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  • Pirates take three to state tourney

    The Crystal River High School wrestling team entered Day 2 of the Class 1A, Region II tournament with six grapplers — the Pirates left with three advancing to the state tournament. 

  • ‘Not done yet’

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 with nine rebounds and No. 1 Kentucky pulled away from Florida 67-50 on Saturday to cap the storied program’s first 31-0 regular season.

    A blue-clad sellout crowd cheered loudly as the final seconds wound down on the eight-time NCAA champions’ milestone achievement. Players soon donned blue T-shirts with “31-0” in white and the phrase “not done yet.”

  • Full day at speedway

    Non-Winged Sprints headline a full slate of racing today at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness.

    Joining the sprints are Open Wheel Modifieds, Modified Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Street Stock and Pure Stock Figure 8s, Champ Karts, Hornets and the season opener of the Sunshine Region Pro Challenge Series. 

  • Citrus stuns Pirates with 10-run rule rout

    CRYSTAL RIVER — A rigorous batting practice session on Thursday appeared to give the Citrus bats the pop they needed against county rival Crystal River and stalwart ace Jordan Humphreys on Friday.

    The Hurricanes exploded for four runs in the third inning and six in the fifth to complete a regular season sweep of the Pirates with a 10-0 victory in five innings at Mike Hampton Field.

  • Win guarantees tie

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The unexpected is now a certainty — at least in part.

    Crystal River’s 8-6 victory over Dunnellon Friday at Crystal River guaranteed the Pirates at least a share of the 5A-6 regular-season title. They improved to 4-4 overall, 4-0 in district play; Dunnellon fell to 3-7 overall, 0-4 in 5A-6.

  • Knotted at the top

    With a pair of one-run victories by Crystal River and Citrus last Friday, District 5A-6 enters tonight with a three-way tie for No. 1 between the three county schools. All three are 1-1 in intra-county play, and 1-0 versus Dunnellon. 

  • Mind games

    The games within the game — that’s what Citrus senior  Alex Atkinson relishes most about baseball. For the second-year varsity ace and shortstop, it’s all about keeping one’s composure, learning from one’s mistakes and finding the slightest strategic edge.

  • ‘Region of Doom’ looms for Citrus and Lecanto

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    Twenty-four Citrus County grapplers have qualified for two regional mat tournaments beginning Friday, all with one purpose — to advance (via a top-four regional placing) to the 51st annual Florida High School Athletic Association State Finals set for March 13 and 14 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.

  • Aldridge resigns as Panthers head coach

    B.J. Aldridge resigned as the boys head basketball coach at Lecanto High School last Tuesday, making him the fourth consecutive coach to serve just one season in the position.

    Aldridge spent the final three weeks of the season suspended from his role as active head coach and bench coach for an undisclosed reason.

  • Citrus pitcher on to the next level

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    Kayla Quesenberry’s softball coach at Citrus, Larry Bishop, knows his pitcher’s greatest asset —­ the factor that sets her apart.