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Today's Sports

  • Sharks drop district tournament...

    The Cedar Key boys’ basketball team had its moments in the first half of its district tournament opener against Dixie County.

    The seventh-seeded Sharks reached double digits in each of the first two quarters behind a trio of 3s, and helped itself to an 11-6 run after digging into an 11-0 deficit to open the game.

    But the eventual district champion Bears ultimately had too much firepower against a young and developing CKS squad, as they thrived off defensive takeaways to post a 76-30 win in the district quarterfinal in Bell.

  • Boys hoops set for district...

    Monday marks the start of the opening round of the District 1A-7 boys’ basketball tournament in Bell, but local county teams Chiefland, Cedar Key and Bronson will have to wait a day to tip off their quarterfinal bids.

    No. 6 seed Chiefland (4-16) meets county rival Bronson (10-11), the third seed, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, before No. 7 Cedar Key (1-20) takes on second-seeded Dixie County (Cross City) that night at 7:30 p.m.

  • Local siblings share big dreams...

    Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    She’s a budding prep star, one of the standouts among the county’s impressive class of sophomores.

    He’s a former county star, having twice led Chiefland in scoring, and having played a key role in its final four run in 2014, now on the verge of starting the next phase of his hoops career.

    Her older brother’s former team, a team she once rooted for, is now her neighboring rival.

    He now roots for Cedar Key, at least when it comes to his sister’s Lady Sharks.

  • Lady Sharks open district...

    The Cedar Key girls kick off the District 1A-7 tournament next Monday, Jan. 30, as the fifth-seeded Lady Sharks take on No. 4 seed Bronson.

    Monday’s tipoff is at 6 p.m. at Trenton High School.

    CKS (6-15, 4-8) and the Lady Eagles (10-10, 7-5) split their pair of regular season matchups, with each claiming a home victory. Cedar Key came from behind to knock off BMHS 36-32 in early January, after Bronson prevailed 50-37 in their earlier meeting in December.

  • Bucs sink Sharks from beyond the...

    Every time Cedar Key threatened to make it a single-digit game, Branford would hit a shot.

    The Buccaneers maintained a 10- to 13-point edge throughout the third quarter last Friday, before pulling away in the fourth for a 62-37 district road win on the Sharks’ homecoming night.

    Branford hit six 3s in the opening half – including five by Jonathan Ardilla – to wipe away an 11-3 advantage by the Sharks and build up a 35-24 lead by halftime.

  • Cedar Key girls come back for...

    The Cedar Key girls already had to survive a critical stretch in the third quarter without its top player, do-it-all sophomore Jasmin Jackson, who rested with four offensive fouls last Thursday in the CKS gym.

    Then, in the final two minutes of the game, the Lady Sharks would have to do it again without Jackson, who fouled out with just over two minutes to play, with her team clinging to a 32-30 lead against county and district rival Bronson.

    But the young-and-improving CKS squad showed its defense was up to the task.

  • Bronson fends off improving...

    For the second game in a row, the Cedar Key boys hacked into a double-digit second-half deficit to make for a more interesting finish.

    The Sharks trailed Bronson by as many as 17 points in the fourth last Thursday, but kept plugging away, eventually getting it to within six points in the final minute.

    The Eagles fended off the rally in the end, however, securing a 62-54 win to improve to 4-3 in District 1A-7.

  • Lady Sharks show promise in...

    The result may have showed loss in the standings, but Cedar Key’s defeat to Branford last Thursday in the Drummond Bank-CKS Beach Ball Holiday Tournament was an effort worth building on for the Lady Sharks, who don’t have any senior or junior starters.

    Though trailing throughout after Branford went ahead 15-13 on a Trinity Thomas bucket early in the second quarter, CKS hung close, and was down just four with six minutes to play.

  • Sharks held in check by Trenton...

    In the boys’ consolation game on the second day of the Drummond Bank-CKS Beach Ball Holiday Tournament last Thursday, the Cedar Key boys once again found some early success in the paint, but succumbed to a more experienced team that was playing near the top of its game.

    The Sharks led Trenton 8-7 with 2:30 remaining in the opening quarter following a put-back by Joey Stewart. From there, Trenton built up an insurmountable advantage to capture a 63-21 win.

  • Lady Sharks succumb to late...

    Cedar Key freshman Niya Jones drained a 3 in the first minute of the fourth quarter to pull her Lady Sharks ahead 29-26 last Wednesday in the Drummond Bank-CKS Beach Ball Holiday Tournament.

    But Fort White held the upper hand after that point, outscoring the tournament host 18-5 for the remainder to secure a 44-36 win.