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Archives 03-17-2010

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A. H. Roberts announces floor-hockey champions
Jr. Wildcats softball team anounced
Seniors ready to lead Wildcats Baseball
LA Soccer fortunes rest on the replacements
New coach takes over veteran LA Softball squad

 

A. H. Roberts announces floor-hockey champions


The A. H. Roberts Physical Education Department recently completed the intramural floor-hockey championships for the winter term of the 2010 school year. Each classroom of second, third, and fourth grade students divided themselves into four teams. These teams play a regular season that culminates in a room champion. These room champs are entered into bracket play, which leads to a grade champion.
The “Shadow Smashers” of Jennifer Eilender’s fourth grade class rolled to their tournament championship with a convincing 3-1 win over the “Snowflakes” of Brenda Davis’ class in intramural floor hockey. Members are, front row from left, Kayla Keen, Cierra McDonald, captain, and Claris Copeland, back row, Jayden Nelson, Hunter Garrett, and Dawson Crabtree. As a reward for their victory, these fourth graders are attending the Minnesota Wild vs Nashville Predators game on Thursday, March 18.


Winning the third grade floor hockey championship was the “Bringin’ the Heat” of Shirley Savage’s class. With two shut outs in three tournament games the champs outscored their three opponents 11-3, with a 3-0 shutout of the “Ice Pellets” of Janie Norrod’s class.
Members are, front row from left, Shelby Melton and Olivia Colson, captain, back row, Bailey Pennycuff and Will McDonald.


Linda Clouse’s “Icicles” proved to be too much for the “Ice Rockers” of Donna Qualls’ second grade class in the season ending floor hockey intramural tournament. With a 2-1 triumph under their belts, the “Icicles” celebrated their championship. Members are, front row from left, Parker Story, Stephen Myers, captain, and Sara Walker, back row, Keith Edwards and Zachary Tolhurst.

 

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Jr. Wildcats softball team anounced


Members of the 2010 Overton County Junior Lady Wildcats softball team are, front row from left, manager Alysa Dickerson, Jamie Wilson, Katlyn Ray, Katlyn “Doc” Smith, Maggie Taylor, Bailey Kingery, Karli Copeland, Courtney Whittenburg, Madison Owens, Shay Gibbons, back row, manager Sydney Penneycuff, manager Lexy Taylor, Lindsay Kirk, Courtney Cantrell, Madison Baijo, Makala Carr, Hannah Morgan, Addy Stover, Dakota Burchett, Allie Brown, Alexis Savage, Vallie Johnson, Taylor Witt, Aaliyah Mountain, Manager Madison McDonald, Manager Marley Gibbons, and, not pictured, Savannah Grimsley.


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Seniors ready to lead Wildcats Baseball


Members of the 2010 Wildcats baseball team are, in no particular order, #1 Hayden Hill, #3 Justin Schebel, #4 Carson Bailey, #5 Tracy McDonald, #6 Josh Johnson, #7 Caleb Morgan, #9 Justin Savage, #10 Shawn Walthall, #11 T. J. Hammock, #12 Jacob Conner, #15 Ethan McDonald, #17 Reed Sanders, #19 Zack Buell, #20 Jim Officer, #21 Ricky Lisi, #22 Marshall Cannon, #23 Cody Stafford, #24 Conor Oliver, #27 Lucas Dailey, #29 Seth Kilgore, #32 M. J. Lockhart, and #33 Jonathan Melton.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

With basketball season over, the spotlight in the high school sports world turns to the spring and with spring comes baseball. At Livingston Academy in 2010, things look to be going better than they have been in some time.

After finishing in sixth place in the district last season with an 8-16 record overall, 4-6 in district play, the once young Wildcats will now be seasoned veteran players who look to make a splash. The Cats sport a roster that includes 12 upper-classmen that have seen the field on a regular basis, but as well as young sophomores and freshmen that will have a huge impact as well.

Coach Pat Swallows and his staff will return six starters, which includes seniors Ethan McDonald, a power hitting right hander that had a strong finish last year, Tracy McDonald, another power hitting player that bats from the left side of the plate. Senior Seth Kilgore and Shawn Walthall know each other well as the catcher and pitcher will be on the field at all times but get the job done on the offensive side as well.

Be careful and do not get fooled, this Wildcat squad goes deeper than four players. Seniors Justin Schebel, Jonathan Melton, and Cody Stafford will see ample playing time and are known to do big time damage at the plate as well as in the field for Livingston Academy.

Then comes two more impact players, 2009 All-District player Justin Savage and 2009 All-District Honorable Mention player (as a freshman) Colby Reeder. Savage, one of the team’s top hitters, comes in this season looking to put up another impressive year of quality numbers after a season. Reeder on the other hand, will return to the starting line-up for the his second year. Last year the freshman outfielder surprised hitters not only with his power hitting, but also the ability to come through in big situations for the Wildcats.

Excited is not the word head coach Pat Swallows is using this year to describe the season ahead, no one word explains it.

“It all starts with our seniors,” Swallows explained. “They are doing a great job of leading this team. They are a great bunch of guys who are working very hard to get to the top.”

As with every season, the top is the district crown and Swallows knows that the little things are needed to get there.

“We just have to put everything together – pitching, hitting, and defense,” he said.
As for senior Tracy McDonald, the sky may be the limit for the 2010 version of Livingston Academy Baseball.

“I think we have a whole lot of potential,” McDonald stated. “We are so versatile.
Anyone we have can play and spot on the field.”

McDonald also knows that winning will not just come from one player.

“The whole season will depend on how we play as a unit,” he said. “If we all hit together we will be fine. But it is the game of baseball and anything can happen. If we keep our heads on straight and keep working, this could be the best team that has come through in the past four years.”

As with every other team, the new season brings on new hopes while allowing no more reflection on the past years aggravations. For a team that was so young a year ago, the district crown is easily in sight. As a unit, this team may be one of the best in four years, but again, it is baseball and the players still have to play the game.

Livingston Academy opened its season with Monterey High Monday, March 15 at Livingston Academy, and were set to play at Warren County on Tuesday, March 16 before returning home Wednesday and Thursday to host Clarkrange and White County before traveling to Jackson County on Saturday.




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LA Soccer fortunes rest on the replacements


Members of the 2010 Wildcats soccer team are, in no particular order, #2 Tyler Watkins, #3 Jake Huitt, #4 Vance Robinson, #5 Caleb Huck, #6 Dustin Matthews, #7 Reece Berg, #8 Jesse Carr, #9 John Eldridge, #10 Dylan Ashlock, #11 Zach Edmonds, #12 Kyle Ledbetter, #14 Ryan Swallows, #15 Collin Ledbetter, #16 Bobby Gillentine, #17 Chris Huck, #18 Joseph Bowman, #19 Matt Stockton, #20 Adam Beasley, #21 Arron Johnson, #22 John Michael Dishman, #23 Nathan Harvey, #24 Justin Purdue, #25 Jesse Huitt, #27 Ridge Parsons, #28 Tanner Buford, #1 Jordan McCoy, and #13 Tyler Clonk.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

District championships aren’t easy. With that in mind, the Livingston Academy boys soccer team is looking to go back-to-back yet again in the district crown race. After a 9-4-1 record last year and a district crown, the Wildcats find themselves in a very familiar position: replacing key pieces.

Last season, Livingston looked to replace a boat load of talent including the previous year’s district MVP. This season, the order isn’t hardly that tall, but it is still an order.

On a team that returns nine players, the order could be worse, but again, it still has to happen.

For 2010, the Wildcats will be led by Ryan Swallows, Tyler Watkins, Vance Robinson, Dylan Ashlock, Jake Huitt, and Kyle Ledbetter. Huitt, along with others, saw the success in 2009, and will look to continue that this season.

“We still expect to win the district,” explained Huitt, “but it all depends on how we mesh together. It’s getting a lot better, but with a lot of new players it makes it hard at the start, but I do believe we will do well.”

Livingston Academy soccer coach Ethan King wants to win the crown as well, but knows there are other things needed to do so.

“We want to get better with every game,” King said. “We want to be competitive in every game as well. We want to keep getting better and peak at the right time: tournament time.”

As the season goes, Coach King knows that the young Wildcats must not only get better, but work harder as the season goes on.

“We must play better individual and team defense,” he said. “Defense leads to offense. When we get that through our heads, we will be in better shape.”

When that season gets going along, the Cats will run into very quality opponents to prepare them for the post-season.

“We have a tough schedule. If we learn from our mistakes and keep improving as the season goes on, we will be where we need to be by tournament time,” Coach King said.

After three pre-season scrimmages, the 2010 edition of Livingston Academy Boys Soccer will get underway next Tuesday, March 23 at home against Friendship Christian at 6 p.m. After that match, the Cats will travel to Lebanon on the 25th and Cannon County, the Wildcats’ first district foe, on the 30th. All matches are set for 6 o’clock.



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New coach takes over veteran LA Softball squad


Members of the 2010 Lady Wildcats softball team are, in no particular order, #1 Maggie Whitson, #2 Amber Mainord, #3 Kelsey Copeland, #5 Jenna Smith, #6 Tiffany Waddell, #7 Rachael Kingery, #8 Kelsey Meadows, #12 Mallory Mahaney, #13 Morgan Johnson, #14 Meriam Maynord, #23 Abby Miller, #24 Courtney Smith, #25 Ashley Boykin, #33 Sam Maya, #34 Katelyn Webb, #50 Allison Dailey, and #52 Natasha Taylor.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

In 2010, spring sports at Livingston Academy are starting the same as last year for the most part. The respective teams were picked in the fall, had a fundraiser or two, and went to winter and pre-season workouts the same as they did in 2009. But for one squad, Livingston Academy Softball, one thing was definitely different: the coach.

After a 14-15 overall record last season, coach Elizabeth Maxwell stepped down, leaving a void for the 2010 version of the Lady Wildcats. Months later, Ashley Fisher was called upon to lead the girls and would bring along assistant Misty Garrett to the program.

This year’s team will look to continue a trend started by Maxwell when she took over: improve with every year. Last season was one of the better seasons recordwise in recent memory for the Lady Cats that only sported one senior, Kendria Kilgore.

Although Kilgore was a big factor in the success seen last season, the young Lady Wildcats of old are now primed and ready to improve and win ballgames.

For the upcoming season, the Lady Cats will be led by another senior, Jenna Smith, but will also look to juniors Mallory Mahaney, Samantha Maya, and pitcher Katelyn Webb as well. All three made huge contributions to last year’s squad but Webb proved to have mastered the pitching game as well.

As one looks deeper at the Livingston Academy squad, names such as Meriam Maynord, Morgan Johnson, Abby Miller, Rachel Kingery, and Allison Dailey appear, all of which saw significant playing time as freshmen last year. Maynord will vie with Webb as the ace on the pitching staff while the other girls will look to not only take over on the field, but with the bat as well.

“I think this year will be pretty good. We have great pitchers and catchers and a strong defense,” sophomore Abby Miller stated about the upcoming season. “Last year we were a younger team. This year we have more experience and a stronger desire for success.”

Sophomore Rachel Kingery echoed Miller, stating, “I think we will have a good season this year, but we are all going to have to stick together this year. We have to give it all we got every time we are on the field.”

With the coaching change, there is always room for meeting of minds and arguments, but if there is this year, not one person knows it.

“She (Coach Fisher) is a great coach. She has really been working us hard trying to get us ready for this season and really pushes all of us,” stated Kingery.

Even though Coach Fisher is new, she has already lit a fire in her players.

“She is very intense all the time,” Miller stated, “but I guess that is what has made us push each other to become a better team.

For Coach Fisher, the season could not come any sooner.

“I am excited about the upcoming season,” stated Fisher about her first year overall as a softball coach. “I am looking forward to getting on the field and working with such a good group of girls.”

Now the workouts are over and it is time to play ball starting Tuesday, March 16 at White County then traveling to Hendersonville to compete in the Commando Classic over the weekend before returning home to open up their 3-game homestand with the visiting Gordonsville on Tuesday, March 23, Cannon County on Friday, March 26, and Smith County on Tuesday, March 30.


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