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  • Pirates overwhelm Warriors in county tussle

    LECANTO — A coach with a name that was synonymous with Seven Rivers Christian basketball returned to his former home court on Monday. 

    This time, Jim Ervin was leading a team he once dominated in head-to-head contests as the Warriors’ head man. But his Crystal River Pirates had little trouble last night against an over-matched SRCS squad, and cruised to a 62-18 victory, despite inefficient shooting from the floor.

  • Second season

    C.J. Risak


    Preparations are over. Tournament time is here.

    Right now, each team should be focused on winning their first game, because without that win the season ends — unless, of course, you’re in 2A-3, which is populated only by Seven Rivers Christian and Ocala St. John Lutheran. That means whatever the outcome of Thursday’s title game, both teams will advance to the 2A regionals.

  • SEC woes

    OXFORD, Miss. — Faced with a chance to lead Mississippi to a thrilling last-minute victory, Jarvis Summers didn’t just come through once — but twice.

  • Mitchell edges Citrus to earn tourney repeat

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Citrus High School’s wrestling team walked into J.W. Mitchell’s gymnasium with expectations of toting home some hardware at the conclusion of Saturday’s Mustangs Duals.

    The Hurricanes did collect a trophy, albeit for second place, after bowing to the host Mustangs in the match of the day, 42-39.

  • Change of scenery yields better results

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    Crystal River senior wrestler Joel Cameron Pelton is living proof that life could be better on the other side of the fence. Just ask him.

    In his first two years on the prep mats at Lecanto High School, the Crystal River-born Pelton compiled a 12-18 record (40 percent).

  • ’Canes return to work at Mitchell

    Tony Castro: Correspondent


    While Crystal River and the Lecanto High mat programs are taking a break, Citrus High returns to work in today’s eight-team Mustang Duals at Mitchell High in New Port Richey.

  • Lecanto wins appeal, joins Citrus and CR

    For the first time since 2008, the county’s three public schools will compete in the same district in football, starting next fall.

  • Gaining momentum

    INVERNESS — On a night where three key senior contributors were missing between both sides, it was a freshman who issued a breakout performance in boys hoops action in the Citrus High School gym on Friday.

  • Warriors outworked

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    LECANTO — Size, strength, athleticism. The Seven Rivers Christian’s girls basketball team couldn’t consistently match visiting Lecanto Thursday in those areas, and the result was a 61-41 victory for the Panthers.

  • Hurt, but not hindered

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — It was nearly one year ago when Rachel Martin saw her athletic fortunes take a dramatic turn. On Wednesday, that course was reversed when Martin signed to attend and play softball for Lake Sumter State College.

    The 2014 softball season had just started and Martin, then a junior and a standout for Citrus, was doing her part in a baserunning drill.