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Archives 05-06-2009

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Golf tournament held at Hidden Valley
Jr. Cats Soccer falls to Algood Redskins
Cats close out baseball season

Cats enter soccer tourney as #2 seed

Lady Cats finish regular season with wins
Special Olympics team does well at recent meet

 

Golf tournament held at Hidden Valley


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The sixth annual Livingston Jaycee Golf tournament was held Sunday, April 26 at Hidden Valley Country Club. The first place team in the A, B, C, D draw team shot a 59, 13 under par. First place team members are, from left, Marty Maynord, Joe Moss, Sam Officer, and Earl Dale, congratulated by 2009 Livingston Jaycees President David Sadler.

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Jr. Cats Soccer falls to Algood Redskins


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Overton County’s Jesse Carr controls the ball in front of Algood’s Adam Oliver (at right) in the Jr. Wildcats’ 2-6 loss to the visiting Redskins on Thursday, April 30.

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Overton County’s Eli Sadler directs the ball away from an Algood opponent in the regular season make-up game.



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Cats close out baseball season


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Jim Officer slides home in the win over Stone Memorial.


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Justin Savage throws a pitch in the last win of the season. He also had 3 hits, including a home run, and drove in 7 runs.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

After a roller coaster ride all season long, the Livingston Academy baseball team closed out the 2009 season for good after a loss at DeKalb County.

Although they would fall short 11-8 in their district play-in game to the Tigers, they would have moderate success on the week.

Livingston opened play at home on Monday, April 27 versus the Stone Memorial Panthers. The bats definitely showed up for this one as the Cats played possibly their best game of the season.

Justin Savage was a one-man highlight reel, as he had three hits, one of them a home run, and seven runs batted in. Oh by the way, he also got the win allowing three runs on three hits, while fanning six.

The Cats got production from other talents as well, with Andrew Maynord adding two hits and batting in one, and Lee Gatts adding a hit and three runs. Ethan McDonald crossed the plate three times while also adding a hit in the 12-6 onslaught over the Panthers, picking up the only win on the week.

On Tuesday, April 28, the Cats did not play as well against Monroe County (KY), losing 8-0. Tracy McDonald would be held accountable for the loss, and the Wildcats would strike out seven times, and make five errors on defense, while managing only four hits, two of which belonged to Savage, and one apiece to Ethan McDonald and Shawn Walthall.

“On Monday, we played well, and Justin Savage had a great game,” Coach Pat Swallows said. “On Tuesday though, not so well, making five errors and only gettting four hits.”

Last Thursday would prove to be the Cats last game as they tried to play-in to the District Tournament at DeKalb County.

The Wildcats looked strong at times, but blew leads of 2-0, 5-3, and 8-5.

Freshman Colby Reeder added two 2-run home runs, and collected four runs batted in on the night. Ethan McDonald added two hits, as did Lee Gatts and Andrew Maynord, with Maynord plating two. Hayden Hill also added a hit on the night.

“We played well at times, but made too many mistakes. We walked eight and hit four batters, plus we had three errors. You can’t give a good team 15 extra at-bats and expect to win,” Swallows said.

The Wildcats finished the season at 8-15 overall. Now the work begins on next year, and for four talented seniors, the real world begins. Justin Savage, sophomore, was named to the All-District team, while Ethan McDonald and Colby Reeder garnered Honorable Mention.


Cats enter soccer tourney as #2 seed


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LA’s Greg Walker jumps for a header against the Warriors.


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Patrick Letner moves the ball up the field for the Wildcats.


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Josh Huitt redirects the ball for LA against White County.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Getting to the top can be difficult, and staying there can be much more difficult. A seven-game winning streak never hurts either, just ask the Livingston Academy soccer team. After starting the season weak at 0-3, the Wildcats quickly have turned things around going 7-0-1 in their last eight games.

After securing the second seed in the District 7A/AA Tournament, the Wildcats turned their attention to York on Tuesday afternoon, April 28. Livingston came out hot against the Dragons, stomping out the fire in their breath early and often.

Seniors Josh Huitt, Josh Espey, and Greg Walker led the way for the Cats in a 4-2 victory in Jamestown. Huitt and Walker each netted one goal apiece, while Espey hit two past the Dragon keeper as the Cats pushed their win total to six on the season.

On Thursday, April 30, the Wildcats played their final home game of the regular season against the visiting White County Warriors. On Senior Night, it was only fitting for the two seniors that had led the Cats all season to lead them one final time. Josh Huitt and Josh Espey each collected two goals on the night on the way to a 4-1 victory over the Warriors.

Defense has been the key to the success of the Wildcats of late. In their last eight games, the Cats have given up only five goals total, and twice the Cats have shut out their opponents. If the key to success in the future is defense, Livingston Academy may be one of the most dangerous teams in the district. In their last eight, the Wildcats have scored a mere 38 goals, very impressive for a team who had started so slow, to now outscore their opponents in the last eight games by a total of 38-5.

The Wildcats finished their regular season with a 7-3-1 mark, with the tie being against top seed DeKalb County. The Cats were set to start their tournament run Tuesday, May 5 with the winner of the #6 seed Cannon County and the #3 seed York match.



Lady Cats finish regular season with wins


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Livingston Academy’s Samantha Maya catches the relay throw and tags out a runner.


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LA’s Morgan Johnson prepares to tag out a Cavalier runner.


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Kelsey Copeland puts the bat on the ball against Cookeville.


By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s softball program closed their regular season last week with style, going 3-1 with quality district wins heading into a district tournament that may be an issue to play due to weather.

The Lady Cats started off great when they travelled to Jamestown to play rival York Institute in a double header on Monday, April 27.

In the first game, the Wildcats rallied from being down 2-0 after one to score four runs unanswered to beat the Dragons 4-2.

Meriam Maynord was the difference, batting two for three and plating two, and Mallory Mahaney and Kendria Kilgore each added one, with Kilgore also going two for three with a run scored.

In game two, the Cats would not be cooled off as they came out of the gate to score the first two runs of the game. After allowing York two runs in the second, the Wildcats scored three unanswered to put the game away with a score of 5-2, escaping Jamestown with two big wins in district play.

Mallory Mahaney led the Lady Cats this time, batting two for three with two runs batted in and a run scored, while freshman Abby Miller went two for two and plated one, and Racheal Kingery knocked in a run on a sacrifice.

The Lady Wildcats hit the road again Tuesday, April 28 for a game with Macon County to round out district play on the season. There was no doubt who the superior team was in this contest as the Lady Cats scored their six runs before the Lady Tigers ever put one run on the board.

Jenna Smith plated two on sacrifices, while Kingery, Mahaney, Maya, Miller, and Copeland each had an RBI and accounted for only one hit between them. Kendria Kilgore went three for three, and scored three runs to lead the Lady Cats to victory in Lafayette, 6-3.

The girls then came home to finish of their season on Thursday, April 30 against the Lady Cavaliers from Cookeville. After managing 15 runs in three games, the girls could only get two on the evening, one apiece from Kingery and Copeland, as the Lady Cats fell victim to the visiting Cavaliers by a final score of 3-2. Kilgore, Mahaney, Maynord, and Miller each added a hit to their season total during the game.

Now the post-season begins, and it could all end in one day. Since the rain has been a problem for the Upper-Cumberland, and the District Tournament is forced to be over by Thursday, May 7 according to TSSAA rule, the Lady Cats (12-13, 8-4) may be forced into playing all their tournament games in one day.


Special Olympics team does well at recent meet


Special Olympians from Overton, White, and Putnam counties in Area 9 met on Friday, May 1 at Cookeville High to compete in a tennis tournament. The following students who participated and won ribbons are, from left, Jauquise - 1st, Jessie Ledbetter - 1st, Barbara Murphy - 3rd, Traci Hensley - 2nd, Steven Dulworth - 2nd, Nathan Miller - 1st, and Chris Corbin - 1st.



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