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Jaycees Golf Tournament winners announced
District losses mar winning week for Wildcats
LA Soccer goes 2-2 in unsatisfying week
Lady Cats take 6 wins on week
TN Rush 12U girls earn state tournament bid

 

Jaycees Golf Tournament winners announced


First place winner of A, B, C Draw in the 7th Annual Livingston Jaycees Golf Tournament, held Sunday, March 28 at Hidden Valley Country Club, is the team of, from left, Earl Dale, Jim Sherfey, and Frank Bowman, congratulated by Brandon Cooper of Livingston Jaycees. The team shot a 63, 9 under par.

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District losses mar winning week for Wildcats


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Livingston Academy’s Seth Kilgore and Shawn Walthall catch the DeKalb County runner in a jam in Monday’s loss to the Tigers.


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LA senior Tracy McDonald looks to slide in to home plate.


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Head coach Pat Swallows conferences with senior, Cody Stafford and junior, Hayden Hill.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

It is the little things that will drive you crazy. Check that. The little things will drive you crazy, but it is the big things that will kill you. In the game of baseball, those big things are what seemed to get Livingston Academy this past week.

It was not a bad week, but the games that were lost simply seemed to slip away. In the Monday, April 5 game against DeKalb County, errors were the problem for the Wildcats in the 15-2 loss at the hands of the Tigers.

Things started out so-so for Livingston Academy, trailing 2-0 going into the fourth inning. But a 5-run and 8-run fourth and fifth innings for the visitors proved to be too much for the Wildcats.

Justin Savage picked up the loss, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits with 4 strikeouts. But on the night, the Tigers placed 14 extra base runners due to 5 errors, 5 walks, and 4 hit batsmen.

In game two of the home and home Tuesday night, April 6 at DeKalb, things turned around more for the Wildcats as they took a 6-2 lead to the bottom of the fifth before finding the score tied after five innings of play. In the seventh, Livingston Academy managed to take a 7-6 lead but could not hold it as the Tigers bounced back with two of their own and defeated LA, 8-7.

Seniors Tracy McDonald and Justin Schebel had two hits apiece while Schebel also drove in two runs. Ethan McDonald, Justin Savage, Shawn Walthall, and Josh Johnson each registered a hit while Walthall plated a runner and Johnson plated two.

Seth Kilgore picked up the loss, going a third of an inning and allowing 2 runs on 4
hits with a walk.

In the next game Wednesday against Monroe County, KY, the Wildcats found their stride and took out some of that frustration from the week on the visitors.

After falling down 1-0, the Cats answered with 5 runs and never trailed again, taking the game 7-5.

Errors proved to be the difference as each team had 8 hits but Monroe County also had 5 errors.

The junior duo of Hayden Hill and Justin Savage got a pair of hits while Hill took two men to home and Savage plated one. Ethan McDonald, Jonathan Melton, Cody Stafford, and Schebel all had a hit as well.

Melton also pitched a gem, going five and two-thirds and allowing 3 runs on 6 hits
while striking out 7. Johnson picked up the save, going a third of an inning and allowing 2 runs on 2 hits.

Next up, Livingston Academy went to White County to play the Warriors. The game
turned out to be a pitchers duel that the Cats would outlast as they defeated the Warriors in battle again by a score of 2-1.

Seth Kilgore picked up the win, going all seven innings and allowing 3 hits while striking out 7. The lone Warrior run came on an early Wildcats error in the first inning.

Tracy McDonald and Jonathan Melton proved to be the difference as McDonald hit
three times, two of which were doubles, and plated a runner. Melton on the other hand collected a lone, yet crucial hit while scoring once and plating a runner as well.

In the week’s finale, the Cats faced off against the Bulldogs of Red Boiling Springs High. Coach Pat Swallows gave the reserves a chance to shine and they came through in the 11-2 rout of the Bulldogs. Marshall Cannon and Ricky Lisi each collected two hits and an RBI. Carson Bailey, M.J. Lockhart, Conor Oliver, and Melton also had a hit in the contest.

The errors were still there though for the Wildcats as they committed 6 on the day, but only allowed 2 runs. Due to the errors, pitcher Hayden Hill’s line looked great as the junior went five innings, allowing zero runs, 8 hits, and struck out 10.

After the 3-2 week, Livingston Academy (12-10, 3-3) faced the Bees of Upperman on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The Wildcats will play Thursday at home versus Cumberland County at 6 p.m. before heading to Cumberland County on Friday to play Stone Memorial at 6 p.m. The week will end Saturday as the Wildcats will return home looking to avenge a loss to Warren County at 1 p.m.


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LA Soccer goes 2-2 in unsatisfying week
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Sometimes it just is not your week. We’ve all been there and know how that feeling can be. For Livingston Academy’s boys soccer team, this past week was “one of those” weeks.

After taking care of business Monday, April 5 at White County, the Wildcats took their game further south to Chattanooga to participate in the Chattanooga Christian School Tournament. It would be there that the week would go from bright to bleak.

To start the tournament, Livingston took on a very talented Science Hill squad out of Johnson City. Things went very bad for the Cats as they would not even rattle the Hilltoppers as they fell in their opener by a count of 10-0.

On the evening, Coach Ethan King stated, “They (Science Hill) may have been the fastest team we have ever seen, top to bottom.”

Things were sure to look up for the Wildcats in their next game, or so one would think as they played Christ Presbyterian Academy from Nashville. Once again though, Livingston fell behind early and eventually found themselves in a 3-0 hole at the half. Junior Jake Huitt tried to rally his team as he found the net in the second half; but as a team, Livingston could not muster any more offense and came up short in game two, 3-1.

Game three would be different for the battered and beaten Wildcats. In their last game versus the Harpeth High School Indians, the Cats found the style of play that had been with them for the majority of the early season.

After a great defensive battle both ways, Tanner Buford took a pass from Dylan
Ashlock and netted a goal in the second half that would hold true as the defensive struggle remained and Livingston would take the game, 1-0.

On the week, Livingston Academy finished .500 at a record of 2-2. But the team is
not satisfied in the least bit. Coach King made that clear after the visit to Chattanooga that proved to be a learning experience for a young team.

“We will, hopefully, come out of this tournament a little wiser,” he said. “Our eyes are opened now and the bar has been raised a bit more. We are banged up, but we will have to evaluate the injuries and see who is able to go for this week.”

Though injured, Huitt knows sometimes, it is just that kind of week.

“Friday we didn’t play well and we were kind of shocked,” said the junior about the
10-0 loss to Science Hill. “We came back though and played much better against CPA.”

“Then we beat a very good Harpeth team. The fields were big and that revealed some of our weaknesses, but we learned a lot and we are getting better.”

Better play will be the key as the Wildcats (4-3, 1-0), after taking their game to Cookeville on Tuesday April 13, come home to play the Jackson County Blue Devils Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. Livingston will then travel to Wilson Central on Friday to round out the week.



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Lady Cats take 6 wins on week


The Lady Wildcats line up for the National Anthem during Wednesday’s daytime contest against the Cumberland County Lady Jets.


Sophomore Abby Miller puts the bat on the ball during the Lady Cats’ win over visiting Cumberland County.


First baseman Mallory Mahaney gets ready to make a play.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Do not tell anyone, but last week, the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats went streaking. Yes, you read right, streaking. In what proved to be a crucial week, the Lady Cats excelled. In a district game at York Institute on Tuesday evening, April 6, the Lady Wildcats came out raring and ready to go as they would stomp out the fire of the Dragons early and often.

After taking an early 1-0 lead after two innings, the Wildcats struck with four in the third that would prove to be too much for the Lady Dragons. Livingston’s fine pitching dominated as Livingston started the week off right with a win at York, 5-0.

Morgan Johnson and Mallory Mahaney led the Lady Wildcat offensive attack as each would collect two hits in four at bats and score twice. The Lady Wildcats managed to score the majority of their runs off the lackluster defense played by York that allowed five errors.

Meriam Maynord took the win and Katelyn Webb also pitched a gem as Maynord went four innings and struck out five while Webb went the other three innings, striking out two batters.

The winning ways would continue Wednesday, April 7 in the day game against the visiting Cumberland County Lady Jets. This time though, the domination would definitely not be in the cards. After falling down early 2-0, Livingston battled back with three of its own in the third.

Cumberland County then answered with three of its own, and going into the bottom
of the seventh inning, the Wildcats found themselves down 5-4. But all the hard work paid off as Mahaney drove in Morgan Johnson to bring the count to 5-5.

The very next batter, Abby Miller, then ripped a walk-off double to left field that plated Mahaney and gave the Lady Wildcats a 6-5 win over the Lady Jets.

Katelyn Webb picked up the win, going seven innings and allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out four.

Thursday’s district game at Cannon County got ugly quickly as the Lady Wildcats jumped to an 8-1 lead after three innings before adding a ninth run in the fifth to win a crucial game 9-1.

Jenna Smith and Amber Mainord each had two hits and two RBI while Meriam Maynord and Samantha Maya each plated a runner. Maynord once again controlled the game on the mound, going the distance and allowing one run on six hits and striking out two.

That was three in a row for the Lady Wildcats and it didn’t stop there. Livingston picked up another win Friday as well as a tie with Kenwood 6-6. In the win versus Sweetwater, the Lady Cats rallied from a 2-0 deficit to overpower the visitors and take another win, their fourth on the week, 7-3.

Junior Samantha Maya finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBI while Miller and Mahaney each picked up a hit and run batted in as well. Amber Mainord used her speed to reach home twice while also collecting a hit on the evening.

Katelyn Webb pitched a great game, going five innings allowing three on five hits and only striking out one batter.

Saturday proved to be repeats of earlier in the week as the Lady Wildcats crushed Cumberland County again by a score of 6-1. Kelsey Copeland drove in a pair while Miller, Maynord, and Rachel Kingery also managed to drive in a run.

Copeland looked ace-like on the mound, throwing all four innings and allowing the lone run on eight hits and striking out three.

In the next game of the day, the Lady Wildcats dominated rival York Institute and took another district win in the process, winning 8-0 over the Lady Dragons. Senior Jenna Smith drove in three runs on a lone hit, a bases-clearing double.

Katelyn Webb once again looked sharp, going four innings before Meriam Maynord came in the final inning to finish up.

In what would prove to be their final game of the tournament, against the White County Lady Warriors, Livingston Academy never led as the closest they would come would be 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth and final inning as they fell at the hands of White County, 5-4. Although their last inning rally came up short, the Lady Cats were competitive throughout. Rachel Kingery finished two for three with a run while Amber Mainord had a hit, a run, and an RBI. Meriam Maynord also finished the game with a hit, run, and RBI.

After that fascinating 6-win week, the Lady Wildcats (10-5-1, 4-1) faced off against district favorite DeKalb County at home Tuesday, April 13, then the Lady Cats look to travel to Smith County on Thursday, April 15 before taking part in the Duff Tournament over the weekend.



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TN Rush 12U girls earn state tournament bid


Tennessee Rush 12U girls qualified for the Tennessee AAU State Tournament last weekend. So far, the Rush are 13-2 on the year, as well as champions of the Greenwave Shootout in Gallatin, TN. The Rush defeated the Shelbyville Stars Saturday night to earn their spot in the state tournament. Team members are, front row from left, Taylor Witt, Ansley Stalcup, Jayce Ramsey, Alexis Savage, Emily Carter, and McKenzie Flynn, back row, Coach Josh Scott, Hope Roach, Reygan Lamb, Jayna Ferrell, Jameson Dailey, Kennedy Smith, Kayla Waid, and Coach Joey Williams. The Rush are made up of girls from the Upper-Cumberland area as well as southern Kentucky.

 



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