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Windle team finishes perfect season at 12-0
LA boys go 28-1 during summer camp
LA girls sharpen skills in camp

Windle team finishes perfect season at 12-0

The girls 16 and under softball team sponsored by John Mark Windle Law Office League finished a perfect regular season at 12-0. Recent softball and baseball results from Livingston City Park are as follows:

Final Standings

John Mark Windle 12, 0, 0
KFC 7, 5, 0
Casey’s Frontier 6, 6, 0
Low-Cost Heating 4, 8, 0
Civitan 1, 11, 0

Final Standings

First National Bank 8, 2, 0
UC Family Dentistry 5, 5, 0
Tn. Holdem 4, 6, 0
Speck Funeral Home 3, 7, 0

Final Standings

Wascon 11, 1, 0
Webb Real Estate 9, 3, 0
First National Bank 5, 7, 0
UC Family Dentistry 4, 8, 0
Hall’s Trophies 1, 11, 0

Final Standings

Hall’s Sports 8, 4, 0
H&E Construction 7, 5, 0
Savage’s Farrier 6, 6, 0
Overton Farm Supply 3, 9, 0

Final Standings

Farm Bureau 9, 3, 0
Captured Forever 7, 5, 0
Parsons 6, 6, 0
CPR 2, 10, 0

Monday, June 15

Mid-State Const. 11, LA 6
Bank of Overton County 10, Swallows Insurance 1

Tuesday, June 16
LA 20, Bank of Overton County 11

Thursday, June 18
Cooper Recycling 16, Swallows Insurance 4

Monday, June 15

Hall’s Sports 8, Livingston Regional Hospital 5
American Bank & Trust 11, Union Bank 7

Thursday, June 18
Hall’s Sports 15, Union Bank 7
American Bank & Trust 11, Livingston Regional Hospital 9

Final Standings

First National Bank 8 4 0
Swallows Insurance 8 4 0
Wascon 2 10 0

Babe Ruth
Monday, June 15

Union Bank 3, BP Lamb Oil 2
Upper Cumberland Family Dentistry 7, People’s Bank 1

Thursday, June 18
Ragland & Riley 5, BP Lamb Oil 2
Upper Cumberland Family Dentistry 7, Union Bank 0

Saturday, June 20
Upper Cumberland Family Dentistry 11, People’s Bank 1
Union Bank 3, Ragland & Riley 1


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LA boys go 28-1 during summer camp

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Logan Beaty fires out of a crowd in a camp held at TTU.

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T.J. Smith shoots over a defender in a recent camp at TTU.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

For some, summer is a chance to hit the pools, the baseball fields, and just enjoy downtime from school or work. but for Livingston Academy’s men’s basketball program, it is a chance to build on two straight trips to Murfreesboro, both of which turned into first round exits.

While only having six upperclassmen, sixth year head coach Richard Melton does not see the upcoming year as a “rebuilding” process.

“I wouldn’t call it rebuilding,” said Melton after a game at Tennessee Tech,

“I would call it having a lot of youth.”

Although his six upperclassmen are strong, depth on the bench will definitely come from rising sophomores and freshmen. After losing five seniors, Melton picked up six freshmen this off-season, Cody Jackson and Mason Ramsey from Allons, and Creed Hayes, Brock McCoin, Heath Thompson, and Bubba Jolley from Livingston.

The success has not really discontinued last year, as the guys entered their last camp at Tennessee Tech last week with a camp record of 21-1.

“We have a better post game,” continued Coach Melton. “The pace has slowed down a little, but not really as much as I thought it would.

“We’re going to be young, and we have to listen better and work harder to get to where we need to be.”

Seniors Kendall Melton, Brad Jackson, and T.J. Smith will provide leadership for the Cats this coming year, which will be vital to the success of the young team. Juniors Hayden Hill, Kailen Melton, and Jake Huitt have seemed to find their groove at Livingston Academy this summer as well, and sophomores Logan Beaty, Dakota Key, and Colby Reeder are starting to make a difference as well. Freshmen Mason Ramsey and Brock McCoin have proved their worth in varsity games this summer also.

Smith, a key part of the team the past two seasons, could be one of the biggest keys to the season, as will the post play of Brad Jackson and Dakota Key. While only playing half of his freshman season due to injury, Key has found himself in the rotation and has been playing well. Junior Jake Huitt has also played well.

Coming into summer camps, a coach always comes in with a plan of what they want to leave their summer on, and with Coach Melton, this summer is a little different than it has been in his past years.

“This summer, I wanted to come into camp and leave being comfortable with about nine guys on the floor,” he said.

Finding the right people will be crucial to getting back to the state tournament in 2010. “

It is definitely possible (to get back to the State Tournament), and now the bar has been set. Anything short of that is a failure,” Melton said.

The bar has been set.

“I just want to win a state tournament,” continued the head coach, “and if that puts pressure on everyone, then that is a good thing, because I believe it can be done.”

As previously stated, going into their final camp last week, the Wildcats had posted a record of 21-1 in the summer, with key wins over Bradley Central, Walker Valley, Middleton, Adamsville, McNairy Central, Rhea County, twice, Stone Memorial, White County, York, Northwest GA, Scotts Hill, Knox West, Ripley MS, Cumberland County, Red Bank, and Polk County.
With camp winding down and the TSSAA dead period approaching, it will be up to the players to get ready for the task laid before them, that task being a state tournament run for the third straight year. When camp ended on Saturday, June 20, the Wildcats had posted a 28-1 record, “signs of greatness” in Coach Melton’s eyes.

Livingston Academy will open the season in November with games against Red Bank and Brainerd, with dates and times to be determined.

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LA girls sharpen skills in camp

Josh Scott photo
Mackenzie Sells goes up for a shot during the recent camp.

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Abby Miller powers in for a shot during the recent camp.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Twenty-five and thirteen, sixteen and seven; what do these numbers have in common? Nothing at all really, unless you are a Livingston Academy Lady Wildcat. The first numbers would be the record from 2008-2009, and the last two would be the Lady Cats summer record.

After a roller-coaster 2008-2009 season, the Lady Cats have been back to work for nine days of summer camp. They would start their camp competition in Shelbyville, before heading to Tennessee Tech, then back to Shelbyville for the last three days of camp.

Sure they lost three tremendous players in Adrian West, Alissa Sells, and 1,000-point scorer Kendria Kilgore, but the Lady Wildcats are sure to prove that it really is all about the climb. The key to another run will lie in the hands of every single player, but leadership will come from seniors Alyssa Thompson, Amber Welch, and point guard and 3-year starter Shelby Taylor. Building on last year, camp proved to be huge as to what the girls could possibly expect this year.

“I think our main thing (coming into camp) was to find out who could play together, and how we needed to play,” said Coach Lesley Smith fresh off nine days of summer camp. “We (Coach Smith and Coach Franklin) were not really sure on what kind of ball we would be better playing. I think we are going to have to play faster since we are smaller, especially after losing Kendria Kilgore and Adrian West.

Small ball is to be expected though, as the Lady Cats will more than likely go into a 4-guard set.

“We do not really need to get in the half-court sets and get pounded due to lack of our size,” Coach Smith said.

“The strength factor has not been seen yet,” continued Smith. “It could help us an extra step next year if needed, but losing the state championship motivates the girls to do things on their own without me forcing them and being that close, knowing they have the opportunity to get back makes them work harder. Last year we needed to be stronger, and they are buying into it. If nothing else, it teaches them self-discipline.

Replacing three starters is not easy, but Coach Smith is moving forward and focusing on next year immediately.

“You start all over every year, and you can’t replace those seniors,” she said. “You have to start all over and find a new system. You can dig yourself a hole trying to replace people.

“Abby Miller though, has helped fill in the vacancy in the post as well as Mallory Mahaney on the perimeter. It is a fair statement to say that Abby is a player that has gotten better. She has more God-given talent than most, and more fire, yet all my players have that fire.”

Mackenzie Sells and Shelby Taylor will provide most of the scoring for the Lady Wildcats, a workload that they are ready to handle.

“Coach gave us all summer workouts,” said Sells, a focal point of last year’s success, “and if we all do those, the ultimate goal is in reach.”

When asked what she has taken away from camp that will prove to be crucial in the upcoming year, the smiling, humble junior simply said, “Teamwork teamwork, teamwork.”

Taylor echoed Sells.

“I have worked out like crazy, from weights to ball handling, right down to pure shooting,” she said.

During summer ball, the senior guard looked more aggressive than usual.
“Being more aggressive will help anybody, the more aggressive a team is, the harder they are to handle,” Taylor said.

She also knows that filling the shoes of the three they lost will be vital.

“We lost three huge players no doubt, but everyone knows that,” she said. “We have accepted that we are gonna need players to step up big time. The freshmen are gonna help us get to where we want to be.

“Camp is not all about winning and losing, it is about learning who plays good together. Starting positions will be wide open this year.”

With summer ball now over, the Lady Cats will now rest up before practice resumes in October.

Coach Smith said, “It is totally possible to get back to championship. I’ll be preaching it to them, and they will be preaching it to each other. That is the goal, nothing more than any year, and it may take a little luck, but it is Livingston Academy basketball, and that is now the standard, and it has been for 20 years.”

Shelby Taylor echoed Coach Smith by answering one simple question. Livingston Academy wins the state championship if?

Her answer, “If we keep moving, keep climbing, and keep the faith, it’s all about the climb."

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