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  • Pirates turn it on for big win

    CRYSTAL RIVER — A pitching duel through four innings, Crystal River’s baseball home opener against Brandon-Faith Baptist ended in uncanny fashion an inning later.

    Trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Pirates tallied 11 runs off eight walks, three hits, a hit-batter and a balk to prevail 11-1 at Mike Hampton Field.

    Crystal River improves to 1-2 overall, while the Eagles drop to 2-1.

  • Former LHS coach recalls ‘golden era’

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    Many fans have short-term memories. Many only believe, for instance, the best wrestlers are the ones that currently compete.

    In fairness, that notion couldn’t be closer to the truth.

    Though the Lecanto High mat program is at a low ebb, that wasn’t always the case.

  • Pirates favored

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    In the final weekend of regular-season action prior to the 51st state series in wrestling, Crystal River and Lecanto will journey to Sumter County today for the six-team, 10th annual T.D. Talbott Duals Tournament sponsored by the American Legion Post 347.

    Citrus County’s third mat program, Citrus High, has the weekend off.

  • Lecanto rallies past Citrus in 5A-6 play

    C.J. Risak


    INVERNESS — Citrus had its chances — lots of them, in fact. But the Hurricanes just couldn’t finish off Lecanto in the 5A-6 — and for Lecanto, the season — softball opener for both.

    The Panthers rallied for two runs in the seventh, then scored what proved to be the game-winner without the benefit of a hit in the ninth, upending Citrus in extra innings 7-6 Thursday at Citrus.

  • Lake Weir crashes boards to dump Citrus

    OCALA — Rebounding woes in the third quarter put the Citrus defense in a bind on the road in the opening round of the state playoffs. 

    Ocala-Lake Weir, the District 5A-5 champion, took advantage by turning a two-point lead into a 13-point margin, en route to an 82-71 victory in the boys’ 5A-2 regional quarterfinals in its gym on Thursday.

  • Softball season preview: New arms in the circle

    C.J. Risak


    In 2014, everything determined in the first two months of the season — or as Lecanto coach Robert Dupler likes calling it, the preseason — was undone.

    In 5A-6, Citrus and Dunnellon were the top two seeds going into the district tournament. Both lost in the semifinals, Citrus to fourth-seeded Lecanto and Dunnellon to third-seeded Crystal River.

  • Citrus and Lake Weir meet again in quarters

    For the second year in a row, Citrus and Ocala-Lake Weir are meeting in the 5A-2 regional quarterfinals in boys’ hoops.

  • Citrus boys lifters take first meet over Lecanto

    Larry Bugg


    INVERNESS — Jim Haeser and Greg Harper may be a little more enlightened than they were.

    Citrus’ boys weightlifting team hosted their first meet of the season and beat Lecanto 58-32 at the Hurricanes’ weight room.

  • CR netters top Lecanto to stay undefeated

    David Pieklik


    LECANTO — A marathon match and two tiebreakers highlighted a 6-1 Crystal River victory over Lecanto in boys tennis Wednesday.

    After the Pirates’ Matt White took his first set 7-6 against the Panthers’ Chris Kaufmann, the two battled for another hour after Kaufmann forced a tiebreaker in the second set, 10-8. White was able to find just enough to pull ahead with a clinching 7-6 win.

  • A Pirate pin-fest

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Crystal River wrestling team was so dominant Wednesday night, the Senior Night presentations beforehand took nearly as much time as the dual meet itself against county rival Lecanto.

    The Pirates won seven of eight contested matches by fall and received a pair of forfeits in a 54-3 victory. Four weights were forfeited by both teams in the meet that took about 30 minutes to complete.