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Today's Sports

  • Knight gets 500th as assistant...

    When Gainesville High School basketball varsity assistant Philip Knight got his 500th career win Jan. 30 in a 60-52 barnburner against Eastside, fans who knew him from Bronson and Cedar Key scratched their heads and said, “Wait a second – that don't add up.”

    It does, though. Knight has sat at the right hand of local legend Kelly Beckham since he took over the Bronson program in 1984, and followed him to Gainesville starting this season. Beckham had his 500th win in January 2007. So why did it take Knight two years on the same bullet train cross the same river?

  • Indians freeze out Panthers in...

    Jeremy Hayes had four strikeouts and allowed three hits in Chiefland's 12-1, five-inning domination over Newberry Friday night. As the thermometer plunged, the Indians worked efficiently, playing good defense and supporting Hayes at the plate. Fans clapped their teeth in appreciation.

  • Good outing for track Indians at...

    Chiefland track and field took a big leap to start the season, opening on the road at the Clay meet. Both boys' and girls' teams had mixed results overall, but some excellent individual and event performances.

    “We did pretty good, considering it was our first meet,” said girls' head coach Emily Gore.

    “Pretty fair, nothing great,” agreed boys' head coach Wendell Corbin.

  • Chiefland girls beat Ft. White,...

    Chiefland girls racked up another W with a thrilling 6-5 home victory over tough district foe Fort White. The red Lady Indians were last year's district runner-up, knocking off Chiefland's district arch-nemesis Williston in the semifinal with outstanding pitching from then-eighth-grader Taylor Douglas. Chiefland Head Coach Wayne Weatherford was accordingly thrilled to get the best of this very good team.

    “It was a heck of a game,” he said.

  • FHSAA cuts games for next year

    The Florida High School Athletic Association is proposing some big changes in high school athletics for the next school year, cutting back on the number of regular season games allowed for each team in all sports except varsity football, and changing districts for sports other than football, whose new districts have previously been announced.

  • Indians battle, fall to Devils...

    Williston boys played the Rope-A-Dope for three quarters Friday night, waiting until the bell rang on the fourth quarter to explode to a 56-39 win over Chiefland. The Indians played one of their best games of the season for the first 24 minutes, owning the lane at both ends and waxing the glass. Williston challenged somewhat in the third quarter, momentarily taking a lead up to four points, but Chiefland never let the Devils stray far.

  • Eagles knocked out in district...

    The lights in the office are dim, and Miles Davis' “Kind of Blue” plays softly. Quietly defiant, the trumpet bursts into “So What” as Bronson Head Coach Aaron Haldeman tries to describe what happened Tuesday, when the Eagles, incredibly, lost by 57-56 to Branford in the district tournament opener.

  • Chiefland baseball cleans up in...

    Chiefland won big in both appearances at their own First Pitch Classic last week, battering St. John Lutheran 11-1 on Tuesday, and then rocking Bronson 14-4 on Friday. The Indians are ready to get serious now, starting the regular season with three games on the road.

    On Tuesday, Chiefland would travel far, heading down to The Villages for a first time crack at that matchup. Indians' Head Coach Kyle Parnell couldn't commit to a preview of the Buffalo – “We've never played them; don't know anyone who's played them,” he said.

  • Lady Indians start 2-0 against...

    Chiefland softball is already 2-0, and 1-0 in the district, starting off with a big 4-0 shutout win at Dixie County last Thursday and cruising straight into an 11-4 away win Friday at opposite-district foe Union County (Lake Butler).

    Lady Indians' Head Coach Wayne Weatherford said he started senior Brittany Davis on the mound against the Bears, and she allowed no hits or runs in four innings. Kristen Trail closed the game out allowing only one hit in her three innings.

    “We had a real good opener – 4-0, no errors,” Weatherford said.

  • Chiefland wins over Dixie; to...

    Chiefland boys beat rival Dixie County 67-65 Tuesday to advance to the semifinal round of the Class 3A District 5tournament. They'll play top seed Williston Friday at 7 p.m. in Chiefland. Newberry, winner in their early Tuesday matchup with Fort White, will play P.K. Yonge Friday at 5:30. The winners of Friday's games will meet Saturday at 7 p.m. in the tournament final.