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Archives 03-19-2008


Extreme Battleball Finals held at A.H. Roberts
Wildcats baseball season off to good beginning
Livingston Academy falls to Fulton in Class AA State Basketball Tournament
Lady Cats win two in season’s first week
Hilham Elementary Cheerleaders honored
County middle school team wins three


Extreme Battleball Finals held at A.H. Roberts

The Terminators of Trena Farmer’s 4th grade class walked away with the championship trophy in Extreme Battleball held recently at A.H. Roberts Elementary School. Team members are, front row from left, Austin Adkins, Josh Beu, Kyle Cope, Zach Lewis, Dylan Linder, back, Brea Hunter, Claire Coleman, Tasha Anderson-captain, Kaitlyn Lewis, Sarah Hronec, and Jessica Davis. Not pictured: Samantha Aranda.

Nancy McCormick’s Thunderhawks hoisted the gold cup as 3rd grade Extreme Battleball champions at A.H. Roberts Elementary School. Team members are, front row from left, Tanner Nolen, Dustin Johnson, Benson McCormick-captain, Tate Robbins, Alex Geary, back, Rebekah Ledford, Vallie Johnson, and Megan Talley. Not pictured Carly Dalton.

In 2nd grade Extreme Battleball tournament action at A.H. Roberts Elementary School, the Balers of Patricia McDonald’s class steamrolled to the intramural championship. Team members are, front row from left, Logyn Loftin, Will Herbert, Nate Hunley, Carter Hayes, Jayden Nelson, back, Aspen Savage, Becca Phillips, Eliza Oakley, Brilee McCoin-captain, Carson Hammock, Hannah Houser, and Riley Smith.

Soccer is the spring intramural sport at A.H. Roberts Elementary School. Also the P.E. Extravaganza, a county-wide performance, will be held at Livingston Academy. School site track and field, along with the Overton County K-8 track and field will be held in late April through early May.

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Wildcats baseball season off to good beginning

Kevin Burmeister photo
Livingston senior Clint Durham hurls a pitch during the Monday, March 10 matchup versus White County. Durham struck out 4 batters and allowed 4 walks.

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

The Wildcats opened their 2008 baseball season at home as they hosted Monterey on Monday, March 10.

With the help of a number of key hits from his offense, LA junior pitcher Allen Bilbrey breezed past the Monterey bats, striking out 8 with no walks to speak of, allowing only 2 runs and 5 hits. One of the aforementioned key offensive plays was senior Clint Durham’s 3-run shot, which gave Bilbrey the cushion he needed to lead the ‘Cats to a 6-2 victory in the opener.

Other contributors to the home effort were senior Cody Winton, junior Lee Gatts, and Bilbrey, who each added a pair of hits to the Livingston tally.

Coach Swallows was pleased with his team’s effort.

“We did what we needed to do,” Swallows said. “I felt like pitching would be our number one thing and so that has held true on that. Along with that fact, we didn’t make any mistakes or errors. It’s always good to get that first win.”

The Wildcats looked to capitalize on their early momentum as they hosted White County on Tuesday, March 11. Unfortunately for the ‘Cats, a few untimely mistakes would hold them back early on in the contest: after getting two outs with no runners on, the Wildcats misjudged a pop-fly, which set the Warriors up for a 2-run, go-ahead home run.

“We made a mistake in the first inning,” Coach Swallows said. “That hurt us. We would have been out of the inning.”

That mistake would lead to a 4-0 Wildcat deficit by the fifth inning. The Wildcats attempted to rally, however, scoring 3 runs on a double, as well as a sixth-inning home run courtesy of sophomore Seth Kilgore. The comeback fell short, however, and the Warriors squeezed out a 6-5 victory.

“We just didn’t get a big hit when we needed to,” Coach Swallows said.
Wildcat pitching gave a mixed performance: Clint Durham struck out 4 but allowed 4 walks and seven hits. Additionally, Cody Winton struck out three and walked one in an inning and a third, with sophomore Shawn Walthall closing up shop and keeping the Warriors hitless late in the game, with 5 strikeouts and as many walks in two and two-thirds innings.

The Wildcats sought to regain a winning record on Thursday, March 13 against Red Boiling Springs at home. The home bats came out swinging in this contest, as the ‘Cats came out on top by a score of 12-2.

Despite winning by a wide margin, Coach Swallows still looks for his team to improve.

“The score looks a little worse than the game actually was,” he said. “We just didn’t swing the bats like I wanted us to.”

Livingston did start off slow, but the Bulldogs were likewise unable to generate early offense, keeping the game scoreless after three innings. The Wildcats broke the game open in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring 5 runs in each. The Livingston offense was lead by Cody Winton, whose home run gave the Wildcats their third fence-clearing shot in as many games.

Livingston was scheduled to play in the Bison Tournament later in the week, but the games were rained out.

“We had a fairly good week,” Coach Swallows said. “We felt like we should have won all three of them, but overall, we’re pleased to be 2-1.”
Coach Swallows looked toward the match at Gordonsville on Monday, March 17 as a chance to improve on the few problems he believes have hurt his team thus far.

“We have to get more consistent at the bat,” he said. “I think we’re going to make those defensive plays, but we have to be able to get people in who are on base. We just have to do a little better job of that.”

In addition to Monday’s road game against Gordonsville, the Wildcats will also play host to the Tigers on Thursday, March 20. Week three of the 2008 season will kick off when the Wildcats host a rematch against Smith County on Monday, March 24, followed by a road game against the same Warrior squad on the following day, Tuesday, March 25.

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Livingston Academy falls to Fulton in Class AA State Basketball Tournament

Mac McLeod photo
T.J. Smith goes to the net for a basket in the state tournament.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

“We started out pretty good, but suddenly we started giving up shots, didn’t rebound and made mistake after mistake and at this level, against this caliber of teams, you get behind and you can’t catch up. There are no bad teams here and tonight we ran into a very good Fulton team that just tore us apart.”

Those were the thoughts of Livingston Academy’s head coach Richard Melton moments after the Livingston Wildcats suffered a pounding defeat at the hands of Fulton 92-55 in the first round of the state high school basketball tournament in Murfreesboro Wednesday night. The loss ended Livingston’s very successful season on a bitter note with a 30-5 record.

“All season long we sometimes would get into a rut and go several minutes not playing as good as we could play,” explained Chase Dunn, the team’s sparkplug and leading scorer. “Tonight we got in a rut and just couldn’t get out of it. A lot of the credit for that goes to Fulton which is a very good, quick team, but most of it was our fault tonight. We didn’t do the things we knew how to do and when you get to the final eight teams in the state, that will knock you out.”

It took both teams a few minutes to get cranked up and once they did, the game stayed fairly close for the first five minutes. Todd Smith hit Livingston’s first basket of the night, a three pointer, to tie the game.

Another exchange of baskets knotted the score at five, but from that point on it was all Fulton.

Forcing several turnovers and a sharp shooting attack put the Falcons up by ten near the close of the initial frame, but the Wildcats cut the lead to six, 21-15 at the end of the quarter.

“We got down by six during the first period, then all of a sudden, we were down 18,” Melton pointed out. “We made mistake after mistake and Fulton made us pay for them dearly.”

It didn’t take the Falcons long to expand the six point lead into a ten point advantage in the second period. Fulton made the first four points of the frame, but then the Wildcats started back. A steal and basket by Dunn and a layup by T.J. Smith narrowed the gap to eight, 29-21, with four minutes remaining in the first half and another basket by Smith closed it even closer to 31-25.

Then the Falcons caught fire. In the final two minutes of the period Fulton hit everything it threw up and by intermission, the Wildcats found themselves on the short end of a 47-29 runaway.

A quick look at the first half stats provided all the information needed to see just how impressive Fulton was. While Livingston shot almost 39 percent from the field in the first half, the Falcons were 18 for 30 and a red hot 60 percent. While the Wildcats were only good for one of seven shots from three point range, the Falcons were five for eight and 62.5 percent. At the foul line, LA took five shots and made four for an impressive 80 percent average, but on the other end, the Flacons were good on six of six .

And those numbers didn’t change much by the time the game was over.

At games end, Fulton would claim a 59 percent shooting average from the field, 60 percent from three point range and 85 percent from the foul line.

For Livingston, the numbers were self explanatory – 41 percent from the field, 31 percent from three point range and 67 percent from the foul line.

Trailing by 18 when the second half started, the Wildcats would find the third quarter one of their worst of the entire season. While Fulton nailed down 26 points Livingston could only manage 13 and to add insult to injury, with six minutes left in the game, the “continuous clock” rule went into effect indicating there were at least 35 points separating the two teams.

“That was embarrassing,” Melton confessed. “It was a nightmare. We couldn’t do anything right and Fulton did everything right. They didn’t miss a shot and we couldn’t make one. They grabbed just about every rebound and we seldom got a second shot. It just couldn’t get any worse. Right now I can’t see any positives out of that performance. Nothing happened on the floor that reminded me of how good this team was during the season.

“I really felt good about our chances when the game started,” the coach added. “I really felt like we were ready, but something happened and it just fell apart. Credit Fulton for a lot of that. They were quick and they were a very good shooting team. They just didn’t miss.”

For Dunn and his teammates, it was a disappointment to say the least.
“It was a good season and we certainly didn’t want it to end this way, but when you get here (Murfreesboro) and there are only eight teams left, you can’t have a game like we had and expect to win. We played badly and we got beat.”

Dunn led Livingston’s scoring with 22 points and Todd Smith added 15. Jeremy McLearran put in eight, Deven Ramsey and T. J. Smith each added four and Will Peterman rounded out the scoring with two. Ramsey and Dunn each had six rebounds and Dunn’s 22 points pushed his season total to 801.

For McLearran and Smith, it was their final game as a Wildcat as both will graduate in the Spring. The remainder of the team will return in tact to make another run at the championship next season.

“It was a very good year for us,” Melton concluded, “but you hate to see it end this way. Tonight, if it could go wrong, it did go wrong. We will have a long time to think about this, but our kids are great and they will remember this and make adjustments. We will give it another shot next year.”

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Lady Cats win two in season’s first week

Kathy Carr photo
Senior first baseman Brittney Cantrell catches the softball from shortstop Kendria Kilgore as they get the lead-off batter out for Cannon County in the season opener.

By Kathy Carr,
OCN Sports

While the scheduled regular season softball opener against Clay County was cancelled due to field conditions, the Lady Wildcats traveled to Cannon County on Thursday, March 13 to discover the first-game jitters were in full swing as they fell short in a 1-6 loss to the Lady Lions.

While the Lady Lions played error-free defense, the help of three home runs – one of which was called out at home plate when LA senior catcher Liz Hall showed poise and leadership appealed that the player missed home plate and was correct – proved to be the winning factor in the game.

Cannon County also had three other base hits, which totaled six for the game; however, the Lady Cats defense gave up three fielding errors along with a couple of throwing errors that pushed over three more runs for the home team.

Junior pitcher Abby Jolley gave up five hits for three earned runs while striking out three batters and walking one. She had one wild pitch, which resulted in the only stolen base for the game.

Freshmen pitcher Katelyn Webb came into the game in the third inning to strike out the final batter with the score 1-5. The Lady Lions scored their final run in the bottom of the sixth inning with a combination of three defensive errors and one base hit.

Offensively, the Lady Wildcats had four base hits with 24 at- bats. Liz Hall led the team with two base hits with lead-off batter Chelsea Carr having one single. Sarah Neff had the other base hit for the game, resulting in the only RBI for the game as Shelby Taylor, courtesy runner for catcher Liz Hall, scored the only run for the event.

On Friday night, LA traveled to Hendersonville to participate in the Commando Classic Tournament, taking on White County and Gallatin in the pool play “N” division. The Lady Cats defeated both teams and played well on Friday night only to be rain delayed on Saturday, and finished the single elimination tournament on Sunday as they fell to Greenbrier in the first round.

Opening pool play pitted the Lady Wildcats against 3A White County Lady Warriors, where the Lady Cats played with much more confidence.

Defense was the name of the game for the Cats as they gave up only one run, resulting from a home run hit by the Warriors, with only two fielding errors for the game, which did not result in runs scored.

The bats began swinging with Julia Carwile leading the way going 2 for 2 at bat and Chelsea Carr closely following with 2 of 3 base hits. Katelyn Webb, Kendria Kilgore, Liz Hall, Sarah Neff, and Jenna Smith all landed a base hit each for the game, resulting in 3 runs for the game.

The winning pitcher for the game was Katelyn Webb as she gave up one run on a homerun hit along with four single base hits that were left on base. She had two strikeouts and no walks. The defense played tough to cut down on runs scored.

Following the Lady Warriors came the Green Waves of Gallatin as the second pool play event of the evening proved to be a much less stressful event for the Lady Wildcats as they jumped out to a big lead in the first inning by scoring 12 runs.

LA went 10 for 26 at bat with Mallory Mahaney and Chelsea Carr batting 1.000, going 3 for 3 for the game. Liz Hall hit a home run and a double, which resulted in 2 RBI, followed closely with Sarah Neff and Kendria Kilgore who had 2 RBI each. Sarah Neff had a double and Jenna Smith hit a single.

Defensively, the Lady Cats played an error-free game with only one run scoring on four hits. Abby Jolley was the winning pitcher with only 13 at-bats for the Green Waves. She gave up one walk, one strikeout, four hits, and one wild pitch. Victory was sweet as the final score was 15-1 when the time ran out.

The Lady Cats completed pool play at 2-0 with the third game cancelled due to weather, which placed them first in their pool, while advancing to the first round of the single elimination tournament where they faced Greenbrier on Sunday.

Freshman Katie Collins was the starting pitcher for the Lady Wildcats as the game time-limit caught up with the team, resulting in a 2-6 loss to Greenbrier, eliminating the Cats from tournament action. Greenbrier had 8 hits with 24 at bats, while Katie had two strikeouts and one walk, but Greenbrier capitalized on four errors by the Wildcat defense late in the game.

The Lady Cats ended the game with five base hits with five strikeouts. Chelsea Carr and Kendria Kilgore scored the two runs for LA, each on a base hit, along with a base hit each from Liz Hall, Jenna Smith, and Julia Carwile.

After regular season action at home Monday, March 17 against Stone Memorial, and another home contest on Tuesday against district rival Macon County, LA will travel to Smithville to take on the defending 2007 District 7-AA champions Dekalb County Lady Tigers on Thursday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. with a junior varsity game to follow.

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Hilham Elementary Cheerleaders honored

Hilham Elementary Cheerleaders were honored with trophies at the Basketball Banquet on March 7. On hand are, front row from left, Victoria Beauchemin, Rachel Elliott, Grace Elliott, Taylor Farmer, back row, Rebecca Thomas, Haley Reagan, Jessica Simpson, Amber Camp, and Coach Pat Gore.

County middle school team wins three

Overton County Middle School baseball team has won three games to start the 2008 season.

OCMS defeated Jackson County 7-2 in the first game of a double-header Monday, March 10.

Colby Reeder had 3 hits, 2 runs batted in, stole a base, and scored a run. He also pitched 2 innings, giving up 2 hits, 2 runs, and striking out 3.

Jim Officer had 2 hits, an RBI, stole a base, and scored 2 runs. He also pitched 2 innings, giving up no hits and no runs while striking out 2.
Justin Timmons allowed 0 hits, 0 runs, and struck out 2 in an inning of pitching.

Brock McCoin and Reed Sanders each had a hit and a run.

OCMS won the second game of the double-header 9-0.

Conner Oliver pitched an inning and allowed no runs, a hit, and struck out 2. He also had a hit.

Creed Hayes pitched an inning and gave up no runs, no hits, and struck out 2. He also had a hit.

Brock McCoin pitched an inning, giving up 0 runs, 0 hits, and struck out 1.

Ronnie Linder pitched an inning and gave up no runs, no hits, and struck out 2.

Bubba Jolley had 3 hits and stole a base.

C.J. Ramsey, Matthew Stockton, and Justin Timmons each had a hit.

OCMS defeated Algood 6-3 on Thursday, March 13.

Colby Reeder pitched 3 innings and gave up a run, a hit, and struck out 8. He also had a hit.

Justin Timmons pitched 2 innings, giving up 2 runs and striking out 5.

Brock McCoin had a hit and an RBI.

Lucas Dailey had a hit, John Ledbetter had a run batted in, and Jim Officer had 2 RBI.



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