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Archives 04-21-2010


Rickman Elementary receives archery grant
Errors prove costly to Wildcats Baseball
LA Soccer ties, scratches out 2 wins
Lady Cats defeat White County 10-8 Monday
T.J. Smith named to TSWA All-State Team


Rickman Elementary receives archery grant

Mr. Gary W. Ledbetter, Coordinated School Health Supervisor for Overton County, has written and received an Archery Grant totaling $3,000. The grant was awarded to Rickman Elementary School through a drawing of eligible schools. The grant, sponsored by Easton Sports Development Foundation II, will give Rickman School the funds to begin an archery program at the school. Rickman Elementary School P.E. teachers will use the funds to purchase equipment and materials to begin teaching archery techniques and also to promote archery as a competitive sport that will engage students and promote healthy life-style choices.

On hand to receive the grant are, from left, Gary W. Ledbetter-Coordinated School Health Supervisor, Rickman P.E. Teachers-Larry Jones, Ashley Fisher, Lisa Huitt, and Rickman Elementary School Principal-Amy Brown.

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Errors prove costly to Wildcats Baseball
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Errors will get you, period. Lifestyle errors never result positively, and this logic can be applied to the game of baseball. For Livingston Academy, those errors have been the definite difference in winning and losing over the past two weeks.

On Monday, April 12, the Wildcats traveled to Baxter to face the Bees. Normally for a pitcher, a line of five and two thirds innings, six hits, and two earned runs equals a win, not for Shawn Walthall that Monday night.

Offensively, the bats weren’t on either as the Wildcats struck out a total of 9 times. Colby Reeder, Justin Savage, Jonathan Melton, Marshall Cannon, and Walthall all had a hit, but the errors, 9, were the difference, as Livingston fell to the rival Bees 6-4.

On Tuesday, April 13, the Cats returned home looking to avenge the road loss to the Bees. Things looked to continue bad, as the Wildcats fell down 7-0 in the first inning. After a poor outing, head coach Pat Swallows pulled his starters and put the young guns in the game in the third inning after falling behind 11-0.

Livingston put together four hits in their half of the third to plate two. Wildcats Ethan McDonald and Colby Reeder knocked in runs to cut the Bee lead to 11-2. The Wildcats got a fourth inning run as Justin Schebel hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 11-3.

Trailing 13-3, the Wildcats were able to load the bases on walks with one out. Ricky Lisi drew a bases-loaded walk to make it a 13-4 game. Marshall Cannon cleared the bases with a double to cut the lead to 13-7. Schebel then singled home Cannon to cut the margin to 13-8. Cody Stafford sent a deep drive to the alley to score Schebel.

Stafford scored the final run of the contest as the relay throw to third base trying to retire Stafford sailed into the Wildcats’ dugout.

Livingston fell again to Upperman, this time by a score of 13-10.

On Thursday, Livingston looked to right the ship with a visit from the Cumberland County Jets. Once again, a beautiful pitching line, this time from Josh Johnson, resulted in a loss.

On the night, Johnson went four innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 9 Jets hits. But the LA defense committed 7 errors, resulting in Johnson’s loss while only allowing 2 earned runs. The Wildcats dropped yet another game to the word error, this time by a count of 9-5.

On Friday, the Cats finally got back on track, at least offensively. Senior Seth Kilgore led the charge against visiting Stone Memorial with his 4-hit night, which included a home run. Two other Wildcats also homered on the night as Colby Reeder and Justin Savage both reached beyond the park. Savage’s homer was a grand one, as he also racked up 5 RBI on the night. Reeder had 3 RBI while Kilgore had 2 in the Wildcats’ 15-6 win over Stone.

Tracy McDonald went hitless, but on the mound went two and two thirds, allowing 6 runs on 5 hits as he took the win.

Now the Livingston Academy Wildcats (13-13, 3-5) will look to finish the season after hosting Cannon County on Monday, April 19, then traveling to Cannon County the following day before coming home next week to play Cumberland County, KY, on April 26 before going to Monroe County, KY, on April 27.

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LA Soccer ties, scratches out 2 wins

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Livingston Academy freshman Jesse Carr tries to net a header against the Jackson County Blue Devils last week.

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Jake Huitt and a Jackson County defender jockey for position during the Wildcats’ 1-0 win over the Blue Devils.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Two weeks ago, Livingston Academy just had trouble staying healthy as well as staying close. This past week though, the Wildcats showed that they were back and ready to make a strong run to close the season.

The week started with the Wildcats traveling down 111 to play out-of-district rival Cookeville High. Defensively, things were seemingly perfect as the Wildcats stifled the Cavalier attack. But on the offensive end, the Cats just could never get going, and when the final horn blew, the game ended in a 0-0 tie.

Even though it was not a win, Coach Ethan King was satisfied after the week prior.
“That may be the first time we tied Cookeville in soccer. We were playing for a tie and got it,” King stated. ”Goalkeeper Kyle Ledbetter had a huge game. He made some huge saves that kept us in this game.

“We had a few chances to get the lead, but a tie was a good result for us.”

After the trip to Cookeville, the Wildcats returned home last Thursday to play the visiting Jackson County Blue Devils. After a hard fought, defensive battle in the first half, Ryan Swallows found the back of the net in the second half to give the Cats the lead, 1-0. The Wildcats defense held strong, limiting the Devils’ shots on goal, and in the end, Livingston prevailed 1-0.

On Friday though, Livingston Academy would look to close the week on the positive side, as well as prepare them for Tuesday’s game versus DeKalb County.

The trip would take them down I-40 to Lebanon.

After another slow first half, the action picked up in the second half as Lebanon took the lead with a penalty kick. Freshman Jesse Carr tied the game with a volley shot, though.

Livingston took the lead on a penalty kick by Jake Huitt in the second half, and once again the defense would stand strong as the Cats left Lebanon with a 2-1 win.

“At Lebanon, we played pretty well,” said Jake Huitt. “It was pretty even, but they got a PK and scored. We came back on a pretty awesome volley to Jesse (Carr) and from that point on we pounded them. With four to go, I got a PK and put it in.”

Now though, the action will pick up for Livingston Academy (6-3-1, 1-0). After playing DeKalb County on Tuesday, April 20 at home for the district lead, the Wildcats will take time off until May 1 when they will play McMinn County at home at 11 p.m.

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Lady Cats defeat White County 10-8 Monday

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Pitcher Katelyn Webb stretches in mid-air to snag a hit away from White County on Monday night.

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LA shortstop Abby Miller finishes her home-run swing.

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Catcher Rachel Kingery takes one for the team.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

What was a crucial week for the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats softball team proved to be a decent, yet learning week. With the game they had circled on the calendar all year upon them, the Lady Cats found themselves in a hole.

On Tuesday, April 13, the Lady Cats played the DeKalb County Lady Tigers for a part of first place in the district. But, the young, injured Livingston Academy squad found out quickly that there still was work to do. Nothing went well as the Lady Tigers run-ruled the Lady Cats in four innings by a count of 11-0.

Katelyn Webb picked up the loss for Livingston, going four innings and allowing 9 runs on 11 hits.

Things turned around in Livingston’s latter district game of the week at Smith County. After a so-so offensive effort against DeKalb, the Lady Cats put a whole game together against the Lady Owls and left Smith County with a 2-0 district win.

Freshman Amber Mainord led the Lady Cats in the night, knocking in a lone run while also stealing two bags as well.

Sophomore Meriam Maynord looked stellar on the rubber, picking up the win by throwing a complete game and allowing no runs on two hits while striking out four batters.

On the weekend, the Lady Cats traveled to Cookeville to compete in the Duff Tournament. In their opener, the Lady Cats faced the Lady Pioneers of Warren County.

Mainord once again played a key part in the offense, plating a runner on a lone hit again, but this time Samantha Maya would step in to bring home a run as well.

Katelyn Webb took the win, tossing a whole game and allowing a lone run as Livingston prevailed by a score of 2-1 over Warren County.

After a 14-6 loss to Stone Memorial in which Mainord and Abby Miller each plated two runners, a tie (3-3) with Red Boiling Springs, and a 6-0 loss to Cookeville, in which coach Ashley Fisher rested her players, the Lady Cats found the bats against Monterey, taking a win in blowout fashion 16-0.

Meriam Maynord picked up the Livingston win while Amber Mainord went three for three, Maynord had two hits with a double, and Abby Miller and Kelsey Copeland each reached third on triples.

Livingston ended the tournament with a loss to Hendersonville and wrapped up the week with a 3-4-1 record.

After taking a 10-8 win over out-of-district opponent White County on Monday, April 19, Livingston Academy (13-9-2, 5-2) was scheduled to play rival Upperman for a share of second place in the district on Tuesday. The Lady Cats will host York on Thursday before going to Macon County for the Macon County Invitational over the weekend.

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T.J. Smith named to TSWA All-State Team

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy senior basketball standout T.J. Smith has been named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All State team for 2009-2010. Smith is one of 15 players statewide to be named to the elite squad.

“I’ve received some nice awards during my career at LA,” the soft-spoken Smith recalled, “but I would have to say this is the most prestigious. This is statewide and that takes in a lot of teams with a lot of outstanding players.

“I want to share this award with all my teammates and my coach as they were a big part of anything I was able to accomplish.”

“This is a very elite group,” LA head basketball coach Richard Melton added. “To be placed on this team is quite an accomplishment and we are all proud of T.J. and what he did here during his career. He was a very coachable player and his ability to keep our team in a game was simply outstanding. You would look up and he had 30 points and you could only believe he had eight. He was that kind of player and we wish him the best as he continues his education next season.”

Smith is planning on attending Bryan College in Dayton, TN, and playing basketball.
Joining Smith on the All-State squad includes: Kedren Johnson (Marshall County), Jalen Steele (Fulton), Lester Wilson (Carter), Reginald Gilmore (Tyner), Robert Wade (Maplewood), Robert Boyd (Fulton), Rob Poindexter (White House), EJ Perry (Westmoreland ), Jay Murphy (Bolivar), Ricky Tisdale (Bolivar), Tarius Johnson (Liberty), Chris Crawford (Sheffield), Martavious Newby (B.T. Washington, and Cartrell Peterson (Manassas).

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