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Hidden Valley hosts Club Championship
Wildcats open season with win at Loudon
Lady Wildcats’ season off to winning start
LMS, Allons girls basketball teams takes the court
“Squeak” Smith Appreciation held
Thompson scores double-double

Hidden Valley hosts Club Championship

On Sunday October 7th Hidden Valley hosted its first Club Championship in 10 years, a one-day stroke play tournament with 45 players competing for a chance to be the net champion, based upon handicap, or the club champion, best scratch score without handicap. Jim Sherfey, left, won the Net Champion title, and Shane Nivens, right, won the Club Champion title. Hidden Valley General Manager Jim Thompson, center, congratulated the winners and said the golf club is already in the beginning stages of planning a multi-day championship with a banquet for 2008.
“We hope to make this the biggest event of the year for our members,” Thompson said.


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Wildcats open season with win at Loudon

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Kendall Melton attempts to drive through two CPA defenders.

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Deven Ramsey shoots over a CPA player in Saturday’s loss.


By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

“When the season starts, you don’t expect to win them all,” senior Todd Smith pointed out Saturday night after the LA Wildcats played their second game of the young season. “Tonight we dropped a tough one, but the way we played has to indicate there are good things down the road.”

‘Tough’ was a very good descriptive word for visiting Christ Presbyterian Academy Lions and the late comeback by the Wildcats certainly indicated that even against stronger opponents, this year’s LA team will be hard to handle.

After a season opening 62-37 win on the road at Loudon, Livingston returned home Saturday night in the second round of the Hall of Fame Classic to host one of the strongest teams they will face all season. A hard fought 72-65 battled gave the visiting Lions the win, but the performance
by the Wildcats only put a smile on coach Richard Melton’s face.

“That was the kind of opponent I wanted to start the season,” Melton explained after the game, “and I want to schedule them again right now for next year. They were big, quick and very physical and after we got over the intimidation factor early, I thought we really played well. Naturally, you never want to lose, but in this situation, I thought in losing we gained a lot of experience that will pay off down the road.”

Like their counterparts, the LA Lady Wildcats, the boys opened the season Thursday night on the road at Loudon and quickly proved what had been expected since the final game of last season – this year the Cats would be tough.

Chase Dunn got the season off on the right foot for the Cats scoring the first eight points of the year and eleven of the 16 scored by LA in the first period of the game with Loudon. Meanwhile, the defense was putting on a show of its own, holding the Redskins to a mere four points and at the buzzer, were in complete control at 16-4.

In the second period, the Wildcats continued to dominate. Deven Ramsey drove home a basket from the lane, Clint West added a 15 footer and a pair of free throws, Adam Wilson added another charity shot, Will Peterman dripped in a bucket and Ramsey closed the period with a tip in.

At intermission, Livingston was rolling, 27-11 and it would get even better.

With Ramsey controlling the boards, he would pull down 13 rebounds on the night, and the hot shooting of Dunn and T.J. Smith in the third period, the Cats would pull out to a 43-25 advantage going into the final frame.

Smith had all eight of his points on the night in the third period and would get five of his game high 20 in the frame.

Ramsey, Dunn and Peterman lit up the nets in the final frame and Kendall Melton iced the win with a three point bucket late in the contest.

Things got a little tougher Saturday night in the season home opener for the Cats, but despite the setback, Melton was pleased with what he saw.

“We could have easily lost our composure and got blown away,” the coach pointed out. “We got down by 14 or 15 and it didn’t look good, but I told the team at the half that we could get back in it if we rebounded and denied them second shots and that’s what we did. We came back and cut the lead to four late in the game and that’s the mark of a mature group. If we had hit some free throws (LA missed 13 on the night) we could have won and that (CPA) was a very good high school basketball team out there tonight.”

One reason the Lions were so tough was 6-7 “Z” Mason. The big inside man was not only big and strong, he had a light touch inside as well as a powerful drive to the basket. His 23 points topped all scorers and three of his teammates hit in double figures.

”He’s definitely one of the best big men in the state,” Melton continued, “and I think our players learned a lot by playing against him tonight.

“On our side of the ball, T.J. (Smith) was like ‘instant offense’ and he and Will (Peterman) really picked up on their defense tonight and reacted well.

There were a lot of bright spots out there tonight and I was pleased with the way we played. I wanted to play the best team I could find and we played a very fine team in CPA. I think we found out that we can compete against good teams and that will only make us better,” Melton added.

Livingston trailed the entire night, but came back late to make it a close game. The Lions led 19-12 at the end of the first period and were down by 14 at the intermission, 47-33. They were down by twelve going into the final period, but staged a strong comeback in the final period.

Dunn hit a three pointer to cut the lead to six at 63-57 with a little over three minutes to play and West made a steal and a basket to cut it to four at 63-59 moments later. But the Lions refused to fold and held on for the win. In the fourth period alone, Dunn had 11 points before fouling out with 2:09 remaining.

Dunn paced the Wildcats with 19 points while Ramsey and T.J. Smith each added 12 with Todd Smith hitting for nine.

The Wildcats will hit the road this week, traveling to always tough Pickett County on Tuesday then traveling to Centennial and Shelbyville on Friday and Saturday for the Thanksgiving Classic.

 


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Lady Wildcats’ season off to winning start

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Adrian West moves inside for a shot in the win over CPA.

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Chelsea Carr looks to pass to a teammate in Saturday’s win.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

It started long before last Thursday’s season opener for the Livingston Academy girls basketball team. Actually it started so far back, most of the players now don’t recall when it did begin, but its there and it all came to the top last week when the 2007-08 season began.

It’s called ‘friendship’ and it directly relates to ‘team spirit’ for the Lady Wildcats.

“They don’t care who shoots or who scores points,” LA head coach Lesley Smith pointed out Saturday night after the young team posted its second straight impressive win of the young season. “They all do just about everything well. They all shoot well, they all play defense well and they all rebound well. It’s a very unselfish team and they are serious when they play.”

A point well made.

In the season opener Thursday night at Loudon in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Classic a well balanced attack on offense and some intense play under the boards got the season off on the right foot with a 69-47 whipping of home team Lady Redskins. On that night, it would be Alissa Sells and Alyssa Thompson hitting the double figures with 14 and 10 points respectively , but they would be backup by the steady scoring of Chelsea Carr and Adrian West with eight points and Shelby Taylor and Mackenzie Sell with seven markers to balance out the attack.

Before the game got underway, Smith pointed out that her team was very young, but they played as a team and that would be the strong point of this year’s squad that is void of any seniors. The squad is made up of five juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen.

“We are young, but this is a smart group of youngsters,” Smith would explain. “They play so good together and despite our youth, I think this team will turn into an exceptional one before its all over. They are a bunch of winners.”

Indeed it started out that way.

Freshman Mackenzie Sells got the first points of the season for the Lady Cats opening night on a lay up down the lane and seconds later put LA on top with free throw. It was a lead that the Lady Cats would hold on to the entire evening.

A basket by Carr then one by West and a couple by Alissa Sells pulled the visitors out to a 17-9 first period advantage and they never looked back.

Kilgore ripped off the first four points of the second period, then the home team made five straight points to narrow the gap to 21-17. It would be as close as they would get for the remainder of the night.

At the intermission, LA had moved out to a 33-19 advantage the ripped off 18 points in the third period while holding Loudon to only ten for a 51-29 lead going into the final frame.

Amber Welch nailed a three pointer to open the four period and the outcome was never in question.

With the initial win under their belts, the Lady Cats opened home play on Saturday night before a big crowd at the LA gym and again it was a well balanced scoring attack and superior strength under the boards that led to a second impressive win. This time it was over visiting Christ Presbyterian Academy, 82-46.

“We just all played together and it showed,” Carr explained after the game. “Everybody on the team got to play and everyone contributed. That’s the way we do it in practice, that’s the way we did it at Loudon and that’s the way we did it tonight. “

CPA jumped out to an early lead mainly on some hot shooting against a zone defense. The Lady Lions nailed four straight three pointers early, but the Lady Cats caught on quickly and switched to a man to man defense that cooled down the shooting and started putting points of their own on the board.

At the end of the first period, LA fought back to take a 20-17 lead.

Then the defense hit high gear about the same time the offense started to roll. In the second frame, LA outscored the visitors, 25-7 and took a 45-24 lead to the locker room at intermission.

CPA only managed eight points in the third period while the hot LA shooters poured in 17 and the 82-46 final score was a pretty good indication of just how things went after the fairly even start.

Livingston would pour in seven three pointers enroute to the win. Kendria Kilgore would lead the LA scoring with 21 points while Taylor would add 17 and Mackenzie Sell would hit for ten more. Carr added nine and freshman Tori Stocking would hit two three’s and a field goal for eight straight points in the final period.

“This is a good start for us,” Kilgore explained after the second win. “Once we changed our defense tonight, things started to go our way. We didn’t know anything about CPA before the game so we had to adjust and I think we adjusted well.”

For Smith, its was no doubt a very good start to the season with such a young team.

“I am pleasantly surprised,” the veteran coach pointed out. “So far this team has been so much fun to work with because they all work so well together. Tonight we had to change up early and it didn’t bother them in the least.
They just changed and went on. I thought everyone played well, but Shelby
(Taylor) and Kendria (Kilgore) played exceptionally well. Kendria is banged up a bit (ankle) but she never missed a beat and played very hard. Inside she controlled everything and that forced them (CPA) to go outside and our defense was tough on them.”

This week the Lady Cats will be on the road for three games starting Tuesday night at Pickett County then Friday at Centennial and Saturday at Shelbyville in the Thanksgiving Classic.

 



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LMS, Allons girls basketball teams takes the court

Meriam Maynord, #33, goes in for a lay-up in last week’s basketball action of LMS at Allons. The Hawks defeated LMS 42-30.

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“Squeak” Smith Appreciation held

An appreciation day and benefit for cancer patient Johnny “Squeak” Smith was held at Livingston City Park on November 2. King’s Crew won the softball tournament. Team members are, front row from left, Dawn King, Amber Crawford, Jessica McDonald, Terry Kingery, back row, Tiffany Livingston, Crystal Kingery, Kevin King, Kyle Copeland, Jonathan Cummins, Shane Livingston, and, not pictured, Joe Smith and Nan Voss.

Second place in the “Squeak” Smith Appreciation Softball Tournament went to Monkey Shockers. Team members are, front row from left, Hawkins, Stillwell, Wayne Huckeby, middle row, Heather Walker, Amy Dishman, Whitney Walker, Stephanie Pennington, Trista Nelson, Christina Smith, back row, Mark Greenwood, Jeff Myers, Steve Waggenbauer, Doug Hawkins, and Charlie Partain.

 

Winner of the “Squeak” Smith Appreciation Volleyball Tournament is the team of, from left, Dale Barnes, Teresia Boykin, Harold Ray, Darrell Ledbetter, and, not pictured, Joey Whitehead and Chelsey James.

Second place in the “Squeak” Smith Appreciation Volleyball Tournament went to the team of, from left, Waylon Ledbetter, Tim Wright, Albert Bilbrey, Rockie Bilbrey, Melissa Dillon, and Josh Bennett.

Squeak Smith’s boys Brian Smith and Scotty Smith took 1st place in the “Squeak” Smith Appreciation Horse Shoe Tournament, and the Tinch sisters, Peggy Tinch Cantrell and Trudy Tinch Barrett placed 2nd.

The final Corn Hole game at the “Squeak” Smith Appreciation came down to the Ferrell family. Gerald Ferrell and Danny Ferrell took 1st place beating out Gerald’s sons Travis and Barry.


Thompson scores double-double

Former Livingston Academy player Megan Thompson scored a double-double in Freed-Hardeman University’s win Saturday, Nov. 17 over Lee University.

Thompson scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers and completed the double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds. She also made 13 assists.

FHU led 36-28 at the half, and was narrowly outscored in the second half 37-36, for a 72-65 victory.

Thompson scored 18 points on Friday, Nov. 16 when she hit five 3-pointers in the Lady Lions’ win over Vanguard University. She had 6 assists in the game.

Vanguard led 43-40 at half-time, but Freed-Hardeman outscored the opposition 45-40 in the remainder of the game to win 85-83.

Freed-Hardeman took a 73-80 loss against The Master’s College on Thursday, Nov. 15. FHU fell behind 29-37 in the first half and could not make up the deficit.

Thompson scored 16 points in the game, including four 3-pointers. She made 5 assists, and had a steal, but was limited to a single rebound.

 




 

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