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Buzachero earns 3 saves in 3 games
Cub Scouts hold 2nd Annual CubMobile Race
Kat Nigro chosen to play with U15 National Team
LA golfers taking to the greens
Senators recognize Tennessee Olympians, recall Rudolph
Tennessee Tornadoes finish 8th in national tournament


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Buzachero earns 3 saves in 3 games
Former Livingston Academy standout Edward “Bubbie” Buzachero gave three outstanding performances in earning three saves for the Buffalo Bisons.

He was brought in to preserve a 5-4 home win against the Indianapolis Indians in the top of the ninth inning Monday, Aug. 4.

Nyjer Morgan grounded out to first baseman Jordan Brown for the first out, then Brian Bixler hit a line drive single to center field.

Buzachero then struck out Neil Walker looking.

Ryan Mulhern hit a grounder back to Buzachero, who threw to first base for the final out and his third save of the season.
He threw 10 of 18 pitches for strikes.

On Thursday, Aug. 7, Buffalo led Indianapolis 5-3 at home when Buzachero was brought in to close out the game in the top of the ninth inning.

Buzachero sat down the Indians 1-2-3, with Ryan Mulhern flying out to center fielder Brad Snyder, Jason Delaney popping out to second baseman Andy Cannizaro, and Luis Cruz grounding out to third baseman Morgan Ensberg, who threw to first baseman Brown for the final out.

Buzachero threw only 6 pitches in the inning, 4 for strikes.

He earned his team-leading fifth save of the season when he sat down the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 1-2-3 on their home turf Sunday, Aug. 10.

Coming into the game in the bottom of the 10th inning in relief of Tom Mastny, Buzachero induced a fly ball out to center fielder Brad Snyder
from the bat of Mike Rouse.

He then struck out T.J. Bohn swinging.

Brandon Watson hit a ground ball to second baseman Cannizaro, who threw to first baseman Brown for the last out.

Buzachero threw 9 of 13 pitches for strikes, and lowered his ERA to 3.41.



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Cub Scouts hold 2nd Annual CubMobile Race


On June 8th, 2008, Cub Scout Packs 344 & 345 held their 2nd Annual CubMobile Race.

The packs would like to thank the Mayor's office for the use of the City Ball Park parking lot and to the Livingston City Police for securing the parking lot. Scout leaders were, back row from left, Pack 344 Cubmaster Greg Burgess, Danny Langford, David Bell, Bear Den Leader Rick Ledbetter, and Pack 345 Cubmaster Wayne Sells. Scouts on hand for the event were, in no particular order, Eli Harness, Dylan Geesling, Logan Ledbetter, and Jaylon McDonald, Tyler Webb, Evan Watson, Elijah Garrett, Dakota Wilson, Thomas Burgess, Allen Scott, Adam Vaughn, Zachary Connor, Collin Langford, Kevin Bell, Michael Burgess, Brandon Pennington, Zakary Sells, Dakota Nivens, Philip Davis II, Candice Sells, Noah Buck, and Matthew Harris.



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Kat Nigro chosen to play with U15 National Team


LA soccer player Kat Nigro

Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer player Kat Nigro has been chosen to play at Home Depot Center in Carson California with the U15 National Team.

Home Depot Center is home to the LA Galaxy soccer team, where David Beckham plays.

Nigro will be playing in the 2008 Nike Tournament where more than 25 teams will participate in the competition, including three team’s representing the U.S. under-14 and under-15 girls national teams. The two U.S. U-14 girls national teams will participate in the U-16 age group, and the U.S. U-15 Girls National Team will participate at the U-17 level.
This is a chance for Nigro to represent the United States at the 2010 U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Coach Mike Dickey said, “From a national team perspective, this year’s event will also give us the core group of 1993s and ‘94s who will compete in the 2010 U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

LA golfers taking to the greens


Mac McLeod photo
Emily Miller takes a swing will practicing at Hidden Valley.


Mac McLeod photo
Clint West sends a long putt during a recent practice.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports
With two players returning to this year’s Livingston Academy golf team that went to the state finals last year in Murfreesboro, things are looking up for a team that will feature some experience, but also some inexperience.

“Clint West went to the state tournament last year and did well,” pointed out LA golf coach Elizabeth Maxwell, “and we will count on him to steady our team this year. He’s a senior and he’s been around long enough now to carry the burden of team leader.

“Juniors Chris McDonald, Robert York, and Justin Watkins have worked hard over the past year to also give our boys a lot of stability.

“And we have some younger players who, on given days, will post some good scores that will help. Kasey Beason is a sophomore playing his second year and Tyler Collins along with Marshall Cannon have some experience from last season. Levi Crowder and Anthony Woolbright are freshmen , but even with limited experience at high school golf, will work hard to improve.

“Overall, this is a team that wants to do well, and they have really practiced to get better.”

On the girls side, the team is led by Emily Miller. Miller, like West, went to the state tournament last season and Maxwell believes that experience will go a long way this year.

“Any time a player goes to the state they learn,” the coach said. “It’s an experience they can’t get anywhere else, and it makes them a much better player.

“What all young golfers, including ours, have to learn is that one bad hole should not completely destroy a total round of golf. Even the pros have bad holes, and if our players can learn to move on and put that hole behind them, they will be much better.”

Joining Miller on the girls team will be Megan Stonecipher, Ashley Nesbitt, and Courtney Livingston. All are sophomores.

Depth will not be one of the LA girls strong points, but as the coach points out, in girls play, in regular season action, three of the four scores will count, and when the regional action rolls around, only two of three scores count.

“Hopefully, by the time the regionals are played (mid September), our players will have enough experience to post some good scores,” Maxwell added.

“Clint (West) is mentally strong,” the coach added. “I’m sure playing basketball has helped in that area. He’s a solid player with a lot of skills, and he should make it back to the state tournament this year.”

“Emily (Miller) and Megan (Stonecipher) will have to play well until our other players mature. This will take time, but it will happen.

“We will find out just where we stand early in our schedule when we play Monterey. They are always strong in girls golf and will be one of the stronger teams in the district.

“On the boys side, DeKalb County will be a strong contender.”

In boys play, six scores are posted with five being counted during the regular season. In the playoffs, five are posted and four are counted.


Senators recognize Tennessee Olympians, recall Rudolph
U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today recognized the Tennessee athletes who will be competing in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

“It’s great to see so many Tennesseans headed to the Olympics this summer,” Alexander said. “They are a testament to the determination and willpower the people of the Volunteer State are known for, and we should all stand behind them as they compete for our country and our state. I look forward to watching them and wish them the best in the Summer Games.”

Corker said, “I join with Tennesseans across the state in congratulating the dedication of these athletes. We are very proud of their accomplishments and look forward to watching them compete in Beijing.”

Tennessee has a long tradition of sending athletes to the Olympic Games to compete for the country. In addition to congratulating this year’s Olympic athletes from Tennessee, the senators remembered former Olympic athlete, Wilma Rudolph, from Clarksville, TN.

“Wilma Rudolph was winning Olympic medals and making herself known as the fastest woman in the world back when I was running track at Vanderbilt,” Alexander said. “She was amazing to watch and serves as a great role model for all athletes – a Tennessean who we will always be proud of.”

Corker said, “Many people across the country have heard of Wilma Rudolph and her historic gold medals in the 1960 Olympics, but few know of her dedication to improving the lives of her fellow Tennesseans. Wilma Rudolph’s determination and perseverance both on and off the field are an example to all.”

At the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics. She won two individual gold medals for the 100- and 200-meter races and one team gold medal for the 4 x 100-meter relay on a team made up of Tennessee women. These three gold medals made her famous, but the accomplishments she achieved upon returning to Tennessee are equally special.

When she returned to Tennessee, Governor Buford Ellington called for a welcome home celebration in honor of Ms. Rudolph’s accomplishments.
Wilma Rudolph refused to attend if the event was segregated, and as a result, she inspired the first racially integrated event held in Clarksville, TN. She continued to promote racial equality and athletics until her death.

The Olympic Committee has announced the following Tennesseans who will be competing in the 2008 Olympic Games which began on Friday, August 8 in Beijing, China:

Monica Abbott of Knoxville, softball; Hazel Clarke of Knoxville, athletics; Thomas Pappas of Knoxville, athletics; Candace Parker of Knoxville, basketball; De’Hashia Trotter of Knoxville, athletics; Keeley Dowling of Knoxville, soccer; Wesley Hodges of Ooltewah, baseball; and Casey Weathers of Nashville, baseball.

 

Tennessee Tornadoes finish 8th in national tournaments


Tennessee Tornadoes 11-under AAU basketball team finished eighth in the 2008 YBOA National Championship Tournament held from July 12 to July 19 in Orlando, FL. The finish brought their overall record to 30-8.
In the Team Skills Competition, the Tornadoes placed first. Additionally, Marlee Sells was selected to the All-Tournament Team.
Team members were, front row from left, Jayce Ramsey, Madison Baijo, Tatum Dillon, Macey Matthews, Taylor Witt, back row from left, Assistant Coach Kim Dillon, Jessika McAllister, Kailey Winningham, Marlee Sells, Kendall Robbins, and Coach Billy Sells.


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