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  • Archer allows 1 run through seven innings, lineup goes deep as Rays clobber Yankees 16-1

    ST. PETERSBURG — Ryan Hanigan homered twice and had six RBIs, and Chris Archer continued his dominance over the Yankees as the Tampa Bay Rays routed New York 16-1 on Saturday night.

    Hanigan drove in his final two runs with a single off Yankees infielder Dean Anna, who gave up two runs and three hits in the eighth inning.

  • Donald shoots 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Luke Donald believes he’s got the right game on the right course — and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage.

    Donald had an eagle and six birdies to shoot 66 on Saturday and take a two-stroke lead over John Huh after three rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links. The Englishman has done just about everything on Harbour Town the past five times he’s played — except win.

  • 'All about the game'

    As the team’s leadoff hitter and shortstop, Zac Pattison’s play is a good barometer for gauging the prospects of the Crystal River baseball team.

    In the club’s first three district losses, Pattison’s bat struggled to find the gaps, going 0 for 8 without a run. In the three district contests since, which saw the Pirates pull themselves from the cellar to the second seed, after a tiebreaker with Lecanto, the sophomore is 6 for 11 with four runs scored.

  • Loney has 4 RBIs, Rays beat Yankees 11-5

    ST. PETERSBURG — James Loney drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a four-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 on Friday night.

    Pinch-hitter Desmond Jennings had an RBI single before Loney’s two-run single off Adam Warren (0-1) in the seventh inning that gave Tampa Bay a 6-5 lead.

    Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer during a five-run eighth that made it 11-5. Wil Myers, who finished with three RBIs, added a two-run single.

  • Pirates capture county flag football title

    David Pieklik

    LECANTO — Crystal River turned its turnaround season into a flag football championship with a 13-6 win over Lecanto in the Citrus County Championship on Thursday.

    Jasmyne Eason caught eight passes — including two touchdown receptions — and the Pirates shut down a potent Panthers offense that could not get into rhythm. The win capped a season in which the Pirates started 0-3 before winning their final six games, including the semifinal and title games.

  • Panthers top Pirates for 5A-6 district crown
  • District baseball assignment announced for area schools

    The four Citrus County baseball teams now know when they will open district play next week, but one squad still doesn’t know its opponent.

    Seven Rivers Christian is the top seed in District 2A-3 and travels to St. John Lutheran in Ocala for a semifinal game Tuesday, April 22. The Warriors’ opponent will be decided the night before when the No. 4 and 5 seeded teams face off.

  • Tennis season comes to a close

    The 2014 tennis season ended for area players when the Lecanto doubles team of Madison Gamble and Mahima Tatam lost their first-round match at the Class 3A FHSAA State Finals.

    The Panther duo dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to the Orange Park team of Rebecca Cannon and Emily Wood at the state meet held this week at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.

    Earlier in the tournament, Citrus singles standout Melanie Dodd dropped her opening-round match as well.

  • Make it two! Panthers win back-to-back titles


  • Byrne, Harris, Roessler lead Pirates' charge to state meet

    By James Blevins


    The Region 2A-2 track and field tournament took place on Wednesday at First Academy in Orlando, and many Crystal River athletes performed well enough to advance to the upcoming FHSAA state finals taking place May 2 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.