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  • Lady Indians clip county foes

    It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Chiefland girls’ basketball team.

    The Lady Indians were tasked with adjusting to a world without do-it-all standout Takiya London, who helped lead the squad to four-straight playoff berths and a final four, while acclimating an inexperienced group of younger players under a new head coach in Buddy Vickers.

    While the program certainly is building for times ahead – Vickers likes to call it a five-year plan – the team hasn’t let this season become a forgettable sacrifice for the future, as Chiefland, with a pair of recent wins over county rivals Bronson and Williston, has guaranteed itself a winning season and heads into the district tournament as a No. 3 seed.

    On senior night Jan. 23, the Lady Indians cruised to a 52-22 win over Bronson, before knocking off the Lady Red Devils 50-35 on the road Jan. 29.

  • Indians surrender early lead to...

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team had its share of mini-surges in the second half against Oak Hall Jan. 26 in the CMHS gym.

    But the Indians could never completely shake the deficit they carried into the break, as they fell 68-63 to the Gainesville private school in what turned out to be a disappointing, for CMHS, but mostly thrilling final quarter of action.

    Chiefland was under serious threat early in the fourth quarter as the Eagles pulled ahead 50-37. But back-to-back dazzling plays by sophomore Ty Corbin, including a 3-pointer and a behind-the-back assist to Sedrik Moultrie, energized the crowd and made the deficit manageable once again at 50-42.

    When OHS responded with a couple of buckets, Chiefland junior Payne Parnell connected on a 3 to take it back to an eight-point game.

    From there, Oak Hall remained ahead by 8-12 points, until an Austin Adams steal and assist – to Quay Brodus – and another Corbin 3 cut the Eagle lead to 62-58 with 3:05 remaining. Adams later added a 3-pointer of his own, but the Indians were done for the night scoring from the floor thereafter.

  • Lady Indians spear Bears

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball found itself in the envious position against Dixie County of building up a big enough lead to allow playing time for its entire bench.

    The Lady Indians built up a 41-13 lead in the third on the heels of a Colby Reed 3-pointer.

    The playing time for the less experience varsity talent led to a surge by Dixie County, which cut its deficit to 49-36 with 2:45 remaining.

    But Reed issued the final dagger with her second 3 of the game, as Chiefland went on to prevail 58-37.

    The lanky junior finished with a team-high 14 points, and up-and-coming eighth-grader Nikki Fuller (13 points) and rebound machines Courtney Hayes (11 points) and Naja Martin (12 points) joined her in double figures.

    Hayes and Fuller, who was 3 of 5 at the foul line, each nabbed eight rebounds, and Martin added seven.

  • Indians misfire on layups in...

    If there was an encouraging development for Chiefland in their loss to Dixie County Jan. 16, it was that the Indians, despite missing so many layups and struggling to find much momentum on offense beyond point guard Jalen Rutledge, remained in the game until the final two minutes, trailing by just six points at one point in the final quarter.

    But the misses proved too costly in the end, as the Bears pulled away in the final moments, stretching out their advantage for a 79-63 win in Chiefland.

    Dixie County is still alive for the No. 2 seed in District 1A-7 after beating Trenton 61-53 on Jan. 22. Bell is the top seed.

    After trailing by as much as 15 in the third quarter, Chiefland got its deficit down to 54-48 early in the four on an Austin Adams floater. Dixie County responded with back-to-back buckets, including one off a pickpocket takeaway, before L.J. Jenkins converted on three free throws to get Chiefland back within seven.

    The Bears continued to toy with a double-digit margin however, and CMHS junior Payne Parnell gave his team its final single-digit margin of deficit with three free throws just before the two-minute mark.

  • Brodus’ 27 points against Bucs...

    Sometimes a basketball team can do 90 percent of its job, but if it fails to finish at the basket, it’s left with nothing to show for all the hard work.

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team is still a young squad trying to figure things out. And when the shots aren’t falling, the mishaps get magnified.

    Making the shots, however, can fix a lot, as seen by the boost that Quay Brodus provided his Chiefland team Jan. 12 against Branford.

    Brodus, who recently became eligible after transferring schools, tacked on 11 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 27, helping the Indians pull away for a 74-56 district win.

    The victory gave Chiefland its first back-to-back wins on the season, a much-needed lift for the team as it heads toward the district tournament next month. CMHS coach Adam Boyd says the team's three-game stretch, which started against Bell and continued against Bronson Jan. 11, represents the best sustained effort by the team all season.

  • Chiefland comes back in Bronson

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team came alive from 3-point range to wipe away a double-digit deficit in the second half in Bronson.

    Four different Indians connected from beyond the arc in the third to help the squad to 25 points in the quarter, before Jarrett Jerrels’ nine-point fourth quarter helped Chiefland secure a 70-68 win in district and intra-county action Jan. 11.

    While Jerrels and Jalen Rutledge led CMHS with 13 points apiece, seven Indians notched at least five points apiece in the win, which marked the team’s second victory in District 1A-7 play.

    The comeback win followed what head coach Adam Boyd saw as an encouraging effort in defeat against district powerhouse Bell the previous Friday. It was an especially welcome payoff for a young, sophomore-led squad that has shown impressive effort throughout games as it works to iron out the details of its offense and signature press defense while striving for more consistency.

  • Reed, Norris guide Lady Indians...

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team was led by a pair of standout efforts, one on offense and the other on defense, in Bronson Jan. 11.

    Junior Colby Reed, buoyed by an 11-point first quarter, led all scorers with 25 points, while Sierra “Cee Cee” Norris helped limit Bronson’s top scoring threat as the Lady Indians prevailed 65-48 at BMHS.

    Reed connected three times from 3-point range and added a handful of long 2s to her tally, as she helped her squad to a 19-8 lead in the opening quarter. One of those long field goals put Chiefland ahead by 24 in the fourth, before Bronson finished on a 9-2 run.

    “When she gets her feet right, she can hit it,” CMHS coach Buddy Vickers said of Reed. “We talked about that before we went on the floor.”

    Naja Martin and Courtney Hayes finished with 10 points apiece for Chiefland and led on the boards. Hayes finished with a game-high 14 rebounds, making it her fourth straight game with double-figure boards, while Martin nine rebounds.

  • Cedar Key Open set for March 7

    The Third Annual Cedar Key Open Golf Tournament will be held March 7 at Chiefland Golf and Country Club.

    The tournament will be a four-person scramble with registration at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

    A bag lunch will be provided by The Big Deck Bar and Grill. Prizes, donated by local businesses and community members, and a low country boil, compliments of Ricky Cook and The Big Deck, will immediately follow the tournament at the Big Deck on Dock St. in Cedar Key.

    The tournament is to benefit the Cedar Key Volunteer Fire and Rescue and is being sponsored by the Big Deck Bar and Grill.

    The entry fee is $50 per person. The fee covers a round of golf, cart, bag lunch, prizes and dinner. Payment is required at signup. Participants will be limited to the first 20 teams to sign up. Dinner-only is available for $15 per person. Reservations for dinner are required.

    Donations for the event are welcome. and additional advertising donation opportunities are available to businesses and individuals who wish to sponsor a hole with a tee sign.

  • State considers playoff changes...

    The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) will decide on a couple of proposals that, if in place, would have put the Chiefland football team in the playoffs for the first time since 2004 this past season.

    The FHSAA’s Athletic Director Advisory Committee (ADAC) endorsed a Football Advisory Committee proposal at its meeting Jan. 10 in Gainesville to add two more playoff teams from each region in Classes 1A through 4A. They also endorsed a recommendation to add five more points for losses under the playoff points qualifying system.

    Under the current system, four teams from each region make the playoffs in Classes 1A through 4A, making for a total of 16 playoff teams from each of the smaller classifications. The new proposal, if approved, would create 24 playoff teams, and grant a bye for the top two seeded teams from each region, adding an extra round to the playoffs.

    The FHSAA will vote on the changes Jan. 29, and they would be applied for the upcoming 2018 season.

  • Lady Bucs snap CMHS streak with...

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team caught a red-hot Branford squad on the wrong night.

    The Lady Buccaneers stemmed the Lady Indians’ win streak at five games as they nearly eclipsed CMHS’ total scoring output for the night with 30 points in the first quarter.

    Branford jumped out to a 30-3 lead in the opening quarter before securing a 62-31 win in Chiefland.

    A series of half-court steals helped BHS build an insurmountable advantage in the first quarter with a 30-1 run. Chiefland played even with Branford for the remainder.

    It marked just the third time this season that Chiefland was held to under 39 points.

    Courtney Hayes paced the Lady Indians with 12 points, while Naja Martin hauled in a team-high 13 rebounds.

    “That’s going to happen to you sometimes, I’m just glad it was tonight and not in the district tournament,” Chiefland coach Buddy Vickers said. “I guess we still had the blues over last night (against Bronson). We were tired and we were hurting from (the Bronson game).”

    Defense, rebounding lead CMHS past FW