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Today's Sports

  • Bears’ boys roll...

    Chiefland High School’s boys basketball team stormed to a 18-5 first quarter lead last Friday night against Dixie County.

    But the Bears fought back, limiting the Indians’ Eugene Carter to only nine points, and outscoring Chiefland 48-29 during the final three quarters, for a 53-47 win.

    The loss spoiled Chiefland’s Senior Night. The Indians honored two seniors — Desmonds Jackson and Tony Bennett — before the game Friday.

  • Early Oak Hall run sinks Bronson

     Oak Hall used a 29-12 first-half run to overtake Bronson, 45-28, last Thursday night.

    J.D. Tomlinson led Oak Hall with 19 points, including four 3-pointers in the first three quarters. 

    Enrique Wiseman led Bronson with 14.

    It was a game in which the home Eagles (Oak Hall is also the Eagles) struggled to find the basket. 

    Oak Hall stormed out of the gate with a 13-4 run and never looked back.

    Bronson’s defense was also struggling, coach Aaron Haldeman said.

  • Denied again

    Chiefland High School’s varsity boys basketball team stormed back from a 12-point halftime deficit last Friday night to force overtime with Bell.

    But the Bulldogs held fast in the extra period, topping the Indians in a 50-49 thriller.

    Friday’s game was the second time these two teams pushed the game in overtime. Bell triumphed 78-74 in their last meeting on Dec. 7 at Chiefland.

    It was epic. Bell was without center and inside scoring threat James Thomas, so Chiefland came into the game thinking they had an advantage over their previous meeting.

  • Despite strong start, CHS girls...

    Despite one of their best first-half performances of the season, Chiefland’s girls basketball varsity team succumbed to Bell last Friday night, 50-33.

    But Chiefland didn’t have an answer against Bell’s Olivia Bailey, who totaled 27 points for the game.

    Chiefland’s offense was clicking early, with an early jumper from Janessa Barrios, 3-pointer from Charlene Davis and layup from Amie Biehl to give the Indians a 7-6 lead. 

  • Paddle by the Moonlight

     The air was cool, and the last rays of sunshine were beginning to fade as a group of 27 people in canoes and kayaks slid into the spring’s run.

    Some seemed at home in the sleek fiberglass and aluminum crafts, while others fought to steer and maintain balance, colliding and clustering with each other.

  • Johnson, Ravens claw way into...

     To reach the AFC Playoffs, the Baltimore Ravens needed a victory last Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

    And the Ravens got their trip to the postseason, led by running back Willis McGahee's three touchdowns for a 21-13 win.

    Chiefland High School graduate Jarret Johnson recorded two solo tackles for the game, including a decisive hit to Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell in the fourth quarter. 

  • Hamiltons keep it close while...

    Bronson girls basketball varsity coach Greg Hamilton started this prep hoops season with a rather large task: rebuild the Lady Eagles.

    It’s a process. He knows that it will take time to get the program back on top.

    And it’s a job too big for just one person. He also needed a junior varsity coach that could help train his players for the varsity level.

    So he turned to someone he knew he could trust. Someone he knew could teach the essential skills needed for the upper levels of the game.

    It was an easy choice. He chose his son, Josh.

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  • Judi Cooksey, former teacher and...

    Judi Cooksey, wife of Bronson football coach Al Cooksey, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 23. She was 58.

    Cooksey's time as a basketball and softball coach at Williston High School capped a long career coaching student athletes in Florida. She was also a teacher with the National Education Federation in Palatka, Fla.

  • Judith Keffer Cooksey, former...

    Judith Keffer Cooksey, 58, wife of current Bronson football coach Al Cooksey, died of an aneurysm on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

    Cooksey's time as a basketball and softball coach at Williston High School from 1980 to 1983 capped a long career  teaching physical education and coaching student athletes in Florida.

    But she made a tremendous impact both inside and outside the classroom, Mr. Cooksey said.

    "She'd give you the shirt off her back. She's going to be greatly missed, not only by me," he said.

    The couple was married for 25 years.