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Archives 05-05-2010


Fishing tourney winners announced
LA Baseball pulls to 15-15 on season
LA Soccer going for 10th district crown
Lady Cats defeat Lady Dragons 6-4


Fishing tourney winners announced
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital will receive $1,635 in proceeds raised from the Walmart East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Bass Fishing Tournament held Saturday, April 24 at East Port Marina.

Winners were as follows:

1st Place, weekend houseboat vacation –Earl Conaster and Don Daily with 16.25 pounds.

2nd Place, $200 – Nathaniel and Misty Linder with 11.98 pounds.

3rd Place, $100 – Robert Whited and Steve Archer with 10.59 pounds.

Biggest Fish – Earl Conaster with 3.89 pounds.

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LA Baseball pulls to 15-15 on season

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Senior third basemen Justin Schebel looks to scoop and throw the Pioneer runner out at first.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

When a team has the chance to double their win total in baseball, one can only be tickled with the results. For Livingston Academy, doubling the win total is nice, but that should only be part of who they are so far.

The action for the Wildcats started with Jackson County last Thursday night at Livingston. For most spectators, every high school game isn’t special, but the game against the Blue Devils turned out to be just that, special.

The game itself was never really close, as the Wildcats drilled the Devils 11-1. But on the night, sophomore Colby Reeder managed to reach a feat that he had never done before, hit for the cycle. Reeder went 4-4 in the Wildcats win that included a single, double, triple, and home run while also collecting three RBI on the evening.

Other Wildcats bats chipped in as senior Shawn Walthall and junior Jonathan Melton each had 3 hits. Walthall knocked in 3 runs while Melton plated 2. The Wildcats also managed to rack up 15 hits on the night while committing zero errors.

Justin Savage went all five innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out 8 to improve to 4 and 1 on the year.

“(The cycle) was pretty awesome,” explained Reeder after the feat. “It was probably the best experience I have ever had playing baseball.”

When asked what was going through his head, the sophomore slugger said, “I honestly couldn’t believe it. It really didn’t hit me until I got home and when I sat down I thought, wow, I just hit for the cycle.”

In Friday’s game against Warren County, the Wildcats could have used that power against the Pioneers. After a very solid two innings, the error floodgates opened on the host Wildcats. After a bunt that got away from pitcher and first basemen Walthall and Kilgore, the Pioneers capitalized on the next Walthall pitch, sending it over the left field fence to take a 3-0 lead.

The visitors added two more in the third to go up 5-0 after three, and eventually 7-3 after six innings that would lead to a 9-6 win for the visiting Pioneers.

Shawn Walthall took the loss while Ethan McDonald and Reeder each had 2 hits and a run batted in as well.

“It was a pure Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde two days,” said coach Pat Swallows on the week. “Against Jackson County, we played extremely well. Then against Warren, we just had the errors (five), and after the bunt and home run, things went downhill. We did manage to get some runs back on their errors, but it wasn’t enough.”

After an 8-16 season last year, the Wildcats sit at 15-15 overall, 4-6 in district play.

“We could easily be at 20-10, or 25-5,” explained Swallows. “We have been close, but it’s been the little things that have got us.”

Now for Livingston, the little things must stand corrected as they enter the district tournament this week. The Wildcats are scheduled to play Celina Wednesday, May 5 at home, but due to weather and flooding, the game may be canceled. On Thursday, May 6, the Wildcats will host their rival, York, in the district play-in game. The action will begin Thursday at 6 p.m.

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LA Soccer going for 10th district crown
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Best out of 10? For Livingston Academy, out of the past 10 years, the boys soccer team has been truly that, the best. Now going for their 10th straight district crown, the soccer team took one more step in sealing that title on Tuesday, April 20 against the DeKalb County Tigers at LA.

After a defensive struggle all night, Ryan Swallows found Tanner Buford on a floater to the left post for Buford to volly in, in the second half. The struggle continued, but the Wildcats managed to prove victorious and win the match, 1-0.

“We didn’t play the best first half,” explained Swallows. “We managed to pull it together and played more like a team in the second half. We’re number one in the district and are looking to bring home our 10th consecutive district crown.”

This one is just as much a testament to the coach of the Wildcats, Ethan King, as well as the hard work put in by his players.

“We didn’t play well,” echoed Jake Huitt on the DeKalb game. “The fact that we kept the ball on their end of the field made it difficult, but we did it so we’re happy with the way the close game turned.”

In those 10 years, one would think Livingston may overlook at least one district opponent.

Huitt said, “There’s no reason why we can’t win the 10th one, but we’re going to have to keep our focus.

“Smith County isn’t bad and they have a great goalie, which can and will make things difficult to win.”

Livingston Academy now sits at 7-3-1 and 2-0 in district competition. The Wildcats were scheduled to play at home versus McMinn County on Saturday, May 1 and Smith County Monday, but the games were canceled due to rain and flooding.

The Wildcats were slated to play at Cumberland County Tuesday, May 4 then to play York on Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. LA will come home for Senior Night on Friday against the Smith County Owls, weather permitting.

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Lady Cats defeat Lady Dragons 6-4

Josh Scott photo
Meriam Maynord fires a pitch against York Institute.

Josh Scott photo
LA’s Abby Miller rips a hit against the York Lady Dragons.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Going into last week, the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats softball team had their calendar marked. The goal: avenge a home loss to district front runner DeKalb County in Smithville last Thursday night. For the Lady Cats, the small things got in the way.

The game started in Livingston’s favor early as Abby Miller drove in Amber Mainord with two outs in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. But in the bottom of the second, errors caught up with the Lady Cats in their crucial game.

After a lead-off Lady Tigers single, Livingston managed to record two outs and things seemed to be going in LA’s favor before an error at second allowed two runs to score for the Tigers. From there on, the game was over. DeKalb added another run on a solo home run in the fourth inning and beat Livingston Academy 3-1.

Meriam Maynord picked up the loss on the night, throwing all innings and allowing a lone run on four hits while striking out five.

Amber Mainord went 2-4 with a run while Miller plated the only run on the evening for the Lady Wildcats.

In Friday’s home game against rival York Institute, the Lady Wildcats looked to finish district play strong, as well as get things going toward a tournament run. Livingston took an early 2-0 lead before allowing 2 in the second.

The sixth inning was when the fireworks began as Livingston rallied back to plate 4 in the bottom of the sixth. Catcher Rachel Kingery plated a runner in the sixth while the rest of the Lady Cats capitalized on base running and Lady Dragons errors in route to a 6-4 home win.

Amber Mainord came through again for the Lady Cats with a triple, while Abby Miller added two doubles to her season total as well as an RBI. Kelsey Copeland also had a double and Kingery plated a runner on a single.

The Lady Cats (17-13-2, 5-4) took on the visiting Cannon County Lionnettes on Senior Night Monday night, which honored lone senior player Jenna Smith, and managers Dara Smith, Taylor Ledbetter, and Jordan Danner.

Livingston Academy then headed to Cookeville to wrap up the regular season with the Lady Cavaliers on Tuesday night, May 4. The Disrict 8-AA meeting will be held Thursday morning, May 5 at 9 a.m. in Cookeville to decide tournament times and seeding. Player awards will also be given out at that time.

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