Local Sports

  • 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.

  • Lecanto’s Jervis chasing first district title

    Tony Castro


    Similar to the anticipation of Christmas Day, Lecanto senior netter Megan Elizabeth Jervis can’t wait to open up her perceived gifts in about 10 days, at the conclusion of the rugged Class 3A, District 5 Tennis Tournament along the LHS courts.

    Megan was born in Gainesville as the older of two children to Cy and Michaela Jervis. The family has called Citrus Springs home for almost 18 years.

  • Perfection on the court

    C.J. Risak


    This type of accomplishment is rare. It should be cherished.

    And the seven girls on the basketball roster at Inverness Christian Academy, and their coach, should do just that. After all, how many teams can say that no one they played could beat them?

  • Weightlifting notebook: Crystal River invests in strength program

    Larry Bugg


    CRYSTAL RIVER — At some point, the Crystal River High School boys and girls weightlifting and football teams may become a real force in the North Suncoast.

    That may be in part because on New Year’s Day this year, $37,000 worth of Titan Strength equipment was installed in the Pirates’ weight room.

  • Powerful in and out of weight room

    Larry Bugg


    Citrus High School boys weightlifting coach Jim Haeser is happy to talk about one of his athletes who turns in strong performances in and out of the gym.

    His name is Travis Blotz.

    Haeser coached him in football, as well as weightlifting.