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Golf discount card benefits lung research
Hilham Tigers take 2nd in Bantam Tourney
LA Wildcats take Region 4-AA championship
Lady Bulldogs win third state championship
Dunn scores 49 in Region Semifinal
Thompson named All-Conference

 

Golf discount card benefits lung research

The 2008 Golf Privilege Card from American Lung Association of Tennessee is now available.

Also known as the Lung Card, the Golf Privilege Card offers discounts on greens fees and pro shop merchandise at more than 225 courses in Tennessee and Kentucky. The cards are available for $25, plus shipping and handling, or buy 3 and get one free. Once March ends, the price goes back to $35 each.

Proceeds from the sale of the cards support the fight against lung disease. Some of the initiatives of the Lung Association in Tennessee are clean air, tobacco control, smoking cessation, flu shot locator service, research, and asthma awareness and education. The association’s mission is to help all Tennesseans breathe easier.

To order call American Lung Association of Tennessee at 1-800-432-LUNG, or order online at www.lungtn.org. All major credit cards are accepted for phone or online orders. Purchasers may send a check payable to American Lung Association of Tennessee for $25, plus $1 for shipping and handling for each card ordered, to The Golf Privilege Card, One Vantage Way, Suite B-130, Nashville, TN 37228.


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Hilham Tigers take 2nd in Bantam Tourney

Hilham Elementary School’s Tigers took the runner-up spot in the Hermitage Springs Bantam Tournament played February 6.

Loren Crowder, Josh Cannon, and Trent Nivens were named to the All-Tournament team.

Hilham Elementary School’s bantam boys team took to the road on February 6 to try to add another 1st place tournament finish and improve on their 11-2 record. The Tigers were headed to Hermitage Springs to compete in the 23rd annual Hermitage Springs Bantam Tournament.

The Tigers knocked off Red Boiling Springs in the first round of tournament action by a score of 38-18.

In the second round of action on February 7, the Tigers played Westmoreland. The Tigers cruised passed Westmoreland by a score of 48-28.

Hilham faced the 2007 defending tournament champs from Jackson County semi-final match on February 9. The Tigers continued their trek to the finals by defeating the Blue Devils of Jackson County 38-20.

The championship game was played February 11, and the Tigers faced an equally tenacious and talented team from Monroe County, KY. In a hard fought match, the Tigers fell to Monroe County when a last second 3-point shot was waived off by the officials. The final score was 36-38 in favor of Monroe County.

The Tigers ended their bantam season with a second place finish at Hermitage Springs and a 14-3 overall record.

Loren Crowder, Josh Cannon, and Trent Nivens were named to the All-Tournament team.

Earlier in the season, the annual Overton County Boys Bantam Tournament action took place at Rickman Middle School on January 12. The Hilham Tigers carried a perfect county record into that tournament and played the LMS Tigers in the title game. The Tigers of Hilham claimed the county bantam title by a score of 40-35.



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LA Wildcats take Region 4-AA championship

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Livingston Academy’s Wildcats celebrate winning the Region 4-AA Tournament championship.

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Todd Smith, #12, brings the ball down the court for LA.

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Jeremy McLearran takes control of the ball for Livingston.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Back last November, before the current basketball season even started, the Livingston Wildcats set several benchmarks that would indicate just how successful the upcoming season would be. To date, they have reached three of the five.

“The next two are the real tough ones,” junior center Deven Ramsey pointed out Thursday night moments after he and his teammates had upended White House in the Region 4 championships at Donelson Christian Academy, 70-52.

First objective the Wildcats went in search for was the regular season championship in district 7 2A. They did that in fine fashion, going through the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record. Mark two was the district tournament title which LA did with ease and the third goal was the Region 4 tournament title.

That one proved to be a little more interesting and it took one of the most memorable comebacks in recent years against Station Camp on Tuesday night to make it to the title game on Friday.

Behind Chase Dunn’s school single game scoring record of 49 points, Livingston marched to the finals with a heart-stopping 79-73 victory.

Thursday night, Dunn didn’t have to work quite as hard as his teammates to spread the scoring around a little more, and combined with a torrid defense that kept White House off balance most of the night, the Wildcats won the home school advantage against McMinn Central Monday night.

The two remaining goals are naturally the sub state title and the final jewel in the crown, the state championship.

“We got great effort from our two inside men (Ramsey and Jeremy McLearrnan) tonight and that was a big factor in the win,” head coach Richard Melton pointed out after his team took the region crown. “I thought everybody gave a superb effort and tonight we spread the scoring around a little more. In the first half we were on fire shooting then we cooled off, but when we needed points, they came through with some big shots.”

Livingston fell behind early, 7-3, but before the first quarter had ended, the Wildcats would nail five three point baskets, one each by McLearran, Todd Smith, Dunn, T.J. Smith and Ramsey and when the second quarter started, LA was out front by six, 22-16.

From that point on it was a matter of just keeping White House off the boards and maintaining a comfortable lead. Clint West slammed home six big points in the period and Kendall Melton’s three pointer at the buzzer kept the eventual champs out front. Livingston led by eleven, 37-26 at intermission.

But the outcome wasn’t in the bag yet and a sluggish start of the third frame certainly made the game more interesting.

The Wildcats went almost three minutes and thirty seconds with only two points to open the second half while the Blue Devils narrowed the margin to six, 39-32. Dunn then regained his Tuesday night form, hit two field goals and Melton put in a beautiful reverse lay up at the buzzer to lead LA into the final eight minutes with a 47-36 advantage.

A steal and a coast to coast lay up by T.J. Smith half way through the final period, put LA up by 14 and from that point on, it was a matter of just keeping White House from getting the ball.

Dunn ended the night with 23 points followed by T.J. Smith with 16, West with eight, Todd Smith and Ramsey with seven, Melton with five and McLearran and Will Peterman with two each.

The win and the advancement to the sub state marked the first time in eleven years that Livingston had reached this plateau in the season. In 1997 the Wildcat team went all the way to the semi finals in the state tournament.

Four Livingston players were named to the All-Region team and included Todd Smith, T.J. Smith, Ramsey and Most Valuable Player, Dunn.


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Lady Bulldogs win third state championship

Rickman Elementary’s Lady Bulldogs won their third straight state championship recently.

In basketball, timing is everything and for the Rickman Lady Bulldogs they found the right time to play their best basketball of the year. The Lady Bulldogs claimed their third straight state championship in as many years when they defeated Waynesboro on February 2, in Murfreesboro at the James C. Haile Invitational.

The win also spoke volumes about the strength of girl’s basketball in Overton County because the Lady Bulldogs finished third in the county for the season.

The first game of the tournament pitted the Lady Bulldogs against Watertown on January 24. The Lady Bulldogs started out red hot and was able to distance themselves from Watertown. When the buzzer sounded, the Lady Bulldogs claimed victory with a 48-25 throttling of Watertown.

The Lady Bulldogs had a very balanced offensive attack with Abby Miller scoring a game-high 17 points. Haley Norris chipped in with 9 points, also Abby Stephens scored 7 points, and Kelsey Copeland added 6 points.

Ashley Boykin scored 4 points, and rounding out the Lady Bulldogs scoring was Sydney Staggs who had 3 points.

The semifinal game of the tournament matched the Lady Bulldogs against Cornerstone. The Lady Bulldogs found success with their half-court trapping defense and found themselves with numerous turnovers that resulted in easy points. The half-court trap proved too costly for Cornerstone as the Lady Bulldogs defeated them by a score of 29-22.

Abby Miller led the way for Rickman with a game-high 9 points, Haley Norris and Kelsey Copeland each added 7 points, Abby Stephens rounded out the scoring with 6 points.

The championship game of the state tournament found the Lady Bulldogs facing a very good team from Waynesboro. From the opening tip, the Lady Bulldogs used some of the best defense of the entire season to shut down a Waynesboro team that was capable of scoring a lot of points.

The Lady Bulldogs used a ton of steals to convert into easy baskets and also found themselves shooting the ball well from the outside, which enabled them to dominate the game. As the horn sounded, the Lady Bulldogs claimed their third consecutive state championship with a 55-31 victory over Waynesboro.

Haley Norris paced the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points, also Abby Miller added 13 points. Cousins Ashley Boykin and Kelsey Copeland each had 8 points, with Kelsey Webb contributing 6 points. Abby Stephens chipped in 4 points, and Sydney Staggs rounded out the scoring with 2 points.

 

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Dunn scores 49 in Region Semifinal

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Chase Dunn, #24, scored 49 points in the Region Semifinal win over Station Camp.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Back last summer, Livingston Academy’s Chase Dunn and Station Camp’s John Jenkins became friends as they traveled the country playing AAU and summer league basketball. Little did they know then that within a year, the two would be on the same floor again, this time not as teammates, but as foes, each trying to lead his team to a berth in the Region 4 finals and a possible trip to the state championships.

So when Dunn went to the foul line Tuesday night at Donelson Christian Academy with only four seconds remaining in what had truly been a classic high school game, Jenkins felt like he might just have a few words with his friend.

“He came over to the line and put his arm over my shoulder and asked me if I thought I could make both shots,” Dunn laughed Wednesday morning.

With Jenkins standing 6-8 and Dunn a full foot shorter, the LA junior guard looked up and with all the confidence in the world replied, “I’m sure I can.”

And why shouldn’t Dunn believe he could make them. After all, at that point in the game he had made six of eight attempts from the line and more importantly, he already had 45 points to his credit.

With Livingston leading 75-73, the outcome of the game was on the line and Dunn calmly sent both right through the bottom of the net. At that point, the outcome was no longer in doubt, but just to add some insurance, the LA star stole the inbound pass and made a lay up as the buzzer sounded to give Livingston a 79-73 victory, a ticket to Thursday night’s regional championship and a sure trip to the sub state game to be played Monday.

When the game was over Dunn had set a new Livingston Academy single game scoring record of 49 points, 26 of which came in the critical fourth quarter when the outcome of the match was in doubt for the entire eight minutes. The 49 points would bring Dunn’s season total to 726 and career mark to 1727. He now stands only 113 points behind Jeff Hummel for third place on the all time LA scoring chart, 256 away from Jimmy Miller and trails the all time scoring leader, his coach, Richard Melton, by only 523.

Miller had held the school scoring mark at 42 set back in 1997.

“Chase and I had a long talk after last season,” Melton said after the game.

“He promised me then that we would not go out in the semi finals of the regional tournament and tonight he made good on his word. I have been telling him all along that one night he would set the school scoring record, but I wanted him to do it when it really meant something and boy did it ever mean something tonight.”

And while Dunn appeared to be a one man show, it was far from that. The Wildcats came out slow to start the game and Station Camp raced away to a 14-point, 23-9 lead. At that point, things didn’t look good for the District 7 2A champs, but somewhere from out of the blue, the team recalled the words of their coach after a win late in the regular season.

“Coach told us back during the regular season to be patient,” Todd Smith recalled. “Tonight I think everyone was a little up tight to start with, but we stayed patient and when we started coming back, we all got the feeling that it was still early and we could get the job done.”

Smith might have been a little more confident that some of his teammates who would later recall the game and what went on.

“When I looked at the clock and saw us down by 14 I knew we were in a little trouble,” center Deven Ramsey confessed. “It didn’t look good, but everybody stayed calm and when Chase caught fire, we all started to feel better. I will always remember being a part of this game, “ the big man admitted, “it will be one of my most memorable moments as a player at Livingston Academy. And how about those two free throws Todd (Smith) made there late in the game to tie it up. Talk about pressure, man that was it.”

After getting down by 14 early in the first period, the Wildcats slowly but surely chipped away at the Bison lead and trailed by only eight, 25-17, when the quarter was over. A key minute in the period was when Will Peterman and Dunn hit back to back three pointers to get within eight points of the leaders.

In the second period, Jeremy McLearran and T.J. Smith collected field goals to narrow the gap down to seven and Dunn hit his second three of the night to pull the Wildcats to within three, 29-26. Midway through the period, a steal and lay up by Dunn actually put the Wildcats on top, 30-29, for the first time of the night and a McLearran basket 30 second later kept them there. When the quarter ended, Livingston trailed by only four, 36-32.

Dunn’s 12 points in the third period kept the game close, but the most important event of the period was T. J. Smith and Clint West would get their third personal fouls and Ramsey would pick up his fourth. Before the night was over, all three would have four fouls, but none would foul out.

“That in itself is the mark of maturity,” Melton explained. “That probably wouldn’t have happened earlier in the season, but tonight, even with the fouls, they played smart and it paid off.”

And the coach went on to point out that the Livingston crowd was as much a part of the victory as anything.

“Our fans were absolutely magnificent,” Melton said. “They were just great. They made so much noise I had a hard time giving instructions to the players on the floor. I want to thank them for a great job. They can pat themselves on the back because they were certainly a big part of this win.”

Livingston trailed by three going into the final eight minutes and a three point basket by Jenkins didn’t help matters. But Dunn was just getting started. After Kendall Melton made the front end of a one and one, Dunn made the next five points to tie the game at 54. Jenkins then slammed home another three pointer to put the Bison back on top, but Dunn was only cranking up. He would post Livingston’s next 14 points to bring the game tied at 71 with 45 seconds remaining.

Now it was Todd Smith’s turn.

“Believe me, I was nervous,” Smith admitted as he walked to the foul line.

“Both shots were a little short, but they bounced the right way and went in. I’ve probably taken 5000 free throw shots in my life, but none was as big as those two.”

On the next trip down court, Ramsey came away with a huge rebound and Dunn followed with the next six points to seal the victory.

“I have never been involved in a game of that caliber in my life,” Melton pointed out. “When I played it was different, but tonight seeing those kids do what they did brought me to tears. There was a point late in the game when I just felt like we needed a little help from above and I looked over at Kendall (Melton) and said ‘we might could use a little prayer right now’.

When I looked back at him he had his head bowed. God certainly helped us with this one.”

“I can’t explain it,” Dunn concluded.“I was just having a good night and the other players knew it and kept getting me the ball. Don’t forget there were four other people on that floor all the time. This was a team thing, I just happened to be the one that took the shots. Deven (Ramsey) probably played the best game of his career and Clint (West) played so hard on defense. Everybody that played, everybody that cheered from the bench and everybody in those stands that yelled for us were just as important as I was. I just don’t know if they enjoyed it as much as I did. That was fun.”


Thompson named All-Conference

Freed-Hardeman University’s Megan Thompson was honored as a first team All-TranSouth Conference selection when the conference released its postseason awards on Monday, March 3.

Thompson, a 5-foot-7 senior guard from Monroe, is a first-time selection to the All-Conference team. She averages 11.7 points per game and ranks second in the conference in 3-pointers made with 87. Thompson also ranks third in 3-point percentage (47.2%) and second in assists (4.2 apg).

In addition to her All-Conference honor Thompson was also named a TranSouth Conference scholar-athlete. Recipients of the scholar-athlete honor must be a sophomore, junior, or senior and carry a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.

Thompson led all scorers in Freed-Hardeman’s 77-50 win over Lyon College on Thursday, Feb. 28. She scored 15 points, including four 3-pointers.

She also made 8 assists, pulled down 3 rebounds, and had 2 steals in the victory.

 




 

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