The Sharks travel to Ocala Tuesday for what promises to be their first real test of the fledgling season. It’s hard to tell too much from this first game -against an overmatched team. The contest dragged at times –mainly because of the opposing hurler’s inability to throw strikes with any regularity. “There ain’t no way it’s still the fifth inning,” one Shark player observed as the game moved past the two hour mark, accurately expressing the sentiments of most Shark players and fans. But a win is a win, and this team has definite promise. Featuring a nice blend of experienced players with younger, less experienced ones, the Sharks baseball nine will be competitive and engaging, certainly worth watching for anyone who enjoys watching youngsters playing ball just for the joy of it. So come on out to the field across from the Dollar General for the next game. Be sure to bring a chair.
The high school agriculture class has been getting dirty in the garden! This week there was major soil cultivation going on as well as planting. Students in 9-11th grades planted squash, various varieties of tomatoes, habanero peppers, banana peppers, peas, bush beans, and cucumbers. Students also collected fish data. Students are testing, over the course of the school year, whether or not fish grow faster when in an aquaponics system (fish and plants growing in the same tank).
The Cedar Key Seafood Festival is an annual event in Levy County that brings over 200 arts and crafts exhibits to the island, together with multiple seafood booths in the city park, as well as booths from local organizations, live music, a parade, and beautiful weather. This year was no exception, despite Hurricane Matthew devastating Cedar Key only weeks before. Residents pulled together and maintained the Seafood Festival tradition with a renewed vigor and expression of love for their community during the weekend festivities.
The Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County set up a community booth in the city park, which is where the hub of activity is for the festival. Lining the park are seafood vendors, selling delicious fried seafood from the area, as well as delicious desserts, smoothies, and steamed corn-on-the-cob. Visitors gather their tasty seafood dishes and sit on the lawn or at picnic tables, where they enjoy the sounds of live music and children playing on the adjacent playground while they watch the waves crash on the small beach.
The Tobacco Free Partnership and SWAT have participated in this event for many years, and this is the second year that the festival has been designated as tobacco free, with two designated tobacco use areas for the artists and visitors that are away from the crowds. Several families that attended the festival expressed that they are happy that it is so family-friendly, and many of the adults that stopped at the tobacco prevention booth were supportive of the tobacco free festival policy. Many people that stopped by the booth were interested in seeking resources for loved ones to encourage them to quit.
Cedar key School is in need of a group facilitator for its AVID program.
AVID is an acronym for Advancement via Individual Determination. It is offered at both middle and high school levels. Its purpose is to prepare students for college and careers by increasing skills in critical reading, writing, organization, inquiry, and collaboration. One of the ways this is done is through an inquiry-based tutorial process, where students learn to question what they know and what they don't understand.
The AVID group facilitator would work twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm, and would work with both middle and high school students in small groups.
The requirement for the position is to have attended college. A college degree is preferred but is not a requirement.
The end of the semester is here and so winter break is coming up!
Exams are coming up! Exams will take place on the 16th, 19th, and the 20th of December. All days that exams take place will be early release days and you can check out with a note from your parents when you’re finished.
After the last exam takes place on December 20th winter break will start, school resumes January 4th.
Even though school will be out due to winter break there will still be a basketball tournament on the 21st and 22nd of December at Cedar Key against Florida High, Oak Hall and Trenton at 4:30.
The Middle school boys and girls and the Varsity boys and girls all played their first home game to together on Monday December 5th. Both the boys and girls middle school teams are coached by Joe Bishop. The girls began their game against Trenton at 3:30 and they played very well together, the new 6th graders that recently entered middle school fit right in on the court, Although they lost, they played with enthusiasm and strength with their final score being 43 to 5 .
The Middle school boys played directly after them at 4:30. That is when things started to heat up. They were neck and neck the entire night but, the Trenton Tigers pulled ahead in the end. Their final score was 26 to 20. The starters for the night were Tristan Sloan, Brandon Bowling, John Pelham, Ty Winfield, and Alexander Topping.
Later on that night at 5:30 the Varsity girls played the Lady Tigers. They were lead by coaches Carrie and David Tomlin. This year is CKS Senior Savannah Howard’s last year playing basketball. The ending score for the Varsity girls was 59 to 11.
Come out and enjoy a full day of basketball beginning at 9:00 am when your SHARKS take on Dunnellon Christian in the first game of our double elimination tournament. Games will be ongoing throughout the afternoon with the championship game scheduled to begin 3:15. Admission for the entire day is $5 and concessions will be available.
The Lady Sharks won their home opener in convincing fashion. After a sluggish first half, the Sharks outscored their opponents 25-6 in the second half. Rylee Smith opened the second half with a tip-in and the Sharks played suffocating defense followed by unselfish offense to put the game away.
The Sharks were led in scoring and rebounding by Emilie Lavoie who scored 11 points while gathering nine rebounds. The girls were buoyed by a boisterous home crowd; thanks for coming out!
The Sharks return to the court for a home game on Thursday against district rival Chiefland. The girls play at 5:30 pm followed by the boys at 7:00 pm.
Come out and support your SHARKS!
Jacob Solano: Gone, but Never Forgotten
The Cedar Key Lady Sharks opened their regular season with back to back away games. In their opening game, the Sharks fell behind early to St. Francis and came back to take the lead briefly near the end of the game. Unfortunately, they came up just short at the buzzer. The next night the Sharks took on 5A Taylor County at the Bulldogs home gym. After a tough opening half, the Lady Sharks dominated the third period and went on to win a close game against Taylor County.
The Lady Sharks are off this week and resume play at Trenton on Monday. Come out on Tuesday, November 29, to support the boys and girls teams as they take on district rival Bell High School. The girls play at 5:30 and boys game starts after the girls game.
Come support our Sharks!
LADY SHARKS’ FIRST WIN
Cedar Key Lady Sharks beat Hawthorne High School on Thursday night at the Bronson Preseason Tournament. The Sharks used tough defense to defeat Hawthorne on a night when their shots weren't falling. Jasmin Jackson hit two free throws with 11 seconds to seal the win for Cedar Key. This is a great win for the girls to open the preseason.
Get your fork and your wallet ready - it’s pie time!
The annual junior class pie auction will be held Nov. 22, giving bidders an opportunity to take home some delicious home baked goodies for Thanksgiving.
The junior class has been holding the auction the week of Thanksgiving for many years, and it’s always been a win-win situation. Community members are able to enjoy some of the finest baking done all year while the junior class gets to use the proceeds to help pay for prom and other upcoming expenses as they prepare to complete their public education.
This year the Doug Bishop Auditorium at Cedar Key School will open for a preview at 5:30 p.m. Then at 6 p.m., auctioneer Daniel Jerrels will begin selling the treats to the highest bidder.
Anyone who would like to make a baked contribution to the auction is welcome to drop them off at the auditorium between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22.
Fall Festival at Cedar Key School brought out the youngsters, their parents, and the oldsters in support of their school.
Visitors feasted upon mullet dinners, hamburgers and fries, and more.
Every game and activity possible was operating on the field at the school: hair coloring and sparkling; the Travel Club, aiming for Europe at year’s end selling personalized tiles for a future mosaic; a bouncehouce delighted the little ones; water balloon tossing; and more.
Fall Festival Recap
Girls basketball starts soon! Their first game was in Bronson on Tuesday. Several players are new to our varsity girls’ team such as McKenzie Ramont, Rylee Smith, Desiree Barshay, Cassie Lozier and Niya Jones. Overall this year Cedar Key High School has seven returning players and four new players. We hope to see you at our games and go Sharks!
CKS Junior Varsity Hi-Q team won the most recent match between Cedar Key and Trenton by nearly 100 points.