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Overton County Co-Ed Softball League winners announced
Harris Oil Fishing Tourney blasts off Saturday
Wilson Cates to play on ESPN-U Friday
Wildcats defeated by Mavericks
Lady Cats move into regionals

Overton County Co-Ed Softball League winners announced

Karen’s Dog House of Beauty finished 1st in the Overton County Co-Ed Softball League regular season. Team members are, front row from left, Brian Thurman, Trudy Barrett, Jeff Hammock – All-Tournament, Gwen Rhoton, Phillip Hastings, Tina Hastings, Ashley Barrett, second row, Michelle Blakley, Melanie Staggs, Missey Winningham – All-Tournament, Russ Hastings, Amanda Hastings, Travis Staggs – Most Improved, Peggy Cantrell, back row, Kylor Winningham, Chris Winningham, and Dylan Winningham.

Wolf River Grill /Dale Hollow Power Sports took 1st place in the Overton County Co-Ed Softball League Tournament and placed 2nd in the regular season. Team members are, front row from left, Kathy Walls, Michelia Choate, Ashley Cook, Tamara Bibb, Lonnie Reeder, Billy Witt, back row, Billy “Butter” Melton, Heather Huddleston, Josh “Looker” Thrasher, and Greg Bibb.

King’s took the runner-up spot in the Overton County Co-Ed Softball League Tournament. Team members are, front row from left, Amber Crawford, Dawn King, Tiffany Livingston, back row, Joe Smith, Kevin King, Crystal Kingery, Jason Gibson, Kyle Copeland, and not pictured James Gibson, Blake Almondrode, Brian Colson, Nan Voss, and Kayla Gibson.

El Tapatio placed 3rd in the Overton County Co-Ed Softball League Tournament. Team members are, front row from left, Stephanie Pennington – All-Tournament, Stillwell, Trista Thompson, second row, Whittney Walker, Amy Greenwood, Heather Walker, Christina Smith, back row, Steve Thompson, Mark Greenwood, Jeff Myers – All-Tournament, and Wayne Huckeby.

Squeak’s placed 3rd in the Overton County Co-Ed Softball League regular season. Team members are, in no particular order, Jessica McDonald, Shannon Ford, Carrie Smith, Amber Dickerson, Donna Harris, Brian Smith, Scotty Smith, Danny Ford, Angela McDougle, Bobby McDougle, Gary Ballard, and not pictured, Johnny “Squeak” Smith.

All-Tournament Award winners were, front row from left, Amanda Wilson, Jo Brown, Samantha Copeland, Wendy Sullivan – Best Sportsmanship, Serena Cole, back row, Jay Mosley, Kenny Smith, Chris Abbott, and Chris Nelson. Not pictured are Shannon Ford, Angela McDougle, Jeff Flowers, Rachel Barlow, Ryan King, Daniel Abbott, Josh Parsons, Stacia Ledbetter, and Jason Cox – Best Sportsmanship.

Awards winners were, from left, Tamara Bibb – Female MVP, Greg Bibb – Male MVP and Home Run Leader, Billy Witt – All-Tournament, Ashley Cook – All-Tournament, Kyle Copeland – All-Tournament and Home Run Leader, Tiffany Livingston – All-Tournament. Copeland and Bibb tied with 16 home runs.

All-Tournament Award winners were, from left, Amber Dickerson, Heather Walker – Best Female Batting Average, Billy Witt – Best Male Batting Average, Brian Smith, and Scotty Smith.

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Harris Oil Fishing Tourney blasts off Saturday

By THOMAS P. WEAVER
Dale Hollow HORIZON,
with permission

Well over 100 fishermen are expected to blast off at Pleasant Grove Recreation Area this Saturday morning for the Fourth Annual Dale Hollow Sportsman's CITGO Harris Oil Fishing Tournament.

Tournament director Stephen Headrick said last week he expected to see a large field turn out for the 2-day event.

“We've already got over 30 boats pre-registered,” the owner of Punisher Lures and Dale Hollow 1-Stop said Monday. “That’s the most we’ve ever had committed this early in the game.

“It should turn out to be a good one this weekend.”

Fishermen from all over will show up to compete for the $3,000 1st place purse guaranteed by CITGO and Harris Oil of Cookeville and to have the chance at winning other prizes.

“Besides big money, fishermen will have a shot at some good door prizes including several G-loomis, Shimano, and All-pro rods,” Headrick said.

The event will pay out the top 10 places by percentage this year, as opposed to the last year's breakdown. The past the tournament paid the $3,000 to first, $1,500 to the runner-up, $750 to 3rd, $375 to 4th, and then gave a flat $250 to the final six places.

“This year the money will start at the top ($3,000) and decrease by percentage all the way through to 10th place,” Headrick said. “This new breakdown should be better for all.”

He also explained other money will be used to pay those who weigh in the biggest largemouth and smallmouth each day.

Those winners will receive $250 each for the largest of each species per
day.

The separate awards will be awarded due to the fact the tournament will feature all species of bass that thrive in the clear waters of Dale Hollow.

Anglers will have the opportunity to weigh in five fish of any species to compile the largest bag, but the five fish must conform to the rules set for the lake.

Smallmouth must follow the Dale Hollow slot limit, which allows one fish under 16 inches per day per person and one fish over 21 inches per day per person. The only exception to the lake rules on smallmouth is that the small fish must be at least 12 inches long.

Largemouth must be over 15 inches, and on Dale Hollow an angler is allowed no more than five per day.

So, theoretically a fisherman could weigh in all largemouth, but the pristine waters are sure to produce a football-sized bronzeback to knock one of those 'green fish' off the podium.

Also, the lake holds an abundance of spotted bass, otherwise known as 'Kentucky bass,' that will be fair game that weekend. They must at least be 12 inches long to be eligible for the weigh-in.

Headrick wanted potential participants to know blast-off order would be
determined by the order fishermen registered for the event, and he emphasized that the order would be the same both days.

“We won’t reverse the order on the second day,” he explained. “This
rewards the guys for signing up early.”

The tournament will blast off at 6:30 a.m. both mornings with check-in at 3
p.m Saturday and 2 p.m Sunday. Entry fee is $150.

For more information call (931) 243-2636 or (931) 243-6133.

 


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Wilson Cates to play on ESPN-U Friday

Former Livingston Academy football standout Wilson Cates will play on ESPN-U, satellite channel 152, when Princeton plays Cornell on Friday, Oct. 26.

The game will be broadcast at 6 p.m.

Cates, wearing #17, is playing strong safety this year after spending last year on special teams.



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Wildcats defeated by Mavericks

Landon Amonett/OCN Sports
Ethan McDonald looks for room to run against the Mavericks.


By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

Just when it appeared the youth movement on the Livingston Academy football team was finally steadying itself with a respectable showing at Scott County, the roof fell in again Friday night against a powerful Anderson County team. The 41-7 setback left the reeling Wildcats at 0-8 on the season. and for the seniors on the team, only one win in the last 18 games.

“The seniors on this team deserve better than this” a dejected assistant coach Mark Winningham told the team after the game. “Now let’s learn from this and get ready for next week and give them the win they deserve.”
It was about all that could be said about the performance of the previous two hours. Anderson County rolled into a sparsely filled Tom Davis Memorial Stadium with a 4-3 record, but the Mavericks were much better than their record indicated.

“That was a very good football team,” LA head coach Grant Swallows commented after the game. “We knew they were better than 4-3, and we knew it would be almost impossible to run against them, so we tried other things.

“They held Catholic to under 100 yards rushing, so you can see how strong
they were.”

If the Mavericks held the state’s top 3A team to under 100 yards rushing,
the Wildcats had to know it would be impossible to make much headway trying to move the ball on the ground, and they were right. For the entire night, LA managed only 10 yards on the ground, 9 of those coming on three quarterback sneaks of 3 yards each.

So it was the plan to go to the air, and to some extent, it was a much better
avenue of attack. The Cats threw the ball 16 times and connected on 8, the big yardage maker coming late in the game on a 51-yard strike from Hayden Hill to Cody Stafford. Stafford was hauled down at the 7 yard line and it took five plays and a penalty before Hill could bull in from the 2.

Josh Huitt converted the point after attempt for the Wildcats’ only score of the night.

Meanwhile the visitors were eating up yardage both in the air and on the ground.

Before the night was over, AC rushed for 205 yards on the ground and connect 8 times in 12 tries through the air for another 138 yards. Two of the throws resulted in impressive touchdowns. The first was a 38-yard toss on a fourth and 9 situation in the first quarter, and the second was even more spectacular going for 55 yards.

“We knew they would throw the ball,” Swallows continued, “and we worked on that during the week, but when it came to a real situation, we simply couldn’t stop it. And that’s just one of the problems we are facing.

“If you could see us play JV ball, you would see a very different team, and even in practice, we are much better. I think our young players are just intimidated when we face these bigger and better teams on Friday night.

“That’s something only experience will overcome, and hopefully each week we can get better,” Coach Swallows said. “It didn’t happen this week though.

“I thought we had some things going our way after last week’s game. We had several bright spots, and hopefully, we had built some confidence, but apparently not. We take two steps forward then three backwards.”
Swallows hit the nail on the head.

In the Scott County game, the Wildcats scored first for the first time this year, and with the exception of a weak fourth quarter, were in the game all the way. Friday night, they were out of it after the first 8 minutes.

Anderson County used a short 32-yard drive midway though the opening frame to take a 7-0 lead, then on the first play of their next possession, connected on the 38-yard strike to take a 14-0 advantage. The stunned Wildcats never recovered.

For the entire first half, LA used Brannon Mccoin at quarterback, then switched to Hill in the second half, but neither young signal caller had much success, and a lot of the problems came from the huge rush put on by the Mavericks.

“When the defense gets to the backfield about the same time the ball does, its tough to get anything going,” Swallows explained. “They were good, and we didn’t do much to disprove that.

“But we’re not giving up. I believe this thing will turn around and so does every coach on this team. We took this job knowing the problems, and we are all dedicated to making it better. Is it discouraging? Sure it is, but nobody said it would be easy. We will just keep working, facing the challenge, and get these youngsters headed in the right direction.

“We need a win to build confidence. That would be a big step in the right direction, and I really think we can get it this week against Stone Memorial.

They are a lot like us this year in that they are struggling also. So this will be a big game for both of us.”

Friday’s game will be the final home game of the season for the Wildcats, who will close out the season the following week against Fulton in
Knoxville.

The Yardstick
1st Downs-LA 7, AC 13
Yds. Rushing- LA10, AC 205
Yds. Passing-LA 113, AC 138
Pass Att./Com-LA 16/8, AC 12/8
Interceptions-LA 0, AC 1
Fumbles Lost-LA 2, AC 1
Punts/Avg.-LA 5/26 , AC 2/25
Yds. Pent.-LA 15, AC 91
Score By Quarter
LA 0 0 0 7 – 7
AC 14 21 6 0 – 41


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Lady Cats move into regionals



Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats soccer team is number 1 in District 7-A/AA after winning the tournament last week on their home field. This week the Lady Cats play in the regional tournament.

While most of the student population was enjoying the fall break on vacation, the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team was training for and competing in the semi-finals and finals of the District 7-A/AA Soccer Tournament.

The Lady Wildcats faced the DeKalb County Lady Tigers in the semi-final game, with a trip to the finals at stake. LA came out on fire, led by senior Lauren Robinson and freshman Kat Nigro. The scoring was early and often in the first half as Kat Nigro scored an unassisted goal in the first minute of play, followed by two goals from Lauren Robinson, a goal by Heather Marshall, and two more by Kat Nigro to post a 6-0 halftime lead.

The Lady Cats added two goals in the second half, one from McKenzie McConaha and one with an unselfish pass from Kat Nigro to assist Hillary Ramsey with her first goal of the season.

LA Soccer Coach Ethan King put in Mary Green, Jada Jackson, and Maria Hernandez, and the girls worked well together and kept the ball moving on their end of the field.

DeKalb County’s Lady Tigers managed a goal with 30 seconds left in the game for a final score of 8-1.

LA played host to the York Institute Lady Dragons in the finals. This was the third meeting between the two teams, each resulting in a 3-1 LA victory.

The rematch would prove to be a feisty affair with three lead changes over the course of the regulation 80 minutes. Once again, the LA Lady Wildcats struck first just 3 minutes into the contest when McKenzie McConaha pounced on a shot deflected by the keeper and buried it into the net.

But the 1-0 lead was short lived as the Lady Dragons fought back, pressuring the Wildcats defense, which finally yielded the tying goal just 6 minutes into the game.

In the 22nd minute, the Lady Dragons converted a miscue by LA and took
their first lead of the game, 2-1.

Although the bounces were not favoring the Lady Wildcats this night, they
kept fighting for the possession. Just before half, LA was rewarded with a corner kick, due solely to the hard work of Brittany White. Heather Marshall took the corner kick and swung the ball into the 18-yard box and Kat Nigro drove a header into the back of the net for a 2-2 tie.

LA stepped up the pressure in the second half, getting off numerous shots on goal, but the York keeper was up to the task. LA defender SarahJane Maynord kept the pressure on, with help from Brianna Colson, and pushed her players up. Savannah Vaughn was put in as forward and made some key passes to keep the ball in favor of LA.

Finally, with 6 minutes left in regulation, Nigro hit a half volley off a pass deflected by the defender into the back of the net for a 3-2 lead and eventual win.

The victory propelled the Lady Wildcats into the Region 4 playoffs at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 against Friendship Christian Lady Commanders on the Livingston Academy field.




 

 




 

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