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  • Citrus crowned champs

    “It’s a great day to be a Hurricane.”

    That was the one big takeaway for Citrus boys weightlifting coach Chop Alexander as he exited the Belleview High School gym on Saturday — as a Region 6 champion.

    Going in, Alexander was asked how close he thought his ’Canes were to winning the team’s second straight regional title so Citrus could perhaps have a banner prepared that read “Regional Champions.”

  • A dynamic Panther duo

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    Julia Javier and Maya Shah have only played together for a few weeks, but it’s hard to tell by their performance on the tennis courts.

  • Kucherov scores 3, Lightning beat Bruins 6-3

    BOSTON — Nikita Kucherov had his third career hat trick to lead Tampa Bay to a 6-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, snapping the Lightning's three-game losing streak.

    Jonathan Drouin had a goal and two assists, Brayden Point had a goal and an assist and Anton Stralman also scored to help the Lightning pull three points behind the Bruins for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

  • Lecanto’s Host making most of new role as ace

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    In the age of sabermetrics in baseball, a pitcher’s win total has become viewed as less and less of an indicator of his effectiveness.

  • Springstead blanks Pirates in softball

    C.J. Risak

    Chronicle Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Before an out was made in the second inning, the outcome of this softball game was, as it turned out, already decided. And that decision did not favor Crystal River.

  • Local sports briefs

    All-star hoops game tonight at Citrus HS

    The top senior boys basketball players from Citrus and Hernando counties will take the court tonight in Inverness for the fifth annual State Farm Citrus-Hernando Basketball Senior All-Star Game.

  • Panthers sweep ’Canes in boys tennis action

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — The Panthers just keep rolling. Tuesday’s victim: Citrus.

  • Lecanto girls tennis team keeps rolling

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — It has been a solid season for the Citrus girls tennis team, with the exception of one blind spot.

  • Panthers race to Patton title

    INVERNESS — Paced by a trio of individual championships and several more top-three place finishes, the Lecanto girls track team steamrolled to the title Tuesday at the Doug Patton Memorial Track and Field Meet at
    Citrus High School.

    The Panthers finished the night with 137 points, well ahead of runner-up Weeki Wachee’s total of 91.5. Crystal River took third with 76, Citrus was fifth with 61 and Seven Rivers Christian placed seventh with 47.

  • Kiermaier completes 6-year, $53.5M contract

    PORT CHARLOTTE — The drive from 31st-round draft choice to one of baseball’s best defensive players paid off for Kevin Kiermaier.

    The Tampa Bay Rays rewarded their center fielder with a six-year, $53.5 million contract that ranks among the largest financial commitments the team has ever given a player.