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  • Pirates revel in state meet experience

    CASSELBERRY — Even though it was a rough day score-wise for the Crystal River boys tennis team, you couldn’t take the smile off the faces of the players, coaches and fans before, during or after the FHSAA Class 2A Team State Finals held Wednesday at Red Bug Lake Park.

    The Pirates lost 4-0 to a powerful Bolles program, but the result was secondary to the experience of becoming the first boys tennis team from the school to make it this far.

  • Despite end result, hard work pays off for ’Canes

    SANFORD — A pair of Citrus High School senior tennis players went out with their rackets swinging at the FHSAA Class 2A State Tennis Finals on Wednesday at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford.

    Natalie Dodd reached the final tournament of the season in singles and was joined later in the day by teammate Chase Davis in doubles play.

  • Crystal River takes down Dunnellon in semifinals

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The pitching was there and so were the key hits that gave Crystal River the lead in its District 6A-6 Tournament softball semifinal Thursday against Dunnellon. But in the final analysis, it was defense that provided the difference.

  • Lecanto’s bats silenced in semis

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Robert Dupler had a very simple explanation for his team’s downfall in Tuesday’s Class 6A, District 6 Tournament semifinals.

  • Canterbury closes out season for Warriors, 6-1

    Andy Villamarzo

    Correspondent

    ST. PETERSBURG — Seven Rivers softball coach Gary Dreyer vowed that his team wouldn’t play like it did the last time they faced Canterbury, which ended up being a 10-0 loss.

  • Rays scratch starter, use 5 relievers to 2-hit Orioles

    BALTIMORE — Facing the prospect of a lengthy rain delay, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash scratched his starting pitcher and called upon his bullpen for nine innings of work.

    The relievers happily — and effectively — completed the task.

    Substitute starter Austin Pruitt combined with four pitchers on a two-hitter, and the Rays capitalized on Wade Miley's wildness in a 2-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

  • Peterson K’s nine Warriors in Crystal River victory

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — Crystal River took advantage of fielding miscues and hesitant Seven Rivers batting, with Jonah Peterson striking out nine in a 3-1 non-district win Tuesday afternoon at Warrior Park.

  • Panthers claim wild one

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

  • A quick, but invaluable trip to state tennis

    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — The luck of the draw wasn’t on the side of Lecanto freshman Malik Tahiri and sophomore Jackson King at the FHSAA Class 3A State Tennis Finals. Neither was the luck of the re-draw, for that matter.

    Tahiri was matched up against one of the top players in the country to open singles play Monday at Sanlando Park and dropped a quick 6-0, 6-0 decision to Notre Dame-bound and No. 1 seed William Howells of Olympic Heights in Boca Raton.

  • Warriors roll into 2A-5 semis with 16-0 triumph

    Andy Villamarzo

    Correspondent

    ST. PETERSBURG — Seven Rivers Christian made easy work of Keswick Christian in Monday evening’s opening round of the District 2A-5 softball tournament, as the Warriors rolled past the Crusaders 16-0 in three innings.