Today's Sports

  • Final four on the line in fourth...

    The Chiefland baseball team is 0-3 against Dixie County this season after three closely-fought games.

    But the next one will be the most important, as the clubs are set to meet in the regional finals (“Elite 8”) in Cross City, Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the Class 1A final four in Fort Myers.

    Chiefland went on the road May 14 and defeated District 1A-8 champion Fort Meade 9-5, while the Bears beat 1A-8 runner-up Frostproof 12-2. It was Dixie County’s first playoff win in program history. The Indians are back in the regional finals for the second year in a row, looking for a chance to return to the state final four for the first time since 2016, when they made the state finals.

  • Lady Indians edged out in...

    The Chiefland softball team found itself in a pitching duel between its former ace and its young phenom in a high-stakes district semifinal game in Trenton.

    Bell senior Kensley Durrance and the Lady Bulldog defense foiled a masterful outing by CMHS eighth-grader Bria Hinkle, as BHS prevailed 1-0 to advance to the district championship on May 2 at TMHS and qualify for the regional playoffs.

    It was the second time this season third-seeded Chiefland lost a 1-0 game against No. 2 seed Bell, which will face No. 1-ranked Trenton in the championship.

    The end of Chiefland’s season also means farewell to one of the program’s all-time best sluggers, Macie Thomas, who holds multiple single-season hitting records, including most doubles in a season, and who is the last remaining starting pieces of Chiefland’s 2017 state finals team, which marked the end of a four-year run that included three state championships. It was a Thomas double that lifted CMHS to the state title game that season.

  • Weatherford steps down after...

    Wayne Weatherford can remember when baseball was the only sport available for Chiefland youth. While he oversaw the evolution of the Chiefland Area Athletic Association (CAAA) – an umbrella organization that houses baseball, softball, football, basketball and soccer leagues at Charles Strickland Recreational Park – that became a relic of the past.

    Weatherford officially stepped down as president of CAAA in April after serving three decades on the board. Looking back, he’s most proud of helping facilitate more access to more sports for young Chiefland athletes.

    “Being able to offer sports for children in our area, and knowing we can make a difference in their lives, that’s what meant the most to me,” Weatherford said. “Anytime you ride by Strickland Park, there is something going on.

    “I’m thrilled because I was born and raised here and I’ve seen it when we didn’t have the programs.”

  • Professional UF athletic...

    By Suzette Cook, Reporter

    The School Board of Levy County will renew its contract with the University of Florida’s College of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation starting in July for the 2019-2020 school year.

    Williston High School will have a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) on duty for 20 hours a week, Chiefland Middle High School will have one for 25 hours a week, and Bronson/Cedar Key schools will have a ATC on duty for 25 hours per week.

    According to the contract, “The overall goal of the program is to help plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise the sports medicine program for all sports within the athletic program at the respective schools.”

    This will mark the third year that the UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute's Adolescent and High School Sports Medicine Outreach Program will provide sports physicians to Levy County, according to Dr. Jason Zaremski who is Co-Medical Director of the Adolescent and High School Sports Medicine program.

  • Chiefland senior signs...

    Colby Reed was poised to go out on a high note as a Chiefland Indian.

    Through countless hours of work in the gym and a lanky shooter’s touch, the senior was coming off an offensive MVP season and was already averaging around 20 points through two games.

    Then came the pain and heartache. In the second game of the regular season, Reed completely tore her ACL, putting her out for the season.

    The dedicated senior never went away. In fact, Coach Jason Whistler guesses she probably had the best attendance on the team even while she was unable to play.

    But the pause allowed Reed to search out the right school for her next phase, and she eventually found Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, located in northeast corner of the state, near the Tennessee line. The Lady Lions have reeled off three straight conference tournament championships in the USA South (Division III) and play an uptempo brand of ball that suits Reed’s perimeter shooting skills from the wing. Most importantly, the coaching staff liked what they saw on video from Reed.

  • CMHS claims district titles in...

    Chiefland junior Jarrett Jerrels won a district championship in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles in his first year competing in track, while the Indian boys’ 4x100 relay squad collected a district title at the 1A-5 district track and field championships April 10 at Oak Hall School in Gainesville.

  • Chiefland comes up short against...

    The Chiefland softball team kept matters close against the No. 1-ranked Trenton behind some brilliant pitching by Bria Hinkle on April 11.

    The Chiefland offense bided its time, hoping for the big hit that could make the difference, but too few of its batted balls found a gap, and a couple of defensive miscues were too much to overcome against Lady Tiger ace Darian Ingram, as CMHS fell 4-1.

    Trenton stayed unbeaten, improving 17-0, while Chiefland fell to 11-6. The Lady Indians will finish tied with Dixie County at third in the standings, to be decided by a coin flip. They’ll open the district tournament on April 29 against Bronson or Branford, while Bell and Trenton get a bye. TMHS is hosting the tourney. CMHS is home against Newberry on April 23 and home against Williston on April 25.

    Hinkle mixed up her speeds and locations to keep the Trenton bats guessing, striking out eight and walking three in seven innings of work. Chiefland only managed a pair of hits, but boarded five times on walks and reached two more times on an error and fielder’s choice.

  • Chiefland baseball loses grip in...

    The Chiefland baseball team clung to a 2-1 lead entering the seventh against Williston on April 10, after a couple of productive hits by Payne Parnell and Elijah Smith in the fifth.

    But the Red Devils took advantage of four walks in the top-half of the seventh to secure the winning margin and prevail 5-2.

    The Indians outhit WMHS 8 to 6 but left runners stranded in six different innings. Parnell and Smith each had a pair of hits and senior Will Sumner added to the damage with two hits of his own, including a double.

    Senior ace Kelby Osteen was sharp in six innings of work, fanning 12 batters and walking three while allowing one earned run.

    Chiefland was stuck with a similar fate the night before in Fort White on April 9, as it managed just two runs despite getting hits from eight different Indians. FWHS put four across in the sixth to prevail 8-2. Luke Reidy (RBI) and Osteen each doubled for Chiefland and Kaiden Baker was a bright spot on the mound for the Indians, punching out two batters in one inning of relief.

  • Chiefland repeats as county...

    The Chiefland boys and girls track and field teams each successfully defended their title as champions at the Levy County Championships in Rosewood on April 2, beating out Williston, Bronson and Cedar Key.

    Chiefland junior Reagan Hudson, with a pair of wins (100 hurdles, high jump) and four top-three finishes, repeated as the girls’ MVP while fellow Indians’ junior Jarrett Jerrels, with a couple of hurdles wins and a second place in the long jump, won the boys’ MVP. The awards go to the pair of competitors who garner the most overall points at the meet.

    Chiefland also picked up four relay wins and multiple individual wins from Luke Stockman (1600, 3200) and Banner Hodge (1600, 3200). Other first-place finishers for CMHS included: Eleanor Frields (300 hurdles); Aubrey Hudson (800); Taryn Jones (girls discus) and Dylan Cochran (boys 800).

    Bronson collected a pair of individual wins on girls long jump and triple jump by Yelena Thomas, and picked up wins for the boys by Edwin Goodman in the javelin and Mahki Bostic in the long jump.

    The district championship was April 10 at Oak Hall in Gainesville.

  • Late rally propels Indians to...

    With score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth, the Chiefland varsity baseball team took advantage of RBI singles by Payne Parnell and Luke Reidy and multiple errors in the outfield by Lafayette to tack on four runs en route to a 7-4 win over the Hornets on April 2.

    Hayden Griffith kickstarted the rally for CMHS with a base hit, before eventually scoring on Parnell’s second hit of the night.

    Aidan Horne progressed matters in the sixth when he boarded on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error. Parnell scored on Reidy’s hit, and Keegan McLelland also scored for the Indians in the inning after reaching on a hit-by-pitch. McLelland doubled to lead off the fifth inning but was tagged out on a fielder’s choice.

    Horne and Parnell each singled in the third to jumpstart a two-run frame for Chiefland. Horne also scored in the opening inning on a McLelland RBI.