Local Sports

  • Familiar finish

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Last March, Karen Greenway prevailed by one stroke for her fifth Lollypop victory. For her sixth win in the annual women’s golf tournament, she enjoyed some more breathing room down the stretch.

    Greenway, a top amateur from Hernando County, fired a three-over-par round of 75 at Crystal River Golf Club (formerly Seven Rivers Golf Club) on Wednesday to win the 46th annual Lollypop by six shots.

  • Rays drop pair of split squad games

    FORT MYERS — Boston Red Sox starter Justin Masterson kept up his strong spring by pitching three perfect innings Tuesday in a 5-1 win over the split-squad Tampa Bay Rays.

    “Able to throw strikes, be in the zone, making progress,” he said.

    Masterson struck out four as the Red Sox stretched their Grapefruit League winning streak to five. In five spring innings, Masterson has yet to surrender a run.

  • Seven Rivers falls to Wildcats in 10-inning battle

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — After winning nine of its first 10 games and landing fourth in the 2A state softball rankings, Seven Rivers Christian got something Tuesday it hadn’t seen very often — a challenge from a good opponent.

    Academy at the Lakes took advantage of four Warrior errors, two passed balls and four wild pitches to earn a 7-5 triumph in a 10-inning affair played at Bicentennial Park.

  • Local softball briefs

    Panthers maul Bears

    Just about everyone contributed Monday night in the Lecanto softball team’s 10-2 victory at Central.

    Rebecca Schuler earned the win in the circle with seven innings of work with seven strikeouts and one walk allowed. She also went 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBI.

  • A-Rod has RBI single as Yankees beat Rays

    TAMPA — Alex Rodriguez is downplaying his early spring training success at the plate.

    Rodriguez went 2 for 3 and singled in a run for his first RBI since a season-long drug suspension, helping the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Monday.

    “Nothing is real significant this time of year,” Rodriguez said. “Looks better than 0 for 9.”

  • No worse than a tie

    C.J. Risak


    For Seven Rivers Christian, it was expected. Not so for Crystal River.

    Both softball teams have clinched at least a share of their district’s regular-season championship — which in reality doesn’t mean that much. All that actually matters is what happens in the district tournament.

  • Retzlaff, Neumann, Narramore win big at Speedway

    INVERNESS — Dave Retzlaff surprised even himself in the Non-Winged Sprints event at the Citrus County Speedway.

    The retired firefighter from Brooksville took over the top position mid-race, then fended off Blake Rose in the waning laps to win his first feature at the track in Saturday’s headliner action.

  • Pirates' Williams looks to continue soaring on court

    By Tony Castro

    Crystal River High School senior Veronica Coria Williams is a month shy of completing her fifth consecutive season of tennis.

    Moreover, the budding thespian is enjoying every minute of her final tennis campaign.

    Veronica was born and raised in Crystal River as the only child of Citrus County educators Michael and Leona Williams.

  • Pirates take three to state tourney

    The Crystal River High School wrestling team entered Day 2 of the Class 1A, Region II tournament with six grapplers — the Pirates left with three advancing to the state tournament. 

  • ‘Not done yet’

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 with nine rebounds and No. 1 Kentucky pulled away from Florida 67-50 on Saturday to cap the storied program’s first 31-0 regular season.

    A blue-clad sellout crowd cheered loudly as the final seconds wound down on the eight-time NCAA champions’ milestone achievement. Players soon donned blue T-shirts with “31-0” in white and the phrase “not done yet.”