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Annual baseball golf tournament held October 4
Jr. Wildcats play in championship game
LA plays great first half, stuck in mud second

Lady Wildcat qualifies for State Golf Tournament
LA Soccer prepares for post-season
LA Volleyball struggles with consistency

Annual baseball golf tournament held October 4

The 6th annual Livingston Academy Baseball Golf Tournament was held Sunday, Oct. 4 at Hidden Valley Country Club, with a total of 60 players in the tournament. After 18 holes of golf, two teams were tied for first with a score card playoff. First place went to team members, from left, Deb Elder, Matt Mitchell, Justin White, and Jim Sherfy.


Second place for the Livingston Academy Baseball Golf Tournament went to team members, from left, Ken Sadler, Richard Boykin, Danny Norrod, and Bob Parentean. Livingston Academy Baseball Coach Pat Swallows expressed his appreciation to all the players in the tournament, and especially all of the sponsors of the tournament.



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Jr. Wildcats play in championship game


Josh Scott photo
Quarterback Davis Robinson, #10, hands off to Peyton Boles, #21, while the Jr. Wildcats offensive line attempts to make a hole in the Macon County defensive front.



Josh Scott photo
Jr. Wildcats defenders take down a Macon County runner.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Overton County Junior Wildcats head Coach Steve Mosely has had to address his team twice this season with the sad, yet true words, “You can’t win them all.”

Saturday night in DeKalb County, Mosely and his Cats were just trying to win one.

After picking up a win at Cannon County 54-0, the Junior Wildcats got the chance to represent the eastern division in one final game. It wasn’t just any one game though, it was the conference championship game that the Wildcats fell one yard short of winning last year. This year, yardage would not prove to be the problem. This time, the Wildcats had yet another opportunity to bring home the trophy to Overton County.

The first quarter began with a little bit of a gutcheck, as the Macon County Tigers would come out and make some big runs by creating big holes against the Cats. But after a long defensive series, the Jr. Wildcats forced a punt and took over first and 10.

But, as would be the case all night, the Wildcats moved the ball well, but not well
enough to find the endzone, and punted the ball back to the Tigers.

After back and forth possessions, the game remained tied throughout the first half and also the third quarter at 0-0. It would be the fourth quarter once again that would tell the tale of the Overton County Junior Wildcats’ season.

The Tigers struck first with a 2-yard touchdown run with 7:56 remaining in the contest, and after the 2-point conversion, found themselves on top 8-0.

But, the Wildcats would respond. After what looked to be a dead drive, Coach Mosely dug into the playbook a bit and used two weapons at once.

Quarterback Kaleb Qualls took the snap, tossed the ball to runningback/quarterback Davis Robinson, who took a step, stood up, and launched the ball 50-plus yards to a streaking Peter Hollars for a touchdown to pull closer, 8-6, with 3:25 remaining.

Unfortunately for the Jr. Wildcats though, after the touchdown, the Jr. Cats got off to a quick start, forcing them back 5 yards, and on the 2-point try, the pass fell incomplete, thus giving the Tigers an 8-6 lead.

The Jr. Cats would take over one more time, but quarterback Davis Robinson’s last effort to make a play was intercepted, ending the game, and the season, for the Junior Wildcats.

“That was one heck of a football game,” Mosely said after the game. “We had the chance to play in the championship game, a game most thought we couldn’t get to.

We had a good season, we just came up a little short.”

Although the Junior Wildcats fell short, they did something most teams would love to
do on a year to year basis, represent their county in a championship game two years in a row.

“I’m extremely proud of the effort day in and day out,” Coach Mosely said about his team this past year. “They rose up to every challenge and never stopped fighting.

That’s all I could ask for, and my hat’s off to them.”

The Junior Wildcats finished their season 6-3, and second in the conference for a second year in a row.



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LA plays great first half, stuck in mud second


Josh Scott photo
LA’s Creed Hayes reaches for the option flipped from quarterback Brannon McCoin.


Josh Scott photo
Jake Huitt leans forward for a few more yards for LA.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

To say that the playing field at Livingston Academy’s Tom Davis Stadium is marginal at best would be stretching things a bit. To say it was almost unplayable Friday night after days of rain would be a very true statement.

That’s what faced not only the two teams, Anderson County and Livingston, but it was also the setting for Homecoming with bands and queens in long dresses and high heel shoes.

“I almost lost my shoes several times,” one of the young ladies laughed. “I don’t see how anybody could play football out there. It’s a mess.”

A mess it truly was and by the time the third quarter ended, it was nearly impossible to read the numbers on the player’s uniforms not to mention the line markers on the field.

“It was fair for both teams is about all I can say,” head coach Bruce Lamb said after the game. “It was hard to make any yardage out there on the ground and I think the numbers will reflect that. We ran more than they (Anderson County) did, but they had a very good passer and receiver so they didn’t have to move the ball on the ground as much.”

Lamb was dead on. On the night, the Wildcats pounded out 127 tough yards on the messy field while the Mavericks went for only 50 in the sloppy soup. In the air though, the visitors discovered early there was no “slop” above the ground and connected for 365 big yards via the pass.

And despite playing one of their finest first halves in four years, the Wildcats ended up dropping a 27-12 hard fought decision to the state’s number 10 ranked 5A school.

“That was a very good effort,” Lamb told his mud covered players after the game.

“We should have played this good last week (a 22-7 loss to Cannon County). If we had, we would have won. You played well, especially in the first half, and we made a couple big mistakes in the second half that just took us out of the game.

“Now this one’s over, and we can’t do anything about it, but learn from our mistakes.

It’s the game next week, (York at home Friday night) that we have to get ready for.

Next week we determine if we have a 10-game season or we make the playoffs. Win and we have a chance to move on. Lose and we only have two games left to play. It’s your decision.”

Lamb and his staff could have only been encouraged by the first half play of the Wildcats. Coming into the game, the Cats were an easy 30-point underdog and at intermission, they trailed by a mere single point.

“We played about as good as we can play in that first half,” Tracy McDonald pointed out. “We stopped their running game and although we gave up some big yardage in the passing department, we still only trailed by one. “

Anderson County got on the board late in the first period after marching 80 yards on eight plays. On the drive, the Mavericks only ran the ball once and picked up three yards. On the other hand , quarterback Tanner Williams went to the air with his favorite receiver, Josh Wilson, along with Zane Roberts and Jeremy Kesterson and rolled off the remaining 77 yards.

Livingston answered the score with a two-yard run by Brannon McCoin with eight and a half minutes remaining in the second frame. The score capped a 63-yard drive by the Wildcats that saw Paul Daniels do his usual fine ground attack mixed with a 28-yard pass completion from McCoin to Ty Eldridge. On the extra-point attempt, Jake Huitt missed only his second try of the season and much of it could be attributed to the sloppy field.

“No excuse,” the kicker said after the game. “I think I was just afraid of slipping.”

Well he should have been. Both kickers missed extra-point attempts on the night and it amounted to nothing more than the slippery footing.

Anderson County again went to the air for their second score of the night. Williams capped a 77-yard march with a beautiful 54-yard pass to Wilson who was wide open down the right side of the field.

But the Cats just wouldn’t go away. On the very next series, McCoin marched his chargers right back down the field. This time, Daniels got help in the running department from his backfield mate, Creed Hayes. The pair, along with McCoin, went 65 yards in 13 plays with McCoin getting the final yard. Hayes had the big gain of the series, a 23-yard scamper around right end.

Again Huitt missed the extra-point try and the Cats trailed 13-12 with 1:11 remaining in the half. An interception by Dylan Ashlock ended the Mavericks’ final drive of the half.

Despite giving the visitors over 270 yards through the air in the opening two quarters, the Wildcats were only behind by one.

“That shows we did something right,” McCoin remarked after the game. “We did play a good first half just like coach (Lamb) said. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get anything going in the second half and made a couple mistakes that cost us.”

In the second half, after racing up over 100 yards on the ground in the first half, Livingston could only get 23 yards on the ground and 20 through the air.

“They pretty much shut us down in the second half,” McCoin added. “We didn’t get much time to do anything with the ball after the snap and Creed just couldn’t get around the corner because of the wet ground.

In the final 24 minutes of the game, the visitors scored once on a short march in the third frame and capped off the night’s scoring with a mixture of running and passing to go 66 yards midway though the final period.

“We’ll take our fate and move on,” lineman Talon Sircy nodded in the dressing room
after the game. “This one’s over and now we have to get ready for York. York has been on our minds since last year, and right now it’s the biggest game of our season.

Maybe it will quit raining and the field will dry out.”

Daniels led the Livingston attack with 61 yards while Hayes added 25 hard earn yards on the wet and slippery field. Eldridge caught two passes as did Huitt while Hayes hauled in one.

Zack Green paced the defense with six tackles, Huitt added five, McCoin and McDonald each were credited with four as was Hayden Hill. Ashlock had three and Sircy, Daniel Miller, Eldridge, Ridge Harris, and Seth Kilgore each had one.

Livingston will host York Friday night in a “must win” game if the Cats have any hopes of advancing past the regular season. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

THE YARDSTICK
LA AC

9 1st Downs 18
127 Yds Rushing 50
47 Yds Passing 365
11/6 PassAtt/Comp 29/19
2 Pass Intc. By 0
0 Fumbles Lost 0
5/30 Punts/ Avg. 1/28
40 Yds. Pent. 40

Score by quarter:
LA – 0 12 0 0 –12
AC – 6 7 7 7 – 27

Scoring:
AC – Wilson, 8 pass from Williams. Kick failed.
LA – McCoin, 2 run. Kick failed.
AC – Wilson, 54 pass from Williams. Beaty kick.
LA – McCoin, 1 run. Kick failed.
AC – Blakley, 4 run. Beaty kick.
AC – Blakley, 12 pass from Williams. Beaty kick.

 

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Lady Wildcat qualifies for State Golf Tournament


Emily Miller

The Livingston Academy boys and girls golf teams played in the Region 4 championships on Monday, Oct. 5 at Cookeville Golf Course.

In the girl’s tournament, Signal Mountain High School won with a team score of 156. Livingston Academy placed second with a score of 163.

Other team scores for the tournament are Grundy County 170, Monterey High School 177, York Institute 190, and Notre Dame 192.

Only the first place team from each region advanced to the state tournament, which is being held Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 13 and 14 at Old Fort Golf Course in Murfreesboro.

Emily Miller of Livingston Academy placed second in the regional tournament by shooting a 75 and qualified as an individual for the state golf tournament. Megan Stonecipher shot an 88, and Amber Stonecipher shot a 102 for LA.

LA’s girls team finished with a season record of 21 wins and 4 losses.
The LA boys team finished the Region Tournament in fourth place with a score of 341. Notre Dame High School won with a team score of 295. DeKalb County placed second with a score of 302 Other team scores for the tournament are Signal Mountain 326, Jackson County 344, and Grundy County 357.

For Livingston Academy Chris McDonald, Anthony Woolbright, and Dalton Jolley
shot an 84, Justin Watkins shot an 85, and Robert York shot a 90. The team ended the season with a record of 33 wins and 6 losses.

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LA Soccer prepares for post-season

Justin Perdue photo
Seniors for the 2010 Lady Wildcats are in order from left to right: Heather Marshall, Kelsey Prator, Jenna Smith, Rebecca Emerick, Kelsi Sotis, Shelby Taylor and Alyssa Thompson.

By Justin Perdue,
OCN Sports

When a long, drawn out season comes close to an end, the tougher, nitty-gritty teams always seem to prevail. For this Lady Wildcats soccer team, they’ve certainly proved who could stand the test of time.

Last Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Lady Cats visited Stone Memorial High for a match-up with the Lady Panthers. In dominating performance, the Lady Cats won 5-0. Kat Nigro had three goals, the second of which gave her 100 career goals. Stormy Nigro and Heather Marshall also contributed one goal in the victory.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the scheduled opponent, Friendship Christian Academy, cancelled and White County High School was invited to play in Livingston Academy’s Senior Night match.

The Lady Cats started with a strong force and demeanor, giving them a 3-0 lead entering half-time. The second half’s pace slowed with only one goal scored by Livingston Academy, making the final score 4-0. Goals were scored by Heather Marshall (2), Kat Nigro (1), and Kelsi Sotis (1).

During half-time the Lady Wildcats held their 2010 Senior Night ceremony. Strong
emotions shone through from the seven seniors as they were honored for all their hard work.

Coach Ethan King said, “I really couldn’t ask for a better group of girls.”

With another season winding down, the girls prepare for a challeging post season beginning Monday, Oct. 19 with the start of district play at Cookeville Soccer Complex. Times and opponents are to be announced.

 

LA Volleyball struggles with consistency

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Consistency has been a huge thing in the sports world throughout the years, and for the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats volleyball team, inconsistency is maybe one of the only things keeping them from being one of the best teams in district 8-AA.

With a solid week heading into the final week of the regular season, the Lady Cats looked poised to enter the district tournament in a great position with the number two seed. After picking up a win against a very well rounded Cumberland County Lady Jets team, the Lady Cats would fall a long way after dropping three straight games.

Not only were those games confidence boosters, one was a district game, with seeding in the balance versus Upperman. With the loss to the Lady Bees, the Wildcats now sit at #3 in the district looking up at Smith County and Upperman.

“The week did not go well,” explained Lady Cats’ Coach Christie Jenkins. “I really don’t know what’s wrong with us. We just did not play well at all.”

One of her key assets echoed her comments as well, “We got down,” sophomore player Abby Miller stated, “and we just couldn’t get back up. They just wanted it more than we did.”

Now with the start of the district tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Lady Cats got their shot at Upperman once again in a 5 p.m. game in Smith County. Not only did the Wildcats need a win, they need their confidence back as well.

“It would mean a lot to the team to beat Upperman,” Jenkins pointed out, “not only just because of Upperman, but a win would put us back into the region tournament.”

Also, a win would set up a district final match-up with what looks to be Smith County, a team the Lady Cats have showed glimpses of quality play against all season long.

When asked what Livingston Academy needed to get it back on track, Miller stated simply, “A win.”

If the Lady Wildcats could win against Upperman, they would play the winner of the Cannon County and Smith County game at 8 p.m.




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