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Wildcats News · Where Are the Toughest Places to Play? Nominate Now:


We here at VNN are doing a feature for our national media site highlighting the toughest places to play in all of high school sports and we want to hear from YOU what Stadium/Field/Gym/Course/Venue is the toughest to play and why?

Be on the lookout for the final feature coming soon on VNNsports.net!

 

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Wildcats News · Eight Great Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs – Presented by VNN


New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.

Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:

Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)

$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.

Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)

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Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.

Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)

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Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.

Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)

Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.

3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)

In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.

Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)

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To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!

Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)

Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).

Local Restaurant EventsErie (CO), Lowell (MI), Westonka (MN)

If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.

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Wildcats News · How much do you know about staying hydrated? Presented by VNN


Staying hydrated is important to your health, and is one of the best ways to ensure that you are playing your best. Unfortunately, many athletes overlook just how important water is in maintaining top-level performance.

Think you know everything there is to know about proper hydration? Take the quiz below sourced from Active.com’s 15 Hydration Facts for Athletes and find out:

 

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Wildcats News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN


lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Wildcats News · Which region’s high schools had the strongest NFL Draft? – Presented by VNN


The NFL Draft took place last week in Philadelphia. Held on the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it was the first draft held entirely outdoors, and was the most attended in history with more than 250,000 people attending. Over three days, all 32 NFL teams chose players who they hope could be the future of their franchise.

In the next few pages, check out all the players drafted by their hometown high school, and vote for the region you think has grown the strongest draft class!

Voting closes on Sunday, May 14th at 3pm EST / 12pm PST.

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Wildcats News · Best of the Best: Tennessee’s Top Sports Story – Presented by VNN


April’s top story from across Tennessee comes from Bartlett High School in Bartlett, who have multiple alumni chasing big-league baseball dreams.

Former Panthers Chasing Big League Dreams

Originally posted on wearebartlett.com

Bartlett City Schools have a lot to be proud of these days in academics as well as athletics and much of it is owed in no small part to those Panthers who came before and added to the rich tapestry of excellence at Bartlett High School.

As baseball season ramps up for the the Panthers, Bartlett High School and Bartlett Panthers Baseball would like to honor three former Panthers who are pursuing their dreams in their professional baseball careers.

Daniel Wright (left) currently plays in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization…

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Wildcats End Season on High Note With Dominant Performance on Senior Night


Friday, October 28, 2016

6:30 PM

Sequoyah High School
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19
Livingston Academy
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Game Recap

The Wildcats leading passer was Will McDonald with 252 yards and 5 (!) TDs. The receiving corps was paced by Jake Craig with 155 yards and 3 TDs, Wesley Smith with 55 yards and 2 TDs, and Brody Johnson with 44 yards and a TD. Brody also threw a 45 yard TD on a trick play. The ground game was led by Dylan Cantrell with 51 yards. The defense was led by Brody Johnson with 8 tackles, Jake Craig with 6, Jake Oliver with 6, and Pierson Coleman with 4. Chance Spears also added three interceptions, with Austin Garrett having another. Jarrid Bell, Will Sims, Dustin Parrish, and Brody Johnson also all recovered fumbles.

Box Scores

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4
Sequoyah
6
13
Livingston Academy
7
24
7
7

Game Summary

1Q

The Wildcats’ Senior Night got off to a bang on the first possession when Sequoyah’s Josh Stakely fumbled the ball on the first play from scrimmage, setting Livingston up with great field position. With the ball at Sequoyah’s 41, QB Will McDonald and Co. wasted no time, scoring on a 27 yard TD catch by WR Wesley Smith. The quarter would end with Sequoyah driving into Livingston territory down 7-0.

2Q

On a 4th and 5 from the Livingston 12 yard line, Sequoyah answered back with a 12 yard catch and run by Josh Stakely. However, the PAT attempt was no giood, giving Livingston a 6-7 lead. The Wildcats answered right back on the next drive, scoring on a 16 yard TD pass from McDonald to Wesley Smith. On the Wildcats next possession, TE Jake Craig caught his first TD of the year on a 5 yard strike from McDonald. Later in the quarter, facing 4th and 9 in Sequoyah territory, Coach Bruce Lamb called on kicker Lucas Walker to attempt a 38 yard field goal. Walker converted, making the score 24-6 LA. On Sequoyah’s next drive, QB John-Douglas Wiggins was picked off by Chance Spears, giving Livingston another opportunity to score. The did so on a trick lateral to Brody Johnson, who then fired downfield to a wide open Jake Craig for the TD. It was a 45 yard TD, Jake’s second of the night and season. This gave Livingston a 31-6 halftime lead.

3Q

The Wildcats opened the second half scoring with a 14 yard Brody Johnson catch and run TD. The Wildcats then cruised to the 4th quarter with a 38-6 lead.

4Q

Sequoyah finally broke the streak of unanswered Livingston points with a 11 yard TD catch by Nic Kirkland, trimming the lead to 12-38. The next points were scored by TE Jake Craig on a 50 yard TD, his third of the night and season. On the next Sequoyah possession, QB Wiggins threw his third interception of the game to Senior DB Austin Garrett, his first career pick. Sequoyah scored the final points of the game on a 37 yard catch by Nic Kirkland, giving us a final score of 45-19.  The Wildctas finish the season with a final record of 2-8 (2-4 in region play). A season full of ups and downs, it ended on a high note with a dominant performance at home on Senior Night. On behalf of the Livingston Academy Football Program, thank you for your continued support, and, as always, GO HOGEYE!


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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Livingston Academy loses Homecoming Heart Breaker to Hixson, 28-27


Friday, October 21, 2016

6:30 PM

Hixson High School
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Livingston Academy
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Game Recap

PASSING: WILL MCDONALD – 163 yards, 2 TDs
RUSHING: MITCHELL AYERS – 211 tards, 3 TDs, 5.15 YPC
DYLAN CANTRELL – 15 yards
WILL MCDONALD – 12 yards
RECEIVING: WESLEY SMITH – 4 rec, 85 yards, 1 TD
JAKE CRAIG – 2 rec, 37 yards
MITCHELL AYERS – 3 rec, 23 yards
DUSTIN PARRISH – 2 rec, 18 yards
DEFENSE: JAKE CRAIG – 7 tackles
BRODY JOHNSON – 6 tackles
PIERSON COLEMAN – 4 tackles
JAKE OLIVER – 3 tackles
COLE SMITH – 3 tackles

Box Scores

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Hixson
7
21
Livingston Academy
7
20

Game Summary

1Q

Hixson got the ball first and promptly drove 64 yards down the field to score on a 1 yard QB sneak by LaDaquis Word. The rest of the quarter was quiet, as both defenses forced punts.

2Q

The 2nd quarter opened with the Wildcats facing a 4th and 2 from their own 37 yard line. Electing to go for it, Freshman QB Will McDonald came up a yard short on his QB sneak. Aided by great field position, it only took Hixson one play to score. The 38 yard TD scamper by Hixson Full Back Myles Ratliff put Hixson up 14-0. The first play of Livingston’s next drive did not go as planned. QB Will McDonald overthrew his intended target and was picked off by Hixson’s Austin Slifko. With great field position yet again, it only took Hixson three plays to score. The 1 yard TD run by Myles Ratliff gave Hixson a 21-0 lead. The Wildcats responded with a long touchdown drive, capped off by a 36 yard TD strike to freshman WR Wesley Smith. This trimmed the Wildcats’ deficit to 21-7. However, before the half ended, Hixson scored again on a 9 yard TD run by QB LaDaquis Word set up by a kickoff return to the Wildcats’ 9 by Jumane Johnson. This made the halftime score 28-7.

3Q

The third quarter was a defensive battle, with no scoring.

4Q

The 4th quarter started with a bang after Pierson Coleman stripped Hixson receiver Tre Warthon after a long catch. Will Sims recovered, giving Livingston life. They then drove down the field scoring on a Mitchell Ayers 4 yard run, trimming the deficit even further. After the TD, Lucas Walker attempted an onside kick that was recovered by Freshman Dustin Parrish. This drive was capped off by a Mitchell Ayers 10 yard TD run. After giving the ball back to Hixson, Livingston got the ball back after Hixson fumbled and Mitchell Ayers recovered. After driving down the field, the Wildcats scored again on a Mitchell Ayers 3 yard TD run. Electing to go for two and the lead, Coach Bruce Lamb put the ball in his workhorse running back’s hands. However, Ayers was stopped short, leaving Livingston down 1 at 27-28 with 42 seconds to go. Attempting his second onside kick of the night, Lucas Walker knocked the ball to the 45 where Brody Johnson wrestled it away from a Hixson defender, giving Livingston life. Needing only a field goal to take the lead, the Wildcats’ valiant rally fell short when McDonald’s pass to Brody Johnson fell incomplete on fourth down at the 34 yard line. Hixson went on to win 28-27.  The Wildcats will finish up the regular season at home next Friday against Sequoyah.


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Friday, October 14, 2016

7:00 PM

Cumberland County High School
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Livingston Academy
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Game Recap

The Wildcats had several players have season high offensive performances. The Wildcats’ passing attack was led by Will McDonald with a 210 yard performance with 2 TDs. McDonald also added 18 rushing yards. The Wildcats’ leading rusher was Mitchell Ayers with 155 yards. Senior Logan Watson also added 49 yards and a rushing TD. The receiving corps was led by Freshman Wesley Smith with 58 yards. Aubrey Hollars added 43 yards and two TDs. Freshman Dustin Parrish added 35 yards, with Will Sims and Mitchell Ayers adding 25 and 27 yards respectively. The defense was led by Jake Craig with 6 tackles. Logan Watson, Jake Oliver, and Pierson Coleman all added 5 tackles. This is the Wildcats’ first shutout since a 2014 61-0 win over Cannon County.  The Wildcats will look to add to this momentum next week during homecoming against Hixson.

Box Scores

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Cumberland County
Livingston Academy
7
10
6

Game Summary

1Q

The Wildcats opened the scoring in the firs quarter when Freshman QB Will McDonald hit Aubrey Hollars for the 22 yard TD. This came immediately after a 26 yard fake punt run by Mitchell Ayers. This put Livingston up 7-0.

2Q

The second score of the games was set up by a fumble recovery at the Cumberland County 21 yard line by Mitchell Ayers. Will McDonald promptly hit Aubrey Hollars for the 21 yard TD grab, his second of the game. At the end of the half, Freshman kicker Tee Beaty nailed a 26 yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 17-0 halftime lead.

3Q

The third quarter was highlighted by a short fight while Cumberland County had the football. This resulted in a Cumberland County player being ejected and approximately 5 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. This scuffle ended up costing the Jets 15 yards. There was no scoring in this quarter.

4Q

The game was iced with a 5 yard TD run by senior RB Logan Watson, giving LA a 23-0 lead as the PAT was missed.