Local Sports

  • 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.

  • Local sports briefs

    Pirates pick up first district victory

    The Crystal River baseball team traveled south on Tuesday and came home with an 8-5 victory against Weeki Wachee.

  • Pirates top ’Canes in opener, 13-5

    C.J. Risak


  • Expecting big things

    C.J. Risak


    Expect a lot.

    Excitement, competitiveness, close games, and above all, championship- level play.

  • Maple Leafs acquire Brian Boyle from Lightning

    Brian Boyle is moving up the standings, the Tampa Bay Lightning are moving on and the Toronto Maple Leafs are moving into playoff mode.

    The Maple Leafs acquired Boyle in a trade with the Lightning on Monday for a 2017 second-round pick and minor league forward Byron Froese. The 32-year-old
    defensive-minded forward joins a young Toronto team that’s trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

  • Kings acquire Bishop in trade with Lightning

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have decided to make their postseason push with two dependable veteran goalies sharing the crease.

    Los Angeles acquired Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in a trade including goalie Peter Budaj and an exchange of draft picks.

  • No. 11 Kentucky rallies past No. 13 Florida 76-66

    Associated Press

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — Not satisfied with making perimeter jumpers, Malik Monk drove to the basket to create numerous opportunities at the free throw line and found openings to feed his Kentucky teammates.

    The freshman guard wasn’t aware until afterward of how many points he had piled up, but he knew that they helped the 11th-ranked Wildcats earn their most important victory this season.

  • Porcelli last man standing for ’Canes

    The second day of the Class 2A-Region II tournament at Brandon High School couldn’t have started better for the Citrus wrestling team, but things quickly went downhill for the Hurricanes on Saturday.

    The day began with four consecutive wins by the remaining four Hurricanes alive in the state qualifying tournament.

  • Trio head to state

    TITUSVILLE — A trio of Crystal River wrestlers are headed to Kissimmee next week for the FHSAA State Finals after placing in the top four Saturday at the Class 1A-Region II tournament at Eastern Florida State College.

    Seniors Chase Bunts and Jason Graham are closing out their careers with their second straight trips to state, while sophomore Rhoderick Bruce will be making his first visit to the big show.

  • Singh gets it done on the mound and at the plate for Lecanto

    C.J. Risak


    CRYSTAL RIVER — It wasn’t enough that Troy Singh pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief when his Lecanto team faced county and 6A-6 rival Crystal River.