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TWRA Accepting Photographs For Annual Tennessee Wildlife Calendar Contest
Cats to play for district tournament championship
Lady Wildcats take 3rd in District 7-AA Tournament
TN State Bass Championship tournament set March 29
FHU defeats Bethel College 72-63 at home

 

TWRA Accepting Photographs For Annual Tennessee Wildlife Calendar Contest

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting photographs for the 2008-09 Calendar Contest for Tennessee Wildlife Magazine.

All interested photographers are cordially invited to submit their best photos of fish and wildlife species native to the Volunteer State, and fishing and hunting scenes in Tennessee. The photos will be reviewed for publication in the annual July/August calendar edition of Tennessee Wildlife Magazine.
The format is horizontal 35mm slides or horizontal digital images on disk (no floppies). Only digital images in JPEG format and of high resolution (300 dpi) sized as an 8 x 10 will be accepted.

Each slide and disk submitted must have the name of the photographer stamped or written on it. No prints can be accepted. Sorry, disks cannot be returned.

Entries can be mailed to:
Tennessee Wildlife Magazine
Calendar Issue
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204

The entry deadline is Monday, April 7, 2008 for the 2008-09 Calendar Contest for Tennessee Wildlife Magazine.

2008 Fishing Regulations Are Now Available

The 2008 Tennessee Fishing Regulations, effective March 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009, are now available according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

The regulations for 2008 are in a new, color magazine format with larger print for easier reading. The regulations contain helpful sections that cover everything from hook, line and sinker, fish identification, State record fish, phone numbers to obtain the latest water release schedules for TVA and Corps of Engineers dams in Tennessee, and much more. Major changes for 2008 can be found on page 2, in the “What’s New” section.

Tennessee’s 2008 Fishing Regulations can be picked up at all TWRA regional offices and anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

New Hunting And Fishing Licenses Available For Purchase
February 29 marks the expiration of the 2007-2008 Tennessee hunting-fishing licenses. The expiration of the licenses coincides with the time when most hunting seasons in the state end and the prime fishing begins. New licenses were made available at license agents across the state beginning February 18, 2008. You may obtain a resident license if you have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the genuine intent of making Tennessee your permanent home, or if you are in active military status in this state, or if you have been a student in Tennessee for at least six months.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has converted to an electronic licensing system called R.E.A.L. (Remote Easy Access License) which makes it easier for hunters and anglers to purchase their license.

Licenses may be purchased on-line on TWRA’s website: www.tnwildlife.org and charged to your Visa, Discover, or Discover credit card, or ordered by telephone and charged to your credit card by calling toll free 1-888-814-8972. All licenses purchased by credit card will be charged a $3.95 processing and handling fee. To expedite telephone orders, the caller should have ready the following information: name, address, physical description, Social Security Number, driver’s license number, previous license number (if renewal), and credit card number.

Licenses for the 2008-2009 year will be printed on a special tear-resistant, water-proof paper. If you lose the license, you can get a duplicate license for a $7 replacement fee, ($6 goes to the TWRA and $1 to the agent) from any REAL license agent immediately - no matter where you purchased the original.

Bluebird Planning Time
Are you looking for an indoor project to occupy your time this winter or perhaps something that can help wildlife and add a little color to your property? The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency would like to suggest that you consider building some bluebird nest boxes to erect in February.

Each year in the winter, one of Tennessee’s most attractive songbirds begins to look for suitable nest sites. In February and March, bluebird pairs seek out hollow cavities in decaying trees and wooden fence posts to nest and raise their young.

Eastern bluebirds were one of the first birds to appear around the homesteads of Tennessee settlers. During the 1800’s and 1900’s, hollow wooden fence posts were plentiful and bluebirds had an abundance of nest sites, but today’s metal fence posts have eliminated many potential sites.

Luckily, help for the bluebird is as simple as building or buying a bluebird box and placing it 5 to 10 feet off the ground in a fairly open area.

Construction of a bluebird box is easy. Boxes should be made of untreated wood. They should have a cavity 8 inches deep with a floor 5 inches wide and 5 inches long. The entrance should be 6 inches above the floor and the entrance hole should be 1.5 inches in diameter.

Other beneficial birds, such as chickadees and wrens, may take up residence in a bluebird box. House sparrows may be a real problem when boxes are located near buildings.

Bluebirds are territorial, so boxes should not be located within 100 yards of each other. Bluebirds prefer open fields like those of farm pastures, parks, cemeteries, or golf courses, but any large grass field or yard will do. Nest boxes in densely wooded areas are rarely used by bluebirds.

If you would like to assist one of Tennessee’s most beautiful wild creatures, put up a bluebird box during the month of February.

Putnam County Hunter Safety Class

Traditional Hunter Education Classes will be held March 13-15 at TN Tech Pennebaker Hall, Biology Building, in Cookeville.

Alfred Ballinger will be instructing the classes. On Thursday and Friday classes will run from 6-9 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. Must attend all classes.

Pre-register by calling Leisure Services at (931) 520-4386 or (931) 520-5286.

 


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Cats to play for district tournament championship

Mac McLeod photo
Jeremy McLearran looks to pass to a teammate in Saturday’s win.

Mac McLeod photo
Kendall Melton breaks through for a basket against York.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Basketball is a unique game in that regardless of what happens in the regular season, it’s always different when tournament time rolls around.

Forget the results of regular season play simply because it’s going to be totally different in the tournament.

“Everybody brings their ‘A’ game to the tournament,” Livingston’s Todd Smith explained Saturday night following a hard fought 72-57 win over York Institute in District 7 2A play at the Elben Center in Cookeville. “It doesn’t matter what we did during the regular season, everybody just plays at a different level in the tournament.”

During the regular season Livingston Academy rolled past York twice, once by 16 points and by six the second time around. For eight minutes of Saturday’s meeting, it appeared the outcome could go either way. As a matter of fact, the Dragons led by one at intermission.

“York is a good team,” pointed out LA head coach Richard Melton after the game. “We expected them to give us a tough game and they did. Give them credit, but the mark of a good team is one that can overcome a charged up opponent and tonight we did just that. Our play in the third period was indicative of how we can play when we need to.”

In addition to beating York twice in the regular season, the Wildcats brought a perfect 12-0 district record into the game and when it was over, a third meeting of the season with Upperman for the tournament championship was set for Tuesday night. It was what the Wildcats expected.

“It will be like this again Tuesday night,” Clint West pointed out. “Naturally, when you are the number one team, you have a target on your back and every team you play is gunning for an upset. York was like that tonight and Upperman will be the same Tuesday night. We have to play our best every time we go on the court and now we start knowing that a loss will send you home for the season.”

To reach Tuesday’s championship game, Livingston only had to beat York since the regular season champions got a bye in the opening round which took place last Thursday. York on the other hand had to beat DeKalb County (53-37) on Friday. Upperman reached Tuesday’s title match with a 72-53 win over Macon County. Macon upended Cannon county in opening round action, 61-41.

Livingston drew first blood Saturday on a pair of free throws and went up 5-0 when West nailed a three pointer. But York wasn’t about to roll over.
The Dragons came back and took the lead then a see-saw battle developed. A three pointer by T.J. Smith put the Wildcats up by three and a pair of free throws by West moved the margin to five again late in the period. At the buzzer, Livingston held a slim 18-15 margin.

Second period action was much the same as the Dragons matched the Wildcats point for point. Four missed free throws didn’t help the LA cause but four critical points by center Deven Ramsey kept the Wildcats close.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Melton later explained, “and we needed something to change in the third period for sure.”

In the second period York outscored LA 12-8 and led in rebounding, 17-16. To make a comeback from 27-26 Dragon lead, the Wildcats needed a spark. They got several.

First spark came when LA’s high scoring Chase Dunn finally found the range. In the first half, Dunn was held to a mere six points, but in the third frame he would nail down 11 points, six from the three point range and things started to move in Livingston’s direction.

And Ramsey came on strong inside, taking control of the boards and scoring four critical points just when they were needed. Inside, the big junior totally dominated the boards and had three blocked shots. With Dunn shooting, Ramsey rebounding and the entire team playing much better defense, the Wildcats came from a one point deficit at the start of the period to a 13 point lead when it ended.

“You can see why I get frustrated with Deven at times,” a happy Melton smiled after the game. “He can be so good when he plays like he’s capable of playing. What he did in the third period was critical tonight.”

Ramsey on the other hand, passed the praise on to his teammates.

“Chase’s threes were the spark,” the big center pointed out, “and Clint (West) had a good third period as did Todd (Smith). We knew what we had to do to win and we did it. It wasn’t pretty at times, but when you get to tournament play, things change and you have to adjust. Once I started grabbing rebounds and blocking shots, the whistles started blowing. Just my luck,” he laughed, “but it was fun while it lasted.”

Ramsey would foul out with a little over four minutes remaining, but he had done the damage he needed to do.

In the final period, the Wildcats put things on cruise control. Todd Smith opened the period with a basket to maintain the 13-point lead then Justin Poston added a free throw and a basket to put Livingston totally in the drivers seat. Down the stretch, Dunn would go to the free throw line eight times and make all eight.

Dunn would lead the Wildcats with 27 points on the night to add to his 620 during the regular season for a career total of 1648. That total puts him fourth on the all time scoring list at LA.

West and Ramsey would each add eleven points to the total while Todd Smith would put in seven, T.J. Smith had six on a pair of threes, Kendall Melton had four, Poston three, Jeremy McLearran two and Will Peterman rounded out the scoring with one.

The win boosted the Livingston record to 25-4. Livingston will host either Goodpasture or Donelson Christian Academy Saturday night at home at 7 p.m. If Livingston wins Tuesday night it will be Goodpasture. If they lose, it will be DCA.



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Lady Wildcats take 3rd in District 7-AA Tournament

Mac McLeod photo
LA’s Chelsea Carr is pressured by the York Lady Dragons in Saturday’s district tournament semifinal loss.

Mac McLeod photo
Adrian West moves past a Macon County defender for a shot in the Lady Wildcats district tournament win on Friday.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

It was a game for pride and position and the Livingston Lady Wildcats grabbed both with a 83-53 win over Cannon the consolation game of the District 7, 2A tournament played at the Elben Center in Cookeville Monday night.

“We didn’t play well against York Saturday night,” LA’s Kendria Kilgore explained after Monday’s win, “so we felt like we needed to do much better tonight to regain our confidence and also to get a better seed in next week’s regional tournament. I think we did both tonight.”

After a sluggish start against Cannon County, a team they had beaten handily twice during the regular season, Livingston settled in and took care of business.

Shelby Taylor got things rolling for the Lady Cats, then Cannon hit five unanswered points for a 5-3 lead. Poor shooting early led to the low score, but when Kilgore went on a personal 8-0 run midway through the period, it was all over but the final score. Livingston led by six, 20-14 , at the end of the opening frame.

Mackenzie Sells, Alissa Sells and Kilgore hit the first three shots of the second period and from that point on, the only question was what would be the margin of victory. Livingston led at the half, 40-28 then hit 25 points in the third frame for the run away win.

“We weren’t too intense to start the game,” LA coach Lesley Smith pointed out after the game, “ but once we realized that win would give us a much better position in the regional tournament, we got it rolling. Our defense was real strong tonight and we forced them (Cannon) to make a lot of mistakes.”

On the night, Cannon County committed 32 turnovers while Livingston only had eleven. Both teams shot close to 46.5 percent from the floor, the difference being LA hit on 28 of 60 tries while Cannon County only managed 19 shots from the floor.

Alissa Sells led the LA scoring attack with 17 points while Kilgore added 14, Mackenzie Sells and Adrian West each had 13. Taylor ended the night with eight markers while Alyssa Thompson hit for six, Chelsea Carr and Tori Stocking had four, and Devin Thompson and Taylor Eldridge were each good for two.

Taylor and Kilgore were each named to the All Tournament Team at the conclusion of the event.

In the night’s championship game, Upperman toppled York 61-52.
For the first time in several years, the Lady Wildcats entered this year’s district tournament not one of the two top teams. In the past several years, its been a Livingston-Upperman setup, but this time around, an up and coming York Institute had crept into the picture.

When regular season action concluded, the Lady Cats found themselves, not one or two, but third in the standings, due mainly to two losses in the second half of the schedule. A loss to York on the road in late January and a very disappointing defeat at the hands of Upperman in the final regular season game, put LA on the outside looking in.

“Naturally, you want to win the regular season for several reasons,” coach Smith has pointed out on numerous occasions. “First of all, its one of your goals and secondly, it gives you a better seed in the tournament, but we have to remember that basketball is a tournament sport and once the regular season is over, you get a chance to start all over.”

This time around, a very young LA team took the regular season district lead early in the season, then stumbled a bit down the stretch. For the most part, it was more of other teams getting better than Livingston getting worse.

To find out who their first round opponent would be, the Lady Wildcats had to watch Thursday as Macon County toppled DeKalb County for the right to advance into the final six.

In the regular season, Macon played back in November. Only two points separated the two when it was over. The second time around, Livingston breezed to a 21 point victory.

When the two met for the rubber game Friday in Cookeville, it was more like the second match than the first.

Livingston put on a torrid full court press , slammed home intimidating
three pointers by Alissa and Mackenzie Sells and roared out to an early, 16-11 lead. In the first period, Adrian West had six of her game total 15 points and Kilgore would have four of her 15 markers.

Things got a little sloppy in the second period as Livingston made bad passes and unforced turnovers much of the period, but half way through the quarter, both Sells found the range for three pointers and the mistakes started to fade. At intermission, Livingston had a commanding 40-22 lead.

“It looked like we kinda forgot where we were in the early going of the second period,” Smith pointed out after the game, “but we regrouped and settled down and played good. Kendria had a good game as did Adrian and defensively, I thought we played about as good as we could play.”

Livingston coasted through the third period without any problems then Smith cleared her bench to get more players playing time. At that point, the Lady Cats were up by 25. A three pointer by Amber Welch and a driving lay up by Taylor Eldridge capped off the night’s scoring attack.

Saturday’s semi final match pitted York and Livingston for the fourth time this season. The Lady Cats won the first two meetings, one a regular season game and one a final during a Christmas Tournament in Franklin.

York defeated the Lady Cats the second time around in the regular season in Jamestown by ten points and there was no doubt this time, it would be a tough game.

“We knew coming into the game we would have to play our best, and tonight we came up short,” Smith explained after a heartbreaking 72-61 setback. “York is a very improved team that plays very physical and their inside game tonight was a key factor in the outcome. And I didn’t think we played very good defense either.”

Right on both observations.

York took a 22-18 first period lead and was on top by four, 29-25 at intermission. In the half, the Lady Dragons out rebounded Livingston 25-12.

The four point lead expanded to eleven, 49-38 at the end of the third period despite the fact the Lady Cats cut it to five at one point.

Late in the fourth period, Livingston made a run, going on an 8-2 run led by Kilgore and Mackenzie Sells, but York regrouped, played ‘keep away’ with the ball and held on for the win.

“We played hard and for that we can be proud of our effort,” Smith explained after the game, “but we didn’t box out under the boards and York took control. They out rebounded us and they out scored us. That will get your best just about every time.”

Kilgore led Livingston with 21 points while Alissa Sells had 15 and Mackenzie Sells added ten.

The Lady Wildcats will now hit the road Friday to play the loser of the Whitehouse-Station Camp game which will be played Tuesday night.


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TN State Bass Championship tournament set March 29

Vickie Moore and Brandon Hall, right, of Cumberland Toyota Chrysler Dodge Jeep, make a donation to support the Tennessee State Bass Championship tournament with a check to Tony Peek, tournament coordinator. The tournament is planned by Leadership Putnam, a personal development program that helps participants enhance the quality of their leadership in service to the community. The only officially sanctioned state championship tournament, the Tennessee State Bass Championship is scheduled for March 29 at Center Hill Lake.

Bass fishermen across Tennessee will compete March 29 for the title of Tennessee State Bass Champion and more than $12,000 in prizes.

The Bank of Putnam County Tennessee State Bass Championship, scheduled for March 29 on Center Hill Lake’s Ragland Bottom launch, will offer fishing competitors the title, bragging rights, a $4,000 guaranteed grand prize, and their name on the Governor’s Cup tournament trophy.

Tony Peek, tournament chairman, said, “This is among the largest prize packages for a fishing tournament in this area. After the success of last year’s event, the competitor field is already filling up fast.”

Cash prizes range from $4,000 for first place to $160 for 12th place. A big bass pot with 60-40 percent split, a $500 cash draw-down and a variety of door prizes are also included in the tournament.

Interested fishermen can register online at www.TNbassChampionship.com, by calling (931) 526-3672, or at the tournament site on the day of the event. Late registration fee applies. The entry fee is $160 per boat for each two-person team if paid by March 22, with a $25 late fee applied to registrations beginning March 23.

The tournament, in its third year, is sponsored by The Bank of Putnam County. It is organized and planned by Leadership Putnam, a personal development program that helps participants enhance the quality of their leadership in service to the community.

Last year’s winners, Frank Bell and Russ Moran, took home more than $4,000 in cash and prizes and had their photo made with Governor Bredesen presenting the Governor’s Cup trophy.

The tournament has been designated as the official Tennessee State Bass Championship through a State Resolution passed in 2006 by the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Other sponsors include Cumberland Toyota, Cumberland Insurance, The Country Giant, Coca Cola, Lamar Advertising, Bartlett Surveying, Charter Communications, WCTE television and Streamliner Creative Group.
For more information on rules and tournament registration, visit www.TNbassChampionship.com.

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FHU defeats Bethel College 72-63 at home

Freed-Hardeman’s Lady Lions defeated Bethel College’s Lady Wildcats 72-63 in a TranSouth Conference contest Saturday, Feb. 16 in Henderson.
The Lady Lions improved to 22-5 overall and 12-3 in the conference, and the Lady Wildcats fell to 12-14, 7-8.

The game was physical from the start. The Lady Wildcats crashed the boards hard in the first stanza, outrebounding the Lady Lions 23-9. Bethel connected on 10 of 28 from the field for 35.7% shooting. From behind the arc, the Lady Wildcats finished 3 of 9 for 33.3%. The Lady Wildcats made all 4 free throws attempted in the half.

Bethel took the lead early in the second half, 30-29. By 10:25, Freed-Hardeman had gained a 2-point lead, 43-45. With just under 5 minutes to play, the Lady Wildcats owned an 8-point deficit, 50-58. Bethel could not overcome the Freed-Hardeman lead and went on to take the 9-point loss, 63-72.

For the game, the Lady Wildcats went 23 of 57 from the field for 40.4%. Bethel connected on 2 of 11 from the 3-point line in the second half to finish the game with 25% shooting. Freed-Hardeman finished 6 of 8 from 3-point land in the second stanza to finish the game with 53.3% shooting.
Megan Thompson, of Overton County, hit 3 of Freed-Hardeman’s 3-pointers.

The Lady Wildcats made 12 of 14 from the charity stripe for 85.7% compared to Freed-Hardeman’s 80% from 16 of 20.
Thompson made 4 assists, pulled down 3 defensive rebounds, and had 2 steals in the game.



 

 




 

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