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  • Instant impact

    David Pieklik


    She doesn’t leap over tall buildings or stop speeding trains; she prefers a soccer jersey to a cape.

  • Girls soccer notebook: Teams looking to break out

    David Pieklik


    A short holiday break could either be a blessing or a curse for the three county girls soccer teams at the season’s halfway point. With all teams at full strength, the season’s second half should have playoff implications.

  • Final shot for Muschamp in Florida

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Will Muschamp might never escape the comparisons to Ron Zook.

    Both had big wins, head-scratching losses and were fired late in the season — a decade apart. Throw in that they were former defensive coordinators, first-time head coaches and followed legends in Gainesville, and it’s fitting to lump them together.

    Muschamp surely wouldn’t mind going out the same way Zook did.

  • Wisconsin, UNC, Florida, UCLA lead Atlantis field

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — North Carolina coach Roy Williams knows a trip to the Bahamas will not in any way resemble a Thanksgiving vacation for his Tar Heels.

    He’s not complaining.

    And neither are plenty of other teams that are spending the next few days in paradise.

  • Girls basketball notebook: Early lessons learned

    C.J. Risak


    If the first couple of weeks of the girls basketball season taught us something, it was that this is indeed a new season. The growing pains three teams are struggling with is evidence of that.

  • Morales on point

    C.J. Risak


    It was one year ago and the Citrus girls basketball team had a problem. The potential was there to have yet another successful season, even one equal to that experienced by the 2012-13 squad, which won 20 games and reached the state regional tournament.

  • Florida not counting on Carter, Finney-Smith

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Billy Donovan expects to have just six scholarship players available in the Bahamas.

    Although guard Eli Carter and forward Dorian Finney-Smith are making the trip to Paradise Island, Donovan isn’t counting on either to play.

  • Bears claw past Lecanto

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — In a girls basketball game that could best be described as a seesaw affair, Lecanto won the first and third quarters, while Brooksville Central captured the second and fourth.

    The Bears quarters proved more decisive. Their 54-46 victory improved their overall record to 3-3 overall, while Lecanto slipped to 2-3.

  • ’Canes dunk Buffalo

    INVERNESS — The Citrus boys basketball team was able to flex its above-the-rim skill and go deep into its bench against an overmatched The Villages Charter in an 83-58 defeat of the Buffalo in the Hurricanes’ gym on Monday.

    The triumph extends CHS’ regular season winning streak — dating back to last December — to 16 games. The ’Canes (3-0) have won 29 of their last 32 games.

  • FSU faces another test

    TALLAHASSEE — Top-ranked Florida State is not as dominant as the 2013 Seminoles that swarmed opponents en route to a national championship. Ten games have proven the 2014 roster is unlikely to mimic that record-breaking level of play, but these ’Noles have pushed through new tests almost on a weekly basis.