Local Sports

  • Danger zone?

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR would be hard-pressed to find many fans who don’t prefer the drama and intrigue of the new, knockout qualifying format over the old system of single-car runs.

    But the rules have created a wrinkle that drivers up and down the grid say is far too dangerous.

  • Hurricanes storm past Pirates

    David Pieklik

    INVERNESS — Citrus High School was ready for some Monday night football, as the girls flag football team beat Crystal River 19-6 in the season opener.

    Sam Kanawall found Micah Jenkins open down the sideline for a 20-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to break a 6-6 tie. A late touchdown run by Kailey Rouleau secured the win for the Lady Hurricanes. 

  • Sports briefs: King's big night fuels Warriors

    Alexis King homered and doubled twice to power the Seven Rivers Christian softball team to a 14-3 victory over Wildwood in five innings Monday night.

    King also scored twice and had three RBIs to pace the Warriors offensively.

    Delaney Byers earned the victory for Seven Rivers by striking out eight in five frames, while yielding five hits.

  • Convincing wins at the speedway

    INVERNESS — Tim Wilson scored his third consecutive win and Jay Witfoth prevailed in dominating fashion for the second time in as many races during a busy slate at the Citrus County Speedway on Saturday.

    Wesley Chapel’s Raymond Vann also added to a strong 2014 with his third feature win of the season, while L.J. Grimm, James Ellis, Larry Welter Jr. and Eric Sharrone each collected their first feature win at Citrus this year.

  • Perfect runthrough

    GAINESVILLE — With strands of net behind their ears, Florida seniors Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and Patric Young stopped at midcourt and kissed the floor.

    They stood up, started walking toward the locker room and then paused at the edge of the court. With their arms draped around each other, they took the last stride in unison. It was the first step toward the next goal — winning it all.

  • Citrus’ Barbee signs with Nebraska Kearney

    C.J. Risak

    That makes it three.

  • Lecanto takes 2nd at CR Invite

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Both the Lecanto High girls and boys track and field teams took second places Saturday at the Crystal River Invitational track and field meet.

    The Panthers girls had 140 points and Wiregrass Ranch had 162 points. Crystal River’s girls were fourth with 105 points.

    The Panther boys had 104 points. Springstead was first with 158 points. Crystal River was fourth with 91 points. 

  • Bound for state

    Special to the Chronicle

    Sun Coast Swim Team (SCST) sent six swimmers to the 2014 Florida Swimming Spring Age Group Championship (FLAG) and the 2014 Florida Swimming Spring Senior Championships.  

    Lindsey Cohee, 14, Ethan Kennedy, 14, and Genevieve Kennedy, 10, qualified to compete at the 2014 Florida Swimming Spring Age Group Championship (formally known as the Florida Junior Olympics) at the Selby Aquatic Center in Sarasota on March 13-16.

  • Men’s flag football title decided

    Special to the Chronicle

    Citrus County Parks & Recreations 2013-14 Fall/Winter Men’s Flag Football league finished Thursday, Feb. 27 at Homosassa Area Recreational Park.

    The Tie Dye team earned the league title by defeating Blue 25-20 in the championship game.

  • Invasion of C.R.

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Friday’s rivalry matchup between Lecanto and Crystal River started out as an offensive show, with seven runs scored over the first three innings, but soon turned into a pitching duel between relievers Levi O’Steen and Derrick Rogers.