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Byrd Walkers win local Walk Across TN


The spring 2008 Walk Across Tennessee wrapped up a few weeks ago and the first place winners were the Byrd Walkers team from Hutchinson, who walked a total of 2,306 miles in an 8-week period. The 8-person team consists of, kneeling, Gloria Lee, standing from left, Billy Joe Johnson, Dee Dee Clark, team captain Cindy Mullins, Dave Roberts, Vickie Upchurch, Margie Arbaugh, and, not pictured, Leonard Cravens. The second place team, the Trail Blazers, also from Hutchinson, had a total of 2,270 miles. Third place winners were the Road Runners, who had 2,026 miles, also from Hutchinson. Coming in fourth place were the reigning champs, the Happy Hikers from LMS, who totaled 1,902 miles. For more information about the upcoming fall 2008 program, which begins September 7, contact Lora Clouse at the UT Extension office at 823-2735.



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Buzachero earns 7th save
of season for Buffalo Bisons

Former Livingston Academy pitcher Edward Bubbie Buzachero earned his 7th save of the season for the Buffalo Bisons on Friday, Aug. 22.

Buzachero was brought into the game at Syracuse with the visiting Bisons leading the Chiefs 6-3 going into the bottom of the ninth inning.

The first batter he faced, Kevin Melillo popped out to catcher Chris Gimenez in foul territory, then Pedro Lopez hit a ground ball single into right field.

Brian Jeroloman drew a walk, giving Syracuse runners on first and second.
Wayne Lydon grounded into a force out, with first baseman Jordan Brown throwing to shortstop Jorge Velandia to force Jeroloman at second. Lopez moved to third and Lydon was then on first.

Buzachero recorded the final out when Curtis Thigpen grounded into a force out, with shortstop Velandia throwing to second baseman Tony Graffanino to force Lydon at second.

Half of Buzachero’s 18 pitches thrown in the inning were for strikes.
Earlier in the week, Buzachero was brought into a 10-1 home blowout of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs to close out the win on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Using a conservative 7 pitches, 4 hitting the strike zone, Buzachero sat down the Iron Pigs in the top of the ninth inning.

The first out of the inning was achieved when Oscar Robles lined out to right fielder Jason Cooper. Mike Cervenak then hit a fly ball single into center field.

Andy Tracy grounded into a game-ending double-play, with the throw going from first baseman Brown to shortstop Velandia and back to Buzachero.

The Livingston native’s earned run average lowered to 3.29 after the Monday, Aug. 25 2-7 loss to Triple-A International League North leading Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

Again brought in to close out a game that was out of hand, though this time on the losing end, Buzachero was charged with keeping the Yankees from scoring more runs, which proved a tough chore from the moment he took the mound.

The first batter he faced, Justin Christian, hit a line drive single to center field, then Melky Cabrera hit a ground ball single to right field, moving Christian to third base.

Matt Carson then lined into double play, with shortstop Andy Cannizaro throwing to first baseman Michael Aubrey to double off Melky Cabrera at first base. Christian had to hold at third.

Shelley Duncan lines out to center fielder Brad Snyder to end the game.
Of 17 pitches thrown, Buzachero threw 11 for strikes.

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Jr. Cats defeat Burks Middle School 40-8 in season opener


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The Jr. Wildcats offensive line creates an opening for Creed Hayes as he takes the handoff.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

To win in football, you need a running game, and a good defense. Check those two things off the list for the Overton County Jr. Wildcats. Hard work indeed pays off. Through summer conditioning, two- a- days, and one- a- days, a football player has to work hard to succeed. Obviously, the Jr. Cats worked hard every day.

The Jr. Cats opened the season last Thursday night, Aug. 21, and even the coaching staff was a little surprised after a 40-8 opening win at home against Burks Middle School.

Assistant Coach Steve Mosely said, “We didn’t really expect to win like that.”

Almost every offensive series was a success, whether it resulted in a touchdown, or just moving the ball efficiently – the Cats controlled the game.

“Overall, we looked good,” Mosely said. “We have a lot of things to fix, but after looking at what we had, I am tickled. Offensively, we looked good, but we do have some bugs we need to take care of.”

Assistant Coach Dale Flatt dealt with the defense, and whatever he did, it worked. Allowing only 8 points, and probably less than 150 yards of total offense, his job looked easy.

“We didn’t expect that big of a win,” Flatt said while taking a breath after being chased by kids trying to douse ice on him. “We worked harder than these guys have worked in a while; we didn’t think it would turn out like this.

“We were defensively solid, and came together quick, which helps. Even the young guys played well.

“I think we only gave up one first down,” said the grinning coach. “I guess we looked pretty good.”

Pretty good is probably an understatement, pretty great could probably sum it up better. Creed Hayes rushed for well over 100 yards, while racking up 3 touchdowns on the night. The standout also had a interception that he returned for a touchdown, but it was called back by an illegal block in the
back.

Hayes said, “It feels good to carry the load. We won, and that is what we are looking to do every game.”

Brock McCoin, who had the easy job of handing Hayes the ball said,”That is easy, just turn and hand it off.”

McCoin finished the night 1-3, for 2 yards, and one touchdown to #80 Morgan Mayberry.

The Jr. Cats dominated in all aspects of the game. They led 24-0 at the half, and came out to score 16 in the second half while allowing one touchdown in the third quarter. Hayes had 3 rushing touchdowns. A McCoin to Mayberry 2-yard pass resulted in a score, and running back Corey Hamilton also contributed to the scoring. The team was 5-5 in 2-point tries, with one particular bootleg from McCoin beating defenders to the goal line.
The Jr. Widlcats’ next game is Saturday, Aug. 30 at Macon County. Game time had not been determined at press time.

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LA Wildcats open season against Smith County


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Livingston Academy’s Wildcats take the field before the game against the Owls at Carthage.


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LA’s defense puts a stop to a Smith County run in Friday’s loss.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Several years back, a reporter asked then Livingston Academy head coach Danny McCoin about the rivalry between the Wildcats and the Smith County Owls. McCoin’s response was, ”If we don’t start winning a few of these things, there won’t be a rivalry.”

It has been almost 20 years since Livingston has upended Smith County, a 20-19 thriller back in 1989, and after Friday night’s opener for the 2008 season, the “next” victory will have to wait yet another year.

On a night that was more fit for sitting on the front porch and hoping a breeze would break the stillness of typical August weather, the Owls, using a very balanced attack of pounding out ground yardage then going to the air when needed, handed the Wildcats a 28-7 defeat in the season opener for both teams.

“I’m not disappointed in the effort,” assistant coach Mark Winningham told the team after the game, “but I am disappointed in the mental mistakes we made. You played hard and the effort was there, but we have got to work harder on the mental part of the game.”

Winningham, and the entire LA coaching staff agreed that the “effort” was there. It was the breakdowns on third down on defense that really sealed the outcome of the game.

“That was my biggest disappointment,” explained head coach Bruce Lamb.

“It doesn’t show up in the score and it doesn’t show in the stats, but our effort was there and that’s a very good thing. I saw a lot of maturity that we haven’t had in the last few years and I was very pleased in the way Brannon (McCoin) showed leadership out there. We’re moving forward, there’s no doubt in my mind, but we have got to work harder on not giving up big plays.”

Lamb was pretty close to being right on the money of his assessment of his team’s effort. More than once Friday night the Wildcats would seem to have stopped a Smith County drive only to give up big yardage on third down. It was the case in all four SC touchdowns.

After battling to a 0-0 draw in the first quarter, the Owls were facing a third and 17 near midfield early in the second period. A 21-yard competition led to the night’s first score two plays later. On the very next offensive series for SC, the Owls were looking at third and eight on their own 37. A 13-yard pass kept the drive alive and five plays later the home team was ahead by 14.

On their first drive of the second half, Smith County was starring at third and nine. A 10-yard pass play cleared up that situation and led to the night’s third touchdown, and in the final period, with third and six deep in LA territory, the Owls picked up seven on the ground and went in for the score several plays later.

“That’s what disappoints us,” Lamb went on. “We had held them, then let
them get a big play and a first down. As you can easily see, those situations led to touchdowns several plays later. You can’t do that and expect to win.

“I thought our defensive backs played well and we got pretty good defensive line play. You have to give Smith credit though, they did what they had to do and they are a good football team. They are very fast and strong in the backfield, and their receivers did a good job of getting open.
“We’ll have to work hard this week and see if we can eliminate some of those mistakes,“ the coach added.

“We’re going in the right direction,” McCoin, now a junior and a real veteran at quarterback, explained. “Mental mistakes hurt us tonight, but we never quit and we really felt we could win all night. This team has come a long way,” the quarterback added. “We didn’t give up, and we played hard all night, and that’s a good thing. Now we have to forget this one and get ready for Trousdale next week.”

After trailing 14-0 at halftime, and 21-0 heading into the final period, Livingston came to life in the final 12 minutes and put 65 yards of ground offense on the books. It was the best offensive effort of the night.

With eight minutes remaining in the game, the Wildcats took the ball at their 35. John Cody Brown bulled out 28 yards on four carries, McCoin picked up a vital first down on a one-yard keeper Justin Poston ripped over from 15 yards out on a fine run. On the previous play, Brown picked up the longest ground gain of the night with an 18-yard effort.

“Cody (Brown) set up the touchdown with that run on the previous play,” Poston explained. “His run got them going in the opposite direction and when we came back to me, all I had to do was find the hole and it was wide open from there in.”

Jake Huitt added the point-after for Livingston’s seven points.
On the night, Brown carried the ball 10 times for 45 hard yards on the night to lead the LA ground attack.

“That was pretty tough out there,” the running back explained. “I’m whipped. I thought we gave a good effort tonight, and we definitely gave 100 percent. We just made some mistakes and Smith used that. We will work hard this week and get ready for Trousdale. If we keep on this way, we could have a good season.”

Livingston will host Trousdale Friday night with the game starting at 7 p.m.

The Yardstick

1st Downs: LA 5, SC 21
Yds. Rushing: LA 86, SC 143
Yds. Passing: LA 35, SC 187
Pass Att./Com: LA 9/5, SC 28/16
Interceptions: LA 0, SC 2
Fumbles Lost: LA 1, SC 1
Punts/Avg.: LA 7/28, S C2/25
Yds. Pent.: LA 52, SC 35

Score By Quarter
LA 0, 0, 0, 7-7
SC 0, 14, 7, 7-28

Scoring

SC?- Wakefield, 15 run. Richmond kick.
SC -? Robinson, 2 run. Richmond kick.
SC - Williams, 6 pass from Johnston. King kick.
SC -? White, 7 run. King kick.
LA - Poston, 15 run. Huitt kick.

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Livingston Academy Golf off to great start


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Livingston Academy Wildcats golf team members are, front row from left, Levi Crowder, Megan Stonecipher, Courtney Livingston, Emily Miller, Ashley Nesbitt, Anthony Woolbright, back row, Marshall Cannon, Kasey Beason, Chris McDonald, Robert York, Tyler Collins, Justin Watkins, and Clint West.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Hard work and experience is paying off for the Livingston Academy golf teams as both Wildcat groups posted good rounds in action last week. In boys action, LA posted a win and a tie while the girls remain undefeated with a pair of victories.

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, Livingston hosted a match with Upperman and Pickett County. The Wildcats posted a team total of 160 on the Hidden Valley course while Pickett came in with a 178 and Upperman had a 184.
In individual scoring, Clint West and Chris McDonald both shot 39 for medalist honors. Justin Watkins and Robert York each turned in scores of 41.

For the Lady Wildcats, it was an easy outing as they posted a total of 67 while Upperman had a 120 and Pickett County turned in a score of 122.
Emily Miller was the medalist with a 38 and Megan Stonecipher was close behind with a 39.

On Thursday, Aug. 21, the Wildcats traveled to Gainesboro to take on Jackson County, Clay County, and Pickett County.

Livingston and Jackson County each posted team totals of 151. West was medalist as the Wildcat leader blistered the course with a 34. McDonald came in with a 37, followed by Kasey Beason with 39, and Justin Watkins, 41.

Miller again led the LA girls with a fine 37 and medalist honors while Stonecipher posted a 45. The 82 total score well outdistanced Jackson County’s 104 and Clay County’s 137.

For the season, the LA boys are 8-1-2 while the Lady Cats are a perfect 9-0.

“We’re off to a good start,“ said LA coach Elizabeth Maxwell. “Hard work and experience are paying off for us, and we’re getting some much improved performances from a lot of our players. Courtney Livingston and Ashley Nesbitt have really improved for the girls, and that’s encouraging.

“This is a good team, both boys and girls, and as hard as they are working,
they will only get better.”

 

LA Volleyball looking to improve this season


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Livingston Academy varsity volleyball players are, front row from left, Hannah Hoover, Abby Miller, Taylor Eldridge, Allison Dailey, back row, Adrian West, Alissa Sells, Kendria Kilgore, and Kassie Sullivan.


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Livingston Academy junior varsity volleyball players are, front row from left, Morgan Johnson, Sara Aronson, Ashley Boykin, Olivia Long, back row, Cassondra Gore, Julie Ann York, Courtney Smith, and Dakota Thompson.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

New season new story, right? That is what the Livingston Academy Wildcats Volleyball Team believes. After their season stopped short in the district tournament last year, the Cats are looking to improve on that feat, and this time, by a lot.

It is not everyday you get the word” great” from a coach, but Coach Christie Jenkins says this team is “potentially great.”

When asked about the outlook for the season the coach said, “We look to be potentially great. We just have to play together to get to the greatness.

“We lost a key when Chelsea Carr transfered to Smith County, but the girls have responded well to that. We are still trying to overcome that loss, but we look to want it more this year, and I believe we will succeed.”

The Lady Cats return three senior starters – Kendria Kilgore, Adrian West, and Alissa Sells – to the rotation, as well as three “impact” freshmen starters – Abby Miller, Allison Dailey, and Hannah Hoover.

Coach Jenkins said Miller is an “awesome passer, and a great server,” while Dailey has a “mean jump serve,” and Hoover is a “great server, but needs experience.”

When asked about what she took away from last year’s season, she said,” We have to talk better on the court, and work better together. We have skill but we have to work to get it out of one another.”

As for the goals for the season, Coach Jenkins said, “We want to get to the state tournament; first thing though, is win the district tournament. We want to be competitive, and we will take one game at a time to accomplish our goals.”

Senior Kilgore added,” We have to play hard every game and win more than we did last year, and go further in the district tournament than we did, and hopefully alot further than that.

“My goals for myself are to play hard in every way I can. I contribute a lot
at spiking, and that should help our team out.”

West’s goals are about the same, adding, ”We want to win district and play as a team. For myself, just do good in my senior season and play every game as if it is my last. I contribute working hard, in any way, to help this team win.”

As for Sells, the eyes are on the top.

“We want to win state,” she said. “I want to help my team every time I take the floor, and hopefully my all around contributions will impact our season.”

The Lady Cats seem to have a great story from the beginning: it is just a matter of if they are willing to write it the same way as they believe. With leaders such as Kilgore, West, and Sells, and newcoming talent, this team may just be the team that puts the program back on the map as an essential power. Only time will tell, and the time starts this week.

The Lady Cats open season play against Red Boiling Springs and Upperman High on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. in Livingston Academy’s gymnasium.


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