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  • Fivay knocks out Crystal River in four sets

    C.J. Risak


    HUDSON — In the first set of Crystal River’s 6A regional quarterfinal at Fivay (Hudson), the Pirates should have won. The second set they did.

    The third set...

    The first 10 points of the third set decided the match. The Falcons jumped out to a 9-1 lead and, although Crystal River battled back to within a point on a couple of occasions, it never caught up.

  • Stamkos' 4 points lead Lightning over Maple Leafs

    TORONTO — Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points — two goals and two assists — and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

    Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

  • Pirates, Warriors carry volleyball banner for county

    C.J. Risak


    For Crystal River, one goal has slipped away. But redemption beckons; it’s within reach if the Pirates can refocus the drive needed to attain it.

    Seven Rivers Christian is in a similar position, but advancing past that ultimate challenge — the one that always seems to block their path — will require a convergence of different effects. 

  • FSU changing offensive focus

    TALLAHASSEE — Leonard Hamilton is hoping a change in his offensive system will end Florida State’s NCAA Tournament drought.

    Hamilton’s philosophy has been to run a motion offense that also relies on strong inside play. This season he has ditched that for a more on-tempo system because the Seminoles have an abundance of perimeter players.

  • Big Bucs turnaround

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — For a guy who started the season sitting on the couch, Jacquizz Rodgers sure has made the most of his long-awaited opportunity to be a featured running back in the NFL.

    Rodgers followed his first career 100-yard game by rushing for a career-high 154 yards and Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 34-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

  • Pirates fall in district volleyball title match

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Playing on its home court as the top seed and already up a game, everything seemed to line up for Crystal River’s volleyball team, on the verge of going up 2-0 in Thursday’s district final.

  • Sharks blank Citrus for 5A-7 district title

    Danny Aiello


    BROOKSVILLE — Despite Mitch Barroso’s best efforts, Citrus was the latest team claimed by Nature Coast’s 21-game regular season win streak, as the Hurricanes fell 42-0 Friday. 

    TJ Owens scored five times for the Sharks (8-0) and rushed for a game-high 237 yards on 10 carries. 

  • Warriors corral Buffalo

    LECANTO — It was touted as a “measuring stick” of playoff readiness, and Seven Rivers looked ready to take on anyone in a 42-21 Senior Night win over Class 4A school The Villages on Friday night.

    Sophomore Brendan Rooks had what he believed to be a career-high four rushing touchdowns, while senior Josh Iwaniec had two touchdowns and four sacks for the Warriors (6-2). The win erases last year’s blowout loss to the Buffalo (3-5) that preceded a first-round playoff collapse.

  • Panthers hold off Hornets for 39-36 victory

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    WEEKI WACHEE — Its season winding down, Lecanto simply wants to build momentum that it can carry into the offseason, and send off its seniors in a positive fashion.

    On Friday night the Panthers took their first step toward that goal, albeit it not as smoothly as it initially appeared. Host Weeki Wachee nearly rallied back from a 23-point halftime deficit before Lecanto held on down the stretch for a 39-36 victory.

  • Hard-fought loss

    DUNNELLON — For the Dunnellon High School football team, the road to a second straight district championship hit a roadblock Friday night at Richard Kennedy Stadium.