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Today's Sports

  • Sam Beckham brings home state...

    Mark it in the book. Cedar Key School junior Samantha Beckham capped her first state final appearance in the girls' pole vault with a third place finish, nailing a 10-foot vault for the bronze medal.

    Beckham had also qualified in the triple jump, but finished 12th, well out of the medals, with a best jump of 32' 7 1/2".

    Coach Brad Penney said he was proud of his team and their efforts this year.

  • Sharks battle in extra-inning...

    "Except for the fact that we lost, I think it was the best game we played all season."

    Sharks' baseball head coach Joe Bishop said his team played like there was no tomorrow in their district tournament matchup Monday. Unfortunately, this time there wasn't. Cedar Key lost 7-6 in eight innings to Seven Rivers in the Class A District 6 tournament.

    The Sharks got off to a good start, putting up one run in their first at bat to take an early lead. Seven Rivers tied the score with a run in the bottom of the first, though.

  • Beckham and Hibbits to state...

    Two members of the Cedar Key Sharks' track and field squad are headed to the state championship this Friday at Winter Park High School. At last Wednesday's regional meet at Bolles High School in Jacksonville, Junior Samantha Beckham qualified in girls' pole vault with a 9' 6" vault, good for second place. She finished behind Lindsey Enders of Holy Trinity, who reached 10 feet. Beckham also turned in a qualifying third place finish in the triple jump, with a best of 32' 7 3/4".

  • Sharks drop home finale to Bell

    Cedar Key baseball dropped its last home game 17-8 to Bell, playing six good innings after coming this close to a 10-run meltdown.

    "We were down 13-0 when we first came to bat in the first inning," said head coach Joe Bishop.

    Bell batted through the order twice in the first inning, with C.J. Harris and Tyler Stofel each hitting home runs, but much of the scoring was due to defensive errors.

  • Track Sharks send six to Jax...

    Sharks Track and Field will send six athletes to next week's regional meet at Jacksonville's Bolles High School after some outstanding individual performances at Monday's district meet at Oak Hall.

    The meet was marred by the injuries of Cedar Key's Hunter Cannon and Shawna Fenton in unrelated accidents over the weekend. Fenton was able to compete, albeit limited by back pain, but Cannon's injuries are more serious.

  • Diamond Sharks keep focus...

    Sharks baseball put together another big win against 2A St. John Lutheran Ocala, coming back from a two-run deficit early on to make a decisive 7-3 finish. They got a huge boost in the fifth inning from a three-run homer by Evan Lyons.

    "We started off down two," said Sharks' head coach Joe Bishop. "But then we got a run and got everything started."

  • Girls do it again, four-peat at...

    With 98 points, Cedar Key girls won the team scoring at Tuesday's running of the Levy County Track Meet, and Shark boys placed second in their competition with 83.5.

    Host Cedar Key head coach Brad Penney proudly informed the crowd in attendance that another school record had been set with Samantha Beckham's 10'0" pole vault success.

    "That's also a tie for state runner-up among 1A schools," he said.

    Boys also had an outstanding outing, narrowly falling behind Williston in team scoring.

  • Sharks bite back hard vs....

    With his no-out, RBI walk-off home run, Ryan Alford put the cap on Cedar Key's thrilling 7-6 comeback win against district visitors Meadowbrook. The Sharks had beaten the Mustangs 14-4 in the first week of the season and came out very confident, but a four-inning standoff and opportunistic scoring by Meadowbrook shook their poise.

  • Track Sharks pick up steam...

    Cedar Key girls won at Chiefland in Friday's meet, with an overpowering team score of 140 to 104 for second-place Bell. Key to the win were dominant performances by Sam Beckham and Kacey Miller, including Miller's new school record in the high jump at 5'3 1/2".

    Cedar Key boys fared less well, coming in last among full teams with 68 points; as at the Cedar Key Relays last week, a shortage of team members hobbled their performance. Fortunately, senior Justin Speegle is back and ready to murder his events in next week's county meet.

  • Track Sharks shine as first-time...

    Sharks track and field tasted success at their inaugural home meet Monday, hosting Branford, Seven Rivers, St. John Lutheran and Bronson at the first Cedar Key Relays.

    Branford was the overall winner, with the girls' team scoring 80 total points and boys' team scoring 84. Cedar Key girls were runners-up with 68 points, and Cedar Key boys placed third with 46 points.