Local Sports

  • Dunnellon hosts South Sumter in key district battle

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    With only a handful of weeks left in the regular season, some local teams are attempting to lock up playoff spots, while others hope to pick up momentum to build on heading into the offseason.

    Though Crystal River has a bye, the Pirates could clinch a postseason berth. Here’s a look ahead to this week’s matchups:

    South Sumter (6-1) at Dunnellon (6-0), 7:30 p.m.

  • Point scores shootout winner

    TAMPA — Brayden Point scored the game-winning goal in the sixth round of a shootout, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Tuesday night.

    Point's goal came three rounds after it seemed Tampa Bay had won the shootout 1-0.

  • CR sweeps Sharks in semis

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Sometimes the final result doesn’t reflect the competitiveness involved. Yes, top-seed Crystal River disposed of fifth-seed Nature Coast in straight sets in the 6A-7 volleyball tournament Tuesday night.

    But it was never easy, which the set scores do reflect: 25-23, 25-22, 25-20.

  • A true team victory

    EUSTIS — For the sixth year in a row, Citrus County will be represented at the State Golf Championships by a boys team from the county. But for the first time during that run, it will be a team other than Crystal River.

  • Warriors cruise into District 2A-4 semifinals

    As expected, No. 2 seed Seven Rivers Christian had little trouble in the opening round of District 2A-4 volleyball tournament play Monday at Hernando Christian Academy. The Warriors advanced with a 25-5, 25-5, 25-10 sweep of Lakeside Christian.

  • Citrus’ season ends in a sweep

    Colleen Bennett


    CRYSTAL RIVER — It took nearly three sets for No. 6 Citrus to play consistent offense and defense in Monday’s District 6A-7 opening-round match against No. 3 Weeki Wachee at Crystal River High School. But the Hurricanes were unable to overcome two sluggish opening sets, falling to the Hornets in three, 10-25, 18-25, 18-25.

  • The one that got away

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — The third set of this District 6A-7 tournament contest was drawing to a close, and Lecanto — which had won the second set 25-18 to even the match — was trailing Brooksville Nature Coast 19-17. The Panthers had faced a similar situation in the opening set, the score knotted at 18, then the Sharks outscored them 8-1 to win 25-19.

  • Gerstner earns Eddie Brann Memorial

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    It was a night to memorialize Eddie Brann, who was well known and highly respected throughout Florida’s Open Wheel Modified racing segment. And the drivers came in full force to pay their respects to the Florida native and owner of E.B.R. Fabrication.

    Twenty-three Open Wheel Modified cars made their way to Citrus County Speedway Saturday night for the premier event that saw high-levels of race action right from the start.

  • Second season starts

    C.J. Risak


    This is it — the moment all volleyball coaches have pointed their teams at. Today, the state district tournament gets underway.

    In 6A-7, which is hosted by Crystal River, it begins with No. 7 Brooksville Central vs. No. 2 Brooksville Hernando at 4 p.m., followed by No. 6 Citrus vs. No. 3 Weeki Wachee and No. 4 Lecanto vs. No. 5 Brooksville Nature Coast. Top-seed Crystal River earned a first-round bye.

  • Citrus’ Saslo keeps aiming high in the pool

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    The past few seasons, the Citrus swim team has struggled with a numbers game compared to county rivals Crystal River and Lecanto.

    But while the Hurricanes may be shorthanded in the pool, there’s no doubt junior J.J. Saslo can hang with any swimmer in the area.