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County represented in Boston Marathon
Results for fishing tournament announced
Cats endure rough week against area opponents

LA Soccer ties for top spot in district

Lady Wildcats play in area tournaments

County represented in Boston Marathon


Kyra Oliver, #16011, competes in the Boston Marathon.


James and Meloyde Zahn of McMinnville pose with Anita and Lynn Burnett in front of the 113th Boston Marathon sign. James Zahn ran with a time of 3:32:54.

An Overton County resident and an Overton County native participated in this year’s running of the 113th Boston Marathon.

Lynn Burnett of Livingston and Kyra Oliver of Richmond, VA, formerly of Overton County both completed the marathon held Monday, April 20.

Oliver’s time was 3:38:04 and Burnett’s was 3:31:56.

Burnett’s finish time qualified him to run Boston again next year. The qualifying time for a 52 year-old male is 3:35.

Oliver finished 6,663 in a field of 26,331, of which 10,934 of the finishers were female and she finished 1,001 of that division. Females in her age group numbered 1,903, and she finished 126 in her division/age group.

Burnett said, “The highlight of the marathon was when Bill Rodgers entered into the same corral I was in and lined up three people to my left.

Toed up at the start of the Boston Marathon and Bill Rodgers to my left. Never thought that day would happen.

Bill Rodgers is an American runner and former American record holder in the marathon who is best known for his victories in the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon in the late 1970s. Rodgers won both races four times, each between 1975 and 1980, twice breaking the American record at Boston with a time of 2:09:55 in 1975 and a 2:09:27 in 1979. In 1977 he won the Fukuoka Marathon, making him the only runner ever to hold the championship of all three major marathons at the same time.

“He is now 61 years-old and wanted to complete the Boston Marathon one more time,” Burnett said.

The April 20 race was run with weather at 41 degrees and a 6 mph wind.

The Boston Marathon is organized by the Boston Athletic Association and is the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon. The first being held April 19, 1897, it takes place on the third Monday in April, also known as Patriot’s Day, which is a holiday in Maine and Massachusetts that commemorates the famous battles of Lexington and Concord.

The marathon begins in the small town of Hopkinton, MA, located southwest of Boston. From there, the racers meander their way through the towns of Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Brookline and into Boston. On the outskirts of Boston, the crowd thickens and the roar is deafening, according to Burnett. The racers continue through Kenmore Square and turn on Commonwealth Avenue.

“At this point, they realize the finish is within their grasp,” Burnett stated.

The finish line is on Boylston Street in front of the Boston Public Library, 26.2 miles from the start.

In terms of media coverage, the Boston Marathon is the second biggest single-day sporting event in the U.S., just behind the Super Bowl, with 500,000 spectators lining the course.

In an event closer to home, John West, Craig Green, and Danny Staggs all ran in The Country Music Marathon held in Nashville on Saturday, April 25.



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Results for fishing tournament announced


First place winners Adam Wagner and Jamey Wade hold up a total of 38.11 pounds of fish.


Several participants launched out late Saturday afternoon to begin the tournament.

The first DaleHollowFishing.com, Copeland Classic fishing tournament was held recently and the results are as follows:

1st - Adam Wagner & Jamey Wade - 38.11 lbs. (Day 1: 18.44 lbs. Day 2: 19.67lbs.)

2nd - Michael Morrison & T.J. McDonald - 32.63 lbs.

3rd - Marty Shelley & Robert Reagan - 30.7 lbs.

4th - Todd Beaty & David Beaty - 30.23 lbs.

5th - Billy Joe Johnson & Robbie Johnson - 29.13 lbs.

6th - Jeremy Flatt & Dusty Fleming - 27.68 lbs.

7th - Jerry Reagan & J.B. King - 27.5 lbs.

8th - J.R. Stalcup & Perry Neathery - 27.39 lbs.

9th - Donnie Harris & Ricky Lynn - 25.74 lbs.

10th - Billy Tucker & Lance Holland - 25.45 lbs.

Big Smallmouth: Saturday – Matt Hobson & Tabitha Donaldson 2.06 lbs. Sunday – Michael Stockton & Jason Stockton 2.4 1lbs.

Big Largemouth: Saturday – Adam Wagner & Jamey Wade 5.23 lbs. Sunday – Adam Wagner & Jamey Wade 5.10 lbs.

Over 160 fish were caught for a total of over 475 pounds.

DaleHollowFishing.com has over 925 members and growing. A night time, smallmouth only tournament is being planned for this summer as well as a Bluegill Rodeo for kids. Details will be posted on the site at www.DaleHollowFishing.com.

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Cats endure rough week against area opponents
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Double-headers have sometimes given Livingston Academy trouble this year, and this was the case on Friday, April 17 against Cumberland County at the Livingston Academy baseball field. After playing well against Cannon County, the Cats would go to Monroe County and lose, but would look to regain composure with the visiting Jets.

In the first game, the Cats played sub-par as things went wrong very early.

The only bright spot for the Wildcats was the well-rounded play of freshman Colby Reeder, who went three for three, and senior leader Lee

Gatts, who went two for two with a triple.

When only two players play well, the Cats fall, and nothing would be different in this game as the Cats would fall big time to the Jets, 13-3 in game one. Tracy McDonald picked up the loss giving up 10 runs on six hits.

In game two, as in almost every double-header this year for the Cats, the bats came alive and the boys looked like a team destined to make a run in the upcoming tournaments.

Not only did the Cats win 6-2, but they got production throughout their whole lineup as Ethan McDonald, Seth Kilgore, Gatts, and Hayden Hill all put a hit on the board, while Reeder, and Tracy McDonald added a hit and an RBI each. Justin Savage led the overall attack, knocking in two on the evening.

Seth Kilgore got the win for the contest as he tossed a complete game, allowing two runs on five hits with zero walks and he fanned five.

After the game, head coach Pat Swallows said,“In game one, we played terrible! In game two though, we played like we are capable of playing.”

Last week everything took a very wrong turn for the Cats, as the Tuesday-Wednesday series with the DeKalb County Tigers proved to be horrible, as the Wildcats posted two bad losses, 14-4 and 14-1 respectively.

Justin Savage picked up the loss Tuesday, and Seth Kilgore took the loss Wednesday, with the lone run coming on a solo shot from Colby Reeder.

Although the Cats were without seniors due to Senior Trip, nothing except winning would be satisfying.

“We probably played as poorly as we have played all year,” Swallows said. “We made fourteen errors, while walking fifteen in two games. DeKalb is a good team, but not that good. We definitely made them look better by our poor play.”

Swallows continued, sending a very clear message to his players and the LA fans, “We must regroup and play better this week or our season will be over on Friday.”

The Wildcats (7-13) will look to carry momentum into the tournament after playing Stone Memorial Monday, April 27 which was also Senior Night, and hosting Monroe County on Tuesday, April 28. The Wildcats will then go into district tournament action this weekend.

 

LA Soccer ties for top spot in district
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Sometimes the best time to start hitting on all cylinders is the last part of the year, and Livingston Academy Soccer has been very busy lately, racking up three wins over very high quality teams, and tying for first with the DeKalb County Tigers on Monday night, April 27.

To start off the past two weeks, go back to the Cannon County game at home on Thursday, April 16. Not only did the Cats win, but they pummelled the Lions, netting nine goals and only allowing one.

In the first 45 minutes, Greg Walker and Vance Robinson each scored two goals, as they led the Cats on the evening, and into the following day as they faced off with visiting Lebanon. That game may have not been as flashy, but a win is simply a win at crucial times in a season, and the boys got just that, as they upended the Blue Devils with a final of 3-2.

The next game for the varsity would be without their senior stars due to the trip to Florida, but sophomore Jake Huitt would steal the show last Friday, netting three goals and picking up an assist in a 9-1 rout over another type of Blue Devil, this time being the Jackson County Blue Devils, plus it was a district win, which was vital going into Monday’s district showdown with DeKalb County.

Monday night proved to be challenging for the Cats, who have overcome many obstacles already this year. Going to DeKalb is not a fun trip in itself, but playing for the number one seed in what could be an interesting tournament is nerve-racking as well. But, the Wildcats respond ed well, tying with the Tigers on their home field, 1-1, as both goals were scored in the first half, LA’s goal by Josh Huitt.

This now leaves the two teams tied and it will now go to tie breakers to determine who will get the first place seed for the upcoming tournament set to start Monday, May 4.

“The defense held them to one goal,” said Head Coach Ethan King. “We should have been able to get more in the back of the net, but they did a great job getting the tie.

“We will be ready next Thursday to have another shot at them.”

But the season was not totally over just yet, as the Wildcats (5-3-1) travelled to York on Tuesday, April 28 and will end the regular season at home against White County on Thursday, April 30.

The Wildcats were riding a five-game winning streak going into the home stretch.

Lady Wildcats play in area tournaments
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcat Softball team has cooled off over the past week and a half, losing four of their last six. After soundly beating Upperman, the Lady Cats would pick up the first of their only two wins on the week.

On Friday, April 17, the ladies traveled to nearby Cookeville for the weekend in “The Duff”, and would meet district foe Monterey in a battle of Wildcats.

Momentum seemed to carry over from the Upperman win, as the girls notched 8 hits in 19 tries, batting .421 on the evening. Freshman star Kelsey Copeland led the Lady Wildcats with her lone hit of the evening, driving in two runs in the second innning alone. Mallory Mahaney, Jenna Smith, Samantha Maya, Rachael Kingery, and Abby Miller also collected a hit each on the evening. Another freshman contributor was Morgan Johnson, as she led the Cats with two hits in two tries while crossing the plate twice.

After two great performances, the Lady Cats hit a brick wall on the rest of the weekend. Through the next three games on the weekend, LA managed only three runs on six total hits, while taking sound losses to Lebanon, 12-1, Lincoln County, 7-1, Greenbrier, 5-1, thus going 1-3 in the tournament, giving up 29 runs while scoring six on the weekend.

After taking their lumps, the Lady Cats returned to district action on Tuesday, April 21 against Smith County. This time though, the girls looked for production from their underclassmen to come out victorious in the hole, and Mallory Mahaney once again came through for the Cats, going two for two while walking twice and showing great patience in the box. Katelyn Webb was also a contributor, going two for three on the evening as well.

The “big dog” though, would be somewhat surprising, as freshman Abby
Miller supplied all three runs, going one for three with three runs batted in.

The Lady Cats escaped the clutches of the Owls, winning 3-2.

In their finale in Smith County, LA faced off against the Gordonsville Lady Tigers. This time around though, the girls did not get anything going, batting .125 as a team, with three hits, and no runs, in 24 at bats, thus falling victim to the Tigers with a 2-0 score. Racheal Kingery, Meriam Maynord, and Abby Miller each collected a hit, while the rest of the Lady Cats combined for nine strikeouts.

The Lady Cats ended the week in a tournament where they picked up two wins against McMinn County and Sevier County, 2-1 and 6-0 respectively.

In the two wins, the Lady Cats racked up 11 hits, while only striking out 10 times. Kendria Kilgore had both RBI against McMinn. The girls then took three losses at the hands of Morristown West, Mt. Juliet, and Knox Central, 3-1, 4-0, and 7-0.

The Lady Cats (9-12, 5-4) would finish the regular season at Macon County on Tuesday, April 28 before heading to the District Tournaments on Friday, May 1 at Upperman. With the one game remaining, seeding could be vital heading into the tournament. If the Lady Cats win, they could go into the tournament as the number two seed.




 



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