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  • Lady Indians bolt to track victories

    The Chiefland girls’ track and field squad secured first place in nine events to beat out four schools at its second meet of the season.

    Chiefland edged out Suwannee 121-107 in points, and handily defeated Trenton, Jefferson County and Williston at the Feb. 27 home meet.

    The girls finished second to Bell in their opener and later beat Branford in a dual meet on March 1.

    Courtney Hayes and Lauren Jones each picked up a pair of individual first-place finishes as well as a top relay finish for CMHS at the Feb. 27 meet.

    Hayes took first in the high jump at 4 feet, 6 inches, and won the 200 meter with a time of 27.44 seconds. She also teamed with Chamirra McQueen, Raven Shepherd and Sierra Norris to win the 4x100 meter relay at 53.89 seconds.

    Jones topped her field in both the 1 mile (5 minutes, 47.19 seconds) and 2 mile (12:48.07) runs, and picked up another win in 4x800 relay with Aubrey Hudson, Banner Hodge and Jaycie Anderson, who combined for a time of 10:58.

    Norris added another CMHS win in the long jump (13 feet, 8 inches).

  • Trio-led Lady Indians to clash with Lady Tigers

    The Chiefland softball team has been far from perfect to start the season, just ask first-year head coach Jimmy Anderson.

    But its record heading into the March 6 meeting was flawless, at least, and the team’s three returning starters – ace pitcher Kensley Durrance, shortstop Erika Gilliam and first-base slugger Macie Thomas – have been the most consistent factor behind the success.

    During their latest stretch, the Lady Indians completed a season sweep of Class 8A Buchholz with a 6-1 win March 5 in Gainesville; came from behind at Class 5A North Marion March 2 to defeat the Lady Colts 10-7; and got past district foe Branford 4-1 on March 1.

    The March 5 win improved the team’s mark to 9-0 overall; the Lady Indians are 3-0 in District 1A-7 play.

    Meanwhile, Trenton cruised past its first pair of district opponents and boasted a 6-1 record heading into its March 6 meeting with Bronson. The Lady Tigers’ only blemish was a 4-2 loss at Class 5A Keystone Heights, whose only defeat was a 3-2 loss to reigning state champion Union County in its season opener.

  • Citrus County teacher removed from classroom for racist podcast

    By Carly Zervis, Citrus County Chronicle

    A Citrus County middle school teacher removed from the classroom after being outed as the host of a racially charged podcast has no record of suspensions or other disciplinary action by the Citrus County School District, an examination of her personnel file revealed Monday.

    Dayanna Volitich, originally from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, and in her second year as a teacher in the district, was hired in August 2016 as a middle school social studies teacher, the position she continued to occupy at the time of her removal.

    According to a resume included with her employment application, Volitich earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Ohio State University in May 2014 and was pursuing a master’s degree in educational studies at Johns Hopkins University when she applied for a Citrus County teaching position in June 2016. The Chronicle was unable to confirm Monday whether she obtained the degree.

  • Indian bats frosty in season opener at WMHS

    With just one available preseason game and multiple starters just returning from basketball, the Chiefland baseball team didn’t have the luxury of easing into the season.

    Instead, the Indians were on the road against rival Williston for their opener, facing a strong Red Devil pitching rotation and a lineup with nine seniors.

    After that, CMHS celebrated its home opener Feb. 27 with a meeting against reigning state champion Trenton, which was played after the press deadline.

    Chiefland’s pitching, anchored by a strong relief outing by Jaron Feagle, and its defense helped the club hang around with Williston even when the bats weren’t popping. But the Red Devils, behind five no-hit innings by Levi Pickel and a two-run insurance rally in the third, prevailed 3-1.

  • CMHS boys, girls place 2nd in track opener

    The Chiefland boys’ and girls’ track and field teams each placed second in their five-school meets Feb. 22 at C. Doyle McCall Field.

    The meet also include Bronson, Cedar Key, Bell and Trenton. The Lady Eagles placed third.

    The CMHS boys picked up relay wins in the 4x110 yard, with the team of Jalen Rutledge, Lane Studstill, Fry Raymer and Tramaine Brown, at 46.75 second, and in the 4x440, with Brown, Paul Davis, Hector Barajas and Jahvel Blair combining for a winning time of 4 minutes, 3 seconds.

    Chiefland senior Lane Studstill picked up a second place in the 100-meter dash at 11.16 seconds. L.J. Jenkins took second for CMHS in the high hurdles (19.21 seconds) and 440-yard dash (57.50 seconds), and placed third in the 330-yard hurdles.

    Chiefland’s Jonathan Cannon was a fraction of a second off pace of a first-place finish in the 880-yard run, as he notched second at 2:39.86.

    Luke Stockman collected a pair of second-place finishes for Chiefland, both in the 1-mile run (5:29) and the 2-mile run (12:17). Brown took third in the long jump; Raymer was third in the 220-yard dash for the Indians.

  • Lady Indians remain undefeated

    The Chiefland softball team has met every challenge thrown its way in the young season, as its improved to 6-0 Feb. 26 in a 16-5 win against Taylor County with a pair of eight-run rallies.

    In the prior week, the Lady Indians went 2-0 on the road against Levy County opponents, knocking off Williston 8-4 and Bronson 6-2. In between those games, Chiefland posted a 6-0 win over Class 8A Gainesville-Buchholz Feb. 22.

    The Lady Bobcats from Gainesville presented a new wrinkle for the club – left-handed pitching.

    But five different Lady Indians – Tristen Drummond (2 for 4), Macie Thomas, Gabriel Stancil and catcher Karlie Meeks – each doubled for CMHS.

  • Let students march

    This isn’t about taking away guns or repealing the Second Amendment to the Constitution, but there are far too many mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, extended family members, neighbors, friends, co-workers, fishing buddies, church members and teammates who are hurting from the loss of those people.

    People question whether or not the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland should be granting interviews and marching in Tallahassee or later this month in Washington, D.C.

    Verbalizing trauma is cathartic for them and maybe, just maybe, they will force an open, honest and painful debate the nation needs to have. I would feel better about them protesting if the George Clooney, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg families and Oprah Winfrey hadn’t donated $500,000 to the March for Life movement.

  • Lady Indians start strong under retooled lineup

    “Are you impressed?”

    Senior shortstop Erika Gilliam asked the question after her Chiefland softball team improved to 2-0 with a 10-0 win over Mayo-Lafayette.

    For a program that’s coming off four state finals appearances and three state titles in four years, it wouldn’t normally be a noteworthy start. But the Lady Indians boast six new starters this season, and that’s not including Gilliam switching positions from third base.

    Regardless, Chiefland impressed in all phases in their season-opening 8-3 win over Dixie County Feb. 13 and the subsequent victory against the Lady Hornets Feb. 15.

    Gilliam paced the CMHS offense in the latter win, going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. Fellow returning starter Macie Thomas, a junior first baseman, ignited the club with a solo home run in the first inning.

    The club went on to rally for seven runs in the third inning and collect 14 hits for the game.

  • On top of her game

    Takiya London is having a better freshman college season than her senior season at Chiefland Middle High School.

    Not that there was anything particularly wrong with the latter. London, a shortstop, batted .411 with three home runs to help lead the Lady Indians to their fourth straight state finals appearance.

    But the former Chiefland volleyball and basketball standout has a renewed focus at College of Central Florida, where she has transitioned comfortably to the competition under the tutelage of Kevin Fagan.

    Her power was on full display during a home doubleheader against St. Petersburg College Feb. 15, when she went 5 for 7 and belted her third home run of the season in the Lady Patriots’ two-game sweep. She laced another pitch over the fence that hugged the third-base line but was called foul.

    “I thought it was fair,” she said.” It’s where it passes the pole, not where it lands.”

    London is batting .422 with four home runs. She’s also been stout in the field, turning three double plays one recent weekend.

  • STARS Gala celebrates education supporters

    The theme of the 2018 Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Gala Feb. 17 was “planting seeds of knowledge that grow forever.”

    It was a chance for the event’s speakers and guests to reflect on how the Levy school system has shaped their lives long past their time as young pupils.

    The annual Superintendent’s Gala is one of two major fundraisers for the non-profit organization, which helps supplements education in the county by directing funding from donors to scholarships and classroom tools and other means.

    The evening opened with Superintendent Jeff Edison asking for a moment of silent prayer for those in Broward County who were affected by the recent school shooting, adding that those who enter the field of education become a part of one big family.

    The remainder of the night went off with a light touch, thanks in part to the brevity and humor of the speakers. Senior Judge Joseph E. Smith delivered the keynote address, and Pastor Danny Heath, of First Baptist Church of Ocala, a Class of 1997 Bronson High School alumnus, was the alumni speaker and performed a song.