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CAAA hoops alive and well

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By Claude Lewis

The Chiefland Area Athletic Association will have a winter basketball season, after all.

Signups were initially slow, and it looked like there might not be any ball, but a very successful registration session on Saturday gave the CAAA satisfactory numbers.

"We sent out flyers to the schools and really got a good response,"said CAAA president Wayne Weatherford. "We have 75 kids now. It will be a small league, but we have enough."

The ages for those registered range from 5 to 14.

Weatherford said he'll be having an organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the CAAA Complex at Strickland Park. He said he would take late signees.

Chiefland High boys basketball coach Mark Lundy will also be involved in the league. He knows how important it is having the young kids of Chiefland playing organized ball.

Teams will be drawn up and practices may begin by next week.

Games will be played on Saturdays and perhaps a weeknight or two.

"We won't play late," Weatherford added.

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The Newberry High football team learned in shocking fashion what Pahokee football is all about.

How about 53-14? Ouch.

Standout running back Antwan Ivey was banged up, but even a healthy Ivey would only make the score a bit more respectable.

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The Chiefland High girls basketball team has been struggling so far this season. There is just one win in seven games.

The Lady Indians have also been playing short. Junior guard Renaisha Bowers has missed several games, but is hoping to return to the lineup soon. Sophomore center Charissa Morris went down with an injury last week.

Coach Emily Gore may pull up a couple of players from the junior varsity.

The Lady Indians played Trenton at home Tuesday and are at The Rock in Gainesville Thursday night.

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Gator fans are ecstatic about Tim Tebow being voted the Heisman Trophy winner.

Tebow is super. So is Darren McFadden.

The guy who was really slighted, however, was Central Florida running back Kevin Smith.

The junior didn't even get an invite to New York as one of the "Final Four."br>

Yet, his statistics are staggering. He has rushed for 2,448 yards and has scored 30 TDs.

The only DI back to ever put up better numbers in a season was Barry Sanders.

Smith, a bruising 6-1, 210-pounder out of Miami Southridge High, can be seen in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 29 as the Golden Knights take on Mississippi State.

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The Patriots had little trouble disposing of the Steelers on Sunday.

At one point of the game, the Patriots passed the ball 15 straight plays.

If David Garrard was watching, hope he was taking notes. The Jags should not be pass-shy against the Steelers this coming Sunday.

By the way, if I was playing the Patriots, I would only rush three and dare New England to beat me by the run.

With receivers like Moss, Stallworth, Gaffney and Welker, you gotta worry more about pass coverage than Maroney.