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  • Adding to history

    Upon returning to district play after a two-year hiatus as an independent, the Lecanto football team notched three major team milestones for its program this fall — its most wins in a season, its second playoff berth in school history, and its first county championship.

  • Untamed Tigers

    Dunnellon enters its first playoff slate since 2010 with a sterling resume. The top-ranked Tigers posted their first undefeated season since 2002 in style, winning by an average margin of 32 points per game on their way to this week’s No. 1 ranking in Class 4A.

  • The Rex is back in town

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Here comes Rex.

    It’s a game just about anyone rooting for either the Buffalo Bills or New York Jets has had their eye on for months.

    It’s Rex Ryan’s return to the place where he became one of the NFL’s biggest headline-makers with his showman style and brash and bold approach.

  • Another crown for Citrus?

    Over the years, girls weightlifting has grown exponentially. On a national scale,weightlifting itself has been inching its way into the spotlight in high schools everywhere, and for Citrus County, that’s no different. As part of the growth, for the first time in FHSAA history, the sport is implementing a district layout. 

  • Irish break into top four

    Notre Dame moved into the top four in the second College Football Playoff selection committee rankings of the season Tuesday night.

    Clemson remained No. 1, with Alabama moving up two spots to No. 2, Ohio State staying at No. 3 and the Fighting Irish up a spot to No. 4.

    Notre Dame and Alabama each have one loss.

  • New season, new look

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    Things will be different this girls basketball season, that much is certain. New looks should dominate, if only due to the losses suffered.

    Three of the four teams lost their best players: Citrus is without Kiersten Weaver, Seven Rivers Christian must try to replace Alyssa Gage, and Crystal River is absent Jasmyne Eason — and has a new coach, too, in Charlie Bryant.

  • Friday Night Rewind: CR, Dunnellon win finales

    The final week of the regular season was up and down for the five area schools. For two of them, it’s not the end of the road.

    Looking back

    Crystal River (5-5) survived a defensive battle to prevail 10-6 over Hudson (5-5) on senior night, notching its first non-

    losing season in three years, while No. 2 Dunnellon capped its first undefeated regular season since 2002 with a 48-18 rout of county rival West Port (1-9).

  • Panthers and Pirates play to 1-1 draw

    LECANTO — A pair of goals bookended the opening half between the Crystal River and Lecanto girls soccer clubs, and constituted the only scoring of the night, leaving the county and District 3A-5 rivals to a 1-1 tie at Lecanto High School on Monday.

    The Panthers move to 5-1-1 overall, as well as in the district, while the Pirates go to 2-1-1 in 3A-5, and 3-2-1 on the season.

  • Double hat trick

    David Pieklik


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Austin D’Anna scored a career high six goals and Lecanto powered its way into the win column with an overpowering 7-1 win over Crystal River in district soccer Monday.

    D’Anna scored three unanswered goals in the second half and the final four for the Panthers (1-2 District 3A-5) as the junior forward has picked up where he left off last season.

  • Losing their grip

    TAMPA — Eli Manning and a resilient New York Giants defense answered one last charge by Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Manning threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Giants rebound from last weekend’s debacle at New Orleans with a 32-18 victory over the mistake-prone Buccaneers on Sunday.