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Today's Sports

  • Chiefland softball team pays...

    The Chiefland softball players and coaches shared hugs and handshakes on the field with Ken Carpenter, a 95-year-old World War II veteran, during the lineup announcements before their game against Oak Hall last Friday.

    Carpenter, who’s lived in Chiefland since 1974, said he hadn’t been to a game in about 15 to 20 years, and noted how much the softball field had changed since his last visit.

    He’s remained a lifelong fan of the game.

    “Baseball is probably my main sport,” he said. “That, and football.”

  • CMHS rallies in late innings...

    Chiefland has made thrilling comebacks a routine occurrence this season on the baseball diamond.

    The latest came on Monday, as the Indians (6-4) put two over in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 win in non-district play against Newberry in Chiefland.

    Junior first baseman Josh Webber delivered the walk-off RBI single for CMHS, driving in Jose Guerrero, who boarded on a base hit.

  • Lady Indians declaw Panthers

    The Chiefland softball team needed this one.

    Coming off rare back-to-back losses bookending spring break, the three-time defending state champs were re-engaged and looking to unload some frustration last Thursday against visiting Lecanto.

    CMHS bursted out of the gate with three runs in the opening frame against the Class 6A Panthers, before capturing a 7-2 win behind solid performances in all phases.

    The club improved to 8-3 overall, while LHS fell to 6-6.

  • Chiefland turns in big innings...

    There were times during last Friday’s game at Bronson when the Chiefland baseball club, in action for the first time since March 10, looked like a team that was playing its first game in two weeks.

    Indian pitchers surrendered eight walks and a hit-batter, and the defense’s four errors proved costly, as Bronson exploited those self-inflicted mistakes to help stir its offense, leaving no lead safe in the offensive onslaught.

  • Chiefland official makes state...

    Norm Weaver has come full circle in his hoops journey.

    Fifty-five years after winning a state title as a point guard at Zephyrhills High School, he officiated the girls’ hoops Class 2A state title game last February in Lakeland.

    The events represent towering bookends for Weaver’s extensive time on and around the court, except the 72-year-old shows no signs of slowing down.

  • Chiefland girls prevail at Cedar...

    The Chiefland girls picked up wins in the 4x800 meter relay and 4x400 events to prevail over Bell, Branford, Bronson, Cedar Key, Seven Rivers Christian (Lecanto) and Trenton in the Cedar Key Relays in Rosewood on March 9.

    Jolie Anderson, Jaycie Anderson, Aubrey Hudson and Lauren Jones lifted the Lady Indians to victory in the 4x800 relay, while the Andersons and Hudson joined Banner Hodge in the 4x400.

  • Lady Indians storm past Bronson...

    Despite mustering just one hit and two base runners through five innings against Chiefland ace Kensley Durrance last Tuesday, the Bronson softball team remained in striking distance behind a crafty performance in the circle from junior Emily Sheppard.

    Then the floodgates flew open in the bottom of the sixth, as the Lady Indians poured on eight runs to walk off with a 10-0 victory.

    Senior Samantha Rolfe (three runs) scored Chiefland’s first pair of runs in the third and fifth innings, on RBI singles by fellow seniors Lauren Parker and Takiya London.

  • Late heroics propel Chiefland...

    Last Tuesday’s baseball tilt between Chiefland and Williston was a game of precious few offensive opportunities.

    The Indians entered the final inning of the pitching and defensive duel having scrounged up just one run and two hits, the most important being an RBI double by junior Josh Webber that scored sophomore Kelby Osteen in the fourth for CMHS’ only previous run.

    Chiefland proved once again it was comfortable with late-game heroics, however, as senior Casey Lawson sliced a two-run double down the third-base line to lift the Indians to a 3-2 win.

  • Lady Indinans handed first...

    After three consecutive state championships, Chiefland softball coach Wayne Weatherford knows his team has a bullseye on its back.

    In a highly-anticipated matchup last Friday that only prefaced more meaningful games likely to come between the local rivals, Trenton found its target, finally getting over the hump against the Lady Indians with stellar defensive play and some small-ball offense.

  • Chiefland boys, girls speed past...

    The Chiefland boys and girls track and field teams each defeated four schools last Thursday to win their home meet at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium.

    The Indian boys (155) outscored Trenton (129), Newberry (71), Bronson (51) and Williston (47), while the Lady Indians prevailed with 118 points against Trenton (83), Newberry (73), Bronson (46) and Williston (34).