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Fast Pitch 12 & under Tourney held
Co-Ed Softball Tournament held
Jr. Cats to play for championship
Cats hold Roadrunners to 14 points
LA golfers compete in state tournament
Lady Cats defeat Blue Devils 9-1
Dale Hollow Bass Classic tourney draws area sportsmen

Fast Pitch 12 & under Tourney held

Overton County Fast Pitch 9 & Under Orange Team took 1st place in the League and Tournament softball games that were held recently in Livingston. Team members are, front row from left, Danielle Ray, Mahala Key, Shae Adams, Hannah Bilbrey, Hailey White, back row Coach Karrie Spears, Shawna Day, Kristen Crabtree, Allie Parsons, Vallie Johnson, Emily Taylor and Coach Andy Parsons.

The 9 & Under Pink Team placed 2nd in the softball tournament. Team members are front row from left, Harley Stacey, Lorna McDougle, Cheyenne Miller, Morgan Regan, Cammie Sells, middle row, Alysa Dickerson, Courtney Pritchett, Makayla Choate, Chloe Edens, Callie Swallows, back row, Coaches Marcy Dickerson, Chris Stacey and Stephanie Stacey.

Fast Pitch 12 & Under Orange Team in the Overton County Softball tournament took 1st place in the League. Team members are, front row from left, Alivia Blankenship, Jamie Wilson, Hannah Morgan, Bailey Kingery and Toni Cantrell, middle row, Kelsey Thompson, Alex Grace, Lilly Neal, Makala Carr, Aaliyah Mountain, Gabby Cantrell and Alli Neal, back row Coaches Jennifer Wilson and Crystal Kingery.

The 12 & Under Green Team placed 1st in the softball tournament. Team members are front row from left, Hailey Carr, Ashley Barrett, Amber Maynord, Madison Walker, Courtney Cantrell and Jenna Roberts, back row, Coach Trudy Barrett, Brooke Smith, Alana Farley, Coach Melanie Staggs, Bailey White, Alexis Wells, Mataya Turner and Coach Peggy Cantrell.

Overton County Fast Pitch 12 & Under Pink Team took 2nd place in the Tournament games. Team members are, front row from left, Shay Gaw, Karah Daniels, Katelyn Smith, Marley Gibbons, Savannah Gillentine and Maggie Taylor, back row, Savanna Grimsley, Coach Julie Brown, Dakota Burchett, Allie Brown, Kailey Masiongale, Jameson Daily, Coach Suzy Taylor and Taylor Hall.

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Co-Ed Softball Tournament held

Low Cost Heating and Cooling took 1st place in the League and 2nd place in Co-Ed Softball Tournament held recently in Livingston. Team members are, front row from left, Blake Almonrode, Rachel Barlow, Michele Blakley, Brittney Cantrell, back row Jonathan Cummings, Jeff “Goon” Flowers, Crystal Kingery, Joe Smith, Tiffany Livingston, Kyle Copeland. Team members Jessie McDonald, Nan Voss, Shane Livingston and Michael Poston are not pictured.

Squeak’s took 1st place in the Tournament and 2nd place in League Co-Ed Softball . Team members are, front, Stephanie Pennington, middle row from left, Jonathan Smith, Justin Smith, Jake Partain, Heather Dyer, Whitney Walker, Amber Robinson holding Jordan Smith and Jade Smith, back row Taylor Dickson, James Gibson, David Jackson, Charlie Partain, Bryan Smith, Scotty Smith, Wayne Huckeby and Christina Smith.

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Jr. Cats to play for championship

Josh Scott photo
Lukas Reagan, #34, and Brock McCoin, #6, provide protection for Bubba Jolley on a touchdown run in Thursday’s game against Jamestown’s Orange Crush.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

“Clear eyes, full heart, can not lose.” All season, Coach Shane Mosely has motivated the Overton County Jr. Wildcats offense with these seven words. He hoped that on Thursday night, Oct. 2 at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium that the words of motivation would help again.

The defense took the field first, and after a York Orange Crush drive, forced a punt and took over the ball first and 10.

The offense looked to be in good rhythm, moving the ball down the field 4-5 yards at a time. Finally, Lukas Reagan broke through on a big run, but at the 10 yard line fumbled. The Crush took the ball back, giving them a fresh set of downs.

Once again, as they have all season, the defense stepped up, putting pressure on the quarterback and backfield; forcing the Crush to punt yet again.

This time, when Reagan got the ball after a long 6 minute drive, he protected the ball and punched his way into the endzone from three yards out; but the conversion was no good, giving the Cats a 6-0 lead with 1:21 remaining.

On the very next defensive play, Corey Hamilton stripped the ball from the York back, scooped it up, and scored from 37 yards out. With a minute left in the first quarter, the score was 12-0 Jr. Cats.

After great defense by both teams in the second quarter keeping the game at 12-0 going into the half, the Jr. Wildcats made the first big play of the second half on defense. With such a great defensive front, the Jr. Cats put the pressure on the York quarterback, forcing him to throw into coverage, and Bubba Jolley picked the ball off, led by Brock McCoin and Lukas Reagan all the way into the endzone from 47 yards out.

The conversion was good, and the score was 20-0 with 6:55 to play in the third quarter.

Lukas Reagan made play after play – recovering a fumble at the 33 yard line, and scoring on a drive from 31 yards out, and after the conversion, made the game 28-0 Cats.

York scored in the third quarter, bringing the game to 28-6, and later in the fourth making it 28-12. But Brock McCoin sealed the deal, on a 64-yard touchdown run, clinching the game at 36-12.

The game moved the Jr. Cats record to 7-0, and clinched a berth in the championship game, representing the East division.

“I don’t know what to say,” Coach Mosely said. “I did not sleep before this game; we drove the ball, nothing fancy, and we executed the smallest things. The little things matter, and 11 people doing their job at a time will win. I am proud of you guys.”

Then stepped in Coach Terry Melton to talk to his players, and with his most serious face said, “It is hard to motivate kids. We practiced hard, and prepared hard, and you guys have motivation from within.

“I am proud that every high school player that could be in the stands was there, that was motivation.

“Nothing can replace this game or this season. But, we cannot lay down, quit, have a lapse, or sleep on Cannon County or Gordonsville. We have to have the same motivation for the next two games.

“I am so proud of the 42 players on this team.”

The Jr. Cats looked to move to 8-0 on Tuesday, as they will take on Cannon County at 6:30 p.m. at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium.

They will look to win the Tri-Lakes Conference Championship on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Alvin C. York High School versus the Gordonsville Tigers.

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Cats hold Roadrunners to 14 points

Landon Amonett photo
LA’s defense stops a Roadrunner in his tracks in Friday’s game.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy took two things with them as they traveled to Austin-East Magnet High School Friday night, a 0-5 record and a boat-load of confidence after such a tight game the previous week against Alvin C. York Institute. Execution and determination could decide the outcome of this game.

“You cannot play scared,” stated Coach Bruce Lamb before the game, and the Cats seemed to listen, except for the first quarter.

The Cats kicked off first, and pooch kicked the ball to the 40 where Austin-East would take over first and 10. After two straight 10-yard runs, the Roadrunners scored on a 21-yard touchdown run, and after the extra point, made the game 7-0 Roadrunners.

The Cats took the ball, but could not get anything going early, and were forced to punt, giving the ball and opportunity back to the Roadrunners.

Again, the Roadrunners drove the ball down the field, and scored on a short pass from inside the 10 yard line, making the game 14-0 after the extra point.

After the score, and another stall by the offense, the Cats defense answered the bell and did not give up anything to the Roadrunners. Consistent play by defensive tackles Talon Sircy and Jake Beau made the short yardage hard to come by, and linebacker play by Cody Stafford, Stenson Smith, John Burkett, and Zach Green shut down anything to the outside. At halftime, the game remained 14-0, Roadrunners.

The Cats seemed to come out in the second half inspired, moving the ball well, but on the 42 yard line, the Cats went for it on fourth and 1, and seemed to get the lone yard needed, but were marked short, giving the ball back to the home team. But again, the Cats D stood, forcing losses on plays and an eventual punt. The Cats then drove the ball inside the Roadrunner 40, only to fall short on fourth down.

After countinuous great play of the Livingston Academy defense, the Cats had one more opportunity in the fourth quarter to score, and drove the ball down to the Austin-East 10-yard line. After gaining two yards in three plays, the Cats went for the score on fourth down, but Brannon McCoin threw a pretty ball to the endzone, only to find that his reciever was not looking, turning the ball over, and letting Austin-East run out the time.

“We are this close,” acknowledged Lamb. “We have to keep working hard and believing.

“This next week is homcoming, and we should have beaten Scott County last year, and now they are going to come down here looking to beat us, but we can not lose on homecoming. Come back and get ready, you are improving every week. I am proud.”

Homecoming festivities will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

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LA golfers compete in state tournament
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy was very proud this past week, as two of their very own students represented the school at the TSSAA Golf State Tournament. Clint West, a senior, represented the boys, and Emily Miller, a sophomore, represented the girls.

West went in with high expectations, after going to the state tournament last year. Although he did finish 26th, he was tickled to be there again.

“It was an exciting and very special experience,” West said. “State tournament is one of those weeks you will always remember.

“The best part was actually playing, and we were so fortunate to have two great days to play. The worst part of the whole experience was the day before where I was so anxious just to play. It seemed like it was gonna be two days away. Then when the time came, it felt like two days in one.”

Although 26th is not bad, West was not satisfied.

“I guess the only way I could have been fully satisfied was to win, but I had a great time and experience playing, and representing Livingston Academy.”

Clint West will remain as one of the finest players to ever play golf at Livingston Academy.

As for Emily Miller, it was her first trip to the tournament. Not many players make it this far in just their sophomore year. She played well all season, and through the district and region tournaments, to earn her way into the big tournament with the best in the state.

After a great roll into the tournament, the young player finished 25th.

Despite the finish, Miller seemed pretty happy.

“It was a learning experience,” said the calm, cool 15 year-old. “The best part was I still have two more years to play; on the other hand, the worst part is I did not finish in the top 10.

“I was satisfied with making the tournament, but I was not satisfied with where I finished.”

Livingston Academy gets to have her for two more years.


Lady Cats defeat Blue Devils 9-1

courtesy of Laurie Marshall
Kelsi Sotis receives the ball in LA’s game against Jackson County.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Before heading into the last week of the regular high school girls soccer season, Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats ran wild over the Jackson County Lady Blue Devils in a 9-1 romp.

In the Thursday, Oct. 2 game, LA led 4-0 at the half, led by Kat Nigro with 3 goals and Heather Marshall with a goal and 2 assists.

Marshall added 2 more goals in the second half, and Devin Thompson, Kelsey Copeland, and SarahJane Maynord each added a score.

Adding to the frenzy created by the LA scoring, the Jackson County coach was ejected in the second half of the match.

The overpowering performance was a good bounce-back for the Lady Cats, who were ran over 7-0 at Franklin Road Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 30. FRA is ranked number 2 in the state in one poll and number 3 in another.

LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, “It was a good challenge to get them ready for tournament play, helps show some weaknesses and things to work on.”

After traveling to Jamestown to take on York Institute on Tuesday, Oct. 7, Livingston Academy will host DeKalb County for Senior Night on Thursday, Oct. 9. Then, after fall break, the District 7-A/AA Tournament will be held October 20-23.

Dale Hollow Bass Classic tourney draws area sportsmen

Dale Hollow Bass Classic first place champions Mike Miller and Brandon Wallen are congratulated by host, Odell Braswell.

Anglers hailing from Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana competed for over $12,000 in the 23rd Annual Dale Hollow Bass Classic Fall Tournament at Star Point Resort on Dale Hollow Lake. The 2-person buddy tournament yielded Smallmouth, Largemouth and Kentucky Bass.

The Tournament features a BIG FISH prize for both Saturday and Sunday, sponsored by Sunset Marina & Resort, B & K Bi-Rite, Sportsman’s Lodge Motel and Star Point Resort. Donnie Thrasher & BJ McClellan split BIG Fish Prize ($500); with Mike Miller and Brandon Wallen for their largemouth weighing in at 4.15lbs. Anglers Mike Miller and Brandon Wallen also won the BIG FISH prize on Sunday with a 4.40lb largemouth, and won 1st place in the tournament with a 23.65 lbs captured to take home $2,232.50, total earnings of $2,982.50. Be sure to tune in on Thursday, October 9, at 6 pm to watch the weigh in on Tennessee Sportsman, a program hosted by Odell Braswell. The show will be repeated on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 6pm. ( DISH, DIRECTV & Local Channel 22)

1st place Champions Mike Miller & Brandon Wallen totaled 23.65 lbs earning $2,232.50.

2nd place awarded to Perry Neatherly & Billy Joe Smith for their combined weight of 20.75lbs, for $1,762.50

3rd place awarded to Curtis Parsons & Tim Jolley with 19.85 lbs for $1,410.00.

Phillip McCowan & Anthony Bowman secured $1,175.00 for 4th place with their total tournament weight of 18.65 lbs.

5th place went to Gary Farley & Randy Hunter for a total weight of 18.60 lbs and cash earnings of $1,057.50.

6th place: Local Byrdstown natives Robert Reagan & Marty Shelley caught 16.75 lbs for $940.00.

7th place: Mitch Robertson & Tim Reagan, caught 16.70 lbs and for $822.50

8th place: JJ Wilson & Danny Connor caught 16.25 lbs earning $705.00

9th place: Local Byrdstown Fisherman JB King & Jerry Reagan earned $587.50 for their total tournament weight of 15.95lbs.

10th place: Huel Boles & Bryan Boles earned $470.00 for their catch of 14.95 lbs.

11th place: Randy Loftis & Billy Gardner earned $352.50 for 14.20lbs captured.

12th place: Local Jamestown Fisherman Mike Stowers and Johnie Stowers earned $235.00 for their total tournament weight of 13.30 lbs.

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