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Archives 05-17-2011

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League play continues at Livingston City Park
LA Wildcats qualify for Class AA Sectional
Lady Cats’ season ends in district tourney
Cheng Zeng plays into Regional

League play continues at Livingston City Park
League play continued at Livingston City Park last week. Results through Thursday, May 12 are as follows:

T-Ball
(ages 5 and 6)
Saturday, May 7

Overton CO-OP 26, Puckett’s Dentistry 25
Heartland Real Estate 17, Officer’s Law Office 2

Monday, May 9
American Bank &Trust 29, Puckett’s Dentistry 12
Union Bank & Trust 23, Overton CO-OP 21
W&O Construction 21, Officer’s Law Office 21
First National Bank 20, Building Center 7

Tuesday, May 10
Heartland Real Estate 26, W&O Construction 14
Building Center 22,
Officer’s Law Office 16

Standings
W L T
First National Bank 6 0 0
American Bank & Trust 5 0 0
Puckett’s Dentistry 4 2 0
Heartland Real Estate 3 2 0
Building Center 3 4 0
Overton CO-OP 2 3 0
Union Bank & Trust 2 4 0
W&O Construction 0.5 4.5 0
Officer’s Law Office 0.5 6.5 0

Rookie
(ages 7-9)
Friday, May 6
A’s 8, B&R Metals 4
Bank of Overton 11, BP Lamb Oil 2
Hall’s Sports 2, W&O Construction 2
Woodmen 3, Dairy Queen 2

Saturday, May 7
A’s 18, W&O Construction 4
Woodmen 12, Hall’s Sports 2
Dairy Queen 13, B&R Metals 2
Bank of Overton 8, Cooper Recycling 0

Tuesday, May 10
A’s 8, Hall’s Sports 2
Farm Bureau Insurance 2, W&O Construction 1
Woodmen 7, Dairy Queen 5
C&L Logging 13, B&R Metals 5

Thursday, May 12
Bank of Overton 4, BP Lamb Oil 4
Dairy Queen 26, Cooper Recycling 4
A’s 5, B&R Metals 1

Standings
W L T
Woodmen of the World 7 0 0
C&L Logging 5 0 0
Bank of Overton County 5.5 0.5 0
Dairy Queen 5 2 0
A’s 4 2 0
Cooper Recycling 2 3 0
BP Lamb Oil 1.5 4.5 0
W&O Construction 1.5 5.5 0
Farm Bureau Insurance 1 4 0
B&R Metals 1 6 0
Hall’s Sports 0.5 6.5 0

Major
(ages 10-12)
Friday, May 6
Swallows 12, First National Bank 3
Winningham Hdwre 18, Webb’s Guitars 5

Monday, May 9
American Bank & Trust 20, Webb’s Guitars 2
Winningham Hardware 8, Swallows 1

Thursday, May 12
Livingston Regional 8, Wascon 3
Livingston Regional 19, First National Bank 7

Standings
W L T
Livingston Regional 5.5 .5 0
American Bank & Trust 4 1 0
Wascon 3 1 0
Swallows 3 3 0
Winningham Hardware 2.5 4.5 0
First National Bank 1 3 0
Webb’s Guitars 0 6 0

6-Under
Monday, May 9
Upper Cumberland Dentistry 12, Hall’s Sports 5
Priority Care 6, Parsons Auto Repair 5

Thursday, May 12
Parsons Auto Repair 1, Hall’s Sports 0
Upper Cumberland Dentistry 8, Priority Care 6

Standings
W L T
UC Dentistry 8 0 0
Parsons Auto Repair 3 4 0
Hall’s Sports 2 5 0
Priority Care 2 6 0

9-Under
Saturday, May 7
Everything Sports 13, Sonic 8

Monday, May 9
Sonic 14, Wascon 6
First National Bank 21, Entertainment Direct 0

Thursday, May 12
Wascon 10, Sonic 2
First National Bank 14, Entertainment Direct 2

Standings
W L T
First National Bank 8 0 0
Wascon 5 2 0
Entertainment Direct 3 4 0
Everything Sports 2 4 0
Sonic 2 6 0
Panda Realty 1 5 0

12-Under
Friday, May 6
Janney & Associates 6, Union Bank & Trust 1
H&R Block 13, First National Bank 5

Saturday, May 7
Janney & Associates 12, Union Bank & Trust 4
First National Bank 10, TN Holdem 7

Tuesday, May 10
Janney & Associates 10, First National Bank 0
H&R Block 14 TN Holdem 5

Standings
W L T
H&R Block 5 0 0
Janney & Associates 3 3 0
Union Bank & Trust 2 3 0
First National Bank 2 3 0
TN Holdem 1 4 0

16-Under
Friday, May 6
Xpress Lube 7, Speck Funeral Home 3
John M. Windle 9, Low Cost H&C 8
Civitan 9, KFC 5

Tuesday, May 10
Speck Funeral Home 4, Low Cost H&C 3
KFC 13, Xpress Lube 5
John M. Windle 9, Civitan 6

Thursday, May 12
KFC 17, Low Cost H&C 3
KFC 15, Xpress Lube 5
John M. Windle 10, Civitan 2

Standings
W L T

John Mark Windle 7 1 0
KFC 7 2 0
Civitan 4 4 0
Speck Funeral Home 2 5 0
Low Cost H&C 2 6 0
Xpress Lube 2 6 0



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LA Wildcats qualify for Class AA Sectional


Tina Savage photo
Livingston Academy Wildcats celebrate after defeating Chattanooga-Notre Dame 8-4 on Monday, May 16 to guarantee a spot in the Class AA Sectionals.


Tina Savage photo
LA Wildcats receiving District 8-AA honors are, from left, #9 Justin Savage – All-District, #12 Colby Reeder – Honorable Mention, #10 Jim Officer – All-District, and, not pictured, #7 Tyler Martin – Honorable Mention.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

If you would have asked many people a few weeks ago, they would have told you that Livingston Academy’s baseball team would be sitting at home preparing for graduation around this time; however, if you would have asked Coach Shane Qualls and his team, they would have argued with you about it. If you were in the first group, consider yourself to have lost the argument.

After losing to AA power DeKalb County on Monday, May 9, some would have considered the Wildcats lucky to just be in the District 8AA Tournament. They weren’t just happy with being there, and went about stringing together a series of wins that have led to them playing this week.

On Tuesday, May 10, the Cats took on Smith County, the number 2 seed in the tournament. Although the Owls had been victors over the Wildcats in their previous meetings, the Wildcat attack offensively proved to be too much in the showdown.

On the “Hill”, senior Hayden Hill picked up the win in the 12-8 victory over the Owls, while offensively, senior Justin Savage blasted two bombs out of the park while junior Colby Reeder supplied the winning margin with a grand slam.

The following day, the Cats were back in business playing for a berth in the 8AA championship game later that evening. To get there though, they would have to defeat another rival, the Upperman Bees. Once again, it would prove to be another solid effort for the Cats.

Livingston jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning as Tyler Martin scored from third on M.J. Lockhart’s sacrifice fly to left field. Upperman then tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. But Savage would allow nothing until late in the game.

Carson Bailey reached on an error at third, and then moved to second on Colby Reeder’s grounder to the mound. Savage lined a bomb down the left field line to send Bailey home, then courtesy runner Marshall Cannon advanced to third on a passed ball. Cannon scored on Martin’s grounder to second.

Livingston would add two more runs in the fifth. Reeder reached on an error at short, then moved to second on a Savage groundout to short, and Martin hit a single to center field, and then stole second to put runners at second and third. Hayden Hill put a single into left to score two runs.

When all was said and done, Livingston Academy was not only going to the 8AA Championship game, but would play in a region game.

“Offensively, we played really well, and defensively we played well too,” Coach Shane Qualls said of his team’s performance against the Bees.

Later in the evening though, the Cats fell to DeKalb again, but this time it would be much closer as the Cats led the Tigers in the battle of cats for much of the game. But in the seventh, the Wildcats relinquished their 4-run lead and would fall by a score of 6-5.

“Against DeKalb, we had some bad luck that was just out of our control,” Coach Qualls said. “But, we’re playing better team ball and the stuff that was hurting us early in the season isn’t now. Our bats are still there, and we are playing really good baseball.”

Livingston (11-16-1, 6-8) beat Notre Dame, the District 7AA champion, by a score of 8-4 on Monday night, May 16 and will play Wednesday, May 18 in the Region 4AA finals versus the winner of Chattanooga Christian and DeKalb County.

“I could not ask any more of the guys and they are really putting it out there and I could not be any prouder of them,” Coach Qualls said.

No matter what happens in the region championship game, the Wildcats will play in the Class AA Sectionals on Friday evening. If they win Wednesday, they will host, or a loss would once again put them on the road.



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Lady Cats’ season ends in district tourney


Josh Scott photo
Livingston Academy senior Katelyn Webb puts the bat on the ball in last week’s District 8-AA Tournament.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

It’s all about the post-season. If you don’t believe me, ask the 2005 Livingston Academy football team or the 2008-2009 Livingston Academy Lady Cats basketball team. Both went on runs that were nowhere near expected of them to their respective state championship games. For the 2011 edition of the Lady Cats softball team, the post-season is over.

After taking an opening loss in the district tournament against Upperman on May 6, the Lady Cats were put in a hole that even the best of the best number one seeds would have trouble getting out of. They had to return and win out to get back into the championship game over opponents like Cannon, Smith, and DeKalb counties.

On Monday, May 9, the Lady Cats opened with Cannon County, a team they had handily taken care of twice during the regular season. This time would be no different for the Lady Cats, as they took care of the Lionnettes by a score of 8-1.

Meriam Maynord tossed a gem in the circle throwing five innings, allowing a run on a mere 2 hits while striking out 2 batters. Senior Katelyn Webb came in to relieve Maynord in the sixth, and tossed two scoreless innings of her own.

Offensively, Morgan Johnson and Amber Mainord paced the Lady Cats with each having two hits. Johnson drove in two runs while Mainord stole three bases on the evening. Abby Miller, Courtney Smith, and Tiffany Waddell had a hit apiece while driving a run in as well.

The following night though, the Lady Cats had their backs against the wall early and never found a way to manage to fight out of that situation. Smith County, paced by their ace, controlled the Lady Cats’ bats, allowing 6 runs, mainly all in the infield or in front of them in the outfield.

Smith County put three quick runs on the board and would add to it in the seventh inning, while the Lady Cats inability to come up with timely hits led to their demise, and they fell out of the tournament by a score of 4-1.

Defensively, Lady Cats ace Meriam Maynord pitched well, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits in picking up the loss.

Waddell was one of the only bright spots offensively for the Lady Cats, going 2 for 3 with a run batted in. Ashley Boykin, Webb, Smith, and Johnson each had a hit as well.

Although it wasn’t how she had pictured seeing the season end, Coach Ashley Fisher understands what led to her team’s defeats.

“Throughout this whole tournament, we did not hit the ball well and we were not focused,” she said. “You have to come ready to play every game, especially tournament time.

“It really is all about the post-season.”

Another end means another group of seniors that will graduate Saturday. For Coach Fisher, her seniors were special.

“Overall, we had a good year by going 10-0 in the district during regular for the first time in over 10 years,” she said. “I truly believe that is because of the great group of girls I coach, especially our seniors – Mallory Mahaney, Katelyn Webb, and Samantha Maya. I could not ask for a better group of seniors.”

Now Fisher and the Lady Cats (16-9, 11-2) will look to once again build on the success next year. In two years at the helm, Fisher has led her team to their first regional appearance since the late 1990s, as well as their first district title in 10 years. This season, the Lady Cats showed improvement by beating DeKalb County for the first time since 2005 as well.

But if they can take anything away from it, the returning core of Miller, Smith, Maynord, Mainord, Johnson, Copeland, etc. will remember how easy it is to lose, and how much that it is about the post-season.



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Cheng Zeng plays into Regional
By Kaylee Masiongale,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy Tennis Team competed in the District 8A/AA Tennis Tournament last week.

In the team tournament held Monday, May 2 at Tennessee Tech University, the Livingston Academy boys earned a first-round bye. In the second round, the boys faced Cannon County with Cheng Zheng, Tyler Tollherst, Jordan Murphy, Dustin Pryor, and Ryan Hughes-Wilson representing LA. All played well, and all moved on to the third round of district play. They faced Friendship Christian and fell after a tough battle.

The LA girls competed against DeKalb County in the first round of district play. Katy Hummel, Rachael Allred, Hannah Hoover, Taylor Riley, Seneisa Savage, and Jennifer Hare were the representatives of the girls team. In another outstanding performance by the Wildcats Tennis Team, all of the Lady Cats advanced to the second round of the district tournament to play against Friendship Christian. After a well played tournament, LA was defeated.

The individual tournament was held Monday, May 9 at Tennessee Tech. LA boys in the first round of singles were Cheng Zheng, Tyler Tollherst, Jordan Murphy, Dustin Pryor, Tyler McCuller, and Ryan Hughes-Wilson. Of the group, Cheng Zheng won and moved on to the next level were he placed second, moving him into Region Tournament play in Chattanooga on Monday, May 16.

Livingston Academy girls in the individual tournament, were Heather Thomas, Jessica Shifkey, Jessica Sandlin, Rachael Allred, Hannah Hoover, and Katy Hummel, but LA had no one advancing to the next round.

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