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Today's Sports

  • Eagle Classic Basketball...

    It’s holiday break for school this week, but that doesn’t mean there’s no high school hoops action.

    Bronson is hosting its Eagle Classic Basketball Tournament Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with six schools competing in nine games over the three days.

    The contests begin at 4:30 p.m. each day in the BMHS gym, followed by games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

    Umatilla and Chiefland tipped off action Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Jasper-Hamilton County versus Melbourne-West Short and then Bronson and Perry-Taylor County rounded off the opening-day slate.

  • Bronson picks up dual wins over...

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team enjoyed a late flurry of offense in its loss to Bronson last Tuesday.

    The rally might prove to be a moment that propels a struggling Chiefland offense in the future, but it was too little too late on this night, as the Eagles led by as many as 26 in beating their rival Indians 56-47.

  • Cedar Key softball standout...

    If you ask Ashlyn Allen’s coaches about the Cedar key senior’s best qualities, one of the first things that comes up is her leadership.

    The standout shortstop and pitcher was in a pioneering mode last Thursday, as she was part of Cedar Key School’s first letter-of-intent signing ceremony. The event was held in the school’s auditorium in front of a packed room with classmates, coaches and family, as she made official her commitment to play softball for Saint Petersburg College in Florida.

  • Heart of an Eagle

    Brian Simpkins was facing life without football – life without the teammates he’s played alongside and established bonds with all through school – and it wasn’t a pleasant thought.

    During spring practices, the Bronson wide receiver and defensive back could feel something wasn’t right with his heart. When he had it checked out at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, he was told he had an intramural course in one of his coronary arteries, which was reducing blood flow.

  • Top Eagles recognized at...

    Players, coaches, boosters and supporters of the Bronson Middle High School football program were recognized and celebrated at the team’s dinner banquet on Dec. 4.

    Everyone from star players to volunteer support staff were applauded and issued awards at the dinner, which included a barbeque chicken dinner and took place in the Bronson Elementary School cafeteria.

  • Eagle boys fall away late in...

    A tie game with 3:40 remaining turned into a misleading final result for the Bronson boys’ basketball team last Tuesday.

    While the Eagles watched a pair of their starters – including double-figure scorer Andrew Jenkins – foul out in the fourth quarter, visiting Lafayette (Mayo) continued to drain its free throws, converting 14 in the fourth to finish 19 for 25 on the night.

    The Hornets (4-3) used that advantage at the charity stripe to build on its lead in the waning minutes, capturing a 72-62 non-district win in the BMHS gym.

  • Bronson girls avoid lopsided...

    The Bronson girls’ basketball team trailed by 21 points to Lafayette last Tuesday early in the fourth quarter.

    But the Eagles had no plans to go away quietly with an insurmountable deficit.

    BMHS sophomore guard Yelena Thomas notched nine of her team-high 17 points in the fourth to help her Eagles nearly narrow that deficit to single digits, as the Hornets went on to collect a 54-44 win in non-district hoops action in Bronson.

  • Sharks host Drummond Bank-CKS...

    Cedar Key School will be hosting its second consecutive holiday basketball tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 21, and Thursday, Dec. 22.

    This year, CKS is excited to have Drummond Bank as the exclusive sponsor of the event, as it’s provided tremendous support for the tournament.

    The four teams participating on the boys’ side of the draw are: Trenton, Oak Hall, Florida State University School (Tallahassee) and Cedar Key.

  • Richardson dismissed as...

    For the first time in half a decade, Chiefland is searching for a new head football coach.

    On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the school dismissed Aaron Richardson, who was at the helm for five seasons, leading the program to a 24-24 record.

    The Indians finished 3-5 in 2016.

    “They let me know they were going in a different direction, and I kind of understood,” Richardson said. “Anytime a team is underperforming, or performing badly, us, as head coaches, we kind of know when things could happen.

  • Local go-kart racer making up...

    Tyler Russ might be considered a late bloomer when it comes to go-kart racing.

    In a sport where many competitors first get behind the wheel as young as 5- or 6-years-old, the Chiefland 17-year-old, who goes by the nickname ‘The NightCrawler’ on the track, only got started three years ago.

    But that hasn’t slowed Russ’ fast rise in the sport, if his first foray into a state series this year is any indication.