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Local Sports

  • FB notebook: Historic run by Bearcats

    The Crystal River Middle School football team wrapped up a historic season on Tuesday with a 69-0 triumph over Wildwood. The team didn’t allow a point all season in finishing 6-0 and claiming their third straight county championship for the first time in four decades.

  • CR’s Scriven making a name for himself

    For the second season in a row, a freshman is leading the Crystal River varsity football team in solo tackles. 

    Last year, it was Tyler Pollard who introduced himself at linebacker with a stellar season his first year. This fall, Tyrek Scriven has taken his turn at showing himself to be the newest Pirate standout on defense with his steady play in the secondary.

  • Battle of the ’Canes

    With a pair of teams (Dunnellon and Seven Rivers Christian) playing Thursday night, there are just three local football games on the slate tonight. 

    Citrus and Lecanto are at home, while Crystal River hits the road.

    Gainesville (4-3 overall, 3-0 in District 6A-5) at Citrus (4-3, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.

  • Panthers top Pirates in five for district title

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — The first set of Thursday’s 5A-6 district tournament final was dominated by Lecanto.

    Not the next four, however.

    In a battle that took nearly 2 1/2 hours to decide and featured more momentum shifts than most teams experience in a season, the Panthers finally prevailed in five sets over visiting Crystal River, 25-11, 25-19, 20-25, 27-29, 15-12.

  • Royals bounce back

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.

    A night after the Giants opened with a 7-1 victory for their seventh straight Series win, Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run against hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura. Brandon Belt tied the score 2-all with an RBI double in the fourth.

  • Springstead showdown in Citrus County

    James Blevins: Correspondent

    The Springstead Eagles swim and dive teams took a detour through Citrus County last week to face off against the Lecanto Panthers and the Crystal River Pirates. The Eagles wouldn’t take any victories back home with them, as both host schools claimed dual meet wins.

  • Living the water life

    James Blevins: Correspondent

    Anna Lane loves the water. 

    When the 16-year-old Crystal River junior isn’t setting school-record times in her two main swimming events — the 500 and 200 freestyle — she works as a lifeguard at Bicentennial Pool, and when the busy athlete has time, she can be found outside (you guessed it) swimming with her friends.

  • Tigers look to keep playoff hopes alive

    While it will need some help from Alachua Santa Fe on Friday, the Dunnellon varsity football team strives to stay in the hunt for District 5A-5’s second state playoff spot when it travels to Citizens Field in Gainesville to take on Eastside tonight in its district finale.

  • Muschamp goes young at QB, Driskel benched

    GAINESVILLE — With his job on the line, Florida coach Will Muschamp has turned to freshman quarterback Treon Harris.

    Muschamp said Wednesday that Harris will start next week against Georgia in Jacksonville, adding that it will be Harris’ game from start to finish.

    The move means the Gators (3-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) have benched fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel, who has 12 turnovers the last four games.

  • Season comes to a close for Warriors

    A solid season for the Seven Rivers Christian volleyball team came to a close Tuesday night at St. John Lutheran High School in Ocala with a three-set loss to First Academy Leesburg in a 2A-3 District Tournament semifinal.

    All three sets were tight, but the Eagles edged the Warriors in each one, 25-20, 25-23, 26-24.