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  • Scoring onslaught pushes Panthers on

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — If anyone arrived a few minutes late to Lecanto’s field on Tuesday night, they missed an awful lot. 

    Hosting sixth-seeded Lake Weir in a Class 3A, District 5 quarterfinal, the third-seeded Panthers wasted no time jumping all over the visiting Hurricanes.

  • Pirates strike back against Rattlers

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Emily Hooper’s five goals led Crystal River over Belleview 8-0 in the District 3A-5 playoff quarterfinal Tuesday, setting up a semifinal showdown against Lecanto tonight.

  • Warriors hand Lions first loss of season, 36-18

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — A basketball team may search through a wide variety of philosophies in trying to find a path to success. The one that best fits that team’s strengths will be its foundation, what it will rely on throughout the season.

    Of course, it always helps if there’s a go-to person, someone to count on when a basket is needed, or a stop is imperative, or a run must get kick-started.

  • Hedman scratched late, but Lightning hold off Kings 2-1

    LOS ANGELES — The Tampa Bay Lightning learned they would have to play without do-everything defenseman Victor Hedman only a few minutes before the opening faceoff of their six-game road trip.

    “We were just like, ‘What else is new?’” Brian Boyle said of the latest setback in a difficult season.

    The Lightning responded to their All-Star's absence with improved defensive play across the board in a gut-check win.

  • Versatile defender

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    If there was a Basketball Coaches Bible, this would likely be the First Commandment: Offense wins headlines, defense wins championships. 

    Every coach preaches it, perhaps amending it slightly but adhering to that basic belief. Charlie Bryant, who has coached Crystal River’s girls team to the top of District 6A-7, is a firm believer.

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

    David Pieklik

    Corespondent

    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.

    Correspondent

    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.

    Correspondent

    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.