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Bethel women’s tennis falls in semifinals
Buzachero promoted to Buffalo Bisons
Senior Wildcats honored, Livingston splits week 2-2
Wildcats claim eighth straight district crown
Lady Cats win two non-district games
TN Elite take Sub-State and Super Regionals
Tennessee Ladies win YOBA State Qualifier
Tornados take 2nd place in Crossover Classic

Bethel women’s tennis falls in semifinals

Bethel’s 14th ranked Lady Wildcats tennis team found themselves playing a familiar opponent as they took on Cumberland University’s 12th ranked Lady Bulldogs for the third time in just a little over two weeks on Thursday, April 24.

Cumberland defeated Bethel the previous two times in very close matches 4-5 and 3-5, and an injury to Lady Wildcat Karen Martinez helped contribute to the Lady Wildcats third straight loss to CU 2-5.

Before the matches even began, the Lady Wildcats found themselves trailing 0-2. Martinez had a severe ankle sprain that kept her from competing. Therefore, Cumberland picked up default wins in her doubles match and her singles match.

Cumberland took a 3-1 lead after the doubles matches as number ones Juliana Costa and Marcela Vita Santos lost 4-8.

Dana Ledbetter and Marta Carolina Bello won 8-5.

In singles, Bello lost 3-6, 4-6; Santos won 6-1, 6-1; and Ledbetter fell 1-6, 2-6.

The Lady Wildcats are 9-4 on the season. They will have to wait and see if they get an NAIA National Tournament invitation. NAIA National Championships will be held in Mobile, AL, beginning Monday, May 12.

 



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Buzachero promoted to Buffalo Bisons

Former Livingston Academy baseball star Edward “Bubbie” Buzachero was promoted from the Class AA Akron Aeros to Class AAA Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday, April 16.

The promotion came just two days after the death of his father, Marco Buzachero.

A 26 year-old right-handed pitcher, Buzachero started the season at Akron and had a 2.04 earned run average through 4 games, with 5 strikeouts, 4 walks, 5 hits, and an earned run in just over 4 innings pitched.

He pitched in 42 games with the Bisons last year and, according to the Bisons website at www.bisons.milb.com, “Buzachero proved to be one of Buffalo’s best escape artists in 2007. He allowed only one of his 20 inherited runners to score (5%). He also helped the team’s rotation by making three emergency starts, going 1-1 with a 5.11ERA in those games (only 5 professional starts in 256 games pitched).”

Buzachero filled a roster spot opened after Tom Mastny was recalled to Cleveland.

Buzachero was called into action against the Syracuse Chiefs the following day. In 2 innings pitched he gave up 2 earned runs on 3 hits and a walk while striking out 2 in a 7-9 loss.

On Sunday, April 20, he pitched 2 innings against the Patucket Red Sox and gave up 2 earned runs on 2 hits and 2 walks in a 1-5 loss.

Then on Wednesday, April 23 he pitched 2 innings against the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees and gave up 2 earned runs on 3 hits and a walk in a 5-6 loss.



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Senior Wildcats honored, Livingston splits week 2-2

Kevin Burmeister photo
Livingston Academy seniors were honored before the Wildcats ’ Monday, April 28 game against DeKalb County. They received trophies from Head Coach Pat Swallows in honor of their contributions, and gave rose bouquets to their mothers, who were on hand for the ceremony, along with other family members. Senior team members, from left to right, are Cody Winton, Todd Smith, and Clint Durham.


By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

Entering their penultimate week of regular season play, the Livingston Academy Wildcats baseball team sought to improve their seeding in the upcoming district tournament.

Their first opportunity came at Macon County on Monday, April 21. In one of the most odd contests Head Coach Pat Swallows had ever witnessed, the Wildcats managed to pull off a 3-1 victory on the back of a singular mark in the hits column.

In the course of the game, Livingston batters struck out 12 times and committed a pair of errors on defense.

In the sixth inning, with his scoreless and hitless Wildcats finding themselves down 1-0, sophomore Shawn Walthall struck a ground ball to third, which was kicked, allowing him to reach first safely.

After two sacrifice bunts moved Walthall to third base, he was finally brought home on a passed ball. Indicative of the game’s peculiarity, the Wildcats scored more on passed balls than hits, with a second error bringing another Wildcat runner home.

Livingston’s only hit came off of Walthall’s bat, a solo home run in the seventh inning.

“In the 35 years I’ve been coaching,” Coach Swallows said, “I’ve never been involved in a game like this. It was just absolutely an amazing kind of game.”

Coach Swallows was impressed by his team’s resiliency in the face of probable defeat.

“It was just one of those games where my guys just weren’t going to lose it,” he said. “They just did everything they needed to do in order to score.”
Junior Allen Bilbrey won the game, giving up one run and five hits, while striking out five Tigers and walking only one.

After such an unusual victory, the Wildcats found it a difficult game to follow. In the second half of their back-to-back set versus Macon County on Tuesday, April 22, the Wildcats faltered and gave up a 13-7 loss. Senior pitcher Clint Durham sustained the loss for the Wildcats.

“It was one of those unusual games again,” Swallows said, “in that, every ball they hit found a hole.”

To compete with Macon County’s big offensive numbers, the Cats found as potent an answer as could be asked for. It came in the form of senior Todd
Smith’s grand slam home run in the sixth.

Other than Smith’s big swing, the Wildcats could not get a break offensively, striking out 12 times.

“We cannot continue to do that,” Coach Swallows said. “We’ve talked about that to try to eliminate the situation. We can’t put ourselves in the situation where we give up four innings of a seven-inning game to strikeouts.”

On Thursday, April 24, the Wildcats hosted Monterey without the help of their three star seniors, who were on senior trip. Livingston took another hard loss, coming up short by a 14-4 score.

While the Wildcats managed to put up seven hits, they shot themselves in the proverbial foot with a round of errors as well as by leaving runners on base throughout the match.

“Our seniors were gone but that was no excuse,” Coach Swallows said. “We’ve talked about other guys stepping up and trying to prove that they need to play somewhere.”

After a hard night, the Wildcats bounced back against Cannon County on Friday, April 25, jumping out to a 5-1 lead early on. The night, however, was not to bring an easy victory for the Wildcats.

After a visit from what Coach Swallows called “the mistake bug,” Livingston let go of the bulk of their lead, allowing the Lions to creep up to within one score.

The Wildcats responded in the fifth innning, widening the gap to 7-4; however, the Lions were not to be beaten back so easily, evening the score at 7 with three scores in the top of the seventh.

The Wildcats had many opportunities to put the game away, but once again left runners on base in seventh and eighth innings.

The set up for a Livingston victory finally came in the ninth inning. After a pair of singles by sophomores Tracy McDonald and Shawn Walthall, freshman Hayden Hill drew a walk to load the bases. Junior Jacob Lee belted his pitch deep enough for a sacrifice fly, scoring McDonald for the winning run in an 8-7 final.

Livingston’s record now holds steady at 5-5 in the district and 12-13 overall.

The Wildcats finished off the regular season of play with a pair of games against DeKalb County. They hosted the Tigers for senior night on Monday, April 28 and payed them a visit in the season’s final game on Tuesday, April 29. The Cats looked to raise their district rank to as high as second, but faced the possibility of a ranking as low as fifth.

To help determine tournament placement, Livingston will compete in a play-in game on Friday, May 2. The District 7-AA Tournament will begin play on Monday, May 5 at Upperman High School in Baxter.




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Wildcats claim eighth straight district crown

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

As head coach of the red hot Livingston Academy soccer team, Ethan King could also be called Mr. Wildcat. Meanwhile, his players may need to take his name for their own, as they claimed their eighth consecutive term as kings of the district.

On Monday, April 14, Livingston hosted district rival Jackson County and overpowered the visiting defense, putting up a convincing 7-0 victory.

Senior Aeric Gunnels led the offensive charge, scoring a pair of goals.

Junior Greg Walker helped to put away the Blue Devils with a goal and an assist. Also scoring for the Wildcats were sophomore Dylan Ashlock and senior Brandon Colson, the latter getting an assist from second-year Wildcat Nathan Harvey. In addition, junior Josh Huitt and senior James Dellapace each put in a penalty kick score.

The only damper on Livingston’s otherwise successful effort was an injury to star senior frontman B.J. Byers. Byers had to leave the contest but returned to action later in the week.

Livingston trekked to Cannon County for another important district match-up on Tuesday, April 15. The Wildcats once again brought their premier play, cutting down their hosts in a 3-0 win.

Gunnels scored once and assisted once, with Walker and senior Josh Foster rounding out the LA scoreboard. Senior Cody Penticuff also helped out with an assist.

Thursday, April 17 saw Livingston hit the road for a district contest at DeKalb County. The Tigers held up better than most of Livingston’s competitors have, but failed to capitalize on the close game, as the Wildcats took another victory, this one by a 2-1 margin.

“We let them back in the game,” Coach King said of his team’s performance in DeKalb County. “We made too many fouls and gave them a lot of set pieces and opportunities. Much of their offense came from our mistakes. We will need to clean it up a bit.”

The Wildcats finished off a strong week on Friday, April 18 as they hosted York Institute. Senior goalkeeper David Brady posted another shutout as the Wildcats romped to a 5-0 victory.

The Livingston front-field dominated the scoreboard as well as the game, with all five goals coming off the feet of Livingston’s electric senior duo of Gunnels and Byers. Gunnels booted in four of his team’s five goals, with the newly returned Byers chipping in a goal as well as two assists. Penticuff also made the scorecard with an assist.

Riding on the back of a strong week of play, the Wildcats secured their spot as the top team in their district. The year 2008 sees Livingston’s eighth consecutive as district titleholders. Two regular-season games are left to play for the streaking LA soccer team. The Cats will host Smith County for senior night on Tuesday, April 29, followed by their final regular season contest at Cumberland County on Thursday, May 1.



Lady Cats win two non-district games

Kathy Carr photos
An errant throw allows Katelyn Webb to cruise in safe at first after hitting a ground ball at the Clay County shortstop in LA’s 11-10 win.

Right fielder Becca Savage comes in for a fly ball catch as second baseman Chelsea Carr and center fielder Abby Jolley back her up in a close win against the Clay County Lady Bulldogs.

Third baseman Julia Carwile makes a crucial tag at third base after the Lady Bulldog hit a double to center field. Abby Jolley made the throw for the third out of the inning.

By Kathy Carr,
OCN Sports

With the seniors away on the senior trip, the LA softball schedule was a little light last week with only two non-district games traveling to Celina on Wednesday and hosting Jackson County on Thursday.

Coach Elizabeth Maxwell took the opportunity to get some of the younger players in varsity action to gain some much needed experience for future situations.

Both of last week’s opponents are from the single A division, but proved to be very strong match-ups for the Lady Cats; however, LA beat the Lady Bulldogs from Clay County 11-10 and the Lady Blue Devils from Jackson County 7-5, bringing their overall record to 13-12 and district record 6-5 in
third place behind DeKalb County and Macon County.

Clay County’s Lady Bulldogs were ready to play as they jumped out to a 6 run lead early in the game, putting together 6 hits.

LA got off to a slow start with the bats and began chipping away at the Celina lead in the third inning, scoring 5 runs on 3 hits, with Chelsea Carr hitting a single, Julia Carwile hitting a triple to push across two runs, and Kendria Kilgore hitting her first home run of the season over the center field fence. This brings the home run totals for the year with Liz Hall hitting two, Sarah Neff hitting two, Brittney Cantrell hitting one, and Kendria Kilgore hitting one.

Katie Collins and Katelyn Webb shared the pitching responsibilities, giving up a combined 11 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts, with the defense committing 4 fielding errors.

The Lady Wildcats combined for 9 base hits, with Julia Carwile finishing the game with a triple and a single, Chelsea Carr with a double and a single, Kendria Kilgore with a home run, Mallory Mahaney added a triple, and Samantha Maya, Abby Jolley, and Jenna Smith each with a single base hit.

Jackson County’s Lady Blue Devils rolled into town on Thursday, April 24 ready to play ball, but fell short as the Cats defeated them 7-5 in a close matchup.

LA had 13 hits for the game as they were led in hitting by Becca Savage with an inside-the-park home run, a double, a single, and an RBI. Samantha Maya went 3 for 3 with singles and an RBI, Katelyn Webb hit a triple with a an RBI, Mallory Mahaney hit a double and single, and Jenna Smith, Abby Jolley, Kendria Kilgore, and Chelsea Carr all followed with a single each.

Defensively, the Lady Cats had 2 errors, with the Lady Blue Devils landing 10 base hits for the game.

Katelyn Webb was the pitcher for LA and gave up 5 runs on 10 hits, with 5 strikeouts, and no walks.

LA were back in action on Monday, April 28 for senior night at home facing Clay County High School, then on Tuesday night, the Lady Wildcats were set to travel to Baxter to take on the Upperman Lady Bees in a possible third place district game.

The final game of the regular season will be on Wednesday as LA will travel to Monterey to play their Lady Wildcats at 5:30 p.m. The District 7-AA Softball Tournament will be held at Upperman beginning Monday, May 5, with the finals being completed by Friday, May 9.

 

TN Elite take Sub-State and Super Regionals

Team members are, kneeling from left, Taylor Meadows, of Livingston, Abby Jakes, Rachel Reeder, of Livingston, Sydney Staggs, of Rickman, Brooke Smith, of Livingston, standing, Jade Hale, Sydney Long, of Livingston, Hannah Goolsby, of Cookeville, Rebecca Greenwell, and Riley Headrick. Not pictured: coaches Mindy Odom and Ashley Martin.

During the Super Regional Qualifying tournament held in Martin, TN, on March 28-30, the Tennessee Elite lost their first game of their AAU season in the first game of pool play to the Memphis Lady Bobcats.

After the loss the Tennessee Elite never lost again in the tournament and avenged their only loss to the Memphis squad in the championship. By winning the Super Regionals, the Tennessee Elite have earned an automatic berth to the AAU Nationals which will be held in Rochester, MN.

The Sub-State, held in Shelbyville April 4-6, saw the Elite group sweep through the field of play going undefeated earning the championship.
Tennessee Elite will compete in the State Tournament to be held in Cookeville Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11.

Tennessee Elite are 9-1 overall on their season.

 

Tennessee Ladies win YOBA State Qualifier



Tennessee Ladies 10 year-old team, made up of girls from all over the Upper Cumberland, won the YOBA State Qualifier at Harpeth Hall in Nashville on Saturday, April 19. The team has played in several other tournaments this season and has placed 2nd in every one of them, including the Tennessee sub-state, which qualified them to play in the state tournament in Memphis in May.

Team members are, front row, Lindsey Wilson and Rachael Davis, both of Cookeville, Ashely Barnes, of DeKalb County, Emily Carter, of Baxter, Mckenzie Flynn, of Jackson County, second row, Bailey Sellars, of Murfreesboro, Addy Stover, of Allons, Loren Cripps, of DeKalb County, Jayna Ferrell, of Allons, back row, Jameson Dailey, of Allons, Coach Matt Ferrell, of Allons, and, not pictured, Coach Amber Rose, of Baxter.

 

Tornados take 2nd place in Crossover Classic

Tennessee Tornados, an 11-under AAU Basketball Team, took 2nd place in the Crossover Classic held in Cleveland, April 18 and 19. Team members are, kneeling from left, Jayce Ramsey, Macey Matthews, Tatum Dillon, Taylor Witt, Madison Baijo, standing, Alexis Jones, Jessika McAllister, Kailey Winningham, Marlee Sells. Not pictured are Coach Billy Sells, and team member Kendall Robbins.

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