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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.