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Fishing tournament to be held on Dale Hollow
Wildcats defeat Bobcats, stung twice by Bees
LA Soccer plays in Bison Cup

Kat Nigro selected for U.S. National Team

Fishing tournament to be held on Dale Hollow
The Mountain Division of the $8 million Walmart Bass Fishing League will visit Dale Hollow Lake in Byrdstown on Saturday, April 4 for the second of five regular-season events.

As many as 200 boaters and 200 co-anglers are expected to compete in the tournament, which will award as much as $45,000 in cash, including a top award of $6,000 in the Boater Division.

If the winner is a participant in the Ranger Cup incentive program, he or she will receive a $2,000 bonus from Ranger Boats. If the winner is not a Ranger Cup participant, Ranger will award $1,000 to the highest-finishing Ranger Cup participant. That’s a potential top award of $8,000 for anglers who meet contingency guidelines.

Bombardier will award $1,000 to the winning boater if the winner’s boat is equipped with a qualifying Evinrude E-TEC or Direct Injection outboard.

The winning co-angler will earn as much as $3,000 cash.

Big Bass awards of up to $1,000 and $500, respectively, will also be awarded in the Boater and Co-angler divisions.

Anglers may register for the tournament online at FLWOutdoors.com or by calling (270) 252-1000. On-site registration will be held Friday, April 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Star Point Resort, located at 4490 Star Point Road in Byrdstown. Entry fees are $200 for boaters and $100 for co-anglers.

Star Point Resort in Byrdstown will host the takeoff and weigh-in at 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers in each of the BFL’s 28 divisions at the end of the season advance to a no-entry-fee Regional Championship where boaters fish for a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck and co-anglers fish for a new Ranger boat. Seven regional championships will each send six boaters and six co-anglers to the no-entry-fee Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy, which features a $1 million purse and a top award of $140,000 in the Boater Division and $70,000 in the Co-angler Division.

Anglers who compete in all five regular-season events within a division but do not advance to a Regional Championship are eligible to compete in the Chevy Wild Card, which will also send six boaters and six co-anglers to the All-American for a total of 48 boaters and 48 co-anglers advancing through BFL competition.

The winning boater and winning co-angler at the All-American will advance to the no-entry-fee $2.5 million Forrest Wood Cup in Atlanta in 2010. This event, featuring a top award of $1 million, is the most lucrative tournament in all of competitive bass fishing.

In all, the BFL offers weekend anglers the opportunity to qualify for three no-entry-fee championships with total cash awards exceeding $3.5 million. Plus, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each BFL division may move up to the Stren Series for 2010 while All-American champions have the option to advance directly to the Walmart FLW Tour.

The next Mountain Division tournament will be held on Lake Cumberland in Monticello, KY, on May 2.

Following the end of regular-season competition, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers in the Mountain Division will advance to the Lake Norman Regional Championship in Lake Norman, NC, on October 22-24 and will compete against anglers from the South Carolina, Savannah River, and Volunteer divisions for an All-American berth.

In BFL competition, boaters supply the boat and compete from the front deck against other boaters. Co-anglers compete from the back deck against other co-anglers.

As the nation’s leading provider of close-to-home weekend tournaments, the BFL is widely credited with opening competitive bass fishing to the masses. It also serves as a steppingstone for anglers who wish to advance to the Stren Series and ultimately the FLW Tour – bass fishing’s most lucrative tournament circuit.

Total awards are based on a full field of 200 boats in every tournament.
FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world.

For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.

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Wildcats defeat Bobcats, stung twice by Bees


Becca Savage photo
Seth Kilgore scores for LA in Thursday’s win over Pickett.


Becca Savage photo
Shawn Walthall pitches out of the stretch against Pickett.


By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Rivals make certain sports what they are, and last week Livingston Academy’s baseball club faced off against a bitter rival in Upperman on Monday and Tuesday, facing long odds of winning.

All pre-season, and even during the young season, all the district chatter had been about how good the Bees were, and how no one could give them a test. They found a test in the hungry Wildcats both games.

After falling behind in the early going in Monday’s home game versus the Bees, the Cat’s bats started connecting. Justin Savage connected for a L-O-N-G homerun ball that brought in Andrew Maynord and bringing the score to 4-2 Bees after two. In the following inning, Seth Kilgore smashed a 2-run double and brought home Savage and Tracy McDonald to knot the score at 4 apiece.

The Cats were not finished adding to the board, as McDonald brought home Jacob Lee on a long single and Savage brought home another run on a bases-loaded single, but Lee Gatts was thrown out at the plate trying to sneak in another run. After four innings, the Cats were up on the Bees, 6-4.

Six runs would not prove to be enough though as Upperman would rally in the sixth, putting up 5 runs, capped off by a Zach Youngblood 2-run home run and sealing the victory 9-6.

Senior Allen Bilbrey pitched a complete game, allowing 9 runs, 6 of which were earned, giving up 10 hits and striking out 4. Justin Savage’s homer was his first on the year, as he ended up with 3 RBI on the evening.

The Cats would travel to Baxter the following evening, and would get off to a very slow start.

The Bees raced to a 9-0 lead before the Cats could manage anything. Lee Gatts got things going with a single in the fifth, followed by Jacob Lee.

Back-to-back singles from Colby Reeder and Allen Bilbrey plated Gatts and Lee to put the Wildcats on the board 9-2.

In the sixth, Savage started off with a walk, followed by Gatts, Lee, and Reeder singles to bring home the last two runs in Savage and Gatts. But that would be all for the Cats as the Bees were able to pull out a 10-4 win on their home field.

On Thursday, March 26, though, Livingston looked to take out their frustration on a less than stellar Pickett County team. Every player on the Cats roster managed a hit, and the Wildcats destroyed the Bobcats 25-2.

Colby Reeder hit his first home run, a grand slam in the victory. Shawn Walthall and M.J. Lockhart pitched for the Cats, with Walthall giving up the only 2 runs.

After playing at York on Monday, March 30, and hosting the Dragons the following evening, the Cats (2-7) will go to the White County Tournament on Friday, April 3.

Livingston Academy will host district foe Smith County at 6 p.m. Monday, with a junior varsity game to start at 4 p.m., then the Cats will travel to Carthage to play the Owls at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, with a JV game at 4 p.m.



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LA Soccer plays in Bison Cup
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s soccer team hit the pitch after a week off on Friday evening in the Bison Cup tournament. Things would not go as well as planned for the Cats in their return though.

The Wildcats had not faced an opponent since March 9 in a loss to Cookeville, and Friday’s game came to an end just about like the Cookeville game, as the Cats would come up short 5-1 to White House-Heritage High School. The Cats’ only goal for the game came from Dylan Ashlock late in the contest.

Youth has been a problem in the two games this year, as has inexperience.
“They were a pretty good team,” said senior Josh Huitt. “They are ranked
and we are pretty young, too.”

Lack of chemistry could be a problem in the opening weeks as well.

“We have three starters from last year,” continued Huitt, “and some of our starters are in their first year on the team.”

With a tough schedule on the horizon, the Cats will be better prepared for the post-season tournaments they hope to take part in.

“Our district is not as good as some of the teams we play, so Coach has scheduled these teams to make us better,” Huitt said.

After the Cats (0-2) turn their focus on beating a Stone Memorial team in Crossville on Tuesday, March 31, they will then play the second home game of the year Thursday, April 2 against Jackson County in a match scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Livingston Academy is scheduled to host York at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.


Kat Nigro selected for U.S. National Team

LA’s Kat Nigro, #14, has been named to the United States Soccer Federation USSF U-17 Women’s National Team.

When the Livingston Academy women’s soccer season was long over and all thoughts turned to basketball on the Plateau, LA Soccer standout Kat Nigro’s daily routine still included between one to two hours of soccer skills training, conditioning, and SAQ’s.

Her dedication was again rewarded in a short but meaningful phone call in which she was notified that she was named to the United States Soccer Federation USSF U-17 Women’s National Team. One of just 46 players in the country, this group of young ladies represent the core that will compete for a position on the 2010 U-17 World Cup Team to compete in Trinidad and Tobago.

Kathryn “Kat” Nigro was also selected to travel to Denmark and Sweden in April to compete in international games. She just returned from attending the 2009 Adidas ESP (Elite Soccer Program) Camp in Pomona, CA. She was chosen as 1 of 96 freshman and sophomore soccer players from around the United States and the first female Tennessean to ever be selected. Her performance at the event was recognized when the coaching staff selected her to start in the Adidas ESP All-Star Game on the final full day of camp.

Nigro continues to play soccer with her club team, FC Alliance out of Knoxville. She is also representing the state of Tennessee on the Olympic Development Team, and is on the Region III Olympic Development Team.

She was recognized by ESPN and represented Livingston Academy with most individual goals scored during one high school season a total of 35.

She has broken the old school record of 50 goals in four seasons with 74 goals in just two seasons.

When asked about her selection to the U.S. U17 National Team, Nigro was thankful to the U.S. National Team coaches and staff for giving her a chance to compete, but she was equally grateful to her church family at First Christian Church for all their support and prayers, and also her trainer A.R. Richardson of Doyle, and local physical therapist Ron Huitt for designing advanced training sessions and drills.







 



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