Local Sports

  • Bolts zap Islanders

    TAMPA — Victor Hedman and Ben Bishop lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning into the Eastern Conference final for the second straight year.

    Hedman scored twice and Bishop stopped 28 shots Sunday, helping the defending conference champions beat the New York Islanders 4-0 and end their second-round playoff series in five games.

  • United they stood tall

    Finishing with a 3-7-1 record and a 6-4 loss to Tarpon Springs, it was a tough way to end to the season for the U15 Citrus United girls soccer team — or so they thought.

    During the last weekend in March, the Inverness-based team finished second in their region (Region C) to the physical Tarpon Springs squad. The United were coming off a stretch of Region C games that included a pair of 3-0 wins over Wesley Chapel and Cape Coral. Sandwiched between the two: Another loss to Tarpon. 

  • County prep athletes medal at meet

    BRADENTON – A pair of county athletes notched medals on Saturday at the Florida High School Track & Field State Championships at IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton.

    Seven Rivers Christian sophomore Markel Pryor took fourth place in the Boys Class 1A Triple Jump finals—setting a new school record with at 44 feet, 2.5 inches along the way—and Lecanto junior Harrison Mancke finished eighth in the Girls 3A Shot Put finals.

  • Lightning strikes early in OT for 3-1 lead

    NEW YORK — Jason Garrison scored 1:34 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night and a 3-1 series lead.

    Garrison took a pass from Andrej Sustr and fired a slap shot from the right faceoff circle past goalie Thomas Greiss to give the Lightning their second straight overtime win and move them one win away from reaching the conference finals for the second straight year.

  • Record earns medal

    BRADENTON — Crystal River junior Madison Winship set a school record in high jump to lead Citrus County’s group of student athletes competing in the FHSAA Track and Field State Championships at IMG Academy in Bradenton on Friday.

    Three local athletes competing in multiple events made their first-ever appearance at state, while Winship and Seven Rivers Christian high jumper Paige Eckart were back for the second straight year.

  • Citrus County camps and leagues briefs

    Crystal River High School hosts four summer camps

    Students who are looking for something fun to do this summer have a variety of camps to choose from at Crystal River High School.

    Registration forms for all the camps can be picked up at the school or found on the school’s website.

  • Vernon Hargreaves III inks rookie contract with Bucs

    TAMPA — First-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves III was on the practice field Friday, hours after a signing a four-year, $14.2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    “Awesome,” the former Florida cornerback said following a 90-minute, non-contact workout in shorts, jerseys and helmets. “I’ve got nothing to worry about but playing ball now.”

  • Set for state track

    The top high school track and field athletes in Florida will compete at the State Championships today and Saturday in Bradenton, including several from Citrus County.

    Today at IMG Academy Stadium, the action gets underway at noon.

  • Nathan’s road takes her to Daytona Beach

    C.J. Risak


    It’s been a rocky road athletically for Alyssa Nathan to navigate during her tenure at Citrus High School, but it came to a strong ending Wednesday when she committed to play softball at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach.

  • Rays top Dodgers

    ST. PETERSBURG — Steve Pearce hit one of four Tampa Bay homers, a go-ahead three-run shot in the sixth inning, and the Rays beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Wednesday night.

    Brandon Guyer, Steven Souza Jr. and Curt Casali added solo home runs for the Rays, who went 4-4 on an eight-game homestand.

    Pearce chased Alex Wood (1-3) with his third homer this season to put Tampa Bay ahead 5-2. Pearce has all three over a 17 at-bat span.