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Senior Olympics to be conducted in Crossville
Cats give Coach Swallows 500th career baseball win
Wildcats start soccer season with victory
Lady Cats struggle to get first district win
County middle school team goes to 10-1
Darrell Waltrip to be MC for JA Hall of Fame

 

Senior Olympics to be conducted in Crossville

Valerie Brown photo
Peggy Houston, Fair Park Senior Center director, 3rd from right, Betty Parrott, Overton County Senior Center director, 2nd from right, and Charlene Picard, Fair Park Senior Center assistant director, 1st on right, discuss with participants at the Overton County Senior Citizen’s Center the upcoming Upper Cumberland District Tennessee Senior Olympics which will be conducted April 28-May 9 in Crossville. Senior Olympics is a special event for seniors 50 and older that combines a wide range of competitive activities. The objectives of the senior olympics are to recognize people who have achieved and maintained good health throughout their lives, promote physical fitness, and the pursuit of lifetime leisure activities, and provide opportunities for fun, recreation and fellowship. Senior participants from the Overton County Senior Center are, in no particular order, Kenneth Bennett, Martha Walker, James Meadows, Lucille Buck, Dan Buck, Bobbie Goodpasture, Dude Gilpatrick, Lela Ogletree, and Pep Gragg.
For more information concerning Senior Olympics, or to obtain an entry form, contact Betty Parrott at the Overton County Senior Center by calling (931) 823-1268, or by visiting the center Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Cats give Coach Swallows 500th career baseball win

Kevin Burmeister photo
Livingston Academy third baseman Andrew Maynord, a junior, puts the finishing touch on a 9-2-7 double-play in the early stages of Thursday’s 12-2 victory against Gordonsville.

Kevin Burmeister photo
Sophomore Shawn Walthall adds his own bit of damage against the floundering Tigers in Thursday’s Livingston Academy win.

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

Entering last week’s slate of games, the Livingston Academy baseball team held on to an early winning record and looked to expand their win column with a pair of games against Gordonsville.

The first of these matches saw the Wildcats hit the road to face the Tigers on Monday, March 17. With St. Patrick’s approval, the visitors came away with a resounding 10-0 win in five innings.

Livingston’s offense was led by sophomore Ethan McDonald, whose three hits helped force the game to an early conclusion: with the 10-run lead, the winning team is given the victory. The Wildcats demonstrated solid hitting throughout the contest, with three batters contributing their own pair of hits – senior Todd Smith, as well as juniors Allen Bilbrey and Lee Gatts.

Bilbrey was also the winning pitcher as he hurled a shutout performance.

“We swung the bats a little bit and played solid defense like we’ve been doing all year,” Coach Pat Swallows said. “We did what we needed to do.”
In turn, Livingston played host to Gordonsville on Thursday, March 20.

Riding high on their earlier demolition job of Tiger pitching, the Wildcats cruised to their fourth victory of the season, a handy 12-2 final.

The home team came out swinging once again, this time racking up 15 hits, including back-to-back home runs by Ethan McDonald and senior Cody Winton. The latter furnished the Wildcats with a 12-2 lead and consequently a victory, once again by virtue of the 10-run rule.

Senior pitcher Clint Durham earned a win as well.

While the win put the Wildcats at a solid 4-1, it had even more significance in the greater picture – the victory gave Coach Pat Swallows his 500th career win.

“That was neat in itself, to be able to have that kind of support throughout the years,” he said. “I’ve never gotten a hit; I’ve never struck anybody out. It’s all been the guys who have done that. It was a special night.”

Coach Swallows also credited his staff of assistants, as well as the school board and local community for their support.

The Wildcats were scheduled to open up district play with a game against Smith County on Monday, March 24, followed by a road matchup against the same Owls on Tuesday, March 25. Thursday, March 27 will witness an away game against Stone Memorial, with the Wildcats playing host to Cannon County on Tuesday, April 1.



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Wildcats start soccer season with victory

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy Soccer is scheduled to complete the first half of their regular season with eight consecutive road games. Head Coach Ethan King believes this may be more of a help than a hindrance to his team’s district tournament run.

“It’s good for them. With having these early games away, when you do finally get to come home it’s a relief,” he said. “There is a little less pressure and a little more audience there. So it will toughen us up and get us ready for tournament time.”

The Wildcats began this toughening process with their first week of regular season play, which kicked off with a road slot against White County on Monday, March 10.

After a hand-ball inside the box cost Livingston a penalty kick, White County cashed in their early opportunity and foisted the defenders into 1-0 hole; however, Livingston came back strong with a pair of goals by the outside midfielders before the end of the half.

Junior Greg Walker punched in the Wildcats’ first, with the go-ahead goal being brought in by senior Josh Foster, giving the Cats a 2-1 edge.
In the second half, LA padded their lead with goals by seniors B.J. Byers and Aeric Gunnels, leading to a 4-1 victory.

“We started sluggish,” Coach King said, “but we came through at the end.”
The Wildcats took to the road once again on Friday, March 14 to take on Station Camp High School in the opening game of the Bison Tournament.
Livingston defenders were swamped early on, taking 12 shots on goal in the first 10 minutes of play. A pair of those Bison shots made their way to the Livingston net, handing the Wildcats an early 2-0 deficit.

“We finally settled down and started playing our kind of game and got some momentum back,” Coach King said.

Livingston capitalized on this momentum shift and managed to halve the lead on the back of Byers’ second-half goal; however, the rally fell short along with the Wildcat team, who chalked up a 2-1 loss.

Aside from the opening barrage of shots against them, Coach King cited what may have been a partial cause for his team’s loss.

“The officiating was bad,” he said, “but it was bad on both sides. At least it was consistent; that’s one of the things you ask for.”

Though the poor officiating raises new and troubling questions for future Wildcat contests, Coach King’s primary concern remains with the boys dressed in blue.

“We started off slowly,” Coach King said. “And we weren’t able to get an equalizer. It was an eye-opening day. We played okay but we didn’t play great. We started off sluggish and it cost us the game.”

The Wildcats were scheduled for two additional games in the Bison Tournament, but they were cancelled after the field of play became flooded.
Facing next week’s full schedule, Coach King looks to make a return to the basics that have spelled out success for his teams in the past.

“We need to get back to playing our game: passing the ball, controlling the ball, controlling the middle,” he said. “We’re hoping that we can come out with some strong defensive games, and that will translate to the offense, I think.”

The Wildcats continued their travels with a trip to Smith County on Tuesday, March 25 for their third match of the season. This will be followed by a contest at Cannon County on Thursday, March 27, and at Jackson County on Monday, March 31. The Wildcats will complete their road circuit at York Institute on Tuesday, April 1.




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Lady Cats struggle to get first district win

Kathy Carr photo
LA shortstop Kendria Kilgore makes a defensive play for an out against Stone Memorial in an early week loss.

Kathy Carr photo
Chelsea Carr hit in a run to tie the score 1-1 against Macon County as the Cats lost a heart breaker 3-1 in extra innings.

By Kathy Carr,
OCN Sports

Even though school was out for spring break this past week, the LA softball team was hard at work taking on three tough challengers, two of which were district rivals.

They opened the week on Monday, March 17 facing an experienced Stone Memorial team from Crossville who understood that getting the bat on the ball would force the Cats to play tight defense to get the win.

Stone ended the game with 7 base hits, 2 doubles, zero strikeouts and zero walks.

The Lady Cats were forced to play solid defense, but 8 fielding errors would be their demise. Katelyn Webb was the starting pitcher for the Cats as LA jumped out to an early lead in the first inning by a 2-0 score as Chelsea Carr, Liz Hall, and Katelyn Webb each had a base hit, followed by a walk from Sarah Neff. It would be the fourth inning before the Cats had another base runner when Mallory Mahaney had a base hit up the middle, but was left on first base unable to score.

Katelyn Webb and Abby Jolley each added another base hit to finish out the game.

The Lady Cats looked good defensively at times, but had a run of errors that led to the Lady Panthers scoring, and defeating LA 6-2.

On Tuesday, March 18, the Lady Cats hosted 7-AA District rival Macon County in a close matchup that came up short for the Cats as the Lady Tigers scored 2 runs in the top of the 10th to take the win 3-1.

Kendria Kilgore opened the first inning with a base hit, but the Cats were unable to get any type of hitting going and finished the game with 7 hits each coming in different innings spread throughout the game. Rebecca Savage, Kendria Kilgore, Julia Carwile, and Mallory Mahaney all had a single, with senior Sarah Neff adding 2 singles for the game.

Lady Wildcats Coach Elizabeth Maxwell stated, “We just can’t seem to get our hits together to produce runs. They are sporadic throughout the game.
“We need to improve on this and it will take some time.”

Pitching for the Lady Tigers seemed to give the Lady Cats fits as the change-up pitch proved to be extremely difficult to connect with, causing LA to end the game with 11 strikeouts. Fielding errors haunted the Lady Cats as they had 5 for the game; however the Lady Tigers only had 2 for the 10-inning game.

Abby Jolley was the starting pitcher for the Lady Cats with Katelyn Webb coming in to complete the extra innings.

As always, DeKalb County‘s Lady Tigers are a strong team again this year as they are the pre-season pick to finish first in District 7-AA. They defeated the Lady Wildcats on Thursday by a score of 10-2 on their home field.

LA faced Dekalb’s second pitcher in rotation and had 7 strikeouts, 6 hits, and 5 walks while DeKalb’s defense suffered only 1 error.

LA was led in hits by freshman Katelyn Webb with a single and a double for the game. Freshman Mallory Mahaney also had a double for the Cats and was followed with singles from Chelsea Carr, Jenna Smith, and Brittney Cantrell, while the Cats left 9 runners stranded on base. DeKalb had 10 hits for the game with only 2 strikeouts and left 5 on base.

Freshman Katie Collins was the starting pitcher for LA, with Katelyn Webb serving as relief pitcher in the bottom of the fourth inning. Defensively, the Lady Cats suffered 5 errors.

The Lady Cats will resume play this week as they host the Smith County Lady Owls on Thursday, March 27 at 5 p.m. Then LA will host York’s Lady Dragons at 5 p.m. Monday, March 31 and Upperman’s Lady Bees at 5 p.m. the following day.


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County middle school team goes to 10-1

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes takes the ball to throw out the first pitch before an Overton County Middle School baseball game.

Overton County Middle School baseball team has improved their season record to 10-1.

OCMS lost 0-1 to Cumberland County in the first game of a double-header on Monday, March 17.

Conner Oliver pitched 6 innings for the complete game, giving up the single run and a hit, and also struck out 8.

Jim Officer had a hit and a stolen base.

Overton County won the second game 5-4.

Colby Reeder had 3 hits and stole a base. He also pitched 2 innings, giving up a hit, 3 runs, and striking out 6.

Jim Officer pitched 2 innings, giving up no hits and a run while striking out 4.

Justin Timmons allowed 0 hits, 0 runs, and had a strikeout in an inning of pitching.

M.J. Lockart had 2 hits, and Brock McCoin, Creed Hayes, and Dalton Jolley each had a hit.

OCMS played another double-header the following day, this time against Jackson County. Overton County won the first game 7-6 in extra innings.

Bubba Jolley pitched 1 and 1/3 innings and gave up 4 runs on 2 hits, and struck out 3. Reeder pitched 3 and 2/3 innings and gave up a run on 3 hits, and struck out 4; and Timmons pitched an inning and gave up no runs and no hits while striking out 3.

Reeder and McCoin each had a hit and stole a base; Lockart hit a triple; Hayes had a hit; and Oliver had a game winning RBI hit.

The second game also went into extra innings before OCMS won 8-7.
Lucas Dailey pitched 2 and 1/3 innings and gave up 4 runs on 2 hits, and struck out 2. Hayes pitched 2 and 2/3 innings and gave up a run on 3 hits, and struck out 4. Timmons pitched an inning and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits, and struck out 2.

Reed Sanders, Matt Stockton, Reeder, and Jolley each had a hit.
Officer stole 2 bases, and Hayes and McCoin each stole a base.

OCMS played a double-header against Van Buren County on Friday, March 21, winning the first game 10-0.

Jim Officer pitched a 4-inning complete-game shutout, giving up 4 hits and striking out 6. Hitting, he had 2 sacrifices and drove in 3 runs.

Ricky Lisi had 2 hits, 2 RBI, and stole a base; Reeder had 2 hits, drove in a run, and stole 3 bases; Oliver had a hit and drove in a run; Timmons sacrificed and drove in a run; T.J. Hammock had a hit and stole 2 bases; Lockart had a hit and stole a base; Dailey had a hit; C.J. Ramsey stole 2 bases; and McCoin stole a base.

Game 2 was another 10-0 win for Overton County.

Bubba Jolley pitched 3 innings and allowed no hits while striking out 6. Offensively, he had 2 hits and batted in a run, and he stole a base.

Ronnie Linder pitched an inning and allowed nothing. He also had a hit offensively.

Reeder had 2 hits, including a home run; John Ledbetter had a hit, 2 RBI, and a stolen base; Zack Buell had a hit and 2 RBI; Sanders had a hit and stole a base; Stockton had a hit; and Dailey stole a base.

OCMS closed out the week with a double-header against Macon County on Saturday.

Overton County won the opener 7-6 with Reeder pitching 3 innings, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits, and striking out 5; and Timmons pitched 2 innings and gave up a hit but no runs, and he had a strikeout. He also had a sacrifice offensively.

Hammock had 2 hits, 2 RBI, and stole 2 bases; Oliver had a hit and drove in a run; McCoin and Lisi each had a hit and stole 2 bases; and Lockart had a hit.

Overton County won the second game 8-3.

Oliver pitched 2 and 1/3 innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and struck out 3. He had a hit offensively.

Timmons pitched 2 and 1/3 innings and gave up a run without a hit and struck out 4. He also had a hit offensively.

McCoin pitched 1/3 inning and gave up no hits and no runs and had a strikeout.

Reeder hit a triple and a double and drove in a run; Jolley had 3 hits, drove in a run, and stole 3 bases; Lisi had a hit, drove in a run, and stole 2 bases; Buell had a sacrifice and drove in a run; Hammock had a hit and stole a base; and Ledbetter stole a base.



Darrell Waltrip to be MC for JA Hall of Fame

Darrell Waltrip, three-time NASCAR champion and Fox Sports broadcast analyst, has been given the green light to emcee the 34th annual Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame. The black-tie gala will take place April 9at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville.

“DW”, as Waltrip is known to his legions of fans, will help present Junior Achievement’s 34th class of laureates with the honors.

Waltrip is a former Junior Achievement student.

He observed how his JA experience showed him the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit, saying, “I didn’t have the vision to do something. Junior Achievement taught me how.”

Junior Achievement selects inductees for business excellence, courageous
thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership, and philanthropy. The following are the 2008 Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame laureates:

•William H.G. France (1909-1992), founder and president of National
Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR);

•Thomas F. Frist Jr., M.D., co-founder, Hospital Corporation of America
(HCA);

•Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), owner of Charlotte Bobcats NBA franchise, and founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies;

•John E. Pepper Jr., retired chairman and chief executive officer of The
Procter & Gamble Company, and chairman of The Walt Disney Company;

•Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today, founder and former chairman of The Freedom Forum, and retired chairman and chief executive officer of Gannett Co. Inc.

•Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer of eBay Inc.
Sean C. Rush, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement, said, “Junior Achievement strongly believes in providing positive role models for our young people. Whether they are a JA volunteer in the classroom teaching students how to start and grow a business, or an honoree of our U.S. Business Hall of Fame, they can inspire kids to succeed.

“Our kids need these positive influences now more than ever, so we are thrilled to honor these worthy business leaders not only for their success in the business world, but also for their success in inspiring our young people.”

According to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Junior Achievement, nearly two-thirds (64 %) of teens said they have a role model. When asked what qualities they looked for in a role model, the top three responses were: “truly cares about others,” “is not afraid of failure,” and “tries to positively impact society through his/her business practices.”

For more information about the U.S. Business Hall of Fame visit www.ja.org.

Junior Achievement Worldwide is the world’s largest organization
dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a volunteer network, JA Worldwide provides in-school and after-school programs for students that focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. For more information visit www.ja.org.

 




 

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