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Curtis Beaty signs with Cumberland
Internship with NASCAR truck team available
Lady Cats take runner-up in District 7-AA Tournament
Special Olympics team receives new shoes for playing basketball
Cats to play for tournament championship



 


Curtis Beaty signs with Cumberland

Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy student Curtis Beaty signed a football scholarship with Cumberland University in Lebanon on Thursday, Feb. 15. On hand for the signing are his parents Tammy and Junior Beaty, seated, and Cumberland Football Coach Dewayne Alexander.

 

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Internship with NASCAR truck team available

Fastenal Company is offering up an internship opportunity this July at the Bobby Hamilton Racing Inc. (BHR) shop, a team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, in Mount Juliet.

Two automotive technical students will have the opportunity to work with the BHR crew during the week of July 9 through 13 preparing the No. 18 truck for its July 14 race, which takes place in Sparta, KY. The two selected students will also be working with the pit crew during the Sparta race.

All applying students must be a minimum of 18 years-old and will have graduated between January 1 and June 30 of 2007 with a technical degree in the automotive trade. The students are required to have passed at least two ASE tests before June 30.

Visit www.ase.com for test dates and registration. Applications will be taken online at Fastenalracing.com through April 30 . The chosen applicants will be notified the first couple of weeks in May.

Fastenal Company, corporately located in Winona, MN, is a distributor of industrial and construction supplies and is the number one distributor of fasteners nationwide with over 271,000 different fasteners. Started in 1967 by founder Bob Kierlin, Fastenal has now grown to more than 2,000 stores across North America, with 12 distribution centers and a fleet of over 250 company-owned semi-trucks and trailers, straight trucks, and sprinter trucks.

In 2006 Fastenal began it's sponsorship of BHR in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with the late Bobby Hamilton Sr. driving the No. 18 truck. NASCAR fan favorite Ken Schrader will be driving the No. 18 truck for the 2007 race season.

 

 

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Lady Cats take runner-up in District 7-AA Tournament

Kassie Hunley/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy's Lady Wildcats took the runner-up spot in the District 7-AA Tournament. Team members are, kneeling from left, #32 Amber Welch, #40 Alyssa Thompson, #22 Alissa Sells, #5 Shelby Taylor, #23 Chelsea Carr, #54 Kendria Kilgore, back row, #12 Jada Ledbetter, #11 Britany Smith, #33 Brittany McCoin, #14 Devin Thompson, #21 Adrian West, #3 Alison West, #20 Mallie Stephens, and #10 Ashley Matthews.

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
By now it has become a habit: Livingston Academy beats Upperman at home and Upperman beats Livingston in Baxter. It happened again Monday night, Feb. 19 at Upperman, and the bad news is, after the first round of the regional tournament this weekend, the winners go back to Baxter to see who will advance in the state's Class AA basketball tournament.

After rolling over Macon County Saturday night in their first outing of the District 7-AA Tournament in Baxter, 51-29, it appeared the Lady Wildcats may just be ready to break the string of losses to the Lady Bees, an engagement that has become a regular site over the past several years at this stage of the season. After all, sooner or later, the string of Upperman wins on their home court against Livingston has to end somewhere.

Earlier in the week, almost the entire Lady Wildcats team felt this could well be their time.

"For some reason we have a hard time playing there (Baxter)," senior Ashley Matthews said, "but this time I really think we can win. It's not that they are that much better than us, it's that we just don't seem to play well there. We'll be ready this time."

And it appeared the Lady Cats could finally pull off a win on the Lady Bees' home court, but it just wasn't to be, and at the final buzzer Monday night, Upperman again had the upper hand, this time 46-38.

LA's Mallie Stephens explained after the heartbreaking loss, "We got out of our tempo. They got us out of it and we never got it back."

LA Coach Lesley Smith had somewhat the same feeling, but explained it a little differently.

"We lost our cool," Coach Smith stated. "Give Upperman credit, they played great defense and they made too many easy baskets.

"We could get one more shot at them before the season is over, and maybe by then we will have gotten used to playing here. So far, we haven't."

Coach Smith was referring to the fact that should the Lady Wildcats win Friday night at home in the first round of the regional tournament against a foe from District 8-AA then they would come back to Upperman another time, and more than likely face the Lady Bees once again.

Stephens put the Lady Cats on the board first Monday night, but a 3-point shot by Upperman gave the lead back to the Lady Bees. Ashley Matthews put the Lady Cats back on top with a pair of free throws minutes later, but a 4-point run at the end of the quarter put the home team on top 8-5

In the second frame, the Lady Cats got rolling again, and a basket by Matthews followed by a fast break that saw Kendria Kilgore drop in an easy bucket after a pass from Matthews, put the visitors on top 11-9. Matthews then gave the Lady Cats their biggest lead of the night with a bucket to up the score to 13-9, but the Lady Bees then took over and led at halftime, 17-14.

In the third period, LA "lost its cool" as the Lady Bees came out and raced to a 9-0 run and a 24-14 lead. From that point on, try as they may, Livingston could never catch up.

Matthews led Livingston with 15 points while Kilgore added 8, West hit for 6, and Stephens was good for 4.

In their Saturday, Feb. 17 game with Macon County, it was a well balanced scoring attack and outstanding defense that produced the 22-point win over the Tigerettes.

After trailing by a point at 16-15 at the end of the first period, the Lady Cats came alive with Matthews nailing a 3-pointer, her first points of the night, and 7 points from West put Livingston on top 26-18 at intermission.

Matthews kick started the third period with a 3-pointer, then Kilgore dropped in 4 points. Matthews added a pair of free throws, and going into the final frame, LA led 39-21.

The final period belonged to LA as the Lady Cats applied defensive pressure and outscored Macon County 12-8 to cruise to the win. After the first period, Macon County only scored a total of 13 points.

Matthews led the LA scoring with 14 points, while West added 12, Stephens hit for 8, and Kilgore was good for 7. Shelby Taylor added 4, Brittany McCoin put in 2, and Alissa Sells was good for 1.

In other action Monday night, Macon County dropped Smith County 69-46 to claim the third spot in the district tournament.

Matthews, Kilgore and West were all named to the All-District Tournament team.

On Friday night, Feb. 23, the Lady Wildcats will take to the floor at Livingston Academy at 7 p.m., while the Livingston boys will see action Saturday night, also starting at 7 p.m.

 

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Special Olympics team receives new shoes for playing basketball

photo courtesy of Livingston Academy Special Olympics program
Livingston Academy's Special Olympics basketball team received new basketball shoes from the "Pass It Forward" group. On hand are, front row from left, Kevin Carr, Wesley McBride, Luke Neeley, Patricia Hill, second row, Nathan Miller, Jessie Ledbetter, Barbara Boles, third row, Jonathan Reeh, Matthew Barlow, fourth row, Coach Billy Barnes, Steven Ogle, Steven Dulworth, Frankie Cunningham, Coach Keith Allen, back row, Judy Dillon -Special Olympics coordinator, Principal Gary Ledbetter, Coach Lesley Smith, who originally taught the students to play, and Coach Renee Wilborn. Not pictured are Courtney Vaughn and Chris Corbin.

 

Cats to play for tournament championship

Kassie Hunley/OCN Sports
LA's Jeremy McLearran wins the battle to the basket.

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
It was not a question of how good were the Livingston Academy boy's basketball team. During the regular season the Wildcats had posted 20 wins against 10 losses, posted a 10-2 District 7-AA mark and the regular season championship, and had nailed down the top seed in the league tournament currently going on in Baxter.

In those terms, the Wildcats were pretty good. Now, take out team leader Chase Dunn and repeat the question: how good is Livingston Academy?

That question was answered Saturday night at Upperman High School when Dunn injured an ankle late in the second period in a close game with DeKalb County. With the Wildcats and the Tigers fighting tooth and nail in a game that would send the winner to the championship contest Tuesday night, Dunn came up limping with only seconds remaining in the first half and the Cats clinging to a hard fought 30-28 lead.

Junior Todd Smith answered the question early in the third period when he fired up his fellow teammates early with two straight 3-point baskets to boost Livingston to 36-28 lead, and from that point one member at a time stepped in to lift the Wildcats to a 56-54 win and a trip to the championship game Tuesday night against Smith County.

"At some point in the second half, every player on that floor stepped up and did his part," pointed out LA head coach Richard Melton. "Those two three's by Todd were huge, then Deven (Ramsey) hit three in a row, (Jeremy ) McLearran played well inside, and Jordan (Everley) made that big basket there at the end. (Tyson) Stover hit a big three, and Clint (West) had another important three in the second period. It was a good team win."

Coach Melton added, "Chase will be okay, and we expect him to start Tuesday. But the big thing was the team played well without him, and that was important."

During the regular season, the two teams met twice, and in the first meeting at Livingston, the Tigers embarrassed the defending district champs with a stunning 56-53 upset. In mid-January, the Wildcats went to Smithville to get revenge, and did it in convincing style, taking a 52-39 decision.

This time around, it would be a close battle all the way.

"It shows just how strong this league is," Coach Melton said. "Smith County beat Upperman in the tournament Saturday, and we had a real struggle with DeKalb. It was a good win for us, and although it was only by two points, at this point in the season, two is as good as two hundred."

DeKalb County took a 4-0 lead early in the game, but a pair of buckets by Dunn and two three's by Stover and Smith put the Wildcats on top at the end of the first period, 12-9.

In the second period, Smith hit for 7 of Livingston's 18 points, and at the intermission the Wildcats were on top by 2 at 30-28.

It was the third period that saw the cream rise to the top as Smith nailed the first 6 points of the period with two big 3-point baskets, then Ramsey added 6 more from in close. McLearran had a basket in close, and when Stover hit his second 3-pointer of the night late in the frame, the Cats had moved out to a 47-36 lead and appeared headed for an easy win.

But the Tigers refused to fold, and aided with a pair of late turnovers by the Wildcats, nipped away at the 11-point lead in the final 8 minutes to close to within 2, 53-51, with less than a minute remaining.

Everley then made an easy lay-up on a coast-to-coast play starting with an outlet pass from Stover, then added a free throw seconds later to put the game out of reach, 56-51. DeKalb threw up a final 3-point basket as time ran out, but it couldn't get the Tigers close enough.

Smith led Livingston with 16 points, including three 3-pointers, while McLearran had 9, Ramsey and Stover 8 each, Dunn and Everley 6 each, and West 3.

Following the District 7-AA Tournament championship game against Smith County on Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Wildcats will see action in the Region 4-AA Tournament on Saturday night, Feb. 24, starting at 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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