Local Sports

  • Panthers pounce

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — Lecanto gave fans a homecoming night to remember with a 42-7 win over Williston.

    Five players scored touchdowns for the Panthers (4-4), giving head coach Greg Harper his first home win of the season. The win was the team’s most dominant this season, with its defense recovering two forced fumbles, grabbing an interception and Caleb Casey recording three sacks.

  • Pirates pick up a road win

    Jon-Michael Soracchi


    BELLEVIEW — It wasn’t a perfect showing Friday night, but Crystal River’s good was good enough to secure its second win.

    The Pirates varsity football team ground out 277 rushing yards and forced two turnovers during a 28-7 District 5A-5 road victory over 


  • Gainesville blanks Citrus

    Sean Arnold


    INVERNESS — Gainesville pieced together four short touchdown drives off Citrus turnovers and added another after a blocked punt to clinch its fifth district championship in six years with a 40-0 romp of the Golden Hurricanes in Inverness. 

  • Racing returns to CCS Saturday night

    The Citrus County Speedway hosts the first of two final nights of points racing today, featuring Modified Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pro Hornets and a season finale for Non-Winged Sprints.

    There will be trick-or-treat festivities during intermission, including a kids’ costume and car-decorating contests.

  • Bulls blown out

    CINCINNATI — Gunner Kiel threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score before hurting his ribs again, and Munchie Legaux took it from there Friday night, scoring a notable touchdown of his own while Cincinnati pulled away to a 34-17 victory over South Florida.

    The Bearcats (4-3, 2-1 American Athletic) took advantage of the Bulls’ many mistakes and got their second straight lopsided win. They also came away with more worries at quarterback.

  • XC Notebook: Lecanto girls hoping to move beyond district

    Larry Bugg


    Lecanto girls cross country coach Dan Epstein is hoping his girls are at their top form in the upcoming district meet.

    Lecanto is in Class 3A-District 7 next week at McKethan Lake along with Citrus High.

  • A team player

    Larry Bugg


    Running cross country is what Lexi Ulseth does for love.

    She isn’t so much in love with running, though.

    “I love the team and I love the coach (Deirdra Byrne),” she said. “It’s not for the running.”

  • Lady Pirates reclaim Classic crown

    Tony Castro


    BROOKSVILLE — It stood to reason that on a PR (personal record)-type course like McKethan Lake any record could fall at any time.

    Under ideal race conditions — mild 75-degree temperatures and low humidity — that’s exactly what happened Thursday evening during the 11th annual Hernando/Citrus Distance Classic in Brooksville.

  • Warriors rout Knights

    Danny Klein

    Special to the Chronicle

    DAYTONA BEACH — Tyquan Austin kept piling up tackles as visiting Seven Rivers Christian piled up points.

    On a rough night in what’s been a rough year, the Halifax Academy senior wanted to provide a positive memory in their only home game of the season.

    “I’m a senior, so I have to go out with a bang,” Austin said.

  • Tigers fall at Eastside 31-21

    GAINESVILLE — The Dunnellon football team watched Gainesville Eastside score four unanswered touchdowns to overcome a 14-0 first-quarter deficit and hand the Tigers a 31-21 loss in DHS’ District 5A-5 finale at Citizens Field in Gainesville on Thursday.

    Dunnellon drops to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the district, and is eliminated from playoff contention.