It’s rare to find an opposing team’s colors on display before a game. Chiefland softball players joked it was to welcome visiting Bronson before the team’s senior night game on April 12. Despite the coincidence, it was worth the confusion.
Orange and blue balloons were tied to the fence along left field during the game. They celebrated two of the players in program history most worthy of celebrating.
Chiefland softball player Taylore Fuller is one of the select few athletes that will get to compete at the varsity level in college. A year from now she will be wearing Orange and Blue, playing for the University of Florida.
But in the finale of her high school school, she was as distraught as if it were her last game ever.
Fuller wasn’t alone in her tears. Even after the post-game talk with the coaching staff, few players, and some of their parents, could keep a dry face.
Cedar Key School may not have a softball team, a football team or a track within nine miles of the island. But it has something no other county track and field team can boast.
Cedar Key’s Brooke Allen was the only Levy County representative at the 2012 state track and field meet. While competeting at the championships, she left her mark in Jacksonville. Allen finished in 10th out of all high jumpers in the state. Her jump of 5’2” was only six inches away from first place.
And she’s only a sophomore.
The Suwanne Valley Rotary Club hosted the first-ever Tour de Melon on June 2, looking to start a new tradition as an annual kick off one of Chiefland’s oldest.
Beginning and ending a few blocks from the Watermelon Festival in downtown Chiefland. The Tour was created in part as a complement to the festival. It attracted participants from as far as Georgia and South Florida, many of whom stayed in Chiefland hotels and got an opportunity to experience the festival.
Over 150 riders and 40 volunteers helped put on the bike ride.
Neither team left with a victory in the Blue and Gold. It was still a win for Chiefland football.
Chiefland High School’s annual showcase scrimmage was unlike any other in recent memory. Head coach Aaron Richardson decided not to divide up the team in the traditional manner. Instead of pitting players as part of a full-time “Blue” or “Gold” team, players switched back and forth between teams, some after nearly every series. There was no clock or score for the game. This first-year coach said this system was meant to build team unity.
New Principal. New stadium. New coaches. New hope.
After a brutal 2011-2012 season for the Bronson Middle/High School sports teams, a new era is exactly what the Eagles need.
With losing records in football and basketball, new can only mean improvement.
No equipment is missing from the Bronson Youth League, according to organization representative Mike Hanna. An unidentified audience member from a Bronson Council meeting on April 16 said she saw items with the B.Y.L label at Play it Again Sports, a used sporting goods franchise. Hanna said he went to both the Gainesville and Ocala locations and didn’t find anything from the league.
An investigation by The Chiefland Citizen into the Gainesville location provided similar results.
The 2012 Chiefland High School baseball team faced a lot of challenges during their season. The most important turned out to be a two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh.
The Indians left the go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the seventh inning in their District 1A-7 semi-final game against Newberry. The loss ended a season that saw the Indians take a difficult beginning and turn it into an above-.500 record.
It may not have been the biggest senior class in Chiefland High School baseball history, but it, or he, went out with a bang in the team's final home game.
Travis Wain, the only senior on the roster, earned the win by pitching four innings in Chiefland's 5-2 win against Seven Rivers Christian School on April 17. It wasn't the Indian's smoothest victory but it continued the home team's winning ways. Chiefland has won eight of its last nine games.
Behind a furious second-quarter run, the Cheifland High School boys basketball team ran away from Wildwood 54-42 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated.
The Indian’s win in the regional semi-finals advances the team to the regional finals at Union County on Feb. 25. Two of Chiefland’s three losses this season have come to the Tigers.
“This is the one chance we get to give them a run for their money,” said Chiefland’s Josh Smith.