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  • Garlock takes over at CRHS

    Crystal River’s new head baseball coach has good memories of his time as a Pirate. And now he hopes he can help lead this year’s team to the kind of success he enjoyed on three straight playoff teams.

    Matt Garlock, a 2009 CRHS graduate, takes over for his former coach, Bobby Stack, as the Crystal River skipper.

    Stack, who said he wanted more time for family, remains on the coaching staff as an assistant.

  • A bumper crop

    A handful of returning senior aces and sluggers dot the landscape of this year’s county prep baseball, but it’s a promising slew of juniors that may ultimately decide the success for area clubs. Early returns will begin coming in Friday, when schools begin a slate of eight district matchups over an eight-day span.

    Citrus

  • Softball notebook: Panthers, Warriors have yet to taste defeat

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    It’s been an uneven start to the softball season. And, in many ways, an unexpected one.

    Two teams are undefeated: Seven Rivers Christian, which is 4-0, and Lecanto, just 1-0. No one else has played less than three games, but the Panthers had their only other scheduled game, against Brooksville Central, rained out.

  • Ultimate team player

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Last year as a sophomore, Erica Corlew proved just how dominant a player she could be. She made a major position switch, from shortstop to catcher, then led her Citrus softball team to a 19-6 record by batting .458, with 19 of her 36 hits for extra bases. She also drove in 25 runs to guide the Hurricanes to a 19-6 overall record — and she struck out just once all season.

  • DeCaire, Waller cruise to feature victories

    INVERNESS — Ty DeCaire and Jason Waller rode to commanding feature wins, while Jerry Daniels eked one out in a thrilling battle of Mini Stocks in Saturday’s racing action at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness.

    Shannon Kennedy (Modified Mini Stocks), George Ingram (Pro Hornets) and Monica Blanton (Rookie Hornets) also picked up Valentine’s Day wins in their respective features.

  • New coach, same focus

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    At the outset of the 2015 prep girls tennis season, all three Citrus County programs approach it with continued excitement and hope.

    LHS: New leader, similar approach

  • Pirates seek revival

    Tony Castro:Correspondent

    Personnel changes spell change for all Citrus County boys tennis programs this spring.

    At Lecanto, a new mentor has been confronted by wholesale changes yet on the other side of the spectrum, Crystal River returns nearly its entire team. Meanwhile, Citrus has endured moderate changes.

    Lots of turnover for Lecanto

  • Seven classes come to Speedway for Valentine’s Day

    Non-Winged Sprints make their return today, joining Modified Mini Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, Dwarf cars, and Pro and Rookie Hornets, for the second week of action at the Inverness track.

  • Pirates turn it on for big win

    CRYSTAL RIVER — A pitching duel through four innings, Crystal River’s baseball home opener against Brandon-Faith Baptist ended in uncanny fashion an inning later.

    Trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Pirates tallied 11 runs off eight walks, three hits, a hit-batter and a balk to prevail 11-1 at Mike Hampton Field.

    Crystal River improves to 1-2 overall, while the Eagles drop to 2-1.

  • Former LHS coach recalls ‘golden era’

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    Many fans have short-term memories. Many only believe, for instance, the best wrestlers are the ones that currently compete.

    In fairness, that notion couldn’t be closer to the truth.

    Though the Lecanto High mat program is at a low ebb, that wasn’t always the case.