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  • In the zone

    Last Friday’s inspiring display against Dunnellon was both totally exceptional and utterly typical for Citrus senior Sam Franklin.

    The performance was full of kinetic fury and focused ferocity, highlighted by a quartet of dunks, an alley-oop layup and a long turnaround fadeaway. He had 20 points by the half, and by two minutes into the third quarter, he’d accounted for 76 percent of the Hurricanes’ scoring. 

  • Déjà district

    Despite all the new faces, the boys’ District 5A-6 is off to a similar start to last year. Dunnellon has the early lead for the top seed after a win against Citrus, while the Hurricanes and Lecanto sit at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, with 1-1 district records.

    The early returns are hardly conclusive, however, and much is subject to change. 

  • Pirates, ’Canes chasing Blue Devils at Gulf Duals

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    On the first weekend of the Christmas break, both Crystal River and Citrus’ mat programs will remain active, beginning Friday in the two-day, 20-team, 13th annual Gulf Duals in New Port Richey.

  • AP source: Rays send Myers to Padres in big deal

    SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

    Myers was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2013, when he hit .293 with 13 homers with 53 RBIs with Tampa Bay. But he was limited to 87 games last season due to a right wrist injury, and he hit .222 with six homers and 35 RBIs.

  • Girls weightlifting notebook: Gomez has eyes set on state meet

    Larry Bugg


    Crystal River High did not have a representative at the girls weightlifting state meet in 2014.

    Danielle Gomez wants to change that.

    The Pirate senior has one last shot at the Kissimmee meet this year.

    She took second in the 139-pound class during a quad meet on Dec. 3 at Lecanto High School. She had a bench of 115 pounds and a clean and jerk of 115 for a 230-pound total.

  • According to plan

    Larry Bugg


    Many teenage girls can’t tell you what they want to do next year much less in the distant future.

    Not Amanda Myers.

    The 17-year-old senior on the Lecanto girls weightlifting team knows she wants to eventually become a civil rights lawyer.

  • Florida hires Mississippi State’s Collins as DC

    GAINESVILLE — New Florida coach Jim McElwain made his first official hire Tuesday.

    McElwain named Mississippi State’s Geoff Collins his defensive coordinator. Collins replaces D.J. Durkin, who will serve as Florida’s interim head coach for the Birmingham Bowl.

    Collins helped turn Mississippi State into one of the nation’s top defenses. The Bulldogs rank 10th in scoring defense, allowing 19.4 points a game, and lead the country in red-zone defense.

  • Cats scratch ’Canes

    C.J. Risak


    INVERNESS — It was a big girls basketball game between two extremely adept programs, but just one turned in a championship-type of performance.

    It wasn’t Citrus.

  • Change of scenery

    The preliminary district football assignments for 2015 through 2018 were released on Monday, and Citrus and Crystal River have reason to cheer.

    If they hold, the Hurricanes and Pirates will compete in District 5A-7 with Weeki Wachee and a trio of Brooksville schools — Hernando, Nature Coast Technical and Central. 

  • Penguins use rookies, Fleury to top Lightning

    PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots, Bryan Rust and Brian Dumoulin scored their first NHL goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Monday night.

    Brandon Sutter added a short-handed goal and Steve Downie had a goal and an assist as the Penguins beat the Lightning for the 10th straight time.

    Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby missed his third straight game due to mumps, though he is expected to return later in the week.