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LA Basketball prominent in All-Upper Cumberland
Gatts hits for cycle in Cats’ win
LA Soccer storms over York Institute

Softball Cats extend winning streak to three

LA Basketball prominent in All-Upper Cumberland
Livingston Academy basketball coaches and players are prominent in the Herald-Citizen All-Upper Cumberland boys and girls teams.

Chase Dunn was voted the All-Upper Cumberland Player of the Year for the third consecutive year. Only Pickett County’s Nathan Aaron in 2000-2002 has been voted the best for three straight years.

The Tennessee Tech signee averaged 21 points per game last season.

LA Wildcats Coach Richard Melton was named Coach of the Year on the boys side.

T.J. Smith, a junior, was named to the All-UC Second Team, and seniors Will Peterman and Clint West were named to the All-Upper Cumberland Third Team.

Dakota Key was named to the All-Freshman Team.
LA Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith was named Coach of the Year on the girls side.

Senior Kendria Kilgore was named All-Upper Cumberland First Team.

Senior Alissa Sells and sophomore Mackenzie Sells were named to the All-UC Second Team.

These superlatives are voted by Upper Cumberland area coaches.



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Gatts hits for cycle in Cats’ win

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Josh Scott photo
Justin Schebel slaps the ball toward first base against Smith.


Josh Scott photo
Allen Bilbrey winds up before a pitch against Smith.


By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

“In like a lion out like a lamb” saying is used to describe the month of March, yet over the past two weeks, it could also describe the play of Livingston Academy’s baseball team. The up and down time continued on a double-header Wednesday night, April 8 on the home field of the Wildcats.

After being rained out on Monday and Tuesday, the Cats took the field for what would be the only two games of the week on Wednesday. The first game got off to a bad start, and nothing ever seemed to change.

The Cats took a loss 11-4 to the visiting Smith County Owls in game one, while getting eight hits and leaving seven men on the basepaths. Allen Bilbrey took the loss for the Cats, giving up three home runs, but he did not get any help defensively as the Cats made four errors in the game.

Lee Gatts would be the bright spot of the game, going three for three with two runs batted in and a home run, his first on the year.

In game two, the Cats would turn things around, as they would end up taking an early lead and never look back, winning easily 13-3 in the nightcap. The offense would come alive, as the 13 runs came on 10 hits, as well as taking advantage of errors made on the behalf of the Owls.

Justin Savage was the winning pitcher, giving up three runs on six hits and fanning five on the night. He also got help offensively as he, Ethan McDonald, Allen Bilbrey, and Lee Gatts all had two hits in the game.

McDonald managed to put across a run while Bilbrey plated two on the night. Gatts went two for two with four runs batted in on the game.

“We went from pretty awful (in the first game) to pretty good (in the second game),” said head man Pat Swallows.

Although it was a total team effort, one senior stood out, as Lee Gatts went five for five on the night, and also came across a rare thing. While going five for five, the senior stud would also hit for the cycle, which is a single, double, triple, and a home run, with six runs batted in on the evening.

When asked what he was thinking when he knew he just needed a triple, he replied, “I knew a triple was all I needed, but I was just wanting to put the ball in play to get us some runs, but it is definitely awesome hitting for the cycle.”

He also hit his first home run on the year on Wednesday.

“After I just kept hitting the wall all year, it feels great to get one out of the park,” he said. “Now I just hope we have found the momentum we have been looking for.”

The Cats (4-9) were scheduled to head to Cannon County on Monday, April 13, and to play at home Tuesday, April 14 against the Lions. Then the Cats will finish up the week at home playing Marion County on Thursday night before playing a double-header Friday night against Cumberland County. The Thursday is scheduled for 6 p.m., while the double-header time is to be determined.

Livingston Academy will host DeKalb County on Monday, April 20, and DeKalb County will return the favor the following evening.



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LA Soccer storms over York Institute
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

The thunderstorms may have caught everyone’s eye in Overton County this past week, but another “storm” came as well, as the Livingston Academy boys soccer team collected not only their first win of the season, but they managed to put together two straight solid efforts and win twice on the week.

On Tuesday, April 7, the Cats played host to visiting rival York Institute and set the tone early. Not only did the Wildcats win, they destroyed York in an 8-0 blowout.

Josh Espey was the big man on campus, as he stepped up big time to net his first two goals of the season. Although Espey was the star of the show, fellow seniors Josh Huitt and Greg Walker both added a goal to their season total.

But the annihilation was not complete, as Livingston Academy got the offensive power they had been looking for all season from juniors Dylan Ashlock and Adam Beasley, who both netted a goal each.

Now up 6-0, sophomore Jake Huitt kicked through his first goal, and freshman Tyler Cronk made the stat sheets by pushing the ball past the York defense for his first career goal at Livingston Academy.

After collecting a little bit of momentum, the Cats traveled to Smith County on Thursday, April 9, and played stellar defense as they shut out the Owls on the day. Again, senior “big” man Josh Espey would play exeptionally well and net through the Wildcats only two goals on the day, and lead them to a 2-0 victory over the Owls.

“It feels pretty good, we just have got to keep it up” Josh Huitt said. “We
just have to keep playing our game and not let up.”

Now the Wildcats (2-3) will take the field this week at home against visiting Lebanon on Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m. The junior varsity will travel to Friendship Christian on Monday, April 20 at 4:30p.m., and then the varsity team will be back at it on Monday, April 27 at DeKalb County at 6:30 p.m.


Softball Cats extend winning streak to three
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Streaking cats are something worth watching, especially when they are very entertaining, and Livingston Academy’s softball team is on the upswing after picking up their third and fourth wins this past week, pushing their winning streak to three games.

The ladies traveled to Upperman High on Tuesday, April 7 to take on the rival Bees, and everything seemed to work flawlessly for the Lady Cats. Hitting had proven to be a foe for the girls in the past three weeks, but not in this contest as the girls racked up in the hit column, putting a total of 11 on the board.

Freshman Rachael Kingery proved to be a big factor as she went two for four, with two runs batted in on the evening. Meriam Maynord also had two big hits, as did Katelyn Webb, with Webb also having a stolen base, one of the Lady Cats’ five on the night. After all the dust was cleared, the Lady Cats left Baxter with a 3-0 victory over the Bees.

The bats were also huge again on Thursday night, April 9 in another district game with Cannon County. Once again, the Lady Cats put the ball in play 11 times, this time accounting for eight runs while only allowing two.

The game was all Livingston Academy as the ladies scored 6 runs in the second inning alone. Mallory Mahaney and Samantha Maya led the Wildcat attack, driving in two runs each while Julia Carwile, Jenna Smith, and Meriam Maynord each drove in one to add to their respective season totals. Kendria Kilgore went one for four with a stolen base as well.

After a walk, the Lady Cats took an 8-2 advantage, and allowed nothing else, making 8-2 the final score in Woodbury.

Through their first four games, the Lady Cats had a record of 1-3 and looked to be struggling, but through their last four games, the girls are 3-1 with everything looking as if they are hitting on all cylinders. Every night there seems to be a new contributor, which can be crucial as the season goes on and tournament time comes.

The Lady Cats looked to extend the streak on Tuesday, April 14 at home against DeKalb County, and then will host Upperman on Thursday, April 16, with a 5 p.m. start. The Lady Cats will then head to Cookeville for “The Duff” Tournament for the weekend.

A trip to Carthage is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 to take on district foe Smith County.








 



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