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Today's Sports

  • Lady Indians dealt No. 3 seed in...

    Chiefland lost a coin flip to Bell to decide the No. 2 seed in the District 1A-7 tournament, so the Lady Indians won’t get the benefit of a bye in the opening round.

    The Bell-hosted tournament starts April 23, with No. 4 Branford taking on No. 4 Branford facing No. 5 Dixie County at 5 p.m. Chiefland then plays No. 6 Bronson at 7 p.m.

    The winner of that first game advances to face top-seeded Trenton April 24 at 5 p.m., while the other winner takes on Bell at 7 p.m. on April 24.

    Chiefland finished 7-3 in district play after defeating Branford 8-2 on April 12. Macie Thomas delivered her fourth home run of the season, as the junior slugger was 2 for 3 with a couple of RBI. Thomas, Tristen Drummond and Erika Gilliam (3 for 4) each collected multiple hits and a walk, and up-and-comer Nikki Fuller (2 RBI) also had a pair of hits. Kensley Durrance fanned seven in seven innings pitched and allowed just three hits. Chiefland tallied 10 hits and one error.

  • Running with the Bulls

    When the name Brian Norris, Jr. rang out of the PA speakers at Corbett Stadium on the University of South Florida campus, you could hear a distinct cheer from one section of the crowd.

    The Chiefland faithful – family and friends and former coaches and teammates of Norris – were on hand to see the USF early-enrollee in his first spring football game as a Bull.

    Norris, a 6-foot-2, 228-pound freshman running back who will graduate with his class at Chiefland next month, made the most of his opportunities, gaining 16 yards, including a tackle-breaking first down run, on three carries. He also blocked on a play-action pass play.

    The Bulls pit their offense players versus their defensive players in the spring game, with the team defense earning points for plays such as tackles for a loss and interceptions. Norris’ offensive group came from behind to prevail 46-45.

    After the game, second-year Bulls head coach Charlie Strong complimented the performance of all the runnings backs, which include former Gator Jordan Cronkrite.

  • High benchmarks

    A lot of superlatives fit Austin Collins.

    The Bronson senior is a natural leader, a team player, a loyal Bronson Eagle, and is matured well beyond his 18 years.

    He’s also a Renaissance Man, as he juggles varying areas of pursuit – brewer, trainer, builder, musician – with potential career stakes in any of them.

    But the label he wears the best – and proudest – is his newest: state champion.

    On April 6, at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach, Collins became just the third Bronson Eagle on record to win an individual state title in any sport, as he prevailed in the 238-pound weight division to claim a Class 1A boys weightlifting crown.

    It was his third straight trip to the state finals, and he could feel this one was his for the taking.

    “I knew going in this year that I was at least in the top 3,” the senior said.

    Collins posted a bench press of 385 and a clean and jerk of 295, giving him a combined tally of 680 pounds.

    It wasn’t even a personal record for Collins – his best bench press is 395. But it was enough.

  • Local track and field standouts...

    At the district championship meet Wednesday, April 11, at Oak Hall School, the following Chiefland athletes qualified in one or more events for the regional championship meet April 25 in Wesley Chapel: Courtney Hayes; Reagan Hudson; Lauren Jones; Jaycie Anderson; Aubrey Hudson; Banner Hodge; Tramaine Brown; L.J. Jenkins; Jalen Rutledge and Lane Studstill.

    Hayes is the district champion in the girls high jump, while Reagan Hudson and Lauren Jones were district runner-ups in multiple events (see detailed list of finishes below).

    The top four individual finishers or relay teams from each event earned a bid to regionals, and the top eight earned medals.

    The Chiefland girls 4x100-meter relay team of Chamirra McQueen, Aubreigh Brown, Sierra Norris and Courtney Hayes was a near shoe-in to qualify, as the talented quartet has been winning meets in style all season, including the Levy County Championship. But they were ruled out for a false start before the race even began.

    Bronson qualifiers included: Yelena Thomas; Mahki Bostic; Jasmine Glover; Deziah King and Keyera Hutto.

  • Lady Indians excelling in...

    Former Chiefland Lady Indian softball players continue to make their mark in the college ranks.

    College of Central Florida freshman Takiya London is a slugging machine for the Lady Patriots out of Ocala, with team highs in home runs (15), doubles (12), slugging (.797) RBI (57) and stolen bases (13). The first-year shortstop has boasted a five-game home run streak this season as well as a 12-game hitting streak, and currently carries a .412 batting average.

    CF (40-8) is ranked No. 8 in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I, and is on top of the Mid-Florida Conference behind a 13-1 mark in conference play. London is second in runs, 10th in home runs and seventh in total bases in NJCAA Division I.

  • CMHS track standouts compete at...

    The athletes of the Chiefland track and field team that competed at the 2018 Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville over spring break faced an uphill challenge, as they ran and hurdled against some of the top competition from around the state.

    But the Indians’ appearance – and effort – was impressive in itself, as they boasted what was likely the youngest group of runners at the University of Florida-hosted three-day meet from March 29 to March 31. And the experience was invaluable for Coach Lee Bell’s teams, as they turned in performances on a state-of-the-art track against fields of competitors that rivaled those at the state championships. The runners had to deal with long breaks between events, up to five or six hours in some cases, and rainy conditions on Friday.

  • CMHS quintet snatch wins in...

    Five different Chiefland athletes combined for eight individual wins while the Indians collected an additional 18 top-3 finishes at the Jefferson County Tri Meet March 22 in Monticello.

    Reagan Hudson led the charge for CMHS with three first-place finishes – Girls 100 Hurdles (20.57 seconds); Girls 300 Hurdles (1:00.75) and Girls Discus Throw (75 feet, 9 inches) – and a second place (Girls High Jump, 4-04.0).

    Lady Indians junior Courtney Hayes prevailed in the Girls High Jump at 4-08.0.

    Sophomore Luke Stockman led the Indian boys with a first-place finish in the Boys 1600 meter run (5 minutes, 24.61 seconds) and the 3200 (2 mile) at 12:03.16. Senior Tramaine Brown collected first in the Boys Long Jump (17-02.0) for CMHS.

    For the Lady Indians, eighth-grader Lauren Jones took first in the Girls 1600 (5:48.43) and won unopposed in the 3200 (12:29.08).

    Senior Quay Brodus nearly added another win for Chiefland, as he tied for first in the Boys High Jump at 36-04.0, but was marked at second on the tiebreaker. Brodus added a No. 3 finished in the shot put (17-03.5).

  • CMHS track to honor past coaches

    Chiefland Middle High School track and field is hosting the first-ever C. Doyle McCall and Wendell Corbin Honorary Invitational Track Meet Thursday, April 5, in honor of two coaches who built the foundation of the program.

    McCall, best known as a legendary football coach for the Indians, founded the track program in 1953, and Corbin helped take it to new heights as a longtime coach. A special presentation will be held at 3:15 p.m. before the meet to honor the two coaches. McCall is unable to attend due to health reasons, so a member of one of his first track teams, Jolyn Corbin, will accept the honor on his former coach’s behalf.

    With six schools slated to participate, including Bronson, Williston, Mayo-Lafayette and Jefferson County, the meet will be as large or larger than any meet in recent years hosted at CMHS.

    The meet will start at 3:30 p.m., beginning with the 4x800 relay, followed by the field events, and then the remaining running events.

    The CMHS Running Sports Booster Club is putting on the meet with award sponsorships from Bar-B-Q Bill’s and Chiefland Farm Supply.

  • CK Open nabs over $5.5K for Fire...

    The momentum continues to grow for the annual Cedar Key Open Golf Tournament.

    On March 7, the charity event set a new mark for itself in its third edition, raising $5,513 for the Cedar Key Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

    In three years, it’s raised $13,139 for local causes. Last year’s funds went toward the Cedar Key Library.

    With 88 competitors and 22 teams, participation also saw an uptick for the Open.

    The event is truly a collaborative effort, both in support and locations. It’s held at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club, and then continues at Big Deck Bar and Grill in Cedar Key, where a low country boil dinner is served courtesy of Ricky Cook. The Big Deck sponsors the CK Open.

    There was a new foursome champion this year in the scramble tournament (teammates play best ball). The team of Milt Gillis, Joe Brinkman, Skipper Henderson and Alden Davis combined to fire a tournament-best 16-under par 56.

  • Lady hoops standouts recognized...

    The Chiefland Middle High School girls’ basketball program has promising talent coming up through its ranks, and lose just one senior starter next season.

    To realize its tantalizing potential, however, its young student-athletes will have to put in the gym time in the offseason.

    At the Lady Indians’ end-of-the-season banquet at Hardeetown Baptist Church March 12, the girls were honored for their contributions and impressive improvements throughout the year. It was also a chance for coaches Buddy Vicker and Jason Whistler – and CMHS Principal Dennis Webber – to paint of picture of what is required to be great going forward.

    Webber, in his introduction, unofficially introduced the theme of the evening in quoting women’s basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt, citing her claim that the competitor needs to “continually raise the bar.”