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Today's Sports

  • Cedar Key Open set for March 7

    The Third Annual Cedar Key Open Golf Tournament will be held March 7 at Chiefland Golf and Country Club.

    The tournament will be a four-person scramble with registration at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

    A bag lunch will be provided by The Big Deck Bar and Grill. Prizes, donated by local businesses and community members, and a low country boil, compliments of Ricky Cook and The Big Deck, will immediately follow the tournament at the Big Deck on Dock St. in Cedar Key.

    The tournament is to benefit the Cedar Key Volunteer Fire and Rescue and is being sponsored by the Big Deck Bar and Grill.

    The entry fee is $50 per person. The fee covers a round of golf, cart, bag lunch, prizes and dinner. Payment is required at signup. Participants will be limited to the first 20 teams to sign up. Dinner-only is available for $15 per person. Reservations for dinner are required.

    Donations for the event are welcome. and additional advertising donation opportunities are available to businesses and individuals who wish to sponsor a hole with a tee sign.

  • State considers playoff changes...

    The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) will decide on a couple of proposals that, if in place, would have put the Chiefland football team in the playoffs for the first time since 2004 this past season.

    The FHSAA’s Athletic Director Advisory Committee (ADAC) endorsed a Football Advisory Committee proposal at its meeting Jan. 10 in Gainesville to add two more playoff teams from each region in Classes 1A through 4A. They also endorsed a recommendation to add five more points for losses under the playoff points qualifying system.

    Under the current system, four teams from each region make the playoffs in Classes 1A through 4A, making for a total of 16 playoff teams from each of the smaller classifications. The new proposal, if approved, would create 24 playoff teams, and grant a bye for the top two seeded teams from each region, adding an extra round to the playoffs.

    The FHSAA will vote on the changes Jan. 29, and they would be applied for the upcoming 2018 season.

  • Lady Bucs snap CMHS streak with...

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team caught a red-hot Branford squad on the wrong night.

    The Lady Buccaneers stemmed the Lady Indians’ win streak at five games as they nearly eclipsed CMHS’ total scoring output for the night with 30 points in the first quarter.

    Branford jumped out to a 30-3 lead in the opening quarter before securing a 62-31 win in Chiefland.

    A series of half-court steals helped BHS build an insurmountable advantage in the first quarter with a 30-1 run. Chiefland played even with Branford for the remainder.

    It marked just the third time this season that Chiefland was held to under 39 points.

    Courtney Hayes paced the Lady Indians with 12 points, while Naja Martin hauled in a team-high 13 rebounds.

    “That’s going to happen to you sometimes, I’m just glad it was tonight and not in the district tournament,” Chiefland coach Buddy Vickers said. “I guess we still had the blues over last night (against Bronson). We were tired and we were hurting from (the Bronson game).”

    Defense, rebounding lead CMHS past FW

  • Lady Indians maintain winning...

    A solid run through its holiday tournament games, punctuated by a win over Providence, gave way to the Chiefland girls’ basketball team’s best week of the season, as it came back from break with convincing wins over Cedar Key and Bell.

    The victories set the Lady Indians on a three-game winning streak heading into their Jan. 9 home tilt against Fort White (played after press deadline). It also made them winners of four of their last five, and they hadn’t lost in regulation in seven games.

    On Jan. 2, in Cedar Key, the Lady Sharks knotted things up with CMHS at 19-19 with two minutes remaining in the half on a long 2 by Makalynn Bowling. Chiefland, though, responded with a long Colby Reed bucket and a bank shot from J’Mia McNeil to go up 24-19 for the break.

    The Lady Indians never surrendered their advantage for the remainder, as they clung narrowly to their lead in the third before establishing some breathing space in the final frame behind a combined 15 points from Sierra Norris and Courtney Hayes.

  • Adams’ late splurge not enough...

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team saw a reversal of the fortunes it enjoyed in a 19-point win over Cedar Key over the Christmas break.

    When the teams welcomed one another back from break with a meeting on Jan. 2 on the island, the Indian press defense failed to leverage the level of turnovers and general turmoil it generated in that earlier win.

    Instead, the Sharks stretched out for a comfortable 18-point advantage by the third quarter, before fending off a late Chiefland rally for a 64-58 win.

    That rally was pinpointed by Austin Adams’ 13 fourth-quarter points, helping shrink the Indians’ deficit by 14 points. Chiefland combined for five 3-pointers in the final frame, including two apiece by Adams and Payne Parnell.

    But the Indians were just 4 for 17 from beyond the arc before the fourth quarter, and had modest help from the free throw line, where they were 7 for 15 for the game.

  • Expectations remain high inside...

    The Chiefland softball team, which advanced to four straight state championship games and won three Class 1A state titles over the past four years, would seem to be facing a major transition heading into the upcoming season.

    Six seniors from last year’s squad have since graduated, including five that are playing college ball. That tally adds to the three or four starters that had already moved on after contributing to three state championship clubs.

    Moreover, Wayne Weatherford, who was at the helm for all four state finals games, as well as a final four appearance in 2007, has hung up his coach’s cap.

    But it’s not all new territory for the Lady Indians, who begin their official practices Jan. 22. Chiefland’s new head man, Jimmy Anderson, is a familiar face for CMHS softball. In coaching youth and travel ball, he came up through the ranks with the program’s group of core players from the last two seasons.

  • Norris signs with Bulls

    Brian Norris Jr. was worried he was missing his window to play college ball.

    The running back wasn’t hearing much buzz from colleges his junior season, and he knew the clock was ticking.

    It all changed for Norris this past summer. He attended a camp at the University of South Florida, expecting to catch attention on the defensive side of the ball.

    The experience led to a scholarship offer from the Bulls, where Norris could end up at running back.

    Norris has graduated from CMHS and will start attending USF in Tampa next semester.

    On Dec. 20, the new early signing period deadline, Norris sent off his letter of intent to Coach Charlie Strong and USF, and the occasion was celebrated in the Chiefland Middle High School auditorium with Norris’ family and current and former coaches, teammates, friends and supporters.

    “Last year, I kind of started getting down on myself,” Norris said. “It was getting close to my senior year, I had to make something happen. And then everything started falling into place.”

  • Lady Indians cap exhaustive...

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball played 18 quarters of holiday tournament basketball on the road in three days, starting Dec. 19.

    After slogging through a pair of closely-fought overtime losses in Cedar Key, as well as a hard-fought win over Branford on the island, the Lady Indians capped their holiday slate with a one-off exhibition tilt against Providence School (Jacksonville) in the Trenton SAMCO Christmas Classic Dec. 21.

    They shook off the fatigue to score an impressive triumph over the Stallions, as Naja Martin (12 points), Colby Reed (11 points) and Sierra Norris (nine points) combined for 32 points to help CMHS fend off Providence for a 39-34 win.

    Chiefland connected on eight field goals in the second quarter to jump ahead 22-11 by the break. CMHS enjoyed a mix of buckets in the frame, including a mid-range pull-up basket and floater from Reed, multiple layups off drives from Norris, and a couple of put-backs from Martin. Courtney Hayes was also heavily involved as a key rebounder and defender for Chiefland, adding a steal and layup in the period.

  • Lady Indians get workout in...

    By the end of its two-day, three-game run in the second Drummond Bank CKS Beach Ball Holiday Tournament Dec. 19 and Dec. 20, the Chiefland girls’ basketball squad was a tired bunch.

    The Lady Indians ended up playing 14 quarters in the two days, with two of their games going into overtime. Still, they ended up nearly capturing third place, and were on the cusp of competing in the championship game, if not for a tiebreaker technicality that left them playing in the third place consolation matchup.

    In that final game against Keystone Heights, a 33-30 overtime loss for Chiefland, the points were scarce in the early going, with CMHS leading just 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.

    As the buckets added up, the margin remained airtight, as the biggest lead by either team in the second half came on the heels of a dribble-drive by Sierra Norris that put the Lady Indians up 16-13.

  • Strong start not enough for CMHS...

    Chiefland boys’ basketball home matchup against Union County Dec. 19 was a game of ups and downs for the Indians.

    The squad looked as sharp as it has all year handling the Tiges’ press, but failed to convert enough to reap the rewards. Chiefland would see UCHS build up multiple 11 points leads, before chopping them down to more manageable five-point margins, eventually surrendering 63-52.

    Union County improved to 3-6 behind the win, a misleading record for the Tigers, as they share a district with Williston and 1A powerhouse Hawthorne, and have a couple of district losses by four and two points. It marked the third straight loss for the Indians, who later rebounded with a win over Cedar Key in Trenton’s Christmas tournament.

    Chiefland struggled at the foul line, at 13 for 29, and didn’t get any help from beyond the arc, where it went 1 for 9 as a team.

    Sophomore Jarrett Jerrels paced the Indians with 12 points, while fellow sophomore Jalen Rutledge joined him in double figures with 11 points. Junior Kirk Williams had a trio of buckets in the third quarter to help himself to eight points on the night.