Local Sports

  • Dunnellon hosts South Sumter in key district battle

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    With only a handful of weeks left in the regular season, some local teams are attempting to lock up playoff spots, while others hope to pick up momentum to build on heading into the offseason.

    Though Crystal River has a bye, the Pirates could clinch a postseason berth. Here’s a look ahead to this week’s matchups:

    South Sumter (6-1) at Dunnellon (6-0), 7:30 p.m.

  • More than a big body

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    The life of an offensive lineman usually comes with a high degree of anonymity. But for Hunter Corne, it’s hard not to draw some attention.

    Part of that is because the Dunnellon senior measures at 6-foot-4, 292 pounds. His combination of size, skill and performance have certainly caught the eye of Division I college coaches.

  • Citrus sweeps district cross country titles

    Danny Aiello


    WEEKI WACHEE — Jillian Felton claimed a district title behind a time of 20:18, as the Citrus Hurricanes claimed the 2A-7 team title Thursday at Weeki Wachee Preserve. 

    “What a fun time we are having,” Hurricane coach Rosselle Lattin said. “All our girls did amazing today.”

  • Lecanto teams move on from district meet

    Colleen Bennett


    BROOKSVILLE — Lecanto High School runner Mackenzie Woods has a love-hate relationship with the course at McKethan Lake Park in Brooksville. 

    “I don’t like running here,” he said. “It’s the place where I feel like I’ve done the best and the worst. I’ve PR’d here, but I always leave feeling like I could’ve done better.”

  • Warriors on to regionals in cross country

    Both the boys and girls Seven Rivers Christian cross country teams made it through District 1A-5 on Thursday morning at St. Francis Catholic in Gainesville.

    The boys’ squad finished fourth out of 10 teams, with the top five teams advancing to the next postseason round. The girls placed third out of nine teams, with the top four moving on.

  • Point scores shootout winner

    TAMPA — Brayden Point scored the game-winning goal in the sixth round of a shootout, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Tuesday night.

    Point's goal came three rounds after it seemed Tampa Bay had won the shootout 1-0.

  • CR sweeps Sharks in semis

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Sometimes the final result doesn’t reflect the competitiveness involved. Yes, top-seed Crystal River disposed of fifth-seed Nature Coast in straight sets in the 6A-7 volleyball tournament Tuesday night.

    But it was never easy, which the set scores do reflect: 25-23, 25-22, 25-20.

  • A true team victory

    EUSTIS — For the sixth year in a row, Citrus County will be represented at the State Golf Championships by a boys team from the county. But for the first time during that run, it will be a team other than Crystal River.

  • Warriors cruise into District 2A-4 semifinals

    As expected, No. 2 seed Seven Rivers Christian had little trouble in the opening round of District 2A-4 volleyball tournament play Monday at Hernando Christian Academy. The Warriors advanced with a 25-5, 25-5, 25-10 sweep of Lakeside Christian.

  • Citrus’ season ends in a sweep

    Colleen Bennett


    CRYSTAL RIVER — It took nearly three sets for No. 6 Citrus to play consistent offense and defense in Monday’s District 6A-7 opening-round match against No. 3 Weeki Wachee at Crystal River High School. But the Hurricanes were unable to overcome two sluggish opening sets, falling to the Hornets in three, 10-25, 18-25, 18-25.