Local Sports

  • Setting the tone

    C.J. Risak

    Just about every high school coach faces it after the season. It’s called rebuilding. Problem is, the better the players you have to replace, the more difficult that task can seem.

  • VB notebook: Big night in 5A-6 title race

    C.J. Risak

    It was a rough week for Citrus’ volleyball squad. Hopefully this week will be better.

    But that could prove difficult for the Hurricanes, who lost their top attacker thus far this season, Kayla King, to an ankle injury. She is expected to return in perhaps a week, but by then their fate as far as the 5A-6 tournament is concerned could be decided — if it isn’t already.

  • Aldridge tapped Lecanto boys’ hoops coach

    For its next boys’ hoops coach, Lecanto High School found someone who hails from a state known for its basketball acumen and tradition.

    B.J. Aldridge, recently the head boys basketball coach and athletic director at Silver Grove High School in northern Kentucky, was tapped as the fourth head coach of the boys program in as many years at Lecanto.

    He is currently teaching ESE (Exceptional Student Education) at LHS.

  • Pirates hit the road, sweep The Villages

    A run of nine service points in a row by Allie Whited got the Crystal River volleyball team back into the third set, as the Pirates swept The Villages on Monday night on the road.

    The Pirates trailed 14-3 in the third set, but came back to end the night early, 25-14, 25-17, 26-24.

    Cassidy Wardlow had 11 kills, 19 digs and three aces for Crystal River. Kaylan Simms added 10 kills and five blocks, Kaite Eichler had 20 assists and 10 digs, Abby Epstein had seven kills and three blocks and Mercedes Scott added nine digs and two ace serves.

  • Warriors fall at home to Gainesville Rock

    The Seven Rivers Christian volleyball team suffered just its third setback of the season Monday at home, with a 25-27, 25-21, 17-25, 12-25 loss to Gainesville Rock.

    The Warriors (9-3) were led by Alyssa Gage with 22 kills, 18 assists, 16 digs and five blocks. Amanda Zachar added seven kills and seven digs, Michaela Wallace had 14 digs and six kills and Kim Iwaniec added 23 assists, 25 digs and three ace serves.

    Seven Rivers heads to St. Petersburg tonight to face Northside Christian.

  • Johnston earns first CCS win in 3 years

    INVERNESS — With his son Randy in tow, the inimitable Wayne Anderson notched his third Super Late Model win of the season in Inverness, and James “Peanut” Johnston overcame a late caution in snatching his first Pure Stock win in three years at the Citrus County Speedway on Saturday.

    In other racing action, Kevin Stone came from behind to prevail in a thrilling Mini Stocks feature, and Mike Belsuar, of Punta Gorda, scored his third feature win of the year at Citrus in Three-Quarter Midget Sprints.

  • Rays fall to White Sox in final home game

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays ended a tough season at Tropicana Field with another loss.

    Avisail Garcia hit two home runs and John Danks took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Sunday as the Chicago White Sox beat Tampa Bay
    10-5 in the Rays’ home finale.

    The Rays went 36-45 at home this season, their worst finish since having the same record in 2003. Tampa Bay set team lows for homers (51) and triples (six) in a season at home.

  • Franklin, Rays top White Sox

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nick Franklin hit his first home run with Tampa Bay and Chris Archer pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, leading the Rays to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.

    Franklin connected against Hector Noesi in the second inning, belting a drive to right after a leadoff double by James Loney. Franklin had to wait 79 seconds for a replay review to determine if it was fair after it hit off a catwalk at Tropicana Field.

  • Trumped by Tide

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Neither Florida’s defense nor Alabama’s mistakes could contain Blake Sims and Amari Cooper.

    Sims threw for 445 yards, the second-best passing performance in school history, and Cooper scored three touchdowns as the third-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sloppy performance to beat the Gators 42-21 on Saturday.

  • Felton, Ulseth lead CR girls to victory

    CRYSTAL RIVER — A freshman and a senior led the way as the Crystal River High School girls won the team title Saturday at the Crystal River High Invitational cross-country meet.

    Freshman Jillian Felton took third (20:51) and senior Alexis Ulseth took ninth (22:21) as the Pirates won their own meet with 54 points. Ulseth improved from the previous meet despite sand playing a factor at the course she said.