Today's Sports

  • Boat ramps closed on the...

    Boaters eager to get out on the Suwannee River will have trouble launching at public ramps this holiday week. The ramps have been closed in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties by their sheriffs due to high waters resulting from Tropical Storm Debby that are carrying heavy amounts of debris down the river.
    The Levy County Suwannee River boat ramps located at Clay Landing, Camp Azalea and Fowlers Bluff closed at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, and are likely to remain closed all week.

  • Bay scallop season extended by 2...

    After determining that two years of season extensions did not significantly impact the bay scallop population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) decided June 28 to permanently extend the recreational season by adding two weeks to the end.
    The decision was made at the Commission meeting in Palm Beach Gardens. Commissioners also directed staff to look into the possibility of a future commercial harvest of bay scallops. The commercial harvest of bay scallops has been closed in Florida state waters since 1994.

  • Flood waters can displace...

    The rising water levels caused by Tropical Storm Debby are forcing many critters to find higher ground. Snakes, alligators and fire ants top the list of displaced wildlife.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) cautions the public that snakes can be on the move as they flee flooded areas.
    “When you are out in your yard, especially if you have standing water, be focused on your surroundings and be on the lookout for snakes,” said Eric Dennis, FWC biologist.

  • Boat ramps open, high water...

    From the Levy County Sheriff's Office:
    NWS Tallahassee has advised that local flood warnings are still in effect for the Suwannee River basin. Sheriff Johnny Smith has decided to re-open all launch sites in the county. Should that prediction of rising water begin to cause problems on the Suwannee River, it could prompt a second closure. The situation will be closely monitored daily and advance warning of any impending boat ramp closures will be announced.

  • The Fight of his Life

    An interest in Japan may take one recent Chiefland High School graduate into a career in professional Mixed Martial Arts.
    Since graduating from CHS in May, Tony Robinson has been preparing full-time for his first semi-professional MMA fight. The July 14 fight in Biloxi, Miss. will be the culmination of training that was inspired by a life-long interest in Japanese culture.
    “I liked the culture of respect,” Robinson said. “You gain respect as you go. The higher you go the more respect you have.”

  • Before an Orange and Blue Debut

    It’s rare to find an opposing team’s colors on display before a game. Chiefland softball players joked it was to welcome visiting Bronson before the team’s senior night game on April 12. Despite the coincidence, it was worth the confusion.   
    Orange and blue balloons were tied to the fence along left field during the game. They celebrated two of the players in program history most worthy of celebrating.

  • Finishing with their best

    Chiefland softball player Taylore Fuller is one of the select few athletes that will get to compete at the varsity level in college. A year from now she will be wearing Orange and Blue, playing for the University of Florida.
    But in the finale of her high school school, she was as distraught as if it were her last game ever.
    Fuller wasn’t alone in her tears. Even after the post-game talk with the coaching staff, few players, and some of their parents, could keep a dry face.

  • A Noble Finish

    Florida High School sports can be cruel. The FHSAA has decided only eight teams, the state champion from each classification, can finish the season with a win in their respective sport.  
    It’s a subtle reality that for most teams, most seasons are going to end in the worst possible result.
    Facing that reality, it never seemed to deter the teams at CHS.
    On a regular basis I got to cover the boy’s basketball, girls basketball, baseball and softball teams. All four came in with very different expectations.

  • Wuthering Heights

    Cedar Key School may not have a softball team, a football team or a track within nine miles of the island. But it has something no other county track and field team can boast.
    Cedar Key’s Brooke Allen was the only Levy County representative at the 2012 state track and field meet. While competeting at the championships, she left her mark in Jacksonville. Allen finished in 10th out of all high jumpers in the state. Her jump of 5’2” was only six inches away from first place.
    And she’s only a sophomore.

  • Three keys from the Chiefland...

    The 2012 Blue and Gold game may have been the most interesting scoreless event I’ve ever seen.  Head coach Aaron Richardson’s choice to make it a glorified practice with jerseys on may have been less dramatic than years past, but it still showed off a lot about the current state of the Chiefland High School football program.
    - The backfield has talent (and a lot of it):