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Co-Op wins Co-Ed Tournament
Jr. Cats cap soccer season with win over Crossville
LA Bowling Wildcats ready to roll in 2009

Cats take district runner-up, playoff bound
Lady Cats fall in region battle
Shelby Taylor signs with Freed-Hardeman University

Co-Op wins Co-Ed Tournament

Overton-Pickett Farmers Co-op took 1st place in the Co-Ed Tournament and 1st place in the league. Team members are, front row from left, Michella Choate, Brittany Cantrell, Crystal Kingery, Tiff Livingston, Rachel Flowers, back row, Michael Poston, Joe Smith, Kyle Copeland, Cody Sells, and Jeff Flowers.

Squeaks placed 2nd in the Co-Ed Tournament and in the league. Team members are, front row from left, Kayla Gibson, Shannon Ford, Whitney Walker, Stephanie Pennington, back row, James Gibson, Scott Smith, Tiffany Anderson, Bryan Smith, David Jackson, and Blakely Garrett.

Parkway Restaurant placed 3rd in the Co-Ed Tournament and 3rd in the league. Team members are, front row from left, Karrie Spears, Cory Harris, Britney McDonald, Bridgett Witt, Bill Witt, back row, Jerry Ballard, Steve Timmons, Daniel Hawk, and Chris Story.

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Jr. Cats cap soccer season with win over Crossville

courtesy of Liz Nigro
Overton County Jr. Wildcats celebrate after winning their final game of the 2009 season.

Overton County’s Jr. Lady Wildcats soccer team finished the 2009 season with a victory against Crossville.

The Jr. Wildcats jumped all over their opponents with offensive pressure provided by Savannah Gillentine and Jaci Baltimore. The offensive efforts were supported by midfielders Sydney Looper, Bailee Wright, Kate Conner and Megan Kemp. The Jr. Lady Cats were anchored by defensive efforts of Haleigh Gibbons, Sierra Huitt, and Delaney McConaha.

Once again, Barbara Nigro’s leadership, passing, shooting, and defensive presence proved to galvanize the efforts of this young Wildcats squad. They jumped out to a commanding 2-0 half time lead, and cruised to a 5-2 final.

The substitutes played as well if not better. Claire Coleman, Callie Kesty, Hailee Walters, and Tasha Anderson proved their abilities on the field. They challenged the opponents and played hard. Madision McDonald, Emily Huntly, and Leanne Pryor kept the opponents off the ball and away from the goalkeeper, Courtney Sells.

The victory pushed their season record to 9-3 after posting just 4 wins last season.
Five Overton County Jr. Wildcats were honored with a position on the All-Star Team and MVP – Barbara Nigro, Savannah Gillentine, Sydney Looper, Jaci Baltimore, and Bailee Wright.

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LA Bowling Wildcats ready to roll in 2009

The 2009 Bowling Wildcats are off and running this season, with the rest of their matches to be played at Bowling World in Cookeville.

Girls team members are Kelli Ledbetter, Amy Bilbrey, Megan Stonecipher, Freeli Mitchell, Cindy Wright, Courtney Livingston, Stephanie Sherfield, Natasha McDonald, Kayla Hall, Amber Stonecipher, and Amber Aslinger.
Boys team members are Zach Ramsey, Kasey Beason, Will Mullins, Matt Howard, Josh Johnson, Austin Maynord, Justin Timmons, Carson Bailey, Justin Poston, Cody Pannell, and Brandon Wilborn.

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Cats take district runner-up, playoff bound

Josh Scott photo
Livingston Academy’s Wildcats coaching staff and players are all smiles after defeating DeKalb County in Smithville on Thursday, Oct. 29. The win made the Cats the district runner-up.

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Jacob Beu, #55, receives help from a teammate in taking down a DeKalb County ballcarrier in Thursday’s road win.

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Tracy McDonald puts a stop to a DeKalb County run.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

For all the fans standing outside the Livingston Academy dressing room Thursday night wondering what was going on behind the closed doors, rest assured it was more than showers and occasional slaps on the back.

No sir. It was full fledged celebration , not seen at the school since 2005 in Murfreesboro, moments after the Wildcats had won the state championship.

So what was all the celebrating about Thursday?

First of all, the Wildcats had just rolled over one of DeKalb County’s better teams, 35-14. With the win, the boys from Overton County upped their regular season record to 7-3, their best since 2004, and they assured themselves a spot in the
playoffs, which meant they would get to play at least one more game.

But there was more to the hollering, screaming, laughing, slapping, high fiving, etc. that is normal after a win. Much more.

“They (the TSSAA) put us in a league where we belonged and we showed them what we could do,” beamed senior lineman Tracey McDonald. “Finally, after those three horrible seasons, we got our confidence back and gained a lot of respect.”

Respect and confidence, the two words that had been missing before this season for the Wildcats, were just a few things that could describe the feeling in that dressing room.

“That was an excellent performance,” head coach Bruce Lamb told his team moments after the one-sided victory that propelled the Cats back into the playoff picture for the first time in four seasons.

“If I looked hard enough, I could find something wrong with tonight’s game, but other than a few missed tackles, you were great. I am so proud of you and what you have done so far this season. Before the game, I asked you to give it all you had and that’s exactly what you did. You are winners and never forget that. We’ve come a long way and its been a hard struggle, but tonight, you capped it off with an excellent performance. What else can I say?”

Lamb could have gone on all night, probably as could defensive coach Shane Qualls who was as fired up after the game as he was before it even started. Qualls praised his defense that for the third time this season, they faced a high-powered passing offense and came out strong for the second time.

“That guy (DeKalb quarter back Hunter Poteete) was good, but you didn’t let him have much,” Qualls told the team. “You did like you were supposed to do and let him have a few things, but nothing easy and nothing much. You did it just like we planned.”

And while the defense was scrambling all over the field trying to knock down Poteete’s passes, or at least the receivers after they caught one, the LA offense was methodically destroying the Tigers defense and with what appeared to be, ease.

To get things started off right, LA quarterback Brannon McCoin gave the opposition a heavy dose of Paul Daniels, salted in with sprints from Creed Hayes and on big downs, even himself.

“We have to keep them (DeKalb) honest,” Daniels pointed out from the sidelines late in the game. “I run inside time and time again, then all off a sudden, we turn Creed loose around the corner or Brannon keeps the ball and rips off big yardage. Our line makes it all happen.”

On the opening drive of the game, Hayes ripped off 14 yards on the very first play, then Daniels pounded the Tigers five times. Hayes came back with a big gain of 28 yards and Daniels capped off the 77-yard drive with 10-yard burst. Jake Huitt made the conversion and Livingston led 7-0.

Six plays later, McCoin pounced on a loose DeKalb ball and the Wildcats were back in business at the LA 21. After picking up 39 yards on an option play, McCoin then did the exact thing from 30 yards out, and on the final play of the first quarter, put his team up by two touchdowns. Huitt added the point-after and LA led 14-0.

For all intents and purposes, the game was almost out of reach for the 6-3 Tigers who were looking to take the win and a spot in the playoffs just like the Wildcats.

After scoring on the first drive of the second quarter and forcing Livingston to punt on its next possession, there appeared a spark on the DeKalb sideline. The fire was put out at the Livingston 22 when Brock McCoin intercepted a Poteete pass. Four plays later, Brannon McCoin found Hayes over the middle and connected for a 47-yard touchdown pass.

At intermission, the Wildcats were on top 21-7.

In the second half, about the only big change was the Wildcat defense put more pressure on Poteete and the offense continued to make big plays and eat up valuable clock time.

After forcing the Tigers to punt on the first series of the second half, Daniels blasted off 21 yards for Livingston then two plays later went in for his second score of the night. As he would be all night, Huitt nailed the point-after attempt and LA upped its lead to 28-7.

On defense, Seth Kilgore, McDonald, Daniel Robinson, and Jacob Beu were putting more pressure on Poteete up front while the secondary, led by Zack Green, Ty Eldridge, both McCoins, Lukas Reagan, and Hayden Hill were keeping the receivers pretty much covered up. DeKalb did manage one touchdown in the second half, but by the time it occurred, the outcome of the game was pretty much determined.

On the night, Poteete would fire 50 passes and connect on 33, but would only gain 215 yards. On the other hand, McCoin, Daniels, Hayes, and Dillion Roberts would ramble through the Tigers’ defense for 335 yards on the ground.

Daniels carried 24 times and gained 138 yards while Hayes only ran five times, but picked up 48 yards and caught McCoin’s only pass completion of the night, a 47-yard scoring strike. For his part, McCoin would run the ball only seven times from the option position, but blasted DeKalb’s defenses for 151 yards. An average of 21.5 yards per carry.

“This was the best game I’ve ever played in,” McDonald added. “I don’t know what got into me, but I was pumped up all night. Man, this has been a fun season and we’re looking for more.”

Aside from being in on numerous tackles, McDonald made a big sack on Poteete late in the fourth quarter on a fourth and goal that put the game on ice.

“Tired, well maybe a little,” Kilgore beamed after the game. “But everyone on this team played so hard tonight, they should all be tired. This is what teamwork is all about and tonight the defense played well, the offense played well and we beat a pretty good team. The hard work of the past couple years has paid off tonight.”

This week, the Wildcats will take on Stone Memorial (3-7), a team LA defeated 35-31 in the season-opener way back in late August, in the first round of the playoffs.

The game will be played at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium and get underway at 7 p.m.

The Yardstick
LA DeKalb
14 1st downs 18
335 Yds. rushing 7
47 Yds. passing 318
4-1 Passes att./comp. 50/33
1 Passes Int. by 1
0 Fumbles Lost 1
2/27 Punts/Avg. 1/31
35 Yds. Pent. 65

Score by quarters:
LA – 14 7 7 7 – 35
DC – 0 7 7 0 – 14

LA – Daniels, 10 run. Huitt kick.
LA – McCoin, 30 run. Huitt kick.
DC – Kijanski, 4 pass from Poteete. Taylor kick.
LA – Hayes, 47 pass from McCoin. Huitt kick.
LA – Daniels, 1 run. Huitt kick.
DC – Bragg, 3 pass from Poteete. Taylor kick.
LA – McCoin, 8 run. Huitt kick.

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Lady Cats fall in region battle

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Heather Marshall sends a ball into the box, hoping for a wildcat score.

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LA defenders surround Chattanooga’s ferocious attack.

By Justin Perdue,
OCN Sports

Last Tuesday, Oct. 27, the Lady Wildcats played host to their first and only region soccer game.
Field conditions and a cold, dreary night seemed to play into the hands of the opposition. Chattanooga Christian Academy’s team had no weak points and played very well as a team, which shut down all attempts at any LA offensive set-up.
Through all the rain and mud, LA gave up 3 goals for a final score of 3-0, ending their season.
Coach Ethan King said, “Even though we came up short, we’ve still had a great year; it’s nothing but an honor to coach this group of girls.”

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Shelby Taylor signs with Freed-Hardeman University

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Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats basketball standout Shelby Taylor will play for the Freed-Hardeman University Lady Lions when she starts her college career. On hand for the announcement last week are, seated from left, Suzy Taylor, her mother, Shelby Taylor, and Steve Taylor, her father, along with, standing, FHU Assistant Coach Lain Hinson, FHU Head Coach Dale Neal, LA Principal and Head Coach Lesley Smith, and LA Assistant Coach Lora Franklin.


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