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Today's Sports

  • Heart of an Eagle

    Brian Simpkins was facing life without football – life without the teammates he’s played alongside and established bonds with all through school – and it wasn’t a pleasant thought.

    During spring practices, the Bronson wide receiver and defensive back could feel something wasn’t right with his heart. When he had it checked out at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, he was told he had an intramural course in one of his coronary arteries, which was reducing blood flow.

  • Cedar Key softball standout...

    If you ask Ashlyn Allen’s coaches about the Cedar key senior’s best qualities, one of the first things that comes up is her leadership.

    The standout shortstop and pitcher was in a pioneering mode last Thursday, as she was part of Cedar Key School’s first letter-of-intent signing ceremony. The event was held in the school’s auditorium in front of a packed room with classmates, coaches and family, as she made official her commitment to play softball for Saint Petersburg College in Florida.

  • Bronson employs team effort to...

    The Bronson boys’ basketball team put together its best performance on the season against Cedar Key Monday with good ball movement on offense and opportunistic defense, as the Eagles cruised to a 74-36 win in District 1A-7 action.

    Seven different Eagles converted at least two field goals, while three – Julius Smith (11 points), Glen Cooper (10 points) and Tra Francis (10 points) – were in double figures, helping BMHS pick up its second win in the district.

  • Lady Eagles fend off plucky...

    What once looked like an easy win for Bronson approached nail-biter status midway through the fourth quarter.

    The Lady Eagles led by as much as 16 points in the third quarter Monday against Cedar Key, but the Lady Sharks charged back in the fourth to cut the deficit to seven points, before Bronson, led by senior Myia Knight, converted eight free throws down the stretch to pull way for a 50-37 win in an up-tempo district hoops clash in Bronson.

  • Chiefland girls pick up...

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team evened its record and improved to 3-1 in District 1A-7 with a couple of blowout wins at home last week.

    The Lady Indians, coming off a hard-fought loss at Trenton the previous Friday, cruised to back-to-back victories over Dixie County and Bell last Thursday and Friday.

  • Chiefland boys struggle with...

    It was a tough pair of nights for the Chiefland boys’ basketball team last Thursday and Friday, as the Indians suffered lopsided defeats to Dixie County and Bell.

    The couple of setbacks – a 57-21 loss to the Bears on Thursday and a 62-40 defeat at the hands of the undefeated Bulldogs on Friday – dropped Chiefland to 2-2 in District 1A-7 play, and 2-4 overall, ahead of Tuesday’s district matchup at Branford.

  • Local go-kart racer making up...

    Tyler Russ might be considered a late bloomer when it comes to go-kart racing.

    In a sport where many competitors first get behind the wheel as young as 5- or 6-years-old, the Chiefland 17-year-old, who goes by the nickname ‘The NightCrawler’ on the track, only got started three years ago.

    But that hasn’t slowed Russ’ fast rise in the sport, if his first foray into a state series this year is any indication.

  • Sharks host Drummond Bank-CKS...

    Cedar Key School will be hosting its second consecutive holiday basketball tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 21, and Thursday, Dec. 22.

    This year, CKS is excited to have Drummond Bank as the exclusive sponsor of the event, as it’s provided tremendous support for the tournament.

    The four teams participating on the boys’ side of the draw are: Trenton, Oak Hall, Florida State University School (Tallahassee) and Cedar Key.

  • Richardson dismissed as...

    For the first time in half a decade, Chiefland is searching for a new head football coach.

    On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the school dismissed Aaron Richardson, who was at the helm for five seasons, leading the program to a 24-24 record.

    The Indians finished 3-5 in 2016.

    “They let me know they were going in a different direction, and I kind of understood,” Richardson said. “Anytime a team is underperforming, or performing badly, us, as head coaches, we kind of know when things could happen.

  • Lacking experience, go-to...

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team is having to do things a little differently than they’ve done in recent years.

    With little returning experience as far as varsity starts, and a lack of dynamic scorers that can take over games, the Indians are building from the inside out, hoping to use some of their size and strength to assemble wins.

    Coming into this week, the formula has gotten them off to a 2-0 start in the District 1A-7, with wins at Cedar Key and Trenton, after non-district losses to Wildwood and Crystal River.