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LA teams win at Smith County
Paige Smith named to APSU All-Decade Team
Murfreesboro to host 2010 youth soccer presidents cup

LA teams win at Smith County


Mac McLeod file photo
Kendall Melton contributed in the win at Smith County.


Josh Scott file photo
LA’s Shelby Taylor scored 8 points against the Owlettes.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

For the past several years, when Livingston Academy traveled to Carthage to take on Smith County, there were some definite things that would happen: (1) Kayci Ferris, at 6-10, would cause a serious problem for the much smaller Lady Wildcats, and (2) the LA boys never could get comfortable shooting in the
Owls’ gym.

Both of those things changed Friday night when LA traveled down the road towards Nashville to face the Bees in a district 7-2A contest. First off, Farris, one of the state’s most sought after high schoolers, had a foot operated on and is sitting out the season before signing with Vanderbilt, and for the boys, once the Wildcats found the range, shooting in the SC gym was definitely not a problem.

With Farris out of the way for the first time in four years, the Lady Wildcats were able to take control early and roll to a 69-40 win against a much smaller and very inexperienced Smith County team.

Having been out of action for almost 15 days, it would have been easy for the Lady Cats to either look sluggish or just play a little out of time, but that wasn’t the case.

Looking as if they had been in tournament mode for the past two weeks, LA rode Mackenzie Sells’ first eight points to open the game then cruised out to a 12-6 first period lead. Mallory Mahaney and Alyssa Thompson each added two points.

Livingston broke the game open in the second quarter, using Samantha Maya’s six points, five by Tori Stocking, and four more by Sells to race out to a 32-21 halftime advantage.

During the second period, 12 of the Lady Owls’ points came from the foul line. Only a three-point bucket with 35 seconds left in the half prevented a shutout by the LA defense.

Shelby Taylor found the range early in the third period, nailing down five quick points, then Sells slammed home a three-pointer at the buzzer for a 50-29 Lady Wildcats lead.

Halfway through the final frame, Smith cleared her bench, not only to give everyone playing time, but always looking for the right team combination. It worked well as the Lady Cats ripped the cords for 19 points. Maya had four, Miller added four, while Allison Dailey, Sidney Staggs, and Kayla Williams all recorded points.

In picking up their 16th win of the season against only three losses, Livingston was led in scoring by Sells with 20 points. Maya had 10 points, with Miller and Taylor each adding eight, Stocking six, Mahaney five, Thompson four, and Amber Welch, Staggs, Dailey, and Williams each hitting for two.

The win leaves LA with a 3-1 district record before a big league matchup with Upperman on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and a non-district home game Friday, Jan. 22 against Clarkrange.

And as for the LA boys, after two minutes of nobody hitting a single point in the contest, LA finally took control and rolled to an easy 68-42 win.

In early going, neither team found the gym favorable and miss after miss by both squads kept the score at 0 for the first two minutes of the contest.

Mason Ramsey finally broke the scoring ice with a pair of free throws and Jake Huitt hit a pair of field goals to give LA a 6-2 lead. Ramsey then connected on a field goal and was followed by points from T.J. Smith and Brad Jackson. Livingston led at the end of the first period, 13-10.

Huitt opened the second period with a three-pointer then added a field goal to push LA out to an eight point lead, 18-10. When Kailen Melton found the range for a three-pointer midway through the frame, LA was on a roll with a 25-14 lead. At intermission, the Wildcats were out front 34-24, but at that point, the Owls refused to go away.

Then in the second half, LA’s defense took charge, and midway through the final period, the Cats were on top by 35 and the continuous clock went into affect. Early in the third period LA made a 15-2 run on the shooting of Smith, Kailen Melton, and Kendall Melton along with Mason Ramsey, Logan Ramsey, and Colby Reeder to take a 57-31 lead into the final frame. During the run, most of the Smith County points came from the free throw line. In the entire second half, the Owls only made five field goals and a total of 18 points.

In posting the win, Smith paced the Wildcats with 18 points while Kailen Melton added 14, Huitt 11, Mason and Logan Ramsey each had 8, and Kendall Melton, Reeder, and Jackson each added three.


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Paige Smith named to APSU All-Decade Team



Austin Peay State University recently named the APSU All-Decade Team, and Livingston native Paige Smith is among the players named as one of the best of the decade.

A standout at Livingston Academy, the 5-8 Smith finished her Austin Peay career as the program’s most prolific 3-point shooter and played the most minutes of any player at that time.

According to the Austin Peay website, “Her point production declined during her career as she took over more and more of the team’s point-guard responsibilities and ultimately finished her career third in assists. She may not have received the accolades (Brooke) Armistead and (Gerlonda) Hardin picked up during their careers, but both of them would easily say Smith was a huge part of what they both accomplished... and that’s the ultimate honor.”

Smith averaged 10.9 points per game and scored 1,324 points (7th all-time), made 243 3-pointers (2nd all-time), had a .852 free-throw percentage (2nd all-time), 3.6 apg (4th all-time), 435 assists (3rd all-time), 177 steals (6th all-time), 119 games started (1st all-time), and contributed to 3 OVC tournament titles.

When she played at Livingston Academy, she was one of only three female athletes in the school’s history to have been on two state tournament championship teams – one in basketball and the other in volleyball. The other two are Sharon Smith and Christie (Hastings) Windle.

Paige Smith now teaches and coaches boys and girls basketball at Allons Elementary School.

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Murfreesboro to host 2010 youth soccer presidents cup
United States Youth Soccer Association announces Murfreesboro, as host of the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, the culminating event for US Youth Soccer teams that have advanced from the state to regional to National Presidents Cup level. The event is scheduled to be held July 8 to 11 at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.

Ed Loucks, committee chairman of the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup said, “The US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup is the final stop for teams that have worked to advance through the first two levels of play in the Presidents Cup. We know that Murfreesboro is a great setting for teams to experience play at a national level that will provide a rewarding experience to the players who will become fans of the game for life. The Presidents Cup offers a unique experience by incorporating camaraderie, community and competition through the great game of soccer.”

Each US Youth Soccer State Association determines the path through which teams advance to the regional qualifiers. The regional qualifiers determine the teams in the Under-14 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups that advance to the National Presidents Cup.

Mona Herring, vice president of the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “We were extremely pleased to learn that we won the bid to host the 2010 US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup in Rutherford County. 

This would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of the Tennessee State Soccer Association, Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department and the Murfreesboro Soccer Club.  This tournament will not only bring national attention to Rutherford County, but will also prepare us to host the Southern Regionals in 2011.” 

US Youth Soccer is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and more than 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations.

US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe, and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org or call 1-800-4soccer.

 


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