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Sports

Nature Fest set for April 17-20
Rank exams held at Hunter’s Karate
Bilbrey bats in 4, leads Wildcats in district win
Lady Cats get bats going in win over Upperman
Led by Gunnels, LA Soccer wins two on the road
Chase Dunn named to All-State Team

 

Nature Fest set for April 17-20

Canoe rides at Cane Creek Park will be part of Nature Fest.

The 4th annual Nature Fest is planned for Thursday, April 17 through Sunday, April 20. The 4-day event includes hikes, lectures, workshops, presentations, and various hands-on activities for all ages.

The event is free and will be held at Pennebaker Hall on Tennessee Tech University’s campus and Cane Creek Park in Cookeville.

Experts will share their understanding of topics such as organic gardening, the night sky, herbs, nature photography, bats, geocaching, various animals and insects, and the Center Hill Dam seepage rehabilitation project.

Particpants may take a canoe ride at Cane Creek Park, fly fish, take a bird
walk, participate in a nature scavenger hunt, or take a tour of Silver Maple Gallery, home to internationally acclaimed wood artist Brad Sells. Special children’s activities will also be available.

Guest presenters include Alfred Ballinger with Cumberland Mountain Outdoor Sports, Tennessee Tech Professor Ray Jordan, bird and butterfly specialists Steve and Barbara Stedman, professional photographer John Lucas, musical masterminds Gina and Hayden Mattingly, organic gardeners Paul and Coree Entwistle, Op Walker and Tim Dunn, resource manager for Center Hill Lake in the Nashville District.

Also, a special presentation will be given by Emmy award-winning writer, director, and producer Todd Jarrell about his journey on the 3-masted tall ship Europa along the Antarctic coast.

Nature Fest 2008 is presented by Cookeville Department of Leisure Services, Tennessee Tech University Biology Department, Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, WCTE-TV, and the Nature Fest planning committee. For a full schedule of events call Cookeville Leisure Services (931) 520-4386 or visit www.naturefestcookeville.com.


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Rank exams held at Hunter’s Karate

Students at Hunters Karate recently earning orange belts are, front row from left, Tyler Packmayer, Kerstan Howard, Dalton Key, back row, instructor David Hunter, Mary Buck, Sloane Tiernan, Boone Eldridge, and Dean Delk.

Some of the younger students attending the Ninja Turtle class at Hunters Karate recently earned the belt of white-tip. Participating in the rank exams were, from left, instructor David Hunter, Jayleigh Vaughn, Shayla Ledbetter, Camen Howard, Dillon Parrott, and instructor Jerry Pack.

New color belts where recently earned by Hunter’s Karate students. Participating in the rank exams were, front row from left, Brian Bull – yellow-tip, Macy Savage – yellow-tip, back row, judge Blake Ledbetter, instructor Jackie Manis, Michael Mullins – purple, David Bull – green, judge John Matthew Eldridge, judge Tammy Lee, and instructor Jerry Pack.




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Bilbrey bats in 4, leads Wildcats in district win

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

As Livingston Academy entered their game against Cannon County on Wednesday, April 2, they sought a tough district win against a notoriously difficult team to beat on the road. Head Coach Pat Swallows and his Wildcats came up with the win, however, beating back the Lions for a 6-2 victory.

The Wildcat offense was posting zeros throughout the early innings, and, unable to practice because of the persistent rainfall throughout the week, the defense was less than fresh, according to Coach Swallows.

“It was the first game we’d played in a week,” he said, “so we were a little rusty. We played okay, but we didn’t play the solid defense that we’d been playing for a while.”

Livingston fell behind by two runs in the early goings, thanks in part to a pair of unusual hits that brought Lions to home plate. These included a ball that flew into the air after being grounded into the pitching rubber, as well as another infield grounder that struck the third base bag and eluded Livingston defenders.

After swallowing the early deficit, the Wildcats stormed back with an offensive spurt of their own, scoring five runs in the second inning of play. This barrage was led by junior Allen Bilbrey, who knocked in three of his four RBI during the inning in question, and batted 3 for 4 overall.
“He really picked us up in a couple of situations,” Coach Swallows said of Bilbrey.

Other Wildcats contributing to the final tally were senior Todd Smith, who hit twice and got on base three times, as well as senior Cody Winton, juniors Lee Gatts and Andrew Maynord, and sophomores Ethan McDonald and Shawn Walthall, who each had a hit.

Despite starting off with a couple of walks and wild pitches, senior pitcher Clint Durham settled down and came away with the victory.

“He did a good job on the mound,” Coach Swallows said. “We kept him in trouble all day by making some mistakes.”

Though the Wildcat offense was slow to start, and defensive plays were hampered by a lack of practice, Coach Swallows counts himself happy after any kind of win on the Cannon County field.

“Any time you go to Cannon County and get a win, you’re happy,” he said. “It’s not an easy place to play. We’re tickled to death.”

With the win, Livingston posts a 3-1 record in the district, and a 7-2 overall record.

They faced district foe Upperman in a pair of games, the first at Livingston on Monday, April 7, and the rematch on the following day, Tuesday, April 8. After traveling to Gainesboro to face Jackson County on Thursday, April 10, the Wildcats will host White County on Friday, April 11.





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Lady Cats get bats going in win over Upperman

Kathy Carr file photo
LA Wildcat Katie Collins was the winning pitcher in the district matchup against Upperman by the score of 13-2.

Kathy Carr file photo
Third baseman Julia Carwile hit a triple up the middle and scored 3 of the 13 runs in the home field district win against the Lady Bees.

By Kathy Carr,
OCN Sports

As the week began, it would seem that the Lady Cats could turn the district standings around by capitalizing on three big district wins; however, the clouds rolled in and the rain began to fall causing the first district double-header with York to be postponed.

Even though the clouds were dark and hazy and the air was cold, the Lady Cats came out on fire and the bats were hot on Tuesday, April 1 at home against Upperman. The lead-off hitter for the Lady Bees started the game with a double and scored the first run of the game while advancing on two bunts. But LA came out in the bottom half of the first inning with six base hits, four walks, and a hit pitch scoring eight runs before advancing to the second inning.

The Lady Bees’ lead-off hitter got on base with a single and advanced to score following an additional base hit. LA came back to score two more runs in the bottom of the inning as Julia Carwile started off the inning with a triple to center field. Katie Collins would follow up with a single and RBI while Sarah Neff hit a double in center field ensuring an RBI as well.

As once again the lead off hitter got a single for the Lady Bees, she would be thrown out trying to steal second base as senior catcher Liz Hall would not allow the advancement, thus the inning would end scoreless for the visiting team. The Lady Wildcats would once again score two runs in the third inning as Katie Collins hit a single and Brittney Cantrell hit a double to left field, making the score 12-2 after three innings.

The Bees continued to put the bat on the ball, but the defense of the Lady Cats held them scoreless in the fourth inning.

Jenna Smith was the lone score in the bottom of the fourth inning as she hit an inside the park home run making the total runs at 13 for LA.

Upperman had two base runners in the top of the fifth; however were unable to get them across the plate, ending the game with a score of 13-2 with the home team being victorious.

LA ended the game with a single from Kendria Kilgore, two singles from Chelsea Carr, Mallory Mahaney, and Katie Collins, a single and double from Sarah Neff, a double from Brittney Cantrell, a triple from Julia Carwile, and an inside the park home run from Jenna Smith.

While the pitching struggled at times for the Lady Bees, resulting in several walks for LA, the Cats were able to put the bat on the ball, forcing several defensive errors as well.

The Lady Wildcats defense continues to improve as they committed only two errors for the game.

Katie Collins was the winning pitcher for LA as she had two strikeouts, one walk, five hits, and one wild pitch for the game.

Talking about the increase in hits, LA Softball Coach Elizabeth Maxwell said, “Early in the season we were unable to practice hitting off of a live pitcher and due to the weather were forced to hit inside off of the pitching machine. This was all we could do, but we just weren’t ready with our bats at the beginning of the season.

“We are getting more confidence at the plate and attacking the ball now, which in turn is creating more runs.”

When asked about the improvement she has seen in her pitching thus far in the season Coach Maxwell stated, “All three pitchers are new in the starting role this season, one junior in Abby Jolley and two freshmen with Katelyn Webb and Katie Collins.

“They are all improving and becoming very good, young leaders, giving up very few walks, and they all have good ball control.”

Coach Maxwell added, “We have been working hard on bunting situations and playing the bunt on defense as this is a part of the game where we can improve and it will be of great benefit going into district tournament time.”

The games with York, Monterey, and Celina were all postponed last week due to the wet field conditions and have been rescheduled.

The game schedule for this week began on Monday, April 7 with York coming to town for a double-header, and on Tuesday, April 8 LA was set to host Cannon County in a district rematch. The Lady Wildcats will travel to Macon County on Thursday, April 10 for a game beginning at 5 p.m.

They will close out the week in the Plateau Invitational Tournament in Crossville on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12.

The Lady Cats will travel to Crossville to play Stone Memorial on Monday, April 14, then will host DeKalb County at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 15.


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Led by Gunnels, LA Soccer wins two on the road

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s soccer team entered their road game against Jackson County on Monday, March 31 undefeated in district play, and seeking to add another feather to its district-win cap.

The feather came amongst a whirlwind of Wildcat offense, which produced a 6-0 victory. Aeric Gunnels once again led the assault, with his three goals accounting for half of his team’s offensive fruit. Also contributing to the blowout were Josh Espy, who scored twice, and B.J. Byers, who shot in a single goal.

Head Coach Ethan King was pleased with the overall effort put forth by his team, and felt that his Wildcats were able to display their versatility in an important district game.

“Everybody got an opportunity to play,” he said, “and it worked out well for us.”

The Wildcats turned around the next day, Tuesday, April 1, and found themselves in Jamestown to face York Institute. While less impressive on the offensive side of the ball, the Livingston defense again held their opponents to a goose egg, winning 2-0 on the road.

Aeric Gunnels scored the game-winner during the first half of play, leading the Wildcats to another district win, and helping his team to a 5-1 overall record. The York defense had anticipated an onslaught of Livingston offense, and was able to restrain scoring, albeit in a losing effort.

“It was a very close game,” Coach King said. “York packed it in to try to make it difficult for us, to make us take long shots, which helped their goalie. But we were able to work a few in and get some opportunities.”

One of King’s primary opponents against York might have been the weather were it not for a break in the heavy rains. Though admitting that the soaked field affected play to an extent, King related that the weatherwas
ultimately not a factor.

With a 4-0 district mark, Livingston has high hopes for a run at the district championship. Despite the strength of this year’s slate of district teams, Coach King is determined to stay on top.

“A lot of the other teams are balancing out to make it a closer race,” he said,
“but I still think that we have the better team out there. But unless we come out and play well, it doesn’t matter. We have to come out and play our game.”

The Wildcats looked to do just that as they hosted DeKalb County on Tuesday, April 8. After taking on the Jackson County Blue Devils on Monday, April 14, Livingston will play host to Cannon County the following day, Tuesday, April 15.



Chase Dunn named to All-State Team

Tennessee Sports Writers Association has announced all-state teams for boys and girls basketball.

Livingston Academy junior Chase Dunn was named to the Division I Class AA Boys All-State Basketball Team.

Others named to the team are Justin Blake of Dyer County, Rogers Gaines of White House, James Gallman, Dominique Minor, and Jalen Steele of Fulton, Creshaun Holt of Giles County, John Jenkins of Station Camp, Chase Jones of Austin-East, Phillip Jurick of East Ridge, Zaccheus Mason of CPA, Skylar McBee of Rutledge, Lewis McCaster and Ken Torry of Mitchell, Case Prather of Jackson Northside, Chris Reaves of Bolivar, Darius Ricks of Howard, and Timothy Ware of Booker T. Washington.

Named to Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class AA Girls All-State Basketball Team are LaShay Davis of Upperman, Kayci Ferriss of Smith County, Destiny Dishman of Stone Memorial, Heather Butler of Gibson County, LaKrystle Goss and Shy Marsh of Austin-East, Chaniqua Gray and Chantel Poston of Milan, Andrea Holmes of Mitchell,Mary Jackson of Oakhaven, Kylie Lambert of McMinn Central, Jasmine Lewis of Fulton, Lauren March of Marshall County, Amber Rechis of Westview, and Crystal Riley of Hillcrest.

The Class A team includes Courtney Dyer and Laken Leonard of Jackson County, Tasha Phillips and Kelli Reed of Clarkrange, Abby Andrews of Collinwood, Gaby Busell of Forrest, Brooke Cary of Clarksburg, Kayla Christopher of Oliver Springs, Tristan Daniel of Wayne County, Kaylan Dilts of Grace Academy, Jama Hammontree of Greenback, April McCann of Lookout Valley, Rachel Melson of Wayne County, Jasmine Perry of Middleton), Danielle Proudfit of Bradford, and Ashley Settles of Wartburg.

 




 

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