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  • 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.

  • Living the water life

    James Blevins: Correspondent

    Anna Lane loves the water. 

    When the 16-year-old Crystal River junior isn’t setting school-record times in her two main swimming events — the 500 and 200 freestyle — she works as a lifeguard at Bicentennial Pool, and when the busy athlete has time, she can be found outside (you guessed it) swimming with her friends.

  • Springstead showdown in Citrus County

    James Blevins: Correspondent

    The Springstead Eagles swim and dive teams took a detour through Citrus County last week to face off against the Lecanto Panthers and the Crystal River Pirates. The Eagles wouldn’t take any victories back home with them, as both host schools claimed dual meet wins.

  • Tigers look to keep playoff hopes alive

    While it will need some help from Alachua Santa Fe on Friday, the Dunnellon varsity football team strives to stay in the hunt for District 5A-5’s second state playoff spot when it travels to Citizens Field in Gainesville to take on Eastside tonight in its district finale.

  • Muschamp goes young at QB, Driskel benched

    GAINESVILLE — With his job on the line, Florida coach Will Muschamp has turned to freshman quarterback Treon Harris.

    Muschamp said Wednesday that Harris will start next week against Georgia in Jacksonville, adding that it will be Harris’ game from start to finish.

    The move means the Gators (3-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) have benched fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel, who has 12 turnovers the last four games.

  • Season comes to a close for Warriors

    A solid season for the Seven Rivers Christian volleyball team came to a close Tuesday night at St. John Lutheran High School in Ocala with a three-set loss to First Academy Leesburg in a 2A-3 District Tournament semifinal.

    All three sets were tight, but the Eagles edged the Warriors in each one, 25-20, 25-23, 26-24.

  • Top seed Lecanto dusts Dunnellon in three sets

    LECANTO — As an overwhelming favorite against winless Dunnellon in Tuesday’s District 5A-6 semifinal, the top-seeded Lecanto volleyball squad just needed to take care of business to secure a trip to the championship on Thursday.

  • Crystal River sweeps Hurricanes for spot in district final

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — For Citrus, it was a matter of “If only . . .” For Crystal River, it was a matter of taking that next step.

  • Kersh returns to state

    Larry Bugg


    EUSTIS — Camrin Kersh’s smile wasn’t quite as bright as usual.

    The Citrus High School junior shot a 93 Tuesday to earn her second trip to the Class 2A girls state golf tournament next Tuesday in Howey-in-the-Hills. She shot a 47 and 46 on the hilly Black Bear Golf Course.

  • Back for more

    CLERMONT — There were some tense moments for the Crystal River boys golf team Tuesday as the scorecards were being tallied at the Class 2A Region 3 Tournament at Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club in Clermont.

    But in the end, the Pirates were right where they wanted to be – back in the state tournament. Led by Kyle Kidd’s medalist score of 2-under 69, Crystal River finished second to host Lake Minneola, 304-311.