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  • Warriors blow out Wildcats

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    WILDWOOD — From the opening kickoff, Seven Rivers Christian High School got a preview of possibilities for the upcoming football season with a one-sided 52-26 win over Wildwood on Friday night.

  • Pirates sail to a shutout

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Sam Mueller spent his entire sophomore season recovering from a broken back, so having the opportunity to get back on the field had some extra meaning Friday night.

    Crystal River’s new quarterback delivered two pretty touchdown passes and rushed for 115 yards with two long scoring runs, leading the host Pirates to a 42-0 rout of Ridgewood in a spring classic.

  • Holding their own

    FORT MYERS — Citrus more than held its own for most of its first-ever Class 5A State Championships semifinal on Friday against nationally ranked Mosley.

    Senior pitcher Alex Atkinson and his Hurricane defense retired nine straight Dolphins to start the game, as the Inverness club took a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning.

  • Football is back

    All four county teams play their spring football games tonight, as Crystal River plays host to Ridgewood, while the three remaining schools head out of the county. CRHS, Citrus and Seven Rivers expect to play their varsity squads for all four quarters, while Lecanto and Belleview agreed to have the junior varsity players go for the first half, before making way for the varsity.

  • Squeezed for runs

    As schools advance through the state tournament, runs can become tougher to come by as lineups face more elite arms. This leaves teams finding the need to deploy more proactive attempts at generating runs, including hit-and-runs, bunt-and-runs, suicide squeezes, double-steals, etc.

  • Citrus set for final four

    Citrus has taken a varied path to its first-ever Class 5A final four, but the basic ingredients have remained the same: an aggressive, opportunistic offense, a defense that minimizes costly mistakes and a righty-lefty shutdown duo composed of senior Alex Atkinson (9-3, 1.39 ERA) and junior Austin Bogart (5-1, 0.58 ERA). 

  • ‘Tough day’

    FORT MYERS — The Seven Rivers Christian baseball club twice had a ticket to the Class 2A state championship game within its grasp, as the club held one-run leads in the eighth and eleventh innings of the semifinals at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. 

  • Cavs take series lead

    CLEVELAND — With the “Big 3” reduced to the “Banged-Up 2,” LeBron James again showed why he’s Cleveland’s one and only.

    James scored 38 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and the Cavaliers held off Chicago’s charge in the fourth quarter for a 106-101 victory over the Bulls on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their testy Eastern Conference semifinal.

  • The battle is over

    TAMPA — Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

    Steven Stamkos scored his third goal of the playoffs for the Lightning, who closed out the second-round series in six games after Montreal fought off elimination in Games 4 and 5.

  • White gets guidance from Donovan

    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Mike White is getting a few pointers about his new job.

    Not just anyone’s two cents, either.

    White has spoken to former Florida coach Billy Donovan several times in the last few days about what to expect and who to lean on as he makes the most daunting coaching transition of his life.

    It’s a welcome relief, especially given the program Donovan put together in Gainesville and the legacy he left behind.