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Today's Sports

  • Lady Indians cap exhaustive...

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball played 18 quarters of holiday tournament basketball on the road in three days, starting Dec. 19.

    After slogging through a pair of closely-fought overtime losses in Cedar Key, as well as a hard-fought win over Branford on the island, the Lady Indians capped their holiday slate with a one-off exhibition tilt against Providence School (Jacksonville) in the Trenton SAMCO Christmas Classic Dec. 21.

    They shook off the fatigue to score an impressive triumph over the Stallions, as Naja Martin (12 points), Colby Reed (11 points) and Sierra Norris (nine points) combined for 32 points to help CMHS fend off Providence for a 39-34 win.

    Chiefland connected on eight field goals in the second quarter to jump ahead 22-11 by the break. CMHS enjoyed a mix of buckets in the frame, including a mid-range pull-up basket and floater from Reed, multiple layups off drives from Norris, and a couple of put-backs from Martin. Courtney Hayes was also heavily involved as a key rebounder and defender for Chiefland, adding a steal and layup in the period.

  • Lady Indians get workout in...

    By the end of its two-day, three-game run in the second Drummond Bank CKS Beach Ball Holiday Tournament Dec. 19 and Dec. 20, the Chiefland girls’ basketball squad was a tired bunch.

    The Lady Indians ended up playing 14 quarters in the two days, with two of their games going into overtime. Still, they ended up nearly capturing third place, and were on the cusp of competing in the championship game, if not for a tiebreaker technicality that left them playing in the third place consolation matchup.

    In that final game against Keystone Heights, a 33-30 overtime loss for Chiefland, the points were scarce in the early going, with CMHS leading just 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.

    As the buckets added up, the margin remained airtight, as the biggest lead by either team in the second half came on the heels of a dribble-drive by Sierra Norris that put the Lady Indians up 16-13.

  • Strong start not enough for CMHS...

    Chiefland boys’ basketball home matchup against Union County Dec. 19 was a game of ups and downs for the Indians.

    The squad looked as sharp as it has all year handling the Tiges’ press, but failed to convert enough to reap the rewards. Chiefland would see UCHS build up multiple 11 points leads, before chopping them down to more manageable five-point margins, eventually surrendering 63-52.

    Union County improved to 3-6 behind the win, a misleading record for the Tigers, as they share a district with Williston and 1A powerhouse Hawthorne, and have a couple of district losses by four and two points. It marked the third straight loss for the Indians, who later rebounded with a win over Cedar Key in Trenton’s Christmas tournament.

    Chiefland struggled at the foul line, at 13 for 29, and didn’t get any help from beyond the arc, where it went 1 for 9 as a team.

    Sophomore Jarrett Jerrels paced the Indians with 12 points, while fellow sophomore Jalen Rutledge joined him in double figures with 11 points. Junior Kirk Williams had a trio of buckets in the third quarter to help himself to eight points on the night.

  • Indians pull away from Sharks in...

    In their two meetings with Chiefland this season, the Cedar Key boys’ basketball team has run into an Indian shooter who was red hot from beyond the arc.

    In their first game, CMHS sophomore Ty Corbin lit up the gym with six 3s to help lift his squad past the Sharks in overtime. In the SAMCO Classic Christmas Tournament in the Dec. 21, it was Payne Parnell’s turn.

    Parnell, in his third outing since returning from a high ankle sprain that had him sidelined since the beginning of the season, connected on a quartet of 3-pointers, including three in the fourth quarter, to help ice Chiefland’s 63-44 win.

    “I felt like (my shot) was going to come back,” said Parnell, who scored a team-high 17 points. “We had the ball movement today against the press and had a lot better looks than we’ve had. We played together as a team.”

    Though the team’s share a district, the game doesn’t count towards the standings because it’s a holiday tournament game. They’ll meet again Jan. 2 in Cedar Key.

  • Football players, cheerleaders...

    Adam Gore, the head football coach at Chiefland Middle High School, was aware he had a young team this past season.

    But it wasn’t clear just how new it was until, after combing through the roster for first-year lettermen, he realized there wouldn’t be enough C letters on order to be handed out Dec. 15 at the CMHS Football and Cheer Banquet Dec. 15.

    “We had about 26 (first-year lettermen),” said Gore, who assured everyone would eventually receive their C’s. “We weren’t ready for that.”

    In the end, the cafeteria stage at Chiefland Elementary School was nearly too short to accommodate them as flooded the stage.

    The number of superlatives handed out to sophomores bodes well for the program’s future.

  • Eagles connect on free throw in...

    Bronson enjoyed a significant advantage at the free throw line in its intra-county and district clash with Cedar Key Dec. 12.

    And the Eagles made the most of those opportunities, going 23 for 32 at the foul line to prevail 54-42.

    Bronson improved to 2-2 in District 1A-7 with the win, and headed into the holiday break at 3-2-1 overall. CKS is 2-6 (1-2 in district play).

    Chiefland plays Cedar Key Thursday, Dec. 21, at 1:30 p.m. in a holiday tournament at Trenton. The Indians then play Friday in Trenton at 7:30 p.m., and the Sharks play at 4:30 p.m. that day in the tournament.

    Bronson is in a holiday tournament at Wildwood before Christmas, and then hosts the Eagle Holiday Classic Dec. 28 through Dec. 30.

    Against the Sharks, sophomore point guard Blake Homan led the way for Bronson with 16 points in the second half, and went 9 for 11 from the free throw line in finishing with a game-high 20 points. Senior Tra Francis poured in 15 points from the paint, while the Eagles had three more shooters with at least six points, including eight points from sophomore Micah Hubbard.

  • Lady Eagles fend off Sharks

    The one-two punch by siblings Yelena and Neomi Thomas combined for 31 points, while their Bronson squad took advantage of its free-throw opportunities to beat Cedar Key 49-38 in Bronson on Dec. 12.

    Yelena Thomas, a junior point guard, paced Bronson with 16 points, while Neomi added 15 behind 6-of-11 shooting from the foul line. It was Yelena’s sixth straight game with at least 16 points to start the season.

    The Lady Eagles took 29 foul shoots to CKS’ 12.

    “It was a good game,” BMHS coach Rodney Thomas said. “Our first quarter was about the lowest scoring quarter we had all season, so it was like, ‘What’s going on!?’”

    Eighth-grader Makalynn Bowling led the Lady Sharks’ scoring efforts with 11 points, while junior Jasmin Jackson followed with 10 points.

    CKS head coach David Tomlin called it his team’s worst-played game of the season, but took some consolation in the fact his Lady Sharks were within striking distance in the fourth quarter.

    Tomlin’s usually reliable defense was out of sync against the Lady Eagles.

  • Cross country standout...

    When it comes to state competition, no athlete outside the school’s softball program has seen as much success recently at Chiefland Middle High School as eighth-grade cross country star Lauren Jones.

    On Dec. 12, the School Board of Levy County recognized Jones’ feats, as CMHS assistant principal Aaron Halderman recounted her accomplishments.

    Family, coaches and supporters filled the room to celebrate the moment for Jones, who, after already qualifying for the state championship as a seventh-grader, took a significant step this past season in finishing 14th overall at the Class 1A championships against a field of more than 175 runners.

    “When you see that many kids running, that’s a big accomplishment,” Halderman said. “And to know that she’s got her high school years ahead of her – a lot of the athletes that came in ahead of her, I don’t think she’ll be running against in the years to come.”

    Halderman recalled when he first saw Jones run a race. It was Chiefland Elementary School’s annual Run-for-Fun.

    A future star was born.

  • Healy sweeps Women's golf...

    Shirley Meggs
    CWGA Publicist

    Chiefland Women’s Golf Association held their 2017 Handicap Match Play Tournament the past two months.

    The women play one-on-one matches with the higher handicap receiving less strokes on the more difficult holes. Carol Healy was this year’s victor. She never lost a single match in spite of having to “give” strokes to almost every competitor she faced.

    Denise Boyle came in second by defeating the rest of the field, but succumbed to Carol’s excellent play. The final round was played Wednesday, Nov. 22, in which Carol won by three holes over Denise.

    Good going ladies!
     

  • Drummond Holiday Tournament...

    One of the staples of the holiday season are hoops tournaments.

    Cedar Key School is hosting its second Drummond Bank CKS Beach Ball Holiday Tournament Dec. 19 and Dec. 20, and the Chiefland girls will be there.

    The tourney features six girls’ squads, including the Lady Indians, Branford, and The Rock (Gainesville) in Pool A; and Fort White, Keystone Heights and the Lady Sharks constituting Pool B.

    Each school plays twice on Day 1 in pool play.

    A junior varsity matchup between Creekside and CKS tips off action at 11 a.m. Dec. 19, before pool play begins at 12:15 p.m. between the Buccaneers and the Lions of Gainesville. Fort White and CKS follow it up at 1:45, and then The Rock and Lady Indians of Chiefland are scheduled for 3:15. Keystone Heights and FWHS meet at 4:45, then CMHS returns to action against BHS at 6:15 before KHS and Cedar Key cap the day at 7:45.

    On Dec. 20, the third-place teams from each pool face off at 4 p.m., followed by the second-place schools at 5:30, and then the championship game at 7 p.m.