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Livingston Jaycees host BB Gun State Match
Buffalo wins at home over Pawtucket
Livingston Jaycees Golf Tournament held April 27
Wildcats slip in regionals, end season with 2-1 losså to Merrol Hyde
Ta Ta Trot benefits Relay for Life
Screaming Eagle Pro-Am to help Ft. Campbell kids

CLivingston Jaycees host BB Gun State Match

Four BB gun teams competed in the Tennessee Jaycee BB Gun State Match held April 26 at Livingston Academy.

Members of the Livingston Jaycee BB gun team are, from left, Mariana Munoz, Anna Brown, Rachel Mendenhall, Jeremiah Mendenhall, Edward Brown, Tyler Carmack, Joseph Mendenhall, Benjamin Mendenhall, with Coach Roger Hargis and Bend of the River Coach Charles Pardue. Team members not pictured are, Sierra Clayton, Ben Brown, Stephen Brown, and Brigham Robbins.

Shooters take a written test on gun handling and safety during the state match.

The Tennessee Jaycee BB Gun State Match was held April 26 at Livingston Academy.

A total of 43 shooters plus parents and spectators attended the match.
Bend of The River Jaycee team took 1st and 2nd place Livingston Jaycee team took 3rd place. An MBA and one 4H team also competed for their first time to shoot at the state match.

The contest consists of a 100 point test over gun safety, 100 points in prone, 100 points in standing, 100 points in sitting and 100 points in kneeling. The top 8 shooters are then called on for another standing string of 100 points standing. These last points standing are shot one at a time and the point value and the total score is read after each shot.

 This is the last BB-Gun shoot of the regular season. The next BB-Gun match is the International match to be held in Bowling Green, KY, on June 30 and July 1. Everyone is invited to attend.

The program is open to individuals from the age of 8 to 15. Both boys and girls are encouraged to participate. Many of the current college and Olympic shooters have come from this program.

The Jaycee BB gun program has been in existence for 38 years. Livingston Jaycees have helped with this program for about 25 years. Teams from the Bend of the River have been a part of shooting for over thirty years.

For further information contact Charlie Pardue at the Bend of the River, 2880 Standing Stone Hwy., Cookeville, TN 38506 or (931) 498-2829 or cpardue@multipro.com or Roger Hargis at (931) 498-2752.

Pictures and results may be viewed at: http://webpages.charter.net/cpardue/bbst98.html.



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Buffalo wins at home over Pawtucket

Triple-A Buffalo Bisons won 6-5 at home over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Tuesday, May 13, and Overton County’s Edward “Bubbie” Buzachero pitched in the victory.

Buzachero entered the game in the top of the seventh inning with Pawtucket leading Buffalo 4-2. Pawtucket’s George Kottaras flied out to left fielder Andy Gonzalez, then Buzachero struck out Sandy Madera swinging. Chris Carter ended the inning with a ground out to shortstop Danny Sandoval who threw to first baseman Ryan Mulhern.

Buffalo scored a run in the bottom of the inning to tighten the score to 4-3.
In the top of the eighth inning, Pawtucket’s Dusty Brown grounded out to Buzachero who threw to third baseman Aaron Herr who then threw to the first baseman.

But then Chad Spann hit a double on a fly ball to left field.
Buzachero struck out Jonathan Van Every swinging.

After a coach’s visit to the mound, Jeff Bailey hit a line drive single to left field to bring home Spann, making the score 5-3.

Rich Rundles was brought into the game in place of Buzachero and Joe Thurston grounded out to second baseman Josh Barfield for the final out of
the inning.

Buffalo manufactured 3 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and went on to win 6-5.

Buzachero threw 32 pitches in the game, 20 for strikes.




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Livingston Jaycees Golf Tournament held April 27

The 5th Annual Livingston Jaycees Golf Tournament was held April 27 at Hidden Valley Country Club. From left to right, Livingston Jaycees Vice President David Sadler, winning team members Merl Smith, Peck Smith, Jack Dale, and Johnnie Halfacre.




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Wildcats slip in regionals, end season with 2-1 losså to Merrol Hyde

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A crowd of Livingston defenders try to track a loose ball during their regional tournament loss on Tuesday, May 13 against Merrol Hyde. The loss eliminated the Cats from postseason play.

The 2008 LA Wildcats found themselves with their backs against the wall in Tuesday’s loss to regional rival Merrol Hyde.

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Sports

After storming the 7 A/AA district finals, the Livingston Acadmey Wildcat soccer team stepped into the Regional Tournament as they hosted Merrol Hyde on Tuesday, May 13.

Built on the narrow shoulders of opportunity, the visitors managed to take advantage of its chances and put together a tournament victory. The 2-1 win snuffed out Livingston’s postseason.

The first opportunity was a slim one: with only a slim strip of daylight between the crossbar and the reach of Wildcat goal keeper David Brady, a long and high Merrol Hyde shot found its opening, putting the Wildcats down 1-0 in the first half.

Livingston would not go down without a fight, and in the second half managed to capitalize on their own opportunity. After a throw-in near the Merrol Hyde goal, Livingston junior Josh Huitt headed a ball to star senior Aeric Gunnels, whose scissor-kick powered the ball past the opposing goaltender, tying up the score at one apiece.

The Livingston goal came at an important time, but the Wildcats were unable to build more points off of the momentum it provided. With roughly 16 minutes to play, Livingston committed a foul in the box, furnishing

Merrol Hyde with a golden opportunity. The visitors took full advantage of the LA blunder, scoring on the ensuing penalty kick.

A brief rally followed for Livingston, but the Cats were unable to translate the energy to the scoreboard, and fell to the Hawks, 2-1.
Livingston head coach Ethan King was disappointed in the game’s
outcome, and believed that his team’s numerous mistakes accounted for
their loss of rhythm.

“We committed lots of fouls,” he said, “which took us out of our game and helped them with their set pieces.”

King also commented on his team’s loss of momentum after coming off of impressive district wins.

“We never got on track,” he said. “Bad games happen, but we just hated that it came now.”

This particular loss marked Livingston’s third consecutive exit from the regional tournament. However, on the other side of the statistics, 2008 will also go down as the Wildcat’s eighth consecutive district title year. And for that, King is pleased with his group.

“We had a great year,” he said. “No one was ready for it to be over. But I am proud of all our players, especially the seniors.”

Coach King was not the only one who recognized the quality play of Livingston’s seniors, as can be attested by the Wildcat contribution to the 2008 District 7 All-District Team.

Named to the 1st Team All-District are junior Josh Huitt, and seniors David Brady, Aeric Gunnels, and Cody Penticuff. Named to the 2nd Team All-District are juniors Patrick Letner, and Greg Walker, and senior James Delepace.

In addition, one Wildcat was named District 7 Most Valuable Player: senior B.J. Byers.




Ta Ta Trot benefits Relay for Life

Livingston Academy hosted the 1st Annual Ta Ta Trot 2008 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, May 10, with the proceeds benefiting Overton County Relay for Life. More than 100 participants took part in the event, which was sponsored by local merchants.

Age category winners were, back row from left, Billie Lou Melton, Anita Burnett, David Burnett, Chris Jones, David Beaty, Clinton Durham, Danny Staggs, Luke Mason, and Patricia Smith. Front row from left, Gina Mason, Mary-Ellen Parsons, Jennifer Jones, Veronica Lawhorn, Madison McDonald, Jon Beaty, Beau Carr, Darren Oliver. Not pictured are John West, Allison West, and Pam Wood.

Overall winner in the men’s category was Luke Mason, with a time of 19.09, and in the women’s category, Mary-Ellen Parsons was the overall winner with a time of 20.06.

 

Screaming Eagle Pro-Am to help Ft. Campbell kids

Children of the Fort Campbell Screaming Eagles and wounded soldiers will be the beneficiaries of the third Screaming Eagle Pro-Am to be held June 28 at Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville.

Approximately 100 children from Screaming Eagle families will be introduced to the sport of golf as they are given a week’s stay at Tennessee Junior PGA Golf Academy made possible by the tournament being presented by Tennessee Golf Foundation and Gaylord Entertainment Company.

Proceeds from the third Screaming Eagles Pro-Am will also support the creation of a new “Wounded Warriors” program, which will provide golf as a means of physical therapy and recreation for wounded Fort Campbell soldiers returning from duty who want to return to their favorite game.

Gaylord Entertainment Chairman and CEO Colin Reed is the honorary tournament chairman, and Lou Graham, who is a veteran, and also 1975 U.S. Open Champion is the honorary golf chairman.

Colin Reed said, “When we learned about this remarkable program we jumped at the chance to become involved. As a corporation with a Tennessee headquarters, we are especially proud of our Screaming Eagles from nearby Fort Campbell. We regularly provide special opportunities for military personnel at Gaylord properties and the Grand Ole Opry, but this is a new occasion to reach out to the Fort Campbell community through the well established and respected Tennessee Golf Foundation with our Gaylord Springs Golf Links as the perfect gathering point.”

Proceeds of this event are to be used to send 96 Ft. Campbell children – boys and girls, ages 11 to 17 – to a one-week session of the Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Academy at Golf House Tennessee in Franklin. All the children will attend at no cost to the soldiers’ families. One week of camp for 48 children in 2008 and 2009 will be provided.

Dick Horton, president of Tennessee Golf Foundation, said, “The children who will benefit from the Screaming Eagle Pro-am will enjoy a week of lessons and fun as well as learn a set of positive values and traditions that
may stay with them for the balance of their lives.

“This year we will also begin an exciting new program with the funds raised which will support soldiers who received severe injuries, enabling them to get back into golf, despite their new physical challenges.”

This is the third Screaming Eagle Pro-Am; in 2004 and 2006 it was hosted by Clarksville Country Club.

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) of Fort Campbell is an air assault division of the United States Army. Nicknamed the “Screaming Eagles,” the 101st has consistently distinguished itself by demonstrating military professionalism since its activation on August 15, 1942.

Teams in the Screaming Eagle Pro-Am consist of a golf professional, a Ft. Campbell soldier, and two amateur participants.

This special event will be limited to just 25 teams. All teams will be treated to tickets to a reception and the Grand Ole Opry Soldiers Tribute following the tournament.

All sponsorship packages include hole and scoreboard sponsorship recognition, team photo and favors, soldiers tribute brunch, prizes, Grand Ole Opry tickets for each player and their guest, and a reception before the 6:30 Opry performance.

All Pro-Am players will receive an invitation for a fall “Play Day” at Fort Campbell’s Cole Park Golf Course. This special day will include lunch and a casual round of golf at the Cole Park course.

Playing sponsorship includes two playing spots in the Screaming Eagle Pro-Am and 4 tickets to The Grand Ole Opry Soldiers Tribute, $2,500 each or $5,000 for a 2-person team.

Range sponsorship includes 2 playing spots in the Screaming Eagle Pro-Am, recognition signs at the range areas, a patron sponsor special commemorative gift, and 8 tickets to The Grand Ole Opry Show, $7,500.
Practice green sponsorship includes 2 playing spots in the Screaming Eagle Pro-Am, recognition signs at the practice green areas, a patron sponsor special commemorative gift, and 8 tickets to The Grand Ole Opry Show, $7,500.

Cart sponsorship includes 2 playing spots in the Screaming Eagle Pro-Am, recognition signs on all golf carts, a patron sponsor special commemorative gift, and 8 tickets to The Grand Ole Opry Show, $7,500.

Soldiers’ Tribute Brunch or Grand Ole Opry Reception sponsorship includes 2 playing spots in the Screaming Eagle Pro-Am, recognition signs
at the Soldiers Tribute Brunch, 2 patron sponsor special commemorative gifts, and 12 tickets to The Grand Ole Opry Show, $10,000.

In addition to the pro-am, contributions can be designated specifically for Ft. Campbell junior golf camp scholarships to the Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Academy or specifically for the “Wounded Warriors” efforts for Ft. Campbell soldiers and families.

To register for the tournament visit this link at www.golfhousetennessee.com. To learn more about Gaylord Springs Golf Links please visit www.gaylordsprings.com.

 

 

 

 

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