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Today's Sports

  • Drummond Holiday Tournament...

    One of the staples of the holiday season are hoops tournaments.

    Cedar Key School is hosting its second Drummond Bank CKS Beach Ball Holiday Tournament Dec. 19 and Dec. 20, and the Chiefland girls will be there.

    The tourney features six girls’ squads, including the Lady Indians, Branford, and The Rock (Gainesville) in Pool A; and Fort White, Keystone Heights and the Lady Sharks constituting Pool B.

    Each school plays twice on Day 1 in pool play.

    A junior varsity matchup between Creekside and CKS tips off action at 11 a.m. Dec. 19, before pool play begins at 12:15 p.m. between the Buccaneers and the Lions of Gainesville. Fort White and CKS follow it up at 1:45, and then The Rock and Lady Indians of Chiefland are scheduled for 3:15. Keystone Heights and FWHS meet at 4:45, then CMHS returns to action against BHS at 6:15 before KHS and Cedar Key cap the day at 7:45.

    On Dec. 20, the third-place teams from each pool face off at 4 p.m., followed by the second-place schools at 5:30, and then the championship game at 7 p.m.

  • Inexperienced Eagles strive for...

    Edit: This story misreported Bronson’s record in the Dec. 14 edition of the Citizen.

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    Bronson head basketball coach Kenny Thomas can’t stand selfish play.

    He understands that for most teams, and especially his current Eagle squad, the sum truly is greater than the parts.

    With a host of new varsity players feeling one another out, Thomas is putting the emphasis on better communication and team play at this early stage of the season. It’s a scenario that’s familiar to the young Chiefland team as well.

    A handful of seniors regularly saw action for BMHS last season.

    “We’ve got a lot of guys coming up from JV last year, kind of getting familiar with each other, starting to play together better,” the Eagle boys’ coach said. “Our problem was we’re not used to each other. They’re not in sync together yet, knowing what to expect from the other person.

  • Lady Eagles cruise past Bell

    Led by a suffocating defense that allowed just seven points in the first half, the Bronson girls’ basketball team soared to 49-26 win over Bell at home Dec. 7.

    The victory improved the Lady Eagles to 2-1 in District 1A-7, and 3-2 overall. They advanced to 4-2 (and 3-1) in a win over Cedar Key Dec. 12.

    Junior point guard Yelena Thomas led Bronson against the Bulldogs with a double-double behind 20 points and 19 steals, as her team jumped out to a 22-0 advantage in the opening quarter. Fellow junior Eagle Tamia Haynes also notched a double-double at 12 points and 11 boards.

    Thomas was 3 for 7 from 3-point range versus Bell, and is 22 for 35 (63 percent) on free throws for the season. The junior boasted at least 16 points in all of the team’s first five games.

    The win allowed Bronson to work on its half-court offense and situational play as well as yielding playing time for younger players.

  • Lady Indians to host JV...

    Chiefland Middle High School is hosting a junior varsity girls basketball tournament Saturday, Dec. 9, in its gym. The tournament is sponsored by Capital City Bank and there will be a full concession stand. The Lady Indians tip off at 9 a.m. against Newberry to start the tournament, followed by Trenton and Keystone Heights at approximately 10:30 a.m. After a 30 minute break, a consolation game will pit the losers of the first two games against one another to determine third place. The championship game between the winners of games 1 and 2 will conclude the event.

  • Indians’ long ball sinks Sharks...

    In a game filled with ups and downs from both teams, Chiefland, fortunately, finished high in its Nov. 30 overtime bout with Cedar Key.

    Behind a quartet of 3s from sophomore Ty Corbin, the Indians went on an 18-7 run to finish the game and notch a 68-62 win.

    CMHS went into its Dec. 5 game at Dixie County at 1-2 overall and 1-1 in District 1A-7 play. The Sharks were 0-4 at the same point, with two of those losses coming by six points.

    The Sharks overcame an eight-point deficit in seizing a 55-50 lead with a minute to play in the fourth quarter, on the heels of a Michele Dibari layup.

    Offensive rebounds by sophomore Jarrett Jerrels led a Corbin 3 and a Jarrels put-back, which combined to erase the CKS lead and force overtime.

    Corbin wasn’t finished with his long-range work, as he drained a couple more 3s, including one approaching 30 feet, in the extra minutes. Fellow sophomore guard Jalen Rutledge, meanwhile, went 5 for 6 from the foul line in overtime to help matters for Chiefland.

  • Chiefland staves off Lady Sharks...

    A clear pattern emerged in the girls’ basketball game between Chiefland and Cedar Key Nov. 30.

    The Lady Indians established leads in every quarter, only to see the Lady Sharks wipe away, or nearly erase, those advantages.

    CMHS finally solved its district and county rival for good with some clutch shooting at the free throw line, along with a key offensive rebound by junior Courtney Hayes in the final minute, as the Lady Indians secured a 39-31 win at home in its district opener.

    The Lady Sharks, who trailed almost the entire game, but led briefly in the early third quarter after after a Makalynn Bowling layup, trailed just 30-29 past the midway point of the fourth.

    CMHS junior Colby Reed then banked a long 2-pointer to make it 32-29, before eighth-grade point guard J’Mia McNeil, the most inexperienced player on the court, sunk four of her five final free throws for Chiefland to help milk away the game.

    Chiefland finished at 50 percent on 20 foul shot attempts, while CKS converted just four of its 16 attempts (25 percent).

  • Chiefland surrenders early lead...

    While the inexperienced, but talented, Chiefland boys’ basketball team seeks its identity, you often get tantalizing glimpses of its most electrifying potential as well as its share of forgettable lows on any given night.

    Against Trenton Dec. 1, in a meeting that lived up to the best and worst of what that intense and exhausting rivalry has become, the Indians led with their best foot forward, storming out to a 15-0 lead, culminating in a Ty Corbin 3-pointer.

    But the Tigers took advantage of Chiefland’s less-than-consistent play for the remainder of the game, as the Indian offense went stagnant for long stretches. Trenton chipped away to lead by two at the half, following a buzzer-beating 3 by Jayce Gentry, and then narrowly clung to its advantage for the second half, eventually securing a 51-44 win in the district rivalry clash.

    Chiefland dropped to 1-2 (1-1 in District 1A-7) heading into its game at Dixie County Dec. 5. Trenton knocked off Cedar Key Dec. 4 to improve to 3-0 overall as well as in the district.

  • Lady Indians take their lumps...

    Buddy Vickers, the first-year Chiefland girls’ basketball coach, knew what his team was in for when it squared off against Trenton Dec. 1.

    Vickers previously worked in the program as it made a state finals appearance in 2016 and added another regional finals bid in 2017.

    The young Lady Indians may have been overmatched at this stage, but they didn’t make it easy for the Lady Tigers in the early going. Trenton eventually separated itself for a convincing 62-25 win.

    The TMHS win, combined with its 60-17 victory Dec. 4 against Cedar Key, helped the squad to a 4-0 start, and 3-0 in District 1A-7.

    CMHS headed into its Dec. 5 game at Dixie County at 1-2 overall, and 1-1 in district competition.

    “We ran out of steam,” Vickers said. “We played as good as we can play. It wasn’t for a lack of effort. I was proud of them.”

    Trenton had yet to make a field goal four minutes into the game, but then raced out to an 18-4 lead by the end of the opening quarter.

  • Hoops coach discusses life...

    At the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meeting Nov. 30, guest speaker Buddy Vickers, the first-year head coach of the Chiefland Middle High School girls’ basketball team, was officially there to talk Lady Indian basketball.

    But it was the lessons one gains from basketball and athletics – discipline; learning how to work toward an achievement; losing the right way – that Vickers was really interested in relaying.

    “I’ll talk to you about basketball, but you know basketball in itself is not really that important,” he started. “But I think the things you learn from basketball, or any athletic endeavor, is important.”

    Vickers discussed the coaches who influenced him, including former Trenton and Bronson coach John Rowe.

    “You never know what’s going to influence you,” said Vickers, who was previously a middle school and JV coach at Trenton. “I never expected to be a coach. In fact, I expected to be in front of a judge. Coach Rowe, my dad, my wife, helped keep from getting there.”

  • Chiefland 11U football competes...

    Young Chiefland Indian football players experienced something like a working vacation over the Thanksgiving holiday.

    A collection of local 10- and 11-year-olds culled from a pair of Tri-County championship squads visited Daytona Beach for the National Youth Football Championships Nov. 23 and Nov. 24.

    The annual event pits youth teams from different states – and from various league brands – to compete for age-based division championships over the holiday weekend in and around Daytona Beach (Eastern Division) as well as Las Vegas, where the Western Division is hosted. The divisions are divided up by age groups.

    The Chiefland 11U team was making its debut in the prestigious tournament, and faced a daunting opener against a stout Maryland squad, on a chilly and rainy Thanksgiving morning.

    The Indians fell behind by a big margin early but gained some traction by the fourth quarter, eventually losing 32-6.