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Gordon still fastest member of Congress
LA baseball season ends in District 7-AA Tournament
LA Soccer takes season title
Lady Cats advance in District Tournament
TTU Golden Eagles visit nursing home

 

Gordon still fastest member of Congress

Despite his new duties as chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, U.S. Representative Bart Gordon isn’t slowing down. On May 2, the 58-year-old lawmaker proved he is still the fastest member of Congress.

Gordon protected his title in the 26th annual 3-mile Capital Challenge foot race with a time of 18 minutes and 24 seconds, extending his streak to 18 consecutive wins. The race pits members of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the federal government and members of the media against each other in a spirited competition to benefit the District of Columbia Special Olympics.

“I’m happy to participate in a race that allows legislators to put aside political differences and help a good cause,” Gordon said. “Winning feels even better knowing the race is benefiting an organization that inspires and rewards so many.”

Fellow Tennessee lawmakers U.S. Senator Bob Corker and U.S. Representative Zach Wamp finished in 24:47 and 21:16, respectively.

“The competition seems to get a little tougher every year, but I enjoy that challenge,” Gordon said.

Gordon captained a 5-person team that finished first overall for the second straight year.

 

 

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LA baseball season ends in District 7-AA Tournament

Courtesy of Patricia Neff and friends
Senior Night was held for Livingston Academy Baseball on Tuesday, May 1. Seniors honored are #23 Joe Reynolds, #19 Zach Ramsey, #8 Andrew Neff, #14 Matt Lee, and #15 Griffin Lee.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN Sports

After finishing the season with a couple of wins, the LA baseball season came to an end in the first round of the District 7-AA Tournament.

Coach Pat Swallows said, “We certainly didn’t want it to end the way it ended. But we had a great year in that I had a group of young men who worked hard, did everything that we asked them to, and just had a great positive attitude and were a pleasure to work with.”

The last week of the season began on a positive note.

“We played two really good games on Monday and Tuesday in beating York to get ourselves to 6-6 in the district,” Coach Swallows said.

The Cats traveled to Jamestown on Monday, April 30 to take on the Dragons, and LA won handily with Clint Durham on the mound.

“It was their senior night and the place was packed,” Coach Swallows said. “We played a great defensive game, we got some big hits when we needed
them, and Clint did a great job on the mound.

“Then Tuesday night Andrew Neff pitched a really good ballgame.”
Livingston Academy’s Senior Night ceremony was held during the Cats’ last home game, a 5-4 victory after falling behind 3-4.

Honored on Senior Night were graduating players Griffin Lee, Matt Lee, Andrew Neff, Zach Ramsey, and Joe Reynolds.

Under threatening skies, the Cats traveled to Baxter on Thursday, May 3 to take on the Upperman Bees.

“Upperman’s pitcher just did a great job against us,” Coach Swallows said. “Sometimes you run across those situations where a pitcher just dominates, and he did.”

Upperman’s Michael Taylor pitched a no-hitter through the first three innings, setting down the first 9 Wildcats on just 23 pitches. LA tried to rally in the fourth inning, but failed to score.

LA again failed to score in the fifth, then the rain and lightning came in the bottom of the inning. The game was suspended for awhile, then it was called with the Bees taking the 5-0 victory.

Taylor gave up no runs on 3 hits and had a strikeout.

LA’s Clint Durham gave up 3 runs on 8 hits and struck out 2.

“We would have liked to have played seven full innings, because you never know what can happen in a baseball game,” Coach Swallows said.

Coach Swallows noted all the close ballgames the Cats came up short in over the past year.

“It was just one of those years where we could have easily been 18-14 instead of 14-18,” he said.

Looking to next year, he is confident of the young players who will be taking the field.

“All of our pitching’s back, with the exception of Andrew Neff. I really feel that we’ll be pretty solid next year, barring injury, because of the experience the younger players got this year,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to next year.”

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LA Soccer takes season title

Dewain E. Peek/OCN file
Livingston Academy’s Blake Vaughn was named District 7-A/AA Player of the Year.

Livingston Academy’s Wildcats soccer team added a couple more wins on the way to this week’s tournament play.

The Cats traveled to play Oakland on Monday, April 30, and came back with a 2-0 victory.

B.J. Byers scored off an assist from Blake Vaughn, and Aeric Gunnels cleaned up a cross from Jordan Bailey.

LA held Senior Night on Thursday, May 3 and celebrated by beating Jackson County 6-0.

Scoring for LA came from birthday boy Brandon Colson and teammates Cody Penticuff, Daniel Elder, Jordan Bailey, Jonathan Emrich, and David Brady.

Honored during Senior Night were Jordan Bailey, Daniel Elder, Logan
Huffman, Jeremy Murphy, and Blake Vaughn.

Livingston Academy finished the regular season as the District 7-A/AA champs, and with Blake Vaughn earning Most Valuable Player.

LA’s David Brady, Aeric Gunnels, Jeremy Murphy, and Cody Penticuff were all named 1st Team All-District, and teammates Cory Cross, B.J. Byers, and Josh Huitt were named 2nd Team All-District.

On Tuesday, May 8, at 6 p.m., Livingston Academy was scheduled to host the winner of the Jackson County-Smith County first round district tournament game. With a win, LA would host the winner of the DeKalb County-York Institute game in a contest for the district championship on Thursday, May 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

 

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Lady Cats advance in District Tournament

Courtesy of Patricia Neff and friends
Senior Night was held Tuesday, May 1. Senior honored are #20 Kayla Ferrell, #13 Katie Vaughn, and #2 Kaylie Wilson.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats softball team opened the District 7-AA Tournament the way they closed out the regular season, winning.

A regular season district record of 5-7 placed LA as the number 4 seed against number 5 Smith County on Monday, May 7. The Owlettes had defeated the Cats twice in the season, but this time the Livingston team came out on top, 9-2, to advance in the tournament.

LA Softball Coach Elizabeth Maxwell said, “We’re playing really well right now, and it sure is a great time to be coming together – during the tournament. As a coach, they sure are fun to watch right now.

“In certain situations now, we are playing with confidence, unlike the way we were playing earlier in the season.”

The Lady Cats were scheduled to play top seeded DeKalb County (12-0) at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at Upperman High School, the site of the District 7-AA Tournament.

“They are a great team, but it’s even hard for a great team to keep winning sometimes,” Coach Maxwell said. “And honestly, they’re expected to beat us. We’re the underdog.

“All the pressure’s on them. We’re just gonna go out there, grit our teeth, play hard, and see what happens.”

Monday’s win moved LA’s overall record to 18-11.

Kendria Kilgore was named 1st Team All-District, and Katie Vaughn and Kaylie Wilson were named 2nd Team All-District.

The Lady Cats finished the regular season with three wins.

LA hosted Monterey for a double-header Tuesday, May 1 and won both games, the opener 2-1 and the nightcap 4-1.

Katie Vaughn was the winning pitcher in the first game, giving up an unearned run, 2 walks, and 1 hit, while striking out 4.

Lyndsey Nelson and Kendria Kilgore each had a hit and drove in a run, Chelsea Carr had a hit and scored 2 runs, Julia Carwile hit a double, Kayla Ferrell had a hit, and Kaylie Wilson had 2 sacrifice bunts.

Kaylie Wilson pitched LA to the win in the second game, giving up an unearned run, walking none, and 6 hits, with 1 strikeout.

Lyndsey Nelson hit a double and a single and drove in 2 runs, and Rebecca Savage hit a double and drove in 2 runs. Chelsea Carr, Kaylie Wilson, Julia Carwile, and Kayla Ferrell each scored a run.

The following day, the Cats traveled to Baxter to take on Upperman in the final District 7-AA game of the regular season. LA pounded the host team 12-5.

Katie Vaughn was the winning pitcher for LA, allowing 5 unearned runs, no walks, and 7 hits, while striking out 6.

Kaylie Wilson had 3 hits and drove in 2 runs, and Kendria Kilgore and Brittney Cantrell each had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs.

 

TTU Golden Eagles visit nursing home

Valerie Brown/OCN Staff
Nursing home resident Lucille Bilbrey shoots a few hoops with Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles basketball player Ra’ Shun Bryant as members of the TTU Golden Eagles basketball, and football teams, along with cheerleaders and the Golden Eagle himself, visited Overton County Nursing Home for Sports Day on Wednesday, April 25. Residents participated in basketball, football, and horse shoe games with the athletes.

Cleve Copeland tries his hand at basketball during Sports Day, scoring several hoops.

 

 

 

 

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