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Basketball standouts earn All-State honors
“Hammer” Stephens Golf Tournament held
Jr. Cats close out baseball season
Cats defeat Lions twice
Lady Cats play DeKalb, Smith County

 

Basketball standouts earn All-State honors

Ashley Matthews and Chase Dunn were selected for the TSWA Class AA All-State Team for the 2006-2007 season.

Ashley Matthews and Chase Dunn have collected more awards for the 2006-2007 high school basketball season. Each has been selected to the prestigious TSWA Class AA All State Team for the 2006-2007 season.

TSWA (Tennessee Sports Writers Association) is composed of sports writers across the state who vote for All State Teams in each classification - A, AA, AAA, and DII.

After being chosen District 7-AA Player of the Year for the 2006-2007 regular season, Matthews led Livingston Academy to the regular season district title. The Lady Cats finished 2nd in the district and region tournaments, and with Matthews’ leadership finished in the State Tournament Final Four.

Matthews scored her 1,000th point at the Christmas Tournament at Disney World, and finished her career with 1,357 points. She was also chosen Upper Cumberland co-Player of the Year for 2006-2007, and has signed a basketball scholarship with Cumberland University.

Dunn is the only sophomore in Class AA to be selected to the TSWA Boys All State Team. He was chosen regular season District 7-AA Player of the Year for 2006-2007.

He helped lead Livingston Academy to the regular season district title, district tournament championship, and scored his 1,000th point as the Wildcats were eliminated from post-season play in the region semifinals.

Dunn was also chosen Upper Cumberland Player of the Year for the 2006-2007 season.

 

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“Hammer” Stephens Golf Tournament held

The “Hammer” Stephens Golf Tournament was held Sunday, April 22 at Hidden Valley Golf Course. The annual golf tournament is sponsored by Livingston Exchange Club to benefit The Stephens Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. First place winners were Danny Norrod, Lance Mason, Mike West, and Dan Rassett.

 

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Jr. Cats close out baseball season

Overton County Jr. Wildcats ended their baseball season by going 1-3 in their last week.

The Jr. Cats lost a home double-header on Monday, April 23 to Algood, then split their two games in the pool play district tournament.

With the 1-3 week, the Jr. Cats finished the season 14-15.

The Jr. Cats opened the week at home against Algood. After Algood scored a run in the top of the first, the Jr. Cats plated 3 runs in their half of the inning, with RBI hits coming from Hayden Hill and Justin Savage.

The Jr. Cats held the 3-1 lead until Algood plated 4 runs in the top of the third, benefitting from a couple of Jr. Cat errors and a bloop single. Those runs were plenty for Algood pitcher Chris Large as he held the Jr. Cats to 3 hits while striking out 8.

Algood added 3 more runs to take the 8-3 win. Hill was the losing pitcher giving up 5 runs, only 2 earned, and striking out 6 in his three innings of work.

In game 2, Algood rode the bat and the arm of Andrew Henson. He held the Jr. Cats to a single hit and he also cracked a 3-run homer as the
Redskins defeated the Jr. Cats 6-1.

The lone Jr. Cat hit was an infield single by Marshall Cannon.

The Henson home run came off losing pitcher Colby Reeder. Henson struck out 8 Jr. Cats in his 4 innings of work.

On Friday night, April 27, the Jr. Cats opened district tournament play against Cornerstone. The pool play tourney was played at Algood.

Cornerstone took an early 3-0 lead off Hill, thanks to two singles and an error.

The Jr. Cats scratched out a run in the top of the third, and then got a clutch 2-run double in the fifth from Josh Johnson.

The deciding run plated in the bottom of the 6th on a controversial balk call on Hill.

The Jr. Cats had a shot in the seventh inning, but stranded runners on second and third at the end of the game. Cornerstone took the 4-3 victory.

Hill was the tough luck loser, throwing a complete game and giving up 6 hits and striking out 8.

The Jr. Cats played Jackson County in game 2 of the pool play, which turned out to be just for pride.

After falling behind the Jr. Devils 1-0 on an error, the Cats got a 2-out RBI single from Carson Bailey, a bases clearing double from Hill in the 3rd inning, and a 2-run double from Johnson in the fourth inning to blow open a close game. After extending the lead to 9-2 in the fourth, the Jr. Cats got a grand slam home run from winning pitcher Colby Reeder.

The Cats took a 13-2 win.

Head Coach Keith Parker said, “It was nice to win our last game. It will be something for us to build on for next year.

“We had a lot of ups and downs this season, but I hope our kids were able to learn something beneficial.”

The Jr. Cats lose 6 eighth graders – Carson Bailey, Marshall Cannon, Hayden Hill, Josh Johnson, Justin Perdue, and Justin Savage.

 

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Cats defeat Lions twice

Dewain E. Peek/OCN file photo
Clint Durham helped the Cats with at bat and on the mound last week against Cannon County’s Lions.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s Wildcats posted two District 7-AA wins last week, without the benefit of the seniors.

Lacking the upperclassmen who were on their senior trip, the Cats defeated district foe Cannon County 5-2 on Monday, April 23.

Clint Durham was the winning pitcher for LA, and drove in the winning run with a single up the middle. Seth Kilgore added insurance with a 2-run homer afterward.

The following day, LA defeated the Cannon County Lions once more, this time with a 6-4 score.

Todd Smith started the game for the Cats, but had a rocky start. Freshman Shawn Walthall was brought in and became the winning pitcher. Cody Winton nailed down a save.

LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said, “Todd didn’t have his best stuff. Shawn came in and put the fire out, and Cody did a good job of shutting them down in the seventh.

“That was two big district wins without our seniors. We had talked all week to the young guys about getting their chance to play and stepping up, and they did. They really did a good job.

“We made some mistakes, but we did a lot of good things,” Coach Swallows said.

“You don’t like to play district people without all of your starters, but with the way the young guys came on and played well, we were fortunate to get away with two district wins when we really needed it.”

A game scheduled for Thursday, April 26 against Monterey was washed out by rain.

The Cats hit the road to play in the Marion County Tournament. LA opened against Rhea County on Friday, April 27.

“We got beat 5-1, but we played pretty well,” Coach Swallows said. “They made at least three Sportscenter plays against us. We hit the ball hard all night.

“It was close until they scored a couple on an error. We could have very easily won it.”

Cody Winton took the loss on the mound for LA.

“Cody did a good job,” Coach Swallows said.

“The second game we played White House, which is a very good club.

“We had a 4-2 lead going into the seventh, and with 2 outs, nobody on, and 2 strikes on the hitter, a ground ball was hit to short and we made an error. We walked the next guy, the next guy singled, the next guy doubled, the next guy singled, and we get beat 5-4.

“That was one of those games where sometimes you feel like you’re just destined to lose it, because we had played just a great game,” he said. “That took a lot out of us. That was a depressing defeat.”

Todd Smith was the losing pitcher for the Cats, despite a good outing.

“Todd really did a great job,” Coach Swallows said.

After the long 2-hour trip home Friday night, and then the equally long trip back to Marion County on Saturday, Coach Swallows decided put the younger players on the field against the host team in the early game. LA lost 12-0 in five innings.

“We just made too many mistakes,” Coach Swallows said.

The starters returned for the next game, against Chattanooga Christian.

“I just don’t think we ever recovered from the Friday night game,” Coach Swallows said. “We just didn’t have it.”

LA lost 11-1, with 10 of the runs unearned.

“So, we’ve got to shake off that weekend,” Coach Swallows said.

With a 4-6 record in District 7-AA, 12-18 overall, LA needed wins against York Institute in the regular season’s last two games. The Cats were scheduled to travel to Jamestown on Monday, April 30, then host the Dragons for the Senior Appreciation on Tuesday, May 1.

“We can go anywhere from third to sixth,” Coach Swallows said. “We want to be third or fourth so we can host and not have to travel.”

The District 7-AA Tournament will begin this week, the exact time and place has yet to be determined.

“It will start Thursday or Friday,” Coach Swallows said. “Friday’s our prom, so we are trying to stay away from Friday. So, we would like to play Thursday or Saturday.

“We’ve just got to refocus and get ready for this tournament.

“We don’t think we have yet put everything together. We’ve played 30 games and we still haven’t played that really good solid game that we are capable of playing.

“If we put that together, we could win it,” he said.

“But if we kick it around and make some mental mistakes, then the season could be over this week.

“That’s what we’ve got to battle; we’ve got to get them back into a positive light.”

 

Lady Cats win 4 straight

Dewain E. Peek/OCN file photo
Lyndsey Johnson swings hard in a recent game, and she pitched LA to 4 wins last week.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats will finish the regular season with a winning record, thanks to four straight wins last week.

Without any seniors, all gone on the class trip, the Lady Cats softball team swept a home double-header against Pickett, then swept Jackson County in a double-header in Gainesboro. The wins pushed LA’s overall record to 14-11.

The opening game started slow for the Cats.

LA Softball Coach Elizabeth Maxwell said, “Pickett County’s pitcher was quite different than what we were used to. She had a hitch in her pitch, and it wasn’t as fast as what we are used to. So, it took us several innings to get going.

“But once we did, we started hitting the ball well. That game went into an international tie-breaker, and we won 2-1.”

In a softball tie-breaker, a runner is placed on second base at the start of the inning. Each team has a turn each inning until one team scores more runs.

Sophomore Lyndsey Nelson pitched for LA in the win, and started the second game, which the Lady Cats won overwhelmingly. Abbey Jolley pitched the last few innings for LA.

Despite the weather, the Lady Cats traveled to Gainesboro on Thursday, April 26.

“It was rainy and muddy, but we played,” Coach Maxwell said.
LA won the first game 19-0, then took the nightcap 5-3.

“The JV played the second game, most of them,” Coach Maxwell said.

“We wanted to get them in. They were successful.”
Lyndsey Nelson pitched in both victories.

Two games remained in the regular season, a Senior Appreciation home game against Monterey on Tuesday, May 1, and a regular season closing district game at Upperman High School in Baxter the following evening at 4:30 p.m.

LA will go into the Upperman game with a 4-7 record in District 7-AA. LA will then play Saturday, May 5 in the District 7-AA Tournament at Upperman High School.

“We’re starting to come together well now as a team,” Coach Maxwell said. “That’s good going into the tournament.

“It’s been a fun year so far,” she said.

 

 

 

 

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