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Cats claw past district foes, prepare for Regionals
Tornados take 1st place in the Cavalier Rumble
Lady Wildcats place 3rd in regular season
Buzachero takes 2 losses with Buffalo
Gordon still fastest man in Congress
LA Special Olympics participates in Spring Games

Cats claw past district foes, prepare for Regionals

Kevin Burmeister photos
Livingston senior Aeric Gunnels hustles past a DeKalb County defender on his way to scoring twice in the Wildcats’ district finals win on Friday, May 9.

Senior frontman B.J. Byers goes on the attack in Friday’s game against DeKalb County. Byers scored once in the winning effort.

Livingston’s 3-0 victory did not come without its bruises, as this hit from a defending Tiger shows. The game was a physical one, with the Wildcats receiving a pair of yellow cards on their way to a win.

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports
It has been said that good things come in threes, but for the Livingston Academy soccer team, recent wins have been dominated by a different integer: seven.

Livingston opened up their postseason play on Tuesday, May 6 as they hosted York Institute. The Wildcats lashed the Dragons with seven goals in their third 7-0 shutout victory in as many games.

Livingston scorers were led by Aeric Gunnels, who put in four, followed by junior Greg Walker, and sophomores Ryan Swallows and Nathan Harvey, who each scored once.

Head Coach Ethan King saw his team’s rout of York as an opportunity for improvement.

“I think it gave us a chance to work on some things,” he said. “We were able to correct a few things and try get out of some bad habits.”

On Friday, May 9, Livingston laced up for the 7-A/AA district finals match against DeKalb County High School. Though the rainfall was limited to the opening minutes of the first half, the downpour was enough to soak the field for the remainder of the contest. But the Wildcats took advantage of their home field, winning by a 3-0 margin.

Livingston senior Aeric Gunnels once again took a star scoring role, as he overcame the poor conditions with a pair of goals. Senior B.J. Byers was credited with a late goal, which ricocheted off of a defending Tiger and into the net.

Despite the smaller margin of victory, Coach King saw Friday’s win as an improvement over Tuesday’s showing.

“We played better on Friday,” he said. “We didn’t do some of those mistakes, so I was glad to see us fix that.”

On Tuesday, May 13, Livingston hosted Hendersonville magnet school Merrol Hyde for the Division 1 Regional Semifinal.

Coach King was optimistic about his team’s chances, but commented on the gravity of his team’s situation.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position where we have home field,” he said before Tuesday’s match, “but we’ve been here in the past and not done it. So we have to come in with our heads on straight and do the job we need to do.

“It’s an elimination game, and they realize that. So hopefully, we’ll come out ready to play.”

The winner of this contest was made eligible to play versus either Station Camp or DeKalb County in the Region 4-A/AA Regional Championship game on Friday, May 16.



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Tornados take 1st place in the Cavalier Rumble

Tennessee Tornados, an 11-under AAU Basketball Team, took 1st place in the Cavalier Rumble held in Cookeville, May 2-4. The team was undefeated in the tournament with a 6 and 0 record. Their overall record is now 18 wins 2 losses. Team members are, front row from left, Madison Baijo, Kendall Robbins, Macey Matthews, Tatum Dillon, Taylor Witt, 2nd row, Marlee Sells, Jessika McAllister, Alexis Jones, and Kailey Winningham. Coach Billy Sells and team member Jayce Ramsey are not pictured.



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Lady Wildcats place 3rd in regular season

Kathy Carr photos
Kendria Kilgore smashes a triple and later scored on a double by Liz Hall, but the Lady Wildcats fell short, 13-15, in the quarterfinal game against the Lady Owls of Smith County. Kilgore was named First Team All-District at the conclusion of the tournament.

Lady Wildcat first baseman Brittney Cantrell makes a big out to pull out a District 7-AA Tournament win over Cannon County, 4-3. Cantrell had a great defensive year with the Cats as she held down the first base position with confidence.

Liz Hall is congratulated on being named Second Team All-District. She provided exceptional leadership for the Lady Cats this year as she was the starting catcher, limiting the number of bases stolen and keeping games close with her powerful hitting.

Chelsea Carr is congratulated on being named Second Team All-District. She was the lead-off hitter for the Lady Wildcats and played a solid second base.

Sarah Neff received District 7-AA Honorable Mention. She was a strong hitter for the Cats as well as covering the right field responsibilities.

By Kathy Carr,
OCN Sports
LA opened the 2008 7-AA District Tournament against rival York Institute with a slow start up as they fell behind early in the game 1-7 and spent the remaining six innings playing catch-up.

Although the Lady Cats had beaten the Lady Dragons twice in regular season play, the third time was the charm for the purple and gold as they came fired up and ready to play. Most of the scoring action came early in the game as the Lady Dragons put together 3 hits and caused LA to commit 3 errors in the first inning, which resulted in 7 runs.

The Cats had their work cut out for them as they battled back, but fell a run short, losing 7-8 in the first game, which placed them in the loser’s bracket to begin the long struggle toward the championship.

Defensive errors proved detrimental to the Lady Wildcats as they committed 4 for the game, but the 3 in the first inning allowed York to gain a big lead, which they were able to hang on to.

Offensively, LA was led in hitting by Samantha Maya as she had a triple and a single for the game. Sarah Neff had a triple with 2 runs batted in, and Chelsea Carr had a double with two RBI as well. Julia Carwile and Kendria Kilgore each had an RBI single, and Liz Hall added an additional base hit for the game as well.

Katie Collins and Katelyn Webb both pitched for LA with both teams having 7 hits each and York having 2 strikeouts and 2 walks. LA ended with a walk and a strikeout.

With this loss, LA would go on to face Cannon County in round 2 of district tournament play. Cannon County and Livingston Academy had split in regular season play with each team winning at their home field; however on the neutral field of Upperman, LA would come out ready to fight for further action in the district tournament and pull ahead one run in the seventh inning to win 4-3.

Katelyn Webb forced 5 strikeouts for the Lady Lions along with a hit batter and 9 hits for the game. Both teams had only 2 defensive errors, with the big difference in the game being base running as LA was able to force multiple outs on Cannon County’s multiple attempts to take an extra base.

Cannon County had 9 hits for the game, while the Lady Cats had 7 hits with 7 strikeouts.

The excitement mounted in the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied at 3 runs each when Mallory Mahaney got on first as a result of an error by the third baseman. She was able to steal second, and then Julia Carwile stepped into the box and landed a double to push across the winning run, therefore advancing the Lady Cats to the quarterfinal game.

Kendria Kilgore had a triple along with an additional single, followed by Liz Hall hitting a double and a single resulting in 2 RBI as well. Chelsea Carr had a single to round out the hits for LA.

As the night grew later and later, it would be the last game of the evening before the Cats would find out who they would face in the next competition as Smith County won their matchup and would complete the pairing for day 3.

Hot bats would be the difference in the game as LA came out hitting and jumped out to a 9-2 lead through five innings. It looked as if the Lady Cats would face Macon County in a semifinal match up on day 4, but the Lady Owls rallied in the fifth inning to tie the score at 9 runs each.

LA scored 2 runs in the sixth inning and Smith County answered with 6 runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead of the Cats 15-11. LA did not lay down and quit, but could only push across 2 more runs in the bottom of the seventh, ending the 2008 season of softball play as they fell short 13-15 to the Lady Owls.

Defensively, both teams had 4 errors each and both teams left 8 baserunners stranded.

Offensively, LA had 12 hits for the game, with 4 strikeouts and 7 walks, while the Owls went to the plate hitting about every pitch, ending the game with 20 hits, a strikeout and a hit batter.

Katelyn Webb and Katie Collins divided the pitching time, but it just seemed that the Lady Owls got on a roll and killed the ball, ending the game with 7 doubles and 10 RBI.

Julia Carwile added some spark as in the seventh inning as she had an inside- the-park home run with an RBI as well. Kendria Kilgore had an RBI triple, Katelyn Webb hit a double with 2 RBI, and Liz Hall added an additional double. Chelsea Carr had 2 singles with an RBI, Samantha Maya had 2 singles, Kendria Kilgore had 2 singles, and Mallory Mahaney and Sarah Neff each hit a single.

The Lady Cats ended the regular season with an overall record of 15-13 and finished third in District 7-AA. They completed the 7-AA District Tournament 1-2, finishing in 4th place. DeKalb County finished 1st in the tournament, with Smith County as the runner-up. Macon County lost to Smith County in the semi-final game, allowing them to finish 3rd in tournament play.

Individual honors for Livingston Academy went to Kendria Kilgore, who was named First Team All-District, Liz Hall and Chelsea Carr, who were named Second Team All-District, and Sarah Neff received Honorable Mention in district play.




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Buzachero takes 2 losses with Buffalo

Lack of run support helped tag the Buffalo Bisons’ Bubbie Buzachero with two losses last week.

The right-handed pitcher from Overton County took his first loss of the week on Monday, May 5 when he was brought into a 2-2 tie game at Syracuse in the 8th inning in relief of Scott Elarton.

He got Hector Luna out on strikes to begin the inning. Matt Watson hit a ground ball single to center field, and was replaced by pinch runner Wayne Lydon, who was subsequently picked off by Buzachero on a throw to first baseman Michael Aubrey.

Curtis Thigpen then struck out swinging to end the inning.
Buzachero faced the Chiefs’ Pedro Lopez in the bottom of the 9th inning, and got him to ground out to third baseman Aaron Herr, who threw Lopez out at first.

Sergio Santos was Buzachero’s next ground-out victim, this one to shortstop Danny Sandoval, who threw him out at first.

Joe Inglett then managed a ground ball hit, before Jorge Velandia hit a ground ball to shortstop for a force out at second.

With neither team having scored any more runs in regulation, the game went to a 10th inning. Buffalo failed to take advantage of a 1-out double by Sandoval in the top of the inning.

In the bottom of the 10th, Buck Coats hit a ground ball single to center field, and Russ Adams laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Hector Luna hit a line drive to left field, and Bison left fielder Andy Gonzalez came up throwing home to catcher Wyatt Toregas to gun down Coats at home plate. Luna moved to second base on the throw.

Wayne Lydon was intentionally walked, then Curtis Thigpen hit a ground ball through to center field and Luna scored the winning run.

Of 37 pitches thrown, Buzachero threw 23 for strikes, with 4 pitches being intentional misses.

Five days later, Buzachero was called into a 2-2 game at Rochester.
He started the 7th inning giving up a grounder to center field off the bat of Jose Morales. Howie Clark then hit a fly ball triple to center field to drive in Morales. Clark tried to stretch the triple into a home run, but center fielder Brad Snyder hit the cut-off man, first baseman Michael Aubrey, who then threw to catcher Wyatt Toregas to nail Clark at home. But the Red Wings now had a 3-2 lead over the Bisons.

Chris Basak flied out to center field, then Denard Span doubled a line drive to left field. Jason Pridie then hit a grounder back to Buzachero, who threw him out at first.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Darnell McDonald lined out to left fielder Jason Tyner, then Brian Buscher hit a line drive double to right field.

Buzachero then struck out Randy Ruiz swinging, and struck out Garrett Jones on a called third strike to end the inning.

The Bisons could not manage a run in the top of the 9th, and Buffalo lost 2-3.

Of 29 pitches thrown, Buzachero threw 22 for strikes.




Gordon still fastest man in Congress

As congressional leaders look for answers to some of the nation’s pressing energy concerns, they may want to consider harnessing some of U.S. Representative Bart Gordon’s energy.

On Wednesday, April 30, Gordon sped past his colleagues in the annual Capital Challenge foot race to be named the fastest member of Congress for the 19th consecutive time. The 59 year-old lawmaker finished the 27th Annual ACLI Capital Challenge foot race in 18 minutes and 40 seconds.

“Every year, the competition gets a little younger and faster, but that just drives me to dig a little deeper,” Rep. Gordon said. “This race is about camaraderie, and it brings members of Congress together for some bipartisan fun to benefit a worthy cause.”

The 3-mile run, sponsored by American Council of Life Insurers, is an invitational race for teams representing the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government, as well as the media. The event benefits District of Columbia Special Olympics.

Gordon was joined by fellow Tennessee lawmakers U.S. Senator Bob Corker, and Representatives Jim Cooper and Zach Wamp at the race.

Gordon captained a 5-person team that finished first overall for the third consecutive year.

While the congressman was satisfied with his time this year, it did not match his personal best – a 16:59 in 1995, the best time on record for members of Congress.

 

LA Special Olympics participates in Spring Games

Livingston Academy’s Special Olympics team recently participated in Spring Games at TTU and a Tennis tournament at Cookeville High. The team brought home several ribbons. Team members pictured are: Back row left to right: Jessie Ledbetter, Wesley McBride, Tyler Ledbetter, Steven Ogle, Steven Dulworth, Chris Corbin, Nathan Miller, and Kyle Chaffins. Middle row: Barbara Murphy, Jauquise Fuller, Jessica Harris, Courtney Vaughn, and Elizabeth Harvey. Front row: Coach Brandon Colson, Ron Holbert, and Coach Patrick Melton.

 

 

 

 

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