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Baseball, softball sign-ups set
Wildcats take down York, DeKalb County
Lady Cats defeat York, DeKalb

Baseball, softball sign-ups set
Baseball and softball leagues at Livingston City Park will hold sign-ups at City Hall from February 7 through March 14.

Sign-ups will be held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Fees are $10 for softball and $25 for baseball.

Everyone who plans to play on a team must sign up.


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Wildcats take down York, DeKalb County


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Will Peterman gets a chiropractic neck adjustment as he moves into the paint against York.


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Chase Dunn and Coach Richard Melton contend for the ball in a ceremonial passing of the LA boys career scoring record.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Whereas the Lady Wildcats of Livingston Academy need eight more victories to reach the 100 win mark for the senior class, the boys are only two wins away, and there appears to be nothing in their path that would keep them from extending the mark well past the century milestone.

After convincing victories over York (75-38) and DeKalb County (75-60) last week, the Wildcats enter the final two weeks of the regular season with a 22-2 overall mark and 9-1 District 7, 2A record. Over the past four years, LA has posted 98 wins and 27 losses.

But you won’t find many on the team that’s even thinking about winning 100 games in four years. Currently, the goal in the near future is winning the district tournament then getting through the regionals and sub-state to return to Murfreesboro and the state finals.

“I’ve quit reading papers, watching sports rankings on the internet, anything that may be a detraction to the mission of the team,” head coach Richard Melton stated last week with a little tongue in cheek. “After we lost to Upperman, we discovered we still had a lot of work to do if we wanted to get back to Murfreesboro, so that’s what we’re doing.”

It must be paying off. Last week the Wildcats played host to York Institute on Tuesday night then traveled to DeKalb on Friday and had only minimal trouble breezing to a pair of wins.

In early December, the Wildcats traveled to Jamestown for their second district game of the young season, and although they only won by 22, 64-42, it was for the most part a stroll through the park.

In the return match, it was even easier.

“I don’t know what got into me,” Will Peterman laughed after the game.

“All I know is every time I looked up the ball was right there and all I had to do was put it in the hole.”

One of the reasons the ball was always in front of him was the Cats imposed a torrid defense that the Dragons simply couldn’t handle. On more than one occasion, Livingston would score, steal the ball before York could get it to mid-court, and pound in two more points.

In the first period alone, Peterman had 15 points, Deven Ramsey added eight, and at the buzzer the Wildcats were in complete control, 31-12.

Ramsey would go on to pound in 18 points on the night and Peterman 17. Like most of the starting lineup, the duo would play most of the first half and part of the third period, then sit down.

“I was trying to convince our players that they can play and play well, when they want to,” Melton would later confess. “It was good to see everyone play, but my main concern was to make sure our team knew how to play like they are capable of playing.”

At the outset of the final eight minutes, the clock ran continuous (indicating one team leads by at least 35 points), after LA got ahead by 40 points. York could get no closer than 37 in the final eight minutes.

“It was a good win for us,” Ramsey confessed. “It was definitely one of my best games and it felt good. I felt good both defensively and offensively and I had fun out there. We just have to keep playing this way. That’s what’s important. We know we are capable.”

Not only did Peterman have a good night offensively, he pulled down nine rebounds. Brad Jackson grabbed six and Kendall Melton was credited with five.

Offensively, Chase Dunn and T.J. Smith followed Ramsey and Peterman with 13 points each. Jackson had six, Clint West, Justin Poston, and Kendall Melton each added four, and Logan Ramsey and Jake Huitt rounded out the scoring with two each.

Things weren’t much more different in Smithville on Friday with the exception the Tigers presented a different tempo to the game and that seemed to cause the Wildcats a few problems.

“I don’t know, but the way they played kinda threw us off a little,” Peterman would point out after the game. “It wasn’t like we were in trouble, it was we could never put them away.”

DeKalb hung tough throughout the contest and Livingston, always in control, could never manage more than a 15-point lead at any point in the game.

Ramsey scored the first two points of the game and Smith added a three-pointer to put LA out by seven in the opening minute of the contest.

Kendall Melton slammed home a three near the buzzer to give the Wildcats a 20-11 lead.

Peterman hit the first markers of the second frame on a three-pointer and Adam Wilson closed off the first half with a basket that would give LA a 10-point, 36-26, lead, but in between, things never seemed to settle down.

Despite trailing throughout, DeKalb would simply not go away.

A three-pointer by Dunn midway through the third frame seemed to seal the contest as the Wildcats took a 51-36 lead. Although DeKalb would keep battling, from that point on they never appeared to make any ground. In the opening minutes of the final period, Dunn, Poston, and Jackson hit field goals, and Smith added a free throw for a 9-0 run, and the outcome was never in doublt.

Dunn led the attack with 24 points while Peterman added 13. Ramsey had 10, Smith and Kendall Melton each hit for eight, Jackson had six, Poston added four, and Wilson rounded out the scoring with two.

Livingston will be on the road this week. After traveling to Jackson County on Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Cats will travel to Smith County on Friday, Feb. 6. Livingston Academy will host Cannon County on Tuesday, Feb. 10.



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Lady Cats defeat York, DeKalb


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Alyssa Thompson looks to pass the ball for Livingston.


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Shelby Taylor drives toward the goal against DeKalb.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Before every season, teams will set goals among which are always reaching the state tournament, winning so many games, and beating certain rivals.

For both the girls and boys basketball teams at Livingston Academy this season is a little mentioned mark that both can certainly achieve.

“ It was one of my goals before the season started,” explained Lady Wildcats coach Lesley Smith after Friday night’s win over DeKalb, “that the seniors could reach 100 wins in their four years. After winning tonight, we are eight away from that mark and with four regular season games remaining, the district tournament and hopefully a few more games in regional and state tournaments, we certainly are within reach of that record.

One hundred wins in a high school career is really something to be extremely proud of accomplishing.”

While 100 wins may have been in the minds of the seniors, the first order of business last week was getting win number 91. Why 91?

Win number 91 would be against rival York Institute, one of two District 7, 2A teams to defeat the Lady Cats thus far this year.

“We really , really want this one badly,” Adrian West profoundly said before Tuesday’s home contest with the Lady Dragons. “They have beaten us three straight times and that’s way too many.”

An hour and a half later as they emerged from the dressing room, every LA player had a smile broadly beaming across their faces. That’s what a 58-46 win over the Lady Dragons would do.

“That was huge,” Shelby Taylor beamed after the game. “We knew we needed the win, we knew we could win and we went out and did win. It was that important and it also reestablished our confidence. That was a big win.”

After taking the short end of a 53-49 decision in Jamestown back in early December, the Livingston girls had marked Tuesday, Jan. 27 on their calendars and made it one of those “goals” they wanted – beating York, and when they accomplished the feat, it was in convincing style.

West, along with teammates Mallory Mahaney and Kendria Kilgore got things off on the right foot with three straight three-point baskets, and a good solid defense kept the Lady Cats on top the entire first period.

Livingston led at the end of the first eight minutes, 15-10.

Kilgore and Mackenzie Sells ripped in a pair of threes to open the second period, but York, defiant as always, stormed back and knotted the game at 21. Kilgore’s third three of the game and a pair of free throws by Samantha Maya lifted Livingston to a 28-25 lead at intermission.

Third quarter action saw Livingston go up by eight at 34-26 on a basket by West. Taylor hit for three shortly thereafter, but York went on a 7-0 run to pull back to within two at 37-35 as the quarter was winding down. LA led by four, 39-35, to start the final eight minutes.

With five and a half minutes remaining in the game, Livingston had built a 10-point lead at 47-37. Kilgore fed the ball inside on several trips down the court and Mackenzie Sells and West were at the right spot at the right time to put in easy layups. Then down the final two-minute stretch, Kilgore, West, and Sells went to the charity strip and hit six straight free throws for the final margin of victory.

“We have played well the last three games,” Kilgore added. “Hopefully, with this win, we are back to where we should be.”

Kilgore led the LA attack with 17 points, followed by West with 15 and Mackenzie Sells with 13. Maya added five, Mahaney and Taylor were good for three each, and Alissa Sells put in two.

The big deal about going to Smithville on Friday was simply “not to lose”, of which there was always a chance, but a slim one.

The DeKalb County Lady Tigers had the distinction of losing 116 straight district games and had not defeated the Lady Cats in the last 55 meetings.

“You are always aware of the laws of average,” West smiled before the game. “We just have to make sure we aren’t the ones that get caught up.

You never take a team for granted despite their record, and we haven’t done that tonight. We’ll play hard.”

West was right. Livingston came out shooting with Kilgore slamming home a pair of buckets and Taylor hitting from three-point range. Alyssa Thompson nailed a three with only seconds to go in the first frame, and LA took a convincing 21-5 advantage to the second period.

A pressing defense kept the Lady Tigers off balance throughout the period while the shooting of Sells, Taylor, Kilgore, and Thompson virtually put a lid on the outcome with three-pointers from all over the court. Livingston led 45-15 at intermission.

Midway through the third period, Smith started clearing her bench, and with a 40-point lead going into the final frame, every player with an LA uniform got in the action.

Livingston won the game going away, 75-42.

Taylor led the LA scoring attack with 19 while West put in 13, Kilgore 11, and Alissa Sells was good for 10. Mackenzie Sells hit for six, Thompson and Abby Miller were good for five, Kayla Williams hit for four, and Allison Dailey rounded out the scoring with two.

Livingston will be on the road for both games this week. After traveling to Gainesboro on Tuesday, Feb. 3 to face Jackson County, the Lady Cats will then head west to Smith County on Friday, Feb. 6. Livingston Academy will host Cannon County on Tuesday, Feb. 10.



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