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District football awards presented
Jaycees 5K Walk/Run set for Dec. 18
Livingston Academy basketball teams win at Cookeville
Jr. Cats Cheerleaders take 1st place

District football awards presented


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Among the award winners from Livingston Academy were, from left, Ty Eldridge, Jake Huitt, Tracy McDonald, Zach Greeen, back row, Jacob Beu, and Seth Kilgore.



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Other LA award winners were, from left, Paul Daniels, Brannon McCoin, and Daniel Miller.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Players and coaches from District 8-2A gathered Sunday afternoon in Cookeville to honor outstanding performances over the past football season and name All-District teams and Most Valuable Players at each position.

Schools represented at the meeting included Livingston Academy, Smith County, DeKalb County, York Institute, Upperman, and Cannon County.

Livingston placed two players, Ty Eldridge and Zach Green, on the All-District second team. Green played mainly at linebacker for the Wildcats while Eldridge played defensive back and on offense from time to time.

Making the list for the first team All-District included Seth Kilgore, Jacob Beu, Jake Huitt, and Tracy McDonald. Kilgore and Beu played both offensive and defensive line while McDonald was a lineman as well as linebacker. Huitt was the Wildcats’ kicker and played defensive back. He tied a school record with eight interceptions on the season.

Receiving special honors from Livingston included quarterback Brannon McCoin, running back Paul Daniels, and offensive lineman Daniel Miller.

McCoin shared Most Valuable Offensive Player with Cannon County’s Lee Cooper. On the season, McCoin carried the ball 149 times for 814 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He also threw for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns.

Daniels was named the Most Outstanding Running Back in the district. The hard running tailback accounted for 215 carries, 1,006 yards, and 12 touchdowns.

Miller was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman and cited for his quiet manner but determined drive to get the job done.

Others named to the honor squad included DeKalb’s Hunter Poteete, the Most Valuable Player. York Institute placed Most Outstanding Defensive Player Tyrel Asberry and Most Outstanding Linebacker Matt Brown on the team. Anthony Williams from York was named the Most Outstanding Return Runner.

District champs Cannon County put Emby Miller on the team as the Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman along with Most Outstanding Defensive Back Andrew Wooden. Most Outstanding Tight End went to Cannon’s Heath Simons.

Upperman’s Caleb Robichand was named Most Outstanding Punter and Smith County’s Blake Richmond was named Most Outstanding Kicker. Brandon Johnston of Smith County received Most Outstanding Quarterback honor.

Offensive Assistant Coach award went to Cannon’s Eddie Cunningham while York’s Vic Wheaton took Defensive Assistant Coach honors.

Cannon County’s first year coach, Joel Schrenk, was named the district’s Coach of the Year.


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Jaycees 5K Walk/Run set for Dec. 18
The Christmas for Kids 5K Walk/Run, sponsored by Livingston Jaycees, will be held Friday, Dec. 18 on the square in Livingston.

Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the walk/run will start at 6 p.m. at the Post Office. The entry fee is $20 before Friday, Dec. 11, and $25 the day of the race, with all proceeds to go to the Livingston Jaycees Christmas for Kids. Entrants will receive a T-shirt, and those who enter early will receive their shirts the day of the race.

An awards presentation will be held at 8 p.m. with awards presented to the top overall male and the top overall female as well as prizes for the top runner in each of the following age groups: 10 and Under; 11-15; 16-25; 26-35; 36-45; 46-55; 56-65; 65 and Up.

For more information contact David Sadler at (931) 260-7494 or at dls273@yahoo.com.

 

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Livingston Academy basketball teams win at Cookeville


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Kailen Melton races around the Cavaliers.


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T.J. Smith shoots out of a crowd on his way to 17 points.


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Abby Miller looks to pass the ball to a Lady Wildcats teammate in Livingston Academy’s win at Cookeville.


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Shelby Taylor shoots for 2.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

It was almost as rare as Haley’s Comet, a week when Livingston Academy basketball teams played only one game, but that’s what happened last week.

Actually, the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats had two games scheduled, but Friday’s games with Ensworth of Nashville were postponed. The games have been rescheduled for January 23.

But perhaps one was all they needed to play, especially for the boys, who were coming off three losses in four games over the Thanksgiving holidays. A seven point, 68-61, win over Cookeville may have been just the right medicine for the Cats as they strive to get the right rhythm going for a pair of district games this week.

For the Lady Cats, it turned out to be one of their most enjoyable trips to Putman County in a long time. What over the years has been a struggle over a much more physical Cookeville team turned out to be a convincing 53-39 victory.

“I am very pleased with the win here tonight,” LA girls coach Lesley Smith said after the seventh straight win. “For years now we have come over here and faced some really big and physical teams. Tonight we were a little more evenly matched and I thought we played well, especially on defense in the second half. Abby Miller kinda sparked the defense all night and that was good. Right now we don’t have any one standout player, just an entire team really putting out a good effort.”

That about summed up the LA performance. No one player dominated, but three showed up in double-figure scoring and the other scoring was balanced throughout the lineup.

Mackenzie Sells got things going for LA in the first period, but Cookeville controlled
the boards early. Sells’ three-pointer near the end of the frame allowed the Lady Cats to pull within two at 11-9 heading into the second quarter.

Mallory Mahaney got the Lady Cats fired off in the second period, hitting two straight three-pointers. An inside basket by Amber Welch put Livingston on top, 24-20, and a three-pointer by Allison Dailey moved LA out to a 28-22 half-time advantage.

Miller started Livingston off in the second half with a basket and free throw, but Cookeville reeled off five unanswered points to close the game to 34-29. Miller stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer and Mahaney added a basket to move LA out to a 41-32 lead heading into the final frame.

Shelby Taylor hit her first basket of the night to start the final eight minutes and it was a big one, a three-pointer to put LA ahead by 12. Alyssa Thompson went inside for a pair, and Mahaney sealed the final outcome with three points down the stretch.

Sells paced the winners with 14 points with Mahaney adding 12 and Miller dropping in 11. Taylor had five points in the win with Welch and Thompson hitting for four and Dailey accounting for three.

While the girls were breezing to a 7-0 start, the boys, at times, struggled before
moving their early season record to 4-3.

“We played much better tonight as a team,” junior Kailen Melton pointed out, “but we still need to work on not making so many turnovers. It will come though as we get further into the season.”

Playing together was a major malfunction over the holidays when the Wildcats were handed a pair of losses in Dyer County and a point of focus for the team. At times Tuesday in Cookeville it appeared the problem had been faced and corrected, and at times, turnovers showed otherwise.

Senior T.J. Smith opened the LA scoring and then finished it at the close of the first eight minutes. Both teams were off to a slow start and each managed only seven points.

Jake Huitt nailed a three-pointer to start the second frame, then a basket by Smith put the Wildcats out by five, 25-20, the largest lead of the night so far. Colby Reeder and Mason Ramsey closed the half with points to put LA up by six, 27-21.

Ramsey got things rolling in the third period and another basket by Smith gave Livingston a 10-point, 31-21, lead. Then Melton put on a shooting clinic, hitting a pair of three-pointers and a field goal and suddenly, the Cats were on top 42-29 and appeared to be rolling to a rout.

But Cookeville refused to go away and were only down by eight, 46-38, going into the final period.

Three straight turnovers by Livingston and run by the Cavaliers closed the gap to three points, 60-57. Mason Ramsey hit a pair of foul shots to give LA a little breathing room at 62-57, then Smith added four straight free throws to pull the curtain on the event.

Mason Ramsey led the LA scoring attack with 20 big points while Smith had 17 and Kailen Melton was good for 13. Huitt added seven, Logan Ramsey five, and Kendall Melton and Reeder each added two.

After seven games on the road to open the 2009-10 season, Livingston will be at home this week with a pair of district games. After, York’s visit on Tuesday, Dec. 8, Cannon County will arrive on Friday, Dec. 11. Games will start at 6 p.m. both nights.

LA will then travel to Smithville to play DeKalb County on Tuesday, Dec. 15.


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Jr. Cats Cheerleaders take 1st place


Overton County Junior Wildcats Cheer Squad competed at the Jamfest Cheer Nationals in Gatlinburg on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6 and brought home the 1st place trophy and National Champion Banner for Intermediate Junior High Level Cheerleading. Out of 20 schools and recreation squads competing in their session, the Junior Wildcats were also selected receive the Jamfest Spirit Award. Squad members are Victoria Potts, of Hilham Elementary School, Tessa Beaty, of Rickman Elementary School, Jane Emily Dycus, Hope Stephens, Alyssa Farris, Laiton Pigg, Madeline Hale, Salena Geist, and Hallie Thompson, all of Livingston Middle School, Hannah Jolley, of RES, Rachel Ferrell, of RES, Kati Smith, of LMS, Bailey Kennedy, of RES, and Katie Lee, of Allons Elementary School.

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