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Today's Sports

  • Uniform crisis threatens...

    If someone doesn't help, Chiefland basketball is in for a tough season.

    Last month, the Chiefland Citizen reported a break-in at the Chiefland High School athletic department, and the theft of some uniforms and equipment. The brief report didn't begin to touch on the loss. The football and basketball programs lost, between them, almost $27,000 in vital gear.

  • Indians chop Tigers, get tossed...

    Chiefland boys got off to a great start last Monday with a 61-48 win over Trenton, but slipped a bit the next night, losing to Interlachen 68-64 in overtime.

    The Indians had a great preseason showing, winning both of their games in Williston's Tip-Off Tournament. The away game at Trenton was the first of the regular season, and the Indians played crisply and won easily.

  • Lady Indians struggle against...

    In their season-opening five-point loss to district rival Williston, Chiefland girls played a solid game, leading for a half and putting on a good late rally despite a third quarter collapse. Chiefland looked flat and out of sync Tuesday in an all-over-the-place 48-33 loss at Trenton. An early lead against Williston had allowed them to play with composure; against Trenton, though, their composure was sorely tested, starting, no doubt, with a 17-point first quarter deficit from which they really never recovered.

  • Bronson boys whip short-staffed...

    “Enjoy the win, but keep it in perspective,” said Bronson basketball head coach Aaron Haldeman after his team after beating Newberry 50-34 this past Monday.

    It was the Eagles' home opener, and an expected win; however, the Panthers were still playing football and their squad was depleted accordingly.

    “I think their coach told me he had one varsity regular on the floor,” Haldeman said.

    “Other than that, it was a JV team.”

  • Free throws make the difference...

    When you take the emotion out of a big rivalry and boil it down to the bare facts, Williston's 61-43 win over Chiefland last Friday comes down to one raw number.

    Chiefland lost by 18 points. Chiefland missed 17 free throws.

    The Red Devils pulled out to a 38-19 halftime lead, then withstood a Chiefland rally in the second half to get the win.

    Chiefland coach Mark Lundy approved of his team's effort. "We cut it to (13). I was really pleased that the team did not give up."

  • Lady Indians beat Rams, fall to...

    Chiefland girls are playing competitive ball and sticking on defense, although they continue to struggle from the floor. Thursday, the Lady Indians dropped a close matchup to Newberry, 43-32, after thrashing Interlachen 48-16 and falling to otherworldly P.K. Yonge 60-15.

    “I told the girls not to worry about that (P.K. Yonge) score,” Gore said.

    “We used that game just to work on basics.”

    Gore said there was a lot to be happy about in Chiefland's play against the Lady Panthers.

  • 'Eagle fight' goes to...

    With the easy win over Trenton and a 55-49 overtime loss to Oak Hall, the Bronson Eagles have officially launched this season's rollercoaster ride. Two of the edge-of-the-seat highlights for those keeping score at home: First, team go-to James Rivers suffered a nasty high-ankle sprain with four seconds to go in regulation against Oak Hall and second, the Eagles face longtime district threat Hawthorne on Saturday, possibly without Rivers. It's enough to make an Eagle fan bite his nails.

    After the Trenton win, Haldeman looked ahead to Oak Hall, which he had scouted.

  • Area winter sports schedules

    2008-2009 Area winter sports schedules (basketball, unless otherwise labeled)

    All times P.M.

    Note: MSG/MSB is middle school girls/boys; JVB/JVG/VG/VB is junior varsity/varsity girls/boys

    All scheduled dates and times may change without notice.

    Thursday, Dec. 4

    Chiefland VG Home vs Newberry 4:30

    P.K. Yonge at Williston boys, 7:30 p.m. (JV at 6)

    Williston girls at Dixie County, 6 p.m.

    Chiefland JVB/VB Home vs Union Co. 6/7:30

    Friday, Dec. 5

    Bronson MSG/MSB away vs Oak Hall 4/5:00

  • Lady Indians look sharp in close...

    Chiefland girls played good basketball in their narrow 58-54 loss to Williston Thursday. Last year, the Lady Indians were less competitive than Head Coach Emily Gore would have liked; this year, with 10 on the current roster, they look athletic and disciplined, ready for their schedule.

    Although Williston is the team to beat in the district, Chiefland never looked overmatched against the Lady Devils, leading 25-20 at the half and down at most 58-42 late in the fourth quarter.

  • Indians clean up in preseason

    Chiefland boys' basketball had a great showing in Williston's preseason Tip-Off Tournament, wiping out Leesburg First Academy in the first game and knocking off North Marion in the second.