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  • 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.

  • Monopoli claims fifth FPT series win

    INVERNESS — Becca Monopoli landed her fifth overall win of the year — and fourth in a row — in the Joey Coulter Florida Pro Trucks series, while tech disqualifications shook up a couple of top-three feature finishes in Saturday’s racing action at the Citrus County Speedway.

  • Rays roughed up by Reds in series finale

    CINCINNATI — Chris Heisey hit his first grand slam and Devin Mesoraco homered and drove in a career high-tying four runs as the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of Tampa Bay’s depleted pitching staff for a 12-4 victory on Sunday.

    The Reds’ best offensive showing of the season featured Mesoraco’s three-run homer, Joey Votto’s two-run shot and Heisey’s pinch-hit slam in the eighth. Jay Bruce doubled, walked four times and scored four runs.

  • CR's Clark and Byrne vault to regional meet

    BROOKSVILLE — When Crystal River High’s Angela Byrne set a school record with an 11-8 pole vault Friday, she didn’t have to look far to find her friend and main cheerleader, Hayley Clark.

    Clark took second in the event with a vault of 10 feet even at the Class 2A-District 7 Track and Field Meet at Central High School.

    They helped lead the Pirate girls to third place with 90.5 points. Nature Coast Tech’s girls won with 156.5 points.

  • Pirates' Pool signs with St. Petersburg College

    By C.J. Risak


    Breanna Myers, the softball coach at St. Petersburg College, was after talent. Marissa Pool, a senior shortstop at Crystal River High School, had it and was looking for a place to develop it.

    On Thursday, they decided to help each other. Pool committed to attend St. Petersburg starting next fall and play softball for Myers’ Titans.

  • Headed into Sunday at Augusta, it's master and student

    AUGUSTA, Ga. — In a Masters longing for star power, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth put himself atop the leaderboard and 18 holes away from replacing Tiger Woods as the youngest player with a green jacket.Spieth kept his poise on a lightning-quick Augusta National on Saturday with a 2-under 70 that gave him a share of the lead with error-prone Bubba Watson going into a final round loaded with possibilities.

  • Winston, Garnet win Noles' spring showcase

    TALLAHASSEE — Jameis Winston admitted he’s been tired at times this spring, and that was before he had 56 pass attempts in Florida State’s spring game.

  • Healthy Driskel unveils Gators’ new O

    GAINESVILLE — Jeff Driskel wore tan flip flops and blue basketball shorts following Florida’s spring game. His calm demeanor contrasted with the frenzied offense that the Gators unveiled on Saturday in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

  • Gloves golden as Rays squeak by black-and-blue Reds

    CINCINNATI — The starter throws seven shutout innings. The defense makes a few big plays. One swing of the bat provides all the offense needed.

    Not a very flashy way to win, but it’s working for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Alex Cobb went seven innings on Saturday, extending Tampa Bay’s run of solid starting pitching, and James Loney homered for a 1-0 victory over the slumping Cincinnati Reds.

  • CR snatches Bat

    LECANTO — With one earned run allowed in eight innings on the mound and a go-ahead RBI single and winning run in the top of the eighth, Jordan Humphreys got the monkey off Crystal River’s back. 

    Humphreys’ hit in the final inning — a high roping blast down the left-field line —was one of four base hits by the Pirates during the two-run rally, helping secure the school its first Joe D. Rigney Memorial Bat Game win in five years with a 3-2 eight-inning triumph at Lecanto on Friday.