Local Sports

  • Crisp, Vogt hit homers as A’s sweep Rays

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Coco Crisp and Stephen Vogt homered, A.J. Griffin struck out seven in seven innings, and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of fellow playoff contender Tampa Bay with a 5-1 victory Sunday.

    The A’s pulled off a pair of one-run wins before Sunday’s result against the Rays, who are right behind Oakland in the AL wild-card race.

  • Warriors invaded by Legacy Charter 38-16

    Carl McDermott

    BROOKSVILLE — Seven Rivers Christian opened its football season at Ernie Wever Park against Legacy Charter. The Warriors only dressed 12 players and, while the Warriors fought hard, they couldn’t keep up with the faster Eagles during a 38-16 loss.

    Legacy Charter scored on its first two possessions of the first quarter. Connor Knecht took a slant and flew down the field 42 yards for the Eagles’ first score. The extra point attempt was no good and Legacy lead 6-0.

  • Sims runs wild in Tigers’ 39-28 win over Wolf Pack

    Behind 232 yards and a touchdown from Bubba Sims, the Dunnellon football team opened up the regular season with a 39-28 victory at Ocala West Port on Friday night.

    Sims, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back, ran through, over and around the Wolfpack all night long.

    “We knew he had it in him,” Dunnellon head coach Frank Beasley said after his team beat the West Port for the sixth straight season. “He’s a good football player. He’s young.

  • Panthers prevail in season opener

    David Pieklik

    UMATILLA — Defense saved the day for the Lecanto football team in its 20-13 season-opening win Friday night against Umatilla.

    The Panthers prevented a late Bulldogs drive from reaching the end zone in a playoff-like atmosphere. It was one of several huge stands the defense made, generating some points of its own with linebacker Dustin Trenary’s 42-yard fumble recovery touchdown two minutes into the third quarter.

  • Pirates defense bows up in narrow win

    CRYSTAL RIVER — In its first regular season game under first-year head coach Nate Varnadore, the Crystal River High School football team was asked to repeatedly answer the bell Friday night at home against Nature Coast.

    The Pirates, protecting a six-point fourth-quarter lead, faced one more challenge in the form of defending a fourth-and-9 situation at its own 45 against the Sharks with 1:38 remaining.

  • Citrus romps Springstead in opener

    INVERNESS — Steven Knowles and his stalwart Citrus defense spent nearly as much time in the Springstead backfield as the Eagles’ offensive personnel. The strong pursuit stymied the Springstead option and led to nine points by the Citrus defense in a 42-14 trampling by the ’Canes in Friday’s opener at the Citrus Bowl.

  • Volleyball: Seven Rivers sweep

    C.J. Risak

    LECANTO — From the start, it looked good for Seven Rivers Christian’s volleyball squad. But that fast start which propelled the Warriors to a 19-10 lead in the opening set against host Lecanto melted away, and suddenly they were one point away from losing.

  • Football: Hurricanes, Pirates host openers

    Springstead Eagles (9-2 in 2012, 6A regional quarterfinals) at Citrus Hurricanes (7-4 in 2012), 7:30 p.m.

    It was a thorough trouncing by Citrus in last Friday’s 47-7 preseason slam of visiting Nature Coast. But fourth-year head coach Rayburn Greene had a couple of warnings for his talented club after the game.

  • Wearing PFD is no accident

    Webster’s Dictonary defines an accident as an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance.

    I promise you that when 51-year-old Efstathios “Steve” Moumouris of Lake County departed the Ft. Island Beach boat ramp in his fishing boat last Wednesday, he didn’t plan on an accident that suddenly turned into a life-or-death episode for him.

  • ’Canes grab big victory over Warriors

    LECANTO — It’s been a while.

    Seven years in fact. The last time Citrus defeated Seven Rivers Christian in volleyball was seven years ago, at least until Tuesday night.

    The Hurricanes rebounded from a 25-22 opening-set loss to upend Seven Rivers by winning the next three, 25-17, 25-23 and 25-20 in the Warriors’ home and season opener.

    The win evened Citrus’ record at 1-1. Seven Rivers is 0-1.