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  • Eagles connect on free throw in...

    Bronson enjoyed a significant advantage at the free throw line in its intra-county and district clash with Cedar Key Dec. 12.

    And the Eagles made the most of those opportunities, going 23 for 32 at the foul line to prevail 54-42.

    Bronson improved to 2-2 in District 1A-7 with the win, and headed into the holiday break at 3-2-1 overall. CKS is 2-6 (1-2 in district play).

    Chiefland plays Cedar Key Thursday, Dec. 21, at 1:30 p.m. in a holiday tournament at Trenton. The Indians then play Friday in Trenton at 7:30 p.m., and the Sharks play at 4:30 p.m. that day in the tournament.

    Bronson is in a holiday tournament at Wildwood before Christmas, and then hosts the Eagle Holiday Classic Dec. 28 through Dec. 30.

    Against the Sharks, sophomore point guard Blake Homan led the way for Bronson with 16 points in the second half, and went 9 for 11 from the free throw line in finishing with a game-high 20 points. Senior Tra Francis poured in 15 points from the paint, while the Eagles had three more shooters with at least six points, including eight points from sophomore Micah Hubbard.

  • Lady Eagles fend off Sharks

    The one-two punch by siblings Yelena and Neomi Thomas combined for 31 points, while their Bronson squad took advantage of its free-throw opportunities to beat Cedar Key 49-38 in Bronson on Dec. 12.

    Yelena Thomas, a junior point guard, paced Bronson with 16 points, while Neomi added 15 behind 6-of-11 shooting from the foul line. It was Yelena’s sixth straight game with at least 16 points to start the season.

    The Lady Eagles took 29 foul shoots to CKS’ 12.

    “It was a good game,” BMHS coach Rodney Thomas said. “Our first quarter was about the lowest scoring quarter we had all season, so it was like, ‘What’s going on!?’”

    Eighth-grader Makalynn Bowling led the Lady Sharks’ scoring efforts with 11 points, while junior Jasmin Jackson followed with 10 points.

    CKS head coach David Tomlin called it his team’s worst-played game of the season, but took some consolation in the fact his Lady Sharks were within striking distance in the fourth quarter.

    Tomlin’s usually reliable defense was out of sync against the Lady Eagles.

  • Healy sweeps Women's golf...

    Shirley Meggs
    CWGA Publicist

    Chiefland Women’s Golf Association held their 2017 Handicap Match Play Tournament the past two months.

    The women play one-on-one matches with the higher handicap receiving less strokes on the more difficult holes. Carol Healy was this year’s victor. She never lost a single match in spite of having to “give” strokes to almost every competitor she faced.

    Denise Boyle came in second by defeating the rest of the field, but succumbed to Carol’s excellent play. The final round was played Wednesday, Nov. 22, in which Carol won by three holes over Denise.

    Good going ladies!
     

  • 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.