good players have taken the court for LA.

"It means that I've been here a long time, for one thing, and we've played a lot of matches over the years and had some good seasons, some great seasons," he said.

"It means that it's not just a three or four year thing, it means our teams have been very competitive for a number of years, which they have.

"That goes all the way back to when the team first started, in that we had a lot of girls from Hardy's Chapel/Hilham area who already knew how to play volleyball," he continued. "When we quit getting those people, then we just had athletes. And these athletes learned to love volleyball and wanted to play it. Most of them were basketball players. A lot of the girls have been basketball players and have wanted to play volleyball as well."

Coach Smith started the volleyball progam at Livingston Academy in 1976, the same year the doors opened to the present-day Livingston Academy.

"I remember having pictures of the net swagging down because we had to pull it from the bleachers," Coach Smith said.

"It's been fun."

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LA wins District Tourney

courtesy of Lauria Marshall
Showing who is number 1, the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats celebrate winning the District 7-A/AA Championship. LA shut out York Institute 5-0 in the semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 17, with Heather Marshall chalking up a hat trick (3 goals) and Mallie Stephens adding 2 goals. The Lady Cats then shutout Smith County 4-0 in the championship game, with Marshall scoring 2 goals, and Stephens and Devin Thompson each scoring a goal. The championship win allowed Livingston Academy to host Friendship Christian School in the Region 4-A/AA Tournament at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24.

 

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LA Wildcats defeated by Smith Co. Owls

Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
LA quarterback Levi Holt carries the ball as Steven Morgan, #20, provides protection.

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
Two years ago Livingston Academy went to Carthage with a team that would set a school record with 11 victories that year. It had two losses, and both came at the hands of Smith County. Last year, the Wildcats won the state 3A championship, but one of its five losses came at the hands of the Owls. So there was little doubt how this year's contest should come out.

And when it was over Friday night, sure enough, the Owls once again had dropped the Wildcats, this time by the widest margin in some years, 49-6.

"We made two critical mistakes right there at the opening kickoff, and we're just not good enough to overcome mistakes," a disappointed Wildcats head coach Danny McCoin explained after the game. "It's never good to start that way, and this year we can't overcome that.

"I thought offensively our line played extremely well, and both our quarterbacks, Levi (Holt) and Brannon (McCoin), did a good job, but defensively we just gave up big play after big play, and against Smith or any other team, we are in trouble."

The two mistakes early that McCoin referred to included a fumble on the opening kickoff that gave the Owls the ball at the LA 26, and a 26-yard pass play on the first offensive play of the game that handed Smith County a 7-0 lead. The home team simply went into cruise control after that, scoring three more times in the first period, using one sustained drive of 45 yards and a 56-yard run that should have never gotten out of the backfield for the other.

A pass interception on the final play of the initial drive of the second frame led to another quick Owls score, and an 87-yard pass play with the ball on their own 13 midway through the frame sealed the outcome.

Livingston trailed 42-6 at the intermission.

The Wildcats' only score of the night came with just over 2 minutes remaining in the half when a pair of 15-yard penalties wrapped around a good offensive drive set the ball at the 5 yard line. Holt then found Jordan Bailey over the middle for the score. The 2-point conversion try failed.

Running back Steven Morgan pointed out, "For once this year, running isn't impossible, and that's because the offensive line is doing a good job tonight opening some holes and knocking people down. Defensively, we're giving them too many big plays, but offensively, the line is doing an outstanding job tonight."

And that fact wasn't lost in McCoin's assessment of the game.

"We put in some new offensive plays this week, and the line picked up on it pretty good," McCoin added. "Naturally, you are never happy with a loss, but this year we are looking for anything that can make us better down the road, and tonight I thought the offensive line did a good job."

Missed tackles and missed opportunities to intercept passes played in the loss, the Wildcats' eighth of the year against a single victory.

LA's Jake Reeder explained, "We're just making too many mistakes on defense. We get in there and miss a tackle and nobody backs up the play, and the guy runs for a touchdown or a big gain where he should have been thrown for a loss. That's killing us.

"But for once this year we can see some improvement. The line is giving our quarterbacks more time to throw the ball, and both Levi and Brannon are doing much better."

McCoin and Holt split time on the night calling signals. Holt reinjuried his shoulder during the week but started the game, and McCoin came off the sideline to take over when it was evident Holt couldn't go any farther. The duo filled the air with 30 passes on the night, and would have had a better mark than 9 receptions had several balls not been dropped.

But even with some renewed confidence, things don't get any easier for LA this week as the state's number 2 Class 3A team, Knoxville Fulton comes to town for the season finale

Offensive lineman Curtis Beaty said, "I think you'll see some improvement next week. Tonight we played much better, and that will help. It's been a long season with not a whole lot to get excited about, but we played well tonight, and maybe that will be the spark we needed. It sure would be nice to go out a winner against a team like Fulton."

The Yardstick
1st Downs: LA 11, SC 20
Yds. Rushing: LA 47, SC193
Yds. Passing: LA 98, SC186
Pass Att./Com.: LA 30/9, SC18/9
Passes Int. By: LA 0, SC 2
Fumbles Lost: LA 1, SC 0
Punts/Avg.: LA 5/25, SC 2/34
Yds. Pent.: LA 62, SC 70

Score By Quarter
LA 0 6 0 0 - 6
| SC 21 21 7 0 - 49

 

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LA runners compete in Midstate Championships

photos courtesy of the Lander family
Kalihib Lander placed 11th in the Midstate event.

Jordan Thorpe placed 12th in the Midstate Meet.

Livingston Academy's Cross Country Wildcats participated in the Midstate Championships on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Sharp Springs Park in Smyrna.

Of the 6 LA runners competing, 2 placed in the top 15.

Kalihib Lander placed 11th with a time of 19.06, and Jordan Thorpe placed 12th with a time of 25.15.

The runners expressed appreciation to all the supporters and coaches for their efforts in the 3-mile run.

The Wildcats runners have more meets coming up, giving LA fans more opportunities to show support for these hard working students.

The next event for Livingston Academy's cross country team is the TSSAA Regional Meet at Moss Wright Park in Hendersonville on Thursday, Oct. 26.

 

Misty Garrett joins Tech basketball staff

Tennesee Tech Women's Basketball Coach Amy Brown has announced the addition of former Tech standout Misty Garrett as assistant coach.

Garrett begins her first season back with the Golden Eagles after spending two seasons as an assistant coach with the Lady Racer program at Murray State.

"Misty is a great addition to the staff," Coach Brown said. "One would not find anyone more loyal to her alma mater than she is. She has great knowledge of the game and knows how to break down and teach the game of basketball.

"I'm really happy for Misty to be back and be a part of the Tech family."

Garrett served two years as a graduate assistant coach with the Tennessee Tech women's basketball program. She was in charge of administrative duties and helped with recruiting, individual workouts, and on-the-floor coaching.

As a player, Garrett ranks 9th on TTU's career free-throw percentage list (.747). She earned All-Ohio Valley Conference Second Team honors in 2000-01, and was named to the All-OVC Tournament Team that year.

Tennessee Tech won or shared the OVC titles in each of her four years. The Golden Eagles went 58-10 (.853) in OVC play in her four seasons, winning the 2000 and 2001 regular-season titles outright, and sharing the 1999 and 2002 crowns.

TTU won the OVC Tournament in 1999 and 2000, earning berths in the NCAA Tournament in those seasons and facing Old Dominion and Texas Tech, respectively, on their home courts.

Garrett, a native of Livingston, earned her bachelor of science degree in health and physical education from Tennessee Tech in December 2002. She earned her master's degree in instructional leadership from TTU in May 2005.

 

 

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