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  • Sophomore success

    Outside of the pitcher, no position is more influential in a typical baseball game than the catcher. 

    It’s important enough that a good-hitting catcher is considered icing on the cake. 

  • Lightning rally for 4-3 win over Panthers

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan and Nikita Kucherov scored in the third period, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

    Kucherov tied it at 3 with a wraparound for his 27th goal at 1:30. Callahan skated from behind the net and snapped a shot past Panthers goalie 

    Roberto Luongo from the left circle with 2:28 left on the clock.

  • Softball notebook: Tourney tests teams

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Call it a mid-season barometer.

  • Hitting the target

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Perhaps what has made Morgan Trotter such a prominent pitcher is knowing the difference between strengths and limitations.

    At least that’s how both she and her Crystal River softball coach, Cassidy Rash, view it. Both were asked what has made her such an effective pitcher, with emphasis on her freshman status.

  • Lecanto’s Jervis chasing first district title

    Tony Castro

    Correspondent

    Similar to the anticipation of Christmas Day, Lecanto senior netter Megan Elizabeth Jervis can’t wait to open up her perceived gifts in about 10 days, at the conclusion of the rugged Class 3A, District 5 Tennis Tournament along the LHS courts.

    Megan was born in Gainesville as the older of two children to Cy and Michaela Jervis. The family has called Citrus Springs home for almost 18 years.

  • Perfection on the court

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    This type of accomplishment is rare. It should be cherished.

    And the seven girls on the basketball roster at Inverness Christian Academy, and their coach, should do just that. After all, how many teams can say that no one they played could beat them?

  • Weightlifting notebook: Crystal River invests in strength program

    Larry Bugg

    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — At some point, the Crystal River High School boys and girls weightlifting and football teams may become a real force in the North Suncoast.

    That may be in part because on New Year’s Day this year, $37,000 worth of Titan Strength equipment was installed in the Pirates’ weight room.

  • Powerful in and out of weight room

    Larry Bugg

    Correspondent

    Citrus High School boys weightlifting coach Jim Haeser is happy to talk about one of his athletes who turns in strong performances in and out of the gym.

    His name is Travis Blotz.

    Haeser coached him in football, as well as weightlifting.

  • Local teams finish .500 at Slam IV

    Tony Castro

    Correspondent

    BROOKSVILLE — Citrus, Crystal River and Lecanto combined to go 5-5 across the two-day, 16-team Leopard Slam IV Girls Softball Tournament at Tom Varn Park.

    The Trinity Prep Saints jumped Lecanto in round one, 13-3, before the Panthers bounced back against Central, 12-2.

  • Three county teams drop openers at Leopard Slam

    Tony Castro

    Correspondent

    BROOKSVILLE — For a fourth consecutive spring, no Citrus County softball team will reach the 16-team Leopard Slam IV Tournament finals today at Tom Varn Park.

    In opening-round action Friday, the Citrus Hurricanes, Crystal River Pirates and Lecanto Panthers each dropped a game — leaving them out of title contention.