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  • Boys golf: Loaded CR leads area teams into action

    James Blevins
    Correspondent

    After several humid weeks spent enduring rain and heat waves this summer, the boys’ golf season started last week in a flurry of motion as local high school teams began competition for the first time in 2014.

  • Girls golf: Local teams look to build on last season

    James Blevins
    Correspondent

    Early fall is finally here, and for local girls’ golf teams, that means the start of the 2014 prep golf season has arrived.

    The Citrus Lady ’Canes start the year led by No. 1 junior Camrin Kersh, who finished 61st at the state meet individually, while helping her Citrus team to second and third place finishes at districts and regionals, respectively.

  • Vb Notebook: Instant replay in district action?

    C.J. Risak
    Correspondent

    Will it be a replay of last year?

    Seven Rivers Christian and Dunnellon hope not. Citrus, Crystal River and Lecanto wouldn’t mind it, with some minor alterations.

    That’s what the district volleyball seasons are all about, the challenges inherent within them.

    The volleyball season in 2A-3 has already started and delivered a rather startling surprise.

  • Lethal weapon

    C.J. Risak
    Correspondent

    A year ago, Cassidy Wardlow developed into one of the county’s most dangerous outside hitters, becoming a lethal weapon in Crystal River’s volleyball arsenal.

    But that won’t be enough to satisfy her — and likely her team — this year.

    Wardlow has different goals in mind, all of them centered around a lengthy trip in the state tournament.

  • Action returns to CCS

    INVERNESS — After three consecutive rainouts, the Citrus County Speedway finally completed a full slate of racing.

    Shane Butler took advantage with his third-straight win in Non-Wing Sprints, as the Bushnell talent finished nearly half-a-lap ahead of the field, and Eric Sharrone posted a pair of wins — in Figure 8s and Boat & Trailer Racing — in action that included 13 feature events on Saturday in Inverness.

  • Cruz powers O’s past Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays had a chance to open a big lead against Baltimore on Sunday. They failed to break it open, and Nelson Cruz took care of the rest for the Orioles.

    Cruz hit his second homer of the game in the 11th inning and drove in seven runs, and the AL East-leading Orioles avoided a three-game sweep with a 7-5 victory.

  • Ugly opener

    TAMPA — Derek Anderson did his part to give Cam Newton a chance to get healthy.

    The veteran backup filled in nicely for the injured two-time Pro Bowl quarterback, throwing for 230 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in Carolina’s 20-14 season- opening victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Newton was held out because of a rib injury suffered during the preseason, giving Anderson his first start since 2010 when he played for the Arizona Cardinals.

  • Area harriers begin season in Lecanto

    LECANTO — Lecanto High boys cross country coach Roselle Lattin is happy about her team.

    The Panthers went to state last year, and they are looking like a threat to return to Tallahassee this November.

  • Pirates thrashed at home

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River High School head football coach Nate Varnadore saw the kind of team he wants Saturday.

    That team was the South Sumter Raiders.

    South Sumter (2-0), ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, beat the Pirates 42-6 Saturday in a game that was postponed Friday night due to a muddy field.

  • Bucs welcome early crack at Panthers

    TAMPA — Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy stood in a corner of the locker room sizing up the challenge the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face opening the season against Cam Newton and the defending NFC South champion Carolina Panthers.

    The Bucs haven’t made the playoffs since 2007, a drought that’s prompted three coaching changes in five years, including the hiring of Lovie Smith last winter.