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Archives 05-13-2009


Wildcats take District 7A/AA tournament championship
Lady Cats close softball season
Volleyball school to be held June 10

Wildcats take District 7A/AA tournament championship

Becca Savage photo
Greg Walker heads the ball in LA’s direction in the championship win. Walker netted 2 goals in the contest.

Becca Savage photo
Josh Huitt, #15, and Jake Huitt, #3, keep on the attack for Livingston Academy in the championship win over the Owls.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s boys continued their strong soccer run on the season last week in the District 7A/AA Tournament. They faced off against York Institute on Tuesday, May 5 and picked up an easy win over the Dragons, 5-0.

The win put Livingston Academy in the finals again, but the question would be whom they would play in the final. DeKalb County had come into the tournament being the favorite, but a determined Smith County Owls team canceled the Tigers’ plan of an easy road to the championship game by upending DeKalb 2-1.

With DeKalb now out, the Wildcats would play host to the lower seeded Owls on Thursday May 7.

The Wildcats proved their worthiness as they handled the Owls with ease, taking a 5-0 victory over Smith County.

Greg Walker proved to be the Wildcat “on a mission”, as he netted two goals on the night to lead the Wildcats’ attack. He would not be the only senior to chip in though, as fellow striker Josh Huitt added a goal to his season total as well.

After Jake Huitt and Ryan Swallows’ goals, the Wildcats allowed zero goals on the night, thus proving that defense does indeed win championships. Since their tie at DeKalb County two weeks ago, the Wildcats have went on a tear offensively and defensively, putting up 18 goals while only allowing a very prominent three.

The Wildcats (9-3-1, 7-0-1 in 7A/AA) would then move on to the Region Semi-Finals to face the visiting White House Blue Devils on Tuesday, May 12. The Devils were headed to LA with a 9-7-1 record, with common opponents being Lenior City and Station Camp.

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Lady Cats close softball season

Kendria Kilgore was named All-District 7-AA First Team.

Mallory Mahaney and Rachael Kingery were named All District 7-AA Second Team. Kingery was also named to the All District Freshman Team.

Abby Miller and Meriam Maynord received All-District Honorable Mention.

Abby Miller and Meriam Maynord were named to the All District Freshman Team.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats ended their softball season last week, short of their preseason goals. After a fine end to the regular season, the Lady Cats came up short in the semi-finals of the District 7-AA Tournament.

The LA ladies got off to a great start, beating the Smith County Lady Owls on Monday, May 4 for the third time this season, this time with a score of 13-8. A seven-run second inning proved to be the deciding factor in the victory.

Racheal Kingery batted three for five with two runs plated, while freshman Abby Miller went one for three and batted in three. Kendria Kilgore, Samantha Maya, and Kelsey Copeland each added a run as well in the contest.

In game two of the soggy series on Tuesday, May 5, the Cats played a hard fought contest with Macon County, whom they had split the season series 1-1, with the victory coming on April 28 at Macon County.

This time though, Macon would get revenge on the ladies as they scored nine runs in the opening two innnings, jumping out to a 9-2 lead, and with strong defense managed to keep the Lady Cats to a run total of five for the game.

Jenna Smith led the Wildcat attack batting one for four with two runs batted in, while Kendria Kilgore and Samantha Maya each plated a runner on just one hit.

The Lady Cats fell to the Lady Tigers 9-5, forcing them to win the next two games to play in the finals.

Next on the list was the Lady Dragons of York on Tuesday as well. This time, the inspired Wildcats put together their best game of the tournament as they shut out the Dragons while putting 10 runs on the board. The game was tied at zeros until the bottom of the third when the Wildcats broke loose for five runs, followed by another five runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Senior Kendria Kilgore and freshman Kelsey Copeland led the Lady Cats with two hits and three runs batted in apiece. Kingery and Meriam Maynord also batted in a runner as well. In the end, it was all Lady Cats, 10-0.

The run ended as the Lady Cats fell victim to the Cannon County Lady Lions on Wednesday, May 6. After a 10-run output the night before, Livingston managed only one run in the fifth inning, and although they played pretty well defensively, they allowed four runs to the Lions, with all four coming through the fourth inning.

Mallory Mahaney ended her season leading the Wildcats while going two for four and scoring the only run for the girls. Kendria Kilgore ended her career batting one for three, while Kingery, Maynord, Maya, and Miller each had a hit.

The Lady Cats fell out of the tournament by a final of 4-1.
Although disheartened, lone senior Kendria Kilgore still stayed positive throughout the whole year.

“It was a great season,” Kilgore said. “We did not finish where we wanted to, or where we thought we should, but we stepped up and played extremely well the last part of the year.”

Now the Lady Cats will look to build on a 14-15 season next year.

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Volleyball school to be held June 10
A Volleyball Summer Skills School will be offered for girls ages 8 to 18, at Cumberland University Wednesday, June 10 through Saturday, June 13 by Cumberland University Volleyball Coach Dwayne Deering.

Each session will be held from 10 a.m. until noon. Cost is $35 each session or day; $125 for all 4 sessions.

A beginner’s volleyball school will also be offered by Assistant Volleyball Coach Rita McCarthy from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 through Friday, June 12. Cost is $55.

For more information or to register for these volleyball schools contact Coach Dwayne Deering at (615) 547-1318, (615) 449-4975, e-mail ddeering@cumberland.edu, or go online to http://www.cumberland.edu/athletics/womensvolleyball.

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