Local Sports

  • Girls basketball notebook

    C.J. Risak

    The second part of the season, the post-holiday section, is about to start — and it won’t take long to complete, with the district tournaments starting at the end of this month — so now is a good time to discuss the biggest positive surprises of the season.

  • Goals spark Lecanto comeback

    James Blevins

    LECANTO — The Lecanto Panthers put the final touches on another undefeated season against intra-county competition Wednesday night as the visiting Crystal River Pirates fell 4-1 to the Panthers.

    Lecanto (11-7-1 overall) defeated Crystal River and Citrus twice each this year.

  • Eagles slip past ’Canes

    David Pieklik

    INVERNESS — In a likely boys soccer playoff matchup preview Wednesday, Springstead spoiled Senior Night at Citrus High School with a 3-2 win.

    Senior Jonathan Kreidenweis did his best to rally the Hurricanes (12-3-1 overall, 10-3 District 3A-7) with two second-half goals. The Eagles (15-2-1 overall, 12-1 District 3A-7) weathered the storm, including a saved penalty kick to preserve the win.

  • CHS grad tabbed to coach Hurricanes

    INVERNESS — After a coaching search that brought in 53 resumes from across the country and 14 face-to-face interviews, Citrus High School went with a guy just 1.4 miles away.

    The Hurricanes introduced Justin Taylor, a 2002 CHS graduate and former Inverness Middle School head football coach, as the successor to Rayburn Greene, who left the post of Hurricanes head football coach in December for Seven Rivers Christian School.

  • Items stolen from St. John’s locker room

    Sometime Tuesday night during the varsity basketball contest between Crystal River High School and visiting Ocala St. John Lutheran, St. John’s locker room was the victim of theft.

    Crystal River Activities Director Tony Stukes confirmed that there was stolen property and said the school would be launching an investigation.

    The Saints found out about the theft after retreating to the locker room following its 47-43 win over the Pirates.

  • Missed opportunity

    On a night when the Crystal River boys basketball team had plenty of opportunities because of forced turnovers, the Pirates would eventually be done in by their inability to hit a shot down the stretch.

    St. John Lutheran held off a late Crystal River rally to escape the Pirates’ gym with a 47-43 victory on Tuesday.

  • Knowles, Jones earn All-State football honors

    Two local senior defensive linemen have been honored in the Associated Press’ All-State football selections. Citrus senior Steven Knowles was one of three linemen voted to the Class 6A second-team defense, while Dunnellon senior Keiwan Jones was one of four defensive linemen to make the Class 5A third-team defense.

  • Saints edge Eagles 26-24 in NFC wild-card game

    PHILADELPHIA — The New Orleans Saints finally came up with the right plan for outdoor playoff football in cold weather. It got them their first postseason road victory.

  • Another New Year’s resolution

    I realize there are many New Year’s resolution articles and I apologize ahead of time.

    I actually started my resolutions in December even though I did not inform my wife. Basically, I am trying to get in better shape and have started by reassessing what I eat. I also have decided to be positive about as much as possible.

  • Gators' escape plan

    GAINESVILLE — Michael Frazier II got Florida going with a few 3-pointers.

    His senior teammates took it from there, rallying the 12th-ranked Gators to a 67-58 victory over Richmond on Saturday.

    Frazier scored 18 points, including three huge 3s in the second half, and the Gators won their 23rd consecutive home game.