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  • Battle of the Panthers

    David Pieklik: Correspondent

    EUSTIS — Freshman Katie Van Cleef tucked a shot in the left corner of the goal in the second overtime of the Class 3A regional quarterfinal, pushing Lecanto into the semifinal match with a 1-0 win over Eustis on Thursday night.

  • No. 6 ’Noles upset 78-56 by Jackets

    ATLANTA — Josh Okogie scored 35 points, Ben Lammers added 18 and Georgia Tech pulled its second home upset of a Top 10 opponent with a 78-56 victory over No. 6 Florida State on Wednesday night.

    Georgia Tech (12-8, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 41-15 at halftime and 70-47 with 6:52 remaining on Lammers’ dunk. Florida State never got closer than 18 points in the second half.

  • County teams to clash

    David Pieklik: Correspondent

    OCALA — Boys soccer will see its first district champion from the county in three years: the only question is will it be Citrus or Lecanto, after the teams advanced to Friday’s 3A-5 championship.

    The No. 1 seed Hurricanes (10-6) and No. 2 seed Panthers (10-5-4) square off 

  • Taking over late

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — Considering when Crystal River and Lecanto met earlier in the season the Pirates rolled to a 40-point victory, Tuesday night’s rematch figured to be another lopsided affair.

    Somebody forgot to tell the Panthers, however, who fired up their home crowd and nearly pulled off the most shocking upset of the season before Crystal River pulled away for a 66-54 win.

  • Local sports briefs

    Five county weightlifters move on to state meet 

    Well, the wait is finally over.

    After a girls regional weightlifting meet at Belleview High School on Jan. 21 that featured no county lifters finishing in first place, it was revealed Monday that five will be advancing to the Class 1A State Meet on Feb. 3.

  • D’Anna’s double hat trick leads Lecanto past CR

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    LECANTO — It was the Austin D’Anna show Monday night, as his double hat trick propelled Lecanto into the District 3A-5 semifinal following a 6-1 win over Crystal River in the quarterfinal.

  • Citrus survives scare in district opener

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    INVERNESS — This wasn’t what was supposed to happen — not when the top seed in a district meets the eighth-seeded team.

  • CR, Dunnellon boast All-State football selections

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.

    Correspondent

    Crystal River and Dunnellon’s football teams advanced to the state playoffs this fall. So, it should come as no surprise that they have a handful of players worthy of state recognition.

    This week, The Associated Press released its All-State teams, with two Pirates making it in Class 5A and four Tigers getting the nod in 4A.

  • Area boys soccer teams begin district tourney play

    David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    Boys soccer hasn’t seen a district playoff champion from the county in three years, with all three teams looking to break that streak when the 3A-5 quarterfinals start today.

  • County places 10 in top six at regional

    BELLEVIEW — It was an early start for all at Belleview High School on Saturday with plenty of waiting around. For some, the wait continues. With a weigh-in time of 7 a.m., the Class 1A, Region 5 girls weightlifting meet kicked things off at 10 a.m. with all the heavier weight classes (154 to unlimited) set to lift first.