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  • Best female soccer players in Citrus

    David Pieklik: Correspondent 

    Note: The athlete of the year finalists and winners in each sport will be honored at the annual Student Athletic Recognitions banquet. 

    All-Chronicle 

    Girls Soccer Team

    Forwards

    Emily Hooper, Jr., Crystal River

  • 48th annual Lollypop Invitational

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Maybe it was best they didn’t know they were battling, hole by hole, stroke by stroke, for a championship.

    As Lynne Wood, the eventual champion of the 48th annual Lollypop Golf Tournament, put it: “I didn’t even think about (winning), honestly. The minute you start thinking, ‘Oh, I’ve got a chance,’ that’s when you mess up.”

  • First-round upset?

    GAINESVILLE — Although Florida is a top-four seed playing two hours from home, the Gators feel like an underdog heading into the NCAA Tournament.

    Coach Mike White even acknowledged Monday that his team is a popular pick to get upset in the opening round of March Madness.

    “Everybody’s saying it,” White said.

    There might be reason to believe it.

  • Toughest on the mat in Citrus County

    Note: The athlete of the year finalists and winners in each sport will be honored at the annual Student Athletic Recognitions banquet. More information about the event will be published as it becomes finalized.

    All-Chronicle Wrestling Team

    106 — Sebastian Dwyer, Fr., Crystal River

    113 — Chase Bunts, Sr., Crystal River

    120 — Rhoderick Bruce, Soph., Crystal River

  • The strongest females in the county

    Note: The athlete of the year finalists and winners in each sport will be honored at the annual Student Athletic Recognitions banquet. More information about the event will be published as it becomes finalized.

    All-Chronicle Girls Weightlifting Team

    Lightweights

    Nicole Ervin, So., 101, Citrus

    Sahmeeha Grimes, So., 110, Citrus

  • Wish granted

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    If, for whatever reason, you lose hope that a wish of yours will ever be realized, take note: Wishes do come true. Just ask Lecanto softball coach Robert Dupler.

  • CR’s Kennedy swimming to Florida Tech

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Chronicle correspondent

    Ethan Kennedy’s academic resume speaks for itself. With a 4.82 grade point average, the Crystal River senior is on pace to deliver a valedictorian speech in a few months.

    As a swimmer, though, the two-time state qualifier who medaled this past fall certainly has plenty of accomplishments worth boasting — and all these things factored into his decision on where to attend college.

  • Pirates cash in late at home

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — For one county rival, Friday night’s game was about an inability to cash in on opportunities. For the other, it came down to coming through in the clutch.

  • Third time no charm for Gators

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt had every reason to give up in January, losing five of its first seven Southeastern Conference games.

    Instead, the Commodores stuck together and listened closely to first-year coach Bryce Drew. And it paid off.

  • Good to be back

    TALLAHASSEE — Derwin James is happy to be back on the field, even if it is only spring practice.

    Florida State’s sophomore defensive back — who many thought would be one of the nation’s top underclassmen last season — was limited to only two games after tearing the meniscus in his left knee during the third quarter against Charleston Southern on Sept. 10.