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Farm Bureau honors LA Wildcats
Cats stung twice by Upperman, defeat Jackson County
Wildcat Soccer defeats DeKalb, claims top spot in district
Lady Cats move to 3rd in district
Motocross qualifier to be held at Thunder Valley
Overton County Middle School baseball team improves to 18-3

 

Farm Bureau honors LA Wildcats

Farm Bureau Insurance presents Livingston Academy Wildcats with a plaque commemorating their historic season.

Postseason honors continue to roll in following Livingston Academy’s run to the 2008 boys state tournament sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee.

Joseph Amonett, local agency manager for Farm Bureau Insurance, presented the Wildcats a plaque commemorating their historic season.

“We could not be prouder of the players, coaches, students, administration and fans of Livingston Academy for the way they represented Overton County in Murfreesboro,” Amonett said. “Although they did not come away with the championship, they had an experience that will mean more to them as the years go by.”

In part, the plague reads: “The people of Farm Bureau Insurance know how much pride, effort, determination and plain hard work it takes to be the best.
By sponsoring the TSSAA state championships, we salute the young people of our state as they strive to reach the top of their game.”

Sonny Scoggins, chief executive officer of Farm Bureau Insurance, said the Wildcats exemplified the company’s values, “In our office you’ll find posters with the words, ‘integrity, excellence, commitment, efficiency and teamwork.’ Take a look at any championship caliber team and you’ll find those traits,” Scoggins said.

Livingston Academy lost to South Fulton in the quarterfinals of the recent Farm Bureau of Tennessee Basketball Championships at Middle Tennessee State University, and finished with an overall record of 30-5.


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Cats stung twice by Upperman, defeat Jackson County

Kathy Carr photo
Livingston Academy’s Andrew Maynord puts the bat on the ball in last week’s home loss to Upperman’s Bees.

Kathy Carr photo
Allen Bilbrey started last week’s home game against Upperman.

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

Just as one must not judge a book by its cover, one must not judge a game by its score. This saying bodes well for the Livingston Academy Wildcats, who suffered a stunning 10-0 defeat at the hands of the Upperman Bees on Monday, April 7 in Livingston.

The home team was able to stay within striking distance through most of the game, and entered the seventh inning down 4-0; however, after junior pitcher Allen Bilbrey reached his pitch count, Livingston relief allowed a series of walks and hit two batters, giving Upperman the chance they needed to break the game open.

Offensively, the Wildcats were unable to put men on base, garnering only two hits during the contest.

According to head coach Pat Swallows, Bilbrey performed well on the mound with the exception of three walks, all of which translated to Upperman runs.

The Wildcats hoped to avenge Monday’s loss with a rematch against Upperman the following night, Tuesday, April 8; however, the Bees were still at peak performance, and laid the offense on thickly, lambasting the
visiting Cats to the tune of 17-0.

After falling behind by 3 in the first inning, the Wildcat defense allowed 10 runs in the second.

“We just for some reason didn’t have it again,” Coach Swallows said. “We struggled all night long.”

Coach Swallows described the premier play of the Upperman squad, giving them the credit for a job well done.

“They did what we are preaching to do,” he said, “and that’s putting the ball in play and making something happen.”

The two losses were Livingston’s most drastic of the season, but came at the hands of the district’s top team.

“It happens,” Coach Swallows said. “It’s not fun when it happens, but it happens. Upperman is the team to beat in the district and we just didn’t play very well against them.

“We hope we have an opportunity to come back and face them in the district and let them see that 17-0 is not Livingston Academy, that we can be more competitive.”

Livingston had a chance to redeem themselves on Thursday, albeit against Jackson County rather than Upperman. The Wildcats worked to put themselves on the other side of the scoring spectrum, coming up with a 14-4 victory at home.

But the final score is a bit deceiving; before a big fourth inning for the Wildcats, the game was knotted up at 4-4. But scoring 7 runs in the fourth inning, with 4 insurance runs in the fifth, helped Livingston to a comfortable victory.

Some of the Livingston offense was generated at the expense of Jackson County players: a Wildcat line drive induced one Blue Devil to knock himself out against the wall. Fortunately, he was unhurt.

Most of the beatings came from Livingston bats, with Bilbrey racking up three hits, along with senior Clint Durham, junior Andrew Maynord, and sophomore Ethan McDonald, who each blasted a pair of hits. Snagging one hit each were junior Lee Gatts and sophomores Seth Kilgore and Shawn Walthall.

The Livingston offense was spread all over the roster, with almost every starter contributing a hit of their own. The Wildcats held their own on the defensive field as well, with Wathall pitching three innings for the win, striking out nine Blue Devils.

“He did a really good job for us,” Coach Swallows said.

The Wildcats were scheduled to visit White County for a Friday, April 11 matchup, but the game was rained out.

Livingston hoped to ride the strength of their latest victory into this week’s play, where they saw a pair of back-to-back games on their schedule. After visiting York Institute on Monday, April 14, the Dragons were set to return the favor and visit Livingston the following day, Tuesday, April 15.

Cumberland County is scheduled to visit the Cats on Wednesday, April 16 to make up for an earlier rain out, and then host Livingston for a rematch on Thursday, April 17.

In addition to these regular scheduled games, the Wildcats will make the drive to Chattanooga for a full weekend of games in the Soddy Daisy Tournament. Livingston is slated for two games on Friday, April 18, and will play another pair on Saturday, April 19.




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Wildcat Soccer defeats DeKalb, claims top spot in district



Senior Wildcat Aeric Gunnels goes in for a shot on goal against the DeKalb County Tigers on Tuesday, April 8, as his teammate, sophomore Dylan Ashlock covers him from behind. Gunnels scored one goal in the 4-2 Livingston victory.

As LA senior Josh Foster looks on, an unfortunate teammate is taken out by a DeKalb County defender.

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

After a busy week on the field, the Livingston Academy soccer team was given a dry spot on the calendar, and faced DeKalb County in their only contest of the week.

The game was tighter than the Wildcats had grown accustomed to, but they pulled out a clear victory, overpowering the Tigers for a 4-2 victory.

Livingston players were eager to get their offense in motion, controlling the ball well in the first half of play. This dominance translated to the scoreboard, with star senior B.J. Byers scoring twice in the first half of play. Byers’s contributions were bolstered by a goal from fellow senior Aeric Gunnels.

DeKalb answered with one of their own, chipping in a loose ball for a goal before the end of the first half.

Entering the final act, the Wildcats held a two goal lead, but the Tigers would not die easily, scoring their second on a cross directly in front of the LA goalkeeper.

The Tiger rally was squelched by junior Greg Walker’s goal late in the second half.

Though Gunnels has led the Wildcats in scoring, the majority of this game’s Blue and White offense came from the foot of Byers, as King comments on.

“In big games B.J. always steps up his play,” King said. “He would be the first to say he likes the assists and wins better than goals.”

The coach was pleased with what he has seen from both of these veteran players.

“B.J. and Aeric both have had huge seasons and are continuing to work great together,” he said.

After the win against DeKalb County, Livingston has now faced each of their district opponents at least once, and sits squarely as the district’s top team.

Before leaving the field because of the upcoming senior trip, the Livingston squad has embarked on a full week of play, which began with a home contest against Jackson County on Monday, April 14, followed by a tax-day trip to Cannon County on Tuesday, April 15.

The Wildcats will round out their week with a rematch against DeKalb County on the road on Thursday, April 17, and a contest the following day, Friday, April 18, when they host York Institute.




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Lady Cats move to 3rd in district

Kathy Carr photo
LA senior Liz Hall connects for an RBI-single in the Lady Cats double-header win over York. Later in the week, she hit her first home run of the season in the Plateau Invitational.

Kathy Carr photo
Livingston Academy pitcher Katelyn Webb started last week off with a win over district rival York Institute at the LA field.

By Kathy Carr,
OCN Sports

After finishing last week in 5th place in the 7-AA district standings, LA defeated York in both games of the double header on Monday, April 7, to move up to 2nd place. After returning the loss to Cannon County on Tuesday, April 8, however, Thursday the Lady Cats traveled to Macon County to suffer a 0-5 loss to the Lady Tigers, placing them tied for 3rd with Cannon County by the close of the week.

LA opened the week with a 5-0 win over the Lady Dragons of York Institute in game one of a double-header, with pitcher Katelyn Webb giving up only 2 hits and no walks, and struck out 3.

LA’s defense played flawless as they recorded 11 put-outs, suffering no errors.

While the first inning remained scoreless, Katelyn Webb led off with a single in the second inning and Julia Carwile followed with an RBI as she hit a triple in deep left center territory. Carwile stole home on a wild pitch to bring the score to 2-0 at conclusion of the second inning.

Brittney Cantrell started the third inning capitalizing on an error by the catcher and ending up on second base. Chelsea Carr hit a double deep in right center field to push in another run for the Lady Cats. Kendria Kilgore followed with a double to left center field, allowing Carr to score. The inning ended with Liz Hall hitting a single to score Kendria Kilgore.

The Lady Cats were victorious 5-0.

The second game of the double header was somewhat closer as the Cats won 3-1.

Mallory Mahaney started the game with a base hit to short left field and stole second base. She scored on an error by the third baseman, which would be the only score in the top of the first.

York battled back, scoring a run on one hit with two errors to end the first inning tied at 1-1. The next three innings would remain scoreless until the top of the fifth inning when Sarah Neff would start off with a single to left field. With two outs and one on base, lead off hitter Chelsea Carr hit a double deep left center field to push over the RBI. Mallory Mahaney followed with a single, and Kendria Kilgore hit a single to score Carr for the final run of the game with LA leading 3-1.

Katie Collins finished the game with 3 strikeouts and allowing 3 hits, and the defense committed 2 errors for the game.

On Tuesday evening, the Lady Lions from Cannon County came to town trying to clinch 2nd place in the district standings; however, the Lady Wildcats would have a little to say about that.

With the first three innings remaining scoreless, the fourth inning was huge for LA as they scored 6 runs in the bottom of the inning. Mallory Mahaney started the team off with a double, followed by a triple from teammate Kendria Kilgore.

Liz Hall got another RBI as she hit a single to score Kilgore. Katelyn Webb put the bat on the ball, forcing an error by the third baseman with Julia Carwile and Sarah Neff putting together two base hits for more runs to score.

Jenna Smith got on base with an error and Brittney Cantrell kept the inning alive with a base hit as well. The inning ended with the Lady Cats scoring 6 runs and the Lady Lions remaining scoreless.

Cannon County did not give up as the Lady Lions battled back, scoring 2 runs in the fifth and sixth innings on 4 hits and 2 errors.

Katelyn Webb was the winning pitcher for LA as she gave up a walk and 9 hits while striking out 2.

As the Lady Cats shared the 2nd place spot heading to Macon County on Thursday, once again they had a difficult time hitting the pitcher from Macon County. They ended the game with a total of 4 hits, 2 from Chelsea Carr, and a hit each from Liz Hall and Julia Carwile, which was not enough to push over any runs, therefore the Lady Cats lost 0-5.

Katie Collins was the losing pitcher for LA as the Lady Tigers came out pounding the ball and ended the game with 10 hits.

The defense for LA struggled as they had a total of 4 errors, which came at inopportune times and Macon County took full advantage of.

With this loss, the Lady Cats ended the week tied for 3rd with Cannon County in the district standings.

LA participated in the Plateau Invitational tournament in Crossville over the weekend where they split in pool play, defeating Bledsoe County 4-0 in game one and losing to the eventual tournament champions Walker Valley 0-6.

The Lady Wildcats then began the single elimination round as they defeated Marion County 3-2 in round one; however, they faced district rival DeKalb County in round two and suffered the eliminating loss 0-11. The Lady Tigers of Dekalb County went on to lose to Walker Valley in the championship game.

Regular season play resumed this week as LA was scheduled to travel to Crossville on Monday to take on Stone Memorial, and home field action was set to resume on Tuesday with DeKalb County. LA will travel to Smith County on Thursday for a 5 p.m. district matchup, and will finish out the week playing in “The Duff” tournament in Cookeville on Friday and Saturday.


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Motocross qualifier to be held at Thunder Valley

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

Livingston’s Thunder Valley Racetrack is scheduled to host a qualifying race for Loretta Lynn’s 2008 AMA Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships this weekend.

The races will serve as a Mid-East Area qualifier, and are expected to attract more than 3,000 spectators who will watch as approximately 1,500 riders attempt to qualify. According to Thunder Valley co-owner Angela Ray, riders are scheduled to come from as far as New Mexico and New York.

“These riders come from all over the country,” she said, “and they put on a great show.”

Participants will be divided into 35 separate classes, ranging in age from 6 to 40 years-old. The event is one of 64 qualifiers for the championship races, which will take place from July 28 through August 2 in Hurricane
Mills.

This year’s Loretta Lynn qualifying event is Thunder Valley’s first in its six year history. The track is owned by Chris and Angela Ray, and was designed and built by the former, who is also a veteran of motocross racing.
Additional races that will be held during the weekend are the US Megaseries and the Southern Allstars Race, both of which are owned by Victory Sports.

Practice races will be held Friday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Qualifying races are slated for Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20, beginning at 7 a.m. The Saturday races are designated for stock classes, while Sunday races will be for modified classes.

Admission prices are $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for children. Children age 3 and under are admitted free of charge. The Thunder Valley track is located at 250 Eckles Cemetery Road, off of Highway 111 outside of Livingston.



Overton County Middle School baseball team improves to 18-3

Overton County took a pair of baseball wins against Algood on April 7.
In game 1, Jim Officer recorded a win on the mound, pitching 3 innings and allowing no runs and no hits while striking out 3.

Officer also led off the game with a hit and scored the first run of the 6-0 victory.

Justin “6” Timmons pitched the final 2 innings, allowing a hit but no runs in the combined shutout.

Colby Reeder led the offense with a 2 RBI double in the first inning and an RBI single in the fourth. Other hits were provided by Creed Hayes, Ricky Lisi, Conner Oliver, and Lucas Dailey.

Overton won the second game 3-0 without a hit.
Hayes pitched 2 innings and struck out 2, and Oliver pitched 3 innings and struck out 6 in the 1-hit shutout.

On April 8, the young Cats took two games from Algood at Overton County.

Overton County won a close 3-2 first game on the pitching of Reeder, Officer, and Timmons. Timmons recorded the win in the combined 1-hitter.

The Cats had 4 hits, 2 by Reeder and a hit each by Officer and Hayes.

Game 2 was a 9-6 victory for Overton County Middle School.

Bubba Jolley, Timmons, and Dailey combined to complete the 4-game sweep of Algood. Timmons allowed 3 hits and no runs in one and a third innings, and Dailey had 4 strikeouts over three innings.

Reeder again led the charge hitting with an inside-the-park home run and a double. C.J. Ramsey hit a triple down the right field line. Ronnie Linder had an RBI double and an RBI sacrifice, and Jolley, Dakota Cantrell, John Ledbetter, and Dailey each had a hit.

Homecoming was held for the 8th graders on Saturday, April 12 when the Overton County Middle School boys split with Crossville.

Overton County got behind early on mistakes in the field in the first game and fell just short in a late rally, losing 5-7.

Reeder took the tough loss on the mound. Officer pitched 2 innings, giving up a hit and no runs.

Hits came from Reeder, Officer, T.J. Hammock, Lisi, and Ramsey.
Game 2 of Homecoming night saw the Overton County boys win 9-0.

Oliver pitched 3 innings, striking out 5 while giving up no hits and no runs, and Hayes pitched 2 innings, striking out 4 while giving up no hits and no runs.

Reeder and Officer each had 2 hits, Timmons had a hit and a sacrifice, and Lisi, Linder, Hayes, Brock McCoin, and Zach Buell each had a hit.

 




 

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