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  • Schedule is not on the side of lifters

    Girls weightlifting teams face the same scheduling problem as other winter sports in that there is this big stretch called Christmas vacation.

    There are no scheduled meets during that period, and only the most dedicated lifters will keep pumping over the holidays. Some will go away on vacation.

  • Schedule is not on the side of lifters

    Girls weightlifting teams face the same scheduling problem as other winter sports in that there is this big stretch called Christmas vacation.

    There are no scheduled meets during that period, and only the most dedicated lifters will keep pumping over the holidays. Some will go away on vacation.

  • Heavy lifting has remarkable appeal to local girls

    There is something about high school weightlifting that local girls love.

    The smiles on their faces show the girls are having fun. Sometimes, they will scream with delight when they hit their personal best lift in the bench press or clean and jerk. Many of the girls laugh and hang with each other like every meet is a party.

  • Heavy goals

    High school girls who want to reach the girls weightlifting finals may have one role model, one example of someone who knows about heavy lifting under pressure.

    In Citrus County, that role model is Samantha Kanawall. The 18-year-old Citrus High School senior has lifted three times at the state meet and earned a sixth-place medal competing in the 199-pound class in the 2012-13 season.

  • Warrior turned Patriot

    LECANTO — Alyssa Gage may not have been the one the College of Central Florida was initially looking for when they scouted a Seven Rivers Christian volleyball match this fall. 

    But she proved to be the competitor they wanted.

  • Citrus a constant in season of change in county boys hoops

    This week’s debut of the boys hoops regular season finds one program attempting to follow up one of its most successful seasons in school history, and three others introducing new head coaches.

  • Girls’ hoops season not so easy to predict

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Easy to predict — that’s what the 2013-14 girls basketball season was. In 5A-6, Citrus was the favorite with Crystal River providing the biggest challenge and both Lecanto and Dunnellon trying to keep pace. In 2A-3, Seven Rivers Christian would try to unseat Ocala St. John Lutheran at the top.

  • Panther big man Burich wants a return to state playoffs

    This is old hat for Brandon Burich, who kicked off his fourth season as a varsity basketball player for Lecanto this week.

    It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long for the 6-foot-8 senior forward.

    “I’m sure people feel like I’ve been around for a while,” he said, “but it’s crazy how fast it’s gone. I want to leave this year on a good note.”

  • Pirate senior Eason learning a new role, position

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    She really isn’t that big. The girl known to her teammates simply as “Jazz” — Crystal River’s Jasmyne Eason — is just 5-foot-8. And yet, last season she was a principal reason the Pirates won 20 games and reached the regional round of the 5A tournament.

  • Lecanto can’t keep pace with South Sumter

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    LECANTO — One could argue this girls basketball game was over before it started.