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Kat Nigro reaches 100 goals for Livingston Academy
Wildcats defeat Dragons in “Mud Bowl 2009”
Emily Miller places 5th in State Golf Tourney

Jr. Outlaws to play for championship

Kat Nigro reaches 100 goals for Livingston Academy

Kat Nigro moves the ball for LA in a recent match.

Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Soccer standout Kat Nigro passed the high school career scoring plateau of 100 goals against non-district opponent Stone Memorial.

Entering the contest, Nigro sat on 98 goals with the opportunity to be the first LA soccer female to accomplish the feat.

On a rain-soaked pitch, against a Panther team not anxious to surrender to such an ominous goal, Kat Nigro managed to maintain her firm footing through mud and puddles. Nigro patiently controlled the pace of the game, but when the opportunity presented, she struck with pinpoint accuracy and scored on consecutive shot attempts in the first half for goals 99 and 100.

But she was not finished. In the closing minutes of the game, Nigro fired a low liner that found the back of the net for her 101st career goal and a Lady Wildcats 5-0 victory.

Kat Nigro also holds the lead in Tennessee High School Soccer in assists, with a total of 58.

Nigro said, “I don’t think about records or scoring, as a midfielder I’d rather get an
assist, but if my team needs a goal I’ll take my shots.

“I give credit to my sister Stormy, she was responsible for getting me the ball for that
first goal. She’s leading our team in assists.”

Freshman midfielder Stormy Nigro had 16 assists.

Only season games are calculated for these stats; if adding the pre-season games, Kat Nigro has a total of 146 Career Goals as a junior midfielder.

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Wildcats defeat Dragons in “Mud Bowl 2009”

Julie Young photo
Livingston Academy’s offensive line prepares to move in the muck of Friday’s game.

Julie Young photo
Distinguishing team players became harder as both teams became caked in mud.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Back around the middle of the summer, Hayden Hill decided he would give up football and put all his efforts towards basketball. It wasn’t an easy decision since he had been playing the game for what seemed most of his life.

“I had just about had it with football,” Hill recalled Friday night, moments after he had recovered a York Institute fumble in overtime that gave the Livingston Academy Wildcats a hard fought 12-6 victory. “It seemed I wasn’t going anywhere in football and hadn’t played very much in the past two years.

“That was the worst decision I ever made,” Hill stated. “Coming back was the best one I’ve made. I’ve earned a place on the team and am getting to play on both sides of the ball. What else could I have asked for. When I wanted to come back, I told Coach Lamb I would play any position as long as I just got a chance. He gave it to me and I will always be grateful for that opportunity.

“Last week, I made a mistake that cost us a touchdown. This week I managed to be in the right place at the right time to recover the fumble that ended the game. It just doesn’t get much better than this,” Hill smiled.

It wasn’t an easy road for the junior player. He had to do extra work just to get back on the team, but his determination paid off and has drawn the praise of his head coach.

“I was glad when he said he wanted to come back,” LA head coach Bruce Lamb said. “But he had to do extra work and most of it by himself. He did it without question, and he has made a big difference on this team. We are very proud of how this has turned out, and he gets a lot of the credit.”

While Hill was enjoying his moment in the sun, his teammates were also having fun in the locker room after the game. And for the most part, it was a room filled with players who were so muddy all that was showing were white teeth and white around the eyes. Everything else, from shoes to helmets, were covered in mud.

“That field was so muddy I had to use both hands to snap the ball and a lot of the time, that didn’t even work,” pointed out center Jacob Beu. “I guess it looked like Brannon (LA quarterback Brannon McCoin) and me had never practiced before, but it was just so muddy I couldn’t snap the ball correctly and he couldn’t hold it once it got to him. I’ve never been a part of anything as sloppy as that field.”

And Beu wasn’t alone. Every player , offensive and defensive, were caked with the
mud. Even those who didn’t make it into the game jumped in after the victory to be part of the celebration.

“What’s not to love about that,” explained defensive linebacker Dylan Ashlock. ”We
love playing in the mud, we beat York. We knocked them out of a playoff berth and we have a chance to make the playoffs ourselves. You’ve got to love that.”

Ashlock was right. With the win, the Wildcats managed to keep their playoff hopes alive. A loss would have knocked them out of the picture.

For the second week in a row, the playing field at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium was fit more for hogs than football. Heavy rains in the area for the past month had turned the poor field into a quagmire, and at game time Friday, only spots of sand that had been spread on the surface rose above standing and rising water.

“Its simply amazing that we did not lose the ball to a fumble,” Coach Lamb said after the game. “I know we dropped it a lot, but we didn’t lose a fumble and that’s a credit to the players on the field. They knew what they had to do tonight and they did it. (Paul) Daniels was a super workhorse tonight carrying the ball, and the defense
played a super game.”

And it was a game that neither team could well afford a mistake and expect to win. On the night, York only had the ball seven times on offense and Livingston eight.

When either team had the ball, they needed to make the most of the opportunity.
York got on the boards early in the first period after a 64-yard opening kick off return. Eight plays later, the Dragons went in for the score on a four-yard blast. The kick for the extra point fell short and the visitors led 6-0.

And that’s the way it stood until 7:20 remained in the third frame. Livingston took the kickoff to start the second half and marched 53 yards through the mud to the York eight where Daniels bulled in for the tying score. Jake Huitt missed his point-after try and the game was knotted at six.

And it stayed that way until the game was forced into overtime.

Livingston’s Daniel Miller got to pick the end of the field for overtime and after looking around at what was left of the field, he picked the end where it was greenest.

“There wasn’t much to pick from,” Miller laughed after the game, “but it was greener on that end than on the other. That’s the end we picked.”

From 10 yards out, the Wildcats had four chances to score. Daniels made five on the first try, then McCoin made one on the next attempt. On third down from the six, McCoin called an option.

“They knew Paul was going to get the ball,” the senior quarterback pointed out. “I gave it to him, made the read as York piled in on him, then took the ball back and almost walked through the open hole.”

Livingston tried to run for two points, but that came up short. Now it was York’s

“Running Daniels up the middle was about the only play we had all night,” offensive coach Danny McCoin pointed out after the game. “We pitched to Creed (Hayes) several times to keep York honest, but with the field in the condition it was, he couldn’t cut and Paul could drive straight ahead. He really did a good job.”

The Dragons got the ball at the 10, and on the first play fumbled and Hill was at the right place at the right time.

“Just glad to have had that chance,” Hill added. “That made all the hard work worth while.”

On the night, the Wildcats scrapped for 110 yards on the ground. Daniels got 78 of those on 25 tries.

“I just took the ball from Brannon and wrapped my arms around it and tried to get a few yards,” the soft-spoken back smiled. “Hard to believe I didn’t fumble at least once. That place was really bad out there.”

York , on the other hand, had 68 yards in the first quarter and zero yards in the second. The visitors managed only three first downs in the entire first half and only one in the second half. On the ground, York could only grind out 20 yards the entire second half.

“You have to hand it to the defense,” Lamb added. “The stats tell the story and it a good story on our part. Our kids, despite the condition of the field, went after the ball and found it just about every time.”

Beu, along with Lucas Reagan and Zack Green each were credited with five tackles. McDonald and Ty Eldridge each made four, with Hill and Seth Kilgore making three, Corey Hamilton had two, and Huitt, McCoin, Talon Sircy each had one.
McDonald, along with Hill, each recovered a fumble.

Now, with a 5-3 record, Livingston will be on the road for its final two regular season games. This week, the Wildcats travel to Macon County, a very dangerous team, according to Lamb.

“They scare you,” the coach said. “They have lost eight games, but have a very tough schedule, and we know what a touch schedule can do to a team. You can’t take them lightly.”

The final game will be the following week against DeKalb County at a location yet to be determined.

The Yardstick
LA York
11 1st Downs 4
110 Yds. Rushing 88
33 Yds Passing 28
5/2 Pass Att. /Comp 5/3
0 Passes Intcpt. By 1
0 Fumbles lost 2
3/25 Punts/Avg. 6/24
5 Yds. Pent. 70

Score by quarters:
LA – 0 0 6 0 OT – 6
YI – 6 0 0 0 OT – 0

YI – Brown, 4 run. Kick failed.
LA – Daniels, 8 run. Kick failed.
LA – McCoin, 4 run. Run failed.

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Emily Miller places 5th in State Golf Tourney

Emily Miller takes a swing in the TSSAA State Golf Tournament held last week in Murfreesboro.

Livingston Academy Golf Coach Patty Dale congratulates Emily Miller on placing 5th in the TSSAA Golf State Tournament.

Miller lines up a shot.

Livingston Academy’s Emily Miller participated in the TSSAA High School State Golf Tournament in at Old Fort Golf Course in Murfreesboro on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 13-14.

For Miller, a junior, this was her third trip to the state tournament.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, Miller shot an 84, 12 over par, and was tied for 8th place at the end of the day. Conditions at the course were harsh due to excessive rain.

The following day, she had a strong second day finish and shot a 4 over par 76, tied for 5th place in the tournament.


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Jr. Outlaws to play for championship

Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Jr. Outlaws tailback Wade Neely, #6, gets good blocking up front for a gain Saturday.

Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Jr. Outlaws Jacob Craig, #41, and Cody Cantrell, #77, take down the DeKalb County ballcarrier in Saturday’s semifinal game.

Ginger Neely/Action Sports
#82 Will Sims catches a pass from QB #11 Blake Qualls

Overton County’s Junior Outlaws will play against 7-0 Smith County on Saturday, Oct. 24 for the championship. The Jr. Outlaws defeated DeKalb County’s Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 17 to go 7-1 on the season and move into the championship game.

Wade Neely paved the way with 171 yards on the ground.

Junior Outlaws game
Jr. Outlaws 13, DeKalb 6
Individual Statistics

Blake Qualls 3-3-25-1-1

Chance Spears 1-15-1-0
Will Sims 1-3-0-1
Chase Looper 1-7-0-0

Lead Rushers
Wade Neely 18-171-1
Chase Looper 9-32-0
Blake Qualls 4-4-0

Kick-off Return
Cade Hammock 25-yards.

Fumble Recovery
Wade Neely.

Lead Tacklers
Wade Neely 12; Jake Craig 5; Cody Cantrell 5; Travis Hunter 2; Chase Looper 2; Cade Hammock 2; Brody Johnson 1; Blake Qualls 1; Chance Spears 1.

The Senior Outlaws did not fare as well last Saturday. Fentress County Purple defeated Overton County 18-12

Outlaws game
Outlaws 12, Fentress (P) 18
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers

Dylan Linder 13-81
Mason Jolley 14-23
Logan Clark 4-14
Carter Hayes 1-0
Tanner Dillon 3-(-2)

Carter Hayes 1-1
Tanner Dillon 0-1
Mason Jolley 0-3

Mason Jolley 1-54

Lead Tacklers
Seth Parker 9; Logan Clark 8; Dylan Linder 7; Austin Hall 7; Mason Jolley 4; Carter Hayes 4; Andrew York 2; Dalton Hammock 2; Donnie Allred 1.

Fumble Recovery
Dylan Linder (2), Dalton Hammock, Logan Clark.
Kick-off Return
Mason Jolley 23-yard and 20-yard.

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