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Babe Ruth opens 2007 season
LA Blue-White Game held Saturday evening
LA Soccer takes District Tournament championship
Lady Cats Finish 3rd In District Tournament
Two LA Track members place in Sub-Sectional

 

Babe Ruth opens 2007 season

Union Bank won two games last week to take 1st place in the opening week of Overton County Babe Ruth’s baseball season.

Recent game scores are as follows:

Monday, May 7
American Bank &Trust 14, Bank of Celina 1
Josh Johnson was the winning pitcher.
Union Bank 10, Ragland & Riley 0
Hayden Hill was the winning pitcher. Ethan McDonald and Tracy McDonald each hit a home run.

Tuesday, May 8
Livingston Family Dentistry 5, Bank of Celina 0
Justin Savage was the winning pitcher.
Union Bank 13, AB&T 4
Justin Schebel was the winning pitcher, and Ethan McDonald got a save.

Saturday, May 12

Bank of Celina 10, Ragland & riley 0

Home Run Leaders
Ethan McDonald (Union Bank) 1, Drake Dow (Byrdstown Medical) 1.

Babe Ruth League Standings
Union Bank W-2, L-0, T-0
Liv. Family Dentistry W-1, L-0, T-0
American Bank & Trust W-1, L-1, T-0
Byrdstown Medical W-0, L-0, T-0
Bank of Celina W-1, L-2, T-0
Ragland & Riley W-0, L-2, T-0

 

 

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LA Blue-White Game held Saturday evening

Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Steven Morgan, #20, breaks loose on a run for the Blue Team in Saturday’s scrimmage.

Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Coach Grant Swallows watches as the Blue Team defense makes a stop in Saturday’s LA Blue-White Game.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports
There was high school football action Friday night at Livingston Academy. That’s right. Capping spring practice for next season’s edition of the Wildcats, new head coach Grant Swallows divided up his incoming squad and let them go at it before a fairly large crowd at Tom Davis Stadium.

After almost two hours of hard scrimmage, the “game” ended in a 12-12 draw, with the White Team taking a 12-0 lead in the first half and the Blue Team coming back with a pair of scores in the second half.

Making up the Blue Team were Brandon Roberts, Dylan Harris, Ty Eldridge, Steven Morgan, John Cody Brown, Cody Stafford , Beau Massengille. David Winningham, Dalton Daniels, John Burkett, Jacob Parsons, Jacob Beu, Terrance Melton, Josh Coffee, Ethan Livingston, John Willeford, Talon Sircy, and Justin Hill.

The White Team was composed of Blake Moon, Jonathan Sullivan, Jamie Cravens, Matt Holt , Ethan McDonald, Josh Scott, Colton Hummel, Keifer Smith, Kyle Adams, Tracy McDonald, George Fordyce, Ridge Harris, Josh Beaty, Jacob Collins, Josh Looper, Seth Kilgore, Daniel Miller, and Jordan Danner.

Brannon McCoin quarterbacked for both teams, and Jesse Hammock, Sean Brogan, and Cody Waddey did not play due to injury.

This year’s coaching staff is composed of Swallows, Bruce Lamb, Mark
Ogletree, Dale Flatt, and Mark Winningham. Other coaches are expected to be added to the staff before serious practice starts August 1.

“Obviously we are still going to be a very young team again this year,” Coach Swallows pointed out after the scrimmage, “but I was impressed with the enthusiasm the players showed in the game, and also how well conditioned they were. They have worked hard over the winter to get in shape, and it showed tonight.

“We played almost two hours, and they were still going at it very hard at the end.”

Swallows went on to add that the players are adapting well to a lot of new things that have been put in the system.

“We have changed some things and added a lot of new things, and tonight I thought the players caught on pretty good,” Coach Swallows said.

“Sizewise, we look bigger than last year, and I thought we looked strong in the running department. We’ve got some depth there and some talented personnel that we will be able to move into other skilled positions.

“All in all, it was a good night.” the coach added.

In the game, Hummel scored the first White Team touchdown on a 20-yard run, and Ethan McDonald put up the second White score on an 80-yard play.

Cody Stafford and Steven Morgan scored for the Blue Team.

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LA Soccer takes District Tournament championship

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Members of the District 7-A/AA Tournament champion Livingston Academy Wildcats soccer team are, front row from left, Josh Villahrazo, Colton Cross, Joey Green, Brandon Colson, Aeric Gunnels, B.J. Byers, Daniel Elder, Josh Espey, Tyler Watkins, Greg Walker, Dylan Ashlock, Nathan Harvey, back row, Coach Ethan King, Hunter Burnett, Josh Foster, Logan Huffman, Jordan Bailey, David Brady, Blake Vaughn, Cody Penticuff, Cory Cross, Patrick Letner, Jeremy Murphy, Johnathan Emrich, and trainer Chuck Wheeler.

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
B.J. Byers gets airborne to direct the ball in Thursday’s championship win over DeKalb County.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN Sports
After taking the regular season title, Livingston Academy’s Wildcats soccer team entered the District 7-A/AA Tournament as the number one seed, and on Thursday, May 10 finished the tournament still at number one.

“We’re excited,” LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said. “We’ve met a lot of our goals. We wanted to win the district and we wanted to be the number one seed going into the region; so we’ve met a lot of our goals so far.”

In the district championship game played on LA’s home turf, scoring was non-existent in the first half for both teams. The Wildcats drew first blood in the second half.

“Josh Huitt got the scoring started by beating the goalie with a shot near post upper 90,” Coach King stated. 

DeKalb tied the game with about 12 minutes left when a shot slipped by during a scrum in front of the goal. 

Livingston Academy’s big chance came when B.J. Byers was fouled in the penalty box with about 4 minutes left in the game.

Byers’ penalty kick slipped past the Tigers’ goalie and put LA up 2-1, where the game remained until its completion.

“A little nerve wracking, it was a close game,” Coach King said. “It was back and forth.

“We got an opportunity and took advantage of it. You have to take advantage of your opportunities because the better the teams you play, the less you’re going to get, so you’ve got to put them in when you’ve got a chance.

“They did a great job. Especially the two young players who got the opportunity to score – Josh Huitt and B.J. Byers. Both of them did a great job.”

The win marked the LA seniors’ fourth district title in their four years. 

“Our two in the middle are Blake Vaughn and Cory Cross. Those two are really my anchors who help us control the game,” Coach King said of his seniors.

“And in the back are Jeremy Murphy and Daniel Elder. We put a lot of pressure on them because we don’t keep a lot of people back and we just expect them to get it done, and they do a great job of it.

“Two other seniors who come off the bench and help us are Jordan Bailey and Logan Huffman. They come off the bench and give us minutes and give us a boost with their enthusiasm and energy. They are ready to go. It gives the team a lift when they come in. There is no letdown when they come on the field.”

To get to the district title game, LA steamrolled Jackson County 5-0 in the semifinal on Tuesday, May 8, after having a slim 1-0 lead at halftime.

Hog-Eye Soccer was scheduled to host Portland in the Region 4-A/AA semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.

“This is a big game; if you win, you get to play two more, and if you lose, your season’s done,” Coach King said on Monday, May 14 as the LA squad prepared to practice. “A lot is riding on Tuesday, so we’re really looking forward to the opportunity.”

A win Tuesday would give Livingston Academy home field for Thursday’s region title game. A championship win could give LA home field for a sub-state game on Saturday, May 19; a runner-up finish would send the Cats on the road. Sub-state winners advance to the TSSAA Spring Fling in Murfreesboro, where the state soccer tournament will be held at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.

 

 

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Lady Cats Finish 3rd In District Tournament

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN Sports
In her first year of coaching the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats softball team, Coach Elizabeth Maxwell had to make the transition in her mind from one sport to another.

An assistant coach for the LA Lady Wildcats basketball team, it had been some time since she had been involved in softball.

“I really enjoyed this year,” she said. “I learned a lot – things you forget over time.

“I grew up playing softball every summer; I even played little league baseball.”

With a 3rd place finish in the District 7-A/AA Tournament held last week at Upperman High School in Baxter, Coach Maxwell was pleased with the effort put forth by the softball team.

“I learned a lot about our girls on the team,” she said. “They’ve got a lot of fight in them, and never gave up.

“After the last game was over and the after-the-game talk was given, we just all kinda sat there. They’ve been going hard at it since January, and I know no one wanted it to be over.

“This was LA Softball’s best finish in 10 years, and our three seniors were a big part of that.”

The triple-K threat of Kayla Ferrell, Katie Vaughn, and Kaylie Wilson will graduate this Friday.

“We lose Kayla, Katie, and Kaylie. They took the loss pretty hard,” Coach Maxwell said. “And I’ll tell you what I told them – you know in life you have to go through the hard times to really and truly enjoy the great times.”

Looking to next year, Coach Maxwell said, “We have a lot of kids on the team and some coming up as well who are eager and willing to do what it takes to win and be successful.”

In the semifinals on Thursday, May 10, the Lady Cats faced York Institute, and the Lady Dragons won 3-1. The Lady Cats led 1-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but errors cost them the game.

Kaylie Wilson took the loss for LA, giving up 3 runs, only 1 earned, on 7 hits and no walks, while striking out 2.

Chelsea Carr had a hit and scored a run, and Lyndsey Nelson had a hit and drove in a run.

To get to the semifinal round, LA had games against DeKalb County, Smith County, and Upperman.

The Lady Cats took DeKalb County to 8 innings before falling 2-3 on Tuesday, May 8 in the second round of the District Tournament.

“We played well and should have won,” Coach Maxwell said.
Katie Vaughn took the tough loss, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 9 hits and no walks, while striking out 5.

Vaughn helped her own cause with the bat with 2 hits, driving in a run, and scoring a run. Fellow senior Kayla Ferrell also drove in a run.

LA then faced Smith County that same evening. The Cats defeated the Owls 7-3 to stay alive.

Kaylie Wilson was the winning pitcher, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 3.

Chelsea Carr had 2 hits, batted in a run, and scored 3 runs; Kaylie Wilson had 2 hits and scored a run; Kendria Kilgore had a hit and drove in 3 runs; Katie Vaughn had a hit, drove in a run, and scored a run; Rebecca Savage hit a triple, drove in a run, and scored a run; and Julia Carwile had a hit and scored a run.

The following day, LA took on Upperman and won 6-3.

“It took us a while to get going, and it stayed tied at 3-3 for a while,” Coach
Maxwell said. “In the top of the sixth, Kendria hit a hard line drive to centerfield that got us started, and we rallied and scored three runs from there.”

Katie Vaughn was the winning pitcher, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits and a walk, while striking out 6.

Kaylie Wilson had 3 hits and scored 2 runs; Kendria Kilgore had 2 hits, drove in a run, and scored a run; Liz Hall had 2 hits, drove in a run, and scored a run; Abby Jolley had a hit, drove in 2 runs, and scored a run; and Vaughn had 2 hits and drove in a run.

The 2007 Lady Wildcats finished the season with a 20-13 final record.

 

 

Two LA Track members place in Sub-Sectional

Two members of the Livingston Academy Track & Field team placed in the A-AA Middle East Tennessee Sub-Sectional held Tuesday, May 8 at Tennessee Preparatory School.

Kalihib Lander placed in three of four events to advance on to the sub-sectional finals, and Josh Looper placed in his event to advance also.

Lander placed 1st in the long jump with a 20’9”, 1st in the triple jump with a 41’51/2”, and a 3rd in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53:06.

Josh Looper threw the shot put with a throw of 41’2” for 3rd place.

Lander returned on Thursday, May 10 to run in the sub-finals in the 400-meter dash and placed 4th with a time of 53:51, which qualified him for the sectionals to be held Thursday, May 17 at David Lipscomb. 

Both Lander and Looper went to David Lipscomb on Tuesday, May 15 for the sectional finals in the field events.

 

 

 

 

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