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  • Top seed Lecanto dusts Dunnellon in three sets

    LECANTO — As an overwhelming favorite against winless Dunnellon in Tuesday’s District 5A-6 semifinal, the top-seeded Lecanto volleyball squad just needed to take care of business to secure a trip to the championship on Thursday.

  • Crystal River sweeps Hurricanes for spot in district final

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — For Citrus, it was a matter of “If only . . .” For Crystal River, it was a matter of taking that next step.

  • Kersh returns to state

    Larry Bugg


    EUSTIS — Camrin Kersh’s smile wasn’t quite as bright as usual.

    The Citrus High School junior shot a 93 Tuesday to earn her second trip to the Class 2A girls state golf tournament next Tuesday in Howey-in-the-Hills. She shot a 47 and 46 on the hilly Black Bear Golf Course.

  • Back for more

    CLERMONT — There were some tense moments for the Crystal River boys golf team Tuesday as the scorecards were being tallied at the Class 2A Region 3 Tournament at Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club in Clermont.

    But in the end, the Pirates were right where they wanted to be – back in the state tournament. Led by Kyle Kidd’s medalist score of 2-under 69, Crystal River finished second to host Lake Minneola, 304-311.

  • Jags credit defense for first win

    JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars call it the “Sweet Six.”

    It’s a list of goals coach Gus Bradley has established for his defense: stop the run, affect the quarterback, limit third-down conversions, force field goals in the red zone, avoid explosive plays and create turnovers.

    The Jaguars accomplished each one in Sunday’s 24-6 win against Cleveland.

  • Rest or rust?

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.

    Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching Monday’s workout.

    “I can’t believe that just happened, dude,” pitcher James Shields razzed.

  • Phins look to break trend of mediocrity

    DAVIE — For three seasons under coach Joe Philbin, the Miami Dolphins have been models of mediocrity, consistently inconsistent and usually around .500.

    Now they’re 3-3, coming off an impressive win at Chicago and preparing to face last-place Jacksonville. Philbin senses progress — and a chance for the first two-game winning streak this year.

  • Embarrassing loss could cost Muschamp

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Will Muschamp trudged across the field and into the locker room amid a scattering of boos Saturday night.

    There were still a couple “Fire Muschamp” chants in the distance, too.

    Those could become reality soon, maybe in the next few days.

    Marcus Murphy scored three touchdowns, including two on special teams, and Missouri embarrassed Florida 42-13.

  • ’Canes welcome return of King

    C.J. Risak


    It didn’t take long to realize this would be a transitional season for the Citrus volleyball team. A year ago, they were 5A-6 champions and host to a first-round regional match.

  • It's showtime

    C.J. Risak


    It’s time to sort things out.

    The 2014 volleyball season will end for at least one Citrus County team, and there is a chance only one will survive this week as the state district tournaments unfold.

    The three-team 2A-3 tourney starts at 7 p.m. tonight when Seven Rivers Christian battles First Academy of Leesburg at Ocala St. John Lutheran.