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Lady Cats celebrate Senior Night with win
Lady Wildcats win District 8-AA Volleyball Tournament
LA Wildcats shut down York Dragons 7-0
Jr. B Outlaws win 31-0 over Smith
Jr. Outlaws narrowly defeat White Co. in semis
Outlaws win 30-14 in semi-final

Lady Cats celebrate Senior Night with win


courtesy of Liz Nigro
Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats members honored during Senior Night festivities are, from left, players Kat Nigro, Mary Green, Kara Vaughn, Alaura Miranda, and manager Caitlyn Hargis.

Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Soccer celebrated Senior Night by defeating district rival York Institute for the second time in less then two weeks by a score of 6-1.

The results were never in doubt so the focus was on the senior players, including Mary Green, Kat Nigro, Kara Vaughn, and Alaura Miranda as well as team manager Caitlyn Hargis.

The night featured appearances by the Wildcats mascot and the live banjo playing of Tyler Collins. But the Lady Wildcats had a game to play first against an opponent they may have to face again in the district finals.

Senior defenders Kara Vaughn and Mary Green teamed up with senior keeper Alaura Miranda to deny the York Lady Dragons access to the LA goal for most of the first half. Meanwhile, senior midfielder Kat Nigro directed the offense, scoring 4 goals and notching 1 assist for a 5-1 halftime lead. The fourth goal tallied by Nigro was her 150th of her high school career, putting her in rare company.

The seniors were not the only ones who were highlighted at this game, all the players, Megan Bass, Audrey Robinson, Kelsey Copeland, Bailey Buck, Kelsey Webb, Kaitlin Ditto, Mikayla Thompson, Haleigh Gibbons, Megan Kemp, Savannah Walker and Hannah Johnson, contributed on the field. The first half scoring proved to be sufficient to down the Lady Dragons and make for a rather high-spirited, post-game celebration.

The final score was 6-1, with goals by Kat Nigro, 4, and Barbara Nigro, 2. The assists came from Barbara Nigro, 2, Kat Nigro, 1, Stormy Nigro, 1, Savannah Gillentine, 1, and Kelsey Copeland, 1.

The Lady Wildcats will host Friendship Christian in the District semi-finals at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the LA Soccer Complex. If the Lady Cats win, they will host the district finals on Thursday, Oct. 21.

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Lady Wildcats win District 8-AA Volleyball Tournament


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Members of the District 8-AA Volleyball Tournament champion Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats are, sitting from left, Taylor Meadows, Rachel Reeder, Heather Cravens, Morgan Johnson, All-District Tournament player Hannah Hoover, standing, Coach Christie Jenkins, All-District Tournament player Allison Dailey, All-District Tournament player Kayla Williams, All-District Tournament player C.J. Boykin, Kelli Ledbetter, District Tournament MVP Abby Miller, Ashley Boykin, and Assistant Coach Alissa Henry.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

A few years back, Livingston Academy Volleyball Coach Christie Jenkins knew she had a team that would easily contend in a few short years. Two years later, her team made a playoff push, only to fall in the district tournament. This year, the coach’s statement proved true.

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, Jenkins and her Lady Wildcats hosted Cannon County in the first round of the District 8-AA tournament. Although the Lady Cats had beaten the Lady Lions twice, they knew they could not take them lightly. But, the Lady Wildcats’ strength and athleticism prevailed, and they took care of the Lady Lions in three games.

Afterward, Coach Jenkins and her team watched a long match between the number two seeded Upperman Lady Bees and Smith County Owls, only to see the Lady Bees prevail after a long 5-game match.

So after being off for over an hour, the Lady Wildcats took the floor looking to win their first district crown in four years.

In the first game, Livingston jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead, only to see the Lady Bees rally back to even the match. From there on out, the Lady Wildcats were out to prove that the best team on the floor wore blue. After a back and forth game, the Lady Cats finally took game one, 25-21.

Games two and three almost looked exactly the same as in both games the Lady Wildcats looked mentally focused and ready to take the crown of district champions. After some key plays from hitters Allison Dailey, C.J. Boykin, and Abby Miller, the Lady Cats found themselves on top 25-19 after game two.

Game three was much the same as the Lady Wildcats offensive attack was too good, and the defense was very solid. Setter Hannah Hoover managed to give her hitters ample opportunities to strike, while the back row of Taylor Meadows and Ashley Boykin made some great passes. The Lady Wildcats took game three, and the match to give them their first district crown in six years.

“This is so awesome,” said Coach Jenkins. “We were concerned about being off the floor, I didn’t know if we were ready, but we were.”

And the way her girls played, coach Jenkins couldn’t be more thrilled.

“After the way we had played them down there, I am so tickled with how we handled them,” she said. “I’m just tickled.”

Now, Livingston Academy has a bigger task at hand taking on Chattanooga Notre Dame in their region game today, Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Livingston Academy.

“We need to play defense,” Coach Jenkins said. “Our offense is fine. We have to cover because they will play a different style of offense than what we are used to.

The tournaments we played in earlier this year prepared us for teams like them.”
Livingston did manage to take four All-District Tournament performers, including the tournament MVP in Hannah Hoover, Allison Dailey, C.J. Boykin, Kayla Williams, and Most Valuable Player Abby Miller.

“We’re very blessed to have the kind of kids here that we do,” Coach Jenkins said. “We are lucky to have the kids that want to learn to play and want to work.”

Livingston Academy (28-15, 8-0) can advance to the sub-state Saturday with a win over Notre Dame, which would also put them in the Region 4-AA championship game at 7 p.m. tonight at Livingston Academy.


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LA Wildcats shut down York Dragons 7-0


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Livingston Academy’s Dillion Roberts breaks free on the edge. Roberts ran in the only Wildcats score on the night.


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Linebacker Davis Robinson and cornerback Jake Huitt combine for a tackle on the York ballcarrier.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

A year ago, Joey Creekbaum was winding up his two-year career with the Overton County Junior Wildcats and hoping he would just get a chance to play some this year as a freshman at Livingston Academy.

Well, with a little luck and hours and hours of hard work and dedication, Creekbaum has become a mainstay in the LA defense. Friday night against arch rival York Institute in Jamestown, the talented ninth grader put on a clinic on how to play linebacker. His team high 14 tackles was a major factor in the Wildcats’ hard fought 7-0 win over the Dragons.

“I just wanted a chance to play,” Creekbaum confessed after the game. “I knew there were bigger upperclassmen ahead of me when the season started, but as fate would have it, I got a chance and I’m really enjoying it. High school ball is so much different than any I’ve ever played before. The game is faster and the players are bigger and you have to learn so much more about the entire game. It’s a challenge.”

Creekbaum’s big chance came early in the season when one of the team’s leading seniors decided he didn’t want to play anymore. That also created some doubt. Could a freshman fill the shoes of a senior?

It didn’t take long for that question to be answered.

“We felt like it might take a while to get him working in, but he has surprised us,” head LA coach Bruce Lamb explained. “Anytime you replace a senior with a freshman you have serious doubts, but Joey has stepped in and we’ve not missed a lick. He’s a very, very talented young man. He’s smart enough to learn a new job and he’s tough enough to play it. Look for bigger and better things from him over the next four years. Hey, I like that ‘4 years’ thing.”

From a spectator’s standpoint, Friday’s game was not the most exciting thing going on. Both teams were fairly evenly matched, and for the most part it was a contest played in the middle of the field and each team waiting for the other to make a big mistake. It didn’t take long to realize that one score of any kind might be enough to lay claim to a victory.

York came into the game with a 4-4 mark, but had posted a very strong running game featuring sophomore running back Tyler Huddleston. In eight games, Huddleston, the nuts and bolts of the Dragons’ offense, had rushed for almost 900 yards.

On the other side of the field, actually it was on the same side of the field as both teams used the north sidelines as their “side “ of the field, the Wildcats planned on countering with mobility and passing of quarterback Brock McCoin and the electrifying speed of senior Dillion Roberts.

When it was all over, Huddleston got his 100 yards as did Roberts, but it was Roberts’ speed that would prove to be the difference in scoring. It would be the Livingston defense that would make the final difference.

In the first half, Livingston could only muster 2 first downs and 47 yards on the ground. The Wildcats had 12 yards through the air on just 2 completions. York meanwhile, collected 4 first downs and 64 yards on the ground.

Neither team posed much of a scoring threat although the Dragons did mount a drive midway though the second period that ended at the LA 15 yard line when Huddleston fumbled and Seth Ford recovered for the Wildcats.

The score at intermission was 0-0.

On the kickoff to start the second half, Roberts brought the stands to its feet. Taking the ball at the LA 15, the super fast running back dodged several tackles, hit the far sidelines and rambled 55 yards before being taken down by the last man between him and the goal. Livingston started its drive at the York 31.

On the very first play of the series, Roberts blasted off the right side, cut inside and roared to the endzone. Jake Huitt’s point-after kick was good and LA had what would prove to be the winning margin, 7-0.

For the remainder of the quarter it was a defensive struggle and a punting contest. Huitt won the punting contest, not only for the quarter, but for the entire game as the senior kicker nailed six points for an average of 44 yards. He had two in the first period alone that totaled 113 yards.

“Special teams did the job tonight,” Lamb pointed out. “The kickoff return by Roberts obviously was tremendous and it set up the tough down and also the kicking game by Jake (Huitt). He kept York in the hole all night with his punting, and looking back at the way he was kicking, we should have let him try a field goal from the 22 in the fourth quarter. Actually, we just outcoached ourselves on that one, coming up with all kinds of reasons he shouldn’t try it, when in fact we should have given him the chance. I think he would have nailed it, but.”

“All I can say is our defense did what it was supposed to do,” LA defensive coach Shane Qualls explained. “We put three freshmen and five sophomores out there tonight and they played superb. We hade very few breakdowns and made very few mistakes. This group is going to get better and better.”

“The last thing I told our players before we got on the bus to come up here tonight,” Lamb added, “was, if they don’t score they can’t win. I think they believed me. Our defense tonight was just outstanding. We have some mistakes to work on with the offense, but we’ll start working on that Monday morning to get ready for a very good Macon County team. Right now, we’re going to enjoy this one.”

On the night, along with Creekbaum’s 14 tackles, Christian Dillon was a close second with 13. Tyler Martin was credited with 9 stops, and Davis Robinson was good for 8. Cory Hamilton, Lucas Reagan, and Seth Ford slammed York runners with 5 sacks each, with Ronnie Linder and Tyler Barnes coming in with 4. Jon Ledbetter, Creed Hayes, McCoin, and Huitt each were credited with 2 tackles, and Morgan Mayberry, Jordan Thrasher, Dakota Hunter, and Lucas Dailey had one each.
The win leaves Livingston with a 4-4 mark, but more importantly, a 3-1 in the district. A win this week will go a long way towards a playoff berth and a victory in the season finale against district foe DeKalb in two weeks will all but certain assure the Wildcats more playing time.

The Yardstick
LA York
5 1st downs 11
108 Yds. rushing 174
12 Yds. Passing 5
7/2 Pass Att./Comp. 3/1
0 Pass Int. by 0
0 Fumbles Lost 1
6/44 Punts/avg. 6/34
30 Yds. Pent. 15

Score by Quarter:
LA – 0 0 7 0 – 7
York – 0 0 0 0 – 0

Scoring:
LA – Roberts, 31 run. Huitt kick.


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Junior B Outlaws win 31-0 over Smith


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Tailback Nathan Carwile takes off for the Jr. B Outlaws.

The Jr. B Overton County Outlaws advanced to the championship game by beating Smith County 31-0 in the semi-finals Saturday, Oct. 16.

Jr. B Outlaws 31,
Smith County 0
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TD-Cv.)
Matthew Sells 5-145--2-0
Nathan Carwile 8-114-1-1
Breyer Mosley 2-36-2-0
Nate Thrasher 3-11-0-0
Christopher Caudill 1-2-0-0

Lead Tacklers
Nathan Carwile 14; Nate Thrasher 10; Matthew Sells 7; Breyer Mosley 6; Shane Highers 5; Whit Terry 2; Tyler Boswell 2; Thomas Johnson 2; Carl Spurgin 2; Spencer Whitehead 2; Cayden Jones 1.


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Jr. Outlaws narrowly defeat White Co. in semis


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Will McDonald hangs on to stop a White County Silver run.


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Nate Neely rounds the corner on a Jr. Outlaws run.

After losing to the Silver Team of White County during week 5 of the regular season, the Jr. Outlaws got redemption in the play-offs when it mattered the most.

Overton County played from behind for the majority of the semi-final game on Saturday, Oct. 16, but never gave up. With the 14-13 victory, the Jr. Outlaws advance to the championship game in which they will face the undefeated Owls of Smith County. The game will be played at Smith County High School on Saturday, Oct. 23. Kick-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Jr. Outlaws 14,
White County Silver 13
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TD-Cv.)
Chase Looper 24-110-1-1
Nate Neely 8-35-0-0
Brody Johnson 8-10-1-1
Cade Hammock 2-6-0-0

Special Teams
Will Sims, 2 return, 7 yards.

Lead Tacklers
Wesley Smith 4; Chase Looper 4; Mitchell Ayers 3; Ethan Carr 2; Cade Hammock 2; Will McDonald 2; Will Sims 1; Nate Neely 1; Brody Johnson 1.


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Outlaws win 30-14 in semi-final


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Quarterback Tanner Dillon tosses a pass in the Outlaws’ win.


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Xander Miller catches a conversion pass in the endzone.

Overton County’s Senior Outlaws defeated White County Maroon in the semi-finals Saturday, Oct.16 to give them a place in the championship game at Smith County High School on October 23.

The Outlaws rolled past White County with a mixed bag of offense, with great blocking up front by the offensive line, and Tanner Dillon directing the show. The Outlaws scored on the ground with three rushing touchdowns by Wade Neely, and one touchdown through the air when Carter Hayes connected with Blake Qualls down the Outlaws’ sideline. Outlaws tight end Xander Miller came up with three catches for six conversion points for the Outlaws.

The Outlaws defense held strong all game long, only giving up two touchdowns.

The Outlaw defense will have to carry that swagger over to the championship game on Saturday, Oct. 23 as they take on the Owls of Smith County.

Outlaws 30,
White County Maroon 14
Individual Statistics
Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TD-Cv.)
Tanner Dillon 6-7-46-3-0
Carter Hayes 1-5-20-1-0
Blake Qualls 2-2-10-0-0

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TDs-Cv.)
Xander Miller 4-27-0-3
Blake Qualls 1-20-1-0
Chase Roberts 1-4-0-0
Carter Hayes 1-15-0-0
Addison Thompson 1-5-0-0
Zach Burnette 1-5-0-0

Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs-Cv.)
Wade Neely 9-92-3-0
Carter Hayes 15-134-0-0

Fumble Recoveries
Carter Hayes 1; Justin Rich 1.

Special Teams
Carter Hayes, 2 returns for 38 yards; Wade Neely 1 return for 11 yards.

Lead Tacklers
Wade Neely 4; Jarrid Bell 4; Justin Rich 4; Cody Cantrell 4; Jakob Craig 3; Blake Qualls 3; Carter Hayes 3; Chase Roberts 3; Xander Miller 2; Tanner Dillon 2; Dylan McDonald 3.

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