http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sports/rss.xml en Back-To-Back Champion Selfies http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/back-back-champion-selfies <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/halftime_selfies.jpg" alt="Chiefland Lady Indian basketball player Madison Cromwell takes a moment to pose with fellow players at Friday night&#039;s district playoff game against Lake Butler at Newberry." title="Chiefland Lady Indian basketball player Madison Cromwell takes a moment to pose with fellow players at Friday night&#039;s district playoff game against Lake Butler at Newberry." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Chiefland Lady Indian basketball player Madison Cromwell takes a moment to pose with fellow players at Friday night&#39;s game against Newberry.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp; &nbsp;The Chiefland Lady Indians are repeat 1A District 7 girls basketball champions. The Lady Indians defeated Union County 52-27 on Friday and Williston 53-49 on Saturday to win back-to-back district titles for the first time.</p> <p> Chiefland will host Crescent City in the regional semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.</p> Two Indians sign with major universities http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/two-indians-sign-major-universities <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2375.jpg" alt="Chiefland Indians athletes Austin Vincent, left and Willie Brannon sign letters of intent with Brown University and Bethune Cookman University, respectively, in ceremonies Wednesday. " title="Chiefland Indians athletes Austin Vincent, left and Willie Brannon sign letters of intent with Brown University and Bethune Cookman University, respectively, in ceremonies Wednesday. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Two of Chiefland Middle High School&#39;s brightest stars will be blazing out of town at the end of the year, thanks to athletic scholarships.</p> <p> &quot;It doesn&#39;t happen, especially at a school as small as we are,&quot; CMHS Athletic Director and Coach Aaron Richardson said about the football scholarships given to players Willie Brannon and Austin Vincent. &quot;Today is a culmination of many years of hard work and perseverance.&quot;</p> <p> The two signed letters of intent Wednesday.</p> 70-day red snapper season opens May 23 in Gulf state waters http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/70-day-red-snapper-season-opens-may-23-gulf-state-waters <p> The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a 70-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters at the April 16 meeting in Tallahassee. Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida.</p> FWC: Don't feed the alligators http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/fwc-dont-feed-alligators <p> The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a publication available on its website, &ldquo;A Guide to Living with Alligators,&rdquo; that warns the public of the dangers involved in feeding alligators.</p> <p> It&#39;s against the law. And violators can be cited and spend time in court or pay a fine.</p> <p> The brochure , by Jamie Feddersen and Tim Donovan, both of the FWC, advises swimmers to not swim outside of posted swimming areas or in waters that may be inhabited by alligators.</p> <p> Feddersen and Donovan write in the brochure:</p> FWC wants to hear from you on bear management http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/fwc-wants-hear-you-bear-management <p> If you want to get a word in edgewise on how black bears are managed in Florida, you will have two oppotunities &mdash; onday, March 23, and Thursday, March 26, during webinares held at 6 p.m. on each date. You do not have to be computer savvy to participate.&nbsp;</p> <p> The state&rsquo;s largest land mammal has come back from just several hundred bears in the 1970s to more than 3,000 today. And there have been sightings of bears in Levy County&#39;s wooded areas and hammocks.&nbsp;</p> Blast from the past http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/blast-past <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/alumnipic.jpg" alt="Chiefland High School alumni gathered for a photo session after the Alumni Baseball game on Jan. 16." title="Chiefland High School alumni gathered for a photo session after the Alumni Baseball game on Jan. 16." align="left" hspace="6" width="187" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 11.0px Helvetica"> <strong>By ALLEN STRICKLAND</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 11.0px Helvetica"> <strong>Special to the Citizen</strong></p> Cuddle time http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/cuddle-time <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_dsc1684.jpg" alt="A manatee and her calf seen by Chiefland photographer Mark Long at a recent outing in Crystal River." title="A manatee and her calf seen by Chiefland photographer Mark Long at a recent outing in Crystal River." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> Manatee deaths appear to be down last year compared to the record numbers reported by state officials in 2013.</p> <p> As of December, 2014, 368 manatee deaths were reported for the year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation. One-hundred-twenty-five of those deaths were labeled as undetermined. Manatee infant deaths accounted for 99 mortalities. Sixty-seven were the result of collisions with watercraft. Twenty-six were attributed to natural causes and 24 died due to cold stress.</p> Indians Alumni baseball game Jan. 16 http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/indians-alumni-baseball-game-jan-16 <p> Former Chiefland Indian baseball players are invited to come out and take part in an Alumni Baseball Game Friday, Jan. 16 at the Chiefland Middle High School baseball field. In order to participate, you must have played at least one full year of varsity baseball.</p>