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Archives 09-17-2008

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Loftis and Garner win Triple Crown Bass Series
Lady Cats defeat Smith County 10-0
LA volleyball team endures tough week
Overton County Outlaws defeat Smith County Jets 48-0

Loftis and Garner win Triple Crown Bass Series

Randy Loftis and Billy Garner won the points championship in the Triple Crown Bass Series that ended its season at Dale Hollow Lake on August 23. The rest of the top 10 are as follows: 2nd – Donald Dailey and Tim Porter; 3rd – Matt Bilbrey and Estell Bilbrey; 4th – Larry Allen and Johnny Phillips; 5th – Bobby Cravens and Jamie Cravens; 6th – Brian Palk and Mike Beasley; 7th – Tim Neal and Tommy Barrett; 8th – Tim Emerton and Jeff Emerton; 9th – Scott Waites and Rob Lester; 10th – Bobby Benson and Lynn Benson.
Triple Crown Bass Series had its fishoff August 30. The four 1st place teams are as follows: Big Smallmouth – 1.96 lbs. Tim Emerton and Jeff Emerton; Big Largemouth – 3.97 lbs. Jerry Birdwell and Scott Burton; Big Kentucky – 1.90 lbs. Randy Loftis and Billy Garner; Total Weight – 6.98 lbs. Randy Loftis and Billy Garner.



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Lady Cats defeat Smith County 10-0


courtesy of Liz Nigro
Megan Hammock looks up the field for a teammate to pass the ball to in high school soccer action from last week.


courtesy of Liz Nigro
Kara Vaughn defends against Smith County.

The Lady Wildcats soccer team traveled to Carthage on Tuesday, Sept. 9 to face district opponent Smith County before entering the toughest stretch of the 2008 schedule where they will face seven triple A and/or state ranked opponents.

The match with the Lady Owls was never in doubt as the LA Lady Wildcats overwhelmed the Owl defense, peppering the goalkeeper with shots and notching a 10-0 victory.

Coach Ethan King was able to get his reserves much needed playing time after the starters put the game out of reach early. The coach was impressed with the continued effort and growth of several players, including Megan Hammock, Jenna Smith, Alyssa Thompson, Mary Green, Brittany White, Kara Vaughn, and Haley Norris.

The Lady Wildcats were led in scoring by Devin Thompson (4), Heather Marshall (2), Kat Nigro (2), Brittany White (1), and Kelsey Copeland (1).
On Thursday, Sept. 11, the team hit the road again for a rematch of last year’s region finals against soccer power Station Camp Lady Bisons.

Coach King hopes the mid-season competition will toughen his young squad by allowing them to see different styles and experience the more physical play rarely seen on the plateau. The Lady Bisons were happy to oblige, receiving numerous warnings, and fouls all over the field.

The Lady Bisons came out with physical play, battling for every possession and banging the Lady Wildcats off of the ball. They showed a combination of physical play with overall team speed, putting the Wildcat’s defense on their heels.

The Wildcat defense of Savannah Vaughn, Kelsey Sotis, Kelsey Webb, and led by SarahJane Maynord, managed to play through the early pressure, as they turned back what looked like herds of Bison attackers.

The Lady Bisons opened the scoring late in the first half on a well-played ball into the box just past the outstretched hands of the LA goalkeeper Bailey Buck.

The Bisons made it 2-0 early in the second half on a corner kick, which was nicely headed into the back of the net.

Then Coach King inserted “Super Subs” Alyssa Thompson, Jenna Smith, and Haley Norris to provide a physical presence and add speed to the Lady Wildcats. The move made an immediate impact and turned the tide of the game.

With less then 20 minutes left in the game, a long ball was played into the top of the 18-yard box and Heather Marshall made the Wildcats’ first goal.
For the next 15 minutes the Lady Wildcats were playing with renewed energy. The aggressiveness and determination brought into the game by the “Super Subs” was rubbing off on every one of their teammates. Suddenly free balls were going the way of the Wildcats.

With 4 minutes remaining in the game, Kat Nigro picked up a loose ball about midfield and found forward Devin Thompson with a 25-yard pass. Thompson played a perfectly weighted ball down the sideline to a streaking Nigro who beat the lone defender and the keeper for the equalizer goal.

The game ended in a 2-2 tie but Coach King was very excited about the overall team effort shown as well as the ability of his subs to step up and make a difference in a big game.


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LA volleyball team endures tough week


Josh Scott photo
Adrian West, #3, slams the ball across the net for the Wildcats.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

“We are going to have to get back to the basics,” Coach Christie Jenkins said of the performance of the Livingston Academy volleyball team last week. After starting out very well, the Cats hit a slump, and this slump lasted all week.

In the opener for the week, the Cats lost by 3 points against Jackson County, almost mounting a comeback in the third game. But that comeback may have been one of the few bright spots of the week.

After that, the girls beat a very scrappy Monterey team in a very close game, and it was all a down slide from there. The team lost 4 straight, one to Cumberland County and 3 in the Wilson Central tournament.

“The girls really worked and hustled,” said a dissapointed Jenkins. “It was not a good week. Kassie Sullivan and Alissa Sells got hurt, Kendria
Kilgore had an ACT to take Saturday, and it was just a rough weekend.”

When asked if the rough week hurt the confidence, the coach said simply, “I hope not.”

One bright spot of the week came from exceptional play from the freshmen girls over the weekend.

“We will be okay,” Coach Jenkins said, “but we are going to have to play as a team and play better.”

The Cats opened this week up Monday against Cookeville, and Tuesday at Red Boiling Springs against Red Boiling and Upperman. LA will play Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jackson County in a tournament. Livingston Academy will host Cumberland County on Monday, Sept. 22, beginning at 4:30 p.m., then the Wildcats will travel to play Gordonsville and Cannon County on Tuesday, Sept. 23, beginning at 5 p.m.


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Overton County Outlaws defeat Smith County Jets 48-0


Josh Scott photo
The Jr. Outlaws defense stops a Smith County run.


Josh Scott photo
Wade Neely ran for 95 yards and a touchdown Saturday for the Jr. Outlaws.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

If the future is to be bright for Livingston Academy, one must figure that the future starts with the Outlaws program. The Outlaws headed into Saturday playing the Smith County Jets, looking to build on a “so far so good” season.

Offenses can stuggle, and win, but you cannot have a 0 on the board and win. That’s a fact, and unfortunately, the Junior B Team just could not get it going.

Chase Looper and Brody Johnson had big runs, but nothing resulted in a touchdown, and hardly any first downs. It was just one of those off-sync days, and defensively, one big play killed the confidence of the young
team.

Despite a 12-0 loss on Saturday, Sept. 13, the team overall, looked as good as it has been, they just could not get anything going.

In the 5th quarter, the Outlaws found a spark in the backfield with #86 Desmond Luke going 51 yards for the lone touchdown of the quarter, as the 5th quarter ended 6-0 Outlaws.

Junior B Outlaws game
Jr. B 0, Smith County 12
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.)

Brody Johnson 13-46
Cade Hammock 6-19
Chase Looper 5-11
Total 24-76

Lead Tacklers
Cade Hammock 1; Will Sims 4; Grayson Randolph 2; Mitchell Ayers 2; Austin Hastings 1; Brody Johnson 2; Chase Looper 2; Jacob Swallows 1; Chris Ferrell 2.The Junior Outlaws found the endzone a few times in their game with the Jets. After watching the Junior B team, the Junior team came out motivated, and played very well.

A Carter Hayes touchdown followed by a Tanner Dillon PAT made the game 7-0 Outlaws in the second quarter.

Although the Jets answered quickly to pull within one, the Outlaws stepped it up with a 66-yard touchdown run from Wade Neely and a 2-yard touchdown run from Tanner Dillon that pushed the score to 19-6.

Smith County never smelled the endzone again as the Outlaws’ Blake Qualls intercepted a pass that secured the 19-6 victory.

Junior Outlaws game
Jr. Outlaws 19, Smith Co. 6
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs-1pt.)

Wade Neely 10-95-1-0
Carter Hayes 14-81-1-0
Tanner Dillon 4-0-1-1
Total 28-176-3-1

Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Tanner Dillon 4-7-5
Carter Hayes 1-1-19
Total 5-8-24

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.)

Eli Estes 1-19
Xander Miller 1-7
Blake Qualls 1-3
Carter Hayes 1-(-1)
Wade Neely 1-(-4)
Total 5-24

Interception
(No./Yds.)

Blake Qualls 1-21.

Lead Tacklers
Donnie Allred 4; Wade Neely 6; Cody Cantrell 4; Tanner Dillon 3; Eli Estes 2; Jacob Craig 7; Carter Hayes 3; Blake Qualls 2; Thomas Trevino 1; Jarrett Key 1; Zach Burnett 1; Joseph Webb 1; Cody Jackson 1.
1st Quarter - TD Smith Co. 40 yd pass-conversion failed.
2nd Quarter - TD Hayes 4 yd run; Dillon 1 pt run.
3rd Quarter - TD Dillon 3 yd run - conversion failed.
4th Quarter - TD Neely 66 yd run - conversion failed.

The Senior Outlaws “won” their first two games, but were forced to forfeit the game at Cannon County because two birth certificates were not turned in. Smith County revealed this to the league. After two moderately close games, the Senior Outlaws opened it up early and often against Smith County.

Loren Crowder visited the endzone 4 times Saturday, with runs of 48 yards, 63 yards, 23 yards, and another short run later. Although that would be enough to beat the Jets, the Outlaws found other ways to strike, with a Kaleb Qualls to Logan Clark touchdown, Peter Hollars touchdown, and a Dylan Linder touchdown.

The Outlaws were up 19-0 at the end of the first, 34-0 at the half, and by the end of the 4th, pushed the score to 48-0.

The offensive and defensive line dominated, and great linebacker and defensive back played big keys as well.

After the strong showing, the Outlaws pushed the record to 2-1 and still rolling.

The Outlaws will play Saturday, Sept. 20 at Clay County. The Junior B team will start the action at 5 p.m.

Outlaws game
Outlaws 48, Smith County 0
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs-1pt.)

Loren Crowder 4-161-4-0
Kaleb Qualls 3-35-0-2
Peter Hollars 1-8-0-0
Jordan Savage 0-0-0-1
Dillon Linder 4-32-1-1
Daniel Flatt 2-13-0-0
Total 14-249-5-4

Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-2Pts.)

Kaleb Qualls 6-9-76-2-1 (2 pt.)

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TDs-2Pts.)

Logan Clark 2-40-1-0
Gage Vaughn 1-23-0-0
Loren Crowder 1-11-0-0
Peter Hollars 2-2-1-0
Dillon Linder 0-0-0-1 (2 pt.)
Total 6-76-2-1

Interception
(No./Yds.)

Kaleb Qualls 1-20.
Fumble Recovery
Loren Crowder.

Lead Tacklers
Daniel Flatt 5; Hunter McDonald 5; Wade Eldridge 4; Kaleb Qualls 1; Peter Hollars 1; Jordan Savage 3; Dillon Linder 1; Bobby Allred 6; Casey Thompson 1; Logan Clark 1; Jacob Masters 2; Loren Crowder 1; Zach Craig 5; Seth Parker 1; Jacob Norrod 1; Dylan Young 2; Zeb Randolph 2; Hunter Poston 1; Blake Walker 2; Peyton Long 1; Josh Beu 1; Drew Gore 2; James Owens 1.

Scoring
1st Quarter - TD Crowder 48 yd run - conversion failed; TD Qualls 3 yd pass to Hollars - conversion failed; TD Crowder 63 yd run; Qualls 1 pt run.
2nd Quarter - TD-Qualls 21 yd pass to Clark; Savage 1 pt run; TD Crowder 27 yd run; Qualls 2 pt pass to Linder; TD Crowder 23 yd run; Linder 1 pt run.
3rd Quarter - TD Linder 4 yd run; Qualls 1 pt run.

 

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