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  • Barnhill leads Florida softball past LSU 7-0

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Florida coach Tim Walton has a simple mentality when it comes to winning games — if the other team doesn’t score, his team can’t lose.

    For the school-record 40th time this season, the Gators made his simple concept look brilliant. Kelly Barnhill threw a two-hitter with eight strikeouts in top-seeded Florida’s 7-0 victory over LSU on Friday night in the Women’s College World Series.

  • What did we learn?

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    When Seven Rivers Christian wrapped up its spring classic on Saturday night, it signaled the conclusion of spring football in Citrus County.

  • SEC tweaks graduate transfer rules

    DESTIN, Fla. — The Southeastern Conference tweaked its graduate transfer policy Friday, making changes that would allow former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire to land at Florida.

    School presidents and chancellors voted to reduce penalties for programs whose graduate transfers fail to meet academic requirements.

  • County STARS shine

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    For the Chronicle

    LECANTO — On Thursday night, the 10th annual Chronicle Student Athletic Recognitions were held essentially next door from Lecanto High at the College of Central Florida.

    Fitting, since so many Panthers collected awards throughout the ceremony. A Lecanto athlete was named Player of the Year in nine different sports, as well as both Male and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, plus Male and Female Athlete of the Year.

  • Dumon trades in hardwood for sand

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    New sport, new program, new school — is there any way Kayla Dumon can make her first year in college more challenging?

    Dumon was superb in volleyball for Lecanto, playing outside hitter and defensive specialist and averaging 4.5 kills (.267 kill percentage), 15.1 digs and two service aces per match. She could have landed a spot on a college team needing a strong defensive player, but Dumon decided to try something different.

  • Callaway’s charge triggers ‘more of the testing’

    DESTIN, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain said star receiver Antonio Callaway’s recent citation for marijuana possession triggered "a lot more of the education, a lot more of the testing."

    Speaking at the Southeastern Conference’s annual spring meetings Tuesday, McElwain expressed disappointment with Callaway’s latest off-the-field troubles.

  • Versatile Juse headed to play at Warner

    C.J. Risak


    It might be fair to say that Warner University, located in Lake Wales, couldn’t be certain what it was getting when it recruited and signed Citrus’ Austin Juse to play football there.

  • Longoria and Morrison homer in 15th, Rays outlast Twins 8-6

    MINNEAPOLIS — Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison hit back-to-back homers in the 15th inning, Steven Souza Jr. drove in the tying run with a single with two outs in the ninth, and the Tampa Bay Rays outlasted the Minnesota Twins 8-6 Sunday in a game that took nearly 6 ½ hours.

    At 6 hours, 26 minutes, it was the longest game in the eight-season history of Target Field. The longest game in Twins history lasted 6:36, a 17-inning marathon at Cleveland in 1995.

  • Twins keep Rays at .500

    MINNEAPOLIS — After his torrid second half last season left him with 42 homers, Brian Dozier would be wise not to worry about his future totals.

    Minnesota’s sturdy second baseman still has plenty of power in that right-handed swing.

    Dozier’s tiebreaking two-run shot with two outs in the eighth inning followed a pitching change by Tampa Bay and spurred the Twins to a 5-3 victory Saturday afternoon over the Rays.

  • Seven Rivers thrashes St. John

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    LECANTO — The football game at Warrior Park on Saturday night may not have technically counted, however it certainly left host Seven Rivers Christian with plenty to feel good about heading into the summer.

    Taking on Ocala-St. John Lutheran in a spring classic, the Warriors dominated in all facets and rolled to a 47-0 victory.