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  • Colts trample Tigers

    CITRA — North Marion dominated Dunnellon in all phases of the game to snap the Tigers’ five-game winning streak and hand them their first district loss in a 43-0 rout on Friday.

    The Colts (5-2, 3-1 in 5A-5) extend their winning streak over DHS to eight games and take over sole possession of second place, behind Live Oak Suwannee, in District 5A-5. 

  • Just out of reach

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — Lecanto came up 27 yards short of a rally against visiting Mitchell on Friday night, losing 28-21.

    Quarterback Travis McGee scrambled as time expired, running around the field and eluding tackles, trying to buy time for a receiver to get open. But there would be no Hail Mary reception, as the ball went a yard out of bounds over Caleb Casey’s head in the end zone.

  • Citrus, Crystal River combine efforts in sports fundraiser

    The Citrus and Crystal River high school athletic departments are partnering this year in their first All Sports Fundraiser presented by Inverness Kiwanis Club.

    Each school will compete by trying to sell as many tickets to a football pregame meal of 1/2-chicken with fixin’s and beverage. The event is Nov. 7 at Citrus High cafeteria prior to the football game between Citrus and Crystal River. 

  • Woman ‘sexual aggressor’ in Harris investigation?

    GAINESVILLE — The attorney for suspended Florida quarterback Treon Harris released a detailed statement Thursday, saying the woman was the “sexual aggressor” as he staunchly defended his client against assault allegations made against him.

    Huntley Johnson attempted to dispel some reports about Harris’ relationship with the woman and what happened early Sunday at an on-campus residence, saying “misstatements in the media have painted a picture that is inconsistent with the evidence.”

  • Florida receivers fall short of preseason expectations

    GAINESVILLE — Florida’s receiving corps was supposed to be the program’s deepest and most talented in years.

    The wideouts have fallen short of expectations, even incurring partial blame for an offense that averaged a little more than 200 yards and 12 points the last two games.

    Getting the group playing at a higher level is a top priority for the Gators (3-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who host LSU (4-2, 0-2) on Saturday night.

  • Hedman scores in OT, Lightning win opener

    TAMPA — Victor Hedman scored a power-play goal 1:11 into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in their season opener Thursday night.

    Hedman took a pass from goalie Ben Bishop at the offensive blue line, skated in and beat Roberto Luongo from the left circle.

    Tampa Bay also got goals from Tyler Johnson and Ryan Callahan. Valtteri Filppula had two assists.

  • FB Notebook: Franklin back in the fold for Citrus
  • Barbee couldn’t stay away

    Alex Barbee wanted to be back with his friends. 

    After taking his junior year off from football to focus on baseball, the Citrus High School senior has rejoined the Hurricane football program in a big way. As part of its Killer B’s linebacker corps with fellow seniors Travis Blotz and John Bronson, Barbee’s 66 total tackles currently rank him sixth among Class 6A players in the state, according to MaxPreps.com.

    His only regret is that he didn’t return sooner.

  • Hit the road

    Despite scheduled contests for all five local football teams tonight, Lecanto is the only one playing at home, as it welcomes Mitchell from New Port Richey. Crystal River and Dunnellon hit the road for District 5A-5 matchups, while Seven Rivers Christian seeks to spoil Gainesville St. Francis Catholic’s homecoming in keeping alive its playoff hopes. Citrus, meanwhile, takes a break from district play in a battle of Hurricanes at Mount Dora in another homecoming contest.

  • ’Canes fend off Sharks

    James Blevins: Correspondent

    The Nature Coast Technical High School Sharks paid an evening visit to Whispering Pines Pool on Oct. 7 to dual with the Citrus Hurricanes in the first meeting between the two schools this season. The ’Canes defended home water admirably despite one contest coming very close at the end.