Local Sports

  • 'All about the game'

    As the team’s leadoff hitter and shortstop, Zac Pattison’s play is a good barometer for gauging the prospects of the Crystal River baseball team.

    In the club’s first three district losses, Pattison’s bat struggled to find the gaps, going 0 for 8 without a run. In the three district contests since, which saw the Pirates pull themselves from the cellar to the second seed, after a tiebreaker with Lecanto, the sophomore is 6 for 11 with four runs scored.

  • Loney has 4 RBIs, Rays beat Yankees 11-5

    ST. PETERSBURG — James Loney drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a four-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 on Friday night.

    Pinch-hitter Desmond Jennings had an RBI single before Loney’s two-run single off Adam Warren (0-1) in the seventh inning that gave Tampa Bay a 6-5 lead.

    Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer during a five-run eighth that made it 11-5. Wil Myers, who finished with three RBIs, added a two-run single.

  • Pirates capture county flag football title

    David Pieklik

    LECANTO — Crystal River turned its turnaround season into a flag football championship with a 13-6 win over Lecanto in the Citrus County Championship on Thursday.

    Jasmyne Eason caught eight passes — including two touchdown receptions — and the Pirates shut down a potent Panthers offense that could not get into rhythm. The win capped a season in which the Pirates started 0-3 before winning their final six games, including the semifinal and title games.

  • Panthers top Pirates for 5A-6 district crown
  • District baseball assignment announced for area schools

    The four Citrus County baseball teams now know when they will open district play next week, but one squad still doesn’t know its opponent.

    Seven Rivers Christian is the top seed in District 2A-3 and travels to St. John Lutheran in Ocala for a semifinal game Tuesday, April 22. The Warriors’ opponent will be decided the night before when the No. 4 and 5 seeded teams face off.

  • Tennis season comes to a close

    The 2014 tennis season ended for area players when the Lecanto doubles team of Madison Gamble and Mahima Tatam lost their first-round match at the Class 3A FHSAA State Finals.

    The Panther duo dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to the Orange Park team of Rebecca Cannon and Emily Wood at the state meet held this week at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.

    Earlier in the tournament, Citrus singles standout Melanie Dodd dropped her opening-round match as well.

  • Make it two! Panthers win back-to-back titles


  • Byrne, Harris, Roessler lead Pirates' charge to state meet

    By James Blevins


    The Region 2A-2 track and field tournament took place on Wednesday at First Academy in Orlando, and many Crystal River athletes performed well enough to advance to the upcoming FHSAA state finals taking place May 2 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

  • For James and Heat, greatness awaits

    To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

    Survive all that, and maybe they can avenge that NBA Finals heartbreak.

    “There’s definitely that burning desire in the back of your mind that really wants to get back there,” Spurs guard Patty Mills said.

  • Panthers, 'Canes continue to raise the stakes

    LECANTO — The Lecanto High School boys and girls track teams both took second place Wednesday at the Class 3A-District 7 track and field meet at Lecanto High School.

    The girls had 95 points behind Land O’ Lakes’ 165 total. The Panther boys had 80.5 points to finish second behind the Gators’ 187.5 total.

    The Citrus boys were sixth with 51 points. The Citrus girls were 10th with 24 points.