Local Sports

  • Lecanto pulls away late to send CR home

    DUNNELLON — In stark contrast to Lecanto’s regular-season loss to Crystal River, which found the Panthers bringing home two of its 15 base runners, the LHS baseball club used its opportunities to the fullest in Wednesday’s district tournament opener at Mike Payne Field in Dunnellon. The No. 3 seed Panthers converted nine base runners — and just five hits — into six runs to best the second-seeded Pirates 6-2, and advance to Friday’s 5A-6 district championship game to face No. 1 Citrus.

  • Citrus rallies past host Dunnellon for 8-3 victory

    Steve McGunnigle

    DUNNELLON — The Citrus baseball team defeated Dunnellon for a third and final time this year, as the top-seeded Hurricanes beat the District 5A-6 tournament host Tigers 8-3 Wednesday night from Mike Payne Field.

    Nursing an early 2-0 lead, Citrus (14-11, 6-1), watched No. 4 seed Dunnellon take advantage of Hurricane errors in a three-run fifth inning to claim a 3-2 edge.

  • Pillsbury hits lead-off home run as Warriors win second straight district title

    OCALA — The only thing sweeter than winning a championship is doing it against your archrival. For the second year in a row, No. 1 seed Seven Rivers Christian did just that Thursday, as Cory Weiand dished seven shutout innings while his Warrior offense amassed 11 hits for a 6-0 blanking of No. 2 St. John Lutheran in the District 2A-3 championship game at St. John Lutheran School in Ocala.

  • Farnsworth, Giardino, Stoner win regional titles

    By James Blevins


    The 2014 Class 3A-2 Regional Track and Field tournament took place Wednesday at Lake Minneola High School in Clermont, and 30 athletes from Lecanto and Citrus high schools qualified to participate in the meet, with several more qualifying for the May 3 state meet in Jacksonville.

  • Price, DeJesus key Tampa Bay

    ST. PETERSBURG — David Price allowed six hits in his first complete game of the season, David DeJesus drove in three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Tuesday night.

    Price (3-1) struck out 12 in his ninth career complete game.

    DeJesus stopped an 0 for 24 skid with an RBI single during a three-run first and added a third-inning two-run single.

  • Lightning-quick exit to Stanley Cup playoffs

    MONTREAL — Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.

    The first team to advance this year, the Canadiens also got goals from Daniel Briere, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller. Montreal now faces a long wait for the Eastern Conference semifinal against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series.

  • Warriors roll into finals

    OCALA — The Seven Rivers Christian baseball team could be forgiven for overlooking its Tuesday opponent, Peniel Baptist Academy, since the Warriors came in having outscored the fourth-seeded Palatka club by a combined score of 28-0 in a pair of games this season.

  • Win or go home

    C.J. Risak

    It would be easy to say no one could have predicted what happened in the state softball district tournaments, but that just wouldn’t be true. Our local coaches did anticipate it before the first pitch was thrown.

    Lecanto’s Robert Dupler remains on top of that list. His Panthers have reached the Sweet 16 in the state the past two years and earned district titles this year and last. How much farther they advance this year is yet to be seen.

  • Playing for keeps

    A season of prep work meets its test this week in district baseball tournament play. It takes just one win to send any of the county’s baseball clubs to the state playoffs, but at least one will be eliminated on Wednesday, when Crystal River and Lecanto meet at Dunnellon High School for the District 5A-6 semifinals at 5 p.m.

  • On the brink of elimination

    MONTREAL — Tomas Plekanec scored at 5:43 of the third period, and Carey Price made 27 saves to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series on Sunday.

    Rene Bourque scored 11 seconds into the game, and Brendan Gallagher broke a 1-1 tie 18:10 into the second period. P.K. Subban had two assists for the Canadiens.