Local Sports

  • Hurricanes advance 11

    INVERNESS — In the Citrus High School gymnasium on Saturday, 12 for 12 was the goal for the Hurricanes wrestling team. That was how many wrestlers coach Jeff Wood brought into the District 2A-5 tournament and that’s how many he wanted to advance to regionals next week. Finishing as the district runner-up was also in his sights.  

  • Dewees feeling at home

    David Pieklik: Correspondent

    HERNANDO — It already feels like a lifetime for Donnie Dewees since he wore his Crystal River High School baseball uniform, and it has been a life of opportunities doing what he loves to do.

  • An impressive display

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Defense couldn’t win it for Crystal River’s girls basketball team, not this time.

    Ponte Vedra literally shot the Pirates to pieces Friday, netting more points by the 5:27 mark of the second quarter than Crystal River would manage in the entire game in a 58-24 Class 6A regional final romp.

  • Citrus’ Miller aims for return trip to state

    Even though he wasn’t a very good wrestler last season, David Miller of Citrus still made it to the state tournament as a sophomore.

    Those were Miller’s own words earlier this week heading into the postseason — which begins today for the Hurricanes and Lecanto at the District 2A-5 tournament at Citrus High School in Inverness.

  • CCS welcomes in Legend Cars Winter Nationals

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    Drivers from across North America have begun to make their way to Citrus County Speedway for the 2017 Legend Cars Winter Nationals. For those who have come a few days early, tonight is just a small preview of what to expect during the race week that begins Monday.

  • Pirates one step away from the Final Four

    C.J. Risak


    What Crystal River doesn’t want is a total repeat of last year’s girls basketball 6A regional final, when Lecanto traveled to Ponte Vedra, battling the Sharks with a berth in the Final Four at stake.

    Still, there’s a lot of things the Pirates would like to mimic, most importantly the result — Lecanto won that game.

  • CR wins numbers game

    CRYSTAL RIVER — It was never really a matter of if the Crystal River wrestling team would win back-to-back district team titles, it was just a matter of by how much.

    The Pirates had 12 wrestlers entered in Thursday’s District 1A-5 tournament at home, four more than the next closest team. And with several other teams bringing four or fewer wrestlers, the Pirates were guaranteed to place and score big points at just about every weight class.

  • Just a little rain

    C.J. Risak, Correspondent

    LECANTO — It wasn’t the best way to get the season started, with rain delaying the Lecanto Panther Invitational for an hour and strong winds plaguing the athletes through the evening, but it didn’t bother the Lecanto girls track team, or the Citrus boys team, too much.

  • Hurricanes win big in the weight room

    INVERNESS — Last week was a rough day on the score sheet for Crystal River weightlifting. On the road, outnumbered by a county opponent and taking a big loss. Wednesday afternoon in the Pirates’ first encounter with defending county champion Citrus was no different. With a couple less lifters from the week prior on an already slim roster, the Hurricanes pulled away with a 75-8 win — their second straight of the season.

  • CR’s Lawson ready for last postseason run

    A year ago, Crystal River wrestler CJ Lawson appeared primed to make his first trip to the state tournament as a junior. He had just won the district championship at 145 pounds by pinning his way through the bracket and had collected a pin in the opening round of the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament in Titusville.