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Archives 12-30-2009


Jaycees 5K Walk/Run set for January 9
Wildcats win Midsouth Classic championship
Lady Wildcats play in Midsouth Classic

Jaycees 5K Walk/Run set for January 9
The Christmas for Kids 5K Walk/Run, sponsored by Livingston Jaycees, will be held Saturday, Jan. 9 on the square in Livingston. The walk/run was set to be held in December but was cancelled because of rain.

Entry fee is $25 the day of the race, with all proceeds to go to the Livingston Jaycees Christmas for Kids.

Registration for the 5K walk/run will begin at 1 p.m., and it will start at 2 p.m. at the Post Office, continue down North Church and go around Winningham Park and then back to the square.

Awards will be 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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Wildcats win Midsouth Classic championship

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Livingston Academy Wildcats receive the plaque as the 2009 Midsouth Classic champions.

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Jake Huitt elevates for 2 points in the Classic win.

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LA’s Colby Reeder fires over a Cookeville Cavalier.

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T.J. Smith fires out of a crowd in the championship game.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

After a slow start, Livingston Academy Boys Basketball has caught fire in a hurry, and going into the Midsouth Classic championship game, all minds wondered how the young Wildcats would fare when faced with adversity and playing the host team, Cookeville High School, on their home court.

Things could have went to pot for the Wildcats at any point, but taking their coach’s “never quit” attitude, the Wildcats prevailed over the host Cavaliers in a thriller, 69-65.

Livingston looked to Jake Huitt early in the game, as he would score the Wildcats’ first 8 points before finding teammates T.J. Smith and Mason Ramsey to help shoulder the load. Although hot early, the Wildcats were stifled when it came to guarding senior guard Mitchell Hill of Cookeville, as he would score 12 of his 18 points in the first 10 minutes of the game.

In the second quarter, things got December cold as the Wildcats would not be able to get a good look at the basket, a credit to the Cavalier defense, as well as missed opportunites and turnovers. After being down 16-15 at the end of the first quarter, Livingston Academy would manage to score a mere 8 points in the second frame, but only allowed 14 to go into the locker room down 7 at 30-23.

The third quarter was where the Wildcats would face one of the biggest holes they had even got near all season long. Midway through the third quarter, Cookeville’s Blake Phillips caught fire and put the Cavaliers up by 17, 46-29, with a little over 12 minutes left in the game.

After falling behind by so much on the opponent’s home floor, LA Coach Richard Melton called a time-out to get his team back focused on the task at hand. Sophomore guard Colby Reeder checked into the game after the time-out, and would be the unlikely piece to the comeback, nailing three 3-pointers in less than 2 minutes, while Kailen Melton added a three of his own to draw the Wildcats within 10 points at the end of the third quarter.

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, momentum would be on the Wildcats’ side the rest of the game. Senior guard Kendall Melton chipped in with a pair of free throws while Mason Ramsey capped off a Wildcat 7-0 run with a 3-point play to draw visiting Livingston Academy within a point at 57-56 with a little over 3 minutes to go in the game.

Cookeville would then use 4 free throws to go up 61-56, but the inevitable could not be stopped. After the last free throw, Livingston Academy used an 11-1 run consisting of incredible shooting ability from T.J. Smith and the free throw consistency of big man Mason Ramsey to win the game 69-65.

“Cookeville really played well,” Coach Melton said after the game. “They shot so well the first half, and their zone tore us all to pieces. I really didn’t think we reacted very well to it. They just flat outplayed us for the first three quarters.”

“Colby kept us in the game, and you never know who is going to step up. You know, you have 10 players that can play and as a coach, you just hope one of them are going to step up.”

Coach Melton knows his seniors also played a part in the big comeback.
“Whether they are on the floor or on the bench, they are leading. They do a great job being a leader. At the start of the year I was concerned, but not anymore.”

Mason Ramsey and T.J. Smith led the Wildcats with 17 points each, while Jake Huitt chipped in 13 and Colby Reeder added another 9. Kendall and Kailen Melton each had 4, Brad Jackson had 3, and Logan Ramsey rounded out the Wildcats scoring with 2.

After the big win, the Wildcats (10-3, 3-0 in 8AA) looked to extend their seven game winning streak at the Beech Holiday Classic at Beech High School in Hendersonville, beginning Monday, Dec. 28. The Wildcats will then step out of district play once again to visit the Jackson County Blue Devils on Friday, Jan. 8.

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Lady Wildcats play in Midsouth Classic

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LA’s Shelby Taylor pulls up for a 2-point shot against the William Blount Lady Governors.

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LA’s Tori Stocking shoots over a Lady Governor.

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Kayla Williams races in for a shot against William Blount.

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Abby Miller brings the ball down the court for LA.

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Samantha Maya lays in a drive by basket in the Classic.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

In the game of basketball and in life in general, throughout periods of time, one will find a struggle. After being knocked down by a very good Lawrence County team in the opening round of the Midsouth Classic, Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats bounced back in a convincing and thundering fashion.

Although on the losers’ side of the bracket, the Lady Cats looked like winners when they faced off against Lebanon in their next game. After a slow start, the Wildcats found their groove in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Devils 13-9 in the second quarter to put the lead at half-time up to 7 at the half, 24-17.

In the second half, Livingston Academy spread the scoring out, as well as the Lebanon defense, in scoring 33 points and putting the game away late with free throws to make the final score Livingston Academy 57 and Lebanon 52.

Mackenzie Sells led LA with 13 points while Samantha Maya chipped in with 9, Mallory Mahaney and Shelby Taylor with 8, and Abby Miller and Tori Stocking with 5. Five other players also got on the board in the game, scoring 2 apiece.

After the win over Lebanon, the Lady Cats would focus on their next opponent, William Blount High School, in the 5th place game played at Cookeville High School on Tuesday, Dec. 22. In the first game of the day at Cookeville, the Lady Cats ended any hopes of a William Blount Merry Christmas as the Wildcats would take the game from the word go.

From the start, the Lady Wildcats took a 20-5 lead after the first quarter and would only add to that in the second with the score at the half 41-11 in favor of Livingston Academy. After the intermission, the Cats picked right up where they left off, only adding to their lead. At the 2:24 mark in the fourth quarter, the Lady Cats enforced the mercy rule making the end very quick for William Blount.

In the blowout of William Blount, all 12 Lady Wildcats players scored. Abby Miller paced them, adding 14 to her total on the year, while Mackenzie Sells dropped in another 13 points. Alyssa Thompson would pound the post for 8 points, Shelby Taylor would have 7, and Amber Welch would come off the bench to score 5 points and add 9 rebounds to her tournament resume.

After the game, LA Coach Lesley Smith was happy with the win, but knows that her team still has a long way to go.

“Yeah, we looked really good,” the coach said on her teams’ performance on Tuesday, “but we shot 75% from the three point line. When you shoot 75% from the three, and shoot it like we do, its hard to beat us.”

All things considered though, Coach Smith knows that she and her team still have a long way to go.

“At this point, there are still a lot of things we need to work on and get better at,” she said. “We’re still growing, but we have good leaders and girls that want to work. Am I happy with 5th place? No, but we got beat by a very quality opponent and we did not play well at all, so we will have to take fifth place.

With the season closing in on the halfway point, Livingston Academy is sitting nice at 11-2 overall and 2-1 in district competition. The Lady Cats faced off against Cocke County Monday, Dec. 28 in Greeneville as part of the Greene Bank Ladies Classic.

After that, the Lady Cats will take a week off before visiting Jackson County onJanuary 8 and White County on January 11.

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