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Today's Sports

  • Tiner part of senior class...

    The season is still more than two months away, but Dalton Tiner can sense something different in the air surrounding Chiefland football.

    With a strong core of returning seniors, a bigger roster under first-year Indians head coach Adam Gore, encouraging results from the off-season weight program, and a playoffs-or-bust attitude, Tiner hopes this year will be his most special after more than a decade of playing football.

  • Lady Indians’ hoops rebuilding...

    Buddy Vickers used to joke with Chiefland Lady Indians basketball coach Brian Gore that he wanted his job when the latter moved on.

    The pair’s families had been friends for years, as Vickers, a young 71-years-old, was a grade younger than Gore’s father.

    Vickers, whose been an assistant girls’ hoops coach at Trenton the last three years under Bryant Frye, witnessing a state finals appearance and another regional finals appearance for the Lady Tigers the last two seasons, liked the prospective talent Chiefland offered.

  • Weatherford stepping down after...

    Wayne Weatherford was doubting his decision again.

    His Chiefland Lady Indians were about to play in their fourth straight state championship game in Vero Beach, and the atmosphere was buzzing as game time approached and Chiefland faithful populated the Historic Dodgertown park.

    When Kearston Andrews, a former Chiefland player, part of Weatherford’s first state final four team in 2007, wished her former coach well, it reminded the longtime head man once again why he’s remained in coaching for 25 years.

  • Chiefland powers past Wildwood...

    Chiefland head coach Adam Gore described his team’s spring football game at Wildwood as a tale of two halves.

    He also said the team that played more physical prevailed in each half.

    The Indians were on the losing side of that equation in the first two quarters, as the Wildcats struck late in the second quarter with back-to-back long touchdowns to go up 12-10.

    Chiefland finished strong, however, with superior depth and improved blocking up front to capture a 32-12 win in the program’s first game under Gore.

  • A legacy built to last

    Eighty-eight wins. Four state finals appearances. Three state championships. A 15-1 record in state tournament games.

    And too many individual accolades to count.

    The Chiefland softball team came up one win short of its ultimate goal, a fourth state championship, but the Lady Indians can hold their heads high after a four-year run that might never be matched in any sport at any school of similar standing to Chiefland.

  • Chiefland advances to fourth...

    In the two state tournament games played between Chiefland and Wewahitchka, the Lady Indians have been held scoreless in 11 of 13 innings.

    At the state finals last year, CMHS poured on 12 runs in the fourth inning to defeat the Gators 12-6, claiming its third straight state title.

    On Wednesday, Chiefland’s 14-game winning streak was in jeopardy, as was a shot at a fourth state championship, as it trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh of the Class 1A semifinals against WHS.

  • Indians travel to Wildwood for...

    A new era of Indian football gets its first reveal Friday in Wildwood, where the Chiefland football team takes on the Wildcats in a spring exhibition.

    It’s the first game as head coach for Adam Gore, who took over the program in the winter.

    Gore, a CMHS graduate, was head man at Bell for a season, and was an assistant at Chiefland – including head junior varsity coach – and Dixie County.

  • Allow me to reintroduce myself

    Could they flip the switch when it counted most?

    It was a question that haunted Chiefland softball coaches and supporters.

    Would “senioritis” and the distraction of college softball scholarships and the rest of it deter from the drive that put three rings on the seniors’ fingers?

    Would the players fail to peak in time to earn a fourth straight trip to the state finals Vero Beach?

  • Parker catch spearheads Lady...

    For Chiefland to defend its three-time reign as regional champion, it knew it had to lean on something that’s always been a foundation and source of pride in helping the team line its fingers with bling.

    With runs coming at a premium against Trenton ace Darian Ingram, and the speedy Lady Tigers feeding off a slap-and-dash, bunt-and-run style from the left side of the plate, putting excessive pressure on opposing infielders, the Lady Indians needed to lead with their defense.

  • Defending the crown

    They met four times this year, but the fate of the Chiefland and Trenton softball teams’ respective seasons was largely determined by a short sequence of plays during a couple of innings last Tuesday in the regional championship game.