Local Sports

  • Panthers top Pirates in five for district title

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — The first set of Thursday’s 5A-6 district tournament final was dominated by Lecanto.

    Not the next four, however.

    In a battle that took nearly 2 1/2 hours to decide and featured more momentum shifts than most teams experience in a season, the Panthers finally prevailed in five sets over visiting Crystal River, 25-11, 25-19, 20-25, 27-29, 15-12.

  • Battle of the ’Canes

    With a pair of teams (Dunnellon and Seven Rivers Christian) playing Thursday night, there are just three local football games on the slate tonight. 

    Citrus and Lecanto are at home, while Crystal River hits the road.

    Gainesville (4-3 overall, 3-0 in District 6A-5) at Citrus (4-3, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.

  • CR’s Scriven making a name for himself

    For the second season in a row, a freshman is leading the Crystal River varsity football team in solo tackles. 

    Last year, it was Tyler Pollard who introduced himself at linebacker with a stellar season his first year. This fall, Tyrek Scriven has taken his turn at showing himself to be the newest Pirate standout on defense with his steady play in the secondary.

  • FB notebook: Historic run by Bearcats

    The Crystal River Middle School football team wrapped up a historic season on Tuesday with a 69-0 triumph over Wildwood. The team didn’t allow a point all season in finishing 6-0 and claiming their third straight county championship for the first time in four decades.

  • Tigers fall at Eastside 31-21

    GAINESVILLE — The Dunnellon football team watched Gainesville Eastside score four unanswered touchdowns to overcome a 14-0 first-quarter deficit and hand the Tigers a 31-21 loss in DHS’ District 5A-5 finale at Citizens Field in Gainesville on Thursday.

    Dunnellon drops to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the district, and is eliminated from playoff contention.

  • Warriors rout Knights

    Danny Klein

    Special to the Chronicle

    DAYTONA BEACH — Tyquan Austin kept piling up tackles as visiting Seven Rivers Christian piled up points.

    On a rough night in what’s been a rough year, the Halifax Academy senior wanted to provide a positive memory in their only home game of the season.

    “I’m a senior, so I have to go out with a bang,” Austin said.

  • Lady Pirates reclaim Classic crown

    Tony Castro


    BROOKSVILLE — It stood to reason that on a PR (personal record)-type course like McKethan Lake any record could fall at any time.

    Under ideal race conditions — mild 75-degree temperatures and low humidity — that’s exactly what happened Thursday evening during the 11th annual Hernando/Citrus Distance Classic in Brooksville.

  • A team player

    Larry Bugg


    Running cross country is what Lexi Ulseth does for love.

    She isn’t so much in love with running, though.

    “I love the team and I love the coach (Deirdra Byrne),” she said. “It’s not for the running.”

  • XC Notebook: Lecanto girls hoping to move beyond district

    Larry Bugg


    Lecanto girls cross country coach Dan Epstein is hoping his girls are at their top form in the upcoming district meet.

    Lecanto is in Class 3A-District 7 next week at McKethan Lake along with Citrus High.

  • Royals bounce back

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.

    A night after the Giants opened with a 7-1 victory for their seventh straight Series win, Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run against hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura. Brandon Belt tied the score 2-all with an RBI double in the fourth.