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  • History made in Ocala

    OCALA — During a closing stretch that featured one of the more tumultuous final hours in recent LPGA Tour history, teen wunderkind Lydia Ko faced a series of tough predicaments. But a query that came after the final round gave her the biggest pause of all.

    After reclaiming the lead late Saturday to set herself up for a double payoff of sorts, the 17-year-old double-bogeyed the 71st hole in the inaugural Coates Golf Championship to lose by a shot to Na Yeon Choi.

  • Gators edge Razorbacks

    GAINESVILLE — Michael Frazier II could have been feeling sorry for himself.

    He’s done it before, all season really.

    But despite not getting shots to fall, Frazier stayed involved and made two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining that gave Florida a 57-56 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

  • ’Canes’ Collins vaulting into mat scene

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    In educational terms, Citrus High School junior Christian James Collins is a quick study.

    The first-year grappler will arrive at Saturday’s first-ever Trojan Invite in Leon County with the Hurricanes’ sixth-best record this winter at 23-10.

  • ’Canes to tussle at Tallahassee’s Trojan Invite 

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    Citrus High School’s mat schedule is transitioning from its heavy dual-meet format to an IBT (individually bracketed tournament) flavor starting today with a trip to Leon County’s first-ever Trojan Invitational, sponsored by Visit Tallahassee.

  • Signed and ready for senior year

    Choosing a college can be a stressful process fraught with unknowns. 

    But when Jordan Humphreys made the decision to commit to St. Johns River State College, which he signed with on Monday at Crystal River High School, the senior Pirate had the benefit of knowing exactly what he was getting into to. 

    Humphreys, a right-handed ace, infielder and slugger, is set to receive a full ride at the two-year Palatka college. 

  • Not one, not two ...

    If the Citrus boys’ basketball team can snag its third-straight district championship for the first time in program history in next week’s 5A-6 tournament at Dunnellon, there will be one player who’s been there for all three.

  • Upside down

    None of last Friday’s final night of District 5A-6 basketball games mattered for the seeding of next week’s boys tournament, hosted by Dunnellon High School. But the results could bode well for a closely-fought tourney as the bottom seeds, at the very least, gave themselves a confidence boost ahead of Tuesday’s semifinals.

  • Panthers fall to Tigers

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    DUNNELLON — Lecanto had a shot. Problem was the Panthers just couldn’t get enough of those shots to fall down the stretch.

  • Tigers eliminate CR

    Jon-Michael Soracchi

    Correspondent

    DUNNELLON — Thanks largely in part to a dominant opening eight minutes, the Dunnellon girls basketball team is heading somewhere it hasn’t been in eight years.

    The regional playoffs.

  • Panthers stun Hurricanes

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    DUNNELLON — Lecanto coach Brittany Szunko got just what she wanted.

    A fast, first-punch-landed kind of start and a hold-them-off finish — the result was a stunning 46-43 victory over top-seeded Citrus in the first game of the 5A-6 District Tournament on Tuesday at Dunnellon.