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  • ‘Dynamic big man’

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    In a couple of years, if may seem fitting that Caden Loreth’s high school career aligned with Jared Brantley taking over as Lecanto boys basketball coach.

    Because if the player, the coach and the rest of the Panthers have their way, these past two seasons will simply be part of the journey that led the program back to its previous highs.

  • Pirates blank Seven Rivers

    David Pieklik: Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Zoie Baxter’s hat trick led Crystal River in an 8-0 shutout of Seven Rivers in a non-district match Wednesday on the school’s Senior Night.

    The Pirates jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead minutes into the match, with Baxter contributing two of the goals. Building up a 7-0 lead by halftime, they needed just a few minutes into the second half to close out the game by mercy rule.

  • Citrus tops Crystal River on Senior Night

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — For 78 of the first 79 minutes of Wednesday night’s match, neither Citrus nor visiting Crystal River could generate much offense.

    But the Hurricanes didn’t want to suffer an embarrassing loss to a county and Class 3A, District 5 rival on Senior Night. They scored twice in the final 10:32, pulling out a 3-1 victory.

  • Citrus County sends 22 to regional meet

    Editors note: At the time of print, overall point standings for the schools were unavailable.

    WEEKI WACHEE — With 22 total lifters advancing and two champions, Citrus County girls weightlifting had a solid showing Wednesday afternoon at Weeki Wachee High School for the Class 1A-District 10 Championship.

  • ’Canes fall short at home

    C.J. Risak


    INVERNESS — One more. That’s all that Citrus’ girls’ basketball team needed Tuesday against visiting Nature Coast.

    Just one more rally, even if it was only half as good as the one the Hurricanes put together in the second quarter of this game. For that matter, just one more 3-pointer would have done it in a game loaded with threes.

  • Driven to succeed

    Winter break is over, classes are back and girls weightlifting picks up right where it left off. For Citrus County, it left off with Citrus High School reclaiming the county championship at home ahead of Lecanto and Crystal River.

    Now, the three teams will be thrown into a much bigger pool of lifters, with strict judges of form and — for some — it will be an entirely new experience. It all goes down at 3:30 p.m. today at Weeki Wachee High School for the Class 1A, District 10 Championship.

  • Panthers pin Cobras on Senior Night

    LECANTO — Although only a pair of Lecanto wrestlers won their matches Monday night, the Panthers still walked away with an easy 42-19 dual meet victory over Hudson on Senior Night.

    The Cobras only brought six varsity wrestlers and handed the Panthers 30 points in forfeits.

  • Culi a big key to Warriors’ hoops success

    C.J. Risak


    Being a senior means being a leader when you’re a member of the Seven Rivers Christian girls basketball team. 

    Ami Culi has passed that test.

  • Fleury gets 5th straight win, Penguins beat Lightning 6-2

    PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins were rested after a week off since their last game, while the Tampa Bay Lightning were playing for the third time in four days.

    It showed.

    Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots in his fifth straight win, leading the Penguins to a 6-2 victory over the Lightning on Sunday.

    Fleury, who has not lost in regulation since allowing six goals to the Minnesota on Nov. 25, is 7-0-1 in his last eight decisions.

  • FSU off to 3-0 start in ACC for first time

    TALLAHASSEE — After getting off to a slow start in Atlantic Coast Conference play last season, Florida State is off to its best start in school history.

    The 12th-ranked Seminoles defeated No. 21 Virginia Tech 93-78 on Saturday for their 11th straight win. It also marks the first time since joining the ACC in 1991 that they have won their first three conference games.