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Junior Wildcats win convincingly over Jackson County
Jr. Cats Soccer takes loss to Avery Trace
LA Wildcats lose late to Stone Memorial Panthers
Livingston Academy Golf tees off to great start
LA Soccer returns 4 of 11 starters
Livingston Academy Volleyball off to winning start
Outlaws defeat Fentress Bulldogs

Junior Wildcats win convincingly over Jackson County


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Quarterback Kaleb Qualls looks for yardage upfield while quarterbacking the Junior Wildcats to a 40-0 victory.


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Return man Peter Hollars gets room on his way to a touchdown against the Blue Devils.


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A whole pack of Jr. Wildcats stop the Jackson County ballcarrier in last Thursday night’s win.


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Jr. Wildcats running back Jordan Savage carries a defender for more yardage.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

I was once asked a while back in regards to my sports career, “How do you win so much?” Without hesitation, I managed to come back with a saying I had always heard. I said, “it’s simple, you just have to outscore the other team.” I say that to say this, the Junior Wildcats are winning.

After a very solid performance against Smith County, the Overton County Junior Wildcats traveled to Jackson County last Thursday night to take on the host Blue Devils. Not only would the Wildcats win, they would win convincingly, again.

Things happened quickly throughout the night as on the second play from scrimmage for the Wildcats, Jordan Savage took the hand-off from Kaleb Qualls and sprinted 33 yards to the endzone, and after the 2-point conversion, the Wildcats had already pounced, 8-0.

After another great defensive stand, Savage showed why he was a starter yet again, and why everyone hates to see the Jr. Wildcats offensive line as he took the ball a little further this time, 38 yards to the house for his second touchdown on the evening. Qualls found Wade Eldridge to follow for 2 more points, putting the score at 16-0.

The next two touchdowns came from number 2 as Peter Hollars took advantage of his speed and size on a hand-off from Qualls and dashed 55 yards to another score.

After a defensive stand, Hollars returned a punt for 42 yards and another touchdown, making the score 32-0 in favor of the visiting Wildcats.

Overton County found the endzone one last time on the evening as Kaleb Qualls found Eldridge again, who sliced through and around the Jackson County defense on his way to a 30-yard receiving grab.

“You guys played a really good game,” Coach Steve Mosely said to his players after their win. “You played with class, and you played hard.”

Although things seemed great for the Junior Wildcats, Mosely knows they still have work to do.

“Our mistakes were still there, although minimal,” he said. “Everybody makes mistakes, but it’s how you deal with the ones you do make that makes you good.”

And as he told his players, that’s another one gone, but they still needed to keep focused.

“We have to take care of Macon County at home, and keep on going,” he told the team. “We still have work to do. But all in all, I’m proud of you and you did a really good job out there tonight. Leave with your heads high and come back next week ready to work.”

On the evening, Jordan Savage carried the ball 9 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, while Peter Hollars carried once for 55 yards and a score. The Jr. Wildcats as a team carried 10 times for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Wade Eldridge led the team with 47 yards receiving and a score while Kaleb Qualls went 3 of 3 for 49 yards and a touchdown toss.

Defensively, the Jr. Wildcats were led by Hunter McDonald with 1.5 sacks, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble. The Overton County defense allowed two first downs on the evening, both on penalties.

This week could be a little more of a daunting task for the Junior Wildcats. After three straight weeks of blowouts, they will play a much improved Macon County team at home at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Sept. 2.



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Jr. Cats Soccer takes loss to Avery Trace

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Jr. Wildcats goalkeeper Courtney Sells fended off more than 12 shots on goal in the loss to Avery Trace.

This year’s Lady Jr. Wildcats soccer team is made up of 22 girls from Livingston Middle School, Rickman Elementary School, Allons Elementary School, and Hilham Elementary School.

Team members are Tasha Anderson, Jaci Baltimore, Claire Coleman, Katie Crawford, Kadee Harrell, Ciara Huitt, Caroline Huntley, Emily Huntley, Callie Kesty, Sydney Looper, Delaney McConaha, Annie McCurdy, Megan Potter, Leanne Pryor, Jaycee Ramsy, Kelsey Ray, Bailey Robinson, Bethany Schulze, Courtney Sells, Myla Sells, Hailee Walters, and Bailee Wright. The squad is coached by Phil Marshall and Karen Baltimore.

The Jr. Wildcats faced the district’s toughest opponent, Avery Trace, in their season opener on August 23 and lost 1-4.

The Avery Trace squad was loaded with 8th graders and got out to an early lead when they scored on a corner kick.

Overton County goalkeeper Courtney Sells stopped more than 12 shots to keep Avery Trace from running up the score.

Jaci Baltimore scored the only goal for Overton County.

Coach Phil Marshall stated, “The team played well against a tough opponent, kept their heads up, and didn’t get discouraged when they fell behind early.”

After the varsity game, Overton County played a junior varsity game against Avery Trace and won 2-0, with Caroline Huntley and Bailey Wright scoring.

Overton County will host Algood Middle School at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept 2.

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LA Wildcats lose late to Stone Memorial Panthers


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LA running back Dillon Roberts looks for room to run against Stone Memorial. Roberts managed to gain 104 yards rushing.


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Livingston Academy defensive back Jake Huitt comes upfield to make a tackle against the Panthers.


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Brock McCoin prepares to fire a bullet down the field in LA’s 13-10 loss Stone Memorial. McCoin finished the night 11 of 25 for 148 yards and a rushing touchdown.


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Creed Hayes looks for room to run after a catch against the Panthers defense.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

It’s a forgone conclusion that when a game is over there will be a winner and a loser. Sometimes there are big winners and big losers and sometimes there are small winners and small losers.

Then sometimes there is just a winner and neither team should be considered the loser.

Such was the case in Friday night’s season opener for the Livingston Academy Wildcats against Stone Memorial of Crossville. When the lights went out on the brand new LA scoreboard it indicated Stone was a 13-10 victor when in fact, the score could have just as easily been the other way around and neither team would have argued.

“I thought we played well on offense and on defense,” explained senior lineman Christian Dillon. “The score showed we came out on the short end, but I don’t feel like we lost, they just got a big break and used it to win. We can’t fault our effort or our desire to win. We will be at Smith County next week and we’ll play just as hard as we did tonight.”

Dillon pretty much summed up the entire game. The smaller, less experienced
Wildcats showed up a certain underdog after the much bigger and more experienced Panthers had opened the season last week with an impressive 36-0 romp over York, but at no point in the entire contest did Livingston appeared overpowered. As a matter of fact, the Wildcats took the lead in the first possession of the night, marched 59 yards with sophomore quarterback McCoin going the final five for a 7-0 lead after Jake Huitt split the uprights with the point-after attempt.

And that’s the way it went most of the evening before a large home crowd at Tom Davis Stadium.

When Cory Hamilton recovered a Panther fumble at the 10 to stop an almost certain Stone score, the Cats looked sharp. They didn’t completely shut down the powerful ground game of the Panthers, but were right on the money looking for opportunity.

Before it was over, Livingston would scoop up four Panther dropped balls.

“Our defense did an outstanding job all night,” head coach Bruce Lamb explained after the game. “Stone was so much bigger than we were up front, and just looking at the two teams on the field, there was no way we could stop them, but as our kids know, it’s not how big you are on the outside, it’s how big a heart you have inside and tonight our kids had a much bigger heart.”

At the end of the first frame, LA held a 7-0 lead.

McCoin and the Wildcat offense was just as impressive as the LA defense. The young quarterback connected on seven of 11 passes in the first half for 73 yards, and Dillon Roberts blasted the Stone defense for 62 hard fought yards on the ground.

“I want to give a lot of credit to the offensive line,” McCoin explained after the game. “I had a lot of faith in them and they didn’t let us down. Early in the game things went pretty good, but after we got behind and had to play catch up, I think I got a little nervous and probably forced some things late in the game.”

Things were going real good for the Wildcats until a questionable call late in the fourth quarter eventually determined the outcome of the contest. Prior to the pass interference flag, Livingston held Stone at bay at every turn.

McCoin was dead on in the pass game for the most part, making bullet passes to Tyler Martin and Huitt at critical points to keep the ball moving. On the night, Martin pulled in three passes for 47 yards, Huitt grabbed four for 74 yards, one a certain interception except for the fact he simply took it away from the defender on the way to the ground and Creed Hayes pulled in three.

And while LA kept the Panthers honest with the pass, Roberts was grinding out big yards on the ground. On the night, the senior running back was credited with 104 hard fought yards.

“We may have been a little timid,” Roberts pointed out. “We make no excuses. We played hard and intended to win, but it just didn’t turn out that way. The offensive line did an excellent job of holding off the defense, which allowed me to make yards.

We won’t let this get us down. We didn’t lose for lack of effort so we will go to Smith County next week with the same attitude and expect a win.”

With 3:35 remaining in the first half, Huitt, who showed outstanding kicking ability all night, nailed a 22-yard field goal to give LA a 10-6 lead at intermission.

Then with a little over eight minutes remaining in the game, Stone was faced with a third and 10 at their own 36. Panther quarterback Dustin Dishman went for the long pass in the middle of the field and LA defender McCoin was right there. After pulling in the interception, McCoin went 60 yards for what appeared to be the winning touchdown.

But, back upfield, the official at the spot called pass interference on Livingston and Stone had new life. The Panthers took advantage of the “gift” and six plays later blasted in for what turned out to be the winning score.

Defensively for the Wildcats, Zack Green, McCoin, and Lucas Reagan were each credited with six tackles while Ronnie Linder, Huitt, and Dillon each had five.

Hayden Hill pulled down four and Hamilton, Joey Creekbaum, Jon Ledbetter, and Roberts each had at least one.

“I am so pleased with our effort,” Lamb concluded. “We didn’t lose for lack of effort and that’s a good sign. Our kids played hard all night and except for that one penalty, it could well have been a totally different game. We’ll learn from this and hopefully take this same attitude to Carthage next week.”

The Yardstick
LA SM

10 1st downs 18
162 Yds. rushing 247
148 Yds. Passing 75
310 Total Yards 322
25/11 Pass Atp/comp 8/5
0 Pass Int. by 1
1 Fumbles Lost 4
3/48 Punts/avg. 2/36
50 Yds. Pent. 15

Score by Quarter:
LA – 7 0 3 0 – 10
SM – 0 6 0 7 – 13

Scoring:
LA – McCoin, 5 run. Huitt kick.
SM – Carr, 3 run. Kick failed.
LA – Huitt, 22-yard field goal.
SM – Carr, 15 run. Cain kick.


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Livingston Academy Golf tees off to great start

Members of the 2010 Livingston Academy Golf Team are, front row from left, Emily Miller, Amber Stonecipher, Matt Stockton, Will Gore, Sean Martin, Bubba Jolley, Megan Stonecipher, back row, Jacob Conner, Marshall Cannon, Colby Reeder, Austin Gilliam, Anthony Woolbright, Sam Officer, and Jared Gray. Team members not pictured are Madison Baijo, Conor Oliver, Austin Harris, and Grant Holman.

Livingston Academy golf team began their 2010 season on Thursday, July 29 at Hidden Valley Golf Course in Livingston.

Livingston Academy’s boys and girls team played well and came out with wins against Pickett County High School and Monterey High School. LA shot a team score of 161, Pickett County had a team score of 175, and Monterey High School shot a 206.

LA’s Colby Reeder, who shot a 39, was the medalist in the boys and teammate Anthony Woolbright was second medalist with a score of 40. Bubba Jolley shot a 41 for LA, Conor Oliver a 41, Jared Gray a 43, Sam Officer a 43, Austin Gilliam a 44, Sean Martin a 46, Marshall Cannon a 47, Jacob Conner a 49, Matt Stockton a 55, Grant Holman a 57, and Austin Harris a 58.

The Livingston Academy girls team won with a team score of 85. Livingston Academy’s Emily Miller was the medalist with a score of even par 36. Amber Stonecipher from LA shot a 49. Monterey High School had a team score of 90.

On August 5, Livingston Academy played Pickett County High School, Upperman High School, and Dekalb County High School at Hidden Valley Golf Course in Livingston. Livingston Academy boys and girls teams won the match.

Livingston Academy’s girls team won with a score of 82. Senior Emily Miller was the medalist with a score of 1 over par 37. DeKalb County High School shot a team score of 83 and Upperman High School had a team score of 104.

Livingston Academy’s boy’s golf team won with a team score of 151. DeKalb County High School shot a 168, Pickett County High School shot a 176, and Upperman High school shot a 199.

Medalists for the match were Livingston Academy’s Colby Reeder and Bubba Jolley who each shot one over par 37. LA’s Anthony Woolbright shot a 38. Other Livingston Academy scores included Jared Gray at 39, Marshall Cannon at 41, Sam Officer at 42, Matt Stockton at 44, Austin Harris at 46, Sean Martin at 47, Will Gore at 47, Austin Gilliam at 48, Jacob Conner at 50, and Grant Holman at 58.

Livingston Academy boys and girls golf team played their third match of the year at Southern Hills in Cookeville on August 9, and both won their respective matches.

Livingston Academy’s Anthony Woolbright and Pickett County’s Trevor Denney were the medalists with a score of 37. Livingston Academy shot a team score of 158, Pickett County High School shot a 163, Upperman High School shot a 167, and Monterey High School shot a 175.

Jared Gray led LA with a 38, followed by Colby Reeder with a 41, Bubba Jolley a 42, Marshall Cannon a 43, and Sam Officer a 44.

The girls team won the match with a team score of 73. Montery High School scored 76, and Upperman High School scored 96.

LA’s Emily Miller was the medalist with a score of 2 under par – 33. Megan Stonecipher shot a 42, and Amber Stonecipher shot a 40.

Due to the extreme heat and rain, several matches this season have had to be cancelled.

On Monday, Aug. 23, Livingston Academy played at Cumberland Cove in Monterey. Livingston Academy boys won the match with a team score of 164. Pickett County High School shot a 191, and Monterey High School shot a 197.

Livingston Academy was led by Jared Gray, who was the second medalist with a score of 40, Anthony Woolbright and Colby Reeder shot a 41, Bubba Jolley a 42, Conor Oliver a 43, Sam Officer a 46, and Marshall Cannon a 47. The boys team has a season record of 10 wins and 0 losses.

The Livingston Academy girls team won with a team score of 87. Emily Miller was the medalist with a score of 38, Megan Stonecipher shot a 49, and Amber Stonecipher shot a 51. Monterey High School had a team score of 96.

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LA Soccer returns 4 of 11 starters


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Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Soccer members for 2010 are, kneeling from left, Barbara Nigro, Audrey Robinson, Stormy Nigro, Alaura Miranda, Haleigh Gibbons, Megan Kemp, Hannah Johnson, standing, Megan Bass, Mary Green, Kara Vaughn, Kelsey Copeland, Kelsey Webb, Kat Nigro, Savannah Walker, Mikayla Thompson, and Savannah Gillentine.

When the LA Lady Wildcats soccer team opened the season at Portland on Tuesday, Aug. 24, they were returning only 4 of 11 starters from last year’s team, a fact that would lead most coaches to talk about re-building; however, with the return of Kat Nigro reigning 2009 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year, Kelsey Copeland (3rd leading scorer in 2009), Stormy Nigro (LA’s 2009 assist leader), and defensive standout Katlyn Ditto, things may not be all that desperate.

Incoming freshmen Savannah Gillantine and Barbara Nigro are expected to make an immediate impact in the starting lineup at the defensive midfield and attacking forward position. Barbara Nigro recorded 3 goals and 1 assist in a recent soccer jamboree in Coffee County. Both have logged many minutes in the preseason games.

Coach Ethan King will look to returning underclassmen Megan Bass, Makayla Johnson, Bailey Buck , Aubrey Robinson, and Kelsey Webb for considerable contributions. But the true burden will fall on the senior leadership of central defenders Kara Vaughn, Mary Green, and goalkeeper Alaura Miranda to keep opponents out of the defensive third and help LA get into the attack.

Freshman players Megan Kemp, who scored a goal in a recent soccer jamboree, Haleigh Gibbons, and sophomore Hannah Johnson will make an impact on the field.

As is the case with most seasons, the expectations are great and the road is unclear, but the Lady Wildcats are ready for a wild ride.

The home opener was a home match against the Cumberland County Lady Jets on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

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Livingston Academy Volleyball off to winning start


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Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball players for the 2010 season are, front row from left, Macey Matthews, Kelli Ledbetter, Kendra Hunt, Bailey Kennedy, Courtney Hiland, Dakota Burchett, Cassidy Morgan, middle row, Coach Christie Jenkins, Hannah Hoover, Taylor Meadows, Kayla Williams, Gabby Cantrell, C.J. Boykin, Brooke Smith, Heather Cravens, back row, Courtney Smith, Ashley Boykin, Abby Miller, Rachel Reeder, Morgan Johnson, Kaylee Masiongale, Allison Dailey, and Alexis Sollars.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

When talking about Livingston Academy Volleyball, one thing is for certain, they aren’t young anymore. For the 2010 edition of the Lady Wildcats, what once was youth, is now key to what the Lady Wildcats will accomplish this fall.

Last season, the Lady Wildcats were led by a talented group of sophomores, and the ride was like a rollercoaster; sometimes long, but it had a good amount of twists, turns, drops, and climbs. This season, it’s all about climbing – to the top.

For 2010, the Lady Wildcats squad returns everyone, excluding one or two, from 2009. More importantly, Livingston returns almost every starter and every player in their rotation, and then some. Joining the squad this year as freshmen are Rachel Reeder and Taylor Meadows, who head coach Christie Jenkins said can and will contribute right away.

After a good group of sophomores comes a really good junior class that led the Lady Wildcats attack in 2009. Of the group, four names will stand out in the upcoming year. Abby Miller returns to the front row looking to do damage against the opposing defense. Hannah Hoover will return for her third straight year as the teams’ setter while Allison Dailey and Kayla Williams will anchor the frontline along with Miller.

“We’ve really worked hard,” Coach Jenkins explained about the preseason. “We have done a lot of new things in camp and practice, and it is really starting to pay off.”

Oh and the youth thing, not a word from the coach’s mouth.

“I’ve been really impressed to see how those girls are stepping up,” Coach Jenkins said. “Last year I let them get comfortable in what we needed to do as a team, and now they are stepping up and doing just that.”

As a player, Coach Jenkins found herself pretty successful in her years under Coach Merl Smith, and now that same success is what she is hoping for in 2010.

“They know what it takes to win, and now it is really just time for them to grow into the players that they can be and win,” she said. “They are doing the little things better – talking, getting on the floor, and hitting really well. This is a really good group.”

Although it is a talented group, Coach Jenkins knows that her goals are within reach for the team this year as well.

“As every year, we want to win,” she said. “We want to compete with everyone. As a team, we want to win the district and get past the first round of our region, and that’s not always easy. We really do have a tough region.”

The Lady Wildcats opened their season Monday night, Aug. 23 with a win in their first match against Monterey. They then traveled to Gordonsville the next night to play the Lady Blue Devils, and defeated them as well.

After Gordonsville, the Lady Wildcats finished last week by traveling to Jackson County Thursday, Aug. 26 to play Jackson County and Stone Memorial. They managed to beat a very good Stone team before taking their first loss of the season at the hands of Jackson County.

On Monday, Aug. 30, however, Livingston Academy got back to their winning ways, beating Clay County to improve to 4-1 on the young season.

The Lady Cats (4-1), traveled to White County to play the Lady Warriors and Stone Memorial Tuesday evening before taking off to Smith County on Thursday, Sept, 2, and then to Chattanooga for the Choo Choo Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

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Outlaws defeat Fentress Bulldogs


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Tailback Carter Hayes gains yardage behind the blocking of fullback Wade Neely.


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Xander Millers broke multiple tackles on his way to the endzone to score 6.

Overton County Senior Outlaws looked better in their second game of the season against the Fentress County Bulldogs – Purple.

On offense, the Outlaws were able to move the ball with both the rushing and passing attack as they put up 21 points.

The Outlaws defense shut down the Bulldogs, keeping them out of the endzone as Overton County went on to win 21-0.

Outlaws 21, Fentress Co. 0
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs)
Carter Hayes 14-131-0
Wade Neely 16-100-2
Tanner Dillon 2-6-0
Blake Qualls 2-0-0
Chayce Roberts 1-0-0

Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-2Pts.)
Tanner Dillon 2-6-29-1

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-2Pts.)
Xander Miller 2-29-1

Extra-Point
Wade Neely 1; Xander Miller 1 for 2 point conv.

Special Teams
Wade Neely, 1 return for 34 yards.

Pass Deflections
Carter Hayes 1.

Lead Tacklers
Jakob Craig 7; Xander Miller 6; Waade Neely 4;Jarrid Bell 2; Donnie Allred 1; Tanner Dillon 1; Blake Qualls 1; Camdon Nevins 1; Kobe Trail 1; Dylan McDonald 1; Justin Rich 1; Jarrett Key 1; Cody Cantrell 1.
Jr. B Outlaws 26,
Fentress Co. 0

Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TD-Cv.)
Matthew Sells 7-98-2-1
Bryar Mosley 7-90-1-0
Nathan Carwile 7-152-1-1

Lead Tacklers
Nathan Carwile 6; Whit Terry 4; Nate Thrasher 4; Spencer Whitehead 2; Bryar Mosley 2; Matthew Sells 2; Thomas Johnson 2; Carl Spurgin 1; Samuel Ayers 1.
The Outlaws Jr. B defense held Fentress County to 58 total offensive yards.

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