Local Sports

  • Bulldogs top Dunnellon in District 5A-5 battle

    After running off five straight wins, the Dunnellon football team has now dropped two in a row after a 52-35 loss Friday night at home to third-ranked Suwannee in District 5A-5 action.

    The Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0) raced out to a 35-7 halftime lead and held off a late rush by the Tigers (5-3, 3-2).

  • Eastside topples Crystal River

    Larry Bugg


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Penalties and fumbles forced the Crystal River football team into frequent missteps and allowed Gainesville Eastside to beat them 41-23 Friday night at Earl Bramlett Stadium.

    Crystal River running back Tyler Pollard ran nine times for 94 yards and a 10-yard scoring run to lead the Pirates, now 1-6 overall and 0-4 in Class 5A-District 5 play. Gainesville Eastside is 2-5 and 2-2.

  • Bulldogs run away with win over Warriors

    David Pieklik


    BROOKSVILLE — Tears filled the eyes of Seven Rivers coaches and players Friday night, knowing how close they came in upsetting 

    Mt. Dora Bible after a 49-32 loss on the team’s Senior Night.

  • Hard-earned win

    LECANTO — A 21-0 start in the first quarter proved enough for the Citrus football team and its stalwart defense to hold off a plucky Lecanto squad at Panther Stadium on Friday. Despite getting outscored 14-3 for the remainder of the game, the Hurricanes displayed their penchant for interceptions at crucial junctures and outlasted the Panthers for their 12th win in 13 years in the series with a 24-14 victory.

  • Florida’s Westbrook reflects on costly drop

    GAINESVILLE — Florida tight end Tevin Westbrook has watched the replay countless times since Saturday night.

    It was a perfect pass from Jeff Driskel, a belt-high spiral that hit Westbrook in stride in the end zone.

    It should have been a touchdown, quite possibly a game-winning score. Instead, it might end up having a significant effect on Driskel, coach Will Muschamp and the Gators (3-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) this season.

  • FB Notebook: Warriors win a tight one

    With four blowout wins under its belt, the Seven Rivers Christian football team prevailed in a little different fashion last Friday in Gainesville against divisional opponent St. Francis Catholic. 

  • Iwaniec contributes to eye-popping numbers

    During last year’s 0-9 campaign, then-freshman Josh Iwaniec would have never guessed at this point in the season he would have 860 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns through six games while his Seven Rivers Christian football squad sit at 5-1.

  • Strength vs. strength
  • On to regionals despite weather

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    HERNANDO — It took a while — a full day longer, in fact — and there was certainly more time spent on the course than the girls were used to. But in the end, there were no other surprises as Citrus, Crystal River and Lecanto all advanced to play in next Tuesday’s 2A regional at the Black Bear Golf Club in Eustis.

  • Neck and neck

    CRYSTAL RIVER – The only drama came when Sam Alford and Mackenzie Woods came near a photo finish running in the Citrus County Cross Country Championships boys race Wednesday at Crystal River High School.

    Alford, a senior, just nipped Woods by two seconds. Alford had a 16:53 and Woods had a 16:55. Chase Benoist made the top three exclusively an All-Lecanto High group. Benoist had an 18:27. Crystal River High’s Caleb Russo took fourth with an 18:17 time.