Local Sports

  • Panthers drop district opener to Hernando

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    LECANTO — Hoping for a return trip to the postseason this year, Lecanto stumbled out of the gate in Class 5A, District 7 play Friday night.

    Hosting Hernando on a rainy evening, the Panthers had no answers for the Leopards’ persistent ground attack that produced 334 yards and four touchdowns, suffering a 33-7 defeat.

  • Scriven, ‘D’ lead CR

    INVERNESS — The Crystal River Pirates showed up Friday night ready to play their first district opponent of the season. 

    It was a rough start, but they pulled through.

    Despite its offense coughing up seven turnovers, the Pirates (1-2) defense showed a dominating performance against the Citrus Hurricanes (0-3) in a 21-9 victory.

  • Local High School briefs

    Warriors sweep pair

    The Seven Rivers Christian volleyball team dominated a District 2A-4 doubleheader at Citrus Park Christian on Thursday night.

    The Warriors won the opener 25-13, 

  • Pirates rally to top Panthers

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Something happened after that third set.

    Lecanto’s volleyball team was outplaying host Crystal River in Thursday night’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness match, which is why the Panthers had a 2-1 lead. They were digging up everything, getting strong hits and — most importantly — making few errors.

  • No. 23 Florida’s ‘character test’

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Jim McElwain calls it a character test, a chance to see how his players react to being five-touchdown favorites against a team that has lost 13 of its last 15 games.

    Others refer to it as a trap game.

    Either way, it’s reality for the 23rd-ranked Gators (2-0).

  • No. 2 vs No. 10 in ACC showdown

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals insist they’re preparing for No. 2 Florida State like any other opponent. That doesn’t mean they’re downplaying the importance of their biggest test to date.

  • Bringing a spark to the Warriors’ passing attack

    If Seven Rivers Christian attempts a pass in a game, chances are it’s going to Caleb Fagan.

    The senior wide receiver is in his first year with the team and is relatively new to football; he has played competitively for two years.

    In that time, he has picked up the game quickly and is considered, by his coaches, as one of the most reliable players on the field every Friday night.

  • A new season begins

    The county’s football teams are set to compete in district and conference matchups tonight. The league play in week four also means rivalry matchups and, for some, a chance to finally get a win.

    Crystal River (0-2) at Citrus (0-2) 7 p.m.

  • First time since 2014: Cobb wins for Tampa

    TORONTO — Some old feelings of stress and satisfaction came flooding back to Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb as he walked off the mound Wednesday.

    Cobb pitched 6 2/3 innings to win for the first time in almost two years, Kevin Kiermaier and Corey Dickerson hit two-run homers and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1.

  • Going the distance

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    To hear his coach talk about Ethan Kennedy, it makes all the sense in the world that he would excel at distance events.