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LA Wildcats take district win over Smith County
LA football players receive honors
Jr. Cats Cheer Squad national champions
Lady Cats go to 9-0 with 3 more wins
LA Wrestling team begins first season
Lady Cats play in pink to fight breast cancer

LA Wildcats take district win over Smith County

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Kailen Melton is congratulated by Mitch Copeland, right, for setting a new school record of 11 three-point baskets in a single game. Copeland held the record at 9.

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With a light touch, Livingston’s Mason Ramsey goes high over the competition to drop in a pair of points in last week’s district game with Smith County. Ramsey had 21 points to lead his team to a 76-59 win.

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Livingston’s Colby Reeder and Brock McCoin manhandle a Smith County player going for a loose ball. The Cats defeated the Owls in their first district game of the season.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

A few games into the 2010-11 season, Livingston Academy’s head coach Richard Melton told his team “to be a good team, you have to beat a good team” and a few games later, after playing several “good” teams, Melton confessed that any win at that point was needed to get his team some confidence.

In three games last week, the Wildcats got some confidence with a pair of victories, first over Stone Memorial on Tuesday and again on Friday over Smith County. Then on Saturday, the Cats ran into another “good” team and took a 16-point beating that was somewhat worse than the final score indicated.

“Tonight we just didn’t compete,” Melton confessed after his team took a 76-64 setback. “Marshall County was very good, make no mistake about that, but we have got to step up and play better. They were very physical and we got away from our game plan and they beat us.”

That pretty much summed it up , but perhaps Paxton Eldridge put it a little better.

“They were very, very good,” the senior put it.

Indeed, Marshall was very good. They were big, they were physical, they were strong, they were quick, and they could score. That was a combination the Wildcats just couldn’t overcome although they did have their moments.

Mason Ramsey opened the game with a three-pointer and Colby Reeder followed with another. Livingston led 6-0. Following a Marshall field goal, Kailen Melton added another three-pointer and Logan Ramsey hit a pair for free throws. When Jake Huitt hit his three-pointer, the Wildcats were up 14-2 and apparently pulling away.

But hold on just a minute. The game is less than 3 minutes old and the visitors are about ready to steady the ship. The Tigers scored the next 13 points to pull within one. Reeder would hit a field goal to put LA back on top, 16-15, but that was the last time the home team saw the top of the scoreboard. Nine straight points put Marshall up 24-16 at the end of the period.

To make matters worse, once the visitors found their range, Livingston would usually get only one shot at the goal. A miss meant a Marshall rebound and at the other end of the floor, the Tigers put on a scoring display of three-pointers, reverse lay-ups and even a dunk. At the half, Marshall led 52-29.

Mason Ramsey scored the first 7 points of the third frame to try and get his team back in the action, but to little avail. Marshall answered every point thereafter except for the highlight of the half for Livingston when Reeder threw up a desperation half court shot at the buzzer that found its mark. Livingston was behind 65-45 going to the final 8 minutes.

On the night, the Wildcats hit 11 three-pointers and were 11 for 11 from the free throw line but none of that could overcome a 31-point performance from the Tigers’ Kedron Johnson.

Mason Ramsey led the LA scoring with 23 points. Huitt had 15 and Logan Ramsey and Reeder added 10. Melton rounded out the scoring with 6.

There may have been an indication Friday night that Saturday’s game may leave a little to be desired. Following the 76-59 win over district foe Smith County, Melton wasn’t all that happy with his team’s performance.

“We were not mentally prepared,” Melton pointed out after the game. “We have got to respect our opponents and I don’t think we did tonight. We have beaten Smith County time and time again and tonight, they brought a very good team here and put on a good show. I think we took them for granted and it showed.”

That feeling was repeated by several of the LA players included the Ramsey borthers, Logan and Mason.

“I think we underestimated them,” Logan said. “We haven’t had much trouble with them in the past, but tonight they came here ready to play and we didn’t give it our best effort.”

Brother Mason agreed.

But despite the sluggish performance, the Wildcats still managed to win going away.

After falling behind 6-0 early, Mason Ramsey found the range and Brock McCoin connected to close the gap to 6-4. Mason put his team on top for the first time with under a minute to play in the period and a three-pointer by Melton gave LA an 18-13 first period lead.

By intermission Livingston was ahead 42-31, but the pesky Owls would not go away. It took a beautiful left handed hook shot by Huitt at the buzzer to get the double digit lead.

In the final two periods Livingston managed to hold the Owls at bay and ended up with a 17-point win.

“This was the best Smith County team I’ve played in my four years,” Huitt pointed out. “They could be good from here on out and we’ll have to be better prepared when we go to their place. That show by Mason and Logan down the stretch was what we can do if we just do it.”

Huitt was referring to the Ramsey brothers hitting three straight baskets with Mason feeding inside to Logan who would make the easy lay-up. It might have been LA’s brightest moments of the game.

Mason Ramsey ended the game as LA’s top scorer with 21 points. Logan had 15, Huitt 12, and Melton 11. Reeder added 7, McCoin 6, Logan Beaty 4, and Creed Hayes 1.

Kailen Melton took up where he left off last week after setting a school record for 11 three-pointers in a game. The senior guard hit 11 of 11 free throws Tuesday night and the team went 21 for 24 in the 72-61 win over Stone Memorial.

Two three-pointers by Huitt and one each by Melton and Mason Ramsey got Livingston off to a 23-13 first period start and the Wildcats never trailed. They led 41-33 at the half and were up 58-42 going into the final 8 minutes.

Mason Ramsey led all scorers with 26 points while Melton added 21. Huitt had 11 while Logan Ramsey and Reeder each had 5, and McCoin and Hayden Hill each put in 2.

LA will host Jackson County tonight, hoping to improve on its 3-5 overall record.



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LA football players receive honors

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Eleven members of the 2010 Livingston Academy football earned post season honors and were guests Sunday afternoon at the Region 8-AA banquet in Cookeville. Earning awards were, front row from left to right, Jake Huitt, Dillion Roberts, Davis Robinson, Creed Hayes, Christian Dillon, back row, Cole Presley, Cory Hamilton, Tyler Martin, Brock McCoin, Ronnie Linder, and Lucas Reagan.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Eleven members of the 2010 Livingston Academy football team were honored Sunday afternoon along with fellow members of Region 8-AA . The banquet was held in Cookeville.

Taking awards for the Wildcats were Ronnie Linder, Dillion Roberts, Creed Hayes, Brock McCoin, Lucas Reagan, Christian Dillon, Cory Hamilton, Cole Presley, Jake Huitt, Tyler Martin, and Davis Robinson.

Robinson, Presley, and Linder were named to the region’s second All Region team.
Hayes, Reagan, Dillon, Hamilton, and Martin nailed down berths on the first All Region squad. Roberts was honored as the league’s top return specialist. During the season, the senior running back set a new LA return yardage record. Huitt took top honors as the region’s Outstanding Receiver and was recognized as one of the league’s best kickers, both as a punter and a field goal kicker. McCoin was named the region’s Most Outstanding Quarterback.

Smith County’s Jimmy Maynard was named the region’s Coach of the Year.



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Jr. Cats Cheer Squad national champions

Overton County Junior Wildcats Cheer Squad competed in the Jamfest Nationals in Gatlinburg on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5. The squad brought home the National Champion trophy and banner for Intermediate Junior High Cheer. The team is coached by Vanessa Farris and is made up of girls from 6th through 8th grade in Overton County Schools. Junior Wildcats Cheerleaders are Allie Clouse of Livingston Middle School, Jessica Hunter and Alyssa Farris of Allons Elementary School, Salena Geist of LMS, Hannah Jolley of Rickman Elementary School, Rylee Smith of LMS, Katie Lee of Allons, Rachel Ferrell of Rickman, Kristen Addison and Gabby King of LMS, Victoria Potts of Hilham Elementary School, and Katy Smith of LMS.



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Lady Cats go to 9-0 with 3 more wins

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Livingston Academy Coach Lesley Riddle presents ball to Mackenzie Sells to commemorate her 1,000th point as a Lady Wildcat. Sells crossed the mark late last season in a game against Pickett County.

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LA senior Chezney Hammock looks then shoots to score 2 points in last Saturday’s game with Marshall County. Hammock and her fellow Lady Wildcats upped their record to 9-0 with the 64-30 win.

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With her eye on the basket, LA’s Samantha Maya goes in for 2 of her game high 22 points against Smith County. In three games last week, the senior post player totaled 45 points.

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While teammates Abby Miller, #14, and Tori Stocking, #20, look on, LA’s Allison Dailey takes the ball to the net against Smith County. Dailey had 4 points in the game that ended in a 77-33 LA wipeout.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Last week, the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats traveled to Crossville to take on Stone Memorial then returned home to host both Smith County and Marshall County.

When it was over, LA had outscored its three opponents 203 to 105 and posted wins number seven, eight, and nine.

There is a “0” in the loss column.

“It was a very good week for us,” head coach Lesley Riddle responded after Saturday afternoon’s win over visiting Marshall. “Our defense has played exceptional all week, which has allowed us to do several things offensively, all of which have worked well. We still have some spots we want to work on, but yes, I’m very pleased with our play so far.”

As they always say, “a coach is never satisfied.”

But Riddle and her defensive assistant, Lora Jones, can hardly hide their excitement when talking about this year 9-0 start and the level the team is playing on so early.

The starting five have come out red hot in just about every game since the season opener, and the next five are now playing at a level that they picked right up from where the starters leave off and it seems the team doesn’t miss a beat.

“That’s a big part of it,” explained senior post player Samantha Maya. “This entire team is really playing together right now and in doing so, it is making it easier on everyone. I’m very comfortable now and it is helping my game, especially in scoring and you can go down the roster and every player that gets on the floor is really putting in some good playing time. Right now, this is fun.”

It may be fun for the Lady Wildcats, but opponents aren’t finding it very funny.

Stone wasn’t laughing when it was handed a 62-42 setback last Tuesday and when Smith County left Friday night, there weren’t many smiles going around following the 77-33 thrashing. Marshall may have laughed a little, but the Lady Tigers were just happy to be getting out of town after their 64-30 whipping.

“About the toughest thing we’re having to do now,” laughed juniors Abby Miller and Allison Dailey “is trying to remember to call coach Riddle and coach Jones by their right names. They were Smith and Franklin so long its hard to get it right.”

(Both coaches have married since last season.)

On the floor, the Lady Cats are putting on quite a show with their pressing defense that so far has flustered opponents and a hot shooting hand by Maya along with Mackenzie Sells.

“Our defense has really stepped up,” Sells pointed out Saturday afternoon. “Good defense leads to good offense and that’s what’s happening. Our defense is creating turnovers and mistakes by the opposition and we are scoring at a good pace. Sam (Maya) has really stepped up her play and doing it every game and that is really taking a lot of pressure off me. The team is playing like a team and everyone is contributing.”

Stone Memorial hosted LA on Tuesday and the Lady Cats made quick work of the Lady Panthers. Livingston jumped out to a 17-10 first quarter lead and was ahead 35-18 at intermission. Miller got things going in the initial period and Sells and Tori Stocking followed to put the game out of reach early. Stocking’s three-pointer at the buzzer was an indication of things to come. She would do the same thing at the end of the third period.

Livingston was ahead 55-29 going into the final 8 minutes and it was just a matter of the clock ending things.

Miller and Stocking shared scoring honors with 14 each. Sells followed with 13, Maya had 9, Heather Cravens and Sidney Staggs each put in 5, and Jessika McAllister added 2.

Smith County came to town Friday afternoon presenting the Lady Cats with their first district game of the season. They also came to town not featuring one of the state’s tallest players for the second straight year and it appeared almost strange to see a small team of Lady Owls.

Regardless, Livingston wasted no time in staking claim to being one of the best in the league.

Maya opened the scoring followed by a basket by Stocking then a pair of free throws by Miller. Kayla Williams nailed a three-pointer to put LA out front 12-1. Maya then added a field goal and Sells banked in a shot. Chazney Hammock closed out the
scoring for the period and at the buzzer, Livingston was on top 23-9.

And it didn’t get any better for the visitors. In the second period, Maya, Stocking, Williams, and Sells accounted for 14 points and Dailey’s free throw made it 15.

Livingston led 38-17 at the half.

Stocking had a pair of three-pointers in the third period and Dailey and Williams each added one as the Lady Cats went on a roll and were out by 32 starting the final period. In the final period, Riddle cleared her bench and McAllister thanked her for the playing time by scoring six points down the stretch.

Maya had 22 points to pace the LA attack while Sells added 18, Stocking 10, Miller and McAllister 6, Williams 5, Dailey and Hammock 4, and Heather Cravens 2.
Saturday’s game with Marshall was like an algebra test – Livingston was looking for an unknown sand for the first several minutes it looked just like that. Then the team discovered the answer and for the second straight game, took such a commanding lead that the 35-point rule came into effect and clock ran throughout the final period.

“When we first started there just wasn’t much gong on,” Maya confessed. “I really don’t know why, but I guess it was because we didn’t know much about them or anything. When we finally put it together, we had another good game.”

Maya started the scoring then Cravens banked in a shot to put LA up by 4. The duo repeated the act seconds later then Sells nailed a three-pointer and the race was on.

Livingston led 13-9 at the end of the period and were moving out, 32-15, at intermission.

A strong defense and three’s by Stocking, Williams, and Maya accounted for the damage in the second period.

With a 54-19 lead going into the final period, Riddle again cleared her bench , giving her younger players valuable playing experience.

Maya paced the scoring with 14 points with Sells following close behind with 13.

Miller had 9, Stocking and Cravens each had 8, Williams, and Staggs each had 3 while Hammock, Marlee Sells, and McAllister each added 2.

“It was a very good week for us,” Mackenzie Sells pointed out, “but Tuesday we play a very good Jackson County team and we had better bring our best game if we expect the undefeated start to continue.”

In last week’s Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament, more than $3,000 was raised to fight cancer. The team from Macon County brought $500 to the event and players from the other teams raised the remaining amount.

At 9-0, Livingston will host Jackson County tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 7.


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LA Wrestling team begins first season
Livingston Academy’s wrestling team competed at Cookeville High School on Tuesday, Nov. 30. LA competed against the host school as well as Franklin County High School and Upperman High School in the meet.

After the meet, LA’s record went to 2-3.

LA Wrestling Coach Bill Hutchins said, “I am very happy with our team, for a first-year team, but we have a lot of work to do. I look forward to seeing more progress as the season goes on.

“Cookeville has a very tough program who we will see again this year, so we have to work hard to be sure we are ready for everyone we will be facing.

“I was very proud of Will Hutchins showing a lot of grit finishing his match when he broke his foot in the second period and going on to win.”

Against Cookeville, Will Hutchins (189) wrestled CHS’s Tommy Keigal (189).

While in he middle of the first round of the match, Hutchins fractured his right ankle.

He continued to wrestle for two more rounds until he won the match 8-4. But he was not able to compete against Franklin County or Upperman because of the injury.

LA faced Cookeville first on the night and Hunter Hutchins (119) won by forefeit, Pistol Workman (112) lost to Amber Schlatter 0-5, Kurtis Crowder (125) lost to Glin Shoemake 0-2, Dustin Pryor (140) lost to Dalton Satterfield 0-2, Tyler Cates (145) lost to John Birdwell 0-2, Bobby Youngs (160) lost to Cody Winston 0-8, Garrett Beu (215) lost to David Hammons 0-2, and Jordan McCoy (285) lost to Jessie Chapman 0-2, giving LA a 12-72 loss.

Against Franklin County, Pistol Workman (112), Hunter Hutchins (119), Kurtis Crowder (125), Bobby Youngs (160), and Jordan Thrasher (189) all won by forfeit.
Dustin Pryor (140) pinned Dustin Wiseman, Tyler Cates (145) pinned Rex Sweeton, Dakota Hunter (215) pinned Jake Clark, and Jordan McCoy lost to Dalton Syler. LA won the match 48-18.

Against Upperman High School, Piston Workman (112), Hunter Hutchins (119), Kurtis Crowder (125), Dustin Pryor (140), and Tyler Cates (145) all won by forfeit. Bobby Youngs (160), Jordan Thrasher (189), and Jordan McCoy (285) all pinned their opponents, and Garrett Beu (215) lost. LA won the match 48-30.

 

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Lady Cats play in pink to fight breast cancer

Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats basketball team played their games on November 23, 26, and 27 in pink to raise awareness for breast cancer. Livingston Academy was also the host of the Coaches versus Cancer Thanksgiving Classic over the weekend as well. Livingston Regional Hospital donated the pink gear for the Lady Cats to play in.

 

 

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