Local Sports

  • Panthers in front

    LECANTO — With four individuals still alive in singles play, and three already in the championship round, the Lecanto girls’ tennis squad leads the District 3A-5 tournament by two matches over second place contenders Forest and Vanguard.

    The reigning district champions picked up seven wins in singles and one more in doubles for an 8-6 advantage over both Ocala squads heading into today. The top two finishing schools will advance to regional play. 

  • Pirates in the mix

    Tony Castro


    WESLEY CHAPEL — While many tennis teams can lose a district tournament on Day 1, Crystal River remained in the hunt in both the boys and girls races in the Class 2A, District 7 tourneys Monday night at Wesley Chapel High School.

  • Pirates edge ’Canes in OT

    David Pieklik


    INVERNESS — Crystal River needed overtime and a go-to play to remain undefeated in flag football with a 13-12 win over Citrus on Monday.

  • Softball notebook: Tuesday’s game has special meaning for Citrus

    C.J. Risak


    Larry Bishop still remembers that season, his most successful as the Citrus softball coach — particularly those edge-of-the-seat finishes in the state tournament stretch run, when Citrus was involved in three consecutive one-run games.

  • No more break

    Tony Castro: Correspondent


     The 94th Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) tennis state series begins in earnest with two  area tennis tournaments beginning Monday, March 30. 

    Lecanto High will host nine boys teams on its 10 courts in the Class 3A, District 5 Tournament. The event is scheduled to conclude Tuesday, March 31 (weather permitting).

  • Delgado overpowers Lake Weir in 5-3 win

    Alex Delgado employed his heater early and often in striking out eight and holding Lake Weir hitless in seven innings for a 5-3 Lecanto (7-8 overall) win on Tuesday. After the junior allowed just one base runner through four innings, the Hurricanes scored all three of its runs in the fifth, when Delgado hit three batters and walked another and his defense made a couple of errors.

  • Sophomore success

    Outside of the pitcher, no position is more influential in a typical baseball game than the catcher. 

    It’s important enough that a good-hitting catcher is considered icing on the cake. 

  • Lightning rally for 4-3 win over Panthers

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan and Nikita Kucherov scored in the third period, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

    Kucherov tied it at 3 with a wraparound for his 27th goal at 1:30. Callahan skated from behind the net and snapped a shot past Panthers goalie 

    Roberto Luongo from the left circle with 2:28 left on the clock.

  • Softball notebook: Tourney tests teams

    C.J. Risak


    Call it a mid-season barometer.

  • Hitting the target

    C.J. Risak


    Perhaps what has made Morgan Trotter such a prominent pitcher is knowing the difference between strengths and limitations.

    At least that’s how both she and her Crystal River softball coach, Cassidy Rash, view it. Both were asked what has made her such an effective pitcher, with emphasis on her freshman status.