Local Sports

  • Blast from the past

    Despite tonight’s final slate of boys district matchups — Crystal River tips off at Citrus (7 p.m.), while Lecanto plays host to Dunnellon (7 p.m.) — the 5A-6 tournament seeding is set, and it’s the same as last year. On Tuesday, Feb. 3, tourney host and top seed DHS (17-6 overall, 5-0 in district play) will take on the fourth-seeded Pirates (8-11, 0-5), and No. 2 CHS (13-7, 3-2) will face the Panthers (4-13, 2-3).

  • The dynamic trio

    The measurement of a student-athlete’s contributions for his or her team and school can hardly be summed up in wins and losses and individual statistics. 

  • Panthers bow out of district tourney

    David Pieklik


    OCALA — They tried their hardest to not become the headline and break the ‘county curse,’ giving everything to the final whistle, but in the end were left with the pain of too many close calls.

  • Chasing the dream

    Jon-Michael Soracchi


    For some, dreams are nothing more than that. Often, people aren’t willing to put in the hard work or explore every possible option to acquire what they desire in life.

    That description doesn’t fit Willie Jackson.

    A 2010 graduate of Crystal River High School, Jackson is the newest member of the Dodge City Law, a Champions Indoor Football (CIF) team in Kansas.

  • Pair to state weight meet

    Larry Bugg


    NEW PORT RICHEY — Destiny Langley and Wanwisa Forges are living the dream right now.

    Citrus’ Langley and Lecanto’s Forges qualified for the 2015 Girls State Weightlifting Meet with first- and third-place finishes, respectively,  Wednesday at the District 5 Meet at River Ridge High School.

    The top three finishers qualified for the state meet Feb. 7 in Kissimmee.

  • Hurricanes clamp down

    C.J. Risak


    INVERNESS — Tenacious defense.

    Both the South Sumter and Citrus girls basketball teams showed a lot of it in their contest played Tuesday at Citrus High School. In the end, it was the Hurricanes who utilized it better, scoring the first seven points of the fourth quarter to take a lead they never surrendered in gaining a 42-37 victory.

  • It’s over just like that

    Tony Castro


    BROOKSVILLE — For the first time in 35 seasons, four Hernando County boys soccer teams have reached the identical semifinal round.

    In the first of four Class 3A, District 7 quarterfinals, eighth-seeded Central (3-14-2 overall) sent shock waves through the entire bracket by sacking top-seeded Citrus (14-3-3 overall) via sudden victory penalty kicks, 2-1. 

  • Florida’s Hill, Walker fail to make sophomore strides

    GAINESVILLE — Kasey Hill and Chris Walker arrived at Florida as McDonald’s All-Americans, can’t-miss prospects, the next big-time players for coach Billy Donovan.

    Saying they have fallen short of expectations would be an understatement.

    Hill, a 6-foot-1 guard from Umatilla, and Walker, a 6-10 center from Bonifay, have been two of the top contributors to Florida’s struggles this season.

  • GBB notebook: Gearing up for tourneys

    C.J. Risak


    The final week of preparation is upon us.

    Next week the district tournaments begin. Which means this week, county teams will do what they can to ready themselves. After this week, the focus will be to at least reach the district final to survive.

  • Tireless Thomas

    C.J. Risak


    Tyra Thomas wasn’t happy. Her Dunnellon girls basketball team, which in the preseason hadn’t been expected to cause much of a ripple in the race for the 5A-6 title, had just lost to the defending champs, Citrus.

    And by a sizable margin.