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  • Pirates sail by Sharks in OT

    C.J. Risak, Correspondent

    WEEKI WACHEE — An all-new season — that’s what coaches continually call tournament time, and that’s what coaches continually preach to their players. Crystal River’s girls basketball team nearly learned that lesson the hard way.

  • An elite performance

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — With a hat trick and shutout, Lecanto advanced to the Class 3A regional playoffs championship — a historical first — following its 4-0 win against Pine Ridge in the semifinals Tuesday night.

  • Sharks take out cold-shooting Citrus, 46-36

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    WEEKI WACHEE — Swish! Swish! Swish! Swish!

    The net hardly fluttered on four-straight shots that Hayleigh Reeves sent through the basket in the Weeki Wachee High School gym, all originating from behind the 3-point arc. The Citrus guard just couldn’t miss.

  • ’Canes, Panthers begin regional action

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    Citrus and Lecanto kick off their Class 3A regional tournament quarterfinals Wednesday night, looking to follow in the footsteps of the history-making Lady Panthers soccer team.

  • Slow start spells doom for Lecanto

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    WEEKI WACHEE — Lecanto has endured a tough rebuilding season, but heading into this week’s district tournament there was hope to build off recent momentum.

    Instead, the Panthers were overwhelmed early and could never recover in Tuesday’s Class 6A, District 7 quarterfinals at Weeki Wachee, losing to the host Hornets, 46-12.

  • Warriors roll by 37 in opener

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    BROOKSVILLE — So now, Monday’s preliminary rounds in the 2A-4 girls basketball tournament are completed.

    The results followed the route Seven Rivers Christian coach Gary Dreyer viewed as most probable. Going into the tournament’s four-game opening round, hosted by Hernando Christian Academy, Dreyer said the top four seeds were far superior than the bottom four.

  • Warriors wrap up a successful and rewarding soccer campaign

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    When you’ve been coaching and involved in sports for almost three decades, there are certain moments that not only define a team, but oneself.

    For Seven Rivers Christian School boys soccer coach Steve Ekeli, one such moment came toward the season’s end with the Warriors facing a talented and tough opponent in Oak Hall. The Eagles had, as Ekeli bluntly puts it, “throttled us” last season.

  • County girls’ hoops teams begin postseason

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Now is the time.

    Girls basketball coaches throughout the state will mimic those four words all week. The district basketball tournaments have arrived, the five days coaches aim for all season. Survive the district and you have a chance to make a mark, much like Lecanto did last season when it reached the 6A Final Four.

    Two teams in particular have a chance to accomplish something similar, if 

  • ’Canes take the title

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    OCALA — Steven Potter’s penalty kick 57 minutes into a foul-filled match proved to be the game winner, as Citrus won the District 3A-5 soccer championship 3-2 over Lecanto on Friday night.

  • Fagan looks to finish on high note

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    Caleb Fagan has only spent a few months on the Seven Rivers Christian campus, and in a few more he’ll be gone. So, if it appears he’s trying squeeze as much as he can into his short time as a Warrior, it makes sense.

    “It’s my senior year, my last year, so you might as well do all you can do,” Fagan said.