Local Sports

  • Pirates pull away late from Panthers

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Two Citrus County girls hoops squads met Friday night, each looking to erase a goose egg in their respective Class 5A, District 6 win column.

    Host Crystal River got in front early and stayed there throughout, pulling away behind some hot outside shooting in the fourth quarter for a 40-28 victory over Lecanto.

  • Attack mode

    Jon-Michael Soracchi


    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Lecanto boys basketball team repeatedly attacked the rim Friday night at Crystal River and the strategy paid dividends for the visiting Panthers.

  • Pirates embark on largest-ever Kiwanis Invite

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    Two of prep wrestling’s premier Class 2A teams — F.W. Springstead and Lakeland-Lake Gibson — collide during this weekend’s largest-ever tournament field in Hernando County.

  • Citrus County welcomes heated matchups

    County and district rivalries resume tonight in boys basketball as Lecanto makes the short trip to Crystal River at 7:30 p.m., while Citrus welcomes Dunnellon for a rematch of last February’s District 5A-6 title game at 7 p.m.

  • Do-it-all Darius

    As someone who’s coached at the high school, college, pro and international level, B.J. Aldridge has scouted, recruited and coached a wide variety of basketball talent. But the first-year Lecanto head man has never been around a player quite like his current do-it-all senior, Darius Sawyer.

  • Soccer notebook: Teams making final tune-ups

    David Pieklik


    County soccer teams are fighting through a handful of games before winter recess, with some getting a sneak peak at likely playoff matchups. Here are some highlights:

  • Eagles edge Pirates 2-1

    David Pieklik


    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Crystal River Pirates might have to be renamed the heartbreak kids after a 2-1 loss to Springstead on Wednesday night, the third straight game they gave up a lead in a loss.

  • Back on the attack

    David Pieklik


    Practices, wins and losses, streaks and slumps; they’re all part of the game for athletes. Chances are, at some point whether minor or serious, so are injuries.

  • Local sports briefs

    Panthers blank Central

    The Lecanto boys soccer team hosted Central on Tuesday night and came away with a 4-0 win.  

    In the first half, sophmore midfielder Carter Bryson got the scoring started with a penalty kick. Senior Chris Molinelli would get the first of his two goals on the night on a crossing shot that clipped the inside of the post as it went into the net. 

  • Rays ready to expand stadium site search

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have reached a deal with St. Petersburg that would allow the team to search for new stadium sites on both sides of Tampa Bay.

    The team has played since its inception in Pinellas County at what now is called Tropicana Field, and has often ranked near the bottom in major league home attendance. The agreement, slated for a vote Thursday by the St. Petersburg City Council, would allow the Rays to evaluate sites on the east side of the bay in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located.