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Buzachero earns 8th save as season winds down
Jr. Wildcats defeat Clay County 36-6
Jr. Lady Wildcats Soccer opens strong

LA Soccer wins big over Owls and Dragons
Wildcats lose close to Smith County Owls
LA Volleyball wins over Cannon County
Outlaws teams play Smith County Owls

Buzachero earns 8th save as season winds down
Livingston native “Bubbie” Buzachero closed out the Pacific Coast League season with four good outings last week for the Las Vegas 51s.

He began the week by holding a 9-8 lead in the eighth inning Monday, Aug. 31 at home against Fresno.

Matt Downs popped out to first baseman Brian Dopirak in foul territory for the first out, then Kevin Frandsen beat out a bunt toward third.

Buster Posey flied out to center fielder Buck Coats for the second out. A passed ball with Jesus Guzman at bat allowed Frandsen to move to second.

Buzachero struck out Guzman swinging.

Jeremy Accardo was brought in to get the save in the top of the ninth.

Buzachero threw 12 pitches, 7 for strikes, to the 4 batters.

The next day, he closed out a 7-3 Las Vegas home win over Fresno, entering the game in the top of the ninth inning.

Jake Ward lined out to shortstop Angel Sanchez for the first out. Then Clay Timpner singled on a soft fly ball to center field.

David Maroul popped out to second baseman Howie Clark for the second out. Then Ben Copeland hit a sharp line drive single into center field.

Kevin Frandsen grounded out to shortstop Sancheze, who threw to first baseman Brian Dopirak for the final out of the game.

Buzachero threw 17 pitches, 10 for strikes, to the 5 batters.

He earned his 8th save of the season on Thursday, Sept. 3 when he preserved a 12-8 home win over Fresno.

After Adam Witter hit a home run over the right field fence to begin the eighth inning, Buzachero was brought in the game to replace Bill Murphy.

Buzachero struck out Kevin Frandsen swinging, then struck out Joe Borchard swinging.

Clay Timpner hit a fly ball out the center fielder Aaron Mathews to end the inning.

Buzachero remained in the game for the top of the ninth inning.

Steve Holm grounded out to third baseman Kevin Howard, who threw to first baseman Brian Dopirak for the first out.

Jake Waid was called out on strikes, then David Maroul popped out to shortstop Manuel Mayorson to end the game.

Buzachero threw 18 pitches, 13 for strikes, to 6 batters.

He finished the week by closing out a 7-2 Las Vegas win over the Portland Beavers on Friday, Sept. 4, entering the game to pitch the bottom of the ninth.

Sean Kazmar grounded out to shortstop Manual Mayorson, who threw to first baseman Kyle Phillips for the first out. Then Jason Hagerty drew a walk.

Craig Stansberry grounded out to third baseman Kevin Howard, who threw to first for the second out. Then Jason Codiroli popped out the third baseman Kevin Howard to end the game.

Buzachero threw 14 pitches, 6 for strikes in the game, and ended the Triple A season with a 3.05 earned run average.


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Jr. Wildcats defeat Clay County 36-6


Josh Scott photo
Junior Wildcat cornerback Trent Nivens looks for space to return his interception in the second quarter of the Cats’ 36-6 win over Clay County last Thursday night.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Think about this question. What do you get when you take a defending conference champion, subtract starters, and add a loss in the first game of the new year? Answer – a team with something to prove.

Thus was the case last Thursday night at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium for the Overton County Junior Wildcats. After dropping their “opener” at Cornerstone Middle School the week before, the Wildcats looked to get back to their winning ways against visiting Clay County.

The tone was set from the very first play from scrimmage as tailback Jefferey Tillman took the Davis Robinson handoff and scampered, well, plowed his way through and around defenders for a 51-yard touchdown.

After a defensive hold and punt, the Jr. Cats, behind the great play of a big offensive line, would drive the ball down the field and again put the cherry on top with another Tillman touchdown, this time from 2 yards out.

Later in the first half, the Junior Wildcats added two more touchdowns on the night, one on the ground with Joey Creekbaum, and another on a marvelous punt block by Hunter Dixon that was picked up in the endzone by defensive end Jacob Masters, thus giving the “big fellas” something to brag about in the film room.

After a 30-point half, the Jr. Cats added one more score in the third quarter with Peyton Boles scoring his first career touchdown, putting the score at 36-6, which turned out to be the final on the evening.

“Congratulations on the win, and I am proud of you,” Coach Steve Mosely said as he addressed his team after the game. “Now that one is over, we start work on Monday for Smith County.

“You ask any former high school player, any coach, any person who they want to beat more than anyone, it’s Smith County. We went to their place to beat them last year, and they will be looking to do the same.”

Going into last season’s game with Smith County, both teams were undefeated, and the division title was on the line. This year, not much has changed. Although the Wildcats have a loss, the game still puts the division title in reach.

The Smith County Owls were scheduled to visit Livingston on Tuesday night, Sept. 8.

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Jr. Lady Wildcats Soccer opens strong


photo courtesy of Liz Nigro
Team members are, in no particular order, Ciara Huitt, Courtney Sells, Barbara Nigro, Haileigh Gibbons, Megan Kemp, Sydney Looper, Madison McDonald, Savannah Gillentine, Claire Coleman, Bailee Wright, Emily Huntley, Katie Conner, Tasha Anderson, Audrey Maxfield, Jaci Baltimore, Leanne Pryor, Callie Kesty, Delaney McConaha, and Hailee Walters.


Overton County Jr. Lady Wildcats Soccer opened the 2009 season at home against Burke Middle school.

The Cats jumped all over their opponent, not allowing the ball out of the offensive end of the field. The relentless pressure proved too much and the Burke defense conceded a direct kick in front of their goal. Barbara Nigro promptly buried a 25-yard shot into the upper netting and the rout was on.

Barbara Nigro notched her second goal just minutes later and was joined on the scoring sheet by Savannah Gillentine, Sydney Looper, Bailee Wright, Tasha Anderson, and Jaycee Baltimore. The goals came early and often as Coach Brittany Ray was able to sub liberally throughout the match.

When asked about her 2009 team Coach Ray said, “We are very young but very talented from top to bottom and have a sprinkling of 7th and 8th grade leadership.”

No matter the lineup, Coach Ray’s girls were able to dominate possession throughout.

Overton County Jr. Lady Wildcats host a tough non-conference opponent in White County Middle School on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the LA soccer complex, with a start time of 5:30 p.m. The team will then travel to Cookeville the following day for their first road test against the defending champs from Avery Trace Middle School.

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LA Soccer wins big over Owls and Dragons


Justin Perdue photo
Livingston Academy’s Kelsey Webb crosses a ball into the middle to a teammate for a goal.

By Justin Perdue,
OCN Sports

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats played host to the Smith County Lady Owls Tuesday night, Sept. 1. Considering their impressive victory over Cumberland County High School last week, they were nothing but confident.

Kathryn Nigro scored two early goals only minutes into the game, followed by Heather Marshall’s two goals. By the end of the first half, the Lady Wildcats led 6-0 with Alyssa Thompson and Megan Bass contributing goals of their own.

The second half tamed down for the most part with only one goal from the Lady Wildcats’ Kaitlin Ditto.

The only goal from the Lady Owls came late in the second half from a penalty kick, making the final score 7-1.

Coach Ethan King said,“We had a lot of opportunities and thankfully we took advantage of most of them. The girls played really well.”

With the varsity match over, the junior varsity took the pitch to face Smith County’s junior varsity team. Following in the varsity’s footsteps, the LA girls put on a very strong showing as well. Goal-keeper Alaura Miranda shut out the Lady Owl attack, earning her a clean sheet.

LA goals were scored by Mikayla Thompson, Megan Hammock, Tara White, Megan Bass and Bailey Buck (2) for a final, dominating score of 6-0.

The Lady Wildcats traveled to York on Thursday night to face the Dragons. With a dominating performance, the Lady Wildcats rolled over the Dragons 7-0, with Kathryn Nigro scoring 5 of the 7. Heather Marshall and Shelby Taylor also contributed one goal apiece.

With these two dominating wins, the Lady Cats improve their regular season record to 3-1-0.

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Wildcats lose close to Smith County Owls


Josh Scott photo
LA’s line pushes forward as quarterback Brannon McCoin hands off to Paul Daniels.


Josh Scott photo
LA’s defense makes life uncomfortable for the Smith QB.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

For years now, the Livingston Academy coaches have stressed improvement from one game to the next. After taking poundings every week, the most important thing for the Wildcats was simply to improve. Well, the game is still the same and each week the coaches and players all agree that what happened on Friday night was over and now they have to improve for next week’s opponent.

Such was the case this past week when old rival Smith County came to town. The always tough Owls were coming off a season-opening win against rival Gordonsville, 14-12, and despite losing a lot of players to graduation last season, they were favored over the Wildcats, who had not beaten the boys from Carthage since 1996.

Following last week’s opening win at Crossville against Stone Memorial, defensive coach Shane Qualls challenged his defense to be much better by Friday night. He knew fair well that Livingston could not give up 31 points and over 300 yards of offense and expect to even be on the same field with Smith County.

Friday night, shortly after the Wildcats fell 10-3 in a hard fought battle at Tom Davis Stadium, Qualls addressed the team and had nothing but praise for it.

“I’m proud of you tonight,” the defensive coach started out. “You did a great job out there tonight, and it was just a break here and there that determined the winner.

Tonight the defense put us and kept us in a position to win the game, and that’s all anyone can ask.”

It was such a turnaround from last week that the defensive coach couldn’t contain his excitement.

“Last week we gave up 31 points and over 300 yards, and this week we gave up just 10 points and I don’t know, very little yardage on the ground,“ (69) he continued.

“Our kids bought into what we were trying to get across, and tonight they gave an outstanding effort. Everybody answered the bell and everyone gave us their best effort. That’s all anyone can ask.”

Defense and breaks determined the outcome of the contest and both teams put up valiant defenses, but two missed reads on pass plays by the Wildcats allowed the Owls to pick up vital yardage at critical points in the game that proved to be the difference in the score.

On the opening kickoff, Smith County grabbed Jake Huitt’s kick at its own 15, but several missed tackles later, Joshua Johnston almost broke the run for a touchdown.

Huitt finally got to Johnston and pulled him down at the LA 37. At that point, the LA defense went to work, and after only gaining 27 yards on six plays, the Owls had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Blake Richmond.

And that’s the way the first quarter ended with the Wildcats on the short end of a 3-0 score.

Neither team had any success in the first half of the second period. Livingston managed only 13 yards offense on 10 plays, and Smith could only get three yards on the ground during the same period. But a 37-yard pass on a busted play by the Owls on a third and five at their own 35 resulted in an Owls score three plays later when Brandon Johnston found Henry Wigham open in the far corner of the endzone for the night’s only touchdown.

The Owls carried a 10-0 lead into the dressing room at intermission.

There weren’t many changes to be made on defense, but the offense needed to step up and put some points on the board.

“We didn’t let them score in the second half,” LA quarterback and defensive back Brannon McCoin pointed out, “but on the other hand, they (Smith County) didn’t let us get anything either. They were well coached and they knew exactly what we were going to do. You have to hand it to them, they came to play and they were well coached.”

Last week the Wildcats managed to run the ball inside and out and get away with 77 yards though the air. Friday night, the Owls shut the offense down, especially when it had to.

“They did a good job of stopping me,” tailback Paul Daniels explained. “They had my number and we simply couldn’t run the ball up the middle like we did last week.

Give them credit, they came prepared and did what they had to.”

After gaining over 100 yards last week, Daniels had to settle for 23 this time around, the longest being 12 yards.

Last week’s leading rusher, McCoin with 141 yards, was in the same boat with Daniels this time around. Against Smith, he was only good for 53.

“You can’t take anything away from Smith County,” McCoin added. “they knew what they had to do and they did it well, but at the same time, we came out of this game feeling like we can play with anybody in this league. We have confidence, the most we have had in four years, and we’ll get over this and move on to next week.

Like Bryan Colson use to say all the time, ‘we gave it our best shot tonight and tonight is over. We can’t change the score, we’ll just have to try and do better next time.”

“They only scored 10 points and Stone scored 31,” pointed out defensive lineman Jacob Beu, “and Smith is a much better team than Stone. I thought the defense played well, especially in the second half when we didn’t give up a point. We made a couple mental mistakes that gave them two critical pass plays, but other than that, it was a good effort by the defense.”

“We played a lot better tonight,” pointed out linebacker Tracy McDonald. “We watched a lot of film last week and made a lot of adjustments. Coach Qualls went over a lot of things with us, and I think our entire defense played much , much better.

After two games, we have no doubt anymore when we walk on the field that we can be competitive. This is a much improved team.”

The two opposing head coaches both had good things to say about LA’s effort.
LA Coach Bruce Lamb said, “We played our hearts out tonight and I’m real proud of the effort put forth by this entire team. We had a good week of practice and the defense really showed it tonight. This team gained a lot of confidence tonight, and now they believe they can beat any team on the schedule. That’s great.”

Smith County Coach Jimmy Maynord said, “This was a game of breaks and we got a couple more than Livingston. Livingston has a very experienced team and tonight that showed. This was a very good game and both teams played well. I think we’ll probably meet again somewhere in the playoffs.”

Livingston will take its 1-1 record back to Tom Davis Stadium, this week when the Wildcats play host to the tough Jets of Crossville.

The Yardstick
LA SC
9 1st downs 10
111 Yds. rushing 69
88 Yds. Passing 161
15/5 Pass Atp/comp 26/15
1 Pass Int. by 0
1 Fumbles Lost 0
7/33 Punts/avg. 5/34
35 Yds. Pent. 20

Score by Quarter:

LA – 0 0 0 3 – 3
SC – 3 7 0 0 – 10
Scoring:
SC – Richmond, 27 field goal.
SC – Wigham, 9 pass from Johnston. Richmond kick.
LA – Huitt, 24 field goal.

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LA Volleyball wins over Cannon County


Josh Scott photo
Abby Miller lays in a hard shot in last week’s game against district foe Cannon County.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s volleyball team looked to bounce back from a rough week this past week, as well as start out the 2009 district year with two wins and take over first in the early going of the new year.

The first district test would come against Cannon County on Tuesday evening, Sept. 1 at Livingston Academy, yet the Lionettes would not yield much of a test, falling to the Wildcats in three games, allowing the Lady Cats to make quick work of their first district foe of the year.

“We took the match in three games,” said Coach Christie Jenkins. “We played a lot better and made things happen. The play of our middles was really consistent, now we just have to continue that through the week.”

By saying “through the week”, Jenkins meant by going to district favorite Smith County, and becoming 2-0 in the district win column in 2009. After a win in the first game, the Lady Cats dropped three of the next four and fell in the fifth game of the match to the host Lady Owls.

“We still played better throughout the game, yet after we lost the first game, we put our heads down and ended up with the loss,” Coach Jenkins said.

Although she never wants to use the “youth card”, Jenkins knows her young team has still not came together, but forsees it happening.

“We played scared toward the end, and lost all aggressiveness,” she said. “As we go, our outside hitters get better, and our middles continue to be as good as possible. We should have beaten Smith County.”

The Lady Cats looked to add another win to their season when they took on the Lady Bees of Upperman High Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Livingston.

“We beat them in a play day, so I kind of expect to beat them in three games,” Coach Jenkins said. “They are not that strong.”

After the matchup Tuesday against the Lady Bees, the Cats will look to add a non-district win against White County on Thursday, Sept. 10 at Livingston Academy.

“We split with them in the White County Tournament, and they aren’t that strong either,” Coach Jenkins said. “I’m really hoping for a sweep on the week.”

Livingston Academy was scheduled to host Upperman on Tuesday, Sept. 8, then LA will host Sparta on Thursday, Sept. 10.

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Outlaws teams play Smith County Owls


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Chase Looper, #44, catches a pass from Junior Outlaws quarterback Blake Qualls.

Overton County Outlaws fell to Smith County 8-28 on Saturday, Sept. 5. Statistics from the game are as follows:

Outlaws game
Outlaws 8, Smith County 28

Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers

(Atts-Yds.-Avg.)
Dylan Linder 6-65-18.2
Logan Clark 5-41-8.1
Mason Jolley 3-32-3
Carter Hayes 7-(-3)-(-2.3)
Tanner Dillon 3-(-10)-(-3.3)
Total 28-152-5.4

Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Tanner Dillon 2-5-17

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-Avg.)
Xander Miller 2-17-8.1

Lead Tacklers
Logan Clark 13; Seth Parker 7; Donnie Allred 7; Dalton Hammock 6; Dylan Linder 5; Carter Hayes 4; Andrew York 4.

Fumble Recovery
Logan Clark.

Scoring Drives
Dylan Linder 60-yard TD run. Tanner Dillon to Mason Jolley 2-pt conversion.
After a 2-0 start to the season, the Jr. Outlaws fell to the Smith County Owls 7-14.
Smith County scored on the first drive of the game and led 14-0 at halftime.
After making some adjustments, the Jr. Outlaws marched down the field on their second offensive series of the second half to make it a 7-point game. Chase Looper scored on a 1-yard run, followed by Wade Neely’s 4-yard extra-point conversion run.

The defense played solid in the second half to make it a game.

Junior Outlaws game
Jr. Outlaws 7, Smith Co. 14

Individual Statistics
Passing

(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Blake Qualls 2-5-11

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.)
Chase Looper 1-12
Wade Neely 1-1

Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs-1pt.)
Wade Neely 16-18-0-1
Blake Qualls 6-7-0-0
Chase Looper 3-1-1-0

Fumble Recovery
Tommy Trevino.

Lead Tacklers
Jake Craig 7; Brody Johnson 5; Chase Looper 5; Wade Neely 4; Will Sims 3; Tommy Trevino 3; Cade Hammock 2; Travis Hunter 2; Zach Burnett 1; Cody Cantrell 1; Chance Spears 1.

Fumbles Forced
Chase Looper.

Overton County Jr. B Outlaws defeated Smith County 12-0.

The Jr. B Outlaws were the only Outlaws team to come out of Carthage with a victory on Saturday, Sept. 5.

On Overton County’s first series of the game, Nate Neely broke free for a 70-yard touchdown run. Later in the game, Will McDonald also broke loose on a 20-yard quarterback keeper.

The defense was impressive, shutting the Owls out for a final score of 12-0.

Jr. B Outlaws 12, Smith Co. 0
Individual Statistics
Passing

(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Will McDonald 1-2-9

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.)
Wesley Smith 1-9

Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TD)
Nate Neely 9-86-1
Will McDonald 9-54-1
Braden Medlin 4-5-0
Nathan Carwile 2-(-1)-0

Fumble Recovery
Wesley Smith.

Lead Tacklers
Wesley Smith 6; Nate Neely 4; Nathan Carwile 3; Braden Medlin 3; Shane Highers 2; Will McDonald 1.

Fumbles Forced
Shane Highers.



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