Today's Sports

  • Lady Eagles fend off Sharks

    The one-two punch by siblings Yelena and Neomi Thomas combined for 31 points, while their Bronson squad took advantage of its free-throw opportunities to beat Cedar Key 49-38 in Bronson on Dec. 12.

    Yelena Thomas, a junior point guard, paced Bronson with 16 points, while Neomi added 15 behind 6-of-11 shooting from the foul line. It was Yelena’s sixth straight game with at least 16 points to start the season.

    The Lady Eagles took 29 foul shoots to CKS’ 12.

    “It was a good game,” BMHS coach Rodney Thomas said. “Our first quarter was about the lowest scoring quarter we had all season, so it was like, ‘What’s going on!?’”

    Eighth-grader Makalynn Bowling led the Lady Sharks’ scoring efforts with 11 points, while junior Jasmin Jackson followed with 10 points.

    CKS head coach David Tomlin called it his team’s worst-played game of the season, but took some consolation in the fact his Lady Sharks were within striking distance in the fourth quarter.

    Tomlin’s usually reliable defense was out of sync against the Lady Eagles.

  • Cross country standout...

    When it comes to state competition, no athlete outside the school’s softball program has seen as much success recently at Chiefland Middle High School as eighth-grade cross country star Lauren Jones.

    On Dec. 12, the School Board of Levy County recognized Jones’ feats, as CMHS assistant principal Aaron Halderman recounted her accomplishments.

    Family, coaches and supporters filled the room to celebrate the moment for Jones, who, after already qualifying for the state championship as a seventh-grader, took a significant step this past season in finishing 14th overall at the Class 1A championships against a field of more than 175 runners.

    “When you see that many kids running, that’s a big accomplishment,” Halderman said. “And to know that she’s got her high school years ahead of her – a lot of the athletes that came in ahead of her, I don’t think she’ll be running against in the years to come.”

    Halderman recalled when he first saw Jones run a race. It was Chiefland Elementary School’s annual Run-for-Fun.

    A future star was born.

  • Healy sweeps Women's golf...

    Shirley Meggs
    CWGA Publicist

    Chiefland Women’s Golf Association held their 2017 Handicap Match Play Tournament the past two months.

    The women play one-on-one matches with the higher handicap receiving less strokes on the more difficult holes. Carol Healy was this year’s victor. She never lost a single match in spite of having to “give” strokes to almost every competitor she faced.

    Denise Boyle came in second by defeating the rest of the field, but succumbed to Carol’s excellent play. The final round was played Wednesday, Nov. 22, in which Carol won by three holes over Denise.

    Good going ladies!

  • Drummond Holiday Tournament...

    One of the staples of the holiday season are hoops tournaments.

    Cedar Key School is hosting its second Drummond Bank CKS Beach Ball Holiday Tournament Dec. 19 and Dec. 20, and the Chiefland girls will be there.

    The tourney features six girls’ squads, including the Lady Indians, Branford, and The Rock (Gainesville) in Pool A; and Fort White, Keystone Heights and the Lady Sharks constituting Pool B.

    Each school plays twice on Day 1 in pool play.

    A junior varsity matchup between Creekside and CKS tips off action at 11 a.m. Dec. 19, before pool play begins at 12:15 p.m. between the Buccaneers and the Lions of Gainesville. Fort White and CKS follow it up at 1:45, and then The Rock and Lady Indians of Chiefland are scheduled for 3:15. Keystone Heights and FWHS meet at 4:45, then CMHS returns to action against BHS at 6:15 before KHS and Cedar Key cap the day at 7:45.

    On Dec. 20, the third-place teams from each pool face off at 4 p.m., followed by the second-place schools at 5:30, and then the championship game at 7 p.m.

  • Lady Eagles cruise past Bell

    Led by a suffocating defense that allowed just seven points in the first half, the Bronson girls’ basketball team soared to 49-26 win over Bell at home Dec. 7.

    The victory improved the Lady Eagles to 2-1 in District 1A-7, and 3-2 overall. They advanced to 4-2 (and 3-1) in a win over Cedar Key Dec. 12.

    Junior point guard Yelena Thomas led Bronson against the Bulldogs with a double-double behind 20 points and 19 steals, as her team jumped out to a 22-0 advantage in the opening quarter. Fellow junior Eagle Tamia Haynes also notched a double-double at 12 points and 11 boards.

    Thomas was 3 for 7 from 3-point range versus Bell, and is 22 for 35 (63 percent) on free throws for the season. The junior boasted at least 16 points in all of the team’s first five games.

    The win allowed Bronson to work on its half-court offense and situational play as well as yielding playing time for younger players.

  • Inexperienced Eagles strive for...

    Edit: This story misreported Bronson’s record in the Dec. 14 edition of the Citizen.


    Bronson head basketball coach Kenny Thomas can’t stand selfish play.

    He understands that for most teams, and especially his current Eagle squad, the sum truly is greater than the parts.

    With a host of new varsity players feeling one another out, Thomas is putting the emphasis on better communication and team play at this early stage of the season. It’s a scenario that’s familiar to the young Chiefland team as well.

    A handful of seniors regularly saw action for BMHS last season.

    “We’ve got a lot of guys coming up from JV last year, kind of getting familiar with each other, starting to play together better,” the Eagle boys’ coach said. “Our problem was we’re not used to each other. They’re not in sync together yet, knowing what to expect from the other person.

  • Lady Indians take their lumps...

    Buddy Vickers, the first-year Chiefland girls’ basketball coach, knew what his team was in for when it squared off against Trenton Dec. 1.

    Vickers previously worked in the program as it made a state finals appearance in 2016 and added another regional finals bid in 2017.

    The young Lady Indians may have been overmatched at this stage, but they didn’t make it easy for the Lady Tigers in the early going. Trenton eventually separated itself for a convincing 62-25 win.

    The TMHS win, combined with its 60-17 victory Dec. 4 against Cedar Key, helped the squad to a 4-0 start, and 3-0 in District 1A-7.

    CMHS headed into its Dec. 5 game at Dixie County at 1-2 overall, and 1-1 in district competition.

    “We ran out of steam,” Vickers said. “We played as good as we can play. It wasn’t for a lack of effort. I was proud of them.”

    Trenton had yet to make a field goal four minutes into the game, but then raced out to an 18-4 lead by the end of the opening quarter.

  • Chiefland surrenders early lead...

    While the inexperienced, but talented, Chiefland boys’ basketball team seeks its identity, you often get tantalizing glimpses of its most electrifying potential as well as its share of forgettable lows on any given night.

    Against Trenton Dec. 1, in a meeting that lived up to the best and worst of what that intense and exhausting rivalry has become, the Indians led with their best foot forward, storming out to a 15-0 lead, culminating in a Ty Corbin 3-pointer.

    But the Tigers took advantage of Chiefland’s less-than-consistent play for the remainder of the game, as the Indian offense went stagnant for long stretches. Trenton chipped away to lead by two at the half, following a buzzer-beating 3 by Jayce Gentry, and then narrowly clung to its advantage for the second half, eventually securing a 51-44 win in the district rivalry clash.

    Chiefland dropped to 1-2 (1-1 in District 1A-7) heading into its game at Dixie County Dec. 5. Trenton knocked off Cedar Key Dec. 4 to improve to 3-0 overall as well as in the district.

  • Hoops coach discusses life...

    At the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meeting Nov. 30, guest speaker Buddy Vickers, the first-year head coach of the Chiefland Middle High School girls’ basketball team, was officially there to talk Lady Indian basketball.

    But it was the lessons one gains from basketball and athletics – discipline; learning how to work toward an achievement; losing the right way – that Vickers was really interested in relaying.

    “I’ll talk to you about basketball, but you know basketball in itself is not really that important,” he started. “But I think the things you learn from basketball, or any athletic endeavor, is important.”

    Vickers discussed the coaches who influenced him, including former Trenton and Bronson coach John Rowe.

    “You never know what’s going to influence you,” said Vickers, who was previously a middle school and JV coach at Trenton. “I never expected to be a coach. In fact, I expected to be in front of a judge. Coach Rowe, my dad, my wife, helped keep from getting there.”

  • Lady Indians to host JV...

    Chiefland Middle High School is hosting a junior varsity girls basketball tournament Saturday, Dec. 9, in its gym. The tournament is sponsored by Capital City Bank and there will be a full concession stand. The Lady Indians tip off at 9 a.m. against Newberry to start the tournament, followed by Trenton and Keystone Heights at approximately 10:30 a.m. After a 30 minute break, a consolation game will pit the losers of the first two games against one another to determine third place. The championship game between the winners of games 1 and 2 will conclude the event.