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Local Sports

  • Warriors hit the gridiron

    Seven Rivers Christian gets an early jump on this year’s slate of high school spring football games, as the Warriors welcome St. Petersburg Canterbury School of Florida today at Warrior Park in Lecanto.

    The remainder of the county’s teams play their spring games next week.

  • Skiles out as Magic coach

    ORLANDO — Scott Skiles has stepped down as coach of the Orlando Magic after just one year, the somewhat surprising decision coming about a month after the conclusion of a frustrating regular season.

    Skiles was 35-47 this season, his lone year leading the Magic — the team that he spent five seasons with as a player as well. The Magic started 19-13 this season, then after the calendar flipped to 2016 they lost 34 of their final 50 games and missed the playoffs.

  • Revamped Penguins, speedy Lightning set for East finals

    PITTSBURGH — On the calendar, the gap between the last time the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning met and Friday night’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals is less than three months.

    Within the lifespan of a season, it seems a lot longer.

  • The strongest in the county are honored

    All-Chronicle Boys Weightlifting Team

    Lightweights

    Rhamsy Covington, 129, Citrus

    Tanner Pierson, 129, Citrus

    Reese Bresson, 139, Crystal River

    Middleweights

    Nathan Southard, 154, Citrus

    Christopher Adamson, 169, Citrus

  • Winless in Seattle

    SEATTLE — With a full count in the bottom of the 11th inning, Seattle's Chris Iannetta was looking for a pitch to hit.

    He got it and gave the surging Mariners a series sweep.

    Iannetta jumped on a 3-2 pitch from Steve Geltz for a leadoff homer to give the Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday and a sweep of the three-game series.

  • Queens of the Citrus County gridiron

    David Pieklik 

    Correspondent 

    All-Chronicle Flag Football Team

    Quarterback

    Savanah Miller, Sr., Crystal River 

    Running back

    Shirley Kortendick, Jr., Crystal River

    Wide Receivers

    Carmeline Cunningham, Sr., Lecanto

  • Confident Lightning to East final

    TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning proving their deep playoff run of a year ago wasn’t happenstance.

    With Ben Bishop, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman leading the way, the Lightning are back in the Eastern Conference final again after defeating the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders in the first two rounds.

    And, they’ve done it by dispatching of each opponent in five games while playing without injured star Steven Stamkos and defenseman Anton Stralman.

  • Ninth annual STARS event May 26

    Make sure you have your calendars marked for Thursday, May 26.

    That is the night the top high school athletes in Citrus County will be honored at the ninth annual STARS Student Athletic Recognitions award banquet.

    Once again, the event will be held at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus in Lecanto. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the program to follow at 6 p.m.

  • County’s best at the net announced

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    Note: The athlete of the year finalists and winners in each sport will be honored May 26 at the annual Student Athletic Recognitions banquet at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus in Lecanto. 

    All-Chronicle Boys Tennis Team

    Singles

    Andrew Allen, Jr., Crystal River

  • Andriese, Miller lead Rays to sweep of Angels

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Andriese made his season debut for the Tampa Bay Rays on Mother’s Day. His mother, Lynn, was in the stands watching him pitch in the big leagues for the first time.

    So yeah, Andriese had a few butterflies on the Angel Stadium mound on Sunday.

    He overcame them in plenty of time to make a stellar start.