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Hogeye soccer takes three bumps on way to District
LA boys soccer seniors honored at senior night
Lady Cats improve to 9-0 in District 8-AA
Wildcats take on Cumberland County Jets in doube-header
LA Tennis competes in three matches

Hogeye soccer takes three bumps on way to District

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Livingston Academy senior Justin Purdue, right, is at a dead run as he attempts to gain control of the ball before a Cannon County midfielder can do so during the game played Friday, April 22 at Livingston. The Wildcats would win that game 5-1 in front of a sizeable crowd of students who came out for the 1 p.m. kickoff. Scoring goals were Jake Huitt with 2 and Collin Ledbetter, Jesse Carr, and Tanner Buford with one apiece.

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Livingston Academy junior Justin Timmons, right, tries to gain control of the ball as Cookeville defender Adam Oliver looks for a way to steal it in the game played at Livingston Thursday, April 21. The Wildcats would lose that close contest 1-2. Jake Huitt scored LA’s goal.
In other play last week, the Wildcats traveled to Friendship Christian School Tuesday, April 19, losing 0-2. The Wildcats also traveled to Blackman High School in Murfreesboro Monday, April 25, where they lost 5-0.



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LA boys soccer seniors honored at senior night



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Livingston Academy senior soccer players were honored during senior night Thursday, April 21 during halftime of the game in which the team faced Cookeville High School’s Cavaliers. From left are seniors Justin Purdue, son of Terry and Kathy Perdue, Jake Huitt, son of Ron and Lisa Huitt, Collin Ledbetter, son of Lanny and Mindy Ledbetter, Kyle Ledbetter, son of Darrel Ledbetter and Michele Hicks, and Tyler Cronk, son of Kevin and Lisa Cronk.


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Lady Cats improve to 9-0 in District 8-AA

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Livingston Academy’s Amber Mainord slides head first and around the bag to avoid the tag.

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Junior Abby Miller fires from her knees to get the out at first.

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LA catcher Amber Mainord blocks home plate and anticipates the tag in the April 19 Lady Cats win against Upperman.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

For weeks on end, Livingston Academy softball coach Ashley Fisher had stressed how tough her district was and how she just hoped to have a position at the top when the regular season ended. Last week, with a tough stretch of four district games in five days, Livingston Academy was sitting pretty.

Fisher had stated that there were three teams to beat other than her team in a preseason interview. Last week, her team put themselves in a great position by playing rival Upperman twice, while finishing up the home and home series with York and Cannon County.

On Tuesday, April 19, the Lady Cats hosted the rival Lady Bees in what could have been a battle for at least second place in District 8-AA. When all was said and done, there was nothing but smiles in the dugouts at Livingston Academy.

The Lady Cats jumped out to a very favorable lead on the Lady Bees by a count of 4-1 entering the fifth inning; however, like all good teams do, Upperman made their run, scoring three runs in the fifth and knotting the score at 4 apiece.

The Lady Cats added one more run and the defense held to defeat the Lady Bees by a final of 5-4.

Meriam Maynord picked up the win for Livingston, pitching a complete game, allowing four runs, one of which was earned, while striking out two batters.

Offensively, the Lady Cats were led by Amber Mainord with a 2 for 4 outing, while also stealing two bases. Courtney Smith continued her tear with a 2 for 3 showing, four stolen bases, and an RBI. Abby Miller and Katelyn Webb each drove in a run as well via one hit.

Thursday proved to be the easiest of the tasks as the Lady Cats traveled to York.

Although there wasn’t much of a contest, the Lady Cats looked very good. They would run-rule the Lady Dragons by a score of 16-4.

Senior Katelyn Webb picked up the win, tossing a 1-hit game.

The story in Jamestown was the bats as juniors Courtney Smith, Meriam Maynord, and Allison Dailey all drove in two runs, while all went deep for a home-run each.

Miller also chipped in with a perfect 3 for 3 outing while driving in two runs as well, while senior third basemen Samantha Maya also drove in two.

On Friday, the Lady Wildcats traveled back to Baxter to finish up the home and home with Upperman, a game that would ultimately clinch at least second place for the Lady Cats. This time, the bats carried over from Jamestown, while the defense remained solid.

The Cardiac Cats wouldn’t need much late inning heroics this time versus the Lady Bees in route to 10-4 decision over their bitter rivals.

Maynord again took the win, allowing 4 earned runs, one earned, on 10 hits, while striking out five batters.

The Lady Cats’ juniors carried them again as Miller and Smith each drove in two runs, while Maya, Maynord, and Kelsey Copeland plated a runner each.

On Saturday, the Lady Cats finished the week with a strong showing in Woodbury versus the Cannon County Lionettes. Livingston’s pitching and defense were the story once again, as the bats did their job in the 8-1 win over Cannon County.

Webb picked up her second win of the week, tossing all seven and allowing the lone run.

Amber Mainord and Morgan Johnson each drove in two runners while Abby Miller drove in a run while adding two hits to her season total.

Although a brutal week had passed, Coach Ashley Fisher was very excited about how her team performed.

“I was proud to see my team stay focused for seven innings and get the win, however we needed to cut down on our errors,” she said. “Good teams always find a way to win, and that’s what we did Tuesday night.

“Friday, we did what we needed to do offensively and defensively, and we got the job done. If you would have told me at the first of the year that we would be 9-0 in district play, I would have disagreed with you. But we are, and we still aren’t finished.”

Fisher is right, as Livingston Academy (13-7, 9-0 8AA) sits alone atop the district standings. With a district game remaining with DeKalb, the worst the Lady Cats can do is finish in a tie and as the 2011 Co-District Champs of 8-AA.

Livingston Academy will host Gordonsville, weather permitting, tonight, April 26, at 5 p.m. It will be senior day for the Lady Cats. They will then travel to Smithville on Thursday to take on DeKalb County in a much anticipated showdown before heading to Monterey on Friday evening. They will then finish their season with two home games May 2 and May 3 versus Cumberland County and Jackson County, respectively.




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Wildcats take on Cumberland County Jets in doube-header


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Bubba Jolley, at first base, anticipates Coach Shane Qualls’ sign in Tuesday’s district contest versus Cannon County.

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LA senior Josh Johnson fires a pitch during last Tuesday night’s loss at the hands of Cannon County.

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Colby Reeder sends a ball to the outfield during last Tuesday night’s game.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

At this point in any season, you are looking for improvement. For the Livingston Academy baseball team and coach Shane Qualls, last week showed signs of improvement both offensively and defensively for the Wildcats.

After a loss at the hands of district foe Cannon County by a score of 13-7 on Tuesday, April 19, the Wildcats traveled to Cumberland County Thursday evening to take on a AAA power in the Jets. It was there that the Cats would improve.

In game one, the Wildcats looked like a team that could do damage in the 8-AA postseason tournament giving the Jets almost more than they could handle. Led by a 3 for 5, 2 RBI outing by outfielder Tyler Martin, the Cats managed to put up 8 runs on the board; however, a power is a power, and the Jets used their talents as well to overcome the Wildcats’ bats and take a 9-8 win over Livingston Academy in game one.

Colby Reeder took the loss on the mound for the Cats tossing four innings, allowing 9 runs on 7 hits, while striking out one and walking 4.

Offensively, besides Martin, Hayden Hill had a good evening going 2 for 2 while driving a run in. Jim Officer also drove in a run on two hits while Justin Savage boasted two runs batted in on one hit. Conner Oliver rounded out the offense with a hit and a run batted in.

In game two, much was the same for the Wildcats as they would boast enough runs to win, but see their efforts come up short due to the bats of the Jets. Again, the Wildcats fell to the Jets, by a score of 6-5.

Reeder supplied the offense in game two, driving in two runs while Oliver managed to drive in another. Bubba Jolley and Tyler Martin each went 2 for 4, while scoring two runs apiece. Although the Cats had taken two losses, not everything was a total loss for the Cats.

“We may have played one of our better games of the year,” Coach Shane Qualls said afterward. “We made the routine plays and hit the ball well. Crossville is a very good team and it shows. They split with Cookeville and Warren County.”

Qualls still realizes that there is plenty of work to be done as his team comes down the final stretch of the season and enters post-season play.

“We have to start making the routine plays,” he said. “We are still hitting the ball really well and scoring runs, but then we see those runs go away due to errors.”

Livingston Academy will host Red Boiling Springs today, Tuesday, April 26, before hosting the Christian Academy of Knoxville at home Thursday evening in the first part of a schedule home and home. On Friday, the Wildcats will travel to Knoxville in the second half of the home and home with CAK.


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LA Tennis competes in three matches

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Livingston Academy’s Jessica Shifkey goes for a ball during her match against Macon County.

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LA’s Jordan McCoy stretches for a ball during his match on Thursday.

By Kaylee Masiongale,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s Tennis Team played in three matches last week, taking on Cannon County on Monday, April 18, Frendship Christian the following day, and Macon County on Thursday, April 21.

In their single matches against Cannon County, the girls with a win were Jessica Sandlin, who won in a 9-7 tie-break, and Katy Hummel 8-6.

In boys singles, Tyler Tolherst won 8-3, Jordan Murphy won 8-4, and Dustin Pryor won 8-4.

In girls doubles, Heather Thomas and Katy Hummel came away victorious, winning 8-0.

In boys doubles, Cheng Zheng and Tyler Tollherst won, in a 7-4 tie-breaker, along with Jordan Murphy and Ryan Hughes 8-0.

In matches against Frendship Christian, the girls who came away with a W on their tab were Heather Thomas, 8-5, and Hannah Hoover, who won by default.

For the boys, Tyler Tollherst, 8-6, Jordan Murphy, 8-5, Tyler McCuller, 8-2, and Dustin Pryor, 8-4 came away with wins.

In doubles, the team struggeled this week, not winning any of the doubles matches against Frendship Christian.

On the last match of the week the team played against Macon County. For the girls, Heather Thomas won her match 9-7 during the singles games, and for the boys Cheng Zheng, 8-3, Tyler Tollherst, 8-1, Jordan Murphy, 8-3, Dustin Pryor, 8-5, and Tyler McCuller 8-1 went home with a win on Thursday night.

For doubles, Hannah Hoover and Rachel Allred won by default, and Jessica Shifkey and Heather Thomas won their doubles matches 8-0 for the girls. For the boys, Tyler McCuller and Dustin Pryor won 8-0.


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