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Sports Column

  • Let the Good Times Roll

  • A Noble Finish

    Florida High School sports can be cruel. The FHSAA has decided only eight teams, the state champion from each classification, can finish the season with a win in their respective sport.  
    It’s a subtle reality that for most teams, most seasons are going to end in the worst possible result.
    Facing that reality, it never seemed to deter the teams at CHS.
    On a regular basis I got to cover the boy’s basketball, girls basketball, baseball and softball teams. All four came in with very different expectations.

  • Three keys from the Chiefland Spring Game

    The 2012 Blue and Gold game may have been the most interesting scoreless event I’ve ever seen.  Head coach Aaron Richardson’s choice to make it a glorified practice with jerseys on may have been less dramatic than years past, but it still showed off a lot about the current state of the Chiefland High School football program.
    - The backfield has talent (and a lot of it):

  • Taylore's Turn

  • Red Devils: public school champs

    The Williston High School baseball team lost its regional championship game Friday night.  It was still the best public school in its classification. 

  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    I have fiercely defended October as the best month in sports for a long time. The World Series. Pivotal mid-season football games in high school and college. The NFL gets into full swing. Huge chase races in NASCAR. The NBA and NHL seasons begin.

    But this April is beginning to change my mind.

  • Baseball Seeing Growth Already

              The 2012 Chiefland Indians baseball team knew that overcoming the loss of seven seniors, and seven of the team’s best players, was not going to be easy. That left them this season with a team that, for the exception of one senior and a few juniors, looked on paper like a JV team. 

    Recently, it hasn’t played anything like junor varisity. 

  • Find Somebody Tough

    Spirits were high at the Chiefland High School auditorium on Feb. 2. They were supposed to be. A search that captivated the town finally came to a close. The wait was over and Chiefland welcomed a great man for the job.

    But it was the second half of the introductory conference that was the most important.

    After Aron Richardson spoke and fielded questions, CHS principal Bill Tovine took the stage. 

  • Cappy's (FINAL) Corner: Adios Amigos

    My days are numbered at the Chiefland Citizen. Monday will be my last at the paper as I’ve accepted a job to become the editor of Gator Country Magazine and GatorCountry.com. It’s what is best for my family and career as I try to grow in the Florida media world after moving here from Arkansas a year ago.

    Chiefland, and Levy County, will always be special to me. It’s a special place with special people with a few, at times, that were a special kind of crazy.

  • Cappy's Corner: Who cares about sports?

    “They wouldn’t complain if they didn’t care.” That was the response of my first editor when a reader questioned my opinion in a column. That was in Miami, the one in Oklahoma, not in Florida. Where the last syllable of the town’s name is a “muh,” not a “mee.”