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  • Lecanto looking to restore dominance in girls tennis

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    For the Lecanto girls, the hope is that 2016 proves the exception rather than the new rule. After winning two straight district titles, a slew of graduations left the Panthers on the outside looking in during regional play.

  • Florida State edges out Miami, 66-57

    TALLAHASSEE — Dwayne Bacon scored 23 points, Jarquez Smith added 11 and No. 15 Florida State clinched a double bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with a 66-57 victory over No. 25 Miami on Saturday.

  • Vanderbilt rallies past No. 12 UF

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — First-year coach Bryce Drew believes his Vanderbilt Commodores have put together a very strong resume for the NCAA Tournament.

    Adding a second upset of No. 12 Florida in the regular season finale sure helped.

    Riley LaChance’s layup with 1:35 left gave Vanderbilt the lead for good, and the Commodores rallied from a 12-point deficit to upset Florida 73-71 on Saturday and sweep the Gators.

  • Warriors stay perfect in 11-1 win over Lions

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    LECANTO — Six games does not make a season. Indeed, if they’re the first six of the softball season, they will likely be used for adjustments, refinements and alterations, all designed to propel a team to its summit by state tournament time.

  • Expectations still high for Warriors

    CHRIS BERNHARDT JR.: Correspondent

    LECANTO — Seven Rivers Christian came into this baseball season with high aspirations, and two weeks in the Warriors have done nothing to temper that enthusiasm.

    Hosting Clearwater-Lakeside Christian in a Class 2A, District 5 contest at Warrior Park, three pitchers combined to throw a 1-hitter and Seven Rivers needed just five innings to pull out a 13-3 victory.

  • Pirates sent packing

    KISSIMMEE — A bad start was too much to overcome for a trio of Crystal River wrestlers at the FHSAA State Wrestling Tournament on Friday at Silver Spurs Arena.

    Seniors Chase Bunts at 113 and Jason Graham at heavyweight and sophomore Rhoderick Bruce at 120 all dropped their Class 1A first-round matches by fall and had no room for error the rest of the day if they wanted to advance to today’s action and still have a chance to place.

  • ’Canes believe they’re poised for March run

    CORAL GABLES — Despite the Miami Hurricanes’ many accomplishments during the Jim Larranaga era, they haven’t beaten a Top 25 opponent in March since he became coach.

    That could change even before tournament time.

    This week the No. 25 Hurricanes are ranked for the first time all season, and they close out the regular season Saturday at No. 15 FSU.

  • Walker feels ‘at home’ with Shorter University

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    A lot of guys have had the same dream Justice Walker had — to play collegiate football. On Thursday, Walker took the first step to making his dream become reality when he signed with Shorter University, located in Rome, Georgia.

  • No. 12 Florida handles Arkansas

    GAINESVILLE — Canyon Barry scored 14 points, his best game since injuring an ankle two weeks ago, and No. 12 Florida handled Arkansas 78-65 on Wednesday night.

    Kasey Hill, KeVaughn Allen and Chris Chiozza added 12 points apiece for the Gators, who bounced back from their first loss in 10 games and clinched the No. 2 seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament next week.

  • Not what they expected

    INVERNESS — For the eighth year in a row, Citrus High School won a boys weightlifting county championship — well, sort of. 

    The Hurricanes didn’t exactly lose at home on Wednesday, but their 50 total points wasn’t good enough for a win either. Instead, Crystal River made a splash, talented lifters had off days and Lecanto tied with Citrus to split the championship.