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  • Kanawall leads Citrus charge to district

    BUSHNELL — Everything about Samantha Kanawall said, “I’ve got this” Thursday at the South Sumter High gym.

    Yes, she had it.

    The Citrus High senior weightlifter had the matter well in hand. She won the 169-pound weight class at the South Sumter High Girls Weightlifting Sub-District qualifier. She had a 

  • Back to the mats

    Tony Castro: Correspondent

    For the first time in over a month, all three Citrus County mat programs return to action this weekend.

    Both Crystal River (13-4) and Citrus (9-7) return Friday to the two-day, 10-team Nature Coast Technical Duals in Brooksville.

  • County teams go at it

    The second round of district and intracounty play begins tonight, as Citrus plays host to Lecanto and Crystal River welcomes Dunnellon.

  • A pirate’s poise

    The confidence of an athlete, or that of anyone engaged in performance-based pursuits, is analogous to the chicken-and-the-egg paradox. An athlete needs confidence in his or herself to succeed, but the most efficient route — and perhaps only real source — to gaining confidence is through success.

  • Bronson grabs Class 6A All-State football honors

    Citrus senior linebacker John Bronson was among those honored Wednesday when the Class 6A Florida All-State football teams were announced.

    Bronson, who led the county with 137 total tackles, 74 solo tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and seven interceptions, was an honorable mention All-State selection.

    The All-State teams are chosen by Florida newspaper editors and reporters.

  • Gators win SEC opener

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Dorian Finney-Smith scored 20 points and Michael Frazier II had 15 off the bench as Florida rallied past South Carolina in the second half to open Southeastern Conference play with a 72-68 victory Wednesday night.

  • ’Canes hold off Eagles

    David Pieklik


    INVERNESS — Citrus weathered a physical district match against Springstead with a 4-2 win Wednesday night in boys soccer.

    The Hurricanes nearly squandered a three-goal lead they held late in the game, until midfielder Rudy Salazar’s diving header on a crossing pass from Matt Rinaldi put the game away. The match was a potential sneak peek of the approaching district playoffs with a possible rematch between the teams.

  • Panther rally

    Jon-Michael Soracchi


    CRYSTAL RIVER — Down 1-0 for over a half of play, something had to change quickly for the Lecanto girls soccer team.

    Despite getting several solid scoring chances throughout its match against host Crystal River, the Panthers couldn’t seem to connect the final pass or get a clean shot on goal to make a difference.

  • Florida parts ways with defensive tackle Willis

    GAINESVILLE — Florida has parted ways with defensive tackle Gerald Willis.

    The University Athletic Association announced Tuesday that Willis, a 6-foot-2 sophomore from New Orleans, will transfer. Willis will have two years of eligibility remaining.

  • Warriors reach double digits in win column

    The Seven Rivers Christian girls basketball team rolled to a 10-4 record on the season after a notable win over Dunnellon on Tuesday 49-45. 

    While Alyssa Gage punched in the high score with 20 points and 8 rebounds with 4 assists and 3 steals, Molani Lewis finished with a double-double. Lewis totaled 10 points and 16 rebounds with 2 blocks. Tessa Kacer chipped in with 11 points, 2 blocks and 16 rebounds.