Local Sports

  • Living the water life

    James Blevins: Correspondent

    Anna Lane loves the water. 

    When the 16-year-old Crystal River junior isn’t setting school-record times in her two main swimming events — the 500 and 200 freestyle — she works as a lifeguard at Bicentennial Pool, and when the busy athlete has time, she can be found outside (you guessed it) swimming with her friends.

  • Tigers look to keep playoff hopes alive

    While it will need some help from Alachua Santa Fe on Friday, the Dunnellon varsity football team strives to stay in the hunt for District 5A-5’s second state playoff spot when it travels to Citizens Field in Gainesville to take on Eastside tonight in its district finale.

  • Muschamp goes young at QB, Driskel benched

    GAINESVILLE — With his job on the line, Florida coach Will Muschamp has turned to freshman quarterback Treon Harris.

    Muschamp said Wednesday that Harris will start next week against Georgia in Jacksonville, adding that it will be Harris’ game from start to finish.

    The move means the Gators (3-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) have benched fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel, who has 12 turnovers the last four games.

  • Season comes to a close for Warriors

    A solid season for the Seven Rivers Christian volleyball team came to a close Tuesday night at St. John Lutheran High School in Ocala with a three-set loss to First Academy Leesburg in a 2A-3 District Tournament semifinal.

    All three sets were tight, but the Eagles edged the Warriors in each one, 25-20, 25-23, 26-24.

  • Top seed Lecanto dusts Dunnellon in three sets

    LECANTO — As an overwhelming favorite against winless Dunnellon in Tuesday’s District 5A-6 semifinal, the top-seeded Lecanto volleyball squad just needed to take care of business to secure a trip to the championship on Thursday.

  • Crystal River sweeps Hurricanes for spot in district final

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — For Citrus, it was a matter of “If only . . .” For Crystal River, it was a matter of taking that next step.

  • Kersh returns to state

    Larry Bugg


    EUSTIS — Camrin Kersh’s smile wasn’t quite as bright as usual.

    The Citrus High School junior shot a 93 Tuesday to earn her second trip to the Class 2A girls state golf tournament next Tuesday in Howey-in-the-Hills. She shot a 47 and 46 on the hilly Black Bear Golf Course.

  • Back for more

    CLERMONT — There were some tense moments for the Crystal River boys golf team Tuesday as the scorecards were being tallied at the Class 2A Region 3 Tournament at Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club in Clermont.

    But in the end, the Pirates were right where they wanted to be – back in the state tournament. Led by Kyle Kidd’s medalist score of 2-under 69, Crystal River finished second to host Lake Minneola, 304-311.

  • Jags credit defense for first win

    JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars call it the “Sweet Six.”

    It’s a list of goals coach Gus Bradley has established for his defense: stop the run, affect the quarterback, limit third-down conversions, force field goals in the red zone, avoid explosive plays and create turnovers.

    The Jaguars accomplished each one in Sunday’s 24-6 win against Cleveland.

  • Rest or rust?

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.

    Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching Monday’s workout.

    “I can’t believe that just happened, dude,” pitcher James Shields razzed.