http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sports/rss.xml en Lady Indian netters boast promising talent, team chemistry http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/lady-indian-netters-boast-promising-talent-team-chemistry <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5109.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> At first glance, it looks like it should be a rebuilding year for the Chiefland varsity volleyball squad.</p> <p> The team lost six seniors to graduation, including leading hitter Takiya London and setter Lauren Parker, as well as underclassman Madison Baynard, an outgoing transfer who led the team in service aces last season.</p> <p> But the returning players back this year look improved on the court, and they&rsquo;re embracing their new roles as team leaders.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not quite as talented, but it&rsquo;s a really, really good group,&rdquo; CMHS coach Debra Weeks said at practice Monday. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got a couple of the kids that are already stepping up. Our seniors want to be the ones that lead the team.&rdquo;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s also evident this is an upbeat and close-knit group that is brimming with team camaraderie, eager to prove it can maintain the recent success of the program, which includes three straight state playoff berths and a state final four appearance.</p> Activity fees to help fund athletic trainers on Levy campuses http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/activity-fees-help-fund-athletic-trainers-levy-campuses <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4778.jpg" alt="Matt McLelland, SBLC director of administration" title="Matt McLelland, SBLC director of administration" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Levy County schools will have athletic trainers from the University of Florida on their campuses for practices and games starting this year, and activity fees and a percentage of gate revenue will fund the program.</p> <p> The district is implementing a $50 fee for students playing sports &ndash; including cheerleading &ndash; or participating in band, starting this month. The remainder of the funding will come from a portion of ticket revenue.</p> Getting to the next level http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/getting-next-level <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1414.jpg" alt="Brian Norris Jr." title="Brian Norris Jr." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> The situation is lining up nicely for Brian Norris Jr.</p> <p> The Chiefland senior is reunited with a group of seniors and a head coach that went undefeated in junior varsity ball his freshman year, and he&rsquo;s looking for another special season to go out on before hopefully moving on to play at the college ranks.</p> Lady Indians’ historic accomplishments celebrated at softball team banquet http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/lady-indians%E2%80%99-historic-accomplishments-celebrated-softball-team-banquet <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Some of the most accomplished student athletes to ever pass through Chiefland Middle High School, along with an outgoing coach that&rsquo;s overseen unprecedented success for the Lady Indians, were honored last Thursday at the Chiefland softball program&rsquo;s team banquet, held at Concord Baptist Church in Chiefland.</span></p> Lady Indians collect All-State honors http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/lady-indians-collect-all-state-honors <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Chiefland softball team reached its fourth straight state finals game in May on the strength of a bevy of talented and accomplished Lady Indians.</span></p> Summer roundball http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/summer-roundball <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3328_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> The summer league season is winding down for the Chiefland Lady Indians and their fellow area girls&rsquo; basketball squads.</p> <p> After falling victim to a last-minute 3-pointer by Branford last Thursday, Chiefland picked up a 37-24 win over Fort White Monday in Williston.</p> <p> The Lady Indians cap the season in Gainesville Thursday June 29 at Buchholz High School, where they&#39;ll take on Keystone Heights.</p> <p> The league consists of 12 area teams and features 20-minute halves, with the clock only stopping for timeouts.</p> Tiner part of senior class looking to lead Chiefland football http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/tiner-part-senior-class-looking-lead-chiefland-football <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1524.jpg" alt="Chiefland senior-to-be Dalton Tiner, left, figures to help lead the Indians at defensive tackle in the fall." title="Chiefland senior-to-be Dalton Tiner, left, figures to help lead the Indians at defensive tackle in the fall." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> The season is still more than two months away, but Dalton Tiner can sense something different in the air surrounding Chiefland football.</p> <p> With a strong core of returning seniors, a bigger roster under first-year Indians head coach Adam Gore, encouraging results from the off-season weight program, and a playoffs-or-bust attitude, Tiner hopes this year will be his most special after more than a decade of playing football.</p> Lady Indians’ hoops rebuilding in off-season under new leadership http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/lady-indians%E2%80%99-hoops-rebuilding-season-under-new-leadership <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3561.jpg" alt="Chiefland girls&#039; basketball coach Buddy Vickers" title="Chiefland girls&#039; basketball coach Buddy Vickers" align="left" hspace="6" width="103" height="85" /><p> Buddy Vickers used to joke with Chiefland Lady Indians basketball coach Brian Gore that he wanted his job when the latter moved on.</p> <p> The pair&rsquo;s families had been friends for years, as Vickers, a young 71-years-old, was a grade younger than Gore&rsquo;s father.</p> <p> Vickers, whose been an assistant girls&rsquo; hoops coach at Trenton the last three years under Bryant Frye, witnessing a state finals appearance and another regional finals appearance for the Lady Tigers the last two seasons, liked the prospective talent Chiefland offered.</p>