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  • 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.

  • CMHS baseball pays tribute to...

    The Chiefland baseball team notched back-to-back district victories to keep pace at the top of the standings.
    The Indians knocked off Branford 6-2 on Veterans Night, March 26, before scoring big on Bell for a 16-8 win on March 29.

    Chiefland, with the CMHS Interact Club, honored veterans in attendance with a pregame flag ceremony. Gordon Keller tossed out the first pitch to catcher Elijah Smith. Keller was joined by fellow local veterans Kari Colson, Newcomb Wasson, Thomas Bastow, Marcel Brown and Shane Keene.

    Seniors pitchers Kelby Osteen and Wyatt Hammond combined for a one-hitter on the mound against the Buccaneers, while senior Keegan McLelland collected the team’s first triple of the season. Hammond and CMHS junior Briar Keene were 2 for 3, and senior second baseman Payne Parnell was 2 for 4 with a run and a RBI.

    Osteen whiffed 10 batters in four innings, while walking four and allowing no earned runs. Hammond earned the save with three innings of work, allowing no hits, walks or runs.

  • Thomas grand slam punctuates 17-...

    Macie Thomas hit a grand slam in Newberry on March 26 as the Chiefland softball team dominated the Lady Panthers for a 17-2 win.

    The home run was the fourth of the season for Thomas, who also had a two-run double in the game. Senior Gabriel Stancil added a double and walked three times for the Lady Indians.

    Chiefland only needed seven hits to rack up the 17 runs, as its lineup made the most of Newberry mistakes while also showing patience at the plate in garnering 11 walks. The club rallied for seven runs in the second to take command of the non-district road game. CMHS eighth-grade second baseman Grace Quincey scored four runs, and senior Simone White scored three runs behind her three walks.

    Freshman Kaley Osteen earned the win in the circle, striking out five and walking one in four innings of work. Eighth-grader Bria Hinkle tossed an inning and whiffed two batters.

  • Lady Indians stretch in seventh

    Facing a 5-1 deficit in the final frame, the Chiefland varsity softball team rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh at home March 25 to overtake Dixie County 6-5.

    Chiefland senior Macie Thomas launched her third home run of the season in the fourth inning the tie the game at 1-1 with a shot to dead center. Thomas, who last year set a new Lady Indian record for doubles in a season, entered the March 26 game at Newberry with a slugging percentage approaching 1.000.

    The Lady Bears came back to tack on two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings, leaving CMHS in a four-run deficit entering its final frame at the plate.

    Senior Tristen Drummond, eighth-grader Grace Quincey, freshman Nikki Fuller, senior Simone White and Thomas each scored for the Lady Indians in the seventh, with White’s run clinching the walk-off celebration as Dixie County tried to pick off the speedy senior.

    Fuller scored the penultimate run after driving in a pair on a single. The catcher finished the night 3 for 4. Quincy was 2 for 3 at the plate and Brinley Bedford walked twice. Bria Hinkle had an RBI single in the seventh.

  • Osteen blanks Trenton

    Kelby Osteen fanned 11 batters in 6.1 innings and Chiefland put together a two-out mini rally in the third inning to lift the Indians to a 2-0 shutout of Trenton on March 15.

    The win completed a regular season sweep of the Tigers by CMHS, the first time since 2016, and represented the fourth straight victory for the Indians, who improved to 4-2 overall and stayed perfect in district play at 3-0.

    Trenton reached base 11 times, repeatedly putting base runners in scoring position, only to watch Osteen and the Indian defense rise to each challenge.

    “That was impressive, to go out there time and time again and work out of some jams and keep his composure, with guys making some plays behind him,” CMHS coach Kyle Parnell said. “It was a tremendous job against a good ball team.”

    Osteen faced 28 batters, walking four and allowing three hits. The senior combined his fastball and slider for an effective combo and said he felt the best he’s felt all season.

  • CMHS Coach Palmer is happy to be...

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    “We’ve been gone for 20 years,” CMHS Head Coach John Palmer told Chiefland Rotary members at the March 13 meeting.

    “We’ve been crisscrossing the State, it’s been a long time since we’ve been here and we’re excited to be coming back.”

    With 31 years in coaching and education Coach Palmer addressed the Rotary on his second day on the job at Chiefland.

    “It’s been a thrill to be able to come back.”

    Palmer held a Q & A with the first question being about his approach with the team for 2019-2020.

    “I would hope that this is a carryover from what Coach (Adam) Gore has started,” Palmer said. “He’s done a terrific job. I have followed Adam the last couple years and the success he’s had.

    “The hardest job is to turn around the attitude, and he’s done that. I would hope what you will see on the field is an extension of that.”

  • Lady Eagle point guard commits...

    Yelena Thomas was tempted to leave Bronson Middle High School to join forces with a more talented girls’ basketball squad. The standout point guard, who averaged around 18 points a game for her final three years of high school, has finally chosen another school to play ball at, but this time it’s on a college scholarship.

    On March 8 in the BMHS media center, Thomas held her official signing ceremony, revealing she’s committed to Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens.

    The Lady Lions compete in the NAIA level in the Sun Conference and are in the midst of their third straight winning season.

    Thomas’ family and coaches spoke at the signing, and Thomas herself, became emotional when she thanked her teammates.

    “You all really did help me this season, even though I fought with you like crazy,” Thomas said. “I think y’all are a big part of this too.”

  • Indians solve Trenton with...

    The Chiefland bats exploded for nine runs in the first two innings at Trenton to beat the Tigers for the first time in baseball since 2016 with a 12-8 win on March 7.

    It was the Indians’ district opener, while Trenton dropped to 1-1 in district play.

    All nine starters for the Indians hit safely in the game, as they bursted out of the gate with four straight base hits, culminating with a two-run single by Will Sumner.

    After Trenton responded in the first with a pair of runs to make it 3-2, CMHS rallied for six runs to extend its lead to 9-2. Seniors Elijah Smith and Aidan Horne had RBI singles in the frame while fellow senior Kelby Osteen added an RBI double. Senior center fielder Wyatt Hammond doubled in the seventh for Chiefland’s other extra-base hit on the night.

    Senior Keegan McLelland pounded out three hits for CMHS, and Payne Parnell and Horne each had a pair a the top of the order. Horne, Parnell, McLelland and shortstop Connor Whistler scored two runs apiece. Sumner collected four RBI.

  • Bronson softball monument a...

    If you were lucky enough to meet James “Jimmy” Durden, the first thing he’d ask you was whether you played ball or raced. His passion for sports and his compassion for people were bound together, and Bronson Middle High School recently unveiled a statue and plaque at its softball field that’s a dedication to both of those attributes of the late Bronson coach.

    With around 60 to 80 former players, friends and family in attendance, some of those who knew Durden best shared their memories of the beloved Bronson figure, before a statue of a catcher’s mitt with three entwined bats was revealed. Each of the three speakers struggled to finish as they remembered Durden and were overcome with emotion.

    The monument was dedicated by Durden’s Bronson Class of 1982. The plaque displayed at the base of the memorial structure reads, “BHS Class of 1982, In Dedication. Jimmy Durden ‘Eagle Risen’ Forever Friend, Classmate, and Coach.” The memorial is also a reminder that the 1982 Bronson softball team advanced to the state championship game.