Local Sports

  • Small in numbers, big performances

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    BROOKSVILLE — Crystal River came into Tuesday’s meet at Central with just 15 girls, yet left with an extra piece of hardware.

    Though Nature Coast’s girls ran away with the team title at the Class 2A, District 7 Meet, scoring 174 points, the Pirates scooped up the district runner-up trophy, scoring 72.

  • Timely turnaround

    LECANTO — The Crystal River baseball team rallied for seven runs in the sixth inning on Tuesday to catapult itself into the district semifinals.

    The seven-hit frame pulled the fifth-seeded Pirates from a late four-run deficit and helped lift them to a 9-6 win over No. 4 seed Lecanto in the opening round of the District 6A-6 tournament.

  • Smyly, Rays hold Red Sox to 1 hit; Kiermaier homers in 10th

    BOSTON — Drew Smyly and the Rays bullpen held the Red Sox to one hit, Kevin Kiermaier hit a solo home run in the 10th and Tampa Bay beat Boston 3-0 on Tuesday night for its third straight win.

    Smyly allowed one hit over eight innings and struck out 11 for the second straight start.

  • Warriors rout HCA 15-0

    LECANTO — The third-seeded Seven Rivers Christian baseball team didn’t require any heroics as it faced an overmatched No. 6 seed Hernando Christian Academy in the quarterfinal round of the District 2A-5 tournament.

    The Warriors were solid in all three major phases against the Brooksville club, riding a two-hit shutout by Carson Pillsbury, error-free defense, and a three-hit night for Tristan Valerio to a 15-0 win in five innings at Warrior Park on Monday. 

  • Reaching up for regionals

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The District 2A-7 track and field meet will be held today at Central High School in Brooksville, but here on Monday, the pole vaulters got a head start on the event, as Crystal River High School hosted the high flyers due to better facilities for the competition than Central.

    It was a big day for Citrus County, as Grace Tyler of Citrus won the girls event and vaulters from Citrus and Crystal River swept the four regional qualifying spots in the boys competition.

  • SEC East uncertainty

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Southeastern Conference Eastern Division’s new look was on display this spring.

    Three of the division’s seven teams — Georgia, Missouri and South Carolina — have new head coaches. The changes create plenty of uncertainty but also quite a bit of excitement, as evidenced by the 93,000 fans who packed Sanford Stadium on Saturday for the first Georgia spring game under new coach Kirby Smart, the former Alabama defensive coordinator.

  • Moore fans 10, Rays slip past White Sox

    ST. PETERSBURG — Matt Moore is two years removed from Tommy John surgery and is looking again like a top-notch starter for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Moore struck out 10 over 6 1/3 innings, Brandon Guyer tied a career high with four hits and the Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Sunday.

    “Matt Moore was outstanding, to say the least,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said.

  • Playoff baseball begins

    Local baseball teams will look to recapture some of the magic of last year’s pair of state final four runs as district tournament play kicks off today. But standing in the way are a pair of out-of-county clubs that finished undefeated at 10-0 in district action.

  • Bolts get blanked

    DETROIT — Andreas Athanasiou and Henrik Zetterberg scored, Petr Mrazek made 16 saves and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 on Sunday night.

    Detroit cut its deficit to 2-1 in the first-round series. Game 4 is Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena. Game 5, which is now necessary, will be at Tampa Bay.

    After brawling late in the last game, gloves were dropped, fists flew and there were piles of players on the ice when the Game 3 ended.

  • G(rowing) up on the water

    “I think during my freshmen year, if you would have told me I’d be practicing 11 times a week, waking up before school to sit on a rowing machine for 50 minutes, sitting in a boat to train for hours and be able to travel all over, I would have laughed in your face.”

    Well, someone can cue up the laugh track because that is exactly what Lecanto senior Mikayla Dutton does today with the Rowing Organization of Citrus County Students (ROCCS).