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Today's Sports

  • College reunion

    There are more than a handful of ballplayers from Chiefland and Cedar Key playing college softball this spring.

    Three of them – former Lady Indians Lauren Stalvey, Lauren Parker and Sydney Parks – are wearing the same uniform again, reunited at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota in Bradenton. Stalvey is a sophomore pitcher, Parker is a freshman first baseman and Parks is a freshman second baseman. The trio were each three-time state champions at CMHS.

    On Feb. 10, the trio enjoyed what felt like a homecoming, playing in front of family and Chiefland supporters for a doubleheader in north Gainesville against Santa Fe College.

    Stalvey started in the circle in the first game and picked up a win in 4.2 innings of work, allowing two walks, five hits and just one earned run. The sophomore gave up the run in the first before settling in for her strongest statistical outing on the season.

    Stalvey’s ERA on the season dropped to 3.07 over 13 ⅔ innings. At Chiefland, she was the ace pitcher for three state championship clubs.

    Stalvey says she’s a lot more comfortable in her second year.

  • 3's a charm

    It’s tough to beat a team three times in a season, as the cliche goes.

    And when it comes to rivalries and end-of-season tournaments, you can throw the records out the window, as a couple more cliches go.

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team came out on the winning end of their pair of meetings with Bronson in the regular season, but it was Monday’s matchup in Cross City, which marked the opening of the District 1A-7 tournament, that mattered most.

    In the early going, it looked like it might be the Eagles’ night, as junior Cole Langston threw down back-to-back wide-open dunks and sophomore Blake Homan sank a 3-pointer from half-court at the first-quarter buzzer.

    But Chiefland chopped a 10-point deficit down to 3 just before the half, and junior Payne Parnell kept taking – and making – shots for CMHS, eventually draining the final go-ahead 3 with a minute to play, helping lift the Indians to a 50-45 win.

    The Indians face top-seeded Bell in the semifinals Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Dixie County High School.

  • Lady Indians’ hoops season...

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss in the district semifinals in Trenton.

    Facing a Branford squad with a trio of capable shooters, the Lady Buccaneers heated up from outside and took advantage of Chiefland turnovers to survive a back-and-forth second half for a 60-51 win.

    Branford lost to Trenton in the district championship game 72-38, and plays at Wildwood Feb. 15 in the regional semifinals.

    CMHS fell behind by six in the second quarter before launching an 11-0 rally to go ahead by five. The squad clung to a 25-24 lead at the break after a rough start to the game.

    The third quarter quarter saw eight lead changes between the teams, with eighth-grader J’Mia McNeil, on the heels of a Colby Reed 3, giving her Lady Indians their final lead of the game on a 3-pointer off an inbound play.

    Then Branford connected on a pair of 3s and collected a handful of steals to get off to a lightning-fast start in the fourth in taking a 49-39 lead.

  • Lady Tigers collect third...

    The Trenton girls’ basketball team was the clear favorite heading into its District 1A-7 tournament.

    The Lady Tigers, who were the No. 1 seed and district host, matched those expectations with ease, cruising to their third straight district championship with convincing wins over Bronson and Branford. They play host to Frostproof Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Class 1A regional semifinals. The Lady Buccaneers are at Wildwood the same night.

    Trenton (24-2) raced to a 34-11 advantage on the Lady Eagles in the second quarter to take command of the game, despite 14 first-half points from BMHS junior point guard Yelena Thomas, eventually capturing a 74-29 win over the fourth-seeded Bronson squad.

    Senior Thalia Jackson proved unstoppable in the paint for TMHS in the matchup, as she posted a game-high 28 points. Juniors Bryn Thomas (11 points) and Taniah Bowers (10 points) joined her in double figures for Trenton. Jackson was 8 for 14 at the foul line and added 15 rebounds to notch a double-double.

  • Chiefland opens against Bronson...

    An intra-county rivalry tips off the District 1A-7 boys’ basketball tournament in Cross City Monday, Feb. 12, as fifth-seeded Chiefland squares off against No. 4 seed Bronson tat 6 p.m. at Dixie County High School.

    The pair of schools finished tied with Cedar Key with four district wins apiece, but Bronson won the tiebreaker on the account of its win over No. 3 seed Trenton. CKS is the No. 6 seed and faces third-seeded Trenton Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.

    Chiefland won both meetings with Bronson during the regular season, edging out the Eagles on the road in 70-68 comeback win Jan. 11, before prevailing 63-58 in the rematch in Chiefland. In the latter game, the Indians pulled ahead by 23 points in the third quarter, with five CMHS scorers contributing at least seven points apiece. Quay Brodus and Jarrett Jerrels led the bunch with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

    Big fourth quarters by Bronson duo Cole Langston and Tra Francis helped narrow the Eagle deficit.

  • Lady Indians' improvements...

    One way to measure the improvement made this season by the Chiefland girls’ basketball team is to check its results over time against the same opponents.

    The Lady Indians, who earned the third seed in the district tournament with an 8-4 mark in league play, met Cedar Key for the third time this season in the 1A-7 quarterfinals Monday, Feb. 5.

    In their first meeting, Chiefland escaped with a single-digit victory. For the rematch, Chiefland picked up a 12-point win, extending its advantage on the Lady Sharks thanks to a second-half push.

    Monday’s meeting was a different story, however, as the game completely belonged to CMHS from start to finish, with the Lady Indians prevailing 40-18 to advance to the district semifinals.

    Chiefland faces No. 2 seed Branford, which defeated No. 7 Bell, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Trenton. The winner earns a berth to the playoffs and meets the winner between top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Trenton and Bronson.

    The Lady Indians lost their two regular meetings with Branford by at double-digit margins, but defeated the Buccaneers 49-44 in Cedar Key’s holiday tournament.

  • Chiefland keeps steady against...

    Chiefland faithful would have been forgiven for carrying low expectations into the Indians home finale against Crystal River.

    The Pirates, a Class 6A program that’s been on the rise over the last four years, cruised into town with one of its better squads in school history to face a sophomore-laden Indians squad.

    The overall result went as expected, with CRHS prevailing 75-53.

    But Chiefland, which already trailed by as much as 19 points in the second quarter, reined in their deficit in the second half, avoiding getting overwhelmed in the mismatch. The Indians stayed to within 15 points for much of the fourth quarter.

    Chiefland appeared to gain confidence in the paint against the much bigger squad as the game wore on, competing for more put-backs and points around the rim. CRHS took advantage of some breakaway scores in the early minutes.

    The squad got a boost from junior Kirk Williams, who, with nine points, was his most active in a game since returning from an ankle injury. L.J. Jenkins also provided a lift after being limited with an injury.

  • Lady Eagles notch comeback win...

    It didn’t exactly go as Rod Thomas planned it, but the head coach and his Bronson girls’ basketball squad got the result they were looking for: survive and advance.

    The Lady Eagles overcame an eight-point second-half deficit to prevail 35-31 against Dixie County in the District 1A-7 quarterfinals in Trenton Monday, Feb. 5.

    Bronson advances to face No. 1 seed and No. 2-ranked Trenton Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals.

    The Lady Eagles, who are having to make do without their injured No. 2 guard, Neomi Thomas, went 14 minutes without a field, starting from midway through the first quarter.

    But Thomas’ sister, junior point guard Yelena Thomas, did plenty of heavy lifting in scoring a game-high 25 points, helping Bronson escape the drought as she posted 17 points in the second half alone.

    A put-back by Brandi Strong in the third snapped that field goal drought for BMHS, setting the stage for a back-and-forth battle to the finish.

    Yelena Thomas then put together a string of baskets, including a floater in the lane, to knot the game at 20-20 late in the third.

  • Girls’ hoops tourney tips off...

    The Chiefland girls (12-8) are the No. 3 seed in next week's District 1A-7 tournament in Trenton. They face Cedar Key Monday, Feb. 5, at 6. The Lady Indians defeated the Lady Sharks twice in the regular season, 39-31 and 55-43. The winner plays Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. versus No. 2 seed Branford or No. 7-seeded Bell. Bronson kicks off the tournament at 4:30 Monday against Dixie County. The championship game will be held Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

    District 1A-7 Girls’ Basketball Tournament in Trenton
    Monday, Feb. 5
    Game 1: No. 5 Dixie County Bears vs. No. 4 Bronson Eagles, 4:30 p.m.
    Game 2: No. 6 Cedar Key Sharks vs. No. 3 Chiefland Indians, 6 p.m.
    Game 3: No. 7 Bell Bulldogs vs. No. 2 Branford Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m.
    Thursday, Feb. 8
    Game 4: winner of Game 2 vs. winner of Game 3, 6 p.m.
    Game 5: No. 1 Trenton Tigers vs. winner of Game 1, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, Feb. 9
    Championship game: winner of Game 4 vs. winner of Game 5, 7:30 p.m.
     

  • Chiefland dominates early in win...

    Chiefland strung together one of its more satisfying performances on the season against Bronson Jan. 23 to lead by as much as 23 points in the second half.

    It was senior night for the Indians, who don’t have a senior on the roster, making for an ironic subtext behind the proceedings.

    Bronson, showing its pride against its a chief rival, made a run in the fourth quarter, but CMHS had enough cushion to absorb the blow at that point, as it went on to prevail 63-58.

    Chiefland a well-rounded scoring distribution, with newcomer Quay Brodus leading the way with 15 points. Jarrett Jerrels jumped out with seven points in the opening quarter to finish with 11 on the night for CMHS; Ty Corbin (five rebounds) and Austin Adams chipped in 10 and nine points, respectively. Payne Parnell had seven points and four boards for Chiefland.