Local Sports

  • CR’s Pelton set to take his one shot in weightlifting

    Larry Bugg


    CRYSTAL RIVER — That guy with the blond hair and the blue highlights may be kicking himself some day.

    Crystal River senior Joel Pelton started on the boys weightlifting team this year and guess what? He found out he was pretty good.

    Unfortunately, he only has this year to see what he can do.

  • Pirates survive slugfest

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — A game featuring two county softball squads that are each atop their respective districts dissolved into something more like a pre-season exhibition.

  • Lecanto girls to Regionals; still work to do

    LECANTO — After nearly 20 hours of District 3A-5 tournament play at the Lecanto High School tennis courts, three of the four regional playoff assignments and both girls’ doubles champions remain undecided. 

    When play resumes at 9 a.m. this morning, the Lecanto girls will vie for the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles titles and their second straight district championship over area rival Ocala-Forest. 

  • CR girls advance, boys fall short at district tennis

    Tony Castro


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Crystal River’s Olivia Parker had a tournament to remember.

    The Pirate junior, who arrived as the team’s lone returning district champion, added a pair of first-place blue ribbon efforts Tuesday, pushing the Citrus County crew back into the regional playoffs.

  • Softball notebook: Tuesday’s game has special meaning for Citrus

    C.J. Risak


    Larry Bishop still remembers that season, his most successful as the Citrus softball coach — particularly those edge-of-the-seat finishes in the state tournament stretch run, when Citrus was involved in three consecutive one-run games.

  • Pirates edge ’Canes in OT

    David Pieklik


    INVERNESS — Crystal River needed overtime and a go-to play to remain undefeated in flag football with a 13-12 win over Citrus on Monday.

  • Pirates in the mix

    Tony Castro


    WESLEY CHAPEL — While many tennis teams can lose a district tournament on Day 1, Crystal River remained in the hunt in both the boys and girls races in the Class 2A, District 7 tourneys Monday night at Wesley Chapel High School.

  • Panthers in front

    LECANTO — With four individuals still alive in singles play, and three already in the championship round, the Lecanto girls’ tennis squad leads the District 3A-5 tournament by two matches over second place contenders Forest and Vanguard.

    The reigning district champions picked up seven wins in singles and one more in doubles for an 8-6 advantage over both Ocala squads heading into today. The top two finishing schools will advance to regional play. 

  • No more break

    Tony Castro: Correspondent


     The 94th Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) tennis state series begins in earnest with two  area tennis tournaments beginning Monday, March 30. 

    Lecanto High will host nine boys teams on its 10 courts in the Class 3A, District 5 Tournament. The event is scheduled to conclude Tuesday, March 31 (weather permitting).

  • Delgado overpowers Lake Weir in 5-3 win

    Alex Delgado employed his heater early and often in striking out eight and holding Lake Weir hitless in seven innings for a 5-3 Lecanto (7-8 overall) win on Tuesday. After the junior allowed just one base runner through four innings, the Hurricanes scored all three of its runs in the fifth, when Delgado hit three batters and walked another and his defense made a couple of errors.