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  • Flying high as a Hawk

    Coming out of high school, it wasn’t hard to peg John Iwaniec for future success. But because of the small school he played football at and his relatively small stature, the question was more about who would find a modern-day diamond in the rough.

    Just over two years later, the answer is clear and Iwaniec has carved out a place for himself in central Alabama.

  • County struggles

    Tony Castro:Correspondent

    BROOKSVILLE — Both Crystal River and Citrus struggled in the two-day, 10-team Combs Duals III at Nature Coast Technical.

    For the third time in four meets this winter the 2A-10 Venice Indians departed with a championship trophy.

  • ’Canes’ Carmack continues mat climb

    Tony Castro


    In a era of gaming  heightened by countless advertisements for “Play Station” and “Call of Duty,” former video junkie, Citrus senior Devon Tyler Carmack, is now addicted to the mats.

    Carmack, 17, was born in Morristown, Tenn., but has called Citrus County home for nearly 11 years.

    He and his mother, Ellie Mosher, and stepfather Rod Mason, currently reside in Hernando.

  • Citrus wraps up district soccer crown

    The Citrus boys soccer team earned the regular season title in District 3A-7 play with a 1-0 victory at home Friday night against Nature Coast.

    Matt Rinaldi scored the lone goal of the game on a first-half assist from Mauro Mondragon. Dakota Gruzdas made eight saves in goal for the Hurricanes.

  • Tigers edge Pirates in girls hoops action

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — The opportunities were there. Crystal River had plenty of them in its girls basketball showdown with 5A-6 rival Dunnellon.

    But the Tigers had something Friday’s host team did not — a determination to win. And they showed it when it was needed most, answering a Pirate rally with one of their own that lifted them to a 41-32 victory.

  • ’Canes top Panthers

    Jon-Michael Soracchi


    INVERNESS — When the shots aren’t falling with enough frequency, there are other ways to impact the game.

    The Citrus girls used a marauding defense, unselfish play and a pair of second-half runs to turn back Lecanto 44-32 in District 5A-6 girls basketball action Friday night at Citrus High School.

  • Big start lifts Hurricanes

    INVERNESS — The Citrus boys basketball team fended off a ferocious second-half Lecanto rally to complete its second straight regular-season sweep of the Panthers with a 69-58 victory in its gym on Friday.

    The win guarantees the Hurricanes (11-6) at least the No. 2 seed in District 5A-6, and leaves them eligible to still claim the top seed over 


  • Tigers pull away

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Dunnellon and Crystal River entered Friday night’s contest on opposite ends of the Class 5A, District 6 standings. 

    For at least one half, it didn’t appear that way.

    In front of an at times raucous and bipartisan crowd, the visiting Tigers pulled away after the Pirates tied the game just before halftime, staying unbeaten in the district with a 77-58 victory.

  • Kanawall leads Citrus charge to district

    BUSHNELL — Everything about Samantha Kanawall said, “I’ve got this” Thursday at the South Sumter High gym.

    Yes, she had it.

    The Citrus High senior weightlifter had the matter well in hand. She won the 169-pound weight class at the South Sumter High Girls Weightlifting Sub-District qualifier. She had a 

  • Back to the mats

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    For the first time in over a month, all three Citrus County mat programs return to action this weekend.

    Both Crystal River (13-4) and Citrus (9-7) return Friday to the two-day, 10-team Nature Coast Technical Duals in Brooksville.