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Archives 04-02-2008

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LA soccer player named All-State
LA Wildcats split with Owls in district games
LA Soccer wins two in district
Lady Cats take first district win
Overton County Middle School baseball team improves to 13-2
UC District seniors to compete
Donation made for Special Olympics

 

LA soccer player named All-State

Livingston Academy Soccer Coach Ethan King congratulates Kathryn “Kat” Nigro on being named to the Tennessee High School All-State Team.

Long after the final goals are scored and the uniforms are packed away for another season, the coaches of TSSAA soccer across Tennessee are asked to cast their votes for Tennessee High School All-State Players – those individuals that best represented the sport with skills, integrity, competitiveness, and sportsmanship during the year.

Livingston Academy Coach Ethan King was notified that Kathryn “Kat” Nigro had been selected to the Tennessee High School All-State Team.

Her selection represented a landmark for Livingston Academy. She is the first soccer player, since soccer started at LA more than 10 years ago, to be named All-State, and she is just a freshman.

Soccer does not stop for Kat after the HS season ends. She practices and plays year round. Her most recent games will be with the U.S. Soccer Federation Olympic Development Team, where she will travel to Costa Rica to represent the U.S. in international games. She will play against Mexico, Honduras, Chile, and Costa Rica beginning Friday, April 4.


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LA Wildcats split with Owls in district games

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN Sports

“Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug,” Mary Chapin Carpenter used to sing, and it aptly describes last week’s Livingston Academy Wildcats play against Smith County’s Owls.

LA opened the week at home against Smith County on Monday, March 24 and won the District 7-AA contest 9-4.

LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said of his team’s effort, “We played one of our best games of the year.”

Clint Durham was the winning pitcher for the Cats.

“He did a great job,” Coach Swallows said. “They are a good hitting team, and even though he gave up 9 hits, he worked himself out of a couple of jams.

“And we played a great defensive game behind him.”

Durham helped himself with 2 hits and a 2-run homer to put LA ahead in the 3rd inning. The fireworks didn’t end there, Cody Winton also hit a home run in the 5th, and Ethan McDonald hit a grand slam in the 6th to extend the LA lead to 9-2.

The Cats hit the road to Carthage the following evening to play the Owls once more, this time with much different results. LA lost 1-15.

“One of those games where you can’t do anything right and they can’t do anything wrong,” Coach Swallows said. “Everything they hit found a hole.

“They scored 12 runs in the first, and we could not recover.

“We didn’t make a lot of mistakes, we just couldn’t stop them. As I said earlier, they are a good hitting team,” he said.

“Sometimes you are never as good as you look and also never as bad!”
LA’s losing pitcher was irrelevant.

“I used three pitchers in the first inning,” Coach Swallows said.

The Cats managed 4 hits before the game came to a merciful end, and were provided by Ethan McDonald, Allen Bilbrey, Lee Gatts, and Shawn Walthall.

Walthall came up big on the mound in the Cats’ next action, a scheduled double-header at Stone Memorial High School in Crossville on Thursday, March 27.

“Shawn Walthall started his first game and did a great job,” Coach Swallows said. “He walked the first batter and he ended up scoring a run, but after that, he settled down and gave up only one hit while striking out four.”

LA’s impressive play didn’t end there.

“The thing I told the players after Tuesday’s game was that the mark of a good team is how they rebound after a big loss. They responded well with a 12-1 win over Stone,” Coach Swallows said.

“We continued to play solid defense and our hitting was strong. We got 10 hits in 5 innings.”

Clint Durham hit 2 home runs and drove in 4 runs, Allen Bilbrey, Lee Gatts, and Andrew Maynord each had 2 hits, and Cody Winton, Tracy McDonald, and Todd Smith each had a hit.

Though scheduled as a double-header, the second game was not played.
LA’s record stood at 5-2 overall and 1-1 in District 7-AA after the week’s play.

After scheduled District 7-AA games against the Cannon County Lions at Woodbury on Monday, March 31 and at Livingston the following day, the Wildcats will host Cumberland County High School’s Jets on Thursday, April 3 in a 6 p.m. game, Grundy County’s Yellow Jackets on Friday at 6 p.m., then district power Upperman High School’s Bees on Monday, April 7 at 6 p.m. The Cats will then travel to Baxter to play the Bees again the
following night at 6 p.m.

Upperman began this week atop the standings with a perfect 4-0 district record, 9-1 overall.

“Well, they seem to be the team to beat in the district,” Coach Swallows said. “Everyone seems to be playing pretty well, and we always have a great rivalry with Upperman. We will have to play our best, and we are capable of beating them if we do that.”




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LA Soccer wins two in district

Livingston Academy’s Wildcats soccer team won two District 7-A/AA games last week.

LA took visited Carthage on Tuesday, March 25 to take on the Smith County Owls and won 6-1.

Aeric Gunnels scored 2 goals, and Cody Pennicuff, B.J. Byers, Josh Huitt, and James Dellapace each scored a goal.

Though not originally scheduled as the home opener, last Thursday’s game against Cannon County became Livingston Academy’s first home game of the 2008 season. This is the first year of competition for the team from Woodbury, and they weren’t embarrassed by the experienced LA squad, but the Wildcats shut out the visiting Lions 4-0.

Aeric Gunnels scored 3 goals, and Cody Pennicuff scored a goal.

The wins pushed the Cats’ record to 3-1 on the season.

After a district match against Jackson County at Gainesboro on Monday, March 31, and another district match against York Institute at Jamestown the following evening, Livingston Academy will host DeKalb County on Tuesday, March 8 in a game scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m.




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Lady Cats take first district win

Kathy Carr photo
Mallory Mahaney hits a single with an RBI to push across the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing LA to capture the first district win of the 2008 softball season.

Kathy Carr photo
LA senior Sarah Neff hustles to make the basket catch in right field as the Cats put together a good defensive effort to defeat the Lady Owls 6-5.

By Kathy Carr,
OCN Sports

It seems that a simple 7-inning softball game for the Lady Cats just doesn’t come to pass much these days. It appears that they prefer the practice of 9 and 10-inning games to get them ready for tournament time. This was once again the case as the Lady Owls of Smith County came to town on Thursday, March 27 to determine who would remain at the bottom of District 7-AA standings.

The Cats rose to the challenge as they were determined not to lose this event. Both teams played well, giving up a total of 5 errors for the 9-inning game, with LA having 2 errors and Smith County suffering 3.

The game remained scoreless after five innings of play, with the first run coming for the Lady Owls in the top of the sixth inning followed by 5 runs being scored in the bottom half for LA.

The Owls refused to go down in regulation play and came back to score 4 runs in the top of the seventh making the game score tied at 5-5. With the Lady Cats first batter grounding out, lead off hitter Kendria Kilgore followed with a triple, however the rally died on third base as the next hitter struck out and the third out resulted in a 6-3 ground out. Hence, the game was just as it started, both teams even.

In the top of the eighth inning, it was 1-2-3 for the Lady Owls as they were unable to get a rally started and LA would echo the same sentiments exactly. Even though the Lady Owls were able to get their lead-off hitter on base with a single, two strikeouts and a fly-out would end their hopes of scoring in the ninth.

A bottom half ninth inning rally would prove beneficial for the Lady Cats as they took full advantage of two walks followed by a base hit to score the winning run, clinching their first district win of the season 6-5.

Katelyn Webb was the winning pitcher for the Cats as she was backed with an improved defensive team in this game giving up only 2 errors. Webb had 10 strikeouts, walked a batter, gave up 6 singles, a double, and a triple for the game.

The Lady Owls pitcher gave up 3 walks, 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 2 single base hits for the game, and had 5 strikeouts.

LA was led in hitting by Kendria Kilgore with back-to-back triples, Mallory Mahaney had 2 single hits, followed by a double from Chelsea Carr and Katelyn Webb. Both teams left 6 runners on base for the game.

The win moved the Cats’ record to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in district play.
The Lady Wildcats will have a full week of play this week as they were scheduled to host the Lady Dragons of York Institute in a District 7-AA matchup on Monday, March 3, and on Tuesday afternoon once again host another 7-AA district rival, Upperman Lady Bees.

On Thursday, April 3, the Lady Cats will travel to Monterey to play, with game time beginning at 5 p.m. They will close out the week with Clay County on Friday, April 4 at 5 p.m. Then, Livingston Academy will host Cannon County’s Lady Lions on Tuesday, April 8 in another District 7-AA game.

 


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Overton County Middle School baseball team improves to 13-2

March 21 saw the Overton County Middle School baseball team take two games from Van Buren County.

Jim Officer pitched a 4-hit complete game shutout in game 1, while Bubba Jolley (3 innings) and Ronnie Linder (1 inning) shut out Van Buren in game 2.

Colby Reeder had 2 hits in each game, including an inside the park home run in game 2.

Officer had 3 RBI in game 1 with 2 sacrifices.

Ricky Lisi had 2 hits in game 1, and M.J. Lockart, Conner Oliver, Lucas Dailey, and T.J. Hammock each had a hit.

Jolley had 2 hits in game 2, and Linder, Matt Stockton, John Ledbetter, Reed Sanders, and Zack Buell each had a hit.

Then March 22, the contest with Macon County was highlighted by a first inning home run blast by Reeder in game 1.

Pitching Overton County to the 7-6 win were Reeder and Justin Timmons, who threw 2 shutout innings in relief.

Hits in game 1, in addition to Reeder’s homer, came from Hammock with 2 and Lockart, Oliver, Lisi, and Brock McCoin with a hit each.

Game 2 was won by Overton County 8-3 on a combined pitching effort by Oliver and “6” Timmons.

Jolley had 3 hits, Reeder had a triple and a double, and Oliver, Timmons, Hammock, and Lisi each had a hit.

March 25 saw Overton County take two games from Monterey.

Officer took the win in game 1 with 2 innings pitched, allowing a hit and striking out 5. Linder pitched an inning and allowed 2 runs, and Creed Hayes pitched an inning and allowed no runs in the 16-3 win.

Officer and Oliver had 2 hits each, and Dailey, Reeder, Jolley, Lisi, Timmons, and McCoin each had a hit.

In game 2, Hayes and Lockart shut out Monterey.

Hayes had 3 hits, Linder had 2 hits, and Jolley, Lockart, Sanders, Dishman, Presley, Cantrell, and Buell each had a hit.

On March 27, the middle school team split two games with White County. Overton lost the first game 10-5 due to too many mistakes in the field.
Reeder allowed a single earned run pitching.

Dailey had 2 hits, including a double to left, and Hayes and Oliver each had a hit.

Overton County won game 2 9-8 in extra innings.

Going into the bottom of the fifth inning, and trailing 6-3, Overton scored 3 runs to tie the score 6-6 on big hits by Hayes and Jolley. After giving up 2 runs in the top of the sixth, Overton County scored 3 in the bottom of the inning on hits by Officer and Hayes, followed by Reeder with a game-winning hit.

Lockart, Oliver, and Reeder pitched for the young Cats.

McCoin had 2 hits and Linder had a hit.



UC District seniors to compete

More than 3,500 Tennessee senior athletes are gearing up for the Tennessee Senior Olympics state competition.

Area seniors ages 50 and older will have the opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities and youthful spirit at the Upper Cumberland District Senior Olympics, scheduled for April 28 to May 9.

Individuals will compete within 5-year age groups, starting at age 50.

Participants who are 49 years-old are eligible to participate in the district and state games as long as their 50th birthday occurs before the end of 2008.

Events include bowling, shuffleboard, tennis, swimming, pickleball, table tennis, track and field, softball, basketball 3-on-3, golf, tennis, horseshoes, softball throw, and basketball free throw.

The top four finalists in each event at the district level will advance to the state competition, to be held July 18-24 in Williamson County. Top finalists from the state competition will qualify for the 2009 Summer National Senior Games slated for August 2009 in San Francisco.

Christine Dewbre, executive director of the Tennessee Senior Olympics, said, “The Tennessee Senior Olympics has a 28-year history in our state.

The district championships bring together athletes of all interests and skill levels as they compete for the opportunity to travel to Williamson County.”

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, presenting sponsor and a long-time supporter of the Tennessee Senior Olympics, helped establish the games in 1981. The event seeks to promote healthy lifestyles for senior adults through fitness, sports, and an active involvement in life.

According to Dr. Ken Patric, chief medical officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, adopting a healthy lifestyle generates many benefits, from improved cardiovascular endurance to muscle strength and increased flexibility.

“By participating in the Tennessee Senior Olympics, seniors are making great strides in improving their health now and for the future. Studies show that exercise is important for promoting quality of life in older adults.”

Deadline for District Senior Olympics registration is April 14. For information or an application call Peggy Houston at (931) 484-7416, e-mail to fpsctn@yahoo.com, or visit the event website at www.tnseniorolympics.com.

 

Donation made for Special Olympics

At one of the last home basketball games of the year, the Fast Break Booster Club in conjunction with Bank of Overton County, Union Bank and Trust Co., First National Bank and American Bank & Trust sponsored the Livingston Academy Battle of the Banks contest. Eight students were picked from the audience and given five shots each where they could win $10 for each shot made. Three hundred and fifty dollars was left from this endeavor and given to Livingston Academy’s Special Olympics Team. Team members are, front row from left, Courtney Vaughn, Elizabeth Harvey, Jessica Harris, Ron Holbert, 2nd row, Luke Neeley, Chris Corbin, Barbara Murphy, Jessie Ledbetter, Brandon Colson - coach, back row, Nathan Miller, Steven Dulworth, Steven Ogle, Tyler Ledbetter, and Wesley McBride.


 

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