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  • Panthers, 'Canes continue to raise the stakes

    LECANTO — The Lecanto High School boys and girls track teams both took second place Wednesday at the Class 3A-District 7 track and field meet at Lecanto High School.

    The girls had 95 points behind Land O’ Lakes’ 165 total. The Panther boys had 80.5 points to finish second behind the Gators’ 187.5 total.

    The Citrus boys were sixth with 51 points. The Citrus girls were 10th with 24 points. 

  • Lightning drop Game 1 in OT

    TAMPA — Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday night.

    Daniel Briere fed a pass to Weise from behind the net to set up the winner against Anders Lindback, who stopped 39 of 44 shots while filling in for injured goaltender Ben Bishop.

  • Pool’s two-run double lifts Pirates past Tigers

    INVERNESS — The No. 2-seeded Dunnellon softball club did a lot of things right in Wednesday’s District 5A-6 semifinal matchup against third-seeded Crystal River. But Pirates senior Marissa Pool made the Tigers pay for a few costly missteps when, down 3-2 in the fifth inning, she launched a two-out, two-run double against the right-center field fence, helping power CRHS to a 4-3 victory at Citrus High School.

  • Panthers use long ball to beat No. 1 ’Canes

    David Pieklik

    INVERNESS — Lecanto High School faces Crystal River in the District 5A-6 girls softball championship tonight after pulling off a 12-6 upset victory against Citrus Wednesday night.

    With the win, the Panthers (7-14) automatically advance to the state playoffs later in the month. The Hurricanes end their season with a 19-6 record.

  • Local tennis players receive state draws

    A trio of area high school tennis players will compete at the Class 3A State Tournament beginning Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.

    The Lecanto doubles team of Madison Gamble and Mahima Tatam and Citrus singles player Melanie Dodd learned their draws for the tournament Tuesday evening.

    Dodd, in her second straight trip to state, faces Thandiwe Kangwa of Fort Myers in the opening round. The winner faces top seed Alexis Franco of Largo in the quarterfinals.

  • Rain forces district softball back a day

    The District 5A-6 softball tournament scheduled to begin Tuesday at Citrus High School in Inverness was rained out and the semifinals will be contested Wednesday.

    No. 3 seed Crystal River faces No. 2 Dunnellon in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. The 7 p.m. semifinal pits No. 1 Citrus against No. 4 Lecanto.

    The championship game between the two winners is still scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Citrus High School.

  • CR's Pateracki signs on the dotted line

    After his team’s recent win over Lecanto in the annual Bat Game Memorial, Crystal River baseball coach Bobby Stack said the Pirates were going to miss Mason Pateracki next year.

    Now he at least knows where to find him, as Pateracki, a senior catcher and pitcher, signed a letter of commitment last Friday to attend and play catcher for Thomas University.

  • Rays' Moore opts for elbow surgery

    Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore will miss the remainder of the season after opting to have elbow-ligament replacement surgery.

    Dr. James Andrews is to operate next week on the 24-year-old pitcher, who made the AL All-Star team last year. Moore will be the first Rays pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery since Jason Isringhausen in June 2009.

  • Long night in Baltimore for Archer, Rays

    BALTIMORE — Wei-Yin Chen took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and the Baltimore Orioles got their offense back on track against Chris Archer in a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

    Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy each had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Orioles, who were coming off a three-game series against Toronto in which they scored only five runs in 30 innings.

  • Up for grabs

    C.J. Risak

    Here’s the bottom line: If things go according to plan in softball District 5A-6, then this is certain — anything can happen.

    Citrus, which hosts the district tournament beginning today, and Dunnellon tied for the best regular-season record, each at 4-2. Crystal River was third at 3-3 and Lecanto placed last at 1-5.