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  • TIDE ROLL OVER GATORS

    Paul Newberry

     AP Sports Writer

    ATLANTA  — Alabama showed off all its weapons in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

    Now, the Crimson Tide can expect a return trip to Atlanta for the College Football Playoff.

  • The Weeki Wachee Duals

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Chronicle correspondent

    WEEKI WACHEE — The prep wrestling regular season got underway this weekend for three Citrus County programs, all of them taking part in the Weeki Wachee Duals.

    Both Crystal River and Citrus finished third in their respective pools. On Saturday, though, the Pirates swept through their championship pool at 3-0, including a 45-36 win over the Hurricanes.

  • Quick night’s work

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — The question was asked: What can be gained from a game won by 52 points, with a running clock most of the second half? Wouldn’t a practice provide more of a challenge?

    Seven Rivers Christian girls’ basketball coach Gary Dreyer had an answer after his Warriors, now 3-2, thumped Leesburg First Academy (2-2) 70-18 Friday at Seven Rivers.

  • Seven Rivers take lumps, learn lessons against Class 3A’s No. 1 team

    Chris Bernhardt

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — Just two games into the season, new Seven Rivers Christian boys basketball coach Jeff Lorenzo knows the Warriors are far from a finished product.

    That made Friday night’s task that much tougher, as the Warriors hosted First Academy- Leesburg and couldn’t dig out of a big hole early, falling 80-47.

  • Massive SEC mismatch?

    ATLANTA — Talk about a mismatch. Alabama’s defense is the best in the nation. Florida’s offense looks like one of the worst.

    They’ll face off today in the Southeastern Conference championships game, with the top-ranked Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0 SEC) heavily favored to lock up its third straight trip to the College Football Playoff with a victory over the No. 15 Gators (8-3, 6-2).

  • No. 24 Gators roll past North Florida

    JACKSONVILLE — Chris Chiozza had 16 points and nine assists, and Justin Leon added 13 points as No. 24 Florida handled North Florida 91-60 on Thursday night.

    It was the Gators’ first game as a ranked team during coach Mike White's two seasons in Gainesville.

  • Panthers pour it on late for district win over Citrus

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — Persistence paid off for Lecanto in the form of a 2-0 district win over Citrus in girls soccer Thursday night.

    Junior midfielders Breise Teitelman and Kallie Weidner netted goals late in the game to pull out the win for the Panthers (11-2 overall, 6-1 District 3A-5). The win is the fourth in a row for the Panthers, who have scored 69 goals in 13 games for an intimidating 5 goals-per-game average.

  • Nick Bryant coming up ‘big’ for Hurricanes

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    Nick Bryant certainly stands out in a crowd, or over top of one to be more precise. 

    Now the 6-foot-7 Citrus High senior, having locked down a starting spot and an expanded role, is standing out on the court, as well.

  • ’Canes edge CR in the weight room

    Coming off Thanksgiving break, Citrus High School spared no time getting its girls back into weightlifting mode. A close loss was handed to the Hurricanes on Tuesday at Lecanto by a score of 46-44, before bouncing back Thursday at their home gym in a tri-meet with Crystal River and Wildwood where Citrus came out on top with 59 points.

  • Surging Cowboys travel to take on Vikings

    MINNEAPOLIS — The fuel for this dazzling season for the Dallas Cowboys can be found up front, with an offensive line that’s helped make this team a handful to try to stop.

    “They’re really, really good. They’re the best line I’ve seen in a long time in the NFL: physical, athletic, big,” said the usually understated Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who could be forgiven if he sounded envious of the group on the other side.