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LA girls win 2 golf matches
LA Volleyball Wildcats defeat Gordonsville
Livingston Academy announces volleyball team

LA Wildcats start season with win

LA girls win 2 golf matches

Members of the 2009 Livingston Academy Girls Golf Team are, from left, Coach Patty Dale, senior Ashley Nesbitt, junior Megan Stonecipher, junior Emily Miller, junior Courtney Livingston, and freshman Amber Stonecipher.

Livingston Academy played a high school golf match at Hidden Valley Golf Course on Monday, Aug. 24 against Pickett County and DeKalb County.

The girl’s team won with a score of 79. Emily Miller was the medalist for the match and shot a 38, 2 over par. Megan Stonecipher shot a 41, Amber Stonecipher shot a 48, Courtney Livingston shot a 56, and Ashley Nesbitt shot a 60.

Pickett County had a team score of 116. Lindsey Russell had a 58, and Montanna Tuck had a 58.

Kalli Mitchell of DeKalb County shot a 53.

The boys team lost a tough match to DeKalb County. DeKalb had a team score of 149, Livingston Academy had a team score of 170, and Pickett County had a score of 182.

DeKalb County’s Payne Denman shot a 34, Austin Garrett shot a 33, Grant James shot a 39, Tovoh Oevons shot a 43, Ethan Hale shot a 47, and Lan Johnson shot a 46.

For Livingston, Justin Watkins shot a 40, Anthony Woolbright, Chris McDonald, and Casey Beason shot a 44 each, Dalton Jolley shot a 45, Robert York and Colby
Reeder shot a 42, Conor Oliver shot a 47, Levi Crowder and Sam Officer shot a 48, Marshall Cannon shot a 49, and Austin Gilliam shot a 54.

For Pickett County, Ethan Holt and Heath Elder shot a 44 each, Sam Poore and Scott Jolley shot a 47 each, Stewart Rich shot a 48, and Ben Aaron shot a 50.

Livingston Academy Golf had a match at Hidden Valley Golf course on Thursday, Aug. 27 against York Institute, Clarkrange High School, and Pickett County High School. Both the Livingston Academy girls and boys teams won their matches.

The LA girls had a team score of 72. Emily Miller shot a 1-under 35, and Megan Stonecipher shot a 1-over 37. Amber Stonecipher shot a 50, Courtney Livingston
shot a 62, and Ashley Nesbitt shot a 59.

Pickett County’s girls had a team score of 113. Lindsey Russell shot a 61 and Montanna Tuck shot a 52.

York Institute’s girls team had a score of 99, with Melanie Robbins shooting a 48, Miranda Crouch a 51, Jessie Slaven a 56, and Allison York a 59.

The Livingston Academy girls now have a record of 7 wins and 1 loss.

Livingston Academy’s boys team won their match with a team score of 156. Pickett County had a 181, and York Institute had a 209.

Livingston Academy’s Chris McDonald had the low boys score with a 1-over 37, and Dalton Jolley shot a 2-over 38. Anthony Woolbright shot a 40, Robert York shot a 41, Justin Watkins shot a 42, Colby Reeder shot a 43, and Casey Beason shot a 46.
For Pickett County, Sam Poore shot a 43, Ethan Holt shot a 44, Scott Jolly had a 46, Stewart Rich shot a 48, Heath Elder shot 50, and Marcus Cook had a 57.

For York Institute, Cody Baltimore shot a 48, Adam Elmore a 50, Jeremy Smith a 52, Charles Sturgill a 59, Tristen Pyle a 62, and Tyler Hunt shot a 68.

For Clarkrange High School, Chris Young shot a 45, Cody England a 64, and Elijah Sandavol a 70.

The Livingston Academy boys team has a record of 9 wins and 2 losses.


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LA Volleyball Wildcats defeat Gordonsville


Josh Scott photo
Haley Dixon, #24, and Hannah Hoover, #11, reject a Gordonsville volley in Thursday’s win.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy Volleyball got underway last week, but not all things went as planned for the Lady Cats, with many factors pressing against them.

On Monday, Aug. 24, the ladies traveled to Cookeville for a match against 3A power Cookeville High. The Lady Cats volleyball team started its season by coming up short, while playing well, falling to non-district local rival Cookeville High School 25-18, 25-17, 25-17.

Thursday though, things would start to look up versus visiting Gordonsville. After a slow start, and losing their first game of the match, the Cats would find the fire that was missing earlier in the week, and that was much needed, taking the match.

After the Gordonsville comeback, the Lady Cats traveled to Sparta for the White County Tournament. There, they would pick up two more wins, and two losses, as well as a tie in games versus Station Camp, Mount Juliet, and Jackson County.

“We played okay,” said head coach Christie Jenkins on her week. “We had spurts in which we played really well, such as the game versus Gordonsville.

“The girls aren’t playing consistent, solid volleyball yet, but most of that is due to inexperience. I noticed in White County that we looked a little scared. We just have to come together and play well.”

The Lady Cats looked to start off district play well against Cannon County on Tuesday night, Sept. 1 at Livingston Academy, and then at Smith County Thursday night, Sept. 3.

“We can beat both of those teams,” continued Coach Jenkins, “if our middles keep coming along, and we cut down on the passing mistakes we had, we can beat them. We just are going to have to play better together.”

Livingston Academy will host Upperman on Tuesday, Sept. 8.


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Livingston Academy announces volleyball team


Members of the 2009 and 2010 Overton County Jr. Lady Wildcats volleyball team at Livingston Academy are, front row from left, Rachel Reeder, Jessie Moore, Olivia Reeder, Paytan Boykin, Kanah Daniels, Alexis Wells, Jameson Dailey, back row, Arah Riley, Dakata Burchett, Macey Matthews, Sydney Long, Madison Baijo, Katlyn Johnson, and Taylor Meadows.

LA Wildcats start season with win

Josh Scott photo
LA's Zach Gren stops a Panther run in Friday's road win.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

For high school athletics, fall is the new beginning of everything, especially football. For the past five years, the new beginning for the Livingston Academy Wildcats has pretty much been the same old story – a loss in the season opener. It was way back in 2004 when the Cats posted a victory in the first game of the season, and that little fact has been solidly overshadowed by four consecutive opening losses.

And the bad memories didn’t stop there. With the exception of the 2005 team that posted a regular season record of 5-5 then ripped off five straight wins to capture the state championship, things have been extremely rough for Livingston. Three straight seasons with only one victory (last year was two, but one was a forfeit ) was not exactly a fond memory, but with the coming of the 2009 season, there was reason for optimism and Friday night in Crossville, football again was a “fun thing”.

“I can’t begin to tell you how much fun this was tonight,” senior quarterback Brannon McCoin beamed minutes after he had led his Wildcats to an exciting 35-31 win over Stone Memorial. “This pushed aside a lot of bad memories that, not only me, but a lot of players on this team have. Tonight, football was fun again. We played good at times and not so good at times, but tonight, there was always a chance
to win, whereas in the past, that chance was seldom there.

“Man, this was great.

To even think it was anything but “great” would have been a discredit to a team that has endured more than any high school team should have endured over the past three seasons. Now, back home in a league where they can evenly compete, the Wildcats started practice back in August with a much better attitude, and it all came together Friday night.

“I thought the offensive line played pretty good,” offensive lineman Talon Sircy smiled after the game.

Defensive lineman Talon Sircy was not quite as kind to the defensive line.

“We have some work to do there, but I think we can make the corrections.”
Offensively, the Wildcats ran up numbers that haven’t been posted by a Livingston
team in over four seasons. The 281 yards on the ground and 358 total yards were reminiscent of the state championship year, and with two players collecting over 100 yards each, the offense appears strong.

Defensively, LA gave up 341 total yards, 231 on the ground and 110 through the air. Those numbers were the black spot on Friday’s effort.

“We made some mistakes defensively, and Monday we’ll go to work on that,” defensive coach Shane Qualls told the team after the game. “We can make those corrections and we will make those corrections.”

But in general, it was a fun game for players and fans alike. There were touchdowns, field goals, fumbles, intercepted passes, outstanding individual play, and overall team unity.

“This team has come a long way,” head coach Bruce Lamb beamed after the game.

“I was so proud of them tonight. I think we kinda took a few things for granted, but we also learned that it’s never over until it’s over. Offensively, we played well.

Defense was okay, but hey, it was the first game and you expect some things to go wrong. Right now, all we know is we won and we can enjoy that all weekend long.”
Livingston’s first score of the night came after Dylan Ashlock recovered a Stone fumble at the Stone 21. Three plays later, Paul Daniels racked up the first of his three first half touchdowns on a 14-yard blast off the left side. Jake Huitt’s point-after attempt failed.

On their very next possession, Livingston, starting at midfield, used only four plays to add six more points on the board. Daniels bulled in from the one, but it was two
runs of 21 and 28 yards by McCoin that set up the score. Again, Huitt’s extra-point attempt failed.

Stone got on the board late in the quarter after picking up a Livingston fumble at the 17. Four plays later, the Panthers were on the board, but like the Cats, had trouble with the conversion try. As it turned out, both teams missed a total of six conversion tries and it wasn’t until Huitt got one that barely made it over the bar with 8:18 left in the third frame that either team could count on the extra-point.

“I don’t know, “ the easy going Huitt said after the game about the conversions and the 33-yard field goal he converted that would turn out to be the winning points. “I
just missed them, and it might have been because it was the first game. I went to kicking camp this summer and was hitting 40 yarders regularly. After I did make that first one, that wasn’t very pretty, I settled down and the next point-after and the field goal were hit pretty good.”

Actually, it was Huitt’s total seven points on the third period touchdown that gave Livingston a 25-18 lead, which they never relinquished. On the play, Dillon Roberts took a pitchout from McCoin and raced to the one yard line where he fumbled the ball. The alert Huitt fell on the ball in the endzone for the six points and then added the conversion.

“That was kinda cool,” Huitt smiled.

The game was knotted at 18 at intermission and at 25 to start the final period. On the first play of the final frame, McCoin rambled 11 yards for the final LA touchdown and Huitt was dead true with the kick. The Wildcats led 32-25.

Then with only 3:12 left in the contest, Huitt split the uprights with a 33-yard field goal and the Wildcats finally, after five hard years of trying, had a victory in the season opener.

On the night, McCoin carried the ball 18 times to roll up 141 yards, and connected on five of nine passes for 77 yards. Daniels rolled up his 118 yards on 19 carries.

“It was really good to win, but we still have some work to do,” lineman Seth Kilgore recalled. “First, you have to give Stone credit. They were a good team. And second, offensively, we played real good, I thought, but we let them move the ball too much on the ground. We’ll get better.”

Linebacker Zack Green, had much the same feelings.

“I just think we have just got to get more together,” Green pointed out. “I don’t think

it was a big thing, and I believe we’ll get together this week. Winning makes up for a lot of mistakes and right now, we’re all happy with winning.”

This Friday night at home, the Wildcats will face longtime rival, Smith County, a team that has been a thorn in the LA schedule for years.

“As always, Smith will bring us their ‘A’ game and we’ll have to have ours to beat them,” Lamb concluded. “Tonight has taken this team a long, long way. Winning, and winning the way we did, I think will give our kids a lot of confidence we haven’t had the past several years.

“Tonight I thought we played with confidence, and the outcome shows it. Brannon (McCoin) had a really good night, and Paul (Daniels) brought back memories of some of our outstanding tailbacks of the past. There are so many good things you can think of when you win, and tonight I’m just proud of every player on this team. We’ve been through a lot together and tonight, we started to get some payback.

There’s no substitute for winning.”

The Yardstick
LA – SM
16 1st downs 14
287 Yds. rushing 231
77 Yds. Passing 120
10/5 Pass Atp/comp 15/7
2 Pass Int. by 1
1 Fumbles Lost 2
2/26 Punts/avg. 5/28
80 Yds. Pent. 55

Score by Quarter:
LA – 12 6 7 10 – 35
SM – 6 12 17 6 – 31

Scoring:
LA – Daniels, 14 run. Kick failed.
LA – Daniels, 1 run. Kick failed.
SM – Carr, 5 run. Kick failed.
SM – Green, 6 run. Kick failed.
LA – Daniels, 1 run. Pass failed.
SM – Carr, 20 pass from Green. Kick failed.
LA – Huitt, 1 yard fumble recovery. Huitt kick.
SM – Green, 1 run. Miller kick.
LA – Huitt, 33 yard field goal.
SM – 2 run. Pass failed.



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