Local Sports

  • Minding the net

    C.J. Risak


    For Abby Epstein, volleyball was a family legacy.

    “My mom (Colleen Epstein) used to coach volleyball at Lecanto,” the Crystal River middle hitter said. “I used to go to the gym with her. So ever since then I’ve been interested in it.”

  • Friday Night Rewind: Trio open with victories

    Editor’s Note: This high school football package will normally run in Sunday’s edition, but was pushed back this week due to the Seven Rivers rainout on Friday night and not playing until Saturday.

    Dunnellon maintained its upper hand over Crystal River, while Lecanto and Seven Rivers Christian got off to winning starts on a rainy weekend of season debuts in area prep football.

  • Rays back Archer with 3 HRs

    BALTIMORE — Chris Archer pitched six shutout innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays hit three home runs in a 6-3 victory over the fading Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

    Asdrubal Cabrera and Evan Longoria connected off Wei-Yin Chen (8-7), and Tim Beckham added a solo shot against Brad Brach. Logan Forsythe had three hits for the Rays, coming within a home run of the cycle.

  • Simply the best

    TALLAHASSEE  — There were countless treks into the woods, hours spent on golf courses and the every-morning ritual of hearing his father call him “Champ.”

    It all helped make Roberto Aguayo arguably the best kicker in college football.

  • Home runs help Rays slip past Royals 3-2

    ST. PETERSBURG — A couple of solo home runs from unlikely sources and four strong innings of relief were just enough for the Tampa Bay Rays to get their first and only win of the season over the Kansas City Royals.

    Brandon Guyer and Kevin Kiermaier homered, and four Tampa Bay pitchers held the Royals to one hit over the final five innings Sunday in the Rays’ 3-2 win.

  • Love helps team in win, Humphreys gets an HR

    Reid Love allowed no earned runs in four innings as the Dunnellon High School graduate aided his Aberdeen IronBirds to a 2-1 victory over the Staten Island Yankees in Short Season Class A New York Penn League action on Tuesday. 

  • Bucs blown out by Browns in Tampa

    TAMPA — Josh McCown finished two long drives with touchdown passes to outplay rookie Jameis Winston and lead the Cleveland Browns to a 31-7 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night.

    Back in half-filled Raymond James Stadium and facing the team that released him to clear the way to select Winston No. 1 overall in this year’s draft, 

  • Half a victory

    MOUNT DORA — Seven Rivers Christian had no problem waiting another 23 hours to face Mount Dora Christian Academy, after their initial Friday meeting was delayed for weather. 

    This was one of the games the Warriors have been eying since the Bulldogs handed the Warriors one of their only two losses in 2014, en route to winning the Coastal-Orange Division the schools share.

  • Rays take another one-run loss, 3-2 to Royals

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash wasn't around to witness the final six innings of another frustrating defeat Friday night.

    Kendrys Morales hit his 15th homer, Edinson Volquez pitched into the seventh inning and the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals handed the Rays a 3-2 loss, their fourth in five games.

  • Warriors head back to Mount Dora Saturday night

    The Seven Rivers Christian at Mount Dora Christian football game Friday night was rained out.

    The key Sunshine State Athletic Conference Coastal-Orange Division contest will now be played tonight at 7 p.m. in Mount Dora.

    — From staff reports