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Buzachero named Bisons' "Hometown Hero" for 2008
Jr. Cats defeat Macon Co. 16-8
Wildcats host Trousdale County
LA women’s soccer rolls in season opener
Wildcats Volleyball off to good start

Buzachero named Bisons’ “Hometown Hero” for 2008

A Livingston native has been named a “Hometown Hero” of Buffalo, NY.

Edward Dale “Bubbie” Buzachero has been honored with the Jimmy Griffin Hometown Hero Award, which was presented recently by the Buffalo Bisons Triple-A baseball team.

The Hometown Hero Award was created during the 2008 season to honor the support of former Mayor of Buffalo Jimmy Griffin, who pledged his own money to have professional baseball return to Buffalo and later insisted on the creation of Dunn Tire Park in downtown Buffalo. The award is given to the player who performs the best in home games in front of the fans of Buffalo.

At Dunn Tire Park, right-handed pitcher Buzachero posted a 3-1 record, 4 saves, and a 2.23 earned run average in 20 games in front of the Bison’s faithful. He struck out 30 batters in just 32.1 innings of work there, and held opponents to a .205 batting average. His 30 strikeouts and 4 saves rank second among relievers while his 3 wins are tied for second among all Bisons pitchers. His lone home loss was an impressive outing, striking out 8 in 5 innings of relief in a 13-inning loss to Rochester on July 3.

Buzachero earned 3 saves in 3 days last week to end the Triple-A season with 10 saves, and a 3.14 ERA.

His 8th save came on Thursday, Aug. 28 in a home game against Scranton/Wilkes Barre. Entering the game in the top of the 9th inning, Buzachero used only 9 pitches, 7 for strikes, to get 3 outs and preserve a 3-2 Buffalo win.

The first batter he faced, Shelley Duncan, popped out to second baseman Josh Barfield, then Matt Carson grounded out to shortstop Andy Cannizaro who threw to first baseman Jordan Brown for the second out. Nick Green flied out to center fielder Brad Snyder to end the game.

The following day, Buzachero saved a 2-0 win at Pawtucket, this time
using 12 pitches, 9 thrown for strikes.

He entered the game in the bottom of the 9th inning and was greeted by a line drive single into center field by Gil Velazquez.

Buzachero struck out Jeff Natale looking for the first out of the inning, then Jonathan Van Every grounded to first baseman Michael Aubrey who threw to shortstop Cannizaro to force out Velazquez at second base.

Josh Wilson hit a line drive to shortstop Cannizaro for the final out.

Buzacheroís Minor League season came to an end with an unexpected 10th inning appearance in a game Saturday, Aug. 30 at Pawtucket. With the Bisons leading 11-10 in the bottom of the 10th inning, Buzachero induced a fly ball out off the bat of Dusty Brown, then Keith Ginter lined out to shortstop. Gil Velazquez grounded out to shortstop Cannizaro who threw to first baseman Jordan Brown for the game saving third out.

Buzachero threw 10 pitches, 5 for strikes, in earning the save.



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Jr. Cats defeat Macon Co. 16-8


Josh Scott photo
The Junior Wildcats’ offensive line gives a big push in Saturday’s 16-8 win at Macon County.


Josh Scott photo
Brock McCoin changes direction on a quarterback-keeper in Saturday’s win at Macon County.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

It wasn’t pretty, nor cold, in Macon County on Saturday, Aug. 30, but the Overton County Jr. Wildcats had to deal with both.

With Creed Hayes leaving the game early due to heat sickness, and the Jr. Cats not being able to hang on to the ball, the little things mattered a whole lot more on Saturday.

“What about that?” said Coach Steve Mosely after the Cats 16-8 defeat of the Macon County Tigers.

Although, that phrase was not a spirited one.

“That should have never been close,” Mosely told the team.

“Congratulations to the Offensive and defensive line, you boys worked hard. We have to give it everything, every day work harder than the day before.”

Coach Dale Flatt also praised the team.

“You guys worked hard,” he said, “but you have to want it all the time, every play. We are now 2-0, we still can go 9-0 and win the championship, but we have to keep working hard to get there guys.”

After the game, Coach Mosely was asked about the positives he took away, and that turned out to be a hard question.

“Creed ran the ball well,” he said as he thought and thought. “There was not many positives; we forgot routes, jumped off-sides, had numerous turnovers. We did work hard, but we were a little sloppy.

“Playing at 10 a.m. did not help, nor the heat. We had guys that stepped up
and worked. We had to go back to an old style offense with Creed getting sick, and Lucas Reagan stepped right up and carried that load to score our final touchdown.”

Coach Mosely kept praising his team and players.

“Our offensive line got a good push, and we moved the ball effectively 3-4 yards at a time,” he said. “Lucas Reagan stepped up when Creed went down.”

But he also elaborated on the negative, too.

“Protect the ball, that ball is your life today,” Coach Mosely told his backs in warm ups. “We cannot fumble, that will get you beat.

“Defense stepped up and we caught a few breaks. We gotta take care of the ball. If you strike quick, then the better you are. Quick strikes demoralize a team, and thats what we gotta do, strike quick. We have a few bugs to work out but we are gonna be alright.”

Key plays for the Jr. Cats included a 17-yard touchdown run from Brock McCoin, a Lucas Reagan run, and a key sack in the third quarter by Cory Hamilton that changed the game.

Next up for the Jr. Wildcats is Clay County on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Clay County High School.

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Wildcats host Trousdale County


Landon Amonett photo
Stenson Smith charges ahead of the Yellow Jackets defense.


Landon Amonett photo
Ethan McDonald fights through Yellow Jackets in Friday’s loss.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

There’s an old saying in sports that says “stats are for losers” and for the most part, that could be true. In the case of the Livingston Academy Wildcats, the stats, for the past several years, are more than something to talk about.

They , more often than not, tell the whole story.

For three years now, three head coaches have tried to get the once dominating program back on track, and each year there has been progress made. Following the state championship in 2005, graduation took 17 outstanding athletes and its been total rebuilding ever since. Each new head coach has tried to be positive and each has been humbled at season end.

The Wildcats have produced only two victories in the past 22 games.

Following Friday night’s 35-0 shutout by Trousdale County in the season home opener for LA, head coach Bruce Lamb and his entire staff were still looking for answers while trying to remain positive.

“I know this sounds kinda stupid,” Lamb started out, “but we are making progress. Yes, they (Troudsdale) put a whipping on us tonight, but only in the second half, and only after we made crucial mistakes.

“Our first half was positive, but the turnovers in the second half, plus the
fact that our defense had to stay on the field much too long, finally took its toll.

“Trousdale did what we want to do and that’s control the ball. We have got to get better on offense to keep our defense off the field. They never get any rest and it showed in the second half tonight. We were only down by seven at the half, but turnovers, and our inability to take advantage of them, killed us.”

“Obviously we have a lot of work still ahead of us, but one of the first things we have got to do is learn how to win.”

Learning to win will only come when the Wildcats learn to control the ball offensively. Although they only trailed by seven points at halftime Friday night, it was only by the fact that the Yellow Jackets turned the ball over three times. Offensively, in the first half, Livingston ran only 10 plays and gained only nine yards. On the other side of the ball, the visitors had 30
attempts and rolled up 121 yards on the ground.

“That’s what’s really hurting us,“ an exhausted Stenson Smith pointed out as he hobbled from the field, hampered by cramps for the second straight week. “Several of us cramped up again tonight, just like last week, and it’s simply a matter of having to play far too many plays on defense. We are on the field way too long .

“We had our chances tonight,“ Smith added. “They fumbled several times and we intercepted a pass, but we didn’t get anything out of it. Mental mistakes killed us again tonight.

“Defensively, I think we’re okay, but offensively, we have got to step up and take control of the game. Somebody has got to step up and be the team leader, and we have got to start moving the ball.”

And Smith’s comments were echoed by lineman Josh Looper.

“The defense is on the field way too much,” Looper pointed out. “The offense has got to give the defense a break. Defensively, we played pretty good in the first half, but in the second half we were just worn out because we were on the field all night it seemed.”

Trousdale got on the board in the first period following a minus 7 yard effort by the Wildcats on their first possession. The Yellow Jackets took a 32-yard punt from Jake Huitt then used 12 plays, all on the ground ,to post the night’s first score. Tacola Seay went the final three yards and Jared White kicked the first of five extra points.

Following the ensuing kickoff, again the Wildcat offense sputtered after only three plays and a negative eight yards, and the visitors were back in business at their 35. A fumble gave the ball back to LA, but as was the trend all night, the Cats got only one yard in three plays and Huitt was back on the field to punt.

Four plays later, the Wildcats recovered another dropped ball by the Yellow Jackets and again failed to move the ball. In the first half alone, the LA offense only managed one yard on the ground on 10 ground attempts.

Jesse Cole and Josh Burkett recovered the fumbles for Livingston.

In an attempt to get a quick start in the second half, Josh Huitt made a perfect onside kick and Dylan Ashlock recovered the ball for the Wildcats at Trousdale’s 47. But as in the first half, the offense only mustered four yards before fumbling the ball back to the visitors.

Trousdale took advantage of the miscue and marched 58 yards in 12 plays to take a 14-0 lead.

Then the ceiling fell in on the home team. A Livingston fumble at the 44 was picked up by Brent Ford and the fleet footed Yellow Jacket outraced everyone for a 21-0 lead, and a fumble by the Wildcats on their very next offensive play following the Trousdale kickoff ended in a 26-yard scoring pass for the visitors.

Trousdale scored its final touchdown in the fourth period following an interception.

“We have got to put four quarters together and we really have got to work on moving the ball on the offense,” Lamb concluded. “We are still optimistic and nobody is quitting. We think we are moving forward, but we also know we have a very long way to go.

“We will watch the film Saturday and be back at it hard Monday. We are going to get better.”

On the night, John Cody Brown had 27 yards on the ground on six carries. He was also credited with seven tackles. Looper had six tackles for the Wildcats.

Livingston will be on the road this week at Kingston. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. eastern time.

The Yardstick
LA TC
1st Downs: LA3, TC 16
Yds. Rushing: LA 60, TC 263
Yds. Passing: LA 17, TC 49
Pass Att./Com: LA 12/2, TC 4/2
Interceptions: LA 1, TC 1
Fumbles Lost: LA2. TC 2
Punts/Avg.: LA 5/33, TC 0/0
Yds. Pent.: LA 21, TC 75

Score By Quarter

LA 0 0 0 0 – 0
TC 7 0 21 7 – 35

Scoring

TC – Seay, 3-yard run. White kick.
TC – Cox, 1-yard run. White kick.
TC – Ford, 44-yard fumble return. White kick
TC – Ford, 26-yard pass from Young. White kick.
TC – Harper, 3-yard run. White kick.

 

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LA women’s soccer rolls in season opener


courtesy of Tony Nigro
Devin Thompson, #16, returned to the starting lineup after last year’s injury and scored goal in LA’s opening win over York


courtesy of Tony Nigro
Savannah Vaughn, #4, defends for LA in last week’s victory.

Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team opened the 2008 season with local rival York Institute on Monday, Aug. 25. Historically, the York Lady Dragons have matched up well with Livingston, giving them all they could handle including a near upset in a 3-2 district final in 2007.

The soccer well runs deep these days at Livingston Academy with another strong freshman class boasting two starters in the opening day lineup (Kelsey Copeland and Kelsey Webb) as well as the return of two key players from injury (forward Devin Thompson and All-Region goalkeeper Brianna Colson).

The LA Lady Wildcats started the game with a barrage of shots clanging off the crossbar and whistling just wide of the mark before sophomore standout Kat Nigro ripped a shot into the back of the net just minutes into the game.

The rout was on as the Lady Wildcats found the net six more times in the first half and four times in the second half of the game for a final score of 11-0.

Kat Nigro led all with 4 goals and 3 assists. Heather Marshall scored 4 goals, and freshman Kelsey Copeland scored 2 goals. Returning from a season off due to injury, Devin Thompson scored the final goal.

The Lady Wildcats defenders – Savannah Vaughn, Sara Jane Maynord, Kelsi Sotis, and Kelsey Webb – kept the wall up in the back, allowing York very few shots.

Game schedule and updates can be viewed on their website www.hogeyesoccer.com.

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Wildcats Volleyball off to good start

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

A good start was essential to a good season for the Wildcats volleyball team, and they may have gotten the start they needed. As has been said before, this team was “potentially great”, and this past week these girls proved just how “great” they can be.

Most weeks have a highlight to them, and this week had nothing short of a highlight.

“We placed second in the White County Tournament,” said Coach Christie Jenkins. “We started out a little rough in the week, getting beat by Stone, then Jackson County, but beat Monterey. Then we turn around Thursday and get beat by Red Boiling Springs, but beat Upperman, barely.

“Then we turn around Friday and play White County, beat them, and get beat by Stone again. After that, we turn back around and beat Beech, Jackson County, Upperman, and Warren County.”

When asked what stood out, Coach Jenkins said, “We started playing together Saturday and we started talking, hustling and having fun.

“We are still working on our offense but it is definitely coming along.”

When Adrian West, Kendria Kilgore, and Alissa Sells were asked what was their assessment on the past week, what stood out the most, and if they feel more confident in themselves and their team after the past weeks performance, West was the first to reply, saying, “I did better serving this week. I think when the week started, we were not playing that well as a team, but by Saturday we were playing together and talking and cheering, everybody was excited.

“I think a lot of the time the most excited and most motivated team wins, and that is who we need to be all the time.”

Sells added, “We played really well Saturday because we had fun and got pumped and came together. If we keep playing like this then we can do whatever we want, so yes, I have a lot of confidence in this team now.”

An excited Kilgore explained the week a little more.

“We played awesome in the tournament,” she said, “we just have to play like that all the time.

“Alissa Sells definitely stepped it up this week, she played awesome, and never came off the floor because she was killing the ball. Our setters did a lot better and I think they will get better with every game.

“I have always had confidence in the team, but everyone else has confidence, too. When we play together and are on the same page, we are great and hard to beat.”

After playing at home on Tuesday, Sept. 2 against Cannon County and Gordonsville, the Lady Cats will travel to play Clay County and Smith County on Thursday, Sept. 4, then will go to Crossville on Monday, Sept. 8 to play the Cumberland County Jets.

 

 


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