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Jacob Beu signs with Sewanee
Lady Cats to play for district championship
LA Soccer enters tourney as district’s top seed
Wildcats advance into District Tournament
Tennessee Rush team wins Volunteer Open

Jacob Beu signs with Sewanee


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Flanked by his parents, Roger and Lori Beu, Livingston Academy senior Jacob Beu signs an academic scholarship to attend The University of the South at Sewanee next fall. Also attending the signing are LA football coach Bruce Lamb and LA principal Lesley Smith. Beu, an outstanding offensive and defensive lineman for the Wildcats for the past four seasons, will also play football for the Tigers.

 

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Lady Cats to play for district championship


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Livingston Academy Softball seniors honored at Senior Night are, from left, manager Jordan Danner, manager Taylor Ledbetter, Jenna Smith, and manager Dara Smith.


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Sophomore Abby Miller slides safely home.


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Samantha Maya catches a pop fly at third while Abby Miller is on hand to back her up.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy softball came into 2010 looking to do one thing: improve. After the past week, they have certainly done that. Maybe it was just “some luck”, but luck can only take you so far.

The week started off against Cannon County Monday evening, May 3 at Livingston Academy. The night was Senior Night, and the lone honoree, Jenna Smith, played a part in the Lady Wildcats 9-2 win over the visiting Lionettes.

On the evening filled with reflection, the Lady Wildcats proved not only to be a good team, but what that good team could be when they got going. Katelyn Webb proved to be too much on the mound, tossing seven innings and allowing 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 6.

Offensively, a number of Lady Cats responded to the call. Livingston managed to punch out 10 hits on the night, and were led by Morgan Johnson, Meriam Maynord, and Rachel Kingery with two apiece. Everything seemed easy while the Lady Wildcats improved to 6-4 and secured the number 3 seed in the 8AA district tournament.

Friday night, Livingston opened up the tournament against the number 2 seed, Upperman, who had previously beaten the Wildcats twice in the regular season. The “luck” that had won 20 games so far on the season, came through just one more time.
After an Upperman error in the third inning, Amber Mainord took to the base paths looking to do what she does so well: score. Two batters later, sophomore pitcher Meriam Maynord helped out her own cause by driving in the other Mainord with a double to left center, giving her team the lead, 1-0.

Things held steady from there as Maynord controlled the Bee bats on the rest of the evening.

In the top of the seventh, Livingston Academy added another run after Mallory Mahaney found the outfield grass for a single and again, two batters later, Morgan Johnson brought her home to add to the lead 2-0 over Upperman.

Maynord shut down the bats one more time in the home half of the seventh to seal
the deal for the Lady Wildcats. On the night, Maynord went all seven, allowing no runs on 5 hits while striking out 3 batters.

On Monday night, May 10, however, the Lady Wildcats looked to do something it hadn’t done in a long time – play their way into the district championship game with a win against Smith County.

In the first inning, sophomore Abby Miller brought in Tiffany Waddell on a fielders’
choice to take the lead 1-0. But the Lady Owls would respond with four of their own in the second to take a nice 4-1 lead over the Lady Wildcats.

In the fifth, the Lady Cats managed to get another run back after Miller singled to first and Samantha Maya brought her home on a fielder’s choice from second to first.

In the home half of the sixth inning, Mallory Mahaney led off with a full count double to left center followed by a Morgan Johnson double that brought home Mahaney, cutting the score to 4-3.

The seventh inning caused excitement after Miller reached with another single and Kelsey Copeland and Samantha Maya each reached on singles of their own to load the bases. Senior Jenna Smith tried to push down a bunt to catch the Lady Owls defense off guard, but quick reaction got the out at home, and the Lady Wildcats still trailed 4-3.

The most unlikely source, at the time, proved solid. With one good shoulder, junior
Mallory Mahaney took to the batters box. With one swing, a double to center, the first baseman sent Livingston Academy to their first district championship game in years in walk-off fashion, 5-4.

“If my teammates wouldn’t have got their base hits, then mine would have been just another hit,” Mahaney said afterward. “It takes a team.”

“It feels amazing,” senior Jenna Smith said of the team’s accomplishments. “I’m so proud and thankful of how the team and coaches have worked. This is now the moment we’ve played for all year. We have to come ready and leave it all on the field.”

The Lady Cats improved to 22-13-2 on the year, 8-4 in district 8AA.

“I’m proud of the girls,” an ecstatic coach Ashley Fisher said. “They have worked so hard and have listened to everything we tell them. When Mal stepped up, all I could think is just that I had to go with my gut feeling. After the way she had hit, I didn’t want anyone else up there.

“This is an amazing team and everyone has stepped up and played well, I’m just proud.”

Livingston Academy has already improved from 2009 in which they went 14-15 and fell in the semis of the district tournament. A win in the championship game Tuesday night, May 11, will give LA a home game to start the region tournament on Monday, May 17, and a loss would send the Lady Cats on the road to play District 7AA’s champion.



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LA Soccer enters tourney as district’s top seed
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Ten in a row, onward we go. Thus could be the saying for the Livingston Academy boys soccer team as it locked up district crown number 10 in a row last week.

Although the Wildcats were playing for district seeding and looking to find their groove, they still had to play a non-district schedule.

The week began with a trip to Crossville to play the Cumberland County Jets on Tuesday evening, May 4. After a Cumberland County goal, Tyler Cronk found the back of the net to even the score at one apiece where it would stay as the Wildcats left Crossville with a 1-1 tie.

After the visit to Crossville, the Cats then traveled back to the higher elevations to play rival York on Thursday night. After taking a commanding 5-0 lead into the second half, the Wildcats defense bent, but never broke as the Dragons made a mini-run on three goals and pulled closer, but would never take a lead against Livingston Academy, while Livingston managed to pull out a 5-3 win over bitter rival York.

Scorers for the game were Jesse Carr with two goals, Ryan Swallows, Zack Edmonds, and Dylan Ashlock.

Senior Night for the Wildcats came Thursday against the visiting Smith County Owls. Also on the night, Livingston would look to finish perfect in the district at 6-0.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first half, the Wildcats would never be touched, netting four unanswered goals to thwart the Owls attack and wrap up a perfect district season by a count of 4-1.

Jesse Carr found the nets once again with a goal while Jake Huitt managed to pull the “cat trick” on the Owls with three goals of his own.

“We didn’t play well against Cumberland County,” explained Jake Huitt. “We didn’t do anything well and then when we went to York we had some good shots off and managed to score quick. They scored on our subs to make their comeback. Against Smith though, all we had to do was execute coach’s game plan. In the second half we managed to do that, and it worked.”
Livingston Academy (9-3-2, 6-0) has clinched the number one overall seed in district 8A/AA. The Wildcats took a bye into the tournament but played Tuesday night in the semi-finals at home at 6 p.m.



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Wildcats advance into District Tournament


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Livingston Academy senior baseball players were honored on Senior Night. Honored were, from left, Cody Stafford, Jonathan Melton, Justin Schebel, Tracy McDonald, Shawn Walthall, Ethan McDonald, and Seth Kilgore.


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Senior Ethan McDonald sends a drive to deep center.


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LA’s Justin Savage sends a frozen rope to left field.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

One game at a time can be the theme for the Livingston Academy baseball team’s season thus far in 2010. After an up and down regular season, the Wildcats looked to play into the district tournament at Upperman this week with a win at home against rival York Institute last Thursday night.

After a seemingly easy top of the first inning, the Wildcat bats started slow, but heated up at the right time. With two outs in the first, Livingston managed to score a whopping seven runs on the Dragons and took a 7-0 lead into the second inning.

Senior pitcher Shawn Walthall (2 IP, 1 H, 4 K) continued his dominance in the second inning, allowing nothing in the top of the second. The Wildcats managed to add six more runs in the second, followed by five in the third to take the game by a count of 18-0 over the visiting Dragons.

On the evening, two other strong arms saw action as well as Jonathan Melton threw two innings, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out three, and Justin Savage threw the fifth inning, striking out the side.

Offensively for the Wildcats, Hayden Hill came through with three hits and two runs while plating two runners on the night. Senior Ethan McDonald also plated two on two hits while Walthall and Melton each had a pair of hits and drove in three apiece.

The show continued down the line as sophomore Colby Reeder brought in two with
his lone hit in the first, and Seth Kilgore and Josh Johnson each recorded a hit and an RBI. The Wildcats scored their 18 runs on 17 hits while committing zero errors.

“We played really good,” explained Wildcats skipper Pat Swallows. “When we play like that, we are hard to beat. Everything went really well and we put them in a position to make some mistakes.

“Things went our way and we didn’t commit any mistakes. It was an overall good
effort.”

After Thursday’s home play-in win, the Wildcats not only improved their record (16-15, 5-6) but also made the district tournament. Livingston Academy looked to play Upperman Monday night, May 10, where a win would set LA to play the winner of Smith/DeKalb at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night, or a loss would set the Cats against the loser of the Smith/DeKalb game at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

 

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Tennessee Rush team wins Volunteer Open


Tennessee Rush 9 year old AAU basketball team won the Volunteer Open Tournament on Sunday, March 14 in Tullahoma and Shelbyville. The girls won all five of their games in the two-day tournament. Team members are, front row from left, Harley Stacy of Hilham, Gracie Bowman of Allons, Liz Logan of Byrdstown and Madison Palmer of Sparta, back row, Assistant Coach Elizabeth Carter, Carson Hammock of Livingston, Amy Rogers of Livingston, Savannah Hammock of Alpine, Courtney Pritchett of Monroe, Sydnee Clark of Byrdstown, and Coach Matt Ferrell.

 


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