Local Sports

  • District tournament soccer matches get underway Tuesday for area girls’ teams

    David Pieklik


    They’re all in: in a historical first, four county schools are pursuing girls soccer championship glory as district playoffs kick off Tuesday with some exciting storylines. 

  • Grapplers bounce back

    Matt Pfiffner

    Sports editor

    INVERNESS — After a rough time for the area wrestling teams in Spring Hill last weekend, coaches were looking for better results Saturday at the Citrus Ed Kilpatrick Classic. And for the most part, the county schools were able to leave the gym happy.

  • Pirates can’t slow down undefeated Sharks

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Nature Coast came into Friday night’s Class 6A, District 7 contest unbeaten and left Crystal River’s gym the same way.

    In between, the visiting Sharks put on an impressive shooting display, handing the Pirates a 90-56 defeat.

  • Tanner’s time to shine

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    For high school athletes, their senior season is an experience to savior and enjoy. But for Lecanto’s Tanner Brenneman, this past football campaign was memorable for the wrong reasons.

    Brenneman played in only four games and was generally limited by several physical ailments, chiefly a back injury and appendicitis, but also dealt with a bruised rib and a sprained ankle.

  • Lecanto’s Breedlove expects big things as wrestling career winds down

    Lecanto’s Brian Breedlove and first-year Panther wrestling coach McKinley Franklin have big goals for the senior as his final shot at postseason glory approaches.

    Breedlove has been a varsity starter for the Panthers all four years of his high school career, but has yet to make it out of the district round of the state tournament series. The Panther and his coach expect that to change next month.

  • Bishop returns, Palat gets 2 goals, Lightning top Sabres 4-2

    TAMPA — Ben Bishop made 24 saves in his return after missing nine games with a lower-body injury, Ondrej Palat had two goals and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Thursday night.

    Nikita Kucherov and Anton Stralman also scored for Tampa Bay, which stopped a four-game losing streak. Lightning center Brian Boyle (lower body, four games) and defenseman Braydon Coburn (upper body, two games) also came back from injuries.

  • ‘Dynamic big man’

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    In a couple of years, if may seem fitting that Caden Loreth’s high school career aligned with Jared Brantley taking over as Lecanto boys basketball coach.

    Because if the player, the coach and the rest of the Panthers have their way, these past two seasons will simply be part of the journey that led the program back to its previous highs.

  • Pirates blank Seven Rivers

    David Pieklik: Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Zoie Baxter’s hat trick led Crystal River in an 8-0 shutout of Seven Rivers in a non-district match Wednesday on the school’s Senior Night.

    The Pirates jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead minutes into the match, with Baxter contributing two of the goals. Building up a 7-0 lead by halftime, they needed just a few minutes into the second half to close out the game by mercy rule.

  • Citrus tops Crystal River on Senior Night

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — For 78 of the first 79 minutes of Wednesday night’s match, neither Citrus nor visiting Crystal River could generate much offense.

    But the Hurricanes didn’t want to suffer an embarrassing loss to a county and Class 3A, District 5 rival on Senior Night. They scored twice in the final 10:32, pulling out a 3-1 victory.

  • Citrus County sends 22 to regional meet

    Editors note: At the time of print, overall point standings for the schools were unavailable.

    WEEKI WACHEE — With 22 total lifters advancing and two champions, Citrus County girls weightlifting had a solid showing Wednesday afternoon at Weeki Wachee High School for the Class 1A-District 10 Championship.