https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sports/rss.xml en Fledgling Running Sports Booster Club is revitalizing track, cross country at CMHS https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/fledgling-running-sports-booster-club-revitalizing-track-cross-country-cmhs <img src="https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0337_copy.jpg" alt="Pictured, from left: Harry Hutson; Jonathan Cannon, Tracy Hodge; Running Sports Booster Club Treasurer Tammy Boyle, Rachael Hutson, Running Sports Booster Club President Lynne Stockman; Banner Hodge; Olivia Desiderio; Coach Lee Bell; Luke Stockman; Tim Reedy and Stewart Wasson." title="Pictured, from left: Harry Hutson; Jonathan Cannon, Tracy Hodge; Running Sports Booster Club Treasurer Tammy Boyle, Rachael Hutson, Running Sports Booster Club President Lynne Stockman; Banner Hodge; Olivia Desiderio; Coach Lee Bell; Luke Stockman; Tim Reedy and Stewart Wasson." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s only been about a year and a half since the formation of the Chiefland Middle High School Runnings Sports Booster Club, which works to facilitate resources for the Indians&rsquo; track and field and cross country programs.</p> <p> Runnings sports might appear to have lo-tech needs, but that&rsquo;s not actually the case.</p> <p> The booster club has big plans, and it&rsquo;s reception of a $1,500 check through a grant from the Capital City Bank Foundation was a big step towards one of those ends. The funds were earmarked for a new pole vault set, which has already been ordered. The Club was figuring out the logistics of bringing it to Chiefland, from Ohio.</p> <p> Harry Hutson, a longtime coach, now technically retired, who was a principal figure behind the start of the club, can&rsquo;t recall how long it&rsquo;s been since the track and field program had a working pole vault set. It&rsquo;s been longer than a decade, and its absence is costly to the team&rsquo;s success.</p> <p> Hutson was a member of the school&rsquo;s first-ever track team, coached by the legendary C. Doyle McCall.</p> Record-setting CMHS pair pick up state honors https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/record-setting-cmhs-pair-pick-state-honors <img src="https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1610_0.jpg" alt="Chiefland pitcher Kensley Durrance is now a two-time First Team All State selection." title="Chiefland pitcher Kensley Durrance is now a two-time First Team All State selection." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> If you paid any attention to the Chiefland varsity softball team this past season, you know how critical to its success were the arm of Kensley Durrance and the bat of Macie Thomas.</p> <p> The work of the junior duo translated into a couple of record-breaking feats for the program, and now a spot on the Miracle Sports Class 1A First Team All-State lineup.</p> <p> Durrance, a right-handed ace, who set a single-season record with 217 strikeouts in her second season as the full-time starter, was selected to the First Team as a pitcher. The junior struck out 1.63 batters per inning and finished with a 17-5 mark in the circle, at one point winning 10 straight to open the season. She finished with a 1.26 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .163, while walking just 36 batters throughout her 133 frames.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s the second year in a row Durrance was named to the First Team.</p> <p> Thomas, a slugging first baseman, who was selected as Chiefland&rsquo;s top hitter and defensive player at the team banquet, was selected to the First Team as a designated player (DP), which is similar to a designated hitter in baseball.</p> Dynastic career https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/dynastic-career <img src="https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_big_img_6197.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Brittany Gilliam isn&rsquo;t afraid of calling her shots.</p> <p> Her confident, well-earned swagger was the attitudinal underpinning of the Chiefland softball team&rsquo;s historic run to its first Class 1A state championship in 2014, which kicked off three straight titles and four finals appearances.</p> <p> But she wasn&rsquo;t expecting the level of success she and her North Georgia Nighthawks would enjoy in her senior year of college.</p> <p> The NCAA powerhouse went 62-4 before eventually falling in the Division II World Series.</p> <p> It didn&rsquo;t look that promising in the fall, when the Nighthawks were splitting a series with a junior college team.</p> <p> &ldquo;We still had some things to figure out,&rdquo; said Gilliam, who is completing her degree in business marketing this summer before returning to Chiefland. &ldquo;We had a young team, so we really didn&rsquo;t know how the spring was going to play out.&rdquo;</p> Worthy finish https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/worthy-finish <img src="https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cb724cb8-2722-4d94-8cdb-50bfab9626e3.jpg" alt="Austin Langworthy on June 10 versus Auburn in the Gainesville Super Regional." title="Austin Langworthy on June 10 versus Auburn in the Gainesville Super Regional." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Austin Langworthy entered Florida&rsquo;s Gainesville Super Regional baseball series against Auburn without a home run all season in McKethan Stadium.</p> <p> But the Gator baseball team, which broke through last season with its first national championship, has lately been all about unprecedented achievements.</p> <p> With his second home run in as many games Monday, the Williston alumnus led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk-off home run to right field to send UF to the NCAA Men&rsquo;s College World Series (CWS) in Omaha, Nebraska, where it&rsquo;ll seek to defend its title.</p> <p> Florida prevailed 3-2 in the closely-fought pitcher&rsquo;s duel after splitting the first pair of games against the Tigers.</p> <p> Langworthy&rsquo;s home run bounced off the glove of an Auburn outfielder, sending the sophomore left fielder, his club and the nearly 6,000 in attendance into ecstatic celebration.</p> <p> The thrilling hit earned the Levy County native a couple more unprecedented personal feats &ndash; his first Gatorade bath and an ESPN Sportscenter interview.</p> Former Indian headed to Jax for college hoops https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/former-indian-headed-jax-college-hoops <img src="https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ea51a90f-1569-4f9a-a930-2caf9e72b520.jpg" alt="From left, Cynthia Jackson, Trinity Baptist Coach John D. Jones, and Patrick Jackson, Sr. join Patrick Jackson, Jr., second from right, as he signs his commitment to play basketball for the Jacksonville college on May 29 in Cedar Key." title="From left, Cynthia Jackson, Trinity Baptist Coach John D. Jones, and Patrick Jackson, Sr. join Patrick Jackson, Jr., second from right, as he signs his commitment to play basketball for the Jacksonville college on May 29 in Cedar Key." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Patrick Jackson has patiently bided his time while looking to resume his basketball career at the college level.</p> <p> The former Chiefland standout, who twice led the Indians in scoring and joined them for a trip to the state final four, was tentatively set to attend Webber International in 2017.</p> <p> It didn&rsquo;t pan out, as WIU went through a coaching change, but Jackson didn&rsquo;t lose hope. Meanwhile, he took courses at Santa Fe College and the College of Central Florida, with an eye toward eventually gaining a business degree, perhaps with a focus in sports management.</p> <p> He also stayed close to the game he loved, helping coach Cedar Key School middle schoolers, staying in shape, and rooting on his younger sister, Jasmin, who, as a dominant point guard for the Lady Sharks, has garnered her own share of attention from college scouts.</p> <p> Jackson was put in touch with coaches at Trinity Baptist College, out of Jacksonville, by one of its former players, Brandon Raines, a basketball coach and athletic director at Riverside Christian in Trenton. The connection yielded a tryout for Jackson, who let his game speak for itself.</p> Softball superlatives https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/softball-superlatives <img src="https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7273.jpg" alt="Former Lady Indian and two-time national champion Florida Gator Taylore Fuller at the CMHS softball banquet on May 14. " title="Former Lady Indian and two-time national champion Florida Gator Taylore Fuller at the CMHS softball banquet on May 14. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Chiefland softball program held a festive and busy awards banquet May 24 at the Concord Baptist Church in south Chiefland, recognizing players from all three of its teams &ndash; middle school, junior varsity and varsity.</p> <p> Players received various gifts and recognitions, including letters and pins.</p> <p> The seniors received the shadow boxed jerseys and special commemorative softballs with their pictures.</p> <p> The players were also treated to a special guest speaker, two-time Florida Gator national champion Taylore Fuller. Fuller, a 2012 Chiefland graduate, was a two-time All-American in Chiefland and a Florida Player of the Year, and she went on to start 203 games at UF, where she finished second in the program in grand slams.</p> <p> Fuller discussed a typical offseason day to impart what level of commitment it takes to perform at the highest levels on the diamond. She recounted a schedule that included a 5:45 a.m. workout, followed by class, and then a four-hour practice.</p> CMHS trio holds athletic signing https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/cmhs-trio-holds-athletic-signing <p> Three Chiefland seniors &ndash; now graduates &ndash; held a joint letter-of-intent signing ceremony May 23 in the CMHS auditorium.</p> <p> Sydney Allen, Chiefland&rsquo;s lead attacker in volleyball, and Seth Thomas, a middle infielder for the Indians&rsquo; baseball team, signed on to play ball on scholarship at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky. Tramaine Brown, meanwhile, penned his commitment to Warner University in Lake Wales for football and track.</p> <p> Brown joins his friends Michael Weaver and Eli Scozzaro, a couple of 2017 CMHS graduates who run track for the Royals.</p> <p> Allen didn&rsquo;t think she had what it took to play college volleyball, but her outlook changed last winter when she started receiving interest.</p> <p> This isn&rsquo;t the first time she&rsquo;s gone from marginal prospect to a success story. The lanky heavy hitter was cut from the squad in eighth grade, and then put in extra time with CMHS volleyball coach Debra Weeks to improve her game.</p> Indians offer sneak peek of more mature, confident squa https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/indians-offer-sneak-peek-more-mature-confident-squa <img src="https://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5474.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Chiefland football team was short on experience and long on promising young talent last season.</p> <p> The roster was bursting with first-year varsity players &ndash; even first-year football players &ndash; and was acclimating to a new system under first-year head man Adam Gore and his staff.</p> <p> The Indian team that took C. Doyle McCall Field May 18 for its spring game against Wildwood looked a year more mature &ndash; and confident.</p> <p> Behind three touchdowns and a pair of picks by junior-to-be Jalen Rutledge, Chiefland owned the first and fourth quarters to snatch a 31-16 win.</p> <p> The game felt more intense than your typical exhibition matchup. Wildwood was coming off a 9-0 regular season, looking to avenge a lopsided 2017 spring loss to Chiefland. The Indians, meanwhile, might enter the late summer and fall with their best playoff odds since last advancing in 2004.</p>