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Softball, baseball practice begins

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By Claude Lewis

The way the weather's been, you're ready to go ice fishing one week and swimming the next.

The new year means one thing to high school softball and baseball coaches across Florida – time to get out the gloves, bats and balls and start practicing.

Chiefland High softball took to the field for the first time Wednesday. Veteran coach Wayne Weatherford was lucky to have some nice weather for his girls to work out in.

Chiefland High Baseball tryouts will start at 3 p.m. this coming Monday. Anyone wishing to come out for the team should first get paperwork at the front office.

Coach Kyle Parnell was out working on the field this past Monday.

"It always looks rough this time of year,"he said. "We're putting out some rye seed and sprinklers so it will look green. We got our clay in."

Chiefland baseball will host preseason games in early February with Bronson and Trenton coming to town.

CHS softball won't be playing in a preseason tournament this year.

Chiefland Area Athletic Association basketball is kicking into midseason form.

All 85 some kids have uniforms. Anyone wishing to help out should call Wayne Weatherford at 493-0657.

Games are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Chiefland High gym. The public is invited to attend. Food and drink will be available.

5-6 year olds play from 9-10 a.m. 7-8 year olds play from 10-11 a.m. 9-10 year olds play from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 11 and up are from 1-3 p.m.

A team from Gainesville will be coming over to play the 9-10 year olds.

The season will run through Feb. 2. There will be closing ceremonies and trophies following the final week?s games.

CAAA baseball signups will be at the end of January.

This is the time of year the NFL gets interesting, but this past Sunday I was wishing it were still regular season.

Especially during the Titans at Chargers game, when I wanted to hit the remote and find another game.

One needs No-Doz when watching the Titans offense perform.

The best game of course, was the Jaguars and Steelers. It shouldn't have been that close, but the Jags got 'er done and now head to New England.

Here's to hoping the week off will hurt the Patriots.

Here's to a snow or ice storm Saturday night in Foxborough.

The Jags need to pound the ball and take the big yards upstairs when the Patriot D sneaks up to stop the run.

The Jags defense better be ready to play its best game of the season. Hopefully, coordinator Mike Smith will have something up his sleeve.