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Today's Sports

  • Veterans Night at the ballpark

    The Chiefland High School Interact Club invites all veterans to the Chiefland Middle High School varsity baseball game March 26 at the CMHS baseball field. The Indians are facing Branford at 6 p.m. and veterans are encouraged to show up by 5:30 for a special pre-game recognition. Admission is free for veterans.

  • New football coach boasts...

    Chiefland’s new head football coach is familiar with the Chieland area and competing for state championships.

    John Palmer, who was recently named the successor to Adam Gore, has been a head coach for 21 years and has extensive playoff experience and a pair of state championships. He’s been a head coach at Bronson, Eustis, Hernando and Port St. Joe, where he won state championships in 2005 and 2014 on two different stints.

    He led Bronson to a playoff berth in 1998 and was an assistant at Williston. Hernando (Brooksville) is his alma mater.

    He took off 2018 from coaching but he felt it calling him back.

    “I took last year off, and I needed to, I was a little frazzled health-wise and stuff,” Palmer said. “But I missed it. We had got a very good coach at Port St. Joe. They were 11-1 last year.”

    Palmer has in-laws from the Chiefland and Bronson area, and he was already in touch with Gore.

  • CMHS softball roundup

    Lady Indians win three straight

    The Chiefland softball team splurged on 21 hits on March 12 to outpace Branford 13-8 on the road for the middle game of a three-win week. CMHS knocked off Lafayette at home 5-3 to cap the week, which started for the Lady Indians with a home win over North Marion.

    Chiefland improved to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in district play. It plays next at Williston on March 21.

    After falling behind to the Lady Buccaneers 6-1 in the second frame, the Lady Indians combined for nine runs in the third and fourth innings to go up 10-7.

    All of Chiefland’s batters hit safely in the game, while six enjoyed multi-hit nights. Freshman Nikki Fuller went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI, and senior Macie Thomas was 4 for 5 with a double. Junior Jocelyn McGee (3 for 4, three RBI) and eighth-grader Grace Quincey had three hits apiece. Senior Tristan Drummond tripled and freshman Gianna Jacono doubled and added a couple of RBI for CMHS.

    CMHS eighth-grader Bria Hinkle, who was 2 for 4 for two RBI at the plate, struck out six and surrendered no earned runs and three hits in 5.2 innings in the circle.

  • Chiefland lifters claims five...

    Boys weightlifters met in Chiefland March 20 for the Indians final home meet. Bronson (49 points) prevailed in a tightly fought meet over Williston (45), Chiefland (44) and Cedar Key (10). The Indians, who collected a meet-high five individual wins, averaged the most points per competitor, as they didn’t have a lifter in three of the 10 weight divisions.

    The individual scores are a total of best bench and best clean (clean only, no jerk).

    Logan Firestine (238 weight class, 440 total lift), Brandon Bowers (unlimited class, 575 total) De’Shamar Shepherd (169 class, 480 total), Ty Corbin (129 class, 380 total), and Jimmy Boyle (139 class, 370 total) each placed first in their respective classes for CMHS. Many of the Chiefland lifters had to lift earlier in the day because CMHS competed in a track meet in The Villages at the time of the meet.

    Bronson notched a pair of individual wins, from George Konstantis (199 class, 550 total) and Monte Williams (183 class, 440 total.

  • Chiefland sweeps home track meet

    The Chiefland boys and girls topped six schools apiece to win the Indians’ second track and field home meet of the season on March 19.

    They Bronson girls finished third as a team while the Eagle boys took fifth, falling five points short of Williston in the boys’ rankings.

    The competing schools also included Jefferson County, Lafayette, Taylor County, Trenton and Williston.

    Luke Stockman (3200-meter run 12:32.79); Jarrett Jerrels (long jump 5.87 meters, season best); Jimmy Boyle (pole vault 2.9 meters); Tristan Sloan (pole vault 2.9 meters); and Braden Firestine (discus 30.18 meters, season best) collected wins for the CMHS boys.

  • CMHS baseball suffers first...

     Dixie County only managed three hits against Chiefland on March 21, but made the most of its aggressiveness on the base paths, stealing 12 bases en route to a 5-3 win in baseball. It was the Indians first lost in district play, dropping them to 2-1 in league action and 5-4 overall.

    The Bears improved to 5-2 overall and drew even in district play with CMHS at 2-1.

    The Indians knotted the game at 3-3 in the third behind three walks, including a bases loaded RBI walk by Kelby Osteen to score Aidan Horne, who led off the frame with a walk. Wyatt Hammond then sent a fly ball to right to score Payne Parnell, who reached on an error.

    The CMHS offense struggled to cash in elsewhere, however, as it left two runners stranded in each of four straight innings.

    A combination of errors, stolen bases, wild pitches and walks helped lead to single-run innings by the Bears in each of the first three innings as well as in the fifth frame, putting them up 4-3. They added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI single by Luke Hatcher, who accounted for two of the team’s three hits.

  • Fledgling Running Sports Booster...

    It’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’ track and field and cross country programs.

    Runnings sports might appear to have lo-tech needs, but that’s not actually the case.

    The booster club has big plans, and it’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.

    Harry Hutson, a longtime coach, now technically retired, who was a principal figure behind the start of the club, can’t recall how long it’s been since the track and field program had a working pole vault set. It’s been longer than a decade, and its absence is costly to the team’s success.

    Hutson was a member of the school’s first-ever track team, coached by the legendary C. Doyle McCall.

  • Record-setting CMHS pair pick up...

    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.

    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.

    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.

    It’s the second year in a row Durrance was named to the First Team.

    Thomas, a slugging first baseman, who was selected as Chiefland’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.

  • Dynastic career

    Brittany Gilliam isn’t afraid of calling her shots.

    Her confident, well-earned swagger was the attitudinal underpinning of the Chiefland softball team’s historic run to its first Class 1A state championship in 2014, which kicked off three straight titles and four finals appearances.

    But she wasn’t expecting the level of success she and her North Georgia Nighthawks would enjoy in her senior year of college.

    The NCAA powerhouse went 62-4 before eventually falling in the Division II World Series.

    It didn’t look that promising in the fall, when the Nighthawks were splitting a series with a junior college team.

    “We still had some things to figure out,” said Gilliam, who is completing her degree in business marketing this summer before returning to Chiefland. “We had a young team, so we really didn’t know how the spring was going to play out.”

  • Worthy finish

    Austin Langworthy entered Florida’s Gainesville Super Regional baseball series against Auburn without a home run all season in McKethan Stadium.

    But the Gator baseball team, which broke through last season with its first national championship, has lately been all about unprecedented achievements.

    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’s College World Series (CWS) in Omaha, Nebraska, where it’ll seek to defend its title.

    Florida prevailed 3-2 in the closely-fought pitcher’s duel after splitting the first pair of games against the Tigers.

    Langworthy’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.

    The thrilling hit earned the Levy County native a couple more unprecedented personal feats – his first Gatorade bath and an ESPN Sportscenter interview.