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Today's Sports

  • Third-ranked Indians dominate...

    Note: Check out the football preview guide inside the Aug. 22 edition of the Chiefland Citizen.

    Amid flood-inducing weather, Chiefland was lucky to get in its preseason kickoff classic against Taylor County in high school football action on Aug. 16. But the Indians didn’t need any luck on the field, as they rode a handful of big plays to a comfortable 35-16 win over Taylor County at C. Doyle McCall Field.

    Senior quarterback Ty Corbin threw for a 44-yard touchdown and ran for a pair of scores – 41 and 2 yards – to help lead the No. 3-ranked Indians against the ninth-ranked Bulldogs from Perry. Corbin threw for 131 yards on just seven pass attempts, as he dropped in a perferctly placed ball to senior Zac Hall for the 44-yard score, and also found Hall for a 32-yard completion that helped set up a 2-yard Levi Warmack rushing TD. Warmack is a transfer from Bronson and Hall was previously at Riverside Christian in Trenton.

  • Flag football at CMHS?

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    The School Board of Levy County is on schedule as it continues to approve 2019-2020 school year policies and updates on annual reports including the Annual Equity Update.

    The Florida Educational Equity Act requires that public education agencies regularly report policies of non-discrimination including student activities and sports.

    According to the policy regarding student activities, “No student enrolled in Levy County Schools shall, on the basis of race, religion, age, national background, gender, marital status, or disability, or genetic information, be exclude from participation in or be subject to discrimination under any curricular or any other school sponsored activity.”

  • Indian baseball program takes...

    The Chiefland Middle High School baseball program recognized its special accomplishments in the 2019 season at its banquet on June 17 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Chiefland.

    The Indians reached the Class 1A state championship game, sending off 10 seniors with a trip to Fort Myers for the final four after notching a regional championship against Dixie County.

    The season didn’t always look like it’d get that far. Five players in the starting lineup have either had surgery since the season’s end or still require surgery.

    “They believed in themselves, they believed in the team,” Parnell said of his boys at the banquet. “It would have been real easy when we were struggling to say, ‘Let’s just go through the motions of the season.’

    “It’s a special group.”

  • Parnell thanks Indian nation for...

    The Chiefland Middle High School baseball banquet was a bittersweet occasion.

    Along with 10 seniors getting recognized for capping their time at CMHS with a Class 1A state finals appearance, longtime Indians skipper and alumnus Kyle Parnell made his official farewell.

    “During all those preparations getting ready and being everywhere for the (state) final four (in Fort Myers), I told my wife, ‘I’m going to make you a promise that I’m not going to put you through this next year,’” Parnell said.

    “So I’m going to make all of you folks a promise that I’m not going to put you through having to listen to me at the baseball banquet next year.”

  • CAAA football, cheer sign-ups

    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association (CAAA) is currently holding sign-ups every Saturday for football, cheerleading and flag football in the fall. The sign-ups take place at Strickland Park in the Board Room, located at the back of the concession building. The remaining registration dates are June 29, July 6 and July 20. The times are always 9 a.m. to noon.

    The fees are $75 for football and cheer, for ages 5 to 12, and $60 for flag football, which is for ages 4 to 6.

    If you’re signing up a child for football or flag football, please bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate and a current photo.

    For more information, contact Lee Bell at 352-210-2617 or David Williams at 352-210-3307.

  • Indians come up a bit short in...

    Chiefland’s bid for its first its first state championship in baseball fell one win short, but the injury-riddled Indians assembled a body of postseason work impressive enough to make for a remarkable send-off for 10 seniors and their head coach Kyle Parnell, who is hanging up his cap after 21 seasons.

    After qualifying for the Class 1A final four in Fort Myers with convincing 9-5 wins over Fort Meade and Dixie County, the club continued its breakout offensive success in the playoffs with a 7-2 state semifinal win over Bozeman (Panama City) at CenturyLink Sports Complex, Hammond Stadium, in Fort Myers on May 22.

    The win, combined with Williston’s come-from-behind victory over Sneads in the semifinals, set up an improbable all-Levy County Class 1A state championship on May 23. The Indians out-hit Williston 8-4 and benefited from a gutty 6.2-inning outing by a less-than-100-percent Keegan McLelland. But five errors proved costly for the defense, and CMHS was caught out twice too many times on the basepaths, as the Red Devils won 4-2 for their third state championship in six years (2014, 2015).

  • Final-four bound

    The season didn’t go as planned for the Chiefland baseball team.

    The Indians returned 10 seniors this year from a team that finished in the regional finals the previous May.

    But a mounting list of injuries to key players and some disappointing results at the plate turned the season into a grind at times for CMHS.

    Nonetheless, the Indians were able to hit reset after their third win over Trenton in the district semifinals, earning themselves a playoff berth for the second year in a row. Then Chiefland was handed its third loss to Dixie County in the district championship.

    Faced with some of the toughest pitching and highest pressures of the season in the playoffs, and bitten more still by njuries, CMHS rose to the challenge, as it turned in its best week of hitting with 9-5 wins over Fort Meade and the Bears. The club totaled 30 hits between the two regional playoff games.

  • 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.”