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  • Versatile Juse headed to play at Warner

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    It might be fair to say that Warner University, located in Lake Wales, couldn’t be certain what it was getting when it recruited and signed Citrus’ Austin Juse to play football there.

  • Longoria and Morrison homer in 15th, Rays outlast Twins 8-6

    MINNEAPOLIS — Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison hit back-to-back homers in the 15th inning, Steven Souza Jr. drove in the tying run with a single with two outs in the ninth, and the Tampa Bay Rays outlasted the Minnesota Twins 8-6 Sunday in a game that took nearly 6 ½ hours.

    At 6 hours, 26 minutes, it was the longest game in the eight-season history of Target Field. The longest game in Twins history lasted 6:36, a 17-inning marathon at Cleveland in 1995.

  • Twins keep Rays at .500

    MINNEAPOLIS — After his torrid second half last season left him with 42 homers, Brian Dozier would be wise not to worry about his future totals.

    Minnesota’s sturdy second baseman still has plenty of power in that right-handed swing.

    Dozier’s tiebreaking two-run shot with two outs in the eighth inning followed a pitching change by Tampa Bay and spurred the Twins to a 5-3 victory Saturday afternoon over the Rays.

  • Seven Rivers thrashes St. John

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    LECANTO — The football game at Warrior Park on Saturday night may not have technically counted, however it certainly left host Seven Rivers Christian with plenty to feel good about heading into the summer.

    Taking on Ocala-St. John Lutheran in a spring classic, the Warriors dominated in all facets and rolled to a 47-0 victory.

  • SEC’s Sankey remains critic of early football signing period

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has been on the losing end of the argument against an early football signing period.

    He joins some of the league’s coaches who don’t think it’s a change for the better.

  • Rays salvage split

    ST. PETERSBURG — Matt Andriese is pitching far better than most fifth starters.

    Andriese allowed six hits over eight innings, Colby Rasmus drove in four runs and the Rays salvaged a split of a four-game series with Los Angeles by beating the Angels 4-0 on Thursday.

    “He’s got plenty of stuff to be a middle, top-of-the-rotation starter,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “That’s exactly how he’s pitching this year.”

  • Citrus grappler heading to Georgia

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    Experience wasn’t at the top of Brendan Hess’ list of recruitable factors. It was growth potential that drew interest.

    On Wednesday, Hess — who wrestled in the 145-pound weight division for Citrus — made it official when he committed to attend Brewton-Parker College, a small (enrollment: 1,119), NAIA-affiliated school located in Mount Vernon, Georgia.

  • Kuntz signs to Calvin

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    Get ready. Get prepared. Adjustments will be necessary.

    Seven Rivers Christian’s Abby Kuntz is on her way to play basketball at Calvin College, a very successful NCAA III program located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

  • Tough night at the plate

    ST. PETERSBURG — Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout hit back-to-back home runs to begin the game, Matt Shoemaker won his third consecutive start and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Tuesday night.

    Maybin led off by homering on a 3-1 pitch from Alex Cobb. Trout connected on the next pitch for his 15th homer, including seven in his last 11 games.

  • Valerio chooses baseball at the crossroads

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Talk about facing a crossroads.