Local Sports

  • Tampa Bay batters Twins in 19-hit ambush

    MINNEAPOLIS — Evan Longoria drove in three runs and had two of Tamp Bay’s season-high 19 hits, Chris Archer threw six sharp innings for his first win this month, and the Rays routed the Minnesota Twins 11-3 on Sunday.

    James Loney drove in two runs for Tampa Bay, which used a five-run sixth to secure its fourth win in six games and avoid a three-game sweep. The Twins scored nine runs in their previous two wins against the Rays, but Archer (4-4) limited them to four hits and a walk.

  • First blood

    NEW YORK — The New York Rangers aren’t the same team the Tampa Bay Lightning dominated in the regular season.

    Not even close, and Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals showed that.

    Dominic Moore scored with 2:25 to play, the defense limited the Lightning’s high-powered offense and the Rangers defeated goaltender Ben Bishop and the Lightning 2-1 Saturday to move within three wins of returning to the Stanley Cup finals.

  • Twins take advantage of Rays’ error

    MINNEAPOLIS — After the Twins botched several early opportunities to take control of the game, a rare Tampa Bay error helped Minnesota break through.

    Brian Dozier homered, Eduardo Escobar had four hits and the Twins took advantage of reliever Kevin Jepsen’s poor throw in the seventh inning to beat the Rays 6-4 on Saturday.

  • Super Lates and more at Citrus County Speedway

    Sean Arnold


    Super Late Models head today’s racing card at the Citrus County Speedway, joined by Pro Challengers, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Hornets and fan participation racing.

  • ’Canes take spring loss

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    Citrus head coach Justin Taylor knew his inexperienced squad had its work cut out for it entering Friday night’s spring classic at Clearwater-Countryside.

    As expected, the host Cougars dominated the exhibition, handing the Hurricanes a 56-6 defeat.

  • Late interception seals victory for Panthers

    Jon-Michael Soracchi


    BELLEVIEW — In Lecanto’s one half of varsity football action against Belleview in the two teams’ Spring Classic, Jeremiah Lucas loomed large in the proceedings.

    Lucas, a junior who will be a rising senior come August, scored the lone touchdown of the game and the second of his pair of interceptions sealed a 6-0 victory for the Panthers on Friday night at Belleview High School.

  • Warriors blow out Wildcats

    David Pieklik


    WILDWOOD — From the opening kickoff, Seven Rivers Christian High School got a preview of possibilities for the upcoming football season with a one-sided 52-26 win over Wildwood on Friday night.

  • Pirates sail to a shutout

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Sam Mueller spent his entire sophomore season recovering from a broken back, so having the opportunity to get back on the field had some extra meaning Friday night.

    Crystal River’s new quarterback delivered two pretty touchdown passes and rushed for 115 yards with two long scoring runs, leading the host Pirates to a 42-0 rout of Ridgewood in a spring classic.

  • Holding their own

    FORT MYERS — Citrus more than held its own for most of its first-ever Class 5A State Championships semifinal on Friday against nationally ranked Mosley.

    Senior pitcher Alex Atkinson and his Hurricane defense retired nine straight Dolphins to start the game, as the Inverness club took a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning.

  • Football is back

    All four county teams play their spring football games tonight, as Crystal River plays host to Ridgewood, while the three remaining schools head out of the county. CRHS, Citrus and Seven Rivers expect to play their varsity squads for all four quarters, while Lecanto and Belleview agreed to have the junior varsity players go for the first half, before making way for the varsity.