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  • 3's a charm

    It’s tough to beat a team three times in a season, as the cliche goes.

    And when it comes to rivalries and end-of-season tournaments, you can throw the records out the window, as a couple more cliches go.

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team came out on the winning end of their pair of meetings with Bronson in the regular season, but it was Monday’s matchup in Cross City, which marked the opening of the District 1A-7 tournament, that mattered most.

    In the early going, it looked like it might be the Eagles’ night, as junior Cole Langston threw down back-to-back wide-open dunks and sophomore Blake Homan sank a 3-pointer from half-court at the first-quarter buzzer.

    But Chiefland chopped a 10-point deficit down to 3 just before the half, and junior Payne Parnell kept taking – and making – shots for CMHS, eventually draining the final go-ahead 3 with a minute to play, helping lift the Indians to a 50-45 win.

    The Indians face top-seeded Bell in the semifinals Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Dixie County High School.

  • Lynching in Memphis: Part I

    The first paragraph of a story in the March 10, 1892, edition of the Memphis Appeal-Avalanche stated that not since the race riot of 1866 has the community been in such a fever of excitement as it was yesterday.

    The story described the lynching of three black men: Tom Moss, the owner of People’s Grocery and two clerks, Calvin McDowell and Will Stewart. The store was located in a mixed-race neighborhood known as the Curve. A white grocer named William Barrett was apparently losing business to the nearby People’s Grocery. One narrative tells of rumors and trumped up charges sending a large group of armed white men into the store. Gunshots were traded and several white men were injured. An accounting of events by Damon Mitchell stated a racially charged mob grew out of a fight between a black and a white youth near People’s Grocery.

    A story dated March 10, 1892, in the New York Times stated, “today showed a decided reaction from the excitement into which the city was thrown yesterday by the lynching of the three negro rioters Tom Moss, Will Stewart and Calvin McDowell …”

  • Chiefland opens against Bronson in boys’ hoops tournament

    An intra-county rivalry tips off the District 1A-7 boys’ basketball tournament in Cross City Monday, Feb. 12, as fifth-seeded Chiefland squares off against No. 4 seed Bronson tat 6 p.m. at Dixie County High School.

    The pair of schools finished tied with Cedar Key with four district wins apiece, but Bronson won the tiebreaker on the account of its win over No. 3 seed Trenton. CKS is the No. 6 seed and faces third-seeded Trenton Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.

    Chiefland won both meetings with Bronson during the regular season, edging out the Eagles on the road in 70-68 comeback win Jan. 11, before prevailing 63-58 in the rematch in Chiefland. In the latter game, the Indians pulled ahead by 23 points in the third quarter, with five CMHS scorers contributing at least seven points apiece. Quay Brodus and Jarrett Jerrels led the bunch with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

    Big fourth quarters by Bronson duo Cole Langston and Tra Francis helped narrow the Eagle deficit.

  • Springs science and advocacy

    By Bob Knight

    The Florida Springs Institute commends the efforts of the dozens of University of Florida research faculty and students who just completed a three-year study of Silver Springs and the Silver River. Tens of thousands of hours were spent on and under the cold spring water collecting information, and on computers analyzing the data and writing the 1,085-page final study report. After three years and roughly $3 million in state funding, UF has once again concluded that Silver Springs is experiencing excessive flow reductions and nitrate pollution.

  • Ask yourself every day: Am I a friend?

    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt felt that the future peace of the world would depend upon relations between the United States and Russia and devoted much thought to the planning of a United Nations, in which, he hoped, international difficulties could be settled, according to White House.gov

    As the war drew to a close, Roosevelt’s health deteriorated, he died April 12, 1945, while at Warm Springs, Georgia, he died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

    When President Roosevelt delivered his historic fourth and final state of the union address Jan. 20, 1945, in a United States that was much more homogeneous than it is now. The 1940 census showed the U.S. population was 132.2 million; 89.8 percent were white and 9.8 percent were minorities. So, when he delivered his final address, he was speaking almost exclusively to white people.

    He said, “Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. Vice president, my friends, you will understand and, I believe, agree with my wish that the form of this inauguration be simple and its words brief.

  • Lady Indians' improvements evident in convincing district tourney win

    One way to measure the improvement made this season by the Chiefland girls’ basketball team is to check its results over time against the same opponents.

    The Lady Indians, who earned the third seed in the district tournament with an 8-4 mark in league play, met Cedar Key for the third time this season in the 1A-7 quarterfinals Monday, Feb. 5.

    In their first meeting, Chiefland escaped with a single-digit victory. For the rematch, Chiefland picked up a 12-point win, extending its advantage on the Lady Sharks thanks to a second-half push.

    Monday’s meeting was a different story, however, as the game completely belonged to CMHS from start to finish, with the Lady Indians prevailing 40-18 to advance to the district semifinals.

    Chiefland faces No. 2 seed Branford, which defeated No. 7 Bell, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Trenton. The winner earns a berth to the playoffs and meets the winner between top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Trenton and Bronson.

    The Lady Indians lost their two regular meetings with Branford by at double-digit margins, but defeated the Buccaneers 49-44 in Cedar Key’s holiday tournament.

  • Chiefland keeps steady against rising area power

    Chiefland faithful would have been forgiven for carrying low expectations into the Indians home finale against Crystal River.

    The Pirates, a Class 6A program that’s been on the rise over the last four years, cruised into town with one of its better squads in school history to face a sophomore-laden Indians squad.

    The overall result went as expected, with CRHS prevailing 75-53.

    But Chiefland, which already trailed by as much as 19 points in the second quarter, reined in their deficit in the second half, avoiding getting overwhelmed in the mismatch. The Indians stayed to within 15 points for much of the fourth quarter.

    Chiefland appeared to gain confidence in the paint against the much bigger squad as the game wore on, competing for more put-backs and points around the rim. CRHS took advantage of some breakaway scores in the early minutes.

    The squad got a boost from junior Kirk Williams, who, with nine points, was his most active in a game since returning from an ankle injury. L.J. Jenkins also provided a lift after being limited with an injury.

  • Lady Eagles notch comeback win in district tourney opener

    It didn’t exactly go as Rod Thomas planned it, but the head coach and his Bronson girls’ basketball squad got the result they were looking for: survive and advance.

    The Lady Eagles overcame an eight-point second-half deficit to prevail 35-31 against Dixie County in the District 1A-7 quarterfinals in Trenton Monday, Feb. 5.

    Bronson advances to face No. 1 seed and No. 2-ranked Trenton Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals.

    The Lady Eagles, who are having to make do without their injured No. 2 guard, Neomi Thomas, went 14 minutes without a field, starting from midway through the first quarter.

    But Thomas’ sister, junior point guard Yelena Thomas, did plenty of heavy lifting in scoring a game-high 25 points, helping Bronson escape the drought as she posted 17 points in the second half alone.

    A put-back by Brandi Strong in the third snapped that field goal drought for BMHS, setting the stage for a back-and-forth battle to the finish.

    Yelena Thomas then put together a string of baskets, including a floater in the lane, to knot the game at 20-20 late in the third.

  • Girls’ hoops tourney tips off Feb. 5 in Trenton

    The Chiefland girls (12-8) are the No. 3 seed in next week's District 1A-7 tournament in Trenton. They face Cedar Key Monday, Feb. 5, at 6. The Lady Indians defeated the Lady Sharks twice in the regular season, 39-31 and 55-43. The winner plays Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. versus No. 2 seed Branford or No. 7-seeded Bell. Bronson kicks off the tournament at 4:30 Monday against Dixie County. The championship game will be held Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

    District 1A-7 Girls’ Basketball Tournament in Trenton
    Monday, Feb. 5
    Game 1: No. 5 Dixie County Bears vs. No. 4 Bronson Eagles, 4:30 p.m.
    Game 2: No. 6 Cedar Key Sharks vs. No. 3 Chiefland Indians, 6 p.m.
    Game 3: No. 7 Bell Bulldogs vs. No. 2 Branford Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m.
    Thursday, Feb. 8
    Game 4: winner of Game 2 vs. winner of Game 3, 6 p.m.
    Game 5: No. 1 Trenton Tigers vs. winner of Game 1, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, Feb. 9
    Championship game: winner of Game 4 vs. winner of Game 5, 7:30 p.m.
     

  • Lady Indians clip county foes

    It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Chiefland girls’ basketball team.

    The Lady Indians were tasked with adjusting to a world without do-it-all standout Takiya London, who helped lead the squad to four-straight playoff berths and a final four, while acclimating an inexperienced group of younger players under a new head coach in Buddy Vickers.

    While the program certainly is building for times ahead – Vickers likes to call it a five-year plan – the team hasn’t let this season become a forgettable sacrifice for the future, as Chiefland, with a pair of recent wins over county rivals Bronson and Williston, has guaranteed itself a winning season and heads into the district tournament as a No. 3 seed.

    On senior night Jan. 23, the Lady Indians cruised to a 52-22 win over Bronson, before knocking off the Lady Red Devils 50-35 on the road Jan. 29.