Local Sports

  • Goff keeps tradition alive despite struggling division at Speedway

    Last Saturday’s victory in the 50-lap Street Stock event wasn’t J.D. Goff’s first big win, and it probably won’t be his last. The 39-year-old from Brooksville comes from a family that’s long been involved with racing at the Citrus County Speedway, and Goff has carried on that tradition with dedicated purpose this season, as he’s competed in 19 features in a division that’s recently struggled to maintain a substantial car count.


  • White Sox eliminate Rays from playoff contention

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jeremy Hellickson isn't used to playing meaningless games.

    “It's definitely no fun when you come to the park and you know you're not going to be playing in October,” Hellickson said after giving up four runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings of Tampa Bay's 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday night that eliminated the Rays from playoff contention.

  • Saban, Muschamp will be all business come Saturday

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban won’t be concerned with protege Will Muschamp’s job security once the game against Florida kicks off. Nor will Muschamp have the third-ranked Crimson Tide’s national championship hopes on his mind.


    The friends will be all business Saturday when the Gators visit Alabama the Crimson Tide’s SEC opener.


  • Bucs humiliated

    ATLANTA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers know a thing or two about humiliating losses. After all, this is the franchise that dropped its first 26 games.


    Their performance Thursday night might have set a low.


    Trailing 35-0 before they made a first down and 56-0 heading to the fourth quarter, about the only thing that worked out for the Bucs was scoring a couple of meaningless touchdowns to prevent the worst defeat in franchise history.

  • Pirate spikers sweep ’Canes in district play

    C.J. Risak



    CRYSTAL RIVER — On a bright note for the Citrus volleyball team, the Hurricanes scored the first point of their match at Crystal River Thursday.


    The Pirates, however, scored the next eight.


  • Citrus offense fails to take advantage

    OCALA — The Citrus defense had what it took to give the Hurricanes their second-straight victory over Ocala Forest and start the team off to a 1-0 start in District 6A-5. But the offense, without suspended receiver Desmond Franklin, failed to cash in on the defense’s five first-half interceptions, and managed just 140 yards and seven first downs on the night in a 17-7 loss to the Wildcats in Ocala on Thursday.


  • Fivay Falcons soar past Panthers 41-29

    David Pieklik



    LECANTO — Sophomore quarterback Cyler Doran led a soaring passing attack for the Fivay Falcons as they defeated the Lecanto Panthers 41-29 on the road Friday night.


  • Late plays lead to Dunnellon victory

    DUNNELLON — After battling both itself and its opponent all game long, the Dunnellon football team bowed up and came up with some big plays when it finally mattered.


    Dante White’s second touchdown pass of the contest to Darion Baker gave the Tigers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish and a late goal-line stand delivered Dunnellon a 19-15 triumph over visiting Alachua Santa Fe on Friday night on Ned Love Field at Tiger Stadium.


  • Running wild

    BROOKSVILLE — Rayburn Greene wanted to see his Seven Rivers Christian football team start fast against what figured to be its biggest and most athletic opponent of the season so far in Jacksonville Temple Christian Academy.


    His Warriors more than answered the call.


  • Florida’s Driskel better prepared for No. 3 ’Bama

    GAINESVILLE — Jeff Driskel’s first game against Alabama was a blur.

    The Florida quarterback was thrust onto the field as a freshman in 2011 because of an injury to starter John Brantley, played the entire second half and failed to get the Gators past their 45-yard line. He completed two passes for 14 yards, fumbled a snap that led to a turnover, was sacked twice and also sprained an ankle in the 38-10 home loss to the eventual national champions.