Local Sports

  • Shots won’t fall for Citrus

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    INVERNESS — Coming into Wednesday night’s Class 6A, District 7 semifinals, all signs pointed to a competitive matchup between 

    second-seeded Central and third-seeded Citrus.

  • Pirate wrestlers take down Panthers again

    CRYSTAL RIVER — It wasn’t quite déjà vu all over again, but it was close.

    Last weekend in the Crystal River gym, the Pirate wrestling team defeated county rival Lecanto 69-12 in the Romulo Camargo District 5 Duals. On Wednesday night, the two teams met again in the same spot for the Pirates’ senior night and the result was a similar 66-10 Crystal River victory.

  • No. 17 Gators blow early lead, recover to beat Georgia 72-60

    ATHENS, Ga. — Florida hasn't encountered much adversity in its recent run of lopsided wins.

    Just when it seemed the 17th-ranked Gators were headed for another rout, they had to respond to a stress test delivered by Georgia.

    Chris Chiozza scored 15 points and Florida recovered after blowing a 16-point lead in the first half to beat the Bulldogs 72-60 on Tuesday night and move into a share of the Southeastern Conference lead.

  • Seven Rivers Christian moves on to District 2A-4 semis

    For the second time in a week the Seven Rivers Christian boys basketball team defeated Tampa Adventist by a 68-56 score.

    Last week it was the regular-season finale for the Warriors. On Tuesday afternoon, it was the quarterfinal round of the District 2A-4 Tournament at Bayshore Christian in Tampa.

    Tuesday’s victory sends the No. 4 seed Warriors (16-8) into Friday’s semifinals at 7 p.m. against top-seeded and host Bayshore Christian. 

  • Crystal River takes down pesky Hernando

    C.J. Risak


    INVERNESS — Turning point: It’s the moment in a game when the outcome is decided. Hernando was hoping to make that happen in the final two minutes of its first-round 6A-7 boys basketball tournament contest against Crystal River on Tuesday.

    But the Pirates’ Josh Cole and Deandre Parker planned on making sure that moment occurred in the first quarter, not the last.

  • ’Canes roll into district basketball semis

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    INVERNESS — It would be accurate to say Citrus stumbled into this week’s Class 6A, District 7 Tournament on its home floor.

    The third-seeded Hurricanes entered postseason play having lost three in a row and five of their past six, and struggled their way through the first quarter of Tuesday night’s quarterfinal versus sixth-seeded Lecanto.

  • Finishing strong

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    That adage, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” is one that will be put to the test by the county’s four boys basketball team this week.

    All of them went through some form of struggle at the beginning of the season, but now they all seem to be in top form, and enter their respective district tournaments with some momentum.

  • Carlbert earns wire-to-wire victory

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    The much-anticipated season opener at Citrus County Speedway brought 61 drivers from across the state of Florida to the Inverness venue to compete in the night’s five-division lineup that was anything less than spectacular. And with those drivers came scores of race fans that filled the grandstands to see the action unfold.

  • Bacon ties career high with 29 as No. 15 FSU routs Clemson

    TALLAHASSEE — Dwayne Bacon's hot start on Sunday ended up being contagious.

    Florida State's sophomore guard tied a career high with 29 points as the 15th-ranked Seminoles rolled to a 109-61 victory over Clemson.

    Bacon made six 3-pointers and was 10 of 14 from the field. He had 18 points in the first half as the Seminoles (20-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) built a 51-25 lead at halftime. The Seminoles made 17 3-pointers, which is the most they have had in an ACC game.

  • ‘D’ could be key

    ATLANTA — The popular thinking is the Atlanta Falcons’ only path to their first Super Bowl championship is to win a high-scoring game against New England.

    After all, big offense is the Falcons’ big weapon.

    The best reason to think Atlanta can beat Tom Brady and the Patriots, however, may be the Falcons’ improved defense.