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  • Playing for dad

    For the past four years, Jarod Hamm has put on his No. 4 jersey and helmet before storming onto the field for Dunnellon High School.

    He plays for the love of the sport. But he also does it for another reason: his dad.

    “I look up to my dad,” Hamm said. “I play for him.”

    Hamm’s father is a former running back for the Tigers, his son said. To see another Hamm making big plays on the gridiron brings joy to the family.

  • Gators, Vols meet in SEC East showdown

    Here are some things to watch in the Southeastern Conference during the fourth week of the season:


    No. 19 Florida at No. 14 Tennessee: The Volunteers will try to win their 10th straight game and end an 11-game skid against the Gators. 

    This game also matches the preseason Eastern Division favorite (Tennessee) against the defending East champion (Florida). 

  • Sanchez, Yanks win in St. Pete

    ST. PETERSBURG  — Rookie Gary Sanchez hit two more homers and drove in five runs, Masahiro Tanaka won despite allowing four home runs in the same inning and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 on Wednesday night.

    The Yankees moved within 2 1/2 games of Baltimore for the second AL wild-card spot. New York also would have to jump over Seattle, Houston and Detroit to earn a postseason berth.

  • Born into golf

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Chronicle correspondent

    BROOKSVILLE — It may sound clichéd to say a golfer grew up on the course. But for Cameron Wyckoff, that statement comes with a large degree of truth.

    The Lecanto senior has an exceptionally close connection to World Woods Golf Club, where the Panthers have played their home matches in recent seasons.

  • Sanchez hits 17th homer in 42 games, Yankees beat Rays 5-3

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rookie slugger Gary Sanchez hit his 17th homer in 42 games this season, a three-run shot in a four-run seventh inning that sent the New York Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Tuesday night.

    The banged-up Yankees began play 4 1/2 games behind Baltimore and Toronto for the two AL wild cards. New York would also have to jump over Seattle, Houston and Detroit to earn a postseason berth.

  • ’Canes win by stroke over Lecanto in boys golf

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    BROOKSVILLE — The combination of a rain storm and some Hurricanes proved too much for the Lecanto boys golf team to overcome Tuesday afternoon.

    Hosting county-rival Citrus on a slick Rolling Oaks course at World Woods Golf Club, the Panthers lost by the slimmest of margins, 183-184.

  • Veteran Pirates top Lecanto in girls golf

    C.J. Risak


    HERNANDO — One team has experience built around an all senior and junior cast, the other has no seniors and only two juniors, with limited experience.

    Which makes it understandable why the score of Tuesday’s girls golf dual match between Lecanto and Crystal River ended with the Pirates on top, 218-260.

  • Citrus’ Felton, Hensley breeze to county titles

    Colleen Bennett


    LECANTO — Despite a nearly 95-degree afternoon run on a brand new course, Citrus High School’s Jillian Felton came in nearly a minute and a half ahead of her nearest competitor Tuesday at the Citrus County Cross Country Championships at Warrior Park on Tuesday.

  • Friday Night Rewind: League play underway

    The first week of league play let some teams know where they stand moving forward nearing the midway point of the year.

    Seven Rivers Christian vowed to bounce back after back-to-back losses — and they did. The Warriors (2-2) beat Zephyrhills Christian Academy on the road in a close 23-19 matchup.

  • Seidenstucker makes all-around difference

    C.J. Risak


    Last year, Seven Rivers Christian’s volleyball team suffered through a down season, absorbing its first losing season at 6-19 since Wanda Grey became coach in 2012. One major reason was its anemic attack — no one averaged four kills a match, and the team’s kill average was just .189.