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Archives 05-03-2011

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Mojo wins Jasper Spring Fling championship
Lady Cats claim 8AA season championship
State BB Gun Championship held at Bend of River
Team Jacob competes in Country Music Marathon


Mojo wins Jasper Spring Fling championship

Tennessee Mojo is the 8-U softball team champion of the Jasper Spring Fling held April 16 and 17. Team members are, kneeling from left, Addie Brown, Shelby Radford, Aliyah Kingery, Blair Cherry, Abby Stevens, Keaton Webb, standing, Reagan Hurst, Blake Cherry, Holly Smith, Sidney Kirby, Kailey Crabtree, Chaylin Cunningham, Jordan Key, and not pictured, coaches Brooks Cherry, Todd Radford, Bob Crabtree, and Wayne Key. Mojo was sponsored by Fatsco Transmissions-Pine Brook, NJ, for this tournament.



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Lady Cats claim 8AA season championship

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Courtney Smith sends a shot to left center field and off the scoreboard. Smith’s 2-run home run in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the game-winner.

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Morgan Johnson slides in to home for the Lady Cats’ first run of the game against DeKalb County.

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Junior Abby Miller puts down a bunt to move the runners over in Livingston’s game versus DeKalb County Thursday night.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

A lot has changed in Overton County over the past 10 years. A lot has changed at Livingston Academy in the past 10 years. Last Thursday night, things changed for the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats softball team as well.

Thursday was the showdown that everyone had waited for. Entering the night, host DeKalb County had a lone district loss with a record of 8-1, that loss to Livingston earlier in the year. Livingston entered 9-0 looking to claim its first district crown in 10 years.

Things started slowly for both teams and it looked as if it would be an all-defensive
game, but that would be until an error in the third inning proved costly for the Lady Cats. With DeKalb runners on second and third, the DeKalb batter sent a long drive to deep center, and over the fence, to take a 3-0 lead. But, the Lady Cats weren’t going away.

Down 3-0, the Lady Cats started their comeback in inning number five. After Katelyn Webb sent a shot down the third base line, Amber Mainord followed three batters later, driving Webb in and plating the first run of the game.

In the sixth, the Lady Cats would draw closer as Morgan Johnson came across to draw the score closer at 3-2. After DeKalb added another run in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Cats had their backs against the wall and would have to claw their way out to take home the prize.

In the top of the seventh, Johnson reached base again bringing up slugger Abby Miller. With a 1-1 count, Miller sent a drive to right field to drive in Johnson, and draw closer once again at 4-3. With Miller standing on second, junior Courtney Smith, one of the most consistent hitters for the Cardiac Cats, was at the plate.

With a full count, down two runs, and with two outs on the board trailing by one, Smith had the hopes of a season laying on her bat. With all on her shoulders, Smith swung and reached the scoreboard in left center field for a home run, and a 5-4 lead over the host team.

Defense would finish the game off clean, and the Cardiac Cats had struck again with a win, 5-4 over DeKalb County.

For the first time since 2001, Livingston Academy sat alone atop the District 8AA
standings. Something Coach Ashley Fisher is definitely proud of.

“When I took the job, I wanted to get better every year,” she said. “Last year we took a small step, and this year we took another. I’m so proud of how we have played in the district. It was an ugly win, but it was a win. I’m so proud of how the girls
played.”

With the way it happened, Coach Fisher couldn’t have been more excited.
“We got down early, but we battled back,” she said. “Courtney stepped up big time for us, and she has been one of our more consistent hitters all year long. Meriam pitched a good game and we got the win.”

With a district championship out of the way, Fisher knows that her work for her team isn’t done.

“It’s still all about the tournament for us,” she said. “This district is still anyone’s to win in the tournament. I believe we play in one of the tougher districts in the state.”

Livingston Academy (14-7, 10-0) has brought the title back home for the first time since Danny McCormick’s Lady Cats won back-to-back in 2000 and 2001.

“It’s great to win and be undefeated,” Coach Fisher said. “We’re not done yet though, we still have work to do and goals to accomplish.”

Livingston hosted Cumberland County Monday night, and were scheduled to host Cookeville today, Tuesday, May 3, weather permitting. They will then play Friday night in the second round of the District 8AA tournament.




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State BB Gun Championship held at Bend of River

The Bend of the River Super ‘Possums were the first place Jaycee sponsored team with 2,115. Team members are Blake Shepherd, Austin Smith, John Allen Tinkel, Samuel Rajbundit, and Tyler Vaughn.

Charlie Pardue of Bend of the River congratulates John Allen Tinkel on winning the Daniel Shackleford Award for the highest shooting score in the State Jaycee BB-Gun Championship.

Julia Reno from Cookeville won the State Jaycee BB-Gun Championship Match by one point over John Allen Tinkel from Livingston with a score of 549 to 548 on Saturday, April 23.

Charlie Pardue, of Bend of the River, stated, “It was an exciting match to watch as each shooter’s scores were posted. The winner was not determined until the last shot of the tournament.

“The two were tied after 100 points possible in each of test, prone, standing, sitting, kneeling and shoot off. In the overtime, the first shot for each was a 7 and then on the next shot Julia had a 9 and John Allen had an 8. Just nip and tuck all the way.”

Third place went to Austin Smith from Cookeville with a 529.

The first open team went to Montgomery Bell Academy Big Red with a score of 2,007. The team was made up of Richard Scherrer, Dani Biegl, Luke Cianciolo, and Alvin Zharng.

The Bend of the River Super ‘Possums were the first place Jaycee sponsored team
with 2,115. Team members are Blake Shepherd, Samuel Rajbundit, Austin Smith,
Tyler Vaughn, and John Allen Tinkel.

The second Jaycee team was the Great ‘Possums with 2,112. The team was made up of Evan Martin, Julia Reno, Andrew Gothard, Rex Jarvis, and Jesse York.

The third place Jaycee team had 1,188 points. The Cool ‘Possum team was made up of Chelsey Gebbia, Joshua Tinkel, Summer Gebbia, and Ronnie Reno.

The match was 5 equal parts of tests on gun safety and shooting in prone, standing, sitting, and kneeling.

The test had a tie for first with Andrew Gothard winning over Dani Biegl at 94.

Third went to Rex Jarvis at 92.

Prone was led by Dani Biegl with a 93. Second prone went to Andrew Gothard with 92, and third prone was Samuel Rajbundit with 89.

Standing, by far the easiest but thought to be the worst position, had Jesse York in the lead with 86. Samuel Rajbundit came in second with 83, and Luke Cianciolo had 82 for third.

Tyler Vaughn was first in sitting with a fine 94. Andrew Gothard was second with 91. The tie for third went to Dani Biegl with 87 and 2 centers over Ronnie Reno with 87 and 1 center.

Kneeling had Tyler Vaughn once again in the driver’s seat with 89 for first. Second went to Andrew Gothard at 85, and Jesse York took third at 84.

The Daniel Shakleford award went to the high shooting only score. This year the award went to John Allen Tinkel with 361.

“This was some mighty fine shooting,” Pardue stated.

The alternates were led by Ronnie Reno with a 389 overall score.

Members of the national team cannot win two years in a row. Those shooters are
called Champion of Champions and allowed to participate in the match but cannot go to the national match or win the state trophies. These shooters shot against themselves and the winner this year was Eamon Morris with a 538. Only 2 points out in second place was his cousin Keith Morris at 536. Third went to Anne Rajbundit with 531, and Jonathan Kelly was fourth with 526.

“It was a good day for a match and all went home vowing to do better next year,” Pardue stated.



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Team Jacob competes in Country Music Marathon

Team Jacob members gathered on Friday, April 29 prior to the next day’s Country Music Marathon. Team Jacob members are, in no particular order, Mary-Ellen Parsons, Buck Parsons, Myra Carwile, Travis Shope, Jennifer Shope, Brooke Wilhite, Jody Gore, Mary Webb, Matt Moore, Kendal Moore, Peggy Garrett, Matt Garrett, Kaci Garrett, Beth Hammock, Stephanie Poston, Elliott Poston, Matt Wilkinson, Karen Wilkinson, Barry Webb, Andy Stafford, Heather Stafford, Steve Coburn, Keri Coburn, Jennifer Lassiter, Alex McLerran, Lynn Burnett, Anita Burnett, David Burnett, Angela Burnett, Christian Myers, Bridgett Carwile, Beth Parsons, Eric Dillon, Kim Dillon, Forrest Dillon, Ashley Fisher, Kim McDonald, Shirley McDonald, Luke Mason, Alison Mason, Lance Mason, Rochelle Davidson, Lindy Mason, Gina Mason, Deanna Savage, Billie Lou Melton, Toni Robbins, Tara King, Angie Frazier, Kristie Dillon, and Rex Dale.

Team Jacob ran the Country Music Marathon/Half Marathon and the Kentucky Derby Marathon/Half Marathon on Saturday, April 30. The team has raised $10,388.00 so far for the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation. Anyone wishing to donate should go to www.firstgiving.com/teamjacob1.


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