Local Sports

  • Ko catches up to LPGA lead before rain hits Ocala

    OCALA — Lydia Ko played enough golf Thursday to catch up to the lead. She just didn’t play enough to finish the rain-

    delayed second round of the Coates Golf Championship.

    Ko, the No. 1 player in golf making her 2016 debut, was 4-under par for her round and had a 15-foot birdie putt on her final hole at the par-4 ninth hole at Golden Ocala when the horn sounded to stop play because of thunderstorms in the area.

  • Hurricanes top Anclote 55-50

    HOLIDAY — Citrus may have been playing on the road in front of a loud Anclote faithful in Thursday’s opening round of the playoffs in Holiday, but it made itself at home on the court, as it forced the game towards its preferred style with a dominant performance around the rim.

    The Hurricanes led most of the game and never trailed in the second half, as they issued a 55-50 defeat of the Sharks in the 5A-2 regional quarterfinals, earning themselves a fourth meeting with Lecanto in the regional semifinals on Tuesday.

  • Panthers run past River Ridge

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — Only 3:15 remained in the first half and Lecanto was in trouble. The Panthers girls basketball team trailed 5A-8 runner-up New Port Richey River Ridge 20-19 and, even worse, standout guard Jaziana Mathis had drawn her third foul with 5:51 to go in the half.

  • Tigers commit on National Signing Day

    DUNNELLON — A rise to prominence on the gridiron this past season paved the way for a bevy of off-the-field success Wednesday, as four players from Dunnellon High School signed their national letters of intent on National Signing Day.

    Leading the way for commitments was dual-threat quarterback Kobie Jones. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound signal caller signed with Alabama State University, an NCAA Division I FCS affiliate based in Montgomery, Ala. However, beginning in 2018, the Hornets will move to the FBS level.

  • Eight set to take on the state’s best

    Nerves, excitement — it’s what one would expect leading into any state competition. Today’s 1A girls weightlifting state meet in Kissimmee is no different, featuring eight county lifters divided between two teams that seem to be on opposite ends of that spectrum for the most part. 

  • Pirates make history in double OT

    BROOKSVILLE — Crystal River persevered through a gut-wrenching double-overtime contest in Wednesday’s semifinal round to bring home the prize it’s eyed since the first week of practice, and one that has eluded the program for 21 years.

  • Quartet of Pirates make a splash on signing day

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Four Pirates’ gridiron stars made it official Wednesday by putting pen to paper and signing their letters of intent.

    On national signing day, thousands of high school athletes don college gear and, while surrounded by family, friends and coaches, will reveal their choices of where to play college ball.

  • Sticking together in state

    INVERNESS — A pair of MVPs from the Citrus football team will remain teammates at the next level, as they join one another to play college football in state.

    Hurricane seniors Zae Merricks and Ryan Grow — in front of a packed room full of teammates, family, coaches and administrators — each signed letters of intent at Citrus High School on Wednesday to attend and play football for Warner University.

  • Travis McGee migrates north

    LECANTO — Lecanto’s all-time leading passer is heading north to play college football.

    Travis McGee, the reigning Chronicle Offensive Player of the Year, signed his official letter of intent in the LHS cafeteria on Wednesday to attend Bentley University, in Waltham, Mass., on scholarship.

    The Flex the Falcon football program competes in NCAA FCS Division II, in the Northeast-10 Conference.

  • Hot start for Hernando helps bury Hurricanes in district quarterfinals

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando guard Joel Wilson has tormented opposing teams all season, so his performance Tuesday night came as no big surprise.

    Nevertheless, the senior’s 10 points in the first quarter and 19 in the opening half provided the host and fourth-seeded Leopards with an early cushion as they bounced fifth-seeded Citrus in the Class 5A, District 7 boys basketball quarterfinals, 61-46.