Local Sports

  • Pirates return with a pair of third-place finishes

    Tony Castro



    BROOKSVILLE – Citrus County’s six cross country teams were buoyed by two solid third-place efforts by Crystal River in Saturday’s Nature Coast Technical Invitational.

    In the girls’ race, Pirate frosh Jillian Felton placed runner-up in 20:32.70 in the 58-runner field to NCT junior Amelia Schmit’s school record 20:15.81 clocking.

  • Rams’ offense take on tough test vs. Bucs

    TAMPA — When Jeff Fisher describes Lovie Smith-coached teams, one of the first things he mentions is their ability to impact games by causing turnovers.

    “Their defense is always going to be very, very aggressive,” the St. Louis Rams coach said. “They’re going to find ways to get the ball back.”

    Indeed, that’s an attitude Smith is trying to instill in his effort to transform the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners.

  • Rays lose on tiebreaking homer

    TORONTO — Adam Lind hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the seventh inning, Edwin Encarnacion also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on Saturday.

    Lind connected off Brad Boxberger (5-2) for his first homer since June 23 against the New York Yankees. He finished 2 for 3 with a walk and three RBIs.

  • 50-lap trio, more come to Speedway

    A trifecta of 50-lappers featuring Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks are joined today by Pro Figure 8s, Hornets, Champ Karts, Fan Participation Racing and the fourth leg of the Sunshine State Legends/Bandoleros Touring Series at the Citrus County Speedway.

    Floral City’s Tim Wilson has dominated Street Stocks behind 12 feature wins this season, but J.D. Goff, of Brooksville, is coming off his third feature win — and third heat win — in the division.

  • All in the family

    For many local drivers, racing often serves as a means for spending Saturday’s with friends and family. For others, it’s a more competitive affair.

    Stephanie Pope and her stepson Drew Jackson are proving there’s no contradiction between the two.

  • Karns' 1st big league win leads Rays over Jays 1-0

    TORONTO — With some solid pitch calling, and a shot of power, Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan earned himself a dinner date with pitcher Nathan Karns.

    Karns got his first major league win in his Tampa Bay debut, Hanigan homered for the first time in almost three months and the Rays beat the Blue Jays 1-0 Friday night to stop Toronto's four-game winning streak.

  • HS Swimming and Diving: Ready to jump in

    James Blevins

    The prep swimming season has finally arrived and the water is fine as local swimmers jump in with big expectations for 2014.

    Local teams saw quite a bit of individual success last year at both districts and regionals, and look to repeat that with several key swimmers from all three county schools preparing for postseason glory.

  • Dunnellon offense explodes at Wildwood

    Larry Bugg

    WILDWOOD — The Dunnellon High School football team scored 43 points in the second quarter against Wildwood and went on to win 57-13 Friday night at Wildwood’s field.

    Dunnellon is now 2-1 and Wildwood dropped to 0-2.

    Dunnellon had 301 yards rushing and spread around the work.

  • Bronson burns former team

    Danny Aiello

    BROOKSVILLE — John Bronson returned to Tom Fisher Stadium, a stadium that his family has a storied tradition with, this time wearing different colors. Bronson, a former Leopard, gave up the Purple and Gold for the Black and Gold of the Citrus Hurricanes, and helped his new team to a 30-13 victory over host Hernando High School on Friday night.

    “It was weird coming into Tom Fisher from the visiting side, but I just want to go out there and help whatever team I’m on win,” Bronson said.

  • Seven Rivers runs over Munroe 54-24

    David Pieklik

    BROOKSVILLE — Dakota Pace and Josh Iwaniec combined for 389 rushing yards as Seven Rivers defeated Munroe 54-24 Friday night.

    The win did not come easy or pretty for the Warriors (2-0) in a penalty-filled game that had them trailing 18-14 at halftime. However, they scored 40 points in the second half, holding the Bobcats (0-3) to a special teams touchdown the rest of the game.