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  • Chiefland comes back against...


    Staff writer

    Chiefland sophomore Wyatt Hammond got off to a rocky start when he took the mound in the fifth inning Monday against Bronson.

    Hammond hit a pair of batters early in the inning before giving up a two-run single to senior pitcher Donnie Clifton, giving the Eagles a 4-2 advantage.

    But the rangy right-hander slammed the door shut on BMHS for the remainder of the game, helping the Indians collect a 5-4 come-from-behind win in the season opener in Chiefland.

  • Bears bounce Bronson from...

    A two-minute span in the second quarter proved too costly for Bronson to overcome.

    The No. 3-seeded Eagles, fresh off a convincing district quarterfinal win against Chiefland (69-42), fell victim to early turnovers and a second-quarter scoring splurge by Dixie County in last Friday’s District 1A-7 semifinal round, as the Bears advanced on a 71-52 win in Bell.

    The second-seeded Bears, which routed Cedar Key in their quarterfinal tilt, went on to upset top-seeded and fourth-ranked Bell Saturday with a 63-59 overtime victory.

  • Prep bats set for season openers

    Grab the sunflower seeds, because high school baseball and softball seasons are rolling into action.

    The Chiefland softball team begins its defense of three straight state championships Friday at Taylor County in Perry, with the JV squads starting at 5 p.m. and varsity to follow at 7 p.m.

    The Lady Indians’ home opener is Tuesday, Feb. 21, against Bronson (5/7 p.m.). They continue the two-day homestand against Fort White on Wednesday, before hitting the road to face Bell that Thursday.

  • Bronson fends off Chiefland in...

    As the No. 3 seed facing a sixth-seeded Chiefland squad it had defeated twice in the regular season, Bronson figured to be the favorite in the opening round of the District 1A-7 hoops tournament in Bell.

    A 23-5 Eagle lead in the first half seemed to confirm that prognostication, but the Indians weren’t prepared to go away lightly, as they staged a mid-game rally to pull to within six in the third quarter.

    Bronson soon recaptured their early momentum, however, to pull away for a 69-42 win.

  • Chiefland halted in regional...

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team was dealt a tough hand to open its fourth straight state playoff appearance.

    It was forced to travel to Wildwood to take on the No. 1 ranked squad in Class 1A, an experienced senior-led Wildcat squad that’s stout in all phases of the game with its combination of perimeter skill and size.

    Wildwood (21-6) got off to a slow start against a plucky Indian defense, but eventually broke the game open for a 66-28 win in the Class 1A, Region 4 semifinal.

  • Chiefland girls yield to Trenton...

    Chiefland knew it had an uphill battle playing at No. 2-ranked Trenton in the girls’ District 1A-7 finals last Friday.

    The pressure going in was compounded on the court, as the Tiger defense helped generate 20 Indian turnovers in the first half on the way to a 61-29 Trenton win.

    It marked the second district title in a row for No. 2-ranked Trenton, which improved to 24-3 on the season. The Tigers face District 8 runner-up Pahokee at home Thursday in the regional semifinals, while Chiefland faces top-ranked Wildwood on the road.

  • London ignites Chiefland offense...

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team did what it needed during the regular season to guarantee itself a critical top-three seed in the district tournament.

    But the road was a difficult slog, as it struggled with injuries and player attrition and a difficult end to the non-district schedule.

    With the return of star senior Takiya London, and the win-or-go-home urgency of the postseason upon them, the district tournament in Trenton was the Indians’ chance to hit the reset button.

  • Trenton football sanctioned for...

    The Trenton football program will have to compete in a higher classification the next two years after the school was sanctioned for a self-reported violation of Florida High School Athletic Association recruiting policy.

  • Lady Indians basketball opens...

    After facing No. 2-ranked and reigning state finalist Trenton in last Friday’s district championship game, the Chiefland girls’ basketball team now turns its attention to No. 1 Wildwood.

    The Lady Indians hit the road to take on the top-ranked Wildcats in the opening round of the Class 1A state tournament.

    The Class 1A, Region 4 semifinal tips off 7 p.m.

  • Chiefland bats swing into action...

    The three-time state champion Chiefland Indians softball team and the reigning state finalist Chiefland baseball club break out the bats starting this week for a couple of preseason tournaments.

    The softball team is at Dixie County (Cross City) Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9 and 10. The Indians face Newberry at 5 p.m. Thursday, before taking on Bell at the same time on Friday.