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Cates named team captain for Princeton
Cats win double-header
Softball Cats defeat Upperman 14-5

TBC Golf Scramble set for April 30

Cates named team captain for Princeton
By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Former Livingston Academy football standout, Wilson Cates, has been named one of the four captains for this year’s edition of the Princeton Tigers. The team selected two offensive and two defensive players to serve as team leaders.

“This means a lot to me,” Cates said. “This puts me in a position of leadership, but that doesn’t mean we will make a lot of changes. We will continue doing things the way we were.

This will be Cates’ senior season at Princeton. After leading his high school team, the LA Wildcats, to the 2005 State 3A championship from the quarterback position, the son of Dr. Jamie and Connie Cates of the Willow Grove area was moved to defense his freshman year in college. At the time, Cates said he loved the change, and apparently it has worked out well for him.

Last season, Cates was third in all tackles for the Ivy League team.

“I’m very pleased with the team’s selections of captains,” head coach Roger Hughes said. “All four of these young men have shown maturity and leadership and will make outstanding leaders for this year’s team.”



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Cats win double-header


Josh Scott photo
Ethan McDonald waits for the pitch in a recent game.


Josh Scott photo
Colby Reeder makes a shoestring catch.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy Baseball once again had weather issues last week against district foe Cannon County. They would wind up playing their doubleheader on Tuesday, April 14, but this doubleheader seemed to be easier than most.

In game one with the Lions, LA trailed twice at 2-0, and later 3-2, before getting the bats going. They would score in every single inning except for the second.

Fabulous freshman Colby Reeder was the star as he batted 3-for-3 with two home runs and four runs batted in. Allen Bilbrey drove in four while going 2-for-3, and Andrew Maynord went 2-for-3 and drove in two to lead the Wildcats attack on the evening. Ethan McDonald chipped in two hits and Lee Gatts and Justin Savage each added a hit.

The winning pitcher in the contest was Justin Savage, as he threw the whole game, allowing six runs on seven hits, while striking out eight and walking one in the Wildcats 16-6 win over the Lions in game one.

Late game heroics would be the story for game two of the night, as the Cats would turn into “Comeback Cats” and wind up with a 7-6 victory.

After falling behind 6-2 early, the Wildcats got three runs in the third inning to inch the Cats closer to the Lions at 6-5.

Ethan McDonald wound up being the hero, blasting a 2-run shot in the sixth to put the Wildcats ahead 7-6.

In the nightcap, Justin Savage had two hits while Allen Bilbrey and Colby Reeder added one hit apiece to their hit total.

Andrew Maynord added two runs to the board with his 2 RBI as would McDonald with a sixth innning longball. Lee Gatts added a hit and an RBI to his season total.

Jonathan Melton got the win in a great relief effort, going three and a third innings and allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out eight.

“In the first game, we got behind early, but hit very well” said Wildcats’ skipper Pat Swallows. “We did not hit as well in the second game, but we played good defense to pull it out.”

The Cats were on a 3-game win streak, and played Monroe County, KY, Thursday, April 16 and Cumberland County in a doubleheader Friday, April 17.

After playing DeKalb County at home on Monday, April 20 and traveling to DeKalb on Tuesday, April 21, the Cats will travel to Pickett County on Thursday, April 23.



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Softball Cats defeat Upperman 14-5

Becca Savage photo
LA shortstop Kendria Kilgore, #54, gets down and dirty to scoop the ball and toss to second.


Becca Savage photo
Meriam Maynord fires a pitch for LA against DeKalb.


By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Great leaders are few and far between, and for Livingston Academy’s softball program, one senior leader has answered the bell throughout the year. The Lady Cats also took the field twice last week before heading off to their tournament in Cookeville.

On Tuesday, April 14, the Lady Cats played host to the visiting DeKalb County Lady Tigers, looking to avenge a loss from earlier in the season. But the Lady Tigers would have no part of it as they would beat the Cats 8-1. Offensively, the LA girls just did not show up, evident by the lone run on the scoreboard.

For the night, Mallory Mahaney collected the only run batted in when she plated Jenna Smith in the third. Smith also collected a hit, as did Meriam Maynord, Abby Miller, and Samantha Maya. Overall, the Lady Cats collected five hits total, while striking out four times, while taking a free base twice.

Thursday night, April 16, the visiting Upperman Lady Bees came into Hog-Eye as the girls looked to sweep the season series against the Bees.

This night was very special though, as it would be the last time Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats senior Kendria Kilgore would take the field at home in her career.

Coming into the night, Kilgore had been vital to the success of the program, batting .375 on the year with three runs batted in and two stolen bases, with nine hits. Thursday would not be any different, as the young lady led her Wildcats to a 14-5 victory over the rival Bees.

Kelsey Copeland picked up the win before relief came in from Meriam Maynord, both who have been a vital part of the Lady Wildcats program as freshmen.

“It was just a great last home game for me,” said Kilgore after the game. “I mean, to beat someone 14-5 and have everyone playing together and hitting the ball, it just made it a great game to finish on.”

Kilgore, who has been crucial to the program over her four years, has many people to thank, and many things to be thankful for. She expressed appreciation to her parents, her coach, her teammates, and everyone who came out to support the team.

Over the past two years, while the program has been on the uprising, this Wildcat has been very consistent with the bat, evident by her .350 batting average, while hitting 7 triples, 6 doubles, a home run, and 12 runs batted in. Most notably though, would be her leadership and determination to win, which is being proven as the Lady Cats go throughout the year.

The Lady Cats (5-5, 4-4 in district play) were then set to go on the road three more times to conclude their regular season, as they traveled to Smith County on Tuesday, April 21, Celina on Thursday, April 23, and Macon County on Tuesday, April 28. All games are set to start at 5 p.m. weather permitting.

TBC Golf Scramble set for April 30
By Amy Davis,
Tennessee Bible College press information

Tennessee Bible College is seeking area golfers to participate in its 12th annual golf scramble Thursday, April 30, at Cookeville Golf Club. Tee-off is at 10 a.m.

The tournament, a fundraiser for the college, is a 4-man scramble with a fee of $300 per team or $75 per golfer. Participants have until April 29 to register, and may do so by calling TBC at (931)526-2616 or stopping by the campus at 1616 McCulley Road in Cookeville.

Trophies will be awarded to the winning team and to individual golfers for “Longest Drive” and “Closest to the Hole”.

Event coordinator David Hill of TBC said, “The tournament has been good in generating funds for the school, and we would like to encourage newcomers to help in this worthy cause. Anyone is welcome to participate, not just TBC alumni.

TBC Golf Scramble is held each year in conjunction with the college’s Spiritual Renewal Week lectureship, which is April 29 through May 3. For more information call (931)526-2616 or visit www.tn-biblecollege.edu.








 



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