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Jr. Cats take on Cornerstone
Jr. Wildcats Soccer opens 2007 season
Wildcats fall to powerful Kingston Yellow Jackets
LA golf teams play district opponents
Lady Cats defeat Stone Panthers 4-1
LA volleyball team earns split in district matchup
Jr. B Outlaws defeat DeKalb County
B&B first in Women’s League

Jr. Cats take on Cornerstone

Kathy Carr/OCN Sports
Bubba Jolley, #7, finishes off the defensive stand for the Jr. Wildcats as Creed Hayes, #2, and Ricky Lisi, #60, slow the run down in the backfield. The Jr. Wildcats were defeated by Cornerstone 24-12.

By KATHY CARR,
OCN Sports

The Overton County Jr. Wildcats traveled to Baxter last week to take on the Yellow Jackets of Cornerstone. With a much improved performance, the Jr. Wildcats just got started a little too late in the game and ran out of time as the Yellow Jackets gained a lead early and sustained it until the end.

Fumbles were a problem for the Jr. Wildcats as they turned the ball over twice to the Yellow Jackets, with points being produced from one of them; however, the Jr. Wildcats never gave up and continued to drive the ball down the field, scoring late in the game.

The Overton County offense came alive as they rushed for a total of 141 yards on 28 carries. They completed 2 of 6 passes for a combined yardage of 48. Total offensive yardage for the game was 289, which was much improved from week one.

Punting for the Jr. Wildcats continued to be consistent as one punt was for 24 yards and a second punt was for 36 yards, averaging 30 yards per punt.

The defense for the Jr. Wildcats held the run attack to 64 yards, while the passing game aired out 117 yards on completing 4 of 9 passes. The defense had some key stands late in the game to keep the score close and to give the offense a chance for late game scores; however, the Jr. Cats fell short at the buzzer with the final score being 24-12.

“The kids played a lot better this week. They got beat, but they played much better,” was the positive response from veteran head coach Terry Melton as he spoke concerning the progress of his young team in week two of play.

“They are learning and growing with each day of practice and each game experience. They are getting stronger and tougher and are getting the ‘know how’ of the game.

“It is not all about winning at this level of play. If they can complete the year and have a good knowledge of the game of football, then I feel like we have done our job in preparing them for the next level of play,” Coach Melton stated.

The Jr. Wildcats will have two games this week taking on the Owls of Smith County on Tuesday night, Sept. 11, on the LA field at 6:30 p.m. and travelling to DeKalb County to take on the Tigers in a 6:30 p.m. match up on Thursday, Sept. 13.

 

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Jr. Wildcats Soccer opens 2007 season

Overton County Jr. Wildcats soccer team members are, in no particular order, Katie Crawford, Baily Buck, Tristen White, Kadie White, Sydney Looper, Audrey Robinson, Tara White, Sai Gaw, Destiny Lockett, Mercer Coleman, Stormy Nigro, Barbara Jean Nigro, Emily England, Savannah Gillentine, Nakomie Garrett, Cedar Snider, Hailey Norris, Megan Bass, Megan Kemp, Syla Brown, Bailey Huck, Madisyn Simms, Kelsey Copeland, Kelsey Webb, Delaney McConaha, Lynnae Reagan, and Hailey Gibbons.

The Overton County Junior Lady Wildcats opened the 2007 season with the goal of defending their Upper Cumberland Soccer title, a familiar role for a team that has won all three previous championships.

The team is returning 6 starters – Kelsey Copeland, Kelsey Webb, Tara White, Kadie White, Mercer Coleman, and Stormy Nigro, and has added newcomers Hailey Norris and Bailey Buck to the starting lineup.

The Jr. Lady Wildcats traveled south to face always tough White County
Middle School (WCMS) in the opening match. The game was hard fought, a physical contest with the Jr. Lady Wildcats controlling the time of possession.

At the 10-minute mark, the Jr. Lady Wildcats were finally rewarded when Kelsey Copeland scored on a well placed ball from Stormy Nigro and assisted by Kelsey Webb.

WCMS fought back and pressured the Wildcats defense and goalkeeper Bailey Buck, but they could not score.

The Wildcats countered on a punt of more then 50 yards by Buck, which was tracked down by forward Savannah Gillentine and promptly deposited in the back of the net.

The final Wildcats goal came off the left foot of Stormy Nigro, a screaming shot into the top corner of the net taken from the top of the 18 yard box.
A junior varsity game was also played, with Overton County winning 2-1.

The Jr. Lady Wildcats then hosted Algood Middle School in a Friday afternoon affair. The Jr. Lady Cats traded goals with Algood in the first 20 minutes. Then the girls got down to business, scoring 3 unanswered goals and taking a commanding 5-2 lead.

The cushion gave first year coaches Ben Jolley and Robert Brady a chance to evaluate the talent of their players at different positions. They were pleased with the overall team offense, including the play of Kelsey Copeland, Nakomie Garrett, Stormy Nigro, Barbara Jean Nigro, Megan Bass, and Savannah Gillentine as well as the defensive work of Hailey Norris, Audrey Robinson, Tara White, and goalkeeper Bailey Buck.

The Jr. Varsity game started with Sydney Looper, Cedar Snider, Lynnae Reagan, and Delaney McConaha. Goalkeeper Barbara Jean Nigro did not allow any to go by. The score was 2-0 as they received another victory.

The Jr. Lady Wildcats face Cumberland County Middle School and Avery Trace Middle School in the coming week.

 

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Wildcats fall to powerful Kingston Yellow Jackets

Landon Amonett/OCN Sports
LA’s Keifer Smith gaines yardage on a run against Kingston in Friday night’s 54-14 home loss.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

A quick glance at the stats from Friday’s Region 2-3A game between Livingston and Kingston would give a first impression of a close contest. Kingston was penalized 85 yards, threw only 4 passes for a mere 63 yards, and lost 4 fumbles.

The remaining stats give a more impressive picture of the 54-14 drubbing the Yellow Jackets handed the struggling Wildcats. Sixteen first downs, 441 yards on the ground, and a total of 504 yards of offensive give the real picture of what happened at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium, and even that really didn’t show just how one-sided the game really was.

After last week’s 28-13 loss to Trousdale County in what could have really been a 21-21 tie, things were starting to look up for Livingston, who has, to say the least, struggled over the past 13 games, going back to the season opener last season. Before Friday’s game, the Wildcats had lost 11 out of 12 games, and only a 1-point, 13-12 win over York broke the streak.

But considering the youth of the LA squad after graduation wiped out a state championship team in 2005, it was a well known fact that the football fortunes at the school would take some time to recover considering the strength of the region it was placed in.

It appears now it will take longer than expected.

“We were not well prepared apparently,” a disappointed LA head coach Grant Swallows said after the game. “And that’s my fault and I take that responsibility. Kingston came in here with a big, quick team and just plain beat us. We didn’t block and we didn’t tackle, and when you fail in those departments, you can expect a night like this.”

Things started off pretty good for the Wildcats when Gary Massingille recovered a Yellow Jacket fumble on the second offensive play of the game at the visitor’s 48 yard line. Seven plays later Josh Huitt was forced to punt after the Wildcats could only manage 5 yards on the ground and an incomplete pass. The only thing that sustained the short drive was a 15-yard penalty against Kingston.

Six plays later, the Yellow Jackets marched down the field for the night’s first score. The drive was capped by a 17-yard run, but it was a big 43-yard scamper right up the middle by Zack Zeigler that gave indication of things to come. Zeigler escaped three tackles in the middle of the LA line then broke free. Only a saving tackle by Brannon McCoin delayed the score.

At the end of the first quarter, Livingston trailed by only a single touchdown, but in the first 12 minutes, Kingston had ripped up 175 yards of LA real estate, and on the second play of the second period pulled out to a 14-0 advantage.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats were struggling. A pass interception had set up the second Kingston touchdown, and a fumble by McCoin turned the ball over at the 37. James Sam took care of the rest as he broke several attempted tackles for a 36-yard score right up the middle of the LA defense.

And things didn’t get any better.

On the very first play of the next series, McCoin threw another interception that was returned 36 yards for Kingston’s fourth score in less than 8 minutes.

Then to add insult to injury, Livingston’s best defensive player, Jamie Cravens injured his ankle and could miss most of the season. A bad night was quickly turning into a nightmare.

Late in the period, Livingston turned the ball over after failing to convert a fourth and 8 situation, and on the very last play of the first half, the Yellow Jackets slammed it in the endzone on another brilliant run. This time it was a 42-yard scamper.

Kingston led 33-0 at the intermission.

The final two frames were more of the same. Livingston would fail to move the ball and Kingston would simply score. After going on top 40-0, the state’s new rule of allowing the clock to run without stopping went into effect.

Keifer Smith put a stop to that with a fine 42-yard run through the middle late in the third frame. It was by far the longest play of the night for the Wildcats. A 15-yard penalty for unsportsman like conduct forced Huitt to make his point after attempt from the 17 yard line, and it came up a few feet short.

And as dismal as it appeared, the game did have a few flickers of light for the Wildcats. Running backs Smith, John Cody Brown, Ethan McDonald, and Colton Hummel gave it a good effort despite having very few holes to run through, and late in the game, freshman quarterback Hayden Hill came in and led the team to its second score of the night. McDonald got the score on a 3-yard run, then Hill passed to Blake Moon for the 2-point conversion.

“We have got to block and tackle, and if we have to go back to the basics, then that’s what we will do,” Swallows added. “We have next week off, then we go to Knox Catholic. We had better be prepared or we’ll have another bad night.

“Apparently we still have a lot to learn, and even though we have said it over and over, we are, as a matter of fact, a young team.

“But we won’t use that as an excuse. Our coaching staff won’t allow this team to go backwards. It is going to take a while but we haven’t given up on this team, and we won’t.

“Are we disappointed? Sure we are, but despite the one-sided loss, there were some kids out there tonight that really gave a good effort, and for that reason alone, we are going to get better. Tackling is a big concern, and turnovers hurt, so we’ll work in those areas and head for Knoxville in two weeks.”

The Yardstick
1st Downs- LA 10, TC 16
Yds. Rushing- LA 111, TC 441
Yds. Passing- LA 51, TC 63
Pass Att./Com- LA 14/7, TC 4/3
Interceptions- LA 0, TC 2
Fumbles Lost- LA 3, TC 4
Punts/Avg.- LA 2/32, TC 0
Yds. Pent.- LA 15, TC 85

Score By Quarter
LA 0 7 6 8 – 14
K 7 26 7 14 – 54

Scoring

K – Sullivan, 17 run. Spellman kick.
K – Zeigler, 1 run. Spellman kick.
K – Sams, 36 run. Kick failed.
K – Sams, 36 pass interception. Spellman kick.
K – Zeigler, 42 run. Kick blocked.
K – Sams, 8 run. Spellman kick.
LA – Smith, 42 run. Kick failed.
K – Zeigler, 47 run. Spellman kick.
LA – McDonald, 3 run. Moon, pass from Hill.
K – Murphy, 63 run. Spellman kick.

 

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LA golf teams play district opponents

By KATHY CARR,
OCN Sports

The Lady Wildcats of Livingston Academy rolled on in district play last week as they faced the Lady Wildcats of Monterey in a Class A/AA matchup.

The LA girls’ team was up for the challenge as the Monterey team fought hard, but fell short in the match. LA shot a 78, defeating the Lady Wildcats of Monterey by 9 strokes as they shot an 87. Pickett County finished the day with a 92, and Clinton County, KY, rounded out the event with a 94.

The lady medalist for the match was Emily Miller of LA shooting 2 over par at 38 with Megan Stonecipher following a close second at 40. Ariel Carr finished with a 44, Courtney Livingston 64, and Ashley Nesbitt shot a 62.

The impressive win for the Lady Wildcats gave them some confidence and momentum heading into the district tournament.

The LA boys’ team played well in the district matchup with only 2 strokes keeping them from defeating rival Pickett County.

Clint West and Cody Elmore shared the medalist award for the male golfers as they each shot a 38. Michael Ledford finished a close second for LA at 40, with Justin Watkins at 41 and Chris McDonald at 42 to round out the 161 score for LA. Robert York shot a 51 and Kasey Beason had a 53 for LA.

Pickett County shot a 159 to finish first in the match, while Monterey shot 165 for third place honors. Clinton County, KY, shot a 175 for the match.
The LA boys’ team faced very tough competition each match as they battled with the Bobcats of Pickett County. They continued to gain experience and momentum while pressing toward the district tournament.

This is a full week of play for the Wildcats of LA as they will have three matches. After facing Monterey once again on their home course on Tuesday, Sept. 11, along with Upperman. On Wednesday, LA will play 18 holes when they travel to Cookeville Golf Club to take on the Cavaliers of Cookeville High School and Pickett County.

On Thursday, Sept. 13, Livingston Academy will once again host Cookeville, Pickett County, and Upperman at Hidden Valley Golf Club, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

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Lady Cats defeat Stone Panthers 4-1

Landon Amonett/OCN Sports
LA’s Heather Marshall, #22, fights for control of the ball in last week’s win over Stone Memorial High School.

The Lady Wildcat’s soccer team faced off against the Stone Memorial Lady Panthers on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in a rematch of last year’s inaugural meeting, won by the Lady Panthers 2-1.

Coming off a long holiday weekend, the Lady Wildcats looked somewhat sluggish on the defensive side of the ball as Stone Memorial struck first with a goal in the early minutes of the first half, a wake-up call for the Lady Cats.

Immediately following the goal, the Lady Wildcats’ midfield of Lauren Robinson, Hillary Ramsey, and Kat Nigro took control of the game and the scoring. Nigro served a well played chip pass into the lane of Heather Marshall for LA’s first goal.

LA continued to pressure the Panthers, winning a corner kick for their efforts. The Lady Wildcats used the corner to run a set piece and Kat Nigro took the pass and bent her shot into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead.

The LA pressure was relentless with Brittany White and Lauren Robinson keeping the Lady Panthers pinned in their end of the field. Savannah Vaughn, Brianna Colson and Sara Jane Maynord pushed the players up.
The final goal of the first half came on a well-struck shot from McKenzie McConaha, assisted by Nigro, and LA took a 3-1 halftime lead.

At the start of the second half, the LA pressure continued to confuse the Lady Panthers, forcing numerous corner kicks for the Wildcats. Heather Marshall hit a corner kick from the left side of the goal, and Nigro managed to head it in for her second goal and a 4-1 Livingston Academy lead.

Then the coach sent in Amanda Lee, Mary Green, Jada Jackson, and Maria Hernandez. The Lady Wildcats defense took over behind the physical play of Kara Vaughn, Alyssa Thompson, Kelsi Sotis, SarahJane Maynord, and Megan Winton, shutting down the Lady Panthers for the final 40 minutes.

After hosting district opponent Smith County on Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Lady Cats will travel to Crossville on Thursday, Sept. 13 to take on the Cumberland County Lady Jets. Livingston Academy will host York Institute in a big district contest at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.

LA volleyball team earns split in district matchup



Kathy Carr/OCN Sports
The kill shots are getting more powerful each match as Alissa Sells, #23, hits from the strong side in a district win against Cannon County on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the LA gym.

By KATHY CARR,
OCN Sports

The Livingston Academy volleyball team had only one match for the week as they played host to Cannon County and Jackson County on Thursday night, Sept. 6.

The Wildcats split in the double-header matchup as they defeated the Lady Lions of Cannon County in two straight games. The scoring was consistent as they won the first game 25-16 and in game two the score was 25-14.

In the second match of the evening, the Lady Blue Devils of Jackson County came to play as they defeated the Lady Wildcats, having to go into the third game to do so. LA and Jackson County split in the first two games with LA taking the first game victory by a margin of 3 at 25-22. The Lady Blue Devils fought back to win the next game 25-21.

Despite outstanding blocking by the Lady Wildcats, LA fell short in the final game of the match by the score of 25-20.

After hosting Cumberland County High School on Monday, Sept. 10 in a varsity and junior varsity match, Livingston Academy will host an important district match with Smith County and Upperman on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m.


Jr. B Outlaws defeat DeKalb County

Overton County’s Outlaws program hosted DeKalb County teams on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The Sr. Outlaws lost 6-20, the Jr. Outlaws lost 19-6, and the Jr. B Outlaws won 13-0.

Outlaws game
Outlaws 6, DeKalb County 20
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers

(Carries-Yds.-TDs-1 pt.)
Loren Crowder 4-44-0-0
Peter Hollars 1-31-0-0
Davis Robinson 2-10-0-0
Kaleb Qualls 3-5-0-0
Total 10-90-0-0

Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-2 pt.)
Kaleb Qualls 1-2-13-0-0
Davis Robinson 1-1-2-0-0
Total 2-3-15-0-0

Receiving

(Catches-Yds.-TDs-2 pt.)
Loren Crowder 1-13-0-0
Jacob Masters 1-2-0-0

Kickoff Returns
Davis Robinson 70-yard TD.

Lead Tacklers
Davis Robinson 9; Hunter McDonald 9; Wade Eldridge 7; Dalton Gore 4; Ethan Beechboard 4; Joey Creekbaum 3; Loren Crowder 3; Bobby Allred 3; Logan Clark 3; Matthew Burnett 2; Daniel Flatt 2; Hunter Hutchinson 1; Jacob Weilenman 1; Gage Vaughn 1; Kaleb Qualls 1.

Scoring
1st quarter
DC – TD, 1 pt.
2nd quarter
DC – TD. Conversion failed.
OC – Robinson 70-yard kickoff return TD. Conversion failed.
4th quarter
DC – TD, 1 pt.

Junior Outlaws game
Jr. Outlaws 6, DeKalb Co. 19
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers

(Carries-Yds.-TDs-1pt.)
Dylan Linder 3-64-1-0
Blake Walker 1-10-0-0
Elijah Miller 1-6-0-0
Carter Hayes 1-0-0-0
Tanner Dillon 3-0-0-0
Total 7-80-1-0

Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-2 pt.)
Dylan Linder 1-1-33-0-0
Tanner Dillon 1-2-19-0-0
Total 2-3-52-0-0

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TDs-2 pt.)
Blake Walker 1-33-0-0
Dylan Linder 1-19-0-0

Lead Tacklers
Dylan Linder 12; Andrew York 9; Ethan Reagan 8; Elijah Miller 8; Carter Hayes 5; Drew Gore 3; Xander Miller 3; Chase Meadows 2; Donnie Allred 2; Cameron Blankenship 2; Blake Walker 1; Josh Beu 1.

Junior B Outlaws game
Jr. B 13, DeKalb County 0
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers

(Carries-Yds.-TDs-1 pt.)
Blake Qualls 7-76-2-0
Wade Neely 6-72-0-1
Chase Looper 5-15-0-0
Total 18-163-2-1

Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-2 pt.)
Blake Qualls 1-2-4-0-0

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TDs-2 pt.)
Brody Johnson 1-4-0-0

Fumble Recovery
Jacob Ford.

Lead Tacklers
Jarod Bell 4; Cody Cantrell 4; Brody Johnson 3; Wade Neely 3; Lance Jackson 2; Blake Qualls 2; Chris Ferrell 2; Ben Maxfield 1; Thomas Trevino 1.

Scoring
1st half
OC – Qualls 3-yard run. 1 pt. Neely run.
DC – TD, 1 pt.
2nd half
OC – Qualls 2-yard run. Conversion failed

B&B first in Women’s League

B&B still leads in Overton County Women’s Softball League with a 10-1 record.

Xpress Lube is 2nd with a 7-5 record, followed by Low Cost at 6-5, Jolley Produce at 5-7, and Kelly Williams Law Office trailing at 1-11.

The Women’s League Tournament finals will be held Thursday, Sept. 13. B&B will take on Xpress Lube at 6:15 p.m., Jolley Produce will play the loser at 7:15 p.m., and the winner of that game will play the winner of the first game at 8:15 p.m. for the championship.

 

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