Local Sports

  • Hines headed to the beach to play baseball

    Nate Hines is taking his baseball talents to the beaches of Tampa Bay. The Lecanto senior recently signed a letter of commitment to Clearwater Christian College, where he plans to study sports management and play middle infield for the Cougars.

    The location is one of many qualities that made an impression on Hines.

  • Emphatic statement

    LECANTO — The Class 3A, Region III girls tennis semifinal between District 3A-5 champion Lecanto Panthers and District 3A-6 runner-up New Smyrna Beach ended almost as quickly as it began Tuesday.

    The Lady Panthers took three early points by winning both doubles matches in quick succession, which opened the tournament, and claiming a forfeited point in No. 5 singles. 

  • Citrus wallops Dunnellon

    INVERNESS — Eight Citrus hits and six Dunnellon errors led to 13 runs for the Hurricanes in the opening two innings against the Tigers, delivering CHS a 13-2 victory in District 5A-6 baseball action on Tuesday.

  • Warriors use 18-2 victory as teaching tool

    C.J. Risak

    CRYSTAL RIVER –  So what’s to be gained from a game that, going into it, you know you should have no problem getting a win?

    Gary Dreyer, the Seven Rivers Christian softball coach, has plenty of answers for that question, beginning with, “I don't think anybody is that good to think they can walk onto a field and not give consideration to the team on the other side.”

  • Phillips no-hits Lions

    HOMOSASSA — Coy Phillips allowed just one base runner in five no-hit innings and knocked in three runs while scoring four to help the Seven Rivers Christian baseball club cruise to a 19-0 senior-night victory over Brooksville’s Hernando Christian Academy at Dazzy Vance Field on Monday.

    The win improves SRCS to 9-0 at home, and 17-1 on the season.

  • Moore injured, Rays lose

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Vargas took a shutout into the ninth inning, Alcides Escobar hit a three-run double and the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 Monday night in a game that included two significant injuries.

    Rays starter Matt Moore (0-2) came out in the fifth inning with a sore left elbow. The All-Star lefty grimaced after throwing a pitch to Norichika Aoki and was immediately removed by manager Joe Maddon.

  • Dawson dazzles Hernando again

    Following up on a no-hitter against Hernando earlier in the season, Citrus pitcher Chad Dawson dominated the Leopards once again Monday in a 6-0 Hurricane victory.

    Dawson scattered five hits and struck out three in an 87-pitch complete-game shutout win.

    Austin Bogart reached base four times, stole three bases and scored two runs. Robert Wilkinson and Alex Barbee had RBI doubles and Cody Bogart added an RBI single.

    The Hurricanes (9-10) host Dunnellon tonight at 6:30 p.m.

  • A long time coming

    David Pieklik

    LECANTO — Lecanto High School needed a two-minute drill and three overtimes to top Citrus 20-19 Monday night in girls flag football.

    Sophomore Stephanie Bandstra’s 70-yard touchdown reception with 1:50 left in the game — before catching a 1-point conversion pass — completed the late game comeback for the Panthers (3-3).

  • Inauguration

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Patience was the key this weekend for Brian Brown at the men’s 47th annual Presidential Invitational. After narrowly coming up short with top-three finishes in each of his first three years playing the tournament, Brown — who opened the two-round event on Saturday with a one-under-par 71 — began his Sunday outing with three bogeys in five holes.

  • Sprints go to Bradley

    INVERNESS — It was an uncomfortable 30 laps for Steven Bradley. The Inverness sprint-car driver had to overcome a disobedient ride, a ferocious late push from Shane Butler and five restarts in the first 15 laps in order to hold his position in Saturday’s 30-lap Non-Winged Sprints event at the Citrus County Speedway. 

    But Bradley had what it took to lead after every lap, which required fending off Butler from the inside on the penultimate lap, in claiming the third leg of the Citrus sprint series.