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A.H. Roberts announces floor hockey winners
LA Wildcats defeat district opponent DeKalb County Tigers
Lady Cats keep DeKalb Lady Tigers district losing streak intact
Volleyball clinic to be held at Cumberland U

A.H. Roberts announces floor hockey winners

Patricia McDonald’s 2nd grade team, Norwals, the last place seed entering the floor hockey tournament, got hot at the right time as they used a series of one goal victories to hoist the gold cup. Team members are, front row from left, Jayden Nelson, Will Herbert, Captain, back row, Becky Reagan, Riley Smith, and Eliza Oakley. Extreme Battleball is the next scheduled intramural sport at A.H. Roberts Elementary for grades 2 to 4.

A.H. Roberts Elementary students from Nancy McCormick’s 3rd grade floor hockey team, Kodiaks, marched their way to the championship with a 4-0 final win over Holly Dickerson’s Predators. Team members are, front, Alex Geary, captain, and, back from left, Megan Talley, C.J. Smith, Rebekah Ledford, and Jaci Baltimore.

Fourth graders floor hockey team, Cavemen, from Janie Byers’ class at A.H. Roberts Elementary school were all smiles as Overton County Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick presented them the championship trophy at the end of tournament play. This win assured the Cavemen of a trip to see the Nashville Predators play. On hand with Director Gilpatrick are, front row from left, Christina Blake, Alex Laycock, Brianna Bond, Ethan England, Mason Jolley, captain, and Marissa Lewis.


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LA Wildcats defeat district opponent DeKalb County Tigers




Mac McLeod/OCN Sports file photo
Livingston Academy’s big men, Deven Ramsey with the ball, and Jeremy McLearran #25, came up big in the win at Smithville.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

A good game plan to defeat the Livingston Academy Wildcats might go something like this: Eliminate their leading scorer, force 14 or 15 turnovers and hit just about every shot from three point range.

Not a bad plan, but DeKalb County found out Tuesday night that it doesn’t work and even with their best shot, the Tigers discovered that perhaps if a rule was inserted before the game that only starters could play, it would even up the playing field a little more.

After leading from almost the opening tip to the final buzzer of the third
period, the Tigers tried as hard as they could to repeat last year’s 56-53 upset of the Wildcats the night LA left for a Christmas tournament trip to Disney World. This time it didn’t work.

With leading scorer Chase Dunn sitting on the bench for almost half the game, things looked dim for the 7-1, 3-0 Wildcats as the Tigers fought and clawed their way to the lead early and held on tight through the first two periods and almost all of the third frame. The one thing they forgot to do was not foul Dunn when he was in the game and secondly, be aware that every player on the LA roster can score.

“They hit about everything they threw up there for a while,” pointed out LA’s Kendall Melton, “and it made a difference when Chase wasn’t in there, but tonight I think we found out we could win, regardless of who was or wasn’t on the floor. It was a very big confidence builder for us.”
It was also a hard fought 73-66 win moving the Wildcats to 8-2 on the season and a perfect 4-0 mark in District 7, 2A competition.

“I didn’t think we played great, but I thought we played well tonight,” LA head coach Richard Melton explained after the game. “We took their best shot and survived and I think it did the team good to realize that we have a target on our backs and every team we play, especially in the district, is going to give us their best shot and we had better be ready every night.”

Before the game Melton asked every player on the team to “play like you
are a starter and be positive”. When it was all said and done, they did just what the coach asked.

Melton went with a smaller, but faster starting lineup with the two big men, Deven Ramsey and Jeremy McLearran sitting on the bench. Before it was over, both would play a big role in the victory.

DeKalb scored the first points of the game with a pair of free throws, then T.J. Smith answered from the foul line at the other end of the court for a 2-2 deadlock. That’s the way it went for most of the frame. Dunn gave the Wildcats a one point lead at 12-11 with his only field goal of the night. At the end of the period, DeKalb led by two, 19-17.

After Ramsey knotted the score to open the second frame, Dunn picked up his third personal foul of the game and went to the bench. His replacement, Justin Poston promptly filled the scoring void left by Dunn with a three point play to give the lead back to LA, 23-21. At that point, the Tigers used a three-point basket, a field goal and four straight free throws to make a nine-point run and move out to their biggest lead of the night, 30-23.

T.J. Smith stopped the bleeding with a big three-point basket and added a field goal to narrow the gap. Then McLearran, Will Peterman, Todd Smith and Melton found the nets to pulled the Wildcats back to within two, 39-37, at intermission.

“At that point I wasn’t totally happy with our play,” Coach Melton added, “but we fought back well, never lost our composure and everyone simply stepped up. T.J. played well as did Deven and Jeremy there in the second period and Justin filled in well for Chase. Looking back at the game, that second period was very decisive in that we didn’t fold despite everything DeKalb did plus we were playing at their place and it’s always tough over there.”

|Clint West opened the third period with a field goal to put LA back up by one, but the Tigers answered with another of their three point baskets. On the night, DeKalb would hit seven three-point shots. Ramsey then went to work for the Cats. He blocked two Tiger shots and added two field goals to keep the game close at 48-44 with a little over four minutes remaining in the period.

Then Dunn picked up his fourth foul and had to sit down. For most teams, a player averaging 24 points per game would be hard to replace, especially in a tight situation.

Not so for the Wildcats.

Melton then hit his stride and the sophomore finally found the range he had been accustomed to a year ago. His first three-pointer of the night pulled LA to within one at 48-47. DeKalb answered with a three at the other end of the floor, but Melton put out the fire with a second straight three. T.J. Smith ended the quarter with a three that put LA back to within one then hit a pair of free throws as time ran out to give LA its first lead early in the second period, Going into the final eight minutes, the Wildcats were on top, 59-58.

“It was great to see Kendall finally get his shooting confidence back,” the LA coach pointed out. “He’s a great shooter, but he lost his confidence early in the season and has worked hard to get it back. He couldn’t have picked a better time to get fired up.”

DeKalb had one more shot at being on top when they opened the final period with a field goal to go up, 60-59. T.J. Smith then answered with four straight points to give LA a 63-60 lead and from that point on, it was LA’s game to win or lose. Dunn reentered the game and promptly hit a pair of free throws then added five more down the stretch as DeKalb was forced to foul him with time running out.

“It was a great game for Kendall,” coach Melton continued, “and it was really good that our entire team stepped up. Every player that went on that floor did what we asked them to do and that’s the mark of a good, confident team. I think we answered a lot of questions tonight.

“I pulled Chase after his fourth foul saving him for later if we could ever get the lead. I knew they would eventually have to foul him and he’s a great free throw shooter. He made me look good tonight with those foul shots down the final few minutes.”

“We’re just glad to get out of here,” West said. “We had to fight for every point tonight, but as long as we play like a team as we did tonight, we can pull it out. Losing Chase could have been a decisive factor, but everybody stepped up and filled the hole. We had four players in double figures and Kendall’s two three there in the third period were huge. That one is behind us now and Brentwood is next and they are always big and very good.”

On the night T.J. Smith lead LA’s scoring with 16 points while Melton had
12 and Dunn and Todd Smith each had 10. Ramsey had nine and McLearran added six while West hit for five, Poston for three and Peterman, two.

“According to the Coach T polls, we’re the number four team in the state based on schedule strength and success,” Melton concluded. “An 8-2 start is very positive. We still need work in certain areas and we have a week off to work on those things. There are no easy games remaining on our schedule and we found out tonight that we have to be ready to play every time we go on the floor. Winning a game like this makes it fun.”

LA will play Thursday night, Dec. 20 at 8:30 p.m. at Lipcomb University against Brentwood Academy.


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Lady Cats keep DeKalb Lady Tigers district losing streak intact



Mac McLeod/OCN file photo
Kendria Kilgore, passing the ball, kept the Lady Wildcats in possession of the basketball throughout the win at Smithville.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

It was predicted before the season started that the DeKalb Lady Tigers would finally break their 100 game district losing streak before the holiday break. Tuesday night was their last shot at it and the Lady Wildcats of Livingston Academy wanted no part of being the school that finally broke the infamous streak.

“Well, it did enter our minds,” team floor leader Chelsea Carr confessed after the game, “but we were pretty confident it wouldn’t happen to us. We’re playing too good right now for that to have happened.”

Carr was more than accurate in her assessment and after a 15-2 romp through the first period, there was little doubt of the outcome. When it was finally over, the Lady Cats had their ninth win of the season in ten outings and brought their District 7, 2A mark to 4-0.

About the only thing that went wrong Tuesday night in the 57-33 win was hot shooting Adrian West who fell under the weather and didn’t play much after the start of the game. In the previous two contests against York and Cannon, West had a total of eight three pointers and her deadly shooting would be sorely missed.

Not to worry though, this year’s LA team is blessed with good shooters, and with West on the sidelines, Alissa Sells stepped up and slammed home five long range baskets plus a field goal and a free through (the original three point play) for a game high total of 18 points.

“Alissa really caught fire early with those three pointers,” Carr added. “Mackenzie (Sells) did some good shooting and I had one of my best shooting nights of the season (Carr had eleven and Sells 12 in the game.

“Once the game got started and we went to work, we forgot about the 100
straight loss thing and just went out and did what we had to do.”

To get things rolling, Livingston controlled the opening tip and Shelby Taylor quickly dropped in a basket for a 2-0 lead. A pair of three pointers by Allissa Sells soon followed and Carr put in a field goal. Livingston was on top, 12-2 and Sell’s basket and free throw at the end of the period almost put the game out of reach after only eight minutes.

Both teams put eight points on the board in the second period with Mackenzie Sells nailing down four and Alyssa Thompson adding four more. Only a pair of three pointers kept DeKalb from going scoreless in the frame. LA led, 23-10 at intermission.

In the second half it was “everybody have fun”. Sells opened with a three pointer, then Carr added a bucket and Thompson collected her sixth point of the night. Mackenzie Sells had three points in the frame and Kendria Kilgore got her only point of the night in the quarter.

“Kendria did an outstanding job all night,” LA head coach Lesley Smith explained after the game. “She only had one point which was okay with her. She was having fun pulling down rebounds and passing the ball out to the open player. That’s the kind of player she is. Whatever it takes to win, Kendria will do it. If she had felt like she needed to score for us to win, she would have shot more, but at the time, defense and rebounding were top priority and that’s what she did.”

Livingston led by 25, 45-20 going into the final period and Smith cleared the bench allowing Samantha Maya, Tori Stocking and Mallory Mahaney to all get on the scoring column.

“We got the chance to play a lot of players and we did,” Smith continued.

“We got a very good effort from everyone who played and Alyssa (Thompson) really did a good job filling in for Adrian (West).

“DeKalb wasn’t one of the stronger teams on our schedule, but I will say they have improved and they played hard. Now we are heading into the meat of our schedule and the opponents are going to be decisively stronger,” Smith added.

“Thursday night we play Heritage which is undefeated and should we win and Jackson County win, then we play Jackson County and they are as strong as any team anywhere. At this point in the season we’re still learning and our next few games will definitely show us where we need work. So far it’s been fun and Thursday afternoon we’re going to have more fun distributing the fruit the team sold back in the fall. Its always one of the most enjoyable days of the year. Both the boys and girls box up about 1,300 boxes of fruit and deliver them and it just a good time being together.
The money raised will pay for uniforms, shoes and road trips.”

As for Carr, the real fun will come next Thursday against Heritage and possibly Jackson County.

“I look forward to playing a good team,” she pointed out. “So far we haven’t played a really good team, but we will then and I look forward to it.

You get nervous before you play a good team, then you get to settle down and play hard. I don’t know, it’s just a different feeling and when its over, you kinda know how you stack up against good competition.”

The Livingston Academy girls are ranked number 1 according to Coach T. The ranking is based on strength of schedule and success.

The Livingston-Heritage game will be in the opening round of the MidSouth Classic and will be played at Jackson County High School at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The remaining games will move to Cookeville for Friday and Saturday.



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Volleyball clinic to be held at Cumberland U

A 2-session volleyball skills clinic will be held at the Christmas Volleyball Clinic at Cumberland University on Saturday, Dec. 22.
A
morning session will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. that will cover, but not be limited to, serving, passing, setting, and hitting.

An afternoon session will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. that will cover, but not be limited to, defense, offense, hitting, and setting.

Cost is $35 each session or $60 for both sessions. Space is limited. To apply for the clinic contact Cumberland University Volleyball Coach Dwayne Deering at (work) (615) 547-1318 or 1-800-467-0562 ext. 1118, (home and cell) (615) 449-4975, or e-mail to ddeering@cumberland.edu.

Applications can also be found at www.cumberland.edu/athletics/womensvolleyball/leagues_clinics.

 

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