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Tennessee State Bass Championship tournament winners announced
Jr. Wildcats take 3 of 4 in one week
Winners in the Area 9 Swim Meet announced
LA Wildcats endure tough baseball week
Lady Cats play DeKalb, Smith County

 

Tennessee State Bass Championship tournament
winners announced

John Story with the Bank of Putnam County, center, presents the Tennessee State Bass Championship Governor’s Cup trophy to Frank Bell and Russ Moran, first-place winners in the March 31 bass tournament on Center Hill Lake. The winners, whose combined six-fish weight totaled 25.06 pounds, took home more than $4,000 in cash and prizes. The Bank of Putnam County was the title sponsor of the tournament, which was also presented by Cumberland Insurance Group. More than $12,000 was awarded during the tournament. For a complete list of all tournament winners and more photos, visitwww.tnbasschampionship.com.

 

Bank of Putnam County’s John Story, center, presents plaques and a check to Terry Steele and Adam Wagner, 2nd-place winners in the March 31 Tennessee State Bass Championship tournament. The 2nd-place team won $1,500 with a combined six-fish weight of 21.13 pounds. Steele and Wagner won first place in the tournament last year.

 

 

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Jr. Wildcats take 3 of 4 in one week

Overton County’s Jr. Wildcats were victorious in 3 of 4 games last week, to crawl above .500 at 13-12.

Similar to the LA Wildcats, it has been a task for the Jr. Cats to finally go above .500, as they stood at 6-10 at one point this season.

The Jr. Cats opened their week with a double-header sweep over Burks Middle. The Jr. Cats rode a 6-run fourth inning to claim a 9-5 win.

The winning pitcher was Hayden Hill, giving up only 1 earned run while striking out 7 in his 4 innings of work.

Hill, Josh Johnson, and Justin Savage had 2 hits each to pave the way offensively.

Game 2 was a 7-0 victory for the Jr. Cats as Colby Reeder and Jim Officer combined to toss a no-hitter. Hill had 2 hits in this contest, while Reeder scored 2 runs and stole 3 bases.

The second double-header of the week for the Jr. Cats was at Jackson County. The Jr. Blue Devils pulled out a thrilling extra-inning 7-6 win by scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh. Reeder was the losing pitcher.

The Jr. Cats were bitten by the strikeout bug as they fanned 11 times in the game.

The Jr. Cats had a 6-5 advantage going to the bottom of the fifth, but a couple of defensive miscues allowed the tying run to score.

Johnson led the offensive attack with 3 hits, while Savage and Marshall Cannon had 2 apiece.

In game 2, the Jr. Cats came back with another shutout pitching performance in defeating Jackson County 6-0. Jr. Cat’s pitchers Reeder, Justin Timmons, and Officer combined on a 1-hitter.

The Jr. Cats had only 3 hits in the game, but were aided by 7 Jr. Blue Devils errors.

The Jr. Wildcats coach stated, “It feels really good to get over .500, but it has really been a struggle. Our kids have improved all season, even if we are only 13-12, if that makes sense.”

 

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Winners in the Area 9 Swim Meet announced

Livingston Academy’s Special Olympic athlete winners in the Area 9 Swim Meet held Friday, April 13 at the YMCA in Cookeville are, front row from left, Barbara Bowles, Matthew Barlow, Joline Reeh, second row, Steven Dulworth, Jessie Ledbetter, Luke Neeley, back row, Steven Ogle, Wesley McBride, Nathan Miller, Jonathan Reeh, and Chris Corbin.

Livingston Academy’s Special Olympics athletes participated in the Area 9 Swim Meet at the YMCA in Cookeville on Friday, April 13.
Winners from LA are as follows:

50 Meter Freestyle Division 1 are, Chris Corbin - 2nd place, and Nathan Miller - 3rd place.

Division 2 - Wesley McBride - 3rd place.

100 Meter Freestyle Division 1, Chris Corbin - 1st place, Jonathan Reeh - 2nd place, and Wesley McBride - 3rd place. Division 2 - Joline Reeh - 1st place.

25 Meter Back Stroke - Jonathan Reeh - 2nd place.

50 Meter Back Stroke - Joline Reeh - 1st place.

25 Meter Breast Stroke - Nathan Miller - 1st place.

Life Jackets Width of Pool, Division 2 - Steven Dulworth - 1st place, Steven Ogle - 2nd place, Jessie Ledbetter - 3rd, and Barbara Bowles - 4th. Division 3 - Matthew Barlow - 1st place. Division 4 - Luke Neeley - 2nd place.

Life Jackets Length of pool, Division 1 - Steven Dulworth - 1st place, and Jessie Ledbetter - 2nd place. Division 2 - Steven Ogle - 1st place, and Barbara Bowles - 2nd place.

4x25 Meter Freestyle Relay - Team of Joline Reeh, Nathan Miller, Chris Corbin, and Jonathan Reeh - 1st place.

Coaches for LA are Judy Dillon, Renee Wilborn, Billy Barns, Keith Allen, and Whitney Allred.

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LA Wildcats endure tough baseball week

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Members of the Livingston Academy Wildcats stand in reverence as the United States National Anthem plays before Thursday’s game against the Sparta Warriors.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN Sports

“We had a rough week,” LA Wildcats Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said thinking back over the past week’s play.

After having reached the .500 mark with a 10-10 record, the Cats dropped four straight games, two to district-leading DeKalb County.

Livingston Academy played host to DeKalb’s Tigers on Monday, April 16, and promptly gave up 6 runs in the first inning.

“We tried to battle back, but just couldn’t,” Coach Swallows said.

LA came within a couple of runs of the Tigers, but ultimately lost 7-9. Clint Durham took the loss on the mound for the Cats.

“We’re still making mistakes in critical situations and not getting the big hit when we need it,” Coach Swallows said.

The Cats traveled to Smithville the following evening for a rematch. The game got ugly fast for LA, and ended early with a run-rule 12-2 win for the Tigers.

“We got behind again 4-0 right off the bat the first inning,” Coach Swallows said. “So, we’re just not getting prepared early enough.”

Senior Andrew Neff was the losing pitcher for LA.

“He just didn’t have that run on the ball that he normally does,” Coach Swallows said. “He was a little flat and they were hitting him pretty well. But we were making mistakes in critical situations again there.

“We had the bases loaded in the second, and could have been able to cut the lead in half, maybe, – and struck out.

“We’ve just got to do a better job than that.”

Sparta’s Warriors visited Livingston Academy on Thursday, April 19, and jumped ahead 3-0 in the first inning, powered by two home runs off LA pitcher Todd Smith.

“He did a really good job, it’s just that we made mistakes that allowed them to get in a situation where they could hit a couple of home runs,” Coach Swallows said.

The Sparta team went on to win 5-2.

“We had a chance to come back in that game as well,” Coach Swallows said.

The Cats traveled to Grundy County the following day.

“We really played a good ballgame, and had a 2-1 lead going into the sixth, and made a critical, critical error that allowed them to tie it up,” Coach Swallows said.

“And then with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the seventh, they hit back-to-back doubles to beat us 3-2.”

Matt Lee was the tough luck pitcher for LA.

Livingston Academy was scheduled to host Bledsoe County on Saturday, but it was canceled.

“They didn’t have enough players,” Coach Swallows said.

Playing with no seniors this week, all gone on the senior trip, the Cats were scheduled to travel to Woodbury on Monday, April 23 to take on Cannon County in a District 7-AA game, then host the Lions the following night. The seniorless Cats are then scheduled to travel to Monterey for a battle of the Wildcats on Thursday, April 26.

“We’ll have to play through it,” Coach Swallows said. “Some of these
young guys are going to have to step up. We hope that will happen.”

The seniors will be back in time for the Marion County Tournament on Friday and Saturday. LA is scheduled to play two games each day.

The Wildcats will close out the regular season with a pair of games against district rival York Institute. The Cats will travel to Jamestown on Monday, April 30, then will host the Dragons the following evening.

“So, it’s a rough little stretch here we’ve got to go through. We could go anywhere from 3rd to 7th, “ Coach Swallows said of the possible seeding for next week’s District 7-AA Tournament. But he believes the Cats can climb higher once the tournament begins.

“I honestly feel like we could win it,” he said. “We have as much talent as anybody else in the district. We are not playing as well as they are playing right now, but that could change daily in baseball.

“If we could get a little momentum and a little confidence back again, and beat some of these people, then we’ve got a chance.”

Cutting out the costly mistakes will be the key, according to Coach Swallows.

“We’ve struck out 125 times this year, and we’ve made 82 errors,” he said. “So we’re giving them a lot more opportunities, because we’re striking out over 5 times a game. We are taking too many third strikes.”

Coach Swallows said the problem has not been lack of preparation.
“We work at it,” he said. “We take ground balls and we don’t make mistakes, we have 2-strike drills – we do all those things. We’re just not doing it in the game.

“We’ve got to get mentally tougher.”

 

Lady Cats play DeKalb, Smith County

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Abbey Jolley smacks a hit against Smith County.

Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats softball team took on DeKalb County and Smith County in District 7-AA play last week.

The Cats traveled to Smithville on Tuesday, April 17, and took an 11-1 loss to the DeKalb County Lady Tigers.

LA’s Kaylie Wilson allowed 11 runs, only 5 earned, on 6 hits and 2 walks, and struck out 2.

Kayla Ferrell had a hit and scored a run, Wilson had a hit and drove in a run, and Abbey Jolley, Lyndsey Nelson, Liz Hall, and Julia Carwile each had a hit.

Livingston Academy hosted the Owlettes of Smith County on Thursday, April 19, and came up just short with a 2-0 loss. The Lady Cats left 8 runners on base, 7 in scoring position.

LA pitcher Katie Vaughn allowed 2 runs on 9 hits and no walks, and struck out 5.

Jolley and Vaughn each had 2 hits, and Carwile, Ferrell, Hall, and Kendria Kilgore each had a hit.

After hosting Pickett County on Tuesday, April 24, the Lady Cats are scheduled to travel to Gainesboro on Thursday, April 26 to take on Jackson County’s Lady Blue Devils, then LA will close out the regular season with a home game against Monterey on Tuesday, May 1.

 

 

 

 

 

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