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Today's Sports

  • Heart of an Eagle

    Brian Simpkins was facing life without football – life without the teammates he’s played alongside and established bonds with all through school – and it wasn’t a pleasant thought.

    During spring practices, the Bronson wide receiver and defensive back could feel something wasn’t right with his heart. When he had it checked out at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, he was told he had an intramural course in one of his coronary arteries, which was reducing blood flow.

  • Top Eagles recognized at...

    Players, coaches, boosters and supporters of the Bronson Middle High School football program were recognized and celebrated at the team’s dinner banquet on Dec. 4.

    Everyone from star players to volunteer support staff were applauded and issued awards at the dinner, which included a barbeque chicken dinner and took place in the Bronson Elementary School cafeteria.

  • Eagle boys fall away late in...

    A tie game with 3:40 remaining turned into a misleading final result for the Bronson boys’ basketball team last Tuesday.

    While the Eagles watched a pair of their starters – including double-figure scorer Andrew Jenkins – foul out in the fourth quarter, visiting Lafayette (Mayo) continued to drain its free throws, converting 14 in the fourth to finish 19 for 25 on the night.

    The Hornets (4-3) used that advantage at the charity stripe to build on its lead in the waning minutes, capturing a 72-62 non-district win in the BMHS gym.

  • Bronson girls avoid lopsided...

    The Bronson girls’ basketball team trailed by 21 points to Lafayette last Tuesday early in the fourth quarter.

    But the Eagles had no plans to go away quietly with an insurmountable deficit.

    BMHS sophomore guard Yelena Thomas notched nine of her team-high 17 points in the fourth to help her Eagles nearly narrow that deficit to single digits, as the Hornets went on to collect a 54-44 win in non-district hoops action in Bronson.

  • Sharks host Drummond Bank-CKS...

    Cedar Key School will be hosting its second consecutive holiday basketball tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 21, and Thursday, Dec. 22.

    This year, CKS is excited to have Drummond Bank as the exclusive sponsor of the event, as it’s provided tremendous support for the tournament.

    The four teams participating on the boys’ side of the draw are: Trenton, Oak Hall, Florida State University School (Tallahassee) and Cedar Key.

  • Richardson dismissed as...

    For the first time in half a decade, Chiefland is searching for a new head football coach.

    On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the school dismissed Aaron Richardson, who was at the helm for five seasons, leading the program to a 24-24 record.

    The Indians finished 3-5 in 2016.

    “They let me know they were going in a different direction, and I kind of understood,” Richardson said. “Anytime a team is underperforming, or performing badly, us, as head coaches, we kind of know when things could happen.

  • Local go-kart racer making up...

    Tyler Russ might be considered a late bloomer when it comes to go-kart racing.

    In a sport where many competitors first get behind the wheel as young as 5- or 6-years-old, the Chiefland 17-year-old, who goes by the nickname ‘The NightCrawler’ on the track, only got started three years ago.

    But that hasn’t slowed Russ’ fast rise in the sport, if his first foray into a state series this year is any indication.

  • Lady Indians split pair of...

    The Chiefland girls faced the top and bottom of the district on Friday and Monday, and the results indicated as much.

    At Bell on Friday, the Lady Indians toppled the Bulldogs 54-11 in District 1A-7 action.

    CMHS had five players with at least seven points, including junior Naja Martin (14 points) and sophomore Courtney Hayes (11 points), who were each in double figures for the Indians. Senior Aleaha Rhoomes and freshman Sierra Norris boasted eight points apiece, while sophomore Colby Reed chipped in seven points.

  • Bronson employs team effort to...

    The Bronson boys’ basketball team put together its best performance on the season against Cedar Key Monday with good ball movement on offense and opportunistic defense, as the Eagles cruised to a 74-36 win in District 1A-7 action.

    Seven different Eagles converted at least two field goals, while three – Julius Smith (11 points), Glen Cooper (10 points) and Tra Francis (10 points) – were in double figures, helping BMHS pick up its second win in the district.

  • Lady Eagles fend off plucky...

    What once looked like an easy win for Bronson approached nail-biter status midway through the fourth quarter.

    The Lady Eagles led by as much as 16 points in the third quarter Monday against Cedar Key, but the Lady Sharks charged back in the fourth to cut the deficit to seven points, before Bronson, led by senior Myia Knight, converted eight free throws down the stretch to pull way for a 50-37 win in an up-tempo district hoops clash in Bronson.