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Lady Cats defeat Gordonsville 9-5
Senior Olympics registration deadline set for April 16
Tennessee Lightning wins Volunteer Open
U.C. Stars begin with two championships
Wildcats split with Smith, endure tough tournament

 

Lady Cats defeat Gordonsville 9-5
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

When Ashley Fisher took over the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats softball team, there were many things in disarray. First, she lost one of her best hitters to graduation, Kendria Kilgore. Second, most of her team was young and inexperienced, yet talented. Third, they had no field due to improvements being made. Lastly, and the biggest unknown was that not one person knew how the year might go.

Last week, the Lady Cats faced off in an out-of-district game against Gordonsville.

The game was slated to be the ladies’ first home game of the year, but due to the condition of the field at Livingston Academy, the ladies traveled down I-40 to Gordonsville to play the Lady Tigers.

Things went very well for the Lady ‘Cats as the girls led by their young talent of Mallory Mahaney, Rachel Kingery, Meriam Maynord, and Morgan Johnson would rough the Lady Tigers’ pitching up, posting 10 hits on the evening. Mahaney, Kingery, Maynord, and Johnson had 2 apiece while Kelsey Copeland and Amber Mainord also reached base via the bat.

But with great hitting, the Lady Wildcats had to supply great pitching as Meriam Maynord baffled the Gordonsville offense, going 7 innings, 102 pitches, while allowing 5 earned runs on 8 hits while striking out 3 and walking none. The Lady Wildcats ace allowed 2 runs before Gordonsville broke through with a 3-run shot in the bottom of the seventh and final inning.
LA won 9-5.

The Lady Cats were supposed to play Friday in their first district game at Cannon County, but due to rain, the game was postponed and at press time, a make-up date had not been announced.

Lady Cats’ coach Ashley Fisher said its all about having fun.

“The Gordonsville game was a really good game,” she said. “Now we are looking forward to playing our first two district games and getting ahead early in the year.”

Through six games, the Lady Wildcats are sitting at 3-3 on the young season. They were scheduled to face off Tuesday evening, March 30 against the visiting Smith County Lady Owls. LA will head to Upperman for their second district game of the year against the Lady Bees on Thursday, April 1, with a 5 o’clock time slot slated.Then Livingston Academy is scheduled to host York on Tuesday, April 6.



 

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Senior Olympics registration deadline set for April 16
Area seniors ages 50 and older will have the opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities and youthful spirit at Upper Cumberland District Senior Olympics scheduled for May 3-15 in and around Crossville.

Individuals will compete within 5-year age groups, starting at age 50. Participants who are 49 years-old are eligible to participate in the district and state games as long as they turn 50 before the end of 2010.

Events include pickleball, table tennis, swimming, golf, bowling, tennis, track and field events, softball tournament, shuffleboard, basketball 3 on 3, softball throw, horseshoes, basketball free throw, and a recognition luncheon.

All participants advance to the state competition July 23-29 in Williamson County.
Christine Dewbre, executive director of Tennessee Senior Olympics, said, “Athletes of all interests and skill levels have the opportunity to compete at the district level, giving them a chance to travel to the state finals.”

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, presenting sponsor and long-time supporter of Tennessee Senior Olympics, helped establish the games in 1981. The event seeks to promote healthy lifestyles for senior adults through fitness, sports and camaraderie.

According to Richard Cassidy, chief medical officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, adopting a healthy lifestyle generates many benefits including promoting quality of life in older adults.

“From improved cardiovascular endurance to muscle strength and increased flexibility, seniors can use the Tennessee Senior Olympics to take great strides towards a healthier lifestyle for now and the future,” Cassidy said.

Joining BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee as sponsors of the Upper Cumberland District are Bilbrey Funeral Home, Cumberland Medical Center, Eye Centers of TN LLC, Good Ole Rocky Top Realty and Storage, Life Care Center of Crossville, Pilot Oil, United Fund of Cumberland County, Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability, VEC CustomerShare, City of Crossville, and Cumberland County.

Deadline for District Senior Olympics registration is Friday, April 16. For information or an application call Peggy Houston at (931) 484-7416, email at fpsctn@yahoo.com, or visit the event website at www.tnseniorolympics.com.


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Tennessee Lightning wins Volunteer Open


The Tennessee Lightning is a 14 and under boys AAU team made up with players from Overton and Pickett County. On Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14 they were Champions in the Volunteer Open in Shelbyville and Tullahoma. The Lightning are coached by Nate Kennard and Daniel Johnson and are sponsored by Rock Star Energy Drink.

Players are, front row from left, Kaleb Qualls, Trent Nivens, Loren Crowder, Davis Robinson, Josh Cannon, Tanner Rich, back row, Coach Nate Kennard, Peyton Boles, Joey Creekbaum, Wyatt Bouldin, Kyle Hughes, Wade Eldridge, Peyton Garrett, and Coach Daniel Johnson.




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U.C. Stars begin with two championships


Over the last two weeks the AAU basketball team, The U.C. Stars have won 9 of ten games and already after two weeks of playing time have two championships. Their first tournament was held Sunday, March 14 in Tullahoma, they were 5-0 and were Tournament Champions. The second tournament was held Sunday, March 21 also in Tullahoma they were 4-1 and won this tournament as well. Players are, front row from left, Skyla Looper, Ruby Richards, Kaydra Jones-Cash, Rachel Reeder, Kassity McAllister, back row, Coach Joe Wells, Jazz Bond, Aleshia Copas, Kalona Meadows, Kendall Robbins, Ashley Owens, and Jessika McAllister. Not pictured Emilee Howard.

 


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Wildcats split with Smith, endure tough tournament
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

For the game of baseball to go well, three phases ring true. A team must pitch well, a team must hit well, and a team must play the field well. This past week, those things stood true for the Livingston Academy Wildcats baseball team.

After jumping out to a 5-1 start through their first 6 games, the Wildcats looked to keep their winning ways intact. On Monday, March 22, the Wildcats played host to the Smith County Owls, one of their first five wins by a count of 10-9.

Things got going for the Wildcats in the third inning after being down by a count of 7-0 as the Cats scored 4 in the bottom of the third. The boys in blue then added 6 more runs in the fourth to go up by a count of 10-7. After the outburst, the Owls would only manage to add 2 more runs and fall to the Wildcats 10-9.

On the evening, Colby Reeder, Marshall Cannon, and Tracy McDonald led the Wildcats with Reeder driving in 2 runs on 3 hits while McDonald drove in 4 runs on 3 hits. Junior Justin Savage also drove in 2 runs on a base hit while senior Seth Kilgore plated a runner with a hit.

Savage also improved to 2-0 on the mound for the season, striking out 6. Josh Johnson got the save.

The following day, though, would be a different story as Livingston Academy traveled to Smith County.

After a leadoff solo home run from senior Ethan McDonald, the Cats fell behind early and never got back in the game. Shawn Walthall picked up the loss for Livingston, allowing 7 hits, striking out 4, with 2 walks, and allowing 3 earned runs. The Wildcats also committed 3 errors, and their only run came from McDonald’s solo shot.

In the end, the Wildcats fell to district foe Smith County by a score of 6-1.

Then came the weekend for the Wildcats as they traveled to Knoxville to participate in the Christian Academy of Knoxville’s tournament. In day one, Livingston Academy faced off against two quality teams: Heritage and the host, CAK.

The Heritage game proved to be a nightmare for the Cats as they fell 14-0. Colby Reeder picked up the loss, going 3 innings, allowing 6 hits, 6 runs, and walking 4.

The better game of the day came against host CAK. After falling behind 5-0 after one, the Wildcats refused to lose. The men plated 3 in the third, 1 in the fifth, 2 in the sixth, and 1 in the seventh to battle back, but would fall short again by a score of 8-7.

Surprisingly with the loss, the Wildcats managed to rack up 14 hits with Savage, Walthall, and Reeder adding 3 apiece while Savage plated 3 and Reeder plated 1.

Senior Seth Kilgore went three and a third innings, allowing 7 runs on 6 hits and striking out 1. Junior Hayden Hill then came in to finish the game, going two and a third and allowing a lone run.

The rest of the weekend would prove to be bad for the Cats as well as they would fall to Sevier County 12-1 and 9-7 to Knoxville Catholic. Im the Catholic game, the Cats battled late, scoring 4 in the seventh but falling short. Reeder added 2 hits and 3 runs batted in while sophomore M.J. Lockhart added 3 runs to his resume as well.

Livingston Academy (5-6, 1-1) was scheduled to play host to rival York Institute in a double header on Tuesday, March 30. The Wildcats will host Stone Memorial on Thursday, with a J.V. game at 4 p.m. Then to begin the weekend, the team will travel to Monterey on Friday before playing Cumberland County, KY, and Berea, KY, on Saturday.

Then the Cats return to the state next Monday to travel to DeKalb County before hosting DeKalb’s Tigers on Tuesday, April 6.

 


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