Local Sports

  • All-around threat

    As a standout basketball talent and a big-game pitcher, Adam Gage likes to have the ball in his hands. The day after its first loss of the season on March 31, his Seven Rivers Christian baseball club needed the senior’s clutch experience against district rival Ocala St. John Lutheran.

  • Panthers’ run ends at hands of Wildcats

    LECANTO — The Lecanto girls tennis team’s season ended Thursday afternoon at the Panthers courts, but what a season it was.

    Lecanto won its first district title in well over eight years on April 3 before dispatching New Smyrna Beach in the regional semifinals on Tuesday to punch its ticket to the Class 3A, Region 3 final on Thursday against district rival Forest.

  • Bat Game up for grabs

    Its titular prize may be a five-and-a-half-foot bat, but the annual Joe D. Rigney Memorial Bat Game between Crystal River and Lecanto, which meet tonight for the 22nd time in the series at LHS, has been a pitching duel in recent years.

  • Lecanto softball team edged by Gainesville

    Despite not allowing an earned run, the Lecanto softball team dropped a 3-2 decision at Gainesville in eight innings Wednesday night.

    The Panthers led 2-1 entering the fifth inning, but an unearned run knotted the score. Gainesville pushed across a third unearned run in the bottom of the eighth for the win.

    Rebecca Schuler pitched the first 4 1/3 innings for Lecanto, while Danielle Yant pitched the final 3 1/3 innings and took the loss.

  • Hurricane lifters win district title

    Larry Bugg

    HUDSON — Citrus High’s Steven Knowles didn’t have to take his final clean and jerk lift Wednesday at the Class 1A-District 7 Boys Weightlifting Meet at Fivay High School’s gym.

    The senior already had won the 219-pound class. He was headed to the state meet.

    However, he put a nice exclamation point on the meet with a 365-pound clean and jerk.

    Combined with a 330-pound bench press, he had a 695-pound total.

  • Hines headed to the beach to play baseball

    Nate Hines is taking his baseball talents to the beaches of Tampa Bay. The Lecanto senior recently signed a letter of commitment to Clearwater Christian College, where he plans to study sports management and play middle infield for the Cougars.

    The location is one of many qualities that made an impression on Hines.

  • Emphatic statement

    LECANTO — The Class 3A, Region III girls tennis semifinal between District 3A-5 champion Lecanto Panthers and District 3A-6 runner-up New Smyrna Beach ended almost as quickly as it began Tuesday.

    The Lady Panthers took three early points by winning both doubles matches in quick succession, which opened the tournament, and claiming a forfeited point in No. 5 singles. 

  • Citrus wallops Dunnellon

    INVERNESS — Eight Citrus hits and six Dunnellon errors led to 13 runs for the Hurricanes in the opening two innings against the Tigers, delivering CHS a 13-2 victory in District 5A-6 baseball action on Tuesday.

  • Warriors use 18-2 victory as teaching tool

    C.J. Risak

    CRYSTAL RIVER –  So what’s to be gained from a game that, going into it, you know you should have no problem getting a win?

    Gary Dreyer, the Seven Rivers Christian softball coach, has plenty of answers for that question, beginning with, “I don't think anybody is that good to think they can walk onto a field and not give consideration to the team on the other side.”

  • Phillips no-hits Lions

    HOMOSASSA — Coy Phillips allowed just one base runner in five no-hit innings and knocked in three runs while scoring four to help the Seven Rivers Christian baseball club cruise to a 19-0 senior-night victory over Brooksville’s Hernando Christian Academy at Dazzy Vance Field on Monday.

    The win improves SRCS to 9-0 at home, and 17-1 on the season.