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Today's Sports

  • Boys drop heartbreaker to...

    A great loss isn't quite an oxymoron. It's the one where you did pretty much everything right.

    Cedar Key boys played Hernando Christian almost perfectly Thursday night, playing good defense, keeping turnovers low and free throw shooting high.

    It wasn't quite enough to avoid the last-second, 55-53 loss.

    HCA had a couple of pieces that were just unstoppable, in can't-miss shooter Martin George and big man Clay Kessler. Both of them dogged the Sharks shot for shot, and Kessler was both the irresistible force and the immovable object around the basket.

  • Girls come close in hard-fought...

    "They almost beat us. I told my girls, they ought to have beaten us."

    So said Branford head coach Wade Cashwell, after a fast-improving Cedar Key girls' team held his Lady Bucs to 23 points in a defense-heavy, 23-13 Branford win.

    Branford's Kristin Lynch still dominated, scoring almost half of her team's points with her game-high 10. But Cedar Key's Kacey Miller was almost Lynch's match, with 8 points on the night.

  • Boys jump to .500 with gritty...

    Cedar Key boys improved to 2-2 when they gutted out a white-knuckle 43-41 win over visiting Branford.

    David Bishop and Joseph Bishop led Cedar Key scorers with 12 points each, and John Perry had 12 points for Branford.

    The Sharks jumped out to a 12-7 lead in the first quarter, but let the Buccaneers chisel their way back in on the back of heavy defense and attentive shooting.

  • Boys fight 'til bitter end...

    Cedar Key boys basketball played hard in Monday's matchup against district opponent Seven Rivers, but fell 74-26 to the Warriors.

    Seven Rives, always a talented and threatening team, has already notched its belt against strong area teams, including a win against Williston and a good scare against Bronson. The Sharks came out strong against the visitors, keeping it close in the first half, but the addition of the Warriors' three-point shooting was too much to overcome.

  • Both teams learn in district...

    Lady Sharks basketball played tough against visitor Seven Rivers, surprising the Lady Warriors before retiring in a 38-22 loss.

    "One of our goals every game is to shoot more free throws than the opposing team," Sharks head coach Chris Cowart said. "This time, we did it in the first half, and beat them 11-6."

    With Cedar Key's young team, Cowart is teaching the game even as they run the floor.

    "We work on these little goals, and as we achieve them, we try to move up to bigger ones."

  • Lady Sharks show promise in...

    There was a win inside the Lady Sharks' 44-24 season opening loss to Bronson.

    "We made a pledge to win the fourth quarter," Cedar Key varsity girls? head coach Chris Cowart said. "We did it. We outscored them 13-8."

    Cedar Key persevered in the face of a double-digit first half deficit, the result of letting early game jitters get the better of them. Bronson rolled up a 13-0 first quarter lead, led by Elizabeth Gay's points in the paint, before the Sharks recovered their composure and started chipping.

  • Personal victories at districts...

    Mount Dora is no place to PR, but Zoe Stuber did it at last week's Class A District 3 cross country meet. Mount Dora Bible hosted the district meet Thursday, on a course that has been described as "challenging," "brutal," and "get ready for the worst times of the season."

    The campus is draped over a bowl in the rolling hills north of Orlando, and due either to the whim of fate or the caprice of the folks who laid out the course, most of the downhills are on energy-reflecting asphalt, while most of the uphills are on energy-sucking grass.

  • Cross country heads up to...

    Sharks cross country goes down to Mt. Dora Bible for the district meet today, Nov. 1. Sharks hope to advance to regional action as a result of this race. Girls run at 4:30, boys at 5:00.

  • Pigskin Picks: 'Radio...

    This week's Pigskin Pick veers back to the modern era with a fairly recent film - Michael Tollin's 2003 movie 'Radio.' I didn't go see this movie in the theater because the trailer looked awful ? contrived, emotionally manipulative and far-fetched.

  • Sharks VB falls 3-0 to St. John...

    Cedar Key volleyball called it a season Monday with a 3-0 loss in the district tournament to St. John Lutheran, last year's state runner up for Class A.

    "We started out strong, broke serve and went up 6-0," said head coach Aaron Haldeman.

    "They called time out and we weren't able to hold on, losing 18-25 (in the first game). We never bounced back."

    The Sharks were eliminated in three games, and finished the season with a 5-10 record.