Local Sports

  • Crystal River’s Kaufman signs to Jacksonville

    C.J. Risak: Correspondent

    Madison Kaufman had received some interest regarding her softball skills by two-year schools — until last August.

    “Last August,” she said, recalling when NCAA Division I Jacksonville University started speaking with her. “I went to a camp and she was there, she saw me and it went from there.”

  • Giving it his all

    David Pieklik: Correspondent

    Zane Zacke is the type of player coaches can’t have enough of.

    The Citrus Hurricanes sophomore, a defender on the boys soccer team, isn’t the loudest or flashiest; by his own admission, he’s “not a big attention guy.” He doesn’t have to say much, as his relentless effort speaks volumes for his passion and commitment to everything he does.

  • For county lifting, plenty of new talent

    Though the girls weightlifting season has just started, with each county team having at least one meet under its belt, it has barley cracked the surface in showing what’s to come. Sure, while weightlifting is a sport where coaches can easily look back on last year’s numbers and who lifted what, that becomes a lot harder when your weightroom is full of new faces.

  • Kucherov’s score gives Lightning 4-3 win in Detroit

    DETROIT — Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game with 1:10 left to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night .

    Captain Steven Stamkos and defenseman Nikita Nesterov also scored for Tampa Bay, which has won five of eight (5-2-1). Vladislav Namestnikov had two assists and Ben Bishop made 25 saves.

  • Change in the air

    C.J. Risak


    It’s all about change. That defines this girls’ basketball season.

    We can start with the major alterations: New coaches at both Lecanto and Citrus. Ron Allan replaces Brittany Szunko at Lecanto, the school he serves as athletic director. At Citrus, Wyndall “Chop” Alexander takes over for Dave Hamilton.

  • Panthers pick up pair of weightlifting wins

    C.J. Risak


    LECANTO — For the past few years, Lecanto has been the barometer in girls weightlifting. So when Crystal River coach Randy Owens explained that what he hoped for in Tuesday’s tri-meet against the Panthers and Central, it wasn’t necessarily a win over Lecanto — just make it closer than previous meetings.

  • Looking to end drought

    David Pieklik


    With one football season winding down, another is cranking up: boys soccer is back and looking to break away from a recent pattern.

    Citrus, Crystal River and Lecanto remain locked in battle in District 3A-5, while Seven Rivers has opted out of district play this season during a continued program rebuilding. While the Warriors look to build experience and chemistry, the other three teams look to end a playoff curse.

  • Merciless Hurricanes blank Crystal River

    David Pieklik


    CRYSTAL RIVER — A high-powered Citrus offense was in high gear, shutting out Crystal River 8-0 on the road Monday in boys soccer district play.

    Senior forward Mauro Mondragon netted five goals and an assist and senior forward Matt Rinaldi had two goals and five assists. The game was called by mercy rule less than 10 minutes into the second half after Mondragon booted in his fifth goal off a Rinaldi pass.

  • Lecanto powerhouse Mancke signs with FIU

    C.J. Risak


    What Harrison Mancke said shortly after officially signing to attend Florida International University summed up her involvement perfectly:

    “It was definitely a stressful experience, but I’m glad I went through it.”

  • No. 21 Florida in tough spot with LSU looming

    GAINESVILLE — When Florida coach Jim McElwain got to his desk Sunday, there was a folder sitting on top labeled “Presbyterian.” One peek inside revealed a significant mistake.

    “I was like, ‘Wait a minute. Something’s wrong here,’” McElwain said Monday. “I don’t have disrespect for them, but this didn’t look like Presbyterian.”

    Nope, it was No. 16 LSU.