Local Sports

  • CR's Clark and Byrne vault to regional meet

    BROOKSVILLE — When Crystal River High’s Angela Byrne set a school record with an 11-8 pole vault Friday, she didn’t have to look far to find her friend and main cheerleader, Hayley Clark.

    Clark took second in the event with a vault of 10 feet even at the Class 2A-District 7 Track and Field Meet at Central High School.

    They helped lead the Pirate girls to third place with 90.5 points. Nature Coast Tech’s girls won with 156.5 points.

  • Pirates' Pool signs with St. Petersburg College

    By C.J. Risak


    Breanna Myers, the softball coach at St. Petersburg College, was after talent. Marissa Pool, a senior shortstop at Crystal River High School, had it and was looking for a place to develop it.

    On Thursday, they decided to help each other. Pool committed to attend St. Petersburg starting next fall and play softball for Myers’ Titans.

  • Headed into Sunday at Augusta, it's master and student

    AUGUSTA, Ga. — In a Masters longing for star power, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth put himself atop the leaderboard and 18 holes away from replacing Tiger Woods as the youngest player with a green jacket.Spieth kept his poise on a lightning-quick Augusta National on Saturday with a 2-under 70 that gave him a share of the lead with error-prone Bubba Watson going into a final round loaded with possibilities.

  • Winston, Garnet win Noles' spring showcase

    TALLAHASSEE — Jameis Winston admitted he’s been tired at times this spring, and that was before he had 56 pass attempts in Florida State’s spring game.

  • Healthy Driskel unveils Gators’ new O

    GAINESVILLE — Jeff Driskel wore tan flip flops and blue basketball shorts following Florida’s spring game. His calm demeanor contrasted with the frenzied offense that the Gators unveiled on Saturday in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

  • Gloves golden as Rays squeak by black-and-blue Reds

    CINCINNATI — The starter throws seven shutout innings. The defense makes a few big plays. One swing of the bat provides all the offense needed.

    Not a very flashy way to win, but it’s working for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Alex Cobb went seven innings on Saturday, extending Tampa Bay’s run of solid starting pitching, and James Loney homered for a 1-0 victory over the slumping Cincinnati Reds.

  • CR snatches Bat

    LECANTO — With one earned run allowed in eight innings on the mound and a go-ahead RBI single and winning run in the top of the eighth, Jordan Humphreys got the monkey off Crystal River’s back. 

    Humphreys’ hit in the final inning — a high roping blast down the left-field line —was one of four base hits by the Pirates during the two-run rally, helping secure the school its first Joe D. Rigney Memorial Bat Game win in five years with a 3-2 eight-inning triumph at Lecanto on Friday.

  • Panthers’ Van Cleef heading to St. Andrews

    James Blevins

    Ashlynne Van Cleef once summed up the greatest attribute she thought she brought to the Lecanto High School girls soccer team in one word: heart.

    Van Cleef will now be bringing that “heart” to North Carolina, and to the St. Andrews University Lady Knights soccer team, as the Panther defender signed her official letter of intent on April 3 at Lecanto High School. 

  • Back on the track

    Steven Bradley’s return to racing this year was a touch-and-go situation. After a nearly three-year break, the former go-kart champion from Inverness had the final bolt tightened on his black No. 7 sprint car just hours before his first race back.

  • Coulter truck series makes Citrus debut

    The Joey Coulter Pro-Truck Series and a 50-lap Pure Stock event are joined by the Sportsman, Mini Stock and Pro Figure-eight classes today at the Citrus County Speedway.

    It’s the first stop at Citrus for the first-year Coulter truck series, which was put together by series director Rick Bristol and Coulter, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver who got his start in trucks on Florida’s short tracks.