Local Sports

  • 'Canes downed in three sets

    Dave Pieklik
    INVERNESS — It was a three-game loss against a tough opponent, but the Citrus High School girls volleyball team might have found momentum for its season after losing Tuesday to West Port High School.

    The Hurricanes (4-7 overall, 1-6 District 6A-6) came closer to a potential victory against the visiting Wolf Pack (11-3 overall, 6-0 district) than the 25-13, 25-16 and 25-18 scores indicate. The last two games had Citrus staying close until the end.

  • Crystal River volleyball turns back Eustis

    Steve McGunnigle
    CRYSTAL RIVER — In a heated rematch between co-district leaders Tuesday night, the Crystal River Lady Pirates volleyball team overcame one hiccup to defeat visiting Eustis in four games in convincing fashion. (25-18, 24-26, 25-15, 25-18).

  • Crystal River tops Nature Coast in golf

    Joe Kornecki III
    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Crystal River boys golf team kept up its winning ways as the Pirates soundly defeated Nature Coast 156-187 Tuesday afternoon at Plantation on Crystal River.

    “Travis Swanson played very nicely, and he hit the ball strong all day long,” said Pirates’ head coach Jere Defoor. “Michael Kidd played well with the exception of one hole. Our concentration will be on Thursday’s match against Citrus going forward.”

  • Lecanto slips past Citrus on links

    James Blevins
    HOMOSASSA — With the county meet just over the horizon, local boys high school golf teams begin to focus their minds toward the postseason, starting with every opportunity to meet county competitors during what remains of the regular season.

    Tuesday afternoon’s boys golf tri-meet at Southern Woods between the Lecanto Panthers, Citrus Hurricanes and Hernando Leopards proved to be just the test the Panthers needed before the county championship on Monday.

  • Panthers outlast Warriors

    C.J. Risak
    LECANTO — Little things made the difference.

    When Lecanto’s volleyball team visited Seven Rivers Christian on Tuesday, with bragging rights as Citrus County’s best team at stake, it became apparent the Panthers would not be able to overpower the host Warriors. But they could make those small adjustments necessary to get a victory.

    Which is what Lecanto did, edging Seven Rivers 25-20, 25-20, 14-25, 25-23.

  • Rough in the Diamond: Playoffs needed to decide LPGA event

    By James Blevins

    LECANTO — What started as a brisk wind that tugged at their clothing before long graduated to afternoon showers, slowing down play Monday at the Black Diamond Ranch Quarry golf course — but nothing could dampen the competitive drive of the players.

  • SPEEDWAY: Wilson wins Frank Stromquist 57

    By John Chance
    Special to the Chronicle

    A strong 18-car Street Stock field registered to compete in this year’s Frank Stromquist Memorial 57-lap event. 

  • With win, Rays' fate in Athletics' hands

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alex Cobb allowed two hits over seven innings Monday night, helping the Tampa Bay Rays keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

    Ben Zobrist hit his 20th homer and Chris Giminez had a two-run double off Wei-Yin Chen as the Rays pulled away from a 1-1 tie in the seventh. Cobb (11-9) yielded a fourth-inning single to J.J. Hardy and an opposite-field solo homer to Matt Wieters that had tied it in the top of the seventh.

  • VOLLEYBALL: Lady Panthers on fire at Lake Weir

    The Lecanto volleyball team traveled to Lake Weir Monday night and came home with a win.

    The Lady Panthers won in three straight sets, 25-11, 25-21 and 25-17.

  • GIRLS GOLF: Lady Pirates take easy win

    By Michael Maksymicz

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Lady Pirates Golf team, even with a couple of girls absent due to illness, made easy work of the South Sumter Raiders girl’s golf team 235-293.