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Today's Sports

  • Boys hoops set for district...

    Monday marks the start of the opening round of the District 1A-7 boys’ basketball tournament in Bell, but local county teams Chiefland, Cedar Key and Bronson will have to wait a day to tip off their quarterfinal bids.

    No. 6 seed Chiefland (4-16) meets county rival Bronson (10-11), the third seed, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, before No. 7 Cedar Key (1-20) takes on second-seeded Dixie County (Cross City) that night at 7:30 p.m.

  • Chiefland southpaw commits to...

    Casey Lawson’s path to college ball has been almost as elusive as his stable of pitches are for opposing batters.

    The Chiefland senior was on the shelf for his first two years of high school due to a hairline fracture in his throwing arm.

    But he reemerged just in time for the Indians’ magical run to the state championship game last spring, contributing as a key bat in the lineup while he nursed his arm back to health.

  • Jackson leads WMHS girls past...

    It was a battle of star sophomore guards on display in Bronson last Friday when the Eagles took on Williston in girls’ hoops.

    But the Red Devils ultimately prevailed through a team effort, as they started to pull away late in the third quarter en route to a 63-46 win.

    It was Williston’s second win in as many nights over a county foe, coming on the heels of a 62-33 win in Chiefland, and improved the squad to 15-5. The loss knocked the Lady Eagles below .500 at 9-10.

  • Williston boys turn up heat on...

    When Bronson pulled to within two of Williston last Friday on a Sean Hensley layup midway through the second quarter, it looked like the Eagles could give their formidable county neighbors a run for their money.

    But the Red Devils’ strength inside, and ability to create offense from strong defensive play, proved too much for Bronson in the waning minutes of the quarter, as WMHS broke free from a slow offensive start to carry a double-digit advantage into the break.

  • Lady Red Devils pull away in...

    Chiefland girls’ basketball coach Brian Gore is baffled by his team’s scoring trends by quarter this season.

    The Lady Indians have been been stronger in the opening and closing frames, but have shown a significant falloff in the second and third quarters.

    Their defense held its own early last Thursday against a talented Williston squad before the second-quarter woes reemerged. The Lady Red Devils went on a 14-2 run just before the half, sparking their path to a 62-33 win in Chiefland.

  • Chiefland girls' hoops...

    Chiefland’s seeding in next week’s District 1A-7 girls’ basketball tournament at Trenton High School remained unknown early this week, as the Lady Indians finished tied for second with Branford.

    The pair of 8-4 district teams will have to go down to the final tiebreaker to decide who gets the second seed – a coin flip.

    The second seed faces No. 7 Bell Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m., while the No. 3 will square off that day at 6 p.m. against Dixie County (Cross City).

  • Local siblings share big dreams...

    She’s a budding prep star, one of the standouts among the county’s impressive class of sophomores.

    He’s a former county star, having twice led Chiefland in scoring, and having played a key role in its final four run in 2014, now on the verge of starting the next phase of his hoops career.

    Her older brother’s former team, a team she once rooted for, is now her neighboring rival.

    He now roots for Cedar Key, at least when it comes to his sister’s Lady Sharks.

  • Bronson boys run past Chiefland...

    The meeting between the Bronson and Chiefland boys’ hoops squads last Tuesday in Bronson unfolded in opposite fashion as we’re recently used to seeing from the teams.

    While the Eagles have proved apt at building early leads, only to see them threatened down the stretch by excessive turnovers, the Indians have more often started slow before finding their offensive spark in the fourth quarter.

  • Lady Indians handle Bronson in...

    Chiefland head coach Brian Gore was unhappy with the look of his team in Bronson last Tuesday, calling it one his squad’s worst performances.

    But he didn’t question his team’s effort, which helped pull the Lady Indians from an early deficit to issue a 46-34 win in the BMHS gym.

    “We played bad, but I was impressed with the fact that when we weren’t playing a good game, we still came back and fought and did enough to win,” Gore said.

  • Chiefland girls survive late...

    When senior Aleaha Rhoomes stole the ball in the backcourt for a breakaway layup in the fourth quarter, given her Chiefland squad a 15-point lead last Tuesday against Cedar Key with just three minutes remaining, CKS coach David Tomlin instructed his squad to just keep playing, regardless of the score.