Local Sports

  • Fallen driver honored at CCS

    Kimberly Common

    For the Chronicle

    The start of Citrus County Speedway’s 2017 stock car season came in full force with 20 of the top Winged Sprint Cars in the state of Florida making their way to help celebrate and remember the life of one of their own.

  • Souza hits 3-run homer, involved in scrum

    ST. PETERBURG — Steven Souza Jr. calmed down after a dustup and powered Tampa Bay past Toronto again.

    The outfielder hit a three-run homer and was involved in a scrum after a slide during the Rays’ 7-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

  • Point scores twice to lead Lightning past Sabres

    TAMPA — Many Tampa Bay Lightning players will head into the offseason looking to move past this season. However, Brayden Point may reflect on it a bit.

    The rookie center, a bright spot for the Lightning, scored a pair of goals, including the winner with 1:24 left, and had an assist as the Lightning topped the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 in the season finale for both teams Sunday.

  • Citrus High senior Quandt medals at State Finals

    DELAND — It was the same meet, the lifters were on the same team and put in a similar situation, but it was a very different experience for Citrus seniors Austin Quandt and Chris Adamson at the 1A Boys Weightlifting State Finals at DeLand High School on Saturday.

    For Quandt in the 199-pound weight class, he moved up a spot from where he was seeded and that’s all he needed to do in order to secure his sixth-place medal — the only lifter of the eight Hurricanes competing to do so. 

  • Panthers turn tables on ’Canes with 1-0 win

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.


    LECANTO — Back on March 7, Citrus and Lecanto met for the first time this season and the host Hurricanes came out on top of a classic pitchers’ duel, 1-0.

  • Ulseth sixth at 2A state weightlifting

    DELAND — Friday morning definitely could have gone better for Lecanto High School. Although, the Panthers probably couldn’t have asked for a better finish — well, at least not a more symbolic one, with senior Zach Ulseth coming out as the lone state placer on a much-needed lift for sixth place.

    Coach Greg Harper certainly expected better results overall, but the day was working against him right off the bat in the Class 2A Boys Weightlifting State Finals.

  • Bolts win again to keep playoffs a possibility

    MONTREAL — Rookie Yanni Gourde scored twice, Nikita Kucherov got his 40th of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.

    Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning. They need to win their final regular-season game Sunday against Buffalo and have Toronto and the New York Islanders lose to take the final spot in the Eastern Conference.

  • Phillips proving he’s more than a coach’s son

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    Coy Phillips may be the coach’s son, but nothing about his performance suggests he’s getting by on preferential treatment.

    Going into Thursday night’s game at Crystal River, the Seven Rivers Christian junior first baseman is hitting an astounding .545 this season, with four doubles, two triples, two home runs, 25 runs scored and 25 runs batted in over 13 games.

  • Greene resigns

    In 2009, Rayburn Greene brought football to Seven Rivers Christian Academy. After a four-year stint with Citrus, he brought winning to Seven Rivers. On Thursday, it was announced that Greene’s run with the Warriors has ended. His resignation will lead him to Lakeland, where he will be the new head coach for Victory Christian Academy.

     To Greene, it wasn’t a matter of wanting to leave the Warriors, but rather the potential in store for him with the Storm.

  • Warriors crush Pirates

    Chris Bernhardt Jr.: Correspondent

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Typically when a small 2A school faces a 5A opponent, it results in a lopsided outcome.

    That’s what happened Thursday night at Mike Hampton Field. But Seven Rivers Christian’s baseball team is far from a typical 2A program. The visiting Warriors lived up their advanced billing and put both their offensive and pitching prowess on display in a 13-1 victory over Crystal River.