Local Sports

  • Warriors show Saints no mercy

    C.J. Risak:Correspondent

    LECANTO — As district showdowns go, this game  was a no-show.

    In the only contest played in 2A-3’s regular girls basketball season, Seven Rivers Christian outscored Ocala St. John Lutheran 17-3 in the first quarter and just kept going, blowing out the Saints 52-14 on Senior Night at Seven Rivers.

  • District powers meet at DHS

    For the second season in a row, the top seed in District 5A-6 will come down to a battle between Citrus and Dunnellon. Last year, when the teams split in the regular season, en route to a pair of 5-1 district campaigns, the Tigers won a coin flip for No. 1, but fell in the finals to the Hurricanes after falling behind early to one of the most formidable CHS squads in school history.

  • Sharing the wealth

    Desmond Frazier doesn’t mind scoring a little less, especially if it means he has more help around him. 

    That’s been the case this season for the southpaw Dunnellon senior guard and wingman, who is trying to help lead his Tigers to back-to-back state playoff berths for the first time since they made it four consecutive seasons from 1998 to 2001, culminating with an appearance in the Class 4A state semifinals.

  • Josey signs with Scotties

    C.J. Risak


    Jordan Josey got just what she wanted — she’ll attend a smaller liberal arts college, where she plans to study micro-biology and forensics. And she can play softball, too.

    But for the Citrus senior who was outstanding in both volleyball and softball and also played varsity basketball for the Hurricanes, sports will be secondary.

  • Panthers ousted from districts

    David Pieklik


    OCALA — In two minutes, everything changed for Lecanto as it went from district championship game to homebound Wednesday.

    The Panthers were eliminated from the District 4A-4 girls soccer playoff with a 3-2 semifinal loss to Vanguard. Stephanie Bandstra’s goal with 12:14 left in the scoreless game had teammates and fans screaming with delight.

  • Another crown

    Larry Bugg


    INVERNESS — Citrus sophomore Destiny Langley helped lead the Hurricane weightlifting team to yet another girls county championship Wednesday in the ’Canes’ weight room.

    Langley had a bench press of 165 and a clean and jerk lift of 160 pounds for a 325-pound total to win the unlimited class.

  • Panthers double up Pirates

    Jon-Michael Soracchi 


    LECANTO — If the Lecanto boys soccer team thought its second meeting with county rival Crystal River would be like the first, the Panthers were sorely mistaken.

    The visiting Pirates — 8-1 losers to Lecanto on Nov. 6 — shocked the Panthers by jumping out to a 2-1 lead midway through the first half Tuesday night and seizing the momentum.

  • Tough season ends for ’Canes

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    SPRING HILL — Hudson scored early on in Tuesday afternoon’s Class 3A, District 7 girls soccer quarterfinal, and made quick work of Citrus.

    The third-seeded Cobras downed the sixth-seeded Hurricanes by mercy rule, 8-0, in unseasonably warm and sunny conditions at Springstead High.

  • Crystal River comeback falls short in quarters

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    SPRING HILL — Stymied by the Nature Coast defense for much of the night, Crystal River found a way to battle back and make things interesting.

    But the fifth-seeded Pirates could not quite come up with a second goal to elongate their season, falling 2-1 to the fourth-seeded Sharks in a Class 3A, District 7 girls soccer quarterfinal Tuesday at Springstead.

  • GBB notebook: Crystal River looks to turn things around

    C.J. Risak


    As far as Crystal River girls basketball coach Jason Rodgers is concerned, his current team is unmatched by any other he has coached in his 12-year career.

    These Pirates have more talent than any other. And it is also the most frustrating team he’s coached.