Local Sports

  • Jumping to Jacksonville

    Larry Bugg


    ORLANDO — Those Crystal River athletes proved they can pole vault. 

    Three Pirates vaulted their way to state Thursday in the Class 2A Region 2 Track and Field Meet at Lake Highland Prep.

  • Warriors’ Eckart off to state

    Larry Bugg


    ORLANDO — Paige Eckart of Seven Rivers Christian earned a trip to the Class 1A state track meet, taking third in the high jump with a 4-10 leap at the Class 1A Region 2 Track and Field Meet on Thursday at The First Academy. 

    Coach Lisa Carter said Eckart is the first from the school to make it to state since Tianna Miele in 2012.

  • Rays go deep in 12-3 victory over Blue Jays

    ST. PETERSBURG — James Loney, Rene Rivera and Tim Beckham each hit a two-run homer, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-3 on Friday night.

    Kevin Kiermaier also circled the bases on a four-base error as Tampa Bay earned its third consecutive victory. Jose Dominguez (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for his first major league win and Matt Andriese pitched the final three innings for his first career save.

  • Making up for lost time

    Andy Nicholls enjoys at least two attributes that are near ubiquitous for drivers — a resolute sense of independence and a penchant for risk-taking.

    Those traits serve the Orlando Sportsman driver well, both in his day job running an entertainment special effects company, and in his longtime hobby of stock car racing.

    Growing up, Nicholls’ dreams — to drive a racecar and be a professional fireworks operator — were like forbidden fruits.

  • Truck time at Speedway

    Trucks make their debut at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness today, joining six stock car classes.

    The track also celebrates Kids Night, allowing young fans to ride around the track with their favorite driver during intermission.

  • Warriors take district 2A-3 title

    David Pieklik: Correspondent

    OCALA — Cory Wieand pitched a three-hitter — striking out 10 — as Seven Rivers won the district 2A-3 baseball championship with a 3-1 win Thursday over St. John Lutheran.

  • Back to back

    INVERNESS — One good shoulder and a flurry of infield hits were enough for junior pitcher Austin Bogart and his Citrus baseball club in its 5A-6 district championship game against Crystal River.

  • Instant impact

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jake Elmore homered, Brandon Guyer had a two-run, pinch-hit single in a four-run sixth and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 7-5 on Wednesday night.

    After a tiebreaking run scored on Desmond Jennings’ double-play grounder, Elmore gave the Rays a 7-5 advantage with his solo shot off Edward Mujica (1-1) on his first at-bat with Tampa Bay after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Durham before the game.

  • ’Canes edged by Belleview

    C.J. Risak


    BELLEVIEW — One rally short.

    The Citrus softball season came to a close Wednesday after the Hurricanes fell behind early against 5A-5 champion Belleview, rallied late but could never close the gap completely, losing 4-2 in a 5A regional quarterfinal played at Belleview.

  • Lecanto’s Stoner, Sawyer win region titles

    Larry Bugg


    HARMONY — Dylan Stoner needed just a little motivation.

    The Lecanto senior discus thrower watched an opponent toss the discus 149 feet.

    So, Stoner then hurled the discus 151 feet for a personal record and first place at the Class 3A-Region 2 Track and Field Meet on Wednesday at Harmony High School.