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Archives 04-08-2009


Elite win Riverdale Hoops Classic
Cats defeat York at home
LA Soccer takes loss to Panthers

Lady Wildcats defeat Clay County

Elite win Riverdale Hoops Classic

TN Elite played in the Riverdale Hoops Classic this past weekend in Murfreesboro and defeated the Alabama Hoopsters in the championship game to win 1st place. Team members are, kneeling from left, Heather Cravins, Mallory Mahaney, Chelsea Norris, Hope Scantland, Kriston Boles, Allison Dailey, standing, Coach Joey Williams, Taylor Price, Carly Dickens, Brooke Foster, Kayla Williams, Abby Miller, and Chelsey Cook.

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Cats defeat York at home

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Livingston Academy’s Allen Bilbrey slides into second in the home win over York Institute.

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LA first baseman Lee Gatts records an out against York.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

In baseball, when you take “nights off”, it tends to bite you in the rear. You can be far more superior than a team, and lose unexpectedly due to taking your foot off the gas pedal. Last Monday night, March 30, against York, this seemed to happen to Livingston Academy’s baseball team.

Justin Savage had a big home run, but four errors on defense will lose a close game, as the Cats fell to the Dragons 4-2. Allen Bilbrey took the loss for the day.

“We must hit better,” said head man Pat Swallows. “We should have won that game. We have to stop making errors and play better defense.”

On Tuesday, March 31, the Cats took their coach’s advice, as they put on a clinic with the bats. In an 8-6 win over York, the boys would get home runs from Ethan McDonald, who also finished with three runs batted in on two hits, and Colby Reeder, who knocked his second round-tripper of the year and two hits.

The Cats also got timely hits from Allen Bilbrey and Lee Gatts, who added two to their hit total as well. Jonathan Melton picked up the win, and Justin Savage came in to get the save.

“We played better today,” Swallows said after the game. “We had some big hits in critical situations and played a lot better defense.”

The coach was also very impressed with sophomore pitchers Jonathan Melton and Justin Savage.

“He (Melton) came in to pitch in relief and did a great job as did Justin, who struck out the final two batters to preserve the win.”

After a trip to Smith County on Tuesday, April 7, weather permitting, the Cats (3-8) will head into the White County Tournament this weekend.

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LA Soccer takes loss to Panthers
Livingston Academy’s boys soccer team took the field Tuesday night, March 31, looking to get to winnning ways against Stone Memorial Highschool in Crossville.

Being winless on the year, the Wildcats looked to make quick work of the Panthers. Though the Cats came in hungry, Stone proved to be too much too soon as they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

After intermission, the Wildcats got on the board after Dylan Ashlock netted a goal off a put back to give LA their first and only goal of the game, as the Cats would fall short yet again, 5-1.

The Cats were also scheduled to play at Jackson County on Thursday, April 2, but the game was cancelled due to inclement weather.

After a home game Tuesday, April 7 against rival York Institute, the Wildcats (0-3) will head down I-40 to visit the Smith County Owls at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

Lady Wildcats defeat Clay County

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Kelsey Copeland fires a pitch in the win over Clay County.

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Samantha Maya waits for a pitch from the Clay Co. pitcher.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

The Lady Wildcats Softball team has been up and down the past two weeks, but they certainly found more positives than negatives in the four games played.

After coming off a less than stellar week, the ladies took on Clay County on Tuesday, March 24. Hitting seemed easy against the Bulldogs as the girls would manage 5 runs on 8 hits, and with great pitching, would cruise into their first win of the year.

Mallory Mahaney was credited at 1 for 3 with 2 RBI, while sophomore Katelyn Webb would also go 2 for 3, and senior student Kendria Kilgore would also finish 2 for 3 with a huge triple and a lone run batted in. Kelsey Webb and Julia Carwile also would go 1 for 3 and Morgan Johnson would go 1 for 1 while Carwile and Johnson would both collect an RBI.

Great pitching did not hurt the Lady Cats as Kelsey Webb would pitch a 12 strikeout victory and pick up the win allowing only one run.

Following a great win versus Clay, the ladies turned their attention to DeKalb County. What fire they took from the Clay County win, they did not bring to DeKalb as they were blanked by the Lady Tigers 3-0.

Hitting has been a problem all year long, and in the DeKalb game, the girls had 0 hits while striking out 4 times, but managing to put the ball in play, only where defenders were.

“We brought our bats against Clay,” said senior Kendria Kilgore. “We hit the ball well, and that was the difference in the game. We played well at DeKalb for most of the game, we just had a couple bad throws and silly mistakes. That was the turning point against DeKalb.”

The senior knows that they must hit the ball well in order to be competitive in district play as well.

“We are going to have to cut down on the strikeouts and start swinging,” Kilgore said. “Coach says it is confidence, but we have to stop hitting grounders and start putting the ball in the hole.”

Playing together could be something to watch as well as the season progresses. The Lady Cats had just returned Kilgore, as well as Mallory Mahaney, Samantha Maya, and Rachel Kingery from basketball.

“I’m playing better now that I am back in the groove of things,” Kilgore said. “Our freshmen have really stepped up and are making things happen. Rachael (Kingery) has threw out 7 of 8 people that have tried to steal on her, and Meriam (Maynord) has done a fine job pitching. I look forward to the rest of the year.”

Next, the ladies traveled to Crossville to play the Stone Memorial Lady Panthers on Monday, March 30, only to fall victim to another shutout, 4-0.

Although they found nothing in Crossville, the girls did not let their spirits be brought down as they came home the following day to annihilate the Smith County Lady Owls 12-0 in four innings. Mallory Mahaney had a big night, going 2 for 5 with four runs batted in. Kendria Kilgore and Meriam Maynord also batted in two, and Kelsey Copeland and Abby Miller batted in one apiece.

After traveling to play Upperman in Baxter on Tuesday, April 7, the Lady Cats will travel to Cannon County on Thursday, April 9 and then play in the Plateau Invitational this weekend in Crossville. The first pitch will be thrown at 5 p.m on Thursday while the tournament schedule has not been announced.

The Lady Wildcats will travel to Jamestown on Monday, April 13 to play York, then Livingston Academy will host DeKalb County at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 14.


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