Today's Sports

  • Cooksey: 'This is the best...

    Twenty-one players participated in Bronson's first week of football practice, but Eagles coach Al Cooksey expects the number to rise to "between 24-27" by the start of the season.

    Over the last few weeks, Bronson players have taken part in team bonding experiences. They are even planning a "lock-in" sometime this week.

  • Heat too much for 2 Indians

    Paramedics were dispatched to the Otter Springs Park & Campground twice on Thursday as near-record temperatures and heat indexes above 100 degrees caused two Chiefland players to overheat.

  • Indians 'rap' up...

    Minutes before Thursday's dinner, there it was in plain sight: the exact purpose of Chiefland football team's two-night stay at Otter Springs Park & Campground.

    Players and coaches circled up in a corner of their 3,300-square foot lodge, shouting, laughing and even freestyle rapping. For readers who don't know, "freestyling" is where rap lyrics are improvised, not pre-planned or written.

  • Levy County deputy makes push to...

    At 5-foot, 6-inches tall, Levy County Sheriff’s deputy Gerald “Tom” Martin doesn’t intimidate every bad guy he comes in contact with on a daily basis. But if the bad guy pushes things, Martin pushes back with world class force.

  • Features, families first at...

    Families and features come first at Bronson Speedway, which has fired the engines up after more than a year without racing.

    Most tracks race heats first, but by running features first, new owner Ann Young hopes to keep families on the edge of their seats before bedtime.

  • Hot July for James

    In the past month, Jiwan James' stock has soared as a minor league baseball prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization.

    The Williston native even had the waitress at Appleby's recognize him as "The Jiwan James" on a recent trip to the chain-restaurant in Clearwater, where he's been swinging a smoking-hot bat for the Threshers, an Advanced A team.

    "Her boyfriend was an autograph seeker, though, so that was kinda bad," James said.

  • Bronson football needs volunteers

    Bronson starts fall practices on Monday short on staff. Coach Al Cooksey lost two volunteer assistants in the past few weeks and hopes to find more soon.

    “This coaching thing is a major concern right now,” Cooksey said. “I’ve been lucky that we have had some great coaches. We’re just looking for a few more because I need all the volunteer help I can find.”

  • Chiefland plans camp out

    Chiefland begins fall practice at home on Monday before heading to Otter Springs Park and Campground for its first practice in full pads on Wednesday.

    The Indians will return home from the “team bonding” experience late Friday.

    “We won't be roasting marshmellows and singing Kumbayah, I can assure you,” said CHS coach Jim O’Neal. “They’ve got some open fields that we’ll be using to practice on.”

  • Team Corbin wins big in Trenton

    Much to the delight of Corbin Wiggins, two of three events were won by Trenton Tigers.

    Much to the delight of him, his family and Todd Bryant, Friday's Knock Cancer Out of the Park was a huge hit, raising more than $6,500 for Wiggins, who recently was diagnosed with four types of cancer.

  • Fate turns on McMurray

    What a difference a year makes.

    A victory in the 2010 Brickyard 400 was quite an accomplishment in itself for Jamie McMurray. Except that he also won the Daytona 500, not to mention the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte.

    Yet, in spite of victories in NASCAR's two most prestigious races, McMurray, 35, failed to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Though the Joplin, Mo., native has won six Sprint Cup races in his career, he has never finished a season in the top 10 of the point standings.