Local Sports

  • Leaderboard looking tight

    INVERNESS — An intriguing final round is poised to unfold today at the 53rd annual St. Pat’s Golf Championship, as four individuals sit within two strokes of one another atop the leaderboard.

  • Citrus locks up top seed

    INVERNESS — In a closely-fought pitcher’s duel to the end, a two-out dribbler with bases loaded proved enough for Citrus to lock up the No. 1 seed in District 5A-6 versus Lecanto.

    Senior ace Alex Atkinson delivered his second straight shutout win in district play, and Mikey Vandertulip scored Citrus’ lone run, on a two-out, Ben Crofchick dribbler past the mound, to lift the Hurricanes to a 1-0 victory at home on Friday.

  • Lone survivor

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    KISSIMMEE — Crystal River’s mat season was extended late Friday night when junior Eddie Bennis solved Central senior John Templar in his late fourth-round match during the 51st annual FHSAA Class 1A State Finals at the Silver Spurs Arena via a major decision, 16-7.

  • District stakes

    The District 5A-6 No. 1 seed is on the line tonight at Citrus High School, when Lecanto and CHS clash in their second meeting. The Hurricanes (5-4 overall, 3-1 in district) can outright clinch the top spot with a win, while a Panther victory can ensure Lecanto (6-4, 2-2) a tiebreaker advantage over Citrus and set up a chance to clinch No. 1 in their final district tilt, the annual Joe Rigney Jr. Memorial Bat Game against Crystal River on April 9.

  • Delgado amps it up

    When it comes to hitting, Alex Delgado is a man with a plan. 

    Experience and improved strength are helping the third-year varsity starter to his best year at the plate, as he leads Lecanto in batting average, slugging, doubles and RBIs.

  • State dreams in place for three Pirates

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    Three of Citrus County’s 59 varsity wrestlers (five percent) remain alive entering the two-day pressure cooker labeled the 51st annual Florida Athletic Association State Finals in Osceola County.

  • Perfect Pirates

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    INVERNESS — Morgan Trotter did what needed to be done, both in the circle and at the plate, and the result was a 5-2 softball victory for Crystal River at Citrus Thursday.

    The victory kept the Pirates perfect in 5A-6 play, their 5-0 record clinching the top seed in the upcoming district tournament; they are 6-4 overall. Citrus slipped to 2-3 in 5A-6 play, 8-6 overall.

  • Back of lineup lifts Lecanto

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    LECANTO — For the second time in as many weeks, Lecanto and Citrus squared off on the tennis courts with the final team score remaining the same.

    The host Panthers found success with the back end of their lineup, taking out the Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon, 4-3.

  • Lecanto netters solve Crystal River again

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    LECANTO — Against all other opponents, Crystal River has had a flawless girls tennis season. 

    But on Wednesday, the Pirates fell for the second time to county-rival Lecanto, as the Panthers pulled off a 5-2 victory on their home courts.

  • King continues to be queen of the diamond

    C.J. Risak


    A year ago, when Alexis King was just a sophomore, she hit .584 for the softball season, with eight doubles, two triples, five home runs and 39 runs batted in.

    Impressive numbers. She also led Seven Rivers Christian in runs scored (35) and hits (45) and stole 16 bases.