Local Sports

  • Presidential tourney underway

    Brian Brown tees off on the 10th hole Saturday during the first round of the Presidential Golf Tournament at 7 Rivers Golf & Country Club in Crystal River. The Presidential will conclude Sunday afternoon; check Monday’s Chronicle to find out who won the event.

  • Statement game

    C.J. Risak

    LECANTO — The timing went to Crystal River when it played at Lecanto in each team’s final regular-season district softball game Friday.

    Twice the Pirates battled back against the Panthers, scoring twice in the sixth and adding another in the seventh to subdue Lecanto 8-6.

  • Busy, busy, busy

    Raymond Vann stays busy on the track, and he’s not about slow down. The veteran Wesley Chapel driver is 3 for 3 in feature wins in the Hornet Pro class at the Citrus County Speedway, and leads the V8 Warriors dirt-track division at East Bay Raceway Park in Riverview.

    “I’ve done it all my life,” he said this week. “It’s a lot of fun. I built a car and have been running it down at the dirt track at East Bay, and I just wanted to go to Citrus. 

  • Back from hiatus, racing on tap tonight

    The Citrus County Speedway returns to action today from a three-week hiatus for the Citrus County Fair, with the popular Non-Wing Sprints headlining a seven-class lineup.

    Pure Stocks, Hornets Pros and Rookies, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks and Cars of Yesterday join the sprints, while the originally scheduled 50-lap Modified Mini Stock event has been reassigned for April 19, due to a backorder on tires and another simultaneously scheduled 50-lap Mod Mini event in the area.

  • Panthers’ Cortalano picks Florida College

    John Cortalano has led a pretty busy life during his high school career.

    Between school, high school athletics and training with his club soccer team in Tampa, the Lecanto senior has few free moments to himself.

    Those sacrifices, though, helped pave the way for Cortalano to reach one of his biggest goal as he signed less than two weeks ago with Florida College, a coeducational Christian college in Temple Terrace.

  • Florida finds familiar foes in Final Four

    For Florida, the Final Four might as well be dubbed the Familiar Four. The top overall seed in the NCAA tournament already played the other three teams headed to Arlington, Texas, for college basketball’s most prestigious event.

    Florida’s only losses this season came at Wisconsin (Nov. 12) and at Connecticut (Dec. 2), and the Gators 

    (36-2) beat Kentucky three times in the same season for the first time in program history.

  • O'Steen back in the picture

    With his do-it-all credentials as a pitcher, fielder and hitter, Levi O’Steen has worn many hats for his Lecanto High School baseball club. But to begin the season, the senior experienced a new, more humbling role. 

    Sidelined with a wrist injury, O’Steen learned how to be more of a facilitator.

  • Pirates flag football exacts revenge on Panthers

    David Pieklik

    LECANTO — The Crystal River defense shut out Lecanto 18-0 in girls flag football Thursday, propelling the team to its third straight win behind Abigail Smith’s four interceptions.

    Smith’s pick at the end of the game preserved the shutout for the Pirates (3-3), playing much improved football since starting the season 0-3. The loss dropped the Panthers to 2-3.

  • District baseball notebook
  • Champion sound

    Tony Castro

    LECANTO — For the first time in eight seasons, Lecanto’s Sammie Hall savored a top of the podium performance Thursday in following Day 3 of the grueling, 10-team District 3A-5 tournament along the Panthers’ tennis courts.

    Three teams, LHS, Ocala-Forest, Citrus were within a point of each other entering Thursday’s final five matches.