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Junior Wildcat cheerleaders present routines
Wildcats struggle by Dragons, crush Blue Devils
Lady Wildcats defeat York, fall to Jackson County
Signups for spring sports to be held


Junior Wildcat cheerleaders present routines

Overton County Junior Wildcats presented their Competition Cheer and Pom Dance Routines at Livingston Academy on Friday Night, Jan. 22 during the LA/Clarkrange games' halftimes. Squad members are from Livingston Middle School, in no particular order, Alyssa Farris, Salena Geist, Katy Smith, Hope Stephens, Hallie Thompson, Jane Emily Dycus, Mady Hale, and Laiton Pigg, from Rickman, Bailey Kennedy, Tessa Beaty, Hannah Jolley and Rachel Ferrell, from Allons, Katie Lee, and from Hilham, Victoria Potts. Tryouts for next year's squad will be held in April. Tryout packets will be available in all Overton County Schools prior to Spring Break. Girls going into 6th through 8th grades at any Overton School are eligible to participate. For more information contact, Coach Vanessa Farris at farrisv@k12tn.net.

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Wildcats struggle by Dragons, crush Blue Devils

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Brad Jackson tips in 2 points for the Wildcats at Gainesboro.

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Hayden Hill keeps the ball in bounds for Livingston.

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Mason Ramsey stretches for a basket in Thursday’s game.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Sometimes they make them look easy and other times they appear difficult, but regardless how they appear on the surface, the Livingston Academy Wildcats continue to dominate the hardwood of District 8, 2A. Last week they struggled by district foe York on Tuesday night, Jan. 26, then crushed Jackson County on Thursday in a make up game in Gainesboro.

“Sometimes we just don’t stay focused,” LA coach Richard Melton explained as he tried to recall the 70-63 victory over York. “York is a good team without question, but, I think we made it a little too hard on ourselves and maybe that’s a credit to York.”

Whatever the reason, the Cats continue to roll towards the end of the regular season
and finished the week with a sound thrashing of Jackson County, 78-41. Livingston now stands at 16-6 overall and a perfect 6-0 in district play.

“I’m having fun playing on the high school level, “ freshman Mason Ramsey beamed after a week where he added 19 points to his team’s total. “I’m starting to fit in more and more with each game, getting more comfortable and really enjoying getting to play with my brother (Logan Ramsey).”

Mason has been one of the big reasons Livingston has enjoyed much of its success this season despite the fact this is his first year at the high school level. On the other hand, brother Logan has made great strides to adjust to the game in his second season on the team. The combination appears headed to be a dominant force in Livingston‘s success.

“I’m trying,” a shy, but steadily improving Logan said. “Hopefully, I’m not as clumsy as I was last year,“ he laughed, “and the more I play this year, the more comfortable I feel with the program. It’s just a great experience and I’m enjoying it more and more.”

The two younger Ramseys are following in the footsteps of older brother Deven, who was a dominant figure the past four years at LA and helped his team to two straight appearances at the state tournament in Murfreesboro.

In addition to the two big men, the Cats are again enjoying the experience of seniors T.J. Smith and a revived Brad Jackson. Jackson got off to a slow start this year, mainly due to two injured ankles.

“The ankles feel much better,” Jackson said before Thursday’s game, “and I’m getting back to where I left off last year. I feel pretty good now.”

Ramseys, Smiths, Jacksons, Meltons (Kailen and Kendell), Huitts (Jake), and all the supporting cast put on a show Thursday in Gainesboro, rolling over the Blue Devils by 37 points that could have as easily been 57.

Smith opened Livingston’s week with a three-pointer to put LA up 3-0 on York, then nailed a second one just moments after Huitt had hit for three and suddenly LA was up 9-0 over the Dragons. Mason Ramsey followed with a field goal and Jackson did likewise, and in less than two and half minutes the Wildcats were up 16-6. At the buzzer, LA was on top 22-15.

It appeared Livingston would roll to an easy victory, but the Dragons had other ideas and staged a strong comeback in the second period to trail by only three, 34-31, at intermission.

And from that point on, it was a battle all the way to the final horn. Only some strong free throws down the stretch pulled out the seven-point margin.

Smith hit a three-pointer to start the final frame to give LA a 55-49 lead. But then the two teams simply traded baskets all the way to the 2:13 mark. With LA up by only two, 62-60, the Dragons resorted to the foul to try and get the ball. Huitt then Jackson went to the line and each nailed a pair. Huitt did it again with 17 seconds left and Ramsey and Jackson each got one of two to seal the win.

Smith had 18 points to lead LA while Jackson had 11, Logan Ramsey 12, Mason Ramsey 10, Kailen Melton 9 , Huitt 7, and Colby Reeder 3.

As tough as York was on Tuesday, Jackson County was easy on Thursday. After leading 27-14 in the first period, LA marched to a 50-21 advantage in the second period, moved away to 71-28 in the third, then settled in for the 78-41 victory.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” the coach added after the win. “We got to play a lot of players tonight, and that’s always a positive thing, and I thought we played pretty good with different groups on the floor.”

Jackson had 13 to lead the Wildcats in scoring with Smith adding 10. Mason Ramsey had 9, Huitt was good for 8, the Meltons, Kailen and Kendall, each accounted for 6, as did Adam Wilson. Logan Ramsey was good for four, and Hayden Hill rounded out the scoring with 2.

After a home game against Jackson County on Tuesday, Feb. 2, Livingston Academy will host Smith County on Friday, Feb. 5, then the Cats will travel to Woodbury to play Cannon County on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Last Friday’s snowed out game with DeKalb County will be played Saturday, Feb. 13.

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Lady Wildcats defeat York, fall to Jackson County

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Livingston Academy’s bench looks on as Mallory Mahaney prepares to fire a 3-point shot.

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Mackenzie Sells puts up 2 points for LA at Jackson County.

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LA’s Abby Miller reaches for a 2-point shot.

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Shelby Taylor shoots out of a crowd at Jackson County.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

There’s an old saying around sports in general and high school basketball in particular that states: you can’t win ‘em all. And for the most part, it’s true but there is another saying that either goes like this or should anyway: when you can’t win ‘em all, at least win the ones you should.

And the Lady Wildcats of Livingston Academy would probably be the first to agree, especially after losing to ole rival Jackson County Thursday night in a make-up game in Gainesboro.

“We had ‘em, but we just didn’t play all 32 minutes,” a disappointed LA head coach Lesley Smith bemoaned after her chargers led most of the game only to falter midway through the final period to drop a 44-40 decision to the always tough Lady
Blue Devils.

“That one hurt,” senior guard Shelby Taylor added. “We just let this one get away.

We should have won it, but like several others pointed out, we didn’t play the entire
32 minutes, and against teams like Jackson County, you can’t let down a minute.

We’ll try to do better Tuesday.

Jackson came into the contest sporting a fine 20-3 record and boasting a recent come from behind win over the defending state 2A state champions, Clarkrange. On the other hand, LA entered the contest with an 18-5 mark and a recent setback at the hands of the Lady Buffalos.

For the first 26 minutes, Livingston played a superb pressure defense and got outstanding offensive power from Taylor and Mackenzie Sells. With 6:39 seconds remaining in the fourth period, the Lady Cats were on top of a 34-26 game. Then the Lady Devils took charge with Laken Leonard leading the way. A pair of three-pointers and a field goal at the 1:50 mark put Jackson County on top, and that’s where it stayed.

“We have to play 32 minutes and that’s it,” sophomore Abby Miller pointed out. “We didn’t play hard the entire 32 minutes tonight, and Jackson County did what it had to do when it counted. That’s very disappointing.”

Like the previous week when LA dropped two of three games but won the one that counted, a district win over Upperman, this time, the Lady Cats played twice and won the game that really mattered, a 54-42 hard fought victory over district foe Jamestown.

Against Jackson County Thursday, Miller opened the scoring in the first period for LA and Mallory Mahaney added a field goal to keep the Lady Cats close in a game that saw the home team take the lead early and roar out to a 15-6 advantage with over a minute and a half showing.

Sells hit a pair of field goals to keep LA close, and at the close of the initial frame, the Lady Cats trailed by eight, 18-10.

Then in the second period, Livingston took over offensively and played equally as strong on defense. Taylor got things rolling to open the period, then Amber Welch nailed a three-pointer and Livingston was within three, 18-15. Taylor pulled her team to within one, then Miller sank a three-pointer that tied the game at 20. Miller then took a smooth shot in the lane and Sells made a steal and coast-to-coast lay-up seconds later and the Lady Cats were on top at intermission, 24-22. In the first half, only three personal fouls were called on both teams.

In the third period, LA’s defense was the shining star as it held the usually high scoring Lady Devils to only two points and heading into the final period, the Lady Cats were out front, 33-24.

“Shelby played her heart out tonight and did all she could,” explained Smith. “Mac (Sells) had a good game as well, but they play her so close on defense. We needed a third scorer tonight and we didn’t get it. “

Taylor had 11 points on the night while Sells led LA with 12 while Miller added 7 and Mahaney rounded out the scoring with 2.

Tuesday’s District 8 2AA contest in Jamestown, Livingston trailed Lady Dragons at the end of the first period, 14-13, but used Taylor’s five points , Samantha Maya’s three, Miller’s four, and Sells’ two to forge ahead 29-20 at intermission.

Each team scored nine points in the third period, but in the fourth frame, Welch, Sells, Taylor, and Thompson kept the Lady Cats out of danger. In the final period, York was forced to foul for any hopes of getting the ball, and Taylor answered the situation with eight of nine free throws.

Taylor had 16 points to pace Livingston to its fifth district win against only one loss while Sells added 14, Maya had 8, Miller 7, Mahaney 3, and Alyssa Thompson and Welch each had 2.

Friday’s district contest with DeKalb County at Livingston was postponed due to the snow storm and has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13. Livingston Academy is scheduled to host Smith County on Friday, Feb. 5, then LA will travel to Woodbury to take on Cannon County on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

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Signups for spring sports to be held
Livingston Baseball and Softball registration is set to begin Thursday, Feb. 4 online at our new website www.livingstoncitypark.com or at city hall Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Registration will end on Saturday, March 20 for baseball and Saturday, March 27 for softball.

Late registrations will be taken, but with a $10 added fee.There will be no guarantee for late registration placement on a team. Registration fees online or at city hall will be the same.

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