Local Sports

  • Anatomy of a fish kill

    All across the Nature Coast, lakes, ponds and rivers have been receding due to a lack of rainfall through the winter and spring. An infusion of water is forecast to help the situation as tropical storms are expected to drop inches of rain over the region. That’s the good news. 

    However, a sudden increase of water can have negative impacts on fish populations residing in those waters.

  • 'The Deacon'

    David “Deacon” Jones, the original sackmaster, has died.

    The Hall of Fame defensive end, credited with coining the word “sack” for how he knocked down quarterbacks, was 74. The Washington Redskins said Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California on Monday night.

  • Peters claims first victory

    INVERNESS — Winter Garden’s James Peters won his first race of the season in a 50-lap Street Stock feature, while Herb Neumann Jr., Mark Patterson and Brandon Morris added to their win totals at the Citrus County Speedway on Saturday.

  • Lecanto’s Atkinson racks up softball accolades

    C.J. Risak


    It should not have been a surprise, considering what Amber Atkinson accomplished, not only this year but last year as well. 

    During her junior season with Lecanto’s softball team, Atkinson set all sorts of school records in guiding the Panthers to the final 16 in Class 6A. Those accomplishments earned her the Chronicle player of the year award for softball.

  • Outdoors: Winged wonders

    Kevin Mims


    Did you know butterflies only live for two to three weeks? How about that they can hear and will respond to sudden noises, and they can see red, green and yellow colors? Most of this is news to me. 

  • Bogarts, O'Steen top Baseball POY finalists

    In  the season following the graduation of 10 of the county’s best 12 players, there was plenty of room for some new faces to step up to fill the shoes.

    Although baseball is a game where statistics paint a mostly accurate picture of what happens on the field, the three finalists for Chronicle Baseball Player of the Year made their marks in many different ways.

  • HS softball: Atkinson, Corlew, Richards great all-around players for respective squads

    In 2013, both Citrus and Lecanto were playoff softball teams after completing solid regular season campaigns.

  • Four drivers add to victory totals at speedway

    INVERNESS — Clint Foley, Curtis Flanagan, Kevin Stone and Karlin Ray extended their respective division-leading win totals, while Lecanto’s Dale Sanders notched his first feature win in years at the Citrus County Speedway on Saturday.
    Sanders, a longtime fixture at the track, made it look easy in ending his drought as he went wire-to-wire from the pole in the 50-lap Super Late Model race.
    “It’s been a long time,” Sanders said afterward. “Every week it seemed like something would happen.”

  • Boys tennis: Overhead smash

    Lecanto’s Rishi Gurnani, Crystal River’s Matt Allen and Citrus’ Kyle Everett were the top dogs for their boys tennis teams in 2013.

    Each advanced to at least the semifinals of their district tournaments and had some stout battles during the regular season. Read the capsules for more on each of these athletes.

    The winner will be announced at the Chronicle sports banquet on Thursday, May 30, at the College of Central Florida in Lecanto.

  • Panthers blanked

    LECANTO — The Lecanto football team struggled to maintain drives and missed on big plays while the defense surrendered a pair of first-half TD passes in a 24-0 defeat to Lake Minneola in a spring football exhibition at Lecanto High School on Friday.