Overton County Jr. Wildcats Baseball begins
Hogeye soccer starts season with wins
Elite wins back-to-back tourneys
LA baseball season off to rocky start
County Jr. Wildcats Baseball begins
The Overton County Jr. Wildcats opened their 2007 baseball season
by playing four games their first week. The Jr. Cats struggled by
going 1-3 for the week.
The Jr. Cats opened the seson by playing a doubleheader at home
against Avery Trace.
In game 1, the Jr. Cats were dominated by an overpowering Avery
Trace team by the score of 15-0. Some early miscues got the Cats
off to a bad start and things continually got worse.
In game 2, the Jr. Cats were able to salvage a split by scoring
2 runs in the bottom of the 5th to win the game 6-5. On Saturday,
the Jr. Cats took part in the White County Middle School Invitational
where they played a pair of games. In the first one against Cornerstone
Elementary, the Jr. Cats held a 4-3 lead entering the bottom of
the 4th before Cornerstone scored 5 runs to take an 8-4 victory.
The second game of the day was against Mt. Juliet. The Jr. Cats
were again hurt by defensive miscues and poor hitting. Mt. Juliet
held a 7-1 lead entering the last of the 5th, but proceeded to score
11 runs before the time limit ended the game with the final being
The Jr. Cats are a young team that, despite the score in a couple
of the games, seem to be showing some improvement. The Jr. Cats
roster consists of 8th graders Josh Johnson, Hayden Hill, Marshall
Cannon, Justin Savage, Justin Perdue, and Carson Bailey. Seventh
graders on the team are Lucas Dailey, M.J. Lockhart, Colby Reeder,
Brandon Anderson, Jim Officer, and Justin Timmons. The head coach
is Keith Parker.
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starts season with wins
courtesy of David Harvey
Livingston Academy's boys soccer team is off to a perfect start,
undefeated in its first two district games of the 2007 season. Their
first game came at York, where the Wildcats shut out their opponent
4-0. On Thursday, March 15, the Hogeye squad continued its rout,
shutting out Smith County 7-0, in a home game. LA continues its
season next week, hosting Wilson Central at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March
27, before travelling to DeKalb County for a 6:30 p.m. game on Thursday,
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wins back-to-back tourneys
photo courtesy of Rebecca Foster.
The Tennessee Elite, a 13-under AAU team, has won the first two
tournaments in which they have participated. They took 1st in both
the 11th Annual Run & Gun Shootout and the Volunteer Open. Their
record stands at 10-0. The team is made up of girls from Hilham,
Livingston Middle School, Jackson County, York Institute, and Stone
Elementary in Crossville. Team members are, front row from left,
Suzi Cooper, Heather Cantrell, Ashley Clark, middle row, Assistant
Coach Belinda Cook, Chelsea Cook, Kayla Williams, Tori Stocking,
Coach Joey Williams, back row, Jessica Conklin, Carly Dickens, Jessica
Sells, and Brooke Foster.
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baseball season off to rocky start
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
The best thing about the Wildcats baseball teams first week of the
season had nothing to do with wins and everything to do with losses.
"The good part of it is none of it was district," Coach
Pat Swallows said.
That none of Livingston Academys games were against District 7-AA
opponents was a small blessing in a week with four losses and no
The 2007 season started Monday, March 12 with a home game against
Montereys Wildcats. The Putnam County team won 6-4.
"Montereys got a good solid club," Coach Swallows said.
"John Looper does a great job with them up there, and they
were motivated to beat us. They didnt make any mistakes, made all
the plays. And we didnt.
"It was like we were tight. We were nervous a little bit,
and got behind early. We got behind 6-1, then battled back to 6-4.
"We had runners on with an opportunity for a big hit to tie
it up. We didnt do it."
Senior Andrew Neff took the loss on the mound for LA. Clint Durham,
a junior, had a 3-run double to bring LA to 6-4.
"We didnt field the routine ground balls and do the things
that weve been working on all winter," Coach Swallows said.
The team was scheduled to play in a tournament at Oak Ridge from
Thursday through Friday, but rain shortened LAs play to Saturday
The Wildcats faced Knoxville Catholic in their first game of the
day, and were blanked 12-0.
"They were very good, very solid," Coach Swallows said.
"We knew they would be."
LA gave up only 5 hits, but walked 8 and hit 7 batters in the 5
"Our pitching just let us down," Coach Swallows said.
"We didnt hit the ball real well. Our defense was okay in the
first game, but when you walk and hit some people all day, then
its not going to give you a chance to win."
Oliver Springs was up next for the Wildcats. LA gave up 3 hits,
and lost 10-2.
"We just did not catch the fly ball, did not field the ground
ball. We didnt hit. Our pitching problems continued; we hit 3 or
4 more that game," Coach Swallows said. "So, right now
The highlight for LA came from freshman Tracy McDonald who hit
a single and a double.
"Because we were playing so poorly, we ended up picking up
a third game Saturday night just to see if we could play ourselves
out of this little funk that were in," Coach Swallows said,
"and we didnt."
The team from Clinton threw a no-hitter against the Cats.
Not a team to sit back and accept such a disappointing start, the
players called a team meeting after their last game Saturday.
"I dont know what they discussed, but they wanted to practice
yesterday," Coach Swallows said on Monday. "They called
their own practice yesterday, and we had a great practice.
"They're back upbeat and shutting all that stuff out, forgetting
about it because theres nothing we can do about it.
"You know, even the Yankees run into strings like that where
they cant do anything. Its just baseball. Well be okay. Weve just
got to work ourselves out of it."
District play was scheduled to begin Monday, March 19 with a trip
to Lafayette to take on Macon Countys Tigers, and the Tigers were
scheduled to visit LA the following evening.
The Wildcats will head to Sparta on Thursday to play White County
in a 6:30 p.m. game, with the junior varsity squad playing at 4:30
LA will host Pickett County in a 5 p.m. game Friday, March 23,
then will host district foe Smith County at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March
26, and a JV game is set for 4:30 p.m. The Cats and the Owls will
face each other again at 5:30 p.m. the following day at Carthage,
and another JV game will be played at 4:30 p.m.
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