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Today's Sports

  • Lady Indians remain undefeated

    The Chiefland softball team has met every challenge thrown its way in the young season, as its improved to 6-0 Feb. 26 in a 16-5 win against Taylor County with a pair of eight-run rallies.

    In the prior week, the Lady Indians went 2-0 on the road against Levy County opponents, knocking off Williston 8-4 and Bronson 6-2. In between those games, Chiefland posted a 6-0 win over Class 8A Gainesville-Buchholz Feb. 22.

    The Lady Bobcats from Gainesville presented a new wrinkle for the club – left-handed pitching.

    But five different Lady Indians – Tristen Drummond (2 for 4), Macie Thomas, Gabriel Stancil and catcher Karlie Meeks – each doubled for CMHS.

  • CMHS boys, girls place 2nd in...

    The Chiefland boys’ and girls’ track and field teams each placed second in their five-school meets Feb. 22 at C. Doyle McCall Field.

    The meet also include Bronson, Cedar Key, Bell and Trenton. The Lady Eagles placed third.

    The CMHS boys picked up relay wins in the 4x110 yard, with the team of Jalen Rutledge, Lane Studstill, Fry Raymer and Tramaine Brown, at 46.75 second, and in the 4x440, with Brown, Paul Davis, Hector Barajas and Jahvel Blair combining for a winning time of 4 minutes, 3 seconds.

    Chiefland senior Lane Studstill picked up a second place in the 100-meter dash at 11.16 seconds. L.J. Jenkins took second for CMHS in the high hurdles (19.21 seconds) and 440-yard dash (57.50 seconds), and placed third in the 330-yard hurdles.

    Chiefland’s Jonathan Cannon was a fraction of a second off pace of a first-place finish in the 880-yard run, as he notched second at 2:39.86.

    Luke Stockman collected a pair of second-place finishes for Chiefland, both in the 1-mile run (5:29) and the 2-mile run (12:17). Brown took third in the long jump; Raymer was third in the 220-yard dash for the Indians.

  • Indian bats frosty in season...

    With just one available preseason game and multiple starters just returning from basketball, the Chiefland baseball team didn’t have the luxury of easing into the season.

    Instead, the Indians were on the road against rival Williston for their opener, facing a strong Red Devil pitching rotation and a lineup with nine seniors.

    After that, CMHS celebrated its home opener Feb. 27 with a meeting against reigning state champion Trenton, which was played after the press deadline.

    Chiefland’s pitching, anchored by a strong relief outing by Jaron Feagle, and its defense helped the club hang around with Williston even when the bats weren’t popping. But the Red Devils, behind five no-hit innings by Levi Pickel and a two-run insurance rally in the third, prevailed 3-1.

  • On top of her game

    Takiya London is having a better freshman college season than her senior season at Chiefland Middle High School.

    Not that there was anything particularly wrong with the latter. London, a shortstop, batted .411 with three home runs to help lead the Lady Indians to their fourth straight state finals appearance.

    But the former Chiefland volleyball and basketball standout has a renewed focus at College of Central Florida, where she has transitioned comfortably to the competition under the tutelage of Kevin Fagan.

    Her power was on full display during a home doubleheader against St. Petersburg College Feb. 15, when she went 5 for 7 and belted her third home run of the season in the Lady Patriots’ two-game sweep. She laced another pitch over the fence that hugged the third-base line but was called foul.

    “I thought it was fair,” she said.” It’s where it passes the pole, not where it lands.”

    London is batting .422 with four home runs. She’s also been stout in the field, turning three double plays one recent weekend.

  • Lady Indians start strong under...

    “Are you impressed?”

    Senior shortstop Erika Gilliam asked the question after her Chiefland softball team improved to 2-0 with a 10-0 win over Mayo-Lafayette.

    For a program that’s coming off four state finals appearances and three state titles in four years, it wouldn’t normally be a noteworthy start. But the Lady Indians boast six new starters this season, and that’s not including Gilliam switching positions from third base.

    Regardless, Chiefland impressed in all phases in their season-opening 8-3 win over Dixie County Feb. 13 and the subsequent victory against the Lady Hornets Feb. 15.

    Gilliam paced the CMHS offense in the latter win, going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. Fellow returning starter Macie Thomas, a junior first baseman, ignited the club with a solo home run in the first inning.

    The club went on to rally for seven runs in the third inning and collect 14 hits for the game.

  • College reunion

    There are more than a handful of ballplayers from Chiefland and Cedar Key playing college softball this spring.

    Three of them – former Lady Indians Lauren Stalvey, Lauren Parker and Sydney Parks – are wearing the same uniform again, reunited at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota in Bradenton. Stalvey is a sophomore pitcher, Parker is a freshman first baseman and Parks is a freshman second baseman. The trio were each three-time state champions at CMHS.

    On Feb. 10, the trio enjoyed what felt like a homecoming, playing in front of family and Chiefland supporters for a doubleheader in north Gainesville against Santa Fe College.

    Stalvey started in the circle in the first game and picked up a win in 4.2 innings of work, allowing two walks, five hits and just one earned run. The sophomore gave up the run in the first before settling in for her strongest statistical outing on the season.

    Stalvey’s ERA on the season dropped to 3.07 over 13 ⅔ innings. At Chiefland, she was the ace pitcher for three state championship clubs.

    Stalvey says she’s a lot more comfortable in her second year.

  • 3's a charm

    It’s tough to beat a team three times in a season, as the cliche goes.

    And when it comes to rivalries and end-of-season tournaments, you can throw the records out the window, as a couple more cliches go.

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team came out on the winning end of their pair of meetings with Bronson in the regular season, but it was Monday’s matchup in Cross City, which marked the opening of the District 1A-7 tournament, that mattered most.

    In the early going, it looked like it might be the Eagles’ night, as junior Cole Langston threw down back-to-back wide-open dunks and sophomore Blake Homan sank a 3-pointer from half-court at the first-quarter buzzer.

    But Chiefland chopped a 10-point deficit down to 3 just before the half, and junior Payne Parnell kept taking – and making – shots for CMHS, eventually draining the final go-ahead 3 with a minute to play, helping lift the Indians to a 50-45 win.

    The Indians face top-seeded Bell in the semifinals Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Dixie County High School.

  • Lady Indians’ hoops season...

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss in the district semifinals in Trenton.

    Facing a Branford squad with a trio of capable shooters, the Lady Buccaneers heated up from outside and took advantage of Chiefland turnovers to survive a back-and-forth second half for a 60-51 win.

    Branford lost to Trenton in the district championship game 72-38, and plays at Wildwood Feb. 15 in the regional semifinals.

    CMHS fell behind by six in the second quarter before launching an 11-0 rally to go ahead by five. The squad clung to a 25-24 lead at the break after a rough start to the game.

    The third quarter quarter saw eight lead changes between the teams, with eighth-grader J’Mia McNeil, on the heels of a Colby Reed 3, giving her Lady Indians their final lead of the game on a 3-pointer off an inbound play.

    Then Branford connected on a pair of 3s and collected a handful of steals to get off to a lightning-fast start in the fourth in taking a 49-39 lead.

  • Lady Tigers collect third...

    The Trenton girls’ basketball team was the clear favorite heading into its District 1A-7 tournament.

    The Lady Tigers, who were the No. 1 seed and district host, matched those expectations with ease, cruising to their third straight district championship with convincing wins over Bronson and Branford. They play host to Frostproof Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Class 1A regional semifinals. The Lady Buccaneers are at Wildwood the same night.

    Trenton (24-2) raced to a 34-11 advantage on the Lady Eagles in the second quarter to take command of the game, despite 14 first-half points from BMHS junior point guard Yelena Thomas, eventually capturing a 74-29 win over the fourth-seeded Bronson squad.

    Senior Thalia Jackson proved unstoppable in the paint for TMHS in the matchup, as she posted a game-high 28 points. Juniors Bryn Thomas (11 points) and Taniah Bowers (10 points) joined her in double figures for Trenton. Jackson was 8 for 14 at the foul line and added 15 rebounds to notch a double-double.

  • Chiefland opens against Bronson...

    An intra-county rivalry tips off the District 1A-7 boys’ basketball tournament in Cross City Monday, Feb. 12, as fifth-seeded Chiefland squares off against No. 4 seed Bronson tat 6 p.m. at Dixie County High School.

    The pair of schools finished tied with Cedar Key with four district wins apiece, but Bronson won the tiebreaker on the account of its win over No. 3 seed Trenton. CKS is the No. 6 seed and faces third-seeded Trenton Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.

    Chiefland won both meetings with Bronson during the regular season, edging out the Eagles on the road in 70-68 comeback win Jan. 11, before prevailing 63-58 in the rematch in Chiefland. In the latter game, the Indians pulled ahead by 23 points in the third quarter, with five CMHS scorers contributing at least seven points apiece. Quay Brodus and Jarrett Jerrels led the bunch with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

    Big fourth quarters by Bronson duo Cole Langston and Tra Francis helped narrow the Eagle deficit.