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Buzachero earns first 2008 win in Buffalo
Two Tigers end Wildcat season, tournament bid
Lady Wildcats place 3rd in regular season
Wildcat Soccer sweeps district, lands in tourney
Overton County Middle School baseball team takes championship
Overton County Ringer Championship held
Suns win Cavalier Rumble

Buzachero earns first 2008 win in Buffalo

Overton County’s Bubbie Buzachero recorded his first win of the 2008 season with the Buffalo Bisons in a 5-2 home victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday, April 28.

The right-handed pitcher came into the game in the top of the fifth inning with the Bisons leading the Yankees 4-0. Brett Gardner was the first batter he faced, who popped out to shortstop Danny Sandoval. Bernie Castro then hit a fly out to left fielder Ben Francisco, and Nick Green hit a fly out to right fielder Jason Cooper for a 3-up-3-down inning.

In the top of the sixth, Juan Miranda grounded to the shortstop who threw to first baseman Ryan Mulhern for the out. Jason Lane popped out to third baseman Andy Gonzalez, then Eric Duncan singled off Buzachero with a line drive to right field and Cody Ransom singled a soft line drive to center field.

Buzachero then struck out Gregory Porter swinging to end the inning.

Buzachero struck out Jason Brown and Brett Gardner to begin the seventh inning, the first swinging and the second looking. Bernie Castro singled on a line drive to left field and then stole second, his 9th of the season. Nick Green lined out to left to end the inning.

Rich Rundles replaced Buzachero to begin the eighth inning. Buzachero was the pitcher of record and earned the win.

Of 43 pitches thrown, Buzachero threw 31 for strikes in his three innings of work, facing 12 batters.

The Bisons next called on Buzachero to pitch in the ninth inning of a 3-10 loss to the Charlotte Knights in a game played at Buffalo.

The first batter he faced, Dewayne Wise grounded to second baseman Josh Barfied, who then threw to first baseman Michael Aubrey for the out.

Chris Getz then hit a line drive single to right field. Paul Phillips grounded into a 4-6-3 double-play to end the inning to close out the defensive game for the Triple-A Bisons.

 



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Two Tigers end Wildcat season, tournament bid

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Livingston veteran pitcher Clint Durham took the mound against DeKalb County on Monday, April 28, in what would prove to be his final home game as a Wildcat. Caught between a red-hot Tiger ballclub and a surging cold front, Livingston lost the contest 11-4.

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Sophomore slugger Ethan MacDonald unloads on a pitch in Monday’s losing effort against DeKalb County.

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

“It certainly didn’t end the way we wanted it to.”

These were not the words Livingston Head Coach Pat Swallows had hoped to use for his interview; however, after dropping two games against the DeKalb County Tigers at the week’s outset, the Wildcats baseball team ended their postseason dreams in a play-in game against the Macon County Tigers on Thursday, May 1.

On Monday, April 28, Livingston hosted district foe DeKalb in the first of two contests. As the game got underway, the weather turned sour, with rain showers, wind gusts, and temperatures dropping into the forties.

The game got off to a rocky start, and after sustaining a number of early runs on defense, Livingston was unable to regain control and gave up an 11-4 loss.

“They were playing very well,” Coach Swallows said, “and we weren’t playing as well. The weather was terrible, but of course they were playing in the same weather as we were. We made a lot of mistakes early to get ourselves in a hole, and then tried to battle back with the bats, but we were just too far down.”

Livingston had an opportunity to spring back against the Tigers on the following night, Tuesday, April 29, but were unable to generate runs, taking a 14-4 defeat.

At the game’s commencement, the Wildcats created good prospects, loading up the bases with no outs in the first inning; however, after the fourth batter struck out, the fifth hit a ground ball to the mound, falling into a 1-2-3 double play to end the scoring opportunity.

“They got out of the inning with no runs being scored,” Coach Swallows said, “so it gave them a big boost and took a little air out of our bubble.”

After a couple of hits found daylight above third base, DeKalb took advantage of a Livingston error on a pop-fly, and took an early 2-0 lead.

Coach Swallows expressed the disappointment of his team, who was unable to put numbers on the board:

“I feel like if we could have pushed across some runs early and busted it a little bit, it may have been a different story. But we just couldn’t get anything going.”

After finishing the regular season on a low note, the Wildcats hoped to turn their luck around for the postseason, as they took on Macon County on Thursday, May 1.

The game remained tight into the fifth inning, with zeroes across both sides of the scoreboard.

But Macon County’s offense chipped away at their opposition and began to move runners over. After a few ground ball singles found holes through the LA defensive front, Macon got the hit they’d been waiting for to take a 2-0 lead.

After pitching well, Livingston junior Allen Bilbrey ran out of steam in the sixth inning, and the opposing offense gained the foothold it needed in order to come out on top.

“He pitched a really good ball-game,” Coach Swallows said of Bilbrey.

“They never hit the ball hard off of him, but just found the holes somewhere.”

In the remaining innings, the Tigers hunted out a few more runs and ended the Livingston tournament run by a score of 5-0.

“Unfortunately it turned out to be one of those times when you play really well and lose,” Coach Swallows said.

Coach Swallows was proud of what his team showed him in the 2008 season, despite their late-season skid.

“We certainly didn’t play as well as we did early on,” he said. “But they’re a great bunch of kids, they worked hard and did everything I asked of them. We wanted to do better, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.

“I just wish for their sakes that things had gone a little bit differently, but we have to understand that that’s baseball, and we have to battle through it.”

Livingston finished the season with a 7-5 district mark, and a 12-16 record overall.

Throughout the year, Swallows found himself pleasantly surprised at one aspect of his team’s play.

“What I thought would be our number three asset ended up being our number one: swinging the bats. But you’ve got to play all of it. You can’t just rely on one thing or the other. We ended up swinging the bats and making silly plays on defense, and when we made great defensive plays, we didn’t swing the bats.”

Next year looks to be a promising one for the Wildcat baseball club, with a heavy load of junior and sophomore talent ready to take center stage.

“We’re certainly going to miss our seniors,” Coach Swallows said, “but with having everybody else come back, we feel like we’re excited about next year.”



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Lady Wildcats place 3rd in regular season

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Livingston Academy’s 2008 Lady Wildcats senior softball players were honored at the last regular season home game on Monday, April 28. Senior players and their parents are, from left, manager Kristen Murphy, Coach Elizabeth Maxwell, Randy Neff, Sarah Neff, Patricia Neff, Leslie Christensen, Liz Hall, Chris Cantrell, Brittney Cantrell, and Peggy Cantrell.

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Freshman Samantha Maya came on strong with the bat in the second half of the season as she had a couple of base hits and runs batted in against district rival Upperman Lady Bees.

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Mallory Mahaney had a big week with the bat as she hit her first home run of the 2008 season against Upperman and LA won 8-5 to clinch third place in the district.

By Kathy Carr,
OCN Sports

Closing week of the 2008 regular high school softball season ended on a high note as the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats edged out the Lady Bees of Upperman and clinched third place heading into 7-AA District Tournament play.

The week began with a 5-1 victory over the Lady Bulldogs of Clay County and ended in a 0-10 loss to the Lady Wildcats of Monterey, both very impressive single A teams in the Upper Cumberland. This brings the overall season record for 2008 to 15-13 and the District 7-AA regular season record to 6-5, combining for a winning season record overall.

LA defeated Clay County by the score of 5-1 on Monday, April 28, with Katie Collins on the mound for the Lady Cats. She ended the game with 3 strikeouts, a walk, 7 hits and an earned run.

Defensively, the Lady Wildcats put together a solid effort with no fielding errors for the event, which proved to be the difference in the game score as both teams had 7 hits and the Lady Bulldog defense suffered 4 fielding errors.

Leading with the hot bat in the game was Mallory Mahaney who went 3 for 4 at bat, landing both a double and triple along with a single and an RBI. Liz Hall and Julia Carwile both had doubles for the game, followed by Chelsea Carr and Sarah Neff both with singles.

Statistically, the district matchup between LA and Upperman looked fairly even on the books; however, the Lady Cats were able to put together hits that pushed runs across the plate as they gained the 8-3 victory on Tuesday, April 29 in Baxter.

Katelyn Webb started off strong, pitching for LA, but suffered an injury halfway through the first inning and Katie Collins stepped in to finish the game. Collins gave up only 1 walk with 2 strikeouts and 9 hits, and the defense played fairly strong, committing only 3 errors, one per inning four, five and six.

Offensively, the Lady Wildcats rallied in the second inning, scoring 5 of their 8 runs, putting them in a commanding lead early in the game. Mallory Mahaney had another good day at bat while hitting her first home run of the season, and a double, good for 3 RBI. LA had 10 hits for the game, with Samantha Maya hitting two singles with an RBI, followed by Sarah Neff with an RBI single, Katie Collins with a 2-run single, along with singles from Kendria Kilgore, Abby Jolley, Julia Carwile and Chelsea Carr. With the win, LA captured third place in the District 7-AA standings.

On Wednesday, April 30, the ladies in blue ran into a rock wall as they traveled to Monterey to take on the Lady Wildcats in purple. It was all Monterey as the LA Lady Cats fell to a 0-10 loss in the final game of the 2008 regular season.

LA struggled with the pitching from Monterey and put together only 3 hits for the game, with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.

The Lady Wildcats from Monterey came out swinging, as they were able to gain 15 base hits with no walks and no strikeouts while playing an error free defensive game. LA committed 5 defensive errors and was just flat from the start, therefore unable to turn the game around. Monterey’s Wildcats, the District 7A leader, are a very strong team this year and should go far in tournament play.

Although it was a bad game to end the regular season on, LA has a lot to look forward to as they will continue play in Baxter this week as the District 7-AA Tournament will be hosted by Upperman High School. LA’s Lady Wildcats were set to play on Monday, May 5 against the winner of the Smith County versus York game earlier that same day. A win or loss on Monday evening would determine the game time and opponent for Tuesday afternoon, May 6.




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Wildcat Soccer sweeps district, lands in tourney

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

Tuesday, April 29 saw Livingston Academy’s final home soccer game of the regular season. The Wildcats were rather unhospitable to their Smith County guests, as they trampled over the Owls in a 7-0 victory.

Senior Aeric Gunnels led the way on offense, slipping a hat-trick of goals into the Smith County net. Seniors Josh Foster and Jonathan Emrich, along with juniors Josh Huitt and Greg Walker, each added a point of his own to the Livingston tally.

Livingston’s convincing senior night performance sealed their district record at an untarnished mark of 10-0.

On Thursday, May 1, the Wildcats travelled up the mountain to Crossville to face a Class AAA opponent in Cumberland County High School.

Considering the size of each school, Livingston played its role of David to a tee, slinging in goal after goal, as they felled the gigantic Jets by 7-0 margin.
The contest opened with a flurry of LA offense, with the boys in blue scoring four times in the opening 15 minutes of play.

“It may have been our best start of the season,” Coach King said. “We passed like a team.”

Livingston’s scorecard once again read more like a roster sheet: senior front-men B.J. Byers and Gunnels each scored twice, while Delapace, Huitt, and sophomore Dylan Ashlock each chipped in a goal.

Much of the team’s offensive productivity can be credited to its stellar defensive play, as well. Though a good defense is often intangible, the statistics speak loudly for Livingston’s group. On the season, the Wildcat defense has allowed only seven goals, less than half a goal per game, and has thus been able to continually take the pressure of necessity from the backs of the scorers. Coach King was duly pleased with his defenders.
“Our defense did another outstanding job,” he said. That unit’s work produced its eighth shutout of the season.

On Tuesday, May 6 the Wildcats opened up tournament play against the winner of Monday’s game between Jackson County and York Institute. On the other side of the bracket, DeKalb County will play the winner of Monday’s game between Cannon County and Smith County.

The District Final will be played on Friday, May 9.

The top two teams from the district will go on to compete in the regional championships beginning Tuesday, May 13. The Regional Final will take place on Thursday, May 15.




Overton County Middle School baseball team takes championship

Overton County’s Middle School baseball team ended the regular season on Monday, April 21 by splitting a double-header with Stone Memorial.
The Middle School boys could not get their bats going in the 11-4 loss in the first game, as they were limited to three hits, two by Colby Reeder, and one by Jim Officer.

Pitching for Overton County were Lucas Dailey, Conner Oliver, and Creed Hayes.

Middle School bats came alive for a 12-0 win in the second game.

In the first inning, the Middle School boys scored 3 as Officer and C.J.

Ramsey got hits and scored on a double by Reeder, who then scored on a sacrifice by Dailey. Bubba Jolley followed with a hit.

Overton broke the game open in the third inning with seven hits. Base hits by Ramsey, Reeder, Jolley, John Ledbetter, M.J. Lockart, a double by Officer, with a walk to Dailey and Ronnie Linder being hit by a pitch thrown in, plated 8 runs for Overton County.

Reeder pitched a 2-hit shutout to earn the win.

The district tournament was held Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3 at Cornerstone.

Overton Middle School survived its first game against Jackson County with a 9-7 win, using five pitchers in the process. Oliver (1 and 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 3 strikeouts), Hayes (1 inning, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 2 strikeouts), Officer (2/3 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 strikeout), Justin Timmons (2/3 inning, 2 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 strikeouts), and Reeder (1/3 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 strikeout) combined in the victory.

Reeder earned the save.

Officer had 2 hits, Lockart hit a double, and Hayes, Jolley, and Brock McCoin each had hits.

In game 2 on May 3, the Overton County Middle School boys faced Cornerstone, and the young Cats jumped on them in the first inning with 5 runs.

Officer and Hayes started the game with base hits, and Reeder followed with a 2-run triple. After a walk to Ricky Lisi, Dailey followed with an RBI base hit. T.J. Hammock drove in the fifth run with a base hit.

The Middle School boys scored 7 more in the second inning on hits by Officer, Reeder (2), Jolley, Dailey, Hammock, and McCoin. Reed Sanders got a hit in the fourth inning.

Officer got the win pitching two strong innings and allowing no hits and no earned runs. Lockart pitched well in the third inning, and struck out 4, but errors allowed 4 unearned runs. Ledbetter pitched the fourth inning, giving up no runs and striking out a batter in the 16-5 win.

The young Cats earned the opportunity to face Sparta in the district championship game following the win over Cornerstone, and immediately took advantage of the opportunity.

After starting pitcher Colby Reeder sat the Spartans down in order in the first inning on an Officer to Hayes to Lockart double play, the Overton County Middle School team showed it was ready to play.

As the young Cats had done in the first two games of the tournament, they scored early and often with 8 runs on 7 hits in the first inning.

Officer led off with a bunt single, Hayes reached on an error, then Reeder delivered a double to plate 2 runs. Lisi sacrificed Reeder home. Jolley and Oliver followed with base hits, and Dailey hammered a double to score 2 more runs. After a walk to Hammock, McCoin powered a double to score Dailey and Hammock. The Cats scored McCoin on a base hit by Officer, his second of the inning.

The 8 runs proved to be all ace Colby Reeder needed as he limited a good Sparta team to 3 hits in 5 innings, with 4 strikeouts to record the 10-4 win for Overton County.

Officer had 3 hits, Jolley 3 hits, Reeder 2 hits, McCoin 2 hits, and Oliver and Dailey each had a hit in the 12-hit performance.

Lockart gave the Cats a great defensive game at first base, and McCoin made a great catch in center field in the final inning.

The strong pitching of Colby Reeder, the 12- hit performance by the team, and good defense gave the Overton County Middle School baseball team their biggest win of the year to win the district tournament championship.
Coaches Keith Parker, Kevin Reeder, Eddie Dailey, and Pat Officer commended all the players for their hard work and great season with a 30 win and 6 loss record, and the 2008 District Tournament Championship.

They also expressed appreciation to the parents and fans for their support.

 

Overton County Ringer Championship held

Boys winners are as follows: 1st place – Trevor Norrod, Wilson; 2nd place – Colt Bonning, Hilham; 3rd place – Austin Wright, Wilson; 4th place – Chad Reeder, Allons; 5th place – Caleb Wilson, Rickman; and 6th place Jordan McCoy, LMS.

Trevor Norrod and Mindy Norrod were presented a trophy and earned the right to participate in the 85th Annual National Marbles Tournament held June 15-19, in Wildwood, NJ.

Girls winners are as follows: 1st place – Mindy Norrod, Wilson; 2nd place – Jessica McCallister, Rickman; 3rd place – Lauren Camp, Hilham; 4th place – Josie Spurlock, LMS; and 5th place –Shasta Long, Allons.

 

Overton County Ringer Marble’s Championship was held Friday, April 25 at Standing Stone State Park.

Boys who placed were as follows: 1st place – Trevor Norrod from Wilson Elementary School; 2nd place – Colt Bonning from Hilham Elementary School; 3rd place – Austin Wright from Wilson; 4th place – Chad Reeder from Allons Elementary School; 5th place – Caleb Wilson from Rickman Elementary School; and 6th place Jordan McCoy from Livingston Middle School.

Girls who placed were as follows: 1st place – Mindy Norrod from Wilson; 2nd place – Jessica McCallister from Rickman; 3rd place – Lauren Camp from Hilham; 4th place – Josie Spurlock from LMS; and 5th place –Shasta Long from Allons.

Trevor Norrod and Mindy Norrod were presented a trophy and earned the right to participate in the 85th Annual National Marbles Tournament held June 15-19, in Wildwood, NJ, where they will have the opportunity to compete for a $2,000 scholarship and national honors.

The National Marbles Tournament is the world’s oldest surviving nationwide contest for kids. The National Marbles Tournament originated in 1922 in Philadelphia, PA, and was originally sponsored by Macy’s Department Store.

Each year, the best marble players from around the country come to Wildwood to compete for the title of National Marble Champion. Both a boy’s champion and a girl’s champion are crowned each year. Marble players cannot compete after age 15.

Ringer, the official tournament game, is played by placing 13 glass marbles in a cross pattern in the center of a 10-foot-wide ring. Players crouch in the ring to fire their shooter marble at the smaller blue marbles. The first player who shoots seven marbles out of the ring without penalty wins.

The tournament was sponsored by the Friends of Standing Stone State Park, Overton County Schools, and Pizza Hut.

 

Suns win Cavalier Rumble

Sparta Suns 11 and under basketball team won the 4th Annual Cavalier Rumble championship. The basketball tournament was held in Cookeville on May 2-4. Team members are, front row from left, Mitchell Lamb, of Sparta, Cole Vaughn, of Sparta, Hayden Robbins, of Sparta, Kaleb Qualls, of Rickman, Peyton Talley, of Manchester, back row, Coach Al Wells, Zack Stevenson, of Sparta, Daniel Bray, of Sparta, Hyle Robbins, of Sparta, and Wade Eldridge, of Rickman.

 

 

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