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LA Wildcats lose football home opener to Smith County Owls
Lady Wildcats Soccer opens with victory of Wilson Central
Lady Wildcats begin volleyball season
LA golf teams split match with Cookeville

LA Wildcats lose football home opener to Smith County Owls

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LA quarterback Brannon McCoin tosses a pass toward tight end Jamie Cravens in Friday’s loss.

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Two Livingston Academy defenders upend an Owl.


By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

As a senior, big John Willeford has seen the good times along with the bad. He was there for the 2005 state championship and he was a member of a struggling 2006 team that managed only one win. He knows what he’s talking about and he had some important words to say after Livingston Academy’s opening game Friday night against rival Smith County.

Pulling up a chair in the dressing room after the game, Willeford was quick to point out, “We have come a long way since last year, but we are nowhere near where we need to be. Tonight we again had trouble on offense, not making good blocks and opening holes for the running back. We just didn’t hit our blocks.”

Willeford was right on the money.

With the temperature hovering around 98 degrees, the Wildcats opened the 2007 season with high expectation, but quickly found out that you have to score to win. When the night was over, LA produced 0 points and managed only 80 yards of total offense, 54 on the ground and 26 through the air.

“No one is going to give us a thing,” the big lineman continued, “but on the other hand, everything was not bad. I thought we played well on defense. This was nothing to be proud of, but, with the exception of a few minutes there in the third period, defensively, we held our own, and that’s something we can build on.”

Trailing by only 7 at the half, the Wildcats fell on hard times early in the third period, allowing the visiting Owls to score 21 unanswered points. At the final buzzer, Smith County, as it has in the last four meetings with the Wildcats, came out on top, 28-0.

In the first half, Livingston appeared to be strong against the Owls’ running game, holding the visitors to only 7 points and 88 yards on the ground. Against the pass, the Cats were lacking, giving up 7 completions for 83 yards, and only some heroic tackles by Jamie Cravens in the LA defensive prevented more points.

“We didn’t play all that badly on defense,” said Cravens, who was credited with 8 tackles on the night. “We held them on the goal line once in the second period and were trailing by only seven at half. But we didn’t block well, and we put the ball on the ground too many times.

“We are still a young team and we’ll get better, but we are going to have to do it in a hurry. It doesn’t get any easier.”

The third period did the Cats in.

After giving the ball up on the first series of the second half, the Wildcats seemed to revert back to last season as the Owls took the ball on their first possession and marched 64 yards on only 3 plays to go on top by 14.

On the next series, the visitors again showed little mercy following an interception. In just 5 plays, SC marched the 29 yards needed for the second score of the period and then repeated the performance 4 minutes later with an 80-yard march capped by a 44-yard pass play .

“The third period just killed us,” junior lineman George Fordyce pointed out. “For some reason, they scored every time they got the ball. Maybe we just ran out of gas, but then we came back in the fourth period and held them scoreless.

“Smith County is a good team and they took advantage of what we gave them. The scoreboard doesn’t really tell the whole story here, but we know we still have a ways to go to be competitive in this league.”

The third period made a good game a sloppy one. Not only did Smith County score on its first 3 possessions, it rolled up 113 yards on the ground and 65 yards through the air.

“We are still a very young team,” Gary Massengille explained. “There are only nine seniors on this team and game experience is something we are just going to have to gain by simply just playing. We will get better I’m sure.

“Tonight wasn’t a good game for us, but there were bright spots. Defensively, with the exception of the third period, was a good effort. We’ll look at the film, hit the practice field Monday, and get ready for Trousdale next week.”

If there was a bright spot on the offense for the Wildcats, it was the punting game. Junior Josh Huitt was called on to punt 7 times, and each time he got his team out of a hole. His 30-yard average was not indicative of several 35-yard strikes and one for 38 yards.

“I’ve had to work hard at punting,” the laid back punter explained. “I enjoy kicking, but I had rather we score than me kick. I was pleased with my kicks tonight, but maybe next week I won’t have to kick as often.”

Aside from punting and some good defense at times, LA’s other bright spot was Cravens. The senior defensive back was all over the field all night and kept the score from going higher on several occasions.

“If I had to point to one really bright spot tonight,” assistant coach Mark Ogletree said, “it would be the play of Cravens. He had an outstanding game.”

As for head coach Grant Swallows, it was not the performance he wanted in his debut as a head coach, but he wasn’t all that disappointed either.

“I was proud of the effort, but now we can see just how much work we have to do to be competitive. I liked our ‘fight’ but I thought there in the third period, we just ran out of gas,” the coach pointed out.

“As we all know, we are still a very young team and only time and playing can produce experience. We play Trousdale next week, and everyone says they are having a down year, but you can’t bank on that. Everyone comes to play, and we expect them to do the same.

“Smith County beat us because they were better than us tonight. Our coaches know that, and our players know that, and the only way to get better is to work harder, get in better condition, and execute better. We’ll work hard on that this week.”

Friday’s game will be in Hartsville, starting at 7 p.m.

The Yardstick

1st Downs - LA 4, SC 19
Yds. Rushing - LA 54, LA235
Passing - LA 26, SC 164
Pass Att./Com - LA 13/5, SC 19/5
Interceptions - LA 0, SC 1
Fumbles Lost- LA 1, SC 1
Punts/Avg. - LA 7/30, SC1/35
Yds. Pent. - LA 15, SC 85

Score By Quarter

LA 0 0 0 0 – 0
SC 7 0 21 0 – 28

Scoring
SC – Rich, 6 run. Dowell kick.
SC – Rich, 16 run. Dowell kick.
SC – Rich, 15 pass from Harville. Dowell kick.
SC – Rich, 5 run. Dowell kick.

 

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Lady Wildcats Soccer opens with victory of Wilson Central

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Livingston Academy’s Kat Nigro fights for control of the ball in last week’s win over Wilson Central. Nigro scored 3 goals in the 5-2 home opening victory.

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LA’s Kelsi Sotis directs the ball in the win over Wilson Central.


Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats opened the 2007 soccer season in impressive fashion by posting a 5-2 victory over AAA Wilson Central.

The Monday, Aug. 20 game was a re-match from the 2006 season when Wilson Central hung a 4-0 loss on LA. But, with a new class of freshmen and numerous returning upper classmen things were different from the opening kick.

Livingston gained immediate control of the game and scored early off a Heather Marshall corner kick, which was finished by Kat Nigro for an early 1-0 lead. The attack continued with a second goal from Nigro at about the 15-minute mark, and first half scoring was completed when Nigro assisted Marshall, stretching the lead to 3-0.

Wilson Central fought back just before half scoring a goal and making the game interesting.

Wilson Central pressured early in the second half; however, the LA defense, led by Lauren Robinson, SarahJane Maynord, McKenzie McConaha, Savannah Vaughn, Kelsi Sotis, Jada Jackson, and freshman keeper Alaura Miranda proved to be too stout, allowing only one more goal over the final 40 minutes.

All the players saw the field in the game. Kara Vaughn, Hillary Ramsey, and Brittany White all contributed, and Allysa Thompson, Maria Hernandez, and Amanda Lee kept the opponents running.

The Lady Wildcats tacked on two more goals in the second half – scored by Nigro off a McConaha assist, and the fifth and final goal by Brianna Colson.

Coach Ethan King said, “The girls played well, though we faded a little at the end. Our young goalie played well.”

The Lady Cats played Maryville in the Bearden Invitational on Thursday, Aug. 23. LA took a 0-7 loss.

“We showed our age in the game,” Coach King said. “We made mistakes, and a good team like Maryville took advantage of them and put it in the back of the net.

“We need to learn from this game and not put our heads down.
“Thursday’s game will be a good test to see how our year will go. The winner will be in the driver’s seat for first place.”

The Lady Cats will face archrival York Institute in the Thursday, Aug. 30 game at Jamestown. Then, Livingston Academy will host Stone Memorial High School at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4.

“We lost to them last year, and the girls are eager to play them this year,” Coach King said of the Crossville team.

 

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Lady Wildcats begin volleyball season



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Members of the 2007 Lady Wildcats volleyball team are, front row from left, #12 Cassie Sullivan, #40 Chelsea Carr, #15 Amber Welch, #34 Megan Nivens, #24 Megan Cantrell, back row, #23 Allissa Sells, #54 Kendria Kilgore, Coach Christie Jenkins, #3 Adrian West, #10 Kristen Williams, and, not pictured, Anna Staup.

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Adrian West hits a short set and gets the volleyball down to score in the LA versus Stone Memorial Lady Panthers matchup.

 

By KATHY CARR,
OCN Sports

The Lady Wildcats began the 2007 volleyball season with a full week of matchups.

In the season opener Monday, Aug. 20, LA hosted a very solid team from Stone Memorial of Crossville. The Lady Panthers won three straight games to win the match 3-0.

The score of the first game was Panthers 25 -Wildcats 17. The Lady Wildcats came out strong the second game and led most of the game, but the Lady Panthers pulled out a close one 25-21. The Lady Wildcats fought hard in the third game and fell short only by 2 points, losing 23-25. As the match progressed, the Lady Wildcats became more confident and played hard, but the experience of the Lady Panthers prevailed overall.

On Tuesday, Aug. 21, the Lady Wildcats traveled to Macon County to take on the Lady Tigers. The Wildcats were defeated in the matchup 3-0. The Lady Cats played hard, but serves gave them some trouble in this matchup, as well as, receiving the strong serves from the Lady Tigers as well. The junior varsity team played and fell short in the match, losing 2-0.

Livingston Academy hosted Red Boiling Springs and Clay County on Thursday, Aug. 23. The Wildcats lost 2-0 to Red Boiling Springs by game scores of 25-21 and 25-18.

The first win of the season came in the final game of the night against the first-year team of Clay County. The Lady Bulldogs, coached by former LA standout Paige Smith, is in their first season ever with girls volleyball. As the night progressed, the LA gained some experience and played well. The Lady Wildcats won the match 2-0, scoring 25-12 in game one and 25-15 in game two. This brought the Lady Wildcats season record to 1-3 overall.

Over the weekend, the Lady Wildcats played in the White County Invitational Tournament in Sparta. They began the pool play on Friday night by losing to Jackson County 2-1.

They received a forfeit from Lincoln County in the second match.
On Saturday morning, they began the day by defeating White County 2-0.
In the second matchup, they once again lost to Macon County 2-0.

To round out the pool play part of the tournament, the Lady Cats defeated the Lady Owls of Smith County 2-1 to advance to the first round of tournament play where they played Sparta. The Lady Warriors was an almost even match for the Lady Wildcats; however, LA fell short 2-0 to complete tournament play.

Overall, the full week of volleyball proved to be a learning experience and gave the Lady Wildcats some much needed time on the court playing together as a team. The team improved throughout the matches and will march forward this week as they had three matches scheduled beginning Monday, Aug. 27 at Crossville against Cumberland County High School, and travelling to Baxter the following evening to take on the host
Upperman Lady Bees as well as the Lady Owls of Smith County. On Thursday, Aug. 30, the Lady Cats will head up the mounatin to play Monterey and Gordonsville. All of the matches start at 5 p.m.

 

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LA golf teams splitmatch with Cookeville

By KATHY CARR,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s golf teams split in the match with Cookeville on Wednesday, Aug. 22 in a very “heated” contest with the temperature being over 100.

Even though the weather conditions were brutal, Michael Ledford and Megan Stonecipher came out as the medalists for the match. Ledford tied with M. Evans of Cookeville with both shooting 1 over par at 37, and Stonecipher led in the girls’ scoring with a 45.

LA’s girls team, which consisted of freshmen, played the freshmen team of Cookeville, defeating them by a score of 92 to 98. Pickett County tied with Cookeville at 98 as well.

Stonecipher led the girls scoring with her 45, Ariel Carr shot a 47 for the Wildcats, and Emily Miller rounded out the LA scoring with a 48. This brought the Lady Wildcats’ season record to 4-0 on the year.

LA’s boys team placed 2nd in the match-up on Wednesday with a score of 168. Cookeville won the match by shooting a 163, while Pickett County placed 3rd at 171.

The LA boys’ individual scores are as follows: Michael Ledford 37, Clint West 41, Chris McDonald 44, Justin Watkins 46, and Casey Beason 51. The Wildcats’ ended the week with a season record of 2-2.

After traveling to DeKalb County on Monday, Aug. 27, to play against the Tigers, and the Bobcats of Pickett County, and hosting Jackson County and Pickett County on Tuesday, Aug. 28, the LA teams will return the match-up with Cookeville and Pickett County at home.

 

 

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